A highly anticipated night in the Fan district brought about a mind-blowing performance by this highly underrated jam band - Fat Apple. To start off, the bar and stage were decorated ever so perfectly with endless spider webs, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and a new backdrop to the stage that would make Ken Kesey proud. The band took the stage around 10:30 with its members wearing a variety of masks and makeup. Chris Pastore, singer/guitarist, was bearing the familiar appearance of Alice Cooper. After a jammed-out "The Show" to open, Fat Apple proceeded to cover Alice Cooper's entire album Welcome To My Nightmare! This, as one could assume, was one of the bests sets of music that I have ever seen. Throughout this set, and the whole show for that matter, televisions that were placed next to the stage would mysteriously turn on in the middle of a jam, showing intense scenes from movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Sleepy Hollow. The band, in unbelievable fashion, acted as a highly energetic background to the music. During one of these moments my friend said it best: "I love being at one of those 'you had to be there' shows." Second set brought about an epic "Government Cheese" and an out of the vault "Cities" encore that timed in at 3 a.m., a whopping four hours after the start of the show. Being the last show in the east for awhile, the guys are heading out to Colorado for the first time. Check 'em out, you'll be an instant fan.

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Ross Bruning
JamBase Richmond Correspondent
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[Published on: 10/31/00]

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