AUGUST 12 - 18, 2004 -- MUSIC--LIVE SHOT
Texas Terri Bomb and Cheetah Chrome drop a bomb of punk love
Beneath the Argento film lights of
the Springwater, two punk legends took the stage last Thursday and showed no
mercy. Texas Terri Bomb, a lithe and fierce vision of attitude and energy, took
an initially inconsistent microphone setup and proceeded to work the crowd
effortlessly, albeit not before making a deliciously petulant threat to "tear
this place up" if her vocals went out. Pogoing around the stage, Texas Terri
rocked efficiently and with maximum velocity, tearing through a section of
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" like Mick and the boys were a footnote in the past; a
crossfire hurricane indeed.
Playing guitar for this leg of Terri's current tour was Cheetah
Chrome, one of the great punk guitarists of all time. His work with the Dead
Boys and Rocket From the Tombs—like Terri's with L.A.'s defunct Killer Crows—is
a case of undeniable credentials and glory, yet rather than coasting on that
past, he simply goes out and plays his ass off. What the two had for one another
was a case of mutual respect, and what they had for the music was maniacal
joy—more than enough even for Nashville's typically reticent showgoers.
The key moment of the night (or morning, rather) involved a brief
silence, with Terri, striking a coy pose and saying, "I love you Nashville,"
after which her band struck a chord so lacerating that even the most jaded
clubgoer was forced back a step by the sheer force if it. Not to be fucked with,
this lady. And with the peerless Chrome at her side, an incarnation of grace and