Of course the show opened with the title song of the new album, that delightfully named 'Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins'. Sweet irony. Especially in combination with that other great title on the album 'Jesus Was A Social Drinker'. It wasn't hard to spot the fun Chuck Prophet had singing these lyrics. Prophet is one of the songwriters in rock today who still has an eye out for society in general and the unfortunate circumstances of his fellow man in particular. Like in 'Barely Exist': "When you barely exist, who's gonna miss you when you're gone". At the end of the show, the encore opened with a song by Bobby Fuller, closing the circle for the evening. Time to check the guy out!
Perfection. I'm touching on a word here that describes best what was going on in Q-Bus. This band is so good and the songs so right. The recurring feedback problem, was the only mishap of the evening, beyond the band's control. Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express played a perfect set and from my audience perspective flawless. The sound mix was perfectly balanced. As they say the band was steaming and the audience, very and beyond middle age, enthusiastic. Which clearly went both ways, inspiring both time and again.
This is one way in which Chuck Prophet honours his inspirations. The second is in 'Bad Year For Rock And Roll' in which he commemorates some of the departures from life in 2016. Through a cover by Leonard Cohen he made it even more tangible. Drummer Vicente Rodriquez switched to keyboards and got to make a nice introduction, if his mike had not been stolen away from him. Nice joke. My face as well as Chuck's is starting to show why we are losing the heroes we grew up with and inspired us to listen to music and make music. The kind of music that comes out so well in his own.
There seems to be no occasion any more where an American artist does not feel to have to apologise about the politics in his country. Whether on the building of walls, emigration, the big, white, very angry man in the White House, Chuck Prophet was no exception. During 'Wish Me Luck' I thought for a minute that he has the right family name after all. "Amen", praise the free spirit and decency. Wish us all luck. Yes, we live in interesting times. Time will tell what is up next.
Coming back to Chuck Prophet. Veni, vidi, vici, those famous three Latin words cover it all. The rest is just me not resisting to write some more.
(All pictures by) Wo.