19 October, 2014
HOT METRO FINDS: The Pizza Underground at Riot Fest Day 2 – Ted Cantu Was There ;-)
THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND LIVE AT RIOT FEST DAY 2
Before I get pelted with hipster hate mail let me just say the Pizza Underground is for fun. It’s also for the fans. This is Macaulay Culkin’s tribute to the legendary Velvet Underground. This is also for the fans of Lou Reed’s classic Alterna-band. The pure hearted Lou Reed devotees will most likely be somewhat offended. I mean, these guys were booed off stage when they first came out. I was somewhat outraged too when I found out they were doing a band based on the Velvets by doing pizza tributes. This was kind of like making fun of the bands catalog of classics.
Or did I just have it all backwards?
These guys were featured on Rolling Stone magazine and in the Village Voice. My outrage turned into curiosity after I found out they were playing at Riot Fest in Chicago. I was actually thrilled because now I would get to see them up close and see something the rest of the world wouldn’t. Not everyone would get a chance to see these guys. They were not going to play everywhere obviously because this was a novelty band. I would get a chance to see something only rock critics and journalists would see. Hell, they wouldn’t even play Detroit. SO there you go….I was going and that was it.
But how did it go? It went pretty well actually. The Pizza Underground played on Day 2 of Riot Fest and were the first band to hit the stage at 11:00 am and I made sure I got in line. There was actually a line to get in that morning and most of the festival goers were there for the same reason. Everyone wanted to see Macaulay sing! The show was fun but way too brief. They did a mishmash of songs crammed together and delivered in about 40 minutes.
They sounded pretty good and would do the songs at the right pace. They even had a girl doing the impersonation of Nico to comedic proportions. The audience was really eating it up… no pun intended. The song, “Tomorrow’s Parties” was actually, “Pizza Parties” and, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” was, “Take A Bite of the Wild Slice” and so on. Everyone had a smile on their face in the audience and I didn’t see any haters just adoring fans. These guys were there for a good time.