Fleshtones’ Wheel of Talent Stops in Greensboro
The Fleshtones opened their set at Greensboro’s Blind Tiger with an old favorite, “Hitsburg USA”, and turned it up a notch with each and every song. Peter Zaremba, Keith Streng & Co. played material from Roman Gods, More Than Skin Deep and Laboratory of Sound, as well as from several other of their 21 classic studio albums.
Some of the evenings highlights included “Let’s Go”, “I Was a Teenage Zombie”, “Laugh It Off”, and a few from the new LP, Wheel of Talent. New material performed included “Remember the Ramones” (a spirited tribute to dem guys from Queens) and a new classic, “It Is As It Was”. And with the greatest sense of humor in rock today, what would a Fleshtones set be without “Shiney Hiney”?Fortunately, they played that one too.
At various points throughout the evening, you might find Streng playing his guitar while standing on the chair next to you. Those at the bar could glance up and see Zaremba standing above them, belting out an anthemic chorus with such conviction that it bordered on a southern revival. This wasn’t just any rock show. Those in attendance had a Goddam religious experience.
And there’s the rub. Where the hell was everybody – the unwashed masses hungry for rock n’ roll salvation? Watching the NCCA basketball tournament? Really? Is there any guess as to why we don’t get rock legends to come to this town but once every seven years?
Greensboro can kiss my shiney hiney.