Friday concert gets icy reviews |

Friday concert gets icy reviews

Joel Stonington

Friday’s aprs X concert at Wagner Park ground to an early halt when the crowd’s apparent displeasure with the opening act snowballed out of control.Early in the performance of opener Juliette and the Licks, a few snowballs hurtled toward the stage in what appeared to be anger at the quality of the music pouring out of the speakers.Lead-singer Juliette Lewis said she didnt think anyone could hit her with a snowball. One of the guitar players called the audience pussies, and continued on: Am I allowed to say pussy even though Walt Disney sponsored this?Well, thats about when the snowballs started pouring on-stage, hitting the drums, the guitar players, Juliette. It was high energy, said concert goer, Sara Guttman. It sounded like U2 in the 80s, with Juliette Lewis singing and not quite as good.Guttman, a disc jockey at KSPN, said that the frequency of snowball throwing increased dramatically towards the end. People were pretty displeased with the band, said Steve Smith of the Aspen Police Department. They were chucking snowablls and that brought it to a grinding halt.Juliette and the Licks is a punk rock band. Louis XIV is billed as a retro-rock band.Police estimates for the not-so-large crowd came in at 175 people, although some concertgoers estimated that as many as 300 showed up. According to a Colorado State University student who was at the show, band members for the opening act used their guitars to bat and deflect the snowballs. Following the snowball barage, concert organizers took to the stage, admonishing the crowd for pelting expensive amplifiers and other equipment with snowballs. After a long delay, Louis XIV, the headline act, came on the stage, played three songs and announced they were leaving.The first band wasn’t very good but at least they got into it with us, said the student. The other band, Louis something, wouldn’t even play.Joel Stoningtons e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.comAspen, Colorado

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