Scenes from last night's Tubes concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion:
Lead singer Fee Waybill making his entrance in an astronaut's jump suit; Waybill decked out in army camouflage climbing a bank of speakers; Waybill in a sweat suit, jock and shinguards batting out wiffle balls to the crowd; Waybill in a football helmet tackling the Tube girls, scantily dressed as cheerleaders; Waybill in a sequin-studded leather G-string lewdly wrestling the girls to the ground; Waybill in a trench coat bumping and grinding with the girls who hide little in their flesh-colored bodysuits; Waybill high stepping on stage in flippers, snorkel and goggles singing "Sushi Girl."
If nothing else, Waybill set the world's record for costume changes at a rock concert last night and proved once again that the Tubes are as outrageous and offensive as ever. Some of Waybill's gestures on stage could make the Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams blush, but his stamina has to be admired. As a showman he has few rivals, and he somehow managed to deliver every song with authority despite the compromising positions in which he frequently found himself. Unfortunately, the band's music, which owes a great deal to The Who, didn't deserve the effort much of the time.