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Monday, October 25, 1999
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Volume 65, Issue 45

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Type O Negative, The Dead Lights, Puya play spirited sets at Numbers for jam-packed audience

By Christine McCreary
Daily Cougar Staff

With Peter Steele's sonic booming voice and bass playing, joined by Josh Silver's gothic and eerie keyboards, Kenny Hickey's incredible guitar slides and Johnny Kelly keeping up the pace on drums, Numbers was completely packed Thursday as goth-metal band Type O Negative entertained fans despite serious technical problems.

Opening for the quartet were two aggressive metal bands, The Dead Lights, followed by the band Puya.

Hailing from Puerto Rico, Puya's aggressive metal style fuses with Latin rhythms as lyrics alternate between Spanish and English. The popular band played several songs off its new album, Fundamental.

With the stage decked in metal hooks and chains, eerie green and blue lights flooded the audience as fans chanted "Type O … Type O … Type O" as the band made its way onto the stage.

Type O Negative played many songs from its latest album World Coming Down, such as "Everyone I Love Is Dead" as well as the title track.

Soon after playing about five or six songs including a metal-infused cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Type O Negative members tossed ice cold sodas to the screaming fans and then abruptly abandoned the stage, leaving the audience in a state of confusion for about 15 minutes as sound crew members inspected the set for what seemed to be a blown fuse.

"Houston we have a problem," Steele said upon returning to the stage as fans cheered in support. "We're very happy that every time we have a power problem … sexual problem … mental problems, the audience is very supportive."

With the sound situation believed to be under control, Type O played, "Everything Dies," followed by a cover of The Beatles song, "Back in the U.S.S.R."

Unfortunately, the band -- by no fault of its own -- was forced to exit the stage once more.

"We're really deeply sorry for the inconvenience, if it happens one more time there's a midnight curfew, … thanks to the god of technical engineering," Steele said when the band returned about 10 minutes later.

As die-hard fans waved a banner through the air which read "Express Yourself," Type O played two more songs ending with, "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" from its album Bloody Kisses.

Singing along with Steele, the crowd repeated the chorus: "Loving you was like loving the dead," over and over, as Type O Negative proved themselves worthy of "props" despite technical difficulties.
 

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