Thursday, October 18, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 41



Travis performs for local lads and lassies at Aerial

By Rich R. Risma
Daily Cougar Staff

Tuesday night was a cool night. The air was crisp, primed and ready for music. All those who headed to the Aerial Theatre that evening were in for a great concert.

The stage was set for an electrifying performance. In this month of trick-or-treating, the fans were treated to the sounds of Fran Healy, Dougie Payne, Andy Dunlop and Neil Primrose -- the quartet better known as Travis.

The Scottish band played to more than 1,500 people who crowded around the stage to enjoy the group's crisp guitar rhythms and its thought-provoking lyrics.

The band opened with "Sing," the single from its third album, <I>The Invisible Band<P>. Working the crowd into a frenzy, it continued the excitement with "Writing to Reach You," its hit song from the previous album, <I>The Man Who<P>.

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Scottish quartet Travis performed Tuesday night at the Aerial Theatre. Pictured from left are Dougie Payne (bass), Fran Healy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Andy Dunlop (lead guitar).

The two songs set the mood for the rest of the evening, with the fans singing right along with them.

Travis originated in 1990 from the character played by Harry Dean Stanton in the film <I>Paris, Texas<P>.

Since then, the band has garnered numerous awards and fans. Along the way it's played with superstar performers such as Oasis and most recently in an American tour with Dido.

It was the main act Tuesday night, though, smoothly moving through a great mix of upbeat and slow-tempo songs that paced the fans' enthusiasm and had them peaking at the right times.

At no time was there a letdown in Travis' performance.

Healy, singing lead and playing rhythm guitar, had the concert rocking with his emotionally haunting voice.

With Payne and Dunlop singing backup, he could do no wrong to the appreciative crowd. Healy also kept up a good rapport with the concertgoers, striking up a conversation between songs.

At one point, he asked whether there were any Scottish countrymen in the crowd. He and the band were taken aback at the surprising number who cheered back in response. With that he laughingly said, "How in the world did you find your way here?"

Payne and Dunlop captured the audience's attention in other ways as well. Whether it was Payne's hip gyrations on bass or Dunlop's acrobatic lead guitar riffs, the band provided enough visual excitement to rival any pop group's pyrotechnic show.

Primrose provided Travis' backbone.

He held the group in check with his subtle drumbeats and rhythms. Even though he wasn't visually spectacular like his bandmates, he certainly held his own.

The concert's opening act, RemyZero, started off the concert's festivities with a strong 45-minute set that included its current radio and MTV single "Save Me."

It received a great response from the early crowd, which was clearly waiting to see Travis.

Travis played at Austin's Stubbs BBQ last night and will be at the Red Jacket in Dallas tonight.

For those who missed out on Tuesday's concert, it would be worth the trip to Dallas to see both bands. If it was anything like Tuesday, the weather won't be the only thing that's cool, crisp, and electrifying.

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