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The Opera House
Friday January 19 2001
The Opera House

Additional Acts: SoHo Kitchen, Jimmy's Groove, Cleavage
Ticket Price: $10 at the door or $8 advance through TicketMaster
Set List: Biz / Swimming In Chlorine / Gratefully Nowhere / Two Tales / Kousharee with Pink Floyd's "Breathe" tease / The Flower Song / Nejuan (chill solo) / New Funk Tune / Single (slow/fast) / Moot with Dave Matthews' Band "Too Much" tease / Static with Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" tease / GreenRoot / Weather
Set Length: 1 hr, 20 min from 11:35 - 12:55
Rough Attendance: 800+
Caught on tape? yes, and video footage was shot by Localmusicbuzz.com, Pasi Posti, and Adam Mouyal
Poster: Samurai reprint (last one, I swear) plus special-edition VIP laminated passes
Stage Setup: "Damage Control" This one was at best a learning experience. Nothing Cousin A and I constructed really worked as well onstage as it did in our workshop, and we were blowing circuits left and right. Funky "electric pincushions" that we invented just sat on stage and glowed. (They looked pretty cool, but nothing compared to the intended effect.) The "smokestack" we built was decent, puffing out occasional roiling clouds of red smoke. Our final impression was: "Hey, at the very least we didn't RUIN the show." Better next time.

Notes: Stage setup aside, this show was exactly as bad-assed as we planned it to be. Over 800 people showed up to catch the spectacle, and everyone was having a great time. The sound levels were the best I've ever heard them at the Opera House, the opening bands all sounded GREAT, the fans were crazy like always, and the energy in the room was contagious.

The flow of the night was perfect, with the crowd slowly growing over the course of the night to reach capacity at the beginning of Zygote's set. Cleavage opened strongly with a quick and focused offering of their trademark power pop. Jimmy's Groove followed with what would have been the best set I've heard from them had it not been for an agonizing ten-minute technical difficulty resulting from a malfunctioning guitar pickup. Damn shame. SoHo Kitchen was as good as their word, bringing tons of fans and staging a huge-caliber show that turned my head on several occasions when a particular bit of creativity caught my ear. Check 'em out if you get the chance, they're dynamite.

The stage blazed into light and the band thundered into a gigantic version of Biz, the crowd roared, and everything after that was a mad swirl of sound and light, music and groovin' bodies. The band steamrolled through a watertight set of excellent material ranging from the vibrant and venerable Moot and Weather to the instantly infectious new funk song, which has yet to earn a proper name.

In an unprecendented move during The Flower Song, we brought out the Flower Man himself to jive onstage and say hi to his adoring fans. (Actually it was an anonymous individual in a DAMN fine costume that we constructed. The thing looked HILARIOUS.) The band was really together for the entire show, and they were jumping all over the place, working the crowd, playing their hearts out, and generally looking like they were having a blast.

This show was fantastic and sets a new standard for Zygote on many levels. One for the record books. On a musical note, (heh heh) let me say that Zygote was as tight as I've heard them in a long time, nailing all the changes and staying securely in the pocket even through difficult dynamics such as those found in the readjusted versions of Single, Nejuan, and Kousharee that we heard at this show. Stage presence was huge from everyone (dig that centre-stage walkout from Shlag during Biz) and Ovakim has never been more acrobatic. I have no idea where the dude gets his moves from, but keep an eye on him next show... it's an awesome spectacle. Terrific vocals from Jer (who, if you haven't noticed, is just about the most solidly consistent vocalist you'll ever find) as usual, and a wicked reception for the new funk tune, which got the whole room bustin' grooves. Great show, great night.


Thanx very much for the consolation prize, it was a very nice touch!! Just thought I'd let you know that I think this was the best F@*$#N SHOW EVER!! You guys are makin it happen!! I was surprised at the new song!! It's damn, damn good!!
I also have to admit that Green Root is the fave and it was performed flawlessy.  I was very half-naked during the show and thought I might mention it was a great experience!! All members: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO. YOUR MUSIC MAKES A PROFOUND EFFECT ON MY LIFE. IT'S WHAT GETS ME TO THE END OF THE WEEK. I DONT LISTEN TO WHATEVER, I LISTEN TO ZYGOTE. YOU GUYS BLEW ME AWAY TONIGHT!! THANK YOU!! ~Zach S.

WHO IS THE FLOWER GUY IN THE SUIT AND WHO DO I HAVE TO (fill in what I must do here) TO GET HIS/HER JOB?????? ~Antonio C.

Opening with "BIZ" again was the call of the show for the band. It got everyone going crazy from the first note just like in London last week. Each time I see the GOTE they get better and better and it's always a pleasure watching the boys up on stage.  I didn't see one person there not having the greatest time of their life!
Overall, the show was HUGE and I can't wait for the next one. ~ Jason S.

Pics will be up as soon as they're available. Should be plenty.

Friday, February 3rd, 2006 : Come In From The Cold at The Opera House

Friday, March 15th, 2002 : The Rivoli

Friday, March 1st, 2002 : Havoc in Hamilton VI at The Hudson

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002 : Rafter's Pub in Sudbury

Friday, February 8th, 2002 : Feel The Love: Pre-Valentine's Day Bash at The Opera House

Saturday, December 8th, 2001 : Call The Office in London

Friday, December 7th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 24th, 2001 : Kool HaĆ¼s with Big Sugar

Friday, November 23rd, 2001 : The Trasheteria in Peterborough

Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 : The Foundation in Barrie

Thursday, November 8th, 2001 : The Shot in Kingston

Friday, November 2nd, 2001 : The Opera House with Choclair

Saturday, October 27th, 2001 : The Cage in Oakville

Friday, October 26th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, October 19th, 2001 : The Capitol Theatre

Saturday, September 8th, 2001 : The Opera House

Friday, August 10th, 2001 : Molson Amphitheatre with Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, July 28th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Thursday, July 26th, 2001 : Club Abstract in Kitchener with See Spot Run

Saturday, July 21st, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, July 13th, 2001 : Woodstick Festival at Kee to Bala

Friday, July 6th, 2001 : Two Tales II at the Comfort Zone

Friday, June 8th, 2001 : NXNE at The Reverb

Friday, May 4th, 2001 : In Concert at The Warehouse

Friday, April 6th, 2001 : Federation Hall at U o f Waterloo

Saturday, February 17th, 2001 : Lees Palace

Friday, January 19th, 2001 : The Opera House

Saturday, January 13th, 2001 : The Embassy in London

Friday, January 12th, 2001 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Friday, November 17th, 2000 : Zygote Into The Fray at The Rivoli

Saturday, November 11th, 2000 : The Haunt in Ithaca NY

Friday, October 6th, 2000 : In Concert at The Opera House

Saturday, September 2nd, 2000 : Two Tales at The Rivoli

Saturday, July 29th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Sunday, July 16th, 2000 : Molson Indy

Saturday, June 17th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Thursday, June 8th, 2000 : NXNE 2000 at Clintons Tavern

Saturday, May 20th, 2000 : All Ages at The Comfort Zone

Thursday, May 18th, 2000 : Rock Search 2000 at Front 54 in Thorold

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 21st, 2000 : La Luna in Hamilton

Sunday, March 26th, 2000 : Whiskey Joes in Hamilton with The Headstones

Friday, March 17th, 2000 : St Patricks Day Bash at The Rivoli

Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 : Canadian Music Week at The 360

Saturday, February 12th, 2000 : The Rivoli

Saturday, January 22nd, 2000 : The Hudson in Hamilton

Saturday, November 6th, 1999 : The Opera House with Wide Mouth Mason

Saturday, October 16th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, September 3rd, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, July 23rd, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, June 26th, 1999 : The Rivoli CD Release

Friday, May 21st, 1999 : The Rivoli

Friday, April 30th, 1999 : The Rivoli

Thursday, April 15th, 1999 : The Reverb

Saturday, December 5th, 1998 : The Rivoli

Thursday, November 19th, 1998 : The Gordon Best Theatre Peterborough

Friday, October 9th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, October 2nd, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, September 5th, 1998 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Saturday, July 11th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 30th, 1998 : The Regency Hotel

Friday, May 29th, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Opera House with The Headstones

Saturday, May 23rd, 1998 : The Big Bop

Thursday, May 14th, 1998 : Lees Palace with Humphat

Saturday, May 2nd, 1998 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, April 18th, 1998 : El Mocambo Upstairs

Thursday, April 16th, 1998 : Unplugged at The Silver Dollar with Brian Gladstone

Friday, March 20th, 1998 : The Big Bop

Friday, February 6th, 1998 : The 360

Saturday, January 31st, 1998 : Call The Office London with Zuuls Evil Disco

Friday, October 31st, 1997 : Halloween at The Original Six Sports Bar

Friday, October 17th, 1997 : El Mocambo

Friday, June 6th, 1997 : The Generator w Ron Hawkins of Lowest of the Low

Friday, May 23rd, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Friday, April 25th, 1997 : The Comfort Zone

Saturday, March 29th, 1997 : The 360 with Black Cabbage

Saturday, March 15th, 1997 : AE Pi Frat Party at The Reverb

Friday, January 31st, 1997 : The Comfort Zone with Andru Branch

Saturday, January 25th, 1997 : The Warehouse with Fishbone

Thursday, January 23rd, 1997 : Red Dog Tavern Peterborough with Tied To The Tracks

Monday, November 4th, 1996 : The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, September 27th, 1996 : The Generator

Saturday, July 27th, 1996 : The Honey Pot

Saturday, June 8th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, April 5th, 1996 : El Mocambo

Friday, October 7th, 1994 : The Opera House with Infinity

Thursday, June 23rd, 1994 : Classic Studios

Friday, June 10th, 1994 : The Shamrock

Saturday, May 8th, 1993 : Rock n Roll Challenge II at The Spectrum