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Come In From The Cold at The Opera House
Additional Acts: Beyond Rusty, Mint.
Ticket Price: $15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door
Set List: Green Root (Drum Opening) / Swimming In Chlorine (w Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls On Parade" plug) / Fast Funk / Two Tales / Nejuan / Static (w Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walking" plug) / Sting / Ladies (Horn Outro-w Lenny Kravitz's "Mamma Said" plug) / C (w/Horns) / Girl Next Door (w/horns) / The Flower Song (w/horns) / Camouflage / Meet Moot -->Moot (w Muse's "Hysteria" intro) / Silver Gypsy (w Weezer's "Say It Ain't So" plug) / Gratefully Nowhere /I Did It For You / Weather (w The Beastie Boys' "Gratitude" outro)
Set Length: 2 hours from 11:15 pm to 1:15 am
Rough Attendance: over 1000
Caught on tape? Caught on minidisc... we'll master the tracks and get them out there for ya.
Poster: "Mayan" flyer, "Snowflake" 11x17 Street poster, "ZPAM" and "Warn You" online flyers

Notes: Wow, people. WOW. What a great night. What a great SHOW! This was a top-tenner for sure. The band was in amazing form, the venue was PACKED (we saw over 1000 people in there last night), the opening bands were great, the light show was crazy, and Zygote capped the evening by blowing out an entire neighborhood's power on the very last note of the show! Perfect timing!

The night began with the usual throng of fans outside lining up around the corner to get in... many of them had come early to see opening act Mint, who put on a great show as usual and got the room rocking from the get-go. As the room began to fill, Beyond Rusty took the stage and went above and beyond with an excellent set of fine tunes. Both of these bands are great, have enthusiastic and responsive fans, and are a pleasure to play with.

Finally, Zygote's turn to rip it up. And they ripped it up into about a million pieces. Then they fed those pieces through a shredder and minced them into tiny little bits. Then took those bits and ground them into a fine paste. Then mulched the paste into a watery slurry.

The room was rumbling from note 1 of GreenRoot, with fans surging across the floor and amazing coloured lights and images flickering across the multiple screens onstage. The band's intense preparation showed clearly as they crunched through every change with precision and flair. From there it was a wild trip through a spiced-up setlist of Zygote classics and rarities. Favourites like Swimming In Chlorine and Two Tales shared the floor with lesser known fare like Fast Funk and Sting, but all got equally insane reactions from a dancefloor filled to overflowing.

Things really went nuts when, during Ladies, Amir leaned back and beckoned for someone to jon them on stage. "Someone" turned out to be not just one, but FOUR horn players from Shlags's current band Ultra Magnus. Two saxophones, a trumpet, and a trombone. What!?! They quickly stepped into line and wailed out a punchy arrangement that slipped into the classic horn riff from Lenny Kravitz's Mamma Said, and people were LOVING it. The brass section stayed onstage for three more full songs after that, filling the little remaining sonic space with flavourful counterpoint to the usual mix.

The horns retired for the night and Zygote swung without a pause into Act III of the show, raising the bar with an incredible Moot and Silver Gypsy, then culminating in a crescendo that started with Gratefully Nowhere, pummeled through I Did It For You, and blazed into the lighting and thunder of Weather, which roiled and boomed and finally overloaded the system, crashing the board, blowing the power in the building, and blacking out the entire neighborhood on THE VERY LAST NOTE OF THE SHOW*.

*This is TRUE. Not a joke. Not hyperbole. Actually happened.

And that was it.... fans hung aroung hopefully for an encore, but A) Zygote don't play encores, baby, and B) there was no POWER, so it couldn't have happened in any case. Another mad success of a show. Really, I think I must be insane or something. Where did all of this come from? When did this happen? Zygote was totally completely absent for three full years, and not only did the crowd survive, but they GREW, and they know all the words to all the songs, even the unreleased ones, and they stick around till the last note of the last song after two full hours of grooving madly. I can barely believe it, even less than I could barely believe it back in the day when Zygote was at its peak. Truth be told, Zygote seems to somehow be at its peak NOW. Funny how things work out.

We owe it all to you guys for keeping us alive. Thank you so much. We'll be back, count on it.


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