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March 9, 2000
At Fitzgerald's
Houston, TX

by Samuel Barker
March 14, 2000

Donna R After sneaking out of work early, I made my way to Fitzgerald's to see The Donnas. I was a little late, so i missed the opening acts, which I heard was something I should regret. But I was just happy to be out of work, and at a show. The tour manager for The Donnas was really sweet and said it was cool if i videoed their set, and we were off. Luckily, I had the ability to film the show and watch it with my own eyes at the same time, so I didn't miss much that went down. I was kinda nervous about seeing them, because all I had ever heard from them was Ramones-ish rock songs like "Gonna Get That Girl", but they have grown some since their first album.

The show opened with "I Wanna Be Your Girl". This was a good beginning, because it got the pre-teens in the crowd going crazy, and made the night start off right. This band is good at working the girls into a frenzy and letting them go wild. Which is nice because at most punk shows the girls get trounced. Donna R's guitar was awesome. You could really hear here California-based influences. She had the nice chugging sound of Greg Ginn (Black Flag), and the huge leads to follow. Donna A has the whole rock vocalist gig down. She gets the fist pumping, and moves all around. She keeps everyone into it, and makes for an entertaining evening. Donna F was a character. The voice she uses when she screams can only be described as a fingernail on a blackboard, and we're talking foot long fingernail like your Aunt Flo has. Which helped add to the bad girl persona the band plays. The funnest person to watch during the show is Donna C. She is an insane drummer, all you see is a ball of hair with sticks flying out of it during the songs, and then you actually get to see her for the short breaks between songs.

The show was a lot better than I had expected. I'm now a fan of The Donnas. They do a great job of keeping the crowd into their shows, and also have a nice sound to their music. I also enjoy the vintage sound they achieve without sounging outdated. And also it's nice, in an age of Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera, to actually see some girl who can play some instruments and rock the house. A great band to see if you want to hear some rock n' roll.

Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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