It was a tough transition. The Muffs do their thing well, but I must admit that my perception was colored by the Rush story.
"We are strangers to each other
Full of sliding panels
An illusion show
Acting well rehearsed routines
Or playing from the heart?
It's hard for one to know"
-copyright Rush, 1980
Lines like these echoed in my mind as I watched an actual cover band (who play covers of a band that is so derivative of their influences as to be practically a cover band themselves) warm up the crowd for the headliners from L.A.
The Muffs played with energy and enthusiasm, and the assembled adored accordingly. Disaster Amnesiac sipped Pabst and hummed Rush tunes to himself.