DEVO Performs a Perfect Set at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA on August 17th, 1980


This performance was filmed at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma California on August 17th, 1980 was part of the “Freedom of Choice” tour as evidenced by the energy domes. This concert was legendary , in that it was one of only a few professionally filmed early DEVO concerts, which is a shame because DEVO is an amazing band to see live. This performance is particularly important because it captures DEVO as they moved more towards the mainstream and right before they exploded onto Mtv. In the words of DEVO bassist/vocalist Gerald Casale:

This lone artifact offers indisputable evidence that in 1980 Devo had reached a turning point. We were no longer just art monsters, we were mainstream performers too.

As you will see their performance chops had been honed to razor perfection and their magnetism on stage is indisputable.

In all there are over to 20 songs and they are pulled equally from the band’s discography up to that point. The full set list includes 6 songs from “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”, 5 from “Duty Now for the Future”, 7 from “Freedom of Choice” and some Exta and “Hardcore Devo” rarities like “Freedom of Choice Theme Song”, “Tunnel of Life” and “Be Stiff”. This is a pretty perfect DEVO show. Check out the full set list:

  • Freedom of Choice Theme Song
  • Whip It
  • Snowball
  • It’s Not Right
  • Girl U Want
  • Planet Earth
  • S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)
  • Secret Agent Man
  • Pink Pussycat
  • Blockhead
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  • Uncontrollable Urge
  • Mongoloid
  • Be Stiff
  • Gates of Steel
  • Freedom of Choice
  • Jocko Homo
  • Smart Patrol / Mr. DNA
  • Gut Feeling / Slap Your Mammy
  • Come Back Jonee
  • Tunnel Of Life
  • DEVO Corporate Anthem

You can buy this entire concert on a DVD called Devo – Live 1980 for under 10 bucks at Amazon. Combine that with the Double Audio CD Live 1980 and you have officially rounded out your DEVO collection.


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