Devo at The Warfield in San Francisco

I didn’t realize I took quite this many photos during Friday’s DEVO gig at The Warfield! What an epic show. DEVO played a role in my formative experiences through their anthems and Subgenius philosophies, so it was great to finally see them live. They indulged us with classics like “Mongoloid,” “Whip It,” “Just a Girl,” “Satisfaction,” “Secret Agent Man” and “Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA”.

They also played a generous dose of tracks from their latest album, Something for Everyone, which is seriously one of my favorite releases of 2010. Several people at the show who had seen DEVO live before remarked that the fellas (who must be pushing 60) were in great shape. There was a ton of energy on the stage, and six, count ’em six, costume changes.

It doesn’t get better than this. “Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man)” includes a shout-out to the “Don’t Tase Me Bro” meme AND incorporates air dancers into the background. I LOVE AIR DANCERS.

Here they are in their iconic yellow DEVO jumpsuits, as seen on the Mark Mothersbaugh-designed QEEs and NECA figures. DEVO first played San Francisco in 1977, when I was in Brooklyn, busy being born.

Thanks to Amy and Brian (shown here in blue energy domes) for lending us their masks. GREAT night!