AMSTERDAM, 11 Jan. — Iron Butterfly is a group from Los Angeles that tries to represent magical realism in pop music. As the name already symbolizes, the group tries to explore the cosmos, with both feet firmly on the ground. The musicians use a very penetrating heavy rock as a basis, on which a lot is floated away, especially by means of organist-singer Doug Ingle. It is sometimes called psychedelic rock. In the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, where the group gave a concert on Saturday night, the members of the group not only radiated little magic, it also became clear that they belong to the most unfavorable musicians in America. Hard, very simple riffs were interspersed with what should have been psychedelic sounds.
Organist Ingle was also more muddy than psychedelic. It was all a bit of a muddy mess coming off the stage, because bassist Lee Dorman also got little nuanced music from his bass, mainly because he struck the instrument with his fingers instead of playing it with a pick. Of course we had to wait for the big hit "In-a-gadda-davida", played live by the stars themselves. When that song finally came out, it showed once again how bad it is. Continuing with just one rather irritating riff, the group plays variations for about twenty minutes on a theme that doesn't exist, but is probably floating somewhere in the cosmos, unrecognizable to earth people. In it then another solo (on a completely transparent drum kit) by the full-time amateur drummer Ron Bushy,
By way of contrast probably played the highly skilled group Yes. Building on their excellent playing guitarist (on an amplified acoustic guitar) and the very strangely dressed bassist Chris Squire, who started Yes in 1969, the group played a very complex form of pop music, in which many jazz influences could be heard. The very small singer turned out to have a beautiful voice among the companies and to be able to get very nice sounds from a kind of meccano box.
Last weekend the English group Yes and the American group Irpn Butterfly gave away excited evenings of pop in Eindhoven, Amsterdam and Rotterdam that yielded more folkloric pop therapist than captivating music.
Yes. performing with a bass guitarist dressed as a kind of Batman and an organist with a broken ankle, it soon got bogged down in too long sustained, tension-free improvisations, in which many sounds were crushed by hurricane-strength loudspeakers. This despite Steve Howe's clever guitar exercises and Jon Anderson's nuanced singing.
Iron Butterfly was equally unimpressive with its pathetic trip music, but won the duel on points due to a predominance of professional instruments and skilful* presentation. According to the surviving process, the head went into the neck, the guitar stem went vertical, the strings were touched as if they were 220 volts and the rest shook and ripped as vigorously as possible after the screeching guitar sirens.
The most striking thing about the Iron Butterfly were the electric wire in the oral cavity of guitarist Mike Pinera, with which an electrically amplified burp was occasionally released, and the clearer sounding drum solo by Ron Bushy on a transparent Perspex drum set during „In-a -Gadda-Da-Vida”.
For that top song, from 1969, most seemed to have come to the reasonably filled Concertgebouw.
UTRECHT — The famous American pop group Iron Butterfly, which has become very popular in the Netherlands due to the approximately 20 minute song “In a gadda da vida” will come to the Netherlands early next year. In the second week of January concerts are given in Eindhoven (8 January, night concert theater), Amsterdam (9 January, night concert Concertgebouw) and Rotterdam (10 January, evening concert Doelen).
Iron Butterfly is one of the most important American underground groups, their album “In a gadda da vida” is the best-selling underground long player of the last ten years in the United States. A no less impressive group performs in the support act, Yes from England.
Iron Butterfly stars Doug Ingle (vocals and organ), Mike Pinera (guitar, vocals), El Rhino (vocals, guitar), Lee Dorman (bass guitar, vocals), and Ron Busby (drums).
Unfortunately I did not attend this show. What I do can remember is that the concert review in the local newspaper (Eindhovens Dagblad) stated that the supporting act was much better than the main act.....
I was there, only 14 jears old, together with my sister and a friend. It was a beautifull concert, i will never forget it.
I was there. (30 years before the concert of yesterday in Amsterdam)