The (rain) gods must be crazy--or maybe just big Oingo Boingo fans. The showers that soaked the Southland most of Saturday halted just before the L.A. band's Halloween extravaganza at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
And Boingo had barely finished its encores when it began sprinkling again.
It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, or the rain gods. But maybe the guy who looked exactly like Pope John Paul II--tooling around the rim of the amphitheater before show time in a makeshift Popemobile--confused them all just enough to help keep the proceedings dry.
Assuming this papal-looking chap wasn't really the Pope, his get-up probably would have taken top honors, had there been a costume contest. And while many of the costumes planned for the concert were no doubt jettisoned in favor of rain gear, there was no shortage of good people-watching--or creature-watching--during the 50-minute delay before the concert finally started. What we saw ranged from the usual stuff, like nuns and devils, to slightly more twisted approaches (the guy with the hog nose on his forehead, the duo in full skeleton costumes and masks, wearing sombreros--actually a nod to the cover art of Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" album).
Much as these folks seemed to enjoy parading about, and much as they had an appreciative audience, the real show began when Oingo Boingo hit the stage and eased into the mid-tempo "Dead Man's Party." Although lyrically the tune made for an appropriate opener, it is emblematic of the octet's ongoing musical shift that it launched the set with a slow (for Boingo) selection--rather than a hyperactive rocker such as "Who Do You Want to Be."