The FOBs headlined the Seybold/Live Picture party at the Sound Factory in San Francisco, on Sept. 2, 1998, coinciding with the Seybold Publishing Conference at Moscone Center. Sponsors included lead sponsor Live Picture plus Microsoft, Informix, Corbis, and ZDNet. Lots of publishing/Internet VIPs were on hand to snack on the free food, listen to Kate Mitchell and John Sculley talk about Network Publishing, and dance to the FOBBs. The theme, set by Live Picture: Rock 'n Roll 'n Zoom. Highlights included the first-ever live performance of "Revolution" (Beatles), the second side of Abbey Road, and Tony's rendition of "White Rabbit" (Jefferson Airplane).
Can you believe it? The FOBs opened for Beck and Devo at the Silicon Planet event, Oct. 10, at the FMC Defense Factory in San Jose. Lots of people showed up for this one, which took place in what appeared to be a gigantic empty shell of a tank manufacturing facility. According to Bill Graham Presents, which put on the show, the FMC factory would be torn down soon, so there would not likely be any more concerts at this venue, which featured such an amazing amount of reverb that no one could really hear the comedian, David Spade, who performed between acts.
Our first gig in a commercial establishment was on Friday the 13th. This gig featured the Flying Other Brothers and the Rockhoppers (the FOBBs East-coast alter-ego). An excellent show! Rockhopper Chris (drums) and Kaos (guitar) joined the FOBs for several tunes including "Feelin' Alright" (Traffic, Joe Cocker).