One thing can be said for Oracle conferences like next week’s Oracle OpenWorld 2007, which is being held in San Francisco: Oracle doesn’t skimp on entertainment.
I can attest to this first hand. At last year’s Oracle OpenWorld attendee appreciation event, which was held at the very cool Cow Palace, conference goers got to see a bunch of well known acts like Elton John, Joan Jett and Berlin. But in my opinion, the best entertainment of the night centered around a handful of grown men who like to wear terracotta planters on their heads: That’s right, Devo.
I found myself cramming into a packed stadium to see Elton John that night, and he started singing some crybaby ballad or some other God awful thing when it hit me like a brick: I don’t even like Elton John. So I immediately B-lined it for Devo’s stage, all the way dodging swarms of drunken OpenWorld attendees who were shoveling piles of free shrimp into their mouths and offering up unsolicited high-fives.
And it was worth it. Devo was awesome. I felt like a ten year old kid watching MTV all over again. Everyone was grooving out to greats like “Whip it” and “We are Devo.” Sure the guys from Devo weren’t looking nearly as young as they used to, but their unbelievable weirdness will always be timeless to me.
A good time was had by all. Here’s hoping that we get treated to another Devo show next week.