|FREAK SHOW LIVE IN PRAGUE (1995)|
The orchestra consisted of Miroslav Wanek of Uz Jsme Doma, director; Frantisek Svacina and Valdimir Helebrant, keyboards; Kamil Kruta, bass; Jindrich Dolansky, tenor sax; Lenka Kavalova, cello; Romek Hanzlik, guitar; and Hynek Schneider, drums. Before the show began, Tex the Barker (played by Wayne Doba) called the audience in from the lobby. The stage was set up as a circus tent similar to the one from the Freak Show CD-ROM. Over the stage there was a gallery on which stood three female vocalists, Roman Janousek, Andrea Jurcova, and Laurie Amat (who first sang with The Residents on God in 3 Persons). Tex introduced the freaks as they came on stage to sing their songs from the album. Wanda the Worm Woman (Andrea Novakova) played with neon rubber worms; Herman the Human Mole (Vladimir Gut) hid behind the curtain until Tex forced him to show himself; Benny the Bouncing Bump (Miroslav Matyas) did his dance. Harry the Human Head and Jack the Boneless Boy were represented by props and Mickey the Mumbling Midget was not in the show.
The second act moved the action back into the freaks' trailers, again like the CD-ROM. There were four trailers, each painted onto a scrim which turned transparent when the light inside was turned on. During the live performance, unlike in the CD-ROM, the characters in the trailers interact with each other.
A performance of Freak Show Live was taped by CT2, a Czech television station. Some of this footage was released on Kettles of Fish.
|TY'S FREAK SHOW (1991)|
On November 17th, 1991, the Japanese computer company NEC staged a special invitation-only concert at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. The concert was known as Ty's Freak Show after co-director Ty Roberts and featured The Residents performing songs from the Freak Show album. They were accompanied by Laurie Amat, who had been the song stylist for God in 3 Persons, in her first live performance. The band used costumes left over from The 13th Anniversary Tour and Cube-E which they modified to suit the new songs.
The show was video taped with a new NEC video deck and, as The Residents performed, Todd Rundgren edited the footage into a live video mix right on stage using NEC's Light Source editing software. Those live mixes were later released by Apple Computer in a series of limited edition Quicktime CD-ROMs and also appear as bonus tracks on Twenty Twisted Questions.
Video Taped and mostly released.