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DEVO Live Guide - 1982,    "DEVO - 10/30/82 - Warner Beverly Hills Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA"


Set One[]

Set Two[]


Venue: "The Beverly" / Warner Beverly Hills Theatre* City: Beverly Hills, CA
Date: 1982-10-30 Booji Boy's Basement Release Number: DVD19
Opening Acts: Wall Of Voodoo
PPV Telecast: Anaglyph 3D simulcast via cable and satellite by CEN

Fan Recaps and Comments (and bootleg reviews):[]


The bootleg of this shoot very muffled and saturated with an annoying buzz. This is all that exists from 1982 in terms of video, though; it's worth it, just for the screen films and the wonderful audience shots (everyone was in some kind of costume.)

This show began without a hitch... until Speed Racer. At the end of the song, the band goes completely out of sync with Alan and Gerry being the only ones in time with the screen. Evidently a delay intended to keep the sound in line with the video was removed, but only from the Bobs and Mark. (At the end of Speed Racer, we can see Gerry stop playing, put his head in his hands, and shake his head in frustration.) Meanwhile, the click track is suddenly played over the PA. Mark runs around trying to fix things as Alan and Gerry play the rhythm section (which is in time with the screen).

The problem is fixed, and the show continues on quite amazingly. Explosions is played for the only time ever as well. During Jocko Homo, a girl comes out with a plate of random objects and during the "call/answer" section Mark comes up to the camera and apologizes for what a terrible idea broadcasting this in 3D was. To make up for it, he says, he's going to show a wide array of 3D effects. However, this "wide array" is simply a hilarious presentation of a bunch of toffee containers with those cloth snakes that pop out of them at the camera. For the encore he sprays fake popcorn, fake mustard (a string), a fake camera with a phallus that sticks out of the "lens", and an extending rack with large underpants on them (dedicated to Mark's mom, "who gave her brain to the lord.")

Booji Boy hates the 3D idea a lot; during Beautiful World he explains they were forced to live in barrels and walk around on all fours to make the project occur. Some confetti is abruptly sprayed on him, which he claims was "not our idea". (Gerry: "There's another stupid idea.")

All in all, an amazing show. I hope one day it comes out officially.

At the end of the concert, Devo plays "Beautiful World" and Booji speaks his mind.
Jerry: Hey Booji, go ahead!
(Booji Boy plays a synth solo while dancing. Then he wipes his brow and speaks:)
You know, tonight was something special. You - along with Devo - were guinea pigs - for a really stupid idea - called "three-dimensional T.V."
But I gotta tell ya, you think ..3D's bad you won't believe what happened to us. They had us "over a barrel" for the longest time. It was painful.
Jerry: Show them the position Booji, show them the position.
Booji: They put us in "doggie submission." (Booji Boy crawls down on "all fours".) And they had us crawling around on all fours because that's what - (Air jets spray out confetti and stuff) - that's what the "big kids" can do to ya'.
Jerry: There's another stupid idea. Let's have it again.
Booji: (Picks up an object off the stage.) Party flavor, hunh? It wasn't our idea!
So, if you disliked this as much as we did, "resist stupidity"! Resist it, ..nked out. Because, we love you! And it is a beautiful world!
(Booji finishes singing "Beautiful World.")


Concert announcement - Ressner, J. “Coast to Coast”. Cashbox. (1982, September 11).[1]
Concert review - Darling, C. "Video: Music Monitor". Billboard. (1982, December 11).[2]

Extra Info[]

...Every day is Halloween for DEVO” - Jerry (2021)
  • Except for the 3-D simulcast and technical difficulties, 3-DEVO faithfully represents the 1982-83 tour[3] audiences saw.
  • The Oh,No! It’s DEVO concert tour showcased DEVO's newest D.I.Y. multimedia theatrical experience.
    Jerry said, there were background film elements for seven songs off the album.
    Performing in front of large screen in concert, DEVO were “discreetly lit by computerized Pan-a-Spots from Morpheus Lighting.”
    The Spudring collars designed by Brent Scrivner[4] reflected the light back up and provided a clean line to connect to the visual of the potato body that was seen on the album cover, in the “Time Out For Fun” video and in concert.[5]
  • Built in 1931 PDF, the Art Deco venue at 9404 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California, was known as “Warner Beverly Hills Theatre.” It was later called "Pacific Theatre/Pacific's Warner" when by Pacific Theatres operated it in the late 1960’s. During the 1970’s it was renamed “The Beverly[2][3] and used as a venue for special events and rock concerts with seating for 1,385.[4][5] It was purchased by Columbia Savings and Loan in 1988, then demolished.[6][7] CS&L participated in the savings and loan crisis by investing in junk bonds and went bankrupt, and then lost their own building on Wilshire in Beverly Hills.[8] (Not to be confused with the “Beverly Theatre,” formerly two blocks west at the intersection 206 N. Beverly Drive and Wilshire Blvd. and built in 1925.[9][10][11])
  • TV producer Bruce Brandwen did pay-per-view television with Black Tie Network/Campus Entertainment Network (CEN) until it went out of business, then with BTN. Joe Hagan writes in the book “Sticky Fingers” that Brandwen envisioned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a PPV television event, as reported by and KCRW/NPR.

Notes and References[]

Telecast but not officially released.
Formerly available at BoojiBoysBasement com. Currently available on YouTube.

  1. Ressner, Jeffery. (1982, September 11). “Coast to Coast”. Cashbox. CB-1982-09-11.pdf “The College Entertainment Network is busy putting together a satellite broadcast of Devo to be televised in 3-D.”

  2. Darling, Cary. (1982, December 11). "Video: Music Monitor". Billboard.

    "Oops: It is somehow fitting the one technical foulup during Devo's 3D Halloween broadcast from the Beverly Theatre in Beverly Hills came during the song "Big Mess," a track from the new album 'Oh, No! It's Devo.' The backing videos, which go along with the group's actions onstage, became out-of-synch with the stage action. The group seemed out of sorts for a few seconds, but got back on track with the next song."

  3. oh, no! it’s

  4. "Spudring Collar - from Earl Porges". Gear: Plastics. Devo-Obsesso. (From

  5. Gerald V. Casale. “Devo: a video history”. Optic Music. (1984, August).

    It seemed we caused a lot of confusion by the approach we took to “Peek-A-Boo,” “That’s Good,” and “Time Out For Fun,” from the album, O No! It’s DEVO.
    There were no promotional dollars available to use for the production of video clips and, with MTV’s new power and influence, we decided to return to a variation on the early DEVO videos that had served as a prototype of “the band and insert theme” cliché prevalent now. MTV exposure was just as important as touring; if not more so. In an effort to make creative use of available funds, we tried to close the gap (media-wise) between the record album, the video clip and the live-concert performance.
    I storyboarded background film elements for seven songs off the album. Using everything from digital scene simulation fabricated at Digital Productions, to cartoon animation, to still graphics and pixillation, to blue screen and live action photographs shot on high speed 16mm (not to mention extensive ADO work); we created a twenty-eight minute program capable of being played in sync with the band during a live performance.
    Click tracks, effects tracks and sequence lines were recorded separately, but simultaneously during the master mixdown sessions in the sound recording studio (Cherokee).
    The background visuals were cut to a completed mix. Select tracks were then transferred to a six-track film dubber so that later the image could be stripped of its full mix work-track and interlocked to 35mm mag and just the special tracks copied for playback off the dubber.
    The background film element was rear-projected onto a 17’ x 22’ screen in concert. The band stood eight to ten feet in front of the screen, discreetly lit by computerized Pan-a-Spots from Morpheus Lighting.[1]
    DEVO could stay in sync with the backdrops by playing to the click-tracks off the sound dubber audible through individual stage monitors. This allowed us to interact with the images and characters that appeared on the screen for each song and involved the audience in a live-performance video game atmosphere.
    For the finished video clips, we would lip-sync to playback against a blue sweep, simulating the look of a live performance by matching camera angles and focal lengths to the backgrounds using the ADO in post-production. For instant concert footage, we could have just keyed in one more layer – an audience (not recommended).
    The idea was to find a workable technological solution to the various media and reinforce DEVO as the serious music-video act it has self-consciously been from the start...

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