I once saw a wild-eyed Anton Fier (in Richard Hell's band at the time) jump out from behind his drum kit in midset to attack an audience member who was apparently flipping lit cigs at the bandstand. So I have no trouble believing persistent reports of what a moody, intense guy he supposedly is. Besides, it shows in his work: Fier, who's played with the Feelies, the Lounge Lizards, Pere Ubu, Laurie Anderson, Herbie Hancock, et al, has a darkly fascinating drumming style that suggests a driven, obsessed personality at work. He's also producer/arranger/leader of the Golden Palominos, a loosely organized herd of cutting-edge A-stars that used to make cool noise but now plays songs, and which lately has solidified around a core of Fier, Peter Blegvad, ex-Raybeat Jody Harris, and enigmatic vocalist Syd Straw. The new (third) Palominos disc, Blast of Silence--also featuring T-Bone Burnett, Jack Bruce, Bill Laswell, Carla Bley, Chris Stamey, Bernie Worrell, etc--is indescribably delicious, particularly since Fier somehow manages to intimidate all those egos into falling in behind his own unpredictable sonic vision (Worrell, among others, is on the current tour). Guess having an "artistic temper" comes in handy sometimes. Saturday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Laura Levine.