The Heisenburg Principal in concert at the Southeast IEEE Convention
The engineers of the 2000 Southeast IEEE Convention were treated to a break at the Atlanta
Mariott hotel by a concert by The Heisenburg Principle. The band, longtime favorites in academia,
took stage and played mostly songs from their new album, Fear the Millennium. The ska-influences
of the newest album were a drastic change to an audience used to the more complex progressive
rock pieces that the band played in the early 80's, or even the new-wave sound the band exhibited
in the 90's.
Lead singer Puggsy Rhodes is obviously new to the front man scene, as up until this year he
had been the band's drummer. Rhodes interaction with the audience mainly consisted of yelling
"Woo! Atlanta!" and "Is the IEEE rocking tonight?" Nevertheless, it appears the gravelly-voiced
singer is slowly getting used to fronting the band.
Bass guitarist Bryan Heisenburg was content to remain in the background and pound away on his
bass guitar, playing his trademark "sloppy bass" sound. The lyrical force and driving component
of the band, the 49 year old bald bass player was conservatively dressed and didn't attract much
attention to himself.
Bryan's son, Hezekiah Heisenburg was another story. The spiked green-haired fifteen
year-old guitarist exhorted the crowd to "Get up!", "Jump around!" and "Praise the Lord, yo!"
The audience of engineers didn't know quite know what to do with the youngster's antics.
Hezekiah was adequate on the guitar for the new songs, but had a great deal of difficulty
handling former guitarist Chester Wiggins' rapid-fire solos on the older progressive rock
numbers and the best he could do to replicate Trevor Dare's effects-laden guitar on other
older songs was generate a lot of feedback
Cody "Gimp Bizquick" Jones and Wendi "Godz Diva" Fleischman played trumpet and trombone on
parts of some of the songs, but spent most of the concert running around the stage, running
into each other, and jumping into the crowd of startled engineers. Drummer Stumpy Whippensworth
was present, but it was hard to differentiate him from the multitude of pre-recorded drum machine tracks.
While the concert may have garnered a couple of new fans, many engineers left the show
grumbling, "This isn't the band that I grew up listening to..."
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