Sparks @ UCLA, Royce Hall 2/14/09
L-R Steven MacDonald, Steven Nistor, Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Jim Wilson, Marcus Blake. Photo by godscomic via Flickr/Used with permission
At the near-forty-year mark in their career, the bro-team of Ron and Russell Mael are finally receiving the kind of success that occasionally visits extremely unique musicians who hang in there for the long haul. Even if their music is so out-there as to only appeal to 1% of the listening audience, there’s a new potential audience every year as another crop of rock and roll kids sets out on their path to discovery, and the ones inclined to bizarre postmodern pop will eventually cross their path. Over time, those small numbers add up. So it was that Sparks sold out Royce Hall on Saturday by combining new and vintage material for a show that brought out the faithful in droves.