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25 years ago today, Paul Rodgers at the Troubadour in Hollywood. I won tickets from KLSX, earlier that day, my name was put on the guest list, so I have no ticket stub, but I do have the bootleg (which contains only part of the show). In addition to doing Bad Co, he did a set of Hendrix songs, and Slash joined him for The Hunter. #thetroubadour at Troubadour
21 years ago today, the Stones at Dodger Stadium, with the Wallflowers. Bridges To Babylon tour. We get to our location midway through the Wallflowers set, and there is a couple in our seats – probably in their 50s. They split, no big deal. The Stones come on, big stadium stage setup for them as usual. Four songs off the new record, which isn’t their strongest, in my opinion. The couple that were in our seats come back down and ask to see if they left a couple concert tees they bought. I look around, see nothing, oh well. A little later Keith does his two songs – good choices with All About You & Wanna Hold You, particularly the latter song. I just wish he’d sing instead of leaving it up to the background singers to cover for him. Anyway, it was great, and I was pretty pumped. Then the same couple come down again, and ask again if we’ve seen their shirts. I reply something like, “Listen man, get lost. The shirts are not here, and I am in a zone. Beat it.”
The show ends, complete with fireworks, good times, and we’re feeling great. As we gather our stuff to leave, I grab my sweatshirt that was stuffed in my seat, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a bag under it, with two brand new Stones t-shirts. Uh, whoops. And one of them was a really cool Dodger Stadium specific shirt. The drive back to Redondo Beach had about one nanosecond of guilt.
Good show, love the shirt. #bridgestobabylontour at Dodger Stadium
10 years ago today, Drive By Truckers & Hold Steady double bill at the Orpheum. My first time seeing either band and it was sweet. Seen both bands a few times since - they do not disappoint. You gotta love a show that opens up a show with a song called Buttholeville (DBTs). The Hold Steady’s Little Hoodrat Friend was cool, and they covered Look Out Cleveland, but changed the lyrics for Boston. at Orpheum Theatre Boston
23 years ago today, R.E.M. at the Forum, with Luscious Jackson. Drummer Bill Berry had a ruptured brain aneurysm while on stage in Europe in the spring, so they postponed a lot of the U.S. tour to the fall. Andy came down from UCSB – first we went to court to try and get our July 4th drinking in public ticket whittled down (down to $75, but still, why pick US out of a huge crowd on the strand in Hermosa Beach?). This was the tour for Monster, and that album was played at maximum volume all summer. Crush With Eyeliner, Bang and Blame, Star 69, So. Central Rain, and Lindsey Buckingham guested for Everybody Hurts. #laforum #remmonster at The Forum
23 years ago today, David Bowie at the Hollywood Palladium. He was touring arenas with Nine Inch Nails and this was the last show in the states – in a theater so it was just Bowie. I had two tickets, but I was poor so I sold one of them just before the show. Definitely not a hits show. #hollywoodpalladium #davidbowielive at The Hollywood Palladium
30 years ago today, Robert Plant at the Centrum, with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. With the Jimmy Page show the night before being part 1 of the Zeppelin weekend, we were still hoping for a reunion. Once again, it didn’t happen.
Joan Jett was fun, as she knows how to get things going. And her set was where I was able to try something. Knowing that our seats were nowhere near as good as the night before, I brought my Jimmy Page stub with me. And when the lights went down for Joan, I put my thumb over Jimmy’s name on the ticket, showed the usher that I had a floor seat location, and he let me pass through. In the dark, with lots of kids trying to get down, I guessed right that an usher wouldn’t be able to tell the difference from October 29 & October 30 on the ticket. Or he simply didn’t care. Whatever, at the time it was GOLD. So when Plant came on, I did the same thing But this time after I got on the floor, I walked about 50 feet to an area where I could pass my Jimmy ticket to my friends, who did the same thing to get the seat upgrade. It was a crowded floor, but Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Going To California, Trampled Underfoot & Misty Mountain Hop made for a stone groove. #istillcallitthecentrum #worcestercentrum #robertplantlive at DCU Center
26 years ago today, U2 at Dodger Stadium with the Sugarcubes. The Zoo TV Outside Broadcast tour - they played two shows here, this one and the following night on Halloween. A month before I waited in line for tickets at the Torrance Wherehouse Records store – my phone may or may not have been disconnected at the time. The traffic getting up there was, as usual, atrocious. Having had more than a few road sodas, while stuck on the 110 freeway in downtown LA, we were able to get out of our car and take a leak at an overpass. Not an everyday occurrence, but we set a trend because apparently a lot of people had to piss. I think Public Enemy was the first band, but we saw none of them because of traffic. And I don’t remember much about the Sugarcubes either, other than Bjork having a strange voice.
U2 put on a wild show, with Bono calling the White House, and playing almost all of Achtung Baby (such a great record). They covered Lou Reed’s Satellite of Love, Stand By Me, and Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love. The stage design was sensory overload, with lots of multimedia screens, hanging cars, and other stuff that reminded me of Blade Runner. This concert was a BLAST. #zootvoutsidebroadcast #dodgerstadium #u2live #zootvtour at Dodger Stadium
11 years ago today, Van Halen at the Garden. This was the first real reunion tour with David Lee Roth, but no Michael Anthony. And this also happened to be the same day as the parade in Boston for the Red Sox winning the 2007 World Series. It would be an understatement to say that there were a few people banged up. For those that went to both the parade and the show, that’s a l-o-n-g day of partying. I went to the 2004 parade, so I didn’t need to go again. Our seats were in the balcony, and the sound was terrible up there. This was not your late 70s/early 80s VH. Still, So This Is Love & Unchained were good to see. Did I mention the sound was lousy?
30 years ago today, Jimmy Page at the Centrum. The Outrider tour. He & Robert Plant were touring separately but simultaneously, and this was one of the two or 3 cities where they just happened to play on consecutive nights, so we thought our chances were good they’d play together. Plant was there watching it from the side of the stage, but he didn’t join Jimmy. In My Time of Dying & Custard Pie were fantastic, but man, if Robert just walked another 50 feet to the center of the stage, that would have been epic. Also some knucklehead also set off a smoke bomb on the floor during the show. There is a cool second part to this weekend, but that’s for tomorrow. #istillcallitthecentrum #jimmypage #worcestercentrum at DCU Center
11 years ago today, the Tragically Hip at the Orpheum. They were a criminally underrated band, and great live. This was also the same night as game 3 of the ‘07 World Series, so I kept getting updates on my blackberry. The Hip crushed it, and the Sox won. #orpheumtheatre #tragicallyhip at Orpheum Theatre Boston
27 years ago today, Lynyrd Skynyrd at Universal Amphitheatre. Nice to see them break out T for Texas this time. Peter Frampton joining them for Call Me The Breeze was different and cool. The only thing I remember about the opening act, The Four Horsemen, was that there were five of them. This was my first time at Universal Amphitheatre, another iconic LA venue. I’d see a few more there later. #lynyrdskynyrdlive #universalamphitheatre at Universal Amphitheatre
24 years ago today, the Stones at the Rose Bowl, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers & Buddy Guy. My second time at the Rose Bowl that year, following a World Cup 3rd place game (Sweden 4, Bulgaria 0). They did two shows here, and I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, but I was able to get to this one. We were on the side for this, a different vantage point than on the floor in San Diego. And the setlist was exactly the same as two nights before. Kinda wish I went to the second Rose Bowl show when they played Memory Motel and All Down The Line. As for the Chili Peppers, this was when they had Dave Navarro on guitar. The crowd was not into it for them, but they played Aeroplane, which was still months away from being released on record. Buddy Guy was, well, Buddy Guy – awesome. #voodooloungetour #rosebowlconcert at Rose Bowl Stadium
21 years ago today – Aerosmith in San Bernadino, with Johnny Lang. Nine Lives tour. Thank god they also did Last Child, Rats in the Cellar and Seasons of Wither. #aerosmithlive at Glen Helen Amphitheater
26 years ago today, the Doobies at the Greek. Honestly I don’t remember a lot about this one other than Jesus Is Just Alright. I don’t think they were touring, they just did a show in LA and a couple near Oakland. #greektheatre #doobiebrotherslive at Greek Theatre
24 years ago today, the Stones in San Diego, with Seal. Kirby & I partied with my uncle and a few of his friends, on a glorious SoCal Monday night (thankfully I only had two classes on Tuesday). The ‘94 tour was my favorite of the Stones stadium shows I got to witness. A very cool Not Fade Away opener, plus Heartbreaker, MONKEY MAN, and Street Fighting Man. Also, the new tracks from Voodoo Lounge were well received. The bootleg, titled “Kiss Your Baby,” is outstanding. We did not see Seal. #voodooloungetour #jackmurphystadium at Qualcomm Stadium
23 years ago today, my first Buffett show. He covered Uncle John’s Band. We definitely didn’t get our rv deposit back on this one. In fact we trashed it enough that we had to pay extra to get it repaired & cleaned. #irvinemeadowsamphitheatre #jimmybuffettconcert at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
It’s been one great ride watching you grow, we’re so proud of you. Happy sweet 16 kiddo. Love you.
22 years ago today, another end of the tour show. This time his covers included Sea Cruise and the Abbey Road medley. I’m fairly certain we didn’t get the deposit back on our rv rental for this one. at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
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