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13 years ago today, the Stones at the Garden. I went to this gig solo, picked up a stubhub ticket the day before, and it was front row of the B stage. All Down the Line and Respectable were big highlights, and I got a Ronnie pick. #abiggerbangtour #rollingstoneslive at TD Garden
Steve Earle at the City Winery, Boston.
17 years ago today, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks in Newburyport, MA, near where we were living at the time. His folksy stuff was made for a place like the City Auditorium Hall, which held only held a couple hundred people. Milk Shakin’ Mama #danhicksandthehotlicks
25 years ago today, the Neville Brothers at the Rhythm Café in Santa Ana, CA. Gin Blossoms opened. I went with my roommate at the time, a great Canadian, Bruce Maynard (rest easy my friend). It’s noteworthy that I mentioned the Gin Blossoms because they weren’t a big success yet, however they were close to breaking out. Anyway, I had never heard of them. So Bruce and I saddle up to the bar, the Blossoms finish their set, and as we’re settling in someone from the band bellys up next to us. I ask what the name of the band is and where they’re from (Tempe, AZ), but all I heard was Chin Blossoms, so I kept saying Chin Blossoms throughout the conversation. I must have said it a half dozen times. I’m not very bright, the in-between music was loud, I’d had a couple pops, and Bruce got a big kick out of that. Not sure the band member was impressed.
But the Neville Brothers were terrific. #nevillebrothers
35 years ago today, The Kinks at the Springfield Civic Center, my first concert. After being told I couldn’t go to see the Police, David Bowie, or Asia earlier that summer, I was finally allowed to see live music. But it wouldn’t be that easy. The night of the show there was a pretty significant snowstorm - we had to BEG our parents to let us go, and to let an older sister drive us. Of course, once we got out of Keene, older sister’s boyfriend took over the wheel of her Pontiac T1000 (or something like that). Not a real fortress of safety in the winter.
But our heroes soldiered on, and we made it to the gig. Someone named Cyndie Lauper opened up the show, and she was booed mercilessly. She finally got the hint and left about 3 songs in when someone threw a glass bong on the stage. I heard she actually had some hits shortly after. But we were there for guitars.
The Kinks came on and were fantastic. Who woulda thunk that the brothers hated each other? I certainly didn’t know – hell I was 13. Around the Dial, Destroyer, Yo-Yo, Harry Rag, Lola, You Really Got Me, I was hooked. There were two groups of friends who went separately, and we heard that one of our friends in the other group fell asleep during the show. But not me, I was in for the duration. I still am. ROCK AND ROLL. #springfieldciviccenter #thekinkslive
32 years ago today, Bon Jovi with Cinderella at the Centrum. We went to this show for one reason only - the girls. Well, Cinderella wasn’t bad either. I’m guessing this was at about the apex of hair band hysteria. #istillcallitthecentrum
33 years ago today, Kiss at the Providence Civic Center. The Asylum tour, with Bruce Kulick on guitar. Bummed I can’t find my stub for this one, but at 15 years of age I bought the tour program. The amount of bras and panties being thrown on the stage was staggering. Their encore included a cover of Won’t Get Fooled Again. Interesting side note, a good friend of mine who went with me got kicked out during the opening act (Black’n Blue) for smoking. A desperate but futile attempt was made to get him another ticket. Hard to do at that age with minimal funds and cellular technology a generation away. #providenceciviccenter #kissasylum at Dunkin' Donuts Center Providence
27 years ago today, Jethro Tull at Universal Amphitheatre in LA. The Catfish Rising tour. Another show with Jeffbo while he was still stationed at Camp Pendleton. I like to call this era the Year of Jaeger. When able, he’d come up to Torrance for a weekend of no-holds-barred fun, with rock and roll being involved at some point. One weekend shortly after this show we got a head full of medicine and decided to a double feature of the movies Rush (w/Gregg Allman) & Freejack (Jagger), but I digress. Ian Anderson is an interesting dude but a pretty good performer. And as long as we saw Thick as a Brick, Cross-Eyed Mary, Locomotive Breath & Aqualung we were happy. #universalamphitheatre #jethrotulllive at Universal Amphitheatre
10 years ago today, Neil Young at the Centrum, with Wilco opening. This was a day after a massive ice storm hit New England, with a ton of power outages. Wilco did short (for them) set, but Spiders was great, with plenty of feedback, hinting at what Neil might do. Nels Cline’s guitar playing was pure liquid. Then Neil went for about two hours. He started with 6 or 7 Crazy Horse songs, and I was especially stoked to see Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere & Cortez The Killer. But the real highlight was a cover of A Day In The Life. Definitely a rowdy crowd, you could see a fight happening down at the front row on the rail. Just another Saturday night in Woostah. #istillcallitthecentrum #neilyounglive #wilcolive at DCU Center
Old 97s Christmas Extravaganza. Rhett did an acoustic set, next they had a magician, followed by the band. Definitely a different kinda night, but always good seeing these guys. #old97s #portcitymusichall #getoutandseelivemusic at Port City Music Hall
Tedeschi Trucks Band - last show of the tour. at Orpheum Theatre Boston
21 years ago today, Jane’s Addiction at the Universal Amphitheater in LA. Another fun one. The Relapse tour, and they had Flea on bass for this one. A ton of freaks in the crowd, and Perry and Dave Navarro even engaged in an open mouthed kiss at one point. They had go-go dancers, and other sorts of weirdness that you would normally associate with a Jane’s show. Mountain Song was incredible. They came back to the same venue less than a week later for the KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas gig. #universalamphitheatre #relapsetour1997 at Universal Amphitheatre
22 years ago today, the Lemonheads, with Fountains of Wayne at the Troubadour. Touring for the Car Button Cloth album. Kind of a comeback record, Dando and the band were on, and the new songs played well live. Also, seeing Rudderless & It’s A Shame About Ray we’re definite highlights. #thelemonheads #dougwestonstroubadour at Troubadour
17 years ago today, Cake at the Orpheum, with Spoon opening. The Comfort Eagle tour. This was the beginning of practically having a cavity search done by security, just two months after 9/11. Funky and tight (or maybe tight but loose?), Love You Madly, Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Meanwhile Rick James, & Sheep Go To Heaven were standouts. They hadn’t yet begun their ritual of giving an 8’ tree away to a fan – I’ve seen that a couple times, and it’s funny/odd/typical of this band. The Orpheum is a terrific place to see a show. #thebandcake at Orpheum Theatre Boston
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
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