concert memoirs pt. 21 – the godfathers, robyn hitchcock & the egyptians & the church

The Godfathers w/The Nils 3/28/88 First Avenue w/John Ticket Price: $6.00 “This damn nation! Frustration!” An excellent song that I first heard during a Club Degenerate night at First Avenue. Great guitar. Nice and angry. They put on a good show. They were very tight and very rockin’. Their lead singer was full of theContinue reading “concert memoirs pt. 21 – the godfathers, robyn hitchcock & the egyptians & the church”

concert memoirs pt. 18 – game theory, the woodentops, peter murphy & chameleons uk

Game Theory w/The Jayhawks 10/19/86 First Avenue w/John Ticket Price: Unknown Nothing. I’ve got nothing here. The Woodentops w/Trip Shakespeare & New Marines11/5/86 First Avenue w/John Ticket Price: $6.00 I don’t recall anything of the open acts, but I did like Trip Shakespeare a lot. I’m pretty sure I saw their first ever show inContinue reading “concert memoirs pt. 18 – game theory, the woodentops, peter murphy & chameleons uk”

concert memoirs pt. 17 – guadalcanal diary, naked raygun & rem

Guadalcanal Diary w/Timbuk 3 9/17/86 First Avenue w/John Ticket Price: Unknown The opening act is, mainly, remembered for their one hit, ‘The Future So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades’. However, they were still an interesting band to watch play live. Just a guy and a gal and a boombox. Their hit song might not haveContinue reading “concert memoirs pt. 17 – guadalcanal diary, naked raygun & rem”

concert memoirs pt. 16 – ramones & pete shelley

Ramones w/Funseekers7/27/86 First Avenue w/John Ticket Price: $8.00 This is one of my feather-in-my-cap shows. True, it wasn’t very early on, it wasn’t at CBGB’s, but it was before Dee Dee left the band. And well before they all died, most of them anyway. I hope that doesn’t seem to mean, because I do feelContinue reading “concert memoirs pt. 16 – ramones & pete shelley”

concert memoirs pt. 12 – the waterboys, love & rockets, the jesus & mary chain & the fall

The Waterboys w/Figures 11/6/85 First Avenue w/John & Kelly Ticket Price: $5.00 This was one of John’s favorite bands. I liked them, but I wasn’t as into them as John was then. I really liked ‘This is the Sea’ (the album they were promoting for this show), but their first two albums (‘The Waterboys’ &Continue reading “concert memoirs pt. 12 – the waterboys, love & rockets, the jesus & mary chain & the fall”