Tuesday, May 1, 2012

CONCERTS - 1990 to 1999

FEBRUARY 4, 1990: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS, with LENNY KRAVITZ opening - PATRIOT CENTER, FAIRFAX, VA
I remember this being a damn good show.  Kravitz had just broken, so the crowd was up for him.  Petty was riding high on the release of "Full Moon Fever."

MARCH 3, 1990: BILLY JOEL - CAPITAL CENTRE, LANDOVER, MD
Another show where I know I was there, but that's about it.

JULY 6, 1990: PAUL MCCARTNEY - RFK STADIUM, WASHINGTON, DC
This could've been a great experience, but...I was first in line at the local Ticketmaster outlet the morning these went on sale.  For whatever reason, the computer system crashed just as the tickets went on sale, so I wound up with seats WAY up in the upper level, off to the side, and it was almost impossible to see Paul throughout the show. Bummer.

AUGUST 3, 1990: ERIC CLAPTON - CAPITAL CENTRE
The last concert I saw in the DC area before returning to Atlanta. A great show.

MAY 3, 1991: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER, ATLANTA
Good show with full band.

DECEMBER 1, 1991: JETHRO TULL – FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA
Great to finally see Ian Anderson in concert. The show was OK.

JULY 5, 1992: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH - LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
An all-acoustic show, although Stills did use his electric guitar on a couple of songs. Excellent performances by all three.  You can see the essence of this show on the DVD, CSN: The Acoustic Concert.

MAY 1, 1993: PAUL MCCARTNEY - GEORGIA DOME, ATLANTA
The Dome is massive, and we were sitting at approximately the 50-yard line, so Paul and the band were little specks in the distance.  I might as well have been watching this on a video at home.

JUNE 15, 1993: CAROLE KING - CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE, ATLANTA
This was a great show.  Carole's most recent album, "Colour Of Your Dreams" had come out, and she played some cuts from it, including "Now And Forever" which was featured in the film "A League Of Their Own."  This tour was captured on the DVD "Carole King - In Concert," which for some reason wasn't released until 2000.



JUNE 20, 1993: THE MOODY BLUES - CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE
The first time I saw the band perform with an orchestra.  Hearing "Nights In White Satin" with full orchestration...wow.  Terrific show.

JULY 3, 1993: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
I had fifth row seats in the center section on the night before July 4.  Couldn't have been better.

OCTOBER 31, 1993: PAUL SIMON 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT with ART GARFUNKEL - THE PARAMOUNT AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Simon played a month's worth of shows to mark his 30 years in the business. He played solo, then a set with Art, and closed with a full band.  He was in excellent form and it was great to see him and Art together onstage again.

MARCH 15, 1994: ROGER MCGUINN - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, ATLANTA
This was a great show.  McGuinn took the audience through his musical history, which in many ways has been the musical history of my generation.  It was so much fun to literally hear how he developed his unique sound. His Live From Mars CD captures all of this.

MAY 18, 1994: SHAWN COLVIN - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE
A wonderful show, just as her "Fat City" CD was taking off.

JUNE 24, 1994: CROSBY, STILLS & NASH 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR - LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
The trio's 25th anniversary tour, with a full backing band, on their way to playing at Woodstock's 25th anniversay.   A great rocking show.

JULY 4, 1994: TRAFFIC - CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE, ATLANTA
Went to this show as The Three Steves: Fineberg, Redisch and Springer.  It was pouring rain all night. But Winwood was in great form, and it was great to see him and Jim Capaldi together on stage.

JULY 23, 1994: SARA HICKMAN (opening for John Gorka) - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, ATLANTA
I had been listening to Sara for five years at this point, and this was the first time I was seeing her in concert.  Oh man. I was so blown away by her warmth, her humor and the sheer beauty of her songs.  So much so that I didn't even stay to see the headliner after Sara's set.  I was so jazzed by this show that when I got home I wrote a multi-page letter to her and sent it to her P.O. box in Texas.  And amazingly I got a hand-written letter back from her!  Another entry in that top five list.

AUGUST 16, 1994: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, with BLUES TRAVELER opening – GARDEN STATE ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ
What I remember about this show is that I went with my best friend Steve, that Blues Traveler opened, and that John Popper sat in with the Brothers on a few numbers.

AUGUST 7, 1995: RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND - CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATRE
I'd have to do some checking to see which version of the band played at this show.   But it was Ringo, and it was fun.

DECEMBER 28, 1995: SARA HICKMAN - EDDIE'S ATTIC, DECATUR, GA
Eddie's Attic is a very small and intimate room.  I was sitting less than 10 feet from Sara during this show, and afterwards I got up the courage to introduce myself to her (she had an AOL message board group at the time).  I got a big hug as if I was her very best friend, and we chatted for a few minutes.  This only solidified the fact that Sara is an incredibly wonderful human being.

MARCH 30, 1996: the subdudes, with ANDERS OSBORNE opening - VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, ATLANTA
This was the first concert I went to with the woman who has been my wife for 15 years, so it's pretty memorable for that alone.  I'd first taken note of the subdudes on Shawn Colvin's "Fat City" album, and then bought the band's "Anunciation" CD.  I loved the music and their voices.  And Anders Osborne played a smoking blues opening set.  A good funky night of music.

JUNE 7, 1996: THE MOODY BLUES - LEGENDS FIELD, TAMPA, FLORIDA
Kara and I are both huge Moody Blues fans, so this was pretty cool, being our first Moodies show together, having front row seats...and seeing the concert at the spring training home of my beloved Yankees.  Another orchestral show.  Very very cool.

JULY 7, 1996: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - LAKEWOOD AMPHITHEATER
Another show where I have the ticket stub but can't tell you anything about the show.

MARCH 11, 1997: THE MOODY BLUES - ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, UK
Another entry in the top five concerts.  I had taken a job in London in November 1996, moving with my wife and two children.  As mentioned before, Kara and I are huge Moodies fans. When we saw this concert advertised we went down to the Royal Albert Hall to buy tickets.  We got four seats but they were kind of far back in the theater.  The woman at the ticket window said we should try back on the day of the show to see if anything closer would open up.  So we got there early with the kids, and amazingly, the same woman was working at the ticket window.  And equally amazing, she remembered us!  And to complete it all, she had a BOX close to the stage with FOUR SEATS available!  We gladly paid the difference, which wasn't all that much, and had a spectacular view of the band.  This was another orchestral show, and to hear the Moodies in that famed hall was just magic.



MARCH 19, 1997: THE MONKEES 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON
And just eight days later, a great show in an entirely different vein.  For the first time in 30 years, Michael Nesmith joined Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork for a full-fledged tour.  They were terrific, and it was great fun.

 

Fifteen years and 9 days later, Micky signed the ticket at the Fest for Beatles Fans in New Jersey.  As I handed it to him, I told him when it was from.  He looked at the ticket then looked up at me and said, "Wow, that is cool."  Equally cool to have his signature on it now!


SEPTEMBER 13, 1997: JAMES TAYLOR – THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
We'd moved back to the States just a few weeks earlier and I saw that this show still had tickets available.  It was a wonderful show, except for the bozo sitting in front me who didn't like the fact that I, along with others, were singing along with James.

JUNE 9, 1998: THE MOODY BLUES - FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, LEDYARD, CT
The Moodies have taken to playing casinos very often in the U.S., and this was the first, and so far only, time we've seen them in a casino.  The audio was way too loud, but they were great, as always.

JUNE 21, 1998: THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND – MEADOWS MUSIC THEATRE, HARTFORD, CT
I believe this was the first time Dickey Betts was booted from the band before he was formally fired.  And I think Derek Trucks played at this show.

SEPTEMBER 10, 1999: THE MOODY BLUES - CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER, ATLANTA
Our daughter Melanie was all of 3 months old when we took her and her big sister and brother (they were 9!) to this show.

NOVEMBER 24, 1999: JAMES TAYLOR – FOX THEATRE, ATLANTA
A Thanksgiving Friday concert, with a new wrinkle for James...he performed with an orchestra.  I had a balcony seat, which was cool because in the Fox the balcony juts out pretty far over the orchestra seats, so I was relatively close to the stage.

AND THEN: THE 2000s

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