Category Classic Concerts

CLASSIC CONCERT: Little Village @ The Terrace (SXSW) / Austin, TX / March 13, 1992

Back before Austin’s South by Southwest music extravaganza grew out of control, it was actually something that a commoner like myself could enjoy. Case in point was one of 1992’s featured separate admission shows (though only a mere $5): the lone Austin appearance on the lone tour of rock “super group” Little Village. With John […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Paul Carrack’s Noise to Go featuring Nick Lowe @ Bonham Exchange / San Antonio, TX / October 7, 1982

  Nick Lowe’s tenure with Rockpile must have found him comfortable sharing the spotlight with a musical mate like Dave Edmunds. For when that band’s members went their separate ways in 1981, Lowe’s next band featured another singing partner with a pop music legacy. In 1982, Lowe teamed up with keyboardist Paul Carrack in a […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Madison Square Garden (No Nukes) / New York, NY / September 21-22, 1979

On New Year’s Day 1979, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band concluded their seven-month Darkness on the Edge of Town tour, one of the greatest in rock history. Laying low since then, it was quite exciting to hear that in late September Bruce and the boys would reconvene for the two No Nukes shows […]

Forty Years Ago: Elton John & John Lennon @ Madison Square Garden / New York, NY / November 28, 1974

Elton John was huge in 1974—about as popular and successful as a recording artist could be. Back then, I was an 18-year-old college student who was also in heavy training to become a music geek. This preoccupation often led to pontificating with friends about where we thought Elton ranked with the stature attained by The […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Dirty Angels @ Hurrah / New York, NY / December 22, 1978

Thanks to New York radio (WNEW-FM in the City and WLIR-FM out on the Island) I fell in love with two radio-friendly songs by Connecticut band, Dirty Angels: “Radio” and “Tell Me.” (That’s a different MusicMike in the video.) If you have never heard these power pop gems from their overlooked 1977 LP, Kiss Tomorrow […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: The Rolling Stones @ Cotton Bowl / Dallas, TX / November 1, 1981 @ 12:00 NOON

To this day, I regret skipping over The Rolling Stones’ U.S. tours that took place every three years from 1969 through 1978. Even if I tried, tickets for their New York area shows back them were tough to get. Living in Texas in 1981, it was easy though for me to be among the 100,000 […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: The Records @ The Bottom Line / New York, NY / September 7-8, 1979

If asked to get real specific about my favorite type of music, I guess I would say power pop: songs driven by distinctive guitar riffs with catchy hooks and harmonies, mostly sung by guys about girls. Some of the notable proponents of the genre were bands like The Raspberries, Big Star and Badfinger. Power pop […]