TICKETS TORN IN HALF10/10/91: JOHN LEE HOOKER& THE COAST TO COAST BLUES BAND,THE BENSON & HEDGES BLUES EXPLOSION with Buddy Guy, John Campbell,Tinsley Ellis @ THE BEACON, NYC. When a legend is on the bill you must go. When TWO legends are on the bill, you must get as close to the front as you possibly can, which I did. Directly up front and center. I sat next to an elderly man who knew everything in the world about JOHN LEE HOOKER, and was interested in my observations of Mr. Buddy Guy. He nor I knew anything about Campbell nor Ellis but enjoyed their sets. Buddy was as always “on”, and more so in his excitement of sharing a stage with John Lee Hooker.Note:This was two years after THE HEALER album.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:August 19,1989-LIVING COLOUR/ Stevie Ray Vaughn/ KRS-ONE plus others@Beacon I found this article in a blog for WORST CONCERTS EVER so here goes (but according to me Living Colour was great)
August 1989 – Living Colour – Benefit Concert For The Homeless at The Beacon Theater In New York City. I had recently turned 20 and Living Colour was riding high on the success of “Cult Of Personality”. LC were actually good and the surprise guest was a solo Stevie Ray Vaughn who came out wearing a serape and his trademark “Lenny” guitar and played about 3 or 4 numbers. I remember there being a lone red spotlight on him for most of the time so it was hard to see his face under his hat. What made this one bad, then? Being a “benefit” apparently meant that LC could invite any number of their friends to get up and talk about whatever they felt like or to perform. I recall it taking about three hours for LC to even take the stage. Prior to SVR’s performance we were treated to the likes of a homeless female rap duo calling themselves “Double Destiny” and KRS One rapping about the fact that “Jesus was actually a black man”. My friend was so pissed off at KRS One that he went into the lobby until his set was over. Vernon Reed came out earlier in the proceedings and started talking about racial tension in the city and white people crossing to the other side of the street when they saw him coming. I recall him making a comment such as “you don’t have to like me, but you have to respect me”. Someone finally had it and told him to “shut up and just play” or something along those lines (the audience was overwhelmingly young white males). I recall he shot a “death stare” in the general direction of the comment and held it for what seemed like forever in awkward silence. The eventual show was good, but man what a marathon of endurance just to get to that point.
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TICKETS TORN IN HALF July 14, 1974 ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND@ Nassau COLISEUM- In my opinion not really a good time musically for the ABB but they are a huge draw and the crowd goes nuts with each tune. It will be awhile before I see them again, if I ever do.(But I do).
TICKETS TORN IN HALF July 14, 1984: SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES @ Beacon “Hyaena Tour”. This really was a trip as I did not know what to expect and was amazed at how good they were. Opened with DAZZLE, played CHRISTINE, ARABIAN KNIGHTS and encored with HELTER SKELTER.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF July 14, 2005:LUCINDA WILLIAMS @ Beacon. w/ ELVIS COSTELLO I gave my friend a copy of “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” and he was hooked. “We”, he said, needed to see LUCINDA WILLIAMS, so here we are in the BEACON, loge of course, very near to my ABB seats.
She opens with “Ventura” and slowly has the band come out to join her…and later ELVIS COSTELLO joins the festivities.
FRUITS OF MY LABOR
HOW TO LIVE
CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
I LOST IT
OUT OF TOUCH
CHANGED THE LOCKS w/ Elvis Costello(guitar/vocals)
REAL LIVE BLEEDING FINGERS
JAIL HOUSE TEARS w/ Elvis Costello (guitar/vocals)
TICKETS TORN IN HALF: June 18, 1985 THE SMITHS/ BILLY BRAGG @ The Beacon Theatre
My kid brother, Kevin Patrick( see post 2/16/18) had just finished a few new rounds of chemotherapy so his usually longish blond hair was basically non-existent except for what appeared to be braids coming out of his scalp. He refused to wear a baseball cap as recommended by everyone because he was one stubborn Irish boy. He also loved the SMITHS, first album, second newly released, and he had all their singles (with picture sleeves-British and American) stored safely in plastic.We scored nice orchestra seats, right side, at the end of the row. Arriving early we hit a local spot to get a bite to eat. While minding our own business, one guy who had been staring at my brother comes over to our table and said (verbatim) “Hey man, your hair, its different, kinda cool, Who does it, Man?” and my brother without missing a beat said “Chemo, chemosabe” (which was his newest greeting to others). The stoned punker said “wow, cool” and walked away.
“Stupid fucker”, my brother whispered.
Oh yea, THE SMITHS were great and the Meat Is Murder protesters outside before the show didn’t convert too many of us.
Meat Is Murder
The Headmaster Ritual
Reel Around The Fountain
I Want The One I Can’t Have
This Charming Man
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
Stretch Out And Wait
Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now
What She Said
How Soon Is Now?
/William, It Was Really Nothing
/Hand In Glove
//Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
///Barbarism Begins At Home
IN THE HOUSE: June 13, 2018- THE LSD TOUR featuring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam (LSD)@ The Beacon Theatre.
Bucket list bands are sometimes the best to see, especially after waiting for years to get the chance. Once in the rare opportunity you could be disappointed. Tonight was NOT one of those disappointing shows by any stretch of the imagination.DWIGHT YOUKUM on the bill of the “LSD TOUR- It’s Worth The Trip” featuring STEVE EARLE and THE DUKES and LUCINDA WILLIAMS, how could we go wrong? BRAVO to whom ever thought of putting this show together and at a reasonable price.For me DWIGHT was the attraction as I saw STEVE EARLE last time through town (with Los Lobos) and LUCINDA not that long ago.
BIG LEG, a Dwight Yoakam protege,opened the evening to a receptive crowd. STEVE EARLE and THE DUKES (with a DUTCHESS) are next. The guitarist (playing a DanElectro) and the fiddle player in the band are the hubby/wife duo known as THE MASTERSONS, an alt-country group based out of all places BROOKLYN, NY. Check ‘em out, they are amazing playing and singing with STEVE.
Clear the stage and get ready for LUCINDA WILLIAMS. First off, her guitarist has about a dozen or so classic guitars on the rack and a stomp box board about an acre in size, some of which he uses to make incredible sounds. ‘Drunken Angel”, “Lake Charles”,”Bitter Memory”, “Changed The Locks” (which she dedicated to her friend TOM PETTY who covered the song),”Honey Bee” and “Foolishness” were stand outs this evening. Nice applause and the lights come up immediately, no encore as was with STEVE.
A VOX amp was given the road crew fits as they attempted to set up for DWIGHT YOAKAM. Finally, ready to go with the risers, amps, drums, all placed far back allowing a huge expanse of open stage, the house lights dim and flashes of white lights appear, each accenting the rhinestones on the musicians jackets as they sprint across the stage to take their spots. A CHUCK BERRY riff is heard off stage, “Little Queenie”, and as the spotlight hits the side of the stage, enters DWIGHT YOAKAM, the star for this evening and the guy playing that riff. The band kicks in, the lights flash across the huge stage, LAS VEGAS style is in the house tonight. True professionalism, no idle chatter, no tune ups required, change of Dwight’s electric to acoustic guitar occurred while the band completed a tune, and he dances and shuffles across the stage to the delight of dare I say, the large contingent of women in the audience. And the Vox amp crapped out in the second song to which Dwight directed the attention to by putting his boot on it and shaking his head to the crew still not missing a beat or a shimmy. Quickly the amp was by-passed to another and the show continued on for over an hour.”Little Sister”, “Streets of Bakersfield”, a few MERLE HAGGARD tunes thrown in as a nice tribute,a cover of WARREN ZEVON’S amazing “Carmelita”, “ the obligatory (for me anyway) “Honky Tonk Man”, “Guitars and Cadillacs” and the closer with STEVE EARLE and LUCINDA WILLIAMS on back up vocals “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and Loud, Loud Music).Song over, lights up, time to exit. Bucket list item done, add DWIGHT YOAKAM to the roster of shows.