Live Music Journal

This is a list of the live shows that I have attended. I started this list in the late nineties so everything before that is from memory and ticket stubs.

The lineups are arranged so the headliner appears at the top and the opener is at the bottom. Shows with unknown dates are listed in a separate list at the bottom.

09/17/2017
First Avenue

The Specials
The band sounded fantastic. Especially Sir Horace Gentleman on bass. They all seemed to be having a lot of fun except for Terry Hall who seemed really bored. He was rolling his eyes at Lynval Golding and even stated at one point that he was anxious to get back to his hotel room. Fortunately, Lynval more than made up for it by being genuinely happy to be there and firing up the crowd.
06/21/2014
State Theater

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Warpaint
I had run Grandma’s Marathon earlier in the day and was glad to see nice, cushy seats when we walked in. As soon as Nick came out, eveyone stood up and stayed standing for the entire show. Fortunately, Nick was incredible so I didn’t care.
11/23/2013
Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Paramore
Metric
Hellogoodbye
My daughters first real concert. Hayley Williams really puts on a great show.
10/28/2012
Varsity Theater

Afghan Whigs
Wussy
The Whigs looked and sounded like they haven’t lost a beat.
06/30/2012
Fitzgerald Theater

They Might Be Giants
03/28/2008
Fitzgerald Theater

Mekons
This was basically an interview with Greil Marcus with the Mekons as guests. Mary Lucia did the interview with both Marcus and also another with the Mekons. Greil Marcus was very boring but the Mekons were really good. The played some great songs and tolked a lot between them. Sally Tims was very witty and funny. John Lanford was pretty crazy himself. Very entertaining.
08/26/2007
Minnesota State Fair Grandstand

Suicide Commandos
This was the first concert that we brought the kids to. They hated it.
12/08/2003
Wild Rumpus Books

They Might Be Giants
This was the first show that we brought the kids to.
07/15/2003
First Avenue

X
The Fags
The original lineup of X. Billy Zoom, Exene, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake. Billy Zoom was flawlessly playing these intense guitar solos while winking and talking to people in the audience. John Doe got the crowd in a little bit of an uproar when he made a snide remark about the 1987 Replacements. Just a few beer glasses thrown. The Fags were a really fun band to watch. My friend made a good comparison to Cheap Trick (one of my favs).
04/01/2003
The Quest

Frank Black & The Catholics
$19.00
Fucking LOUD! A three guitar assault that played non-stop. No talking. David Lovering warmed up the crows with a ‘magic’ show and I forget the name of the opening act. A guy with a guitar. Pretty good sounding though.
04/25/2002
State Theater

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
$35.00
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is the most intense band I’ve ever seen. I had goosebumps during ‘Do You Love Me?’ which was the second song they played.
11/11/1999
The Quest

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
$21.00
He even dug out some old Clash songs. Crappy venue as far as view is concerned.
10/26/1999
Turf Club

Grant Hart
Excellent show. This was the release party for his second album. He played for hours with no band.
10/09/1999
Coffman Union

They Might Be Giants
$17.00
09/05/1999
Mill City Music Festival 1999

Prince
Semisonic
Bob Mould
Low
Badfinger
Bill Carrothers
The Time
Flaming Ohs
12 Rods
Flipp
Savage Aural Hotbed
Curtiss A
05/08/1999
First Avenue

Built To Spill
$6.00
Lily Liver
The Delusions
I loved Built To Spill but had never seen them. Man, were they awesome. Sadly, this was one of Lily Liver’s last shows before breaking up.
11/12/1998
7th Street Entry

The Candyskins
$7.00
Ed Ackerson was in the audience.
10/31/1998
7th Street Entry

Mike Watt
$10.00
O’ Jeez
09/29/1998
First Avenue

They Might Be Giants
Awesome, as always. We went to the Electric Fetus to buy two tickets and the guy at the counter gave us two comps.
05/28/1998
7th Street Entry

Mike Watt
$10.00
Scrawl
Iffy
Everyone came out on stage for one final encore. This was Iffy’s first gig and were still called So-So.
03/28/1998
First Avenue

Sleater-Kinney
Bratmobile
02/27/1998
First Avenue

Violent Femmes
$15.00
08/11/1997
7th Street Entry

Legendary Pink Dots
$10.00
In the middle of a fairly quiet song, Edward Ka-Spel frightened everybody by screaming, jumping off the stage and flopping around on the floor in the middle of the crowd. Several people from Let It Be were present.
08/09/1997
Let It Be Records

Jill Sobule
Mark Eitzel
In store performance. Mark and Jill alternated every couple of songs. Eitzel was openly concerned that nobody was interested in hearing his songs after Jill’s.
06/25/1997
First Avenue

Blur
That Dog
Blur was great but I couldn’t shake the harmonies from That Dog out of my head for weeks. I thought That Dog would be the next big thing after Retreat From The Sun came out. They’re harmonies are great on album but even better live.
12/06/1996
First Avenue

Social Distortion
D-Generation
Tenderloin
I skipped my company Christmas party for this show. Totally worth it.
09/19/1996
Orpheum Theatre

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
$27.00
Ron Sexsmith
Elvis also did some songs with just Steve Nieve. Very cool show.
07/04/1996
Taste Of Minnesota

dada
A live outdoor show on a warm, sunny Fourth of July. This show seemed special. The music was great and it was around dusk so the sky looked really cool.
06/12/1996
The 400 Bar

Moxy Fruvous
$4.00
I heard of these guys through my wife’s They Might Be Giants discussion list. One of the worst bands I’ve ever seen.
04/17/1996
First Avenue

Iggy Pop
Iggy is just the best. He even dug out some old Stooges material like Search & Destroy.
10/28/1995
7th Street Entry

Archers Of Loaf
Poster Children
Butterglory
After the Poster Children played the Archers’ bass player joked about how hard it is playing after them. The Archers, however, actually increased the intensity even further.
10/18/1995
First Avenue

Buffalo Tom
The Inbreds
Buffalo Tom sounded fantastic.
10/03/1995
First Avenue

Polara
$5.00
09/18/1995
First Avenue

Shane MacGowan & The Popes
The Waltons
Shane was about an hour late. Just when we thought the show was going to be canceled, he walks out on stage. Apparently, he was in Chicago the night before and they were waiting for him to arrive.
08/19/1995
Cedarfest

Run Westy Run
Magnolias
07/22/1995
Lyndale Block Party

Suicide Commandos
Everyone associated with the Mpls. Music Scene in the 80’s seemed to be in the audience. Members of Husker Du, Soul Asylum, The Mats, Run Westy Run, Suburbs, Flaming Ohs… everyone. I even saw Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater in the crowd.
07/18/1995
First Avenue

Face To Face
$5.00
Guttermouth
The Grabbers
07/14/1995
Hennepin Avenue Block Party

Run Westy Run
A looming thunderstorm made openers Rex Daisy wimp out. Run Westy Run then bravely took the stage and played an even longer set.
05/28/1995
Floatrite Park

Ramones
Collective Soul
KMFDM
Face To Face
Monster Magnet
Sponge
Wax
Letters To Cleo
It really cold and a light rain started during the Collective Soul set. The people in my group wanted to leave but I insisted on staying for the Ramones. So glad they agreed to stay. It stopped raining shortly after they came on stage and they were awesome. Overall it was a long day. I would say that the opening band (Letters To Cleo) and the headliner (Ramones) were the highlights.
05/18/1995
First Avenue

The Cows
Rex Daisy
Arcwelder
February
This was a Rev 105 benefit for something.
05/02/1995
First Avenue

Matthew Sweet
05/01/1995
First Avenue

Goo Goo Dolls
03/20/1995
First Avenue

Weezer
$14.00
Archers Of Loaf
I had never seen the Archers before this show. When they took the stage my friends and I realized that they were the guys previously playing pinball directly next to us. Unfortunately, Weezer couldn’t hold a candle to the Archers.
02/03/1995
First Avenue

The Suburbs
Great show but I wished I had seen them fifteen years earlier.
10/02/1994
First Avenue

L7
$12.00
Melvins
Wool
The Melvins blew L7 away.
09/24/1994
First Avenue

Oingo Boingo
Fretblanket
09/17/1994
First Avenue

The Fall
Finally, Mark E. Smith and company in person. Brix was even in the band.
04/21/1994
First Avenue

7 Seconds
Very boring.
03/29/1994
First Avenue

Green Day
Tilt
Great live band. These guys are in the same league as Soul Asylum and The Cramps.
02/15/1994
First Avenue

Wonder Stuff
$8.00
Chapterhouse
At the time I wasn’t a huge fan but they became one of my ten favorite bands of all time. They played a truely great cover of The Fisherman’s Blues by the Waterboys for one of the encores.
11/29/1993
7th Street Entry

Poster Children
I went to this with a friend who was into the Poster Children. However, after the show even he admitted that they became boring after a while.
11/28/1993
First Avenue

Candlebox
Greta
I had comps so I went. It was better than I had expected. Greta opened fronted by a guy in drag.
11/21/1993
First Avenue

All
$7.00
Season To Risk
My Name
11/01/1993
First Avenue

Run Westy Run
The Cows
This was actually a late Halloween show. The Westies were dressed for the occassion. A couple of them were in drag and the rest in costumes. The only light was a trouble-light hanging from the ceiling which became one of Kurt’s props.

The guitar player for The Cows was pissing off the crowd near him by wise-cracking and spitting on them. He was great. Shannon’s bugle playing was as sharp as ever.

10/11/1993
First Avenue

Jesus Lizard
$6.00
Melvins
Mickey Finn
The Jesus Lizard is a scary group. There’s hardly anything on the stage. The guitar player plays through a Fender Twin and the drum kit consists of three pieces. The sound is huge. The singer was sooo funny. He was pissing off the security by crowd surfing constantly. The security woman would shake her finger at him and yell. He would respond by looking her in the eye and launching himself into the crowd. Then two or three security guys would pull him back via the mike cord. This happened repeatedly throughout the show.
10/10/1993
First Avenue

Bad Religion
Green Day
Seaweed
I missed most of the Seaweed set because of the ridiculously slow security at the door. Green Day had green everywhere including a large backdrop and Billy Joe’s hair.
08/20/1993
First Avenue

Paul Westerberg
This was Westerberg’s first solo tour. He did four encores. He even came out AFTER the movie screen was lowered and actually played from behind the screen. All the crowd could see were silouettes of the band on stage.
07/20/1993
First Avenue

X
Like an idiot, I stood three feet from a speaker for half the show. I had a great view but my left ear took a pounding. The most memorable thing was that I shook John Doe’s hand. That and the sense that First Ave was going to implode during the song Nausea.
07/06/1993
First Avenue

Jellyfish
Joey Molland came on as a surprise guest and played several songs with the band. They’re the only band I’ve ever seen with a drummer that stands in the front and sings. Awesome show. Special sidenote: My friends and I went to a bar after the show which is where I met my wife.
07/04/1993
Floatrite Park

Soul Asylum
$5.00
They sang a cover of Hope by The Descendents with Chris Osgood on guitar.
05/24/1993
First Avenue

Fugazi
Unrest
It was incredibly packed on the floor during the Fugazi set.
05/22/1993
The Uptown Bar

Zuzu’s Petals
I brought my nephew to this show.
05/21/1993
7th Street Entry

Loose Rails
The Spectors
Blind Venetians
The Framed
Dave Randall Benefit. I also brought my nephew Jason who was visiting.
04/15/1993
First Avenue

King Missile
Hammerbox opened.
03/13/1993
7th Street Entry

Arcwelder
Brick Layer Cake
Green Apple Quick Step
Reveal
Arcwelder Record Release Party
02/22/1993
The 400 Bar

Magnolias
02/01/1993
7th Street Entry

Fear
$5.00
Skatenigs
I talked to Lee Ving several times that night. To the point that he was becoming annoyed with me. I even jumped off the two foot high stage twice. Derf Scratch was pretty funny. The Skatenigs opened.
01/21/1993
The Uptown Bar

Antenna
Hovercraft
Antenna did a cool Flipper cover.
10/07/1992
First Avenue

Screaming Trees
Luna 2
Vertigo
Great sound. One of the most impressive drummers I’ve heard. Too bad the songs were so boring.
07/22/1992
7th Street Entry

Savage Aural Hotbed
When the band first came out on stage, you couldn’t see them because the stage was enclosed by a wall of Styrofoam panels. Then the band proceeded to cut through the walls with power tools until the walls were destroyed.
05/02/1992
Cedarfest

Soul Asylum
Nova Mob
They played in a tent. Guys were climbing the tent poles to see.
03/09/1992
First Avenue

The Cramps
Reverend Horton Heat
Lux Interior flashed himself several times. My friend threw his Jagermeister cap onto the stage when The Rev was playing and the bass player played two songs while wearing it.
01/27/1992
First Avenue

Pixies
$9.00
This was actually an ticket but my friend sold it to me for half price because he didn’t feel good the day of the show. Good thing too because they sucked. It was the second night of a two night stand. They played for one hour and walked off. Black Francis refused to return for an encore so that was it. .
01/22/1992
First Avenue

Soul Asylum
Run Westy Run
Soundgarden
Zuzu’s Petals
Jayhawks
Trip Shakespeare
Babes In Toyland
Magnolias
This is considered by many to be the greatest show ever at First Avenue. Soundgarden, who was opening for GNR across the street, was a surprise guest.
12/31/1991
Hyatt (Downtown Minneapolis)

Soul Asylum
$18.00
Bash & Pop
New Years Eve Party. This was the first show ever by Bash & Pop. A friend and I heckled Tommy Stinson and actually got mentioned in a City Pages article.
11/09/1991
The Uptown Bar

Magnolias
10/14/1991
First Avenue

Nirvana
$6.00
Urge Overkill
Libido Boyz
That’s right six dollars. I would have paid that to see the openers Urge Overkill. Kurt was making me nervous by carelessly flopping around and crashing into stuff. They had the most intense light rigs and they were pointed at the audience. As soon as the loud chorus would start they would hit the lights and virtually blind everyone.
09/11/1991
7th Street Entry

The Mentors
09/09/1991
First Avenue

Hoodoo Gurus
$9.00
My wife and brother in-law were actually at this show several years before I actually met them.
08/01/1991
Lollapalooza

Jane’s Addiction
$25.00
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Living Color
Nine Inch Nails
Ice-T & Bodycount
Butthole Surfers
Rollins Band
This was the first Lollapalooza. Great day for it too. My ears were still ringing from the Soul Asylum show the night before. There were about 50 people when Rollins came out but he played as though there were 5000. Trent Reznor destroyed a ton of equipment, Gibby Haynes shot badmintons out of a guitar-cannon and Siouxsie was awesome.
07/31/1991
First Avenue

Soul Asylum
Soul Reaction
This was the night before some friends and I went to Lollapalooza.
07/03/1991
First Avenue

Soul Asylum
Arcwelder
This was actually two complete sets for the price of one. The first was an accoustic show. The second was the standard “electric” set.
05/10/1991
7th Street Entry

Magnolias
04/11/1991
The Fine Line

Soul Asylum
This was billed as “The Dan & Dave Show”. Chris Mars was sitting at a table next to us.
03/26/1991
The Cabooze

Johnny Winter
The crowd had to be cleared so Johnny could walk to the stage without anyone touching him. Once he started playing, my friends and I positioned ourselves right down in front. We were about 3 or 4 feet away from him.
08/24/1990
First Avenue

Extreme
Alice In Chains
This was was of the most lob-sided bills I’ve ever seen. The opener, Alice In Chains made Extreme sound (and look) embarrassingly ridiculous. Alice In Chains played everything of of their newly released debut and it sounded fantastic.
08/09/1990
First Avenue

Black Crowes
Junkyard
Brian Baker from Minor Threat was the guitar player for Junkyard.
03/10/1985
UND Fieldhouse

Kiss
Dokken
Kiss was already past their prime. Dokken was great and stole the show.
04/21/1984
Ralph Engelstad Arena

Ozzy Osbourne
Ratt
Jake E. Lee was on guitar.

The rest of these are not dated…

(unknown)
The 400 Bar

Rex Daisy
This was the first time I saw Rex Daisy.
(unknown)
The 400 Bar

Rex Daisy
The cello player had just quit the band. A guitar player from Chicago filled in for the gig.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Rex Daisy
This was the first of a two night stand.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Rex Daisy
This was the second of a two night stand.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Reverend Horton Heat
This was the second time I saw them. Boring show. My friends and I actually left early and wondered into the mainroom where Trip Shakespeare was playing.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Rex Daisy
The bass player was really sick and barfed on the stage. Somehow, he still managed to complete the show.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Dylan Hicks
Dylans band at this time were actually called The Three Pesos. They did a song about a tricycle that I would love to find a recording of. The Claw (of WWF fame) was in the audience so I took the liberty to introduce myself. He said he was there to because he was related to the drummer.
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Blue Up?
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

Green Pyramids
(unknown)
The Cabooze

Run Westy Run
One of the first times I saw RWR.
(unknown)
The Cabooze

Rex Daisy
(unknown)
Dakota Bar & Grill

Bill Carrothers & Wendy Lewis
The singer for Rex Daisy was sitting at the table next to us. He and his table were apparently friends with Wendy Lewis. Once when Bill started a solo, Mr. Daisy began complaining to his friends and mocked Bill. Classy. Bill has to be one of thee most gifted Piano players around. Amazing.
(unknown)
Floatrite Park

Violent Femmes
$16.00
Material Issue
I also believe that The Gin Blossoms, Dig and Eve’s Plum were in the lineup for this show.
(unknown)
Gatsby’s

Blue Up?
Green Pyramids
(unknown)
Hennepin Avenue Block Party

They Might Be Giants
Connells
(unknown)
Mississippi Riverfront

Green Pyramids
(unknown)
University Of MN parking lot

Semisonic
Rex Daisy
This was one of Semisonic’s earliest shows. They were still playing under the name Pleasure. It was in a parking lot and the bands played on a flatbed semi-trailer to a crowd of approximately 30 people. Most of whom were sitting on blankets.
(unknown)
The Uptown Bar

Run Westy Run
The band came out and started playing but Kurt was not on the stage although you could hear him singing. After a few minutes the crowd started focusing on the front of the bar (opposite end of the building from the band). I turned around and saw Kurt on one of the tables singing and dancing. He eventually knocked out a ceiling tile. Then he hopped on a guy’s shoulder and rode piggyback to the stage.
(unknown)
The Uptown Bar

Run Westy Run
This was mine and my wife’s first real date. We had to wait in line to get in but it was worth it, as always with the Westies. By closing time my silk shirt was completely saturated with sweat.
(unknown)
The Uptown Bar

Leaving Trains
Falling James almost ran me over when he left the stage. The image of a large, pissed-off, drunk guy in a princess dress storming toward me is forever imprinted in my mind.
(unknown)
The Uptown Bar

Hammerhead
I introduced myself to the band afterword and we talked a little bit about Fargo.
(unknown)
The Uptown Bar

Didjits
(unknown)
7th Street Entry

February