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Ever seen a band that was small time when you went that eventualy became bigtime?

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Saw Motley Crue at the Iowa Jam in 1984.

 

They were opening act and I stood right up against the chain link fence and watched with plenty of room for dancing.



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saw the pimples when they were fairly new

 

also saw john denvers plane crash


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Not a band, but I took my brother and some friends to see Dave Chappelle stand up in 2000 or so for my brother's birthday.  Way before the Chappelle Show.  At a little comedy club called Laugh Lines in Madison, WI that probably holds 80 people.  Got a table right in the front row maybe 10 feet away from him.  Great show.  Don't think I've ever laughed that hard.



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Not a band, but I took my brother and some friends to see Dave Chappelle stand up in 2000 or so for my brother's birthday.  Way before the Chappelle Show.  At a little comedy club called Laugh Lines in Madison, WI that probably holds 80 people.  Got a table right in the front row maybe 10 feet away from him.  Great show.  Don't think I've ever laughed that hard.

saw Jerry Seinfeld doing standup, maybe 1991. Back before his show wants huge hit.

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saw Gaslight Anthem, Thursday, Midtown, My Chemical Romance, Armor For Sleep in dirty off-campus basements and dive bars before they made it to the big time...


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Saw stone temple pilots opening for rage against the machine.

And I still remember to this day, as good as rage was live, stp stole the show. They were brand new at the time.

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never happend to me but a guy who was my boss at one point told me story here in Minneapolis.

 

in the  1 1972   went to MET Stadium  where the vikings played  to see the Rolling Stones!

 

the opening was some small young man black guy on stage, nobody  there paid much attention and nobody knew who it was some opening person.  turns out the young man was also blind.  and of course later he fully realized it was Stevie wonder!  opening for the Stones.

 

always loved that story!

 

1972, Met Center — Opening act Stevie Wonder did a long drum solo in his first number that wasn't appreciated. Jagger rocked for 15 songs but the lack of air conditioning was as annoying as the arena's acoustics. Unforgettable was tear gas that filtered inside from police skirmishes with ticketless fans outside.


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Saw Motley Crue at the Iowa Jam in 1984.

They were opening act and I stood right up against the chain link fence and watched with plenty of room for dancing.


I saw them on that same tour, can’t remember who they opened for though. Motley Crue, Poison, Bon Jovi and Ratt opened up for a lot of bigger acts in the Midwest in that 83-86 time frame. I saw them all multiple times as openers. Also saw Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, and Great White as openers.

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ac/dc  venue seating maybe 100-150

want to say 73-74 as i was still in high school



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Saw Motley Crue at the Iowa Jam in 1984.

 

 

Journey, in the 70's.....also in Iowa

 

 

Wife and me went to the CRUE concert 3 times at their recent residency at the HardRockVegas


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Met Fishhead 2009, YEARS before the MERRY MEN ever existed


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Close thread:

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My cousin is in a group called The Tubes, some of you may have heard of them. NOT rock 'n roll hall of famers, but a good long run for them.

 

They were popular in the 70s, 80s and 90s, still doing shows.

 

 

I used to watch them rehearse in my uncle's garage...



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The Tubes were a good band!



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Here's a little twist on that scenario.  I went to see a small-time act that stayed small-time, only to miss the act that went big later.

 

Back in the early 60's.  Went to an outdoor concert along Western Lake Michigan - Saugatuck.  To see The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.  This was one of those novelty acts that was a big drawer at the time - some black guy that rocked and ate fire all at the same time.

He was next to last.  The last act was somebody we had never heard of before, so we decided the sharp thing to do was to hit the road before the final act to beat the traffic.

Besides, how good could the last act be --- it was some girl named Alice Cooper.



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Met Fishhead 2009, YEARS before the MERRY MEN ever existed





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Nivana my uncle is a sound engineer and he did a show for them at Phillips Academy in Andover MA.

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White Clover played at my high school, Hill City High only to change their name to KANSAS the following year and moved onto bigger and better venues than a high school with 180 kids in all 4 grades... I went to their 40th anniversary tour at Red Rock Casino about 4 years ago and was talking to them before the show and reminded them of White Clover and one of them said Christ you're an old fucker, ya think there will be any younger ones in the crowd...

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White Clover played at my high school, Hill City High only to change their name to KANSAS the following year and moved onto bigger and better venues than a high school with 180 kids in all 4 grades... I went to their 40th anniversary tour at Red Rock Casino about 4 years ago and was talking to them before the show and reminded them of White Clover and one of them said Christ you're an old fucker, ya think there will be any younger ones in the crowd...

Great story right there Jeff!


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Here's a little twist on that scenario. I went to see a small-time act that stayed small-time, only to miss the act that went big later.

Back in the early 60's. Went to an outdoor concert along Western Lake Michigan - Saugatuck. To see The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. This was one of those novelty acts that was a big drawer at the time - some black guy that rocked and ate fire all at the same time.
He was next to last. The last act was somebody we had never heard of before, so we decided the sharp thing to do was to hit the road before the final act to beat the traffic.
Besides, how good could the last act be --- it was some girl named Alice Cooper.

My brother got married in Saugatuck.

Another thumbs up for The Tubes.

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I was too young but Styx played my high school’s prom in 1973.

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My cousin is in a group called The Tubes, some of you may have heard of them. NOT rock 'n roll hall of famers, but a good long run for them.
 
They were popular in the 70s, 80s and 90s, still doing shows.
 
 
I used to watch them rehearse in my uncle's garage...



Ha, i had the little vinyl single for one in a million girls, maybe circa 84/86




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