Long Live Rock: The Tragically Hip

Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, June 1996 The zoo is a crazy place for a rock concert, but for the Tragically Hip, this Depression-era amphitheater was perfect. And this was years before Gord Downie sang about Gus, the polar bear in Central Park (In Between Evolution, 2004). I like to think that the Toledo Zoo was his… Continue reading Long Live Rock: The Tragically Hip

Long Live Rock: Dougie MacLean

The Ark, Ann Arbor, circa 1996 Another concert with Tim, who was in grad school at Michigan by this point. Dougie was fantastic -- The Ark is an intimate venue, and as I remember it, we were sitting just a row or two from the stage. I watched transfixed as Dougie tuned his guitar differently… Continue reading Long Live Rock: Dougie MacLean

Long Live Rock, the Nineties, Part II

The early nineties are hazy, for no particular reason, other than that they were so long ago. Still, I'm determined to continue write about every concert I ever attended. The eighties were easy because attending concerts was a new thing for me, and I saw "big" acts like The Who and The Kinks, all near… Continue reading Long Live Rock, the Nineties, Part II

Long Live Rock, the Nineties, Part I

Royal Crescent Mob (1990, Hall Auditorium, Miami University) I don't remember this concert, or this band. Royal Crescent Mob was the midwest's answer to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Unfortunately, nobody had ever asked that particular question. I went because I was working with one of the organizations sponsoring the concert. I can't even remember… Continue reading Long Live Rock, the Nineties, Part I