Artists I've seen live
updated over 10 years ago
Over the last 36 years or so I've seen my fair share of live music. I credit the Resident's quote "Ignorance of your culture is not considered cool" and a bad stadium Fleetwood Mac concert circa 1978 with helping to push me to looking more at smaller clubs - that and a fake ID got me into Philly's only decent punk/new wave venue, The Hot Club, where I saw The Cure on their first US tour before any US releases, and where the Dead Boy's Stiv Bators tried to puke or gob on me from stage. I saw Tuxedomoon, Ultravox and a few other great shows there then the shows shifted to Emerald City in New Jersey for a while. Around the same time I also saw Devo, Brand X, Jean Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, National Health, Sun Ra, Etron Fou, and Fred Frith solo - all prior to 1980 around Philadelphia. I moved to San Francisco in 1985 partly because the San Francisco bands of the early 80's seemed so creative to me. That was a great place for live music, inexpensive and in small clubs.