INXS: Kirk & Tim

Jul 18

INXS: Kirk & Tim

Kirk & Tim on the tour bus (Garry Beers actually took this photo on my camera): And autographs from them both: And for more from this...

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Big Audio Dynamite, the first

Jul 17

Big Audio Dynamite, the first

When: 1985 or 1986 Where: Kyoto Hotel & The Fillmore, San Francisco And: It turns out that I have more pictures of Big Audio Dynamite (aka BAD) than any other band. Seems about right, as I have seen them about 14 times — in three states and two countries, no less — and things with this particular group were really amazing from the start. The guys in...

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Meeting Echo and the Bunnymen

Jul 17

Meeting Echo and the Bunnymen

When: September 19, 1987 Where: Greek Theatre, Berkeley And: Echo were playing a double bill with New Order, while Gene Loves Jezebel opened the show. Backstage after the show was chaotic — but you would hear no complaints from me. Here are a few photos from that night that feature Echo & the Bunnymen. Ian McCulloch   Will Sergeant (heart) Jane...

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Meeting New Order

Jul 17

Meeting New Order

When: September 19, 1987 Where: Greek Theatre, Berkeley And: The show was a full meal: New Order for dinner and Echo and the Bunnymen for dessert… with Gene Loves Jezebel as an appetizer. I met Bernard at his hotel (just up the street) pre-show, and then was backstage after because we actually knew the tour manager from when he was working with another band....

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Meeting Paul Young

Jul 17

Meeting Paul Young

When: June 1985 Where: Kyoto Hotel, San Francisco And: The first time I met Paul Young was at his hotel, when he was all dressed up, leaving for that night’s gig. (I had actually seen him play live the year before when I was vacationing with my family in London — my sister and I were even interviewed by a news crew outside the venue.) At the time we met...

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Meeting China Crisis

Jul 16

Meeting China Crisis

When: April 12, 1987 Where: Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California And: I’d been a fan since hearing “Wishful Thinking” on some import compilation cassette a couple years before, so when they finally showed up in the Bay Area, I was so there. The guys even filled out questionnaires for me. And for more from this...

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Meeting the Models

Jul 16

Meeting the Models

When: July 1986 Where: San Francisco And: Continuing our trend of adoring up-and-coming Australian bands, my friends and I had been waiting for months for the Models to show up stateside. Finally, in the summer of 1986, they came, they saw, and were conquered by us. (Well, they were at least ambushed for pictures and all the rest.) They came through on their own...

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Meeting Charlie Sexton

Jul 16

Meeting Charlie Sexton

When: 1985 or 1986 Where: San Francisco, San Jose or Palo Alto and Sacramento And: Charlie Sexton was the teenage musical prodigy who recorded his first album when he was 16 years old. When we met him, my friend and I were about that age, and he was just a year older. We thought he was fab, saw him three times, and took probably about 100 live photos of him. The...

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The Woodentops

Jul 16

The Woodentops

When: 1986 or 1987 Where: Record store (maybe Reckless Records?) on Haight Street in San Francisco And: This was a live in-store performance — pretty cool to see a band play somewhere besides a typical nightclub. The highlight of the show was undoubtedly when lead singer Rolo McGinty went out front and stood on someone’s car — still playing the...

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Meeting Level 42 – 1986

Jul 16

Meeting Level 42 – 1986

When: October 1986 (or thereabouts) Where: Kyoto Hotel, San Francisco & a couple venues And: We met the band at their hotel in Japantown. The band — especially Mark King — were super friendly. (Mark even signed my friend’s bass guitar!) I believe they were playing some dates opening for Steve Winwood, and the band was kind enough to put us on...

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