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Old 04-13-2013, 06:13 PM
 
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I've been taking a trip down memory lane today and recalling some of the bands I saw in very small venues long before they became hugely famous, and thought it would make for an interesting topic here. I still have ticket stubs for most of these.

The Cure
- 1984 - 2,500 seat venue, $12.00/ticket

Oingo Boingo - 1985 - 2,500 seat venue, $14.50/ticket

Depeche Mode - 1987 - (they were getting famous in the US at this point) - LA Forum - $17.50 ticket

Red Hot Chili Peppers - 1989 - small club (2-3k) - $17.50 ticket

Nirvana - probably in 1989 - same club as RDCP - sadly, no ticket stub for this one

Also, sometime in the late 80's, I had a friend who went to a house party with Nirvana at it. THAT would have been cool.

I found this site where you can look up images of ticket stubs - its kind of fun: All Ticket Stub Collections | TicketStubCollection.Com
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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The Police.

In 1978 (I think) I saw them in a dive club in Scotland and they were playing back-up to some band nobody has ever heard of since; I sure can't recall who they were. I partied with the band afterwards and had a mild make-out session with Stuart Copeland (drummer) that night.

I watched the Troggs perform Wild Thing in a bar in Scotland somewhere in the mid-1970s but I guess the song was well known by then.

I dated a guy who did David Bowie's lights for an early tour and painted designs on Bowie's equipment cases.

I saw the Sex Pistols when they were still playing dive bars in the UK. (Hey, it was the 70s, I'm lucky I remember this much, let alone dates and years LOL.)
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:50 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Mine were in the late 60s, and I can't remember the ticket prices but they under $10. In the Bay area the big names played Filmore West ans Winterland, but less famous acts played places like the Berkeley Community Theater, Pepperland and even High Schools. I saw Huey Louis and Tower of Power at Lincoln High in S.F.
Rod Steward was in a band called Small Faces. Others were Leon Russel, Billy Preston, Joe Cocker, Grand Funk Railroad.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd back in the late 60s, at the St Matthews Fall festival.
It was when they were still 'The One Percent'.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:17 PM
 
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Rod Steward was in a band called Small Faces. Others were Leon Russel, Billy Preston, Joe Cocker, Grand Funk Railroad.
Was Rod Steward the lead singer for the band? Did he sound the same as he did when he went solo?
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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The Police.

In 1978 (I think) I saw them in a dive club in Scotland and they were playing back-up to some band nobody has ever heard of since; I sure can't recall who they were. I partied with the band afterwards and had a mild make-out session with Stuart Copeland (drummer) that night.

I watched the Troggs perform Wild Thing in a bar in Scotland somewhere in the mid-1970s but I guess the song was well known by then.

I dated a guy who did David Bowie's lights for an early tour and painted designs on Bowie's equipment cases.

I saw the Sex Pistols when they were still playing dive bars in the UK. (Hey, it was the 70s, I'm lucky I remember this much, let alone dates and years LOL.)
Those are pretty cool! And you made out with Stuart Copeland. Interesting!
Did he look like this:

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Old 04-14-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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I saw Lynyrd Skynyrd back in the late 60s, at the St Matthews Fall festival.
It was when they were still 'The One Percent'.
I just googled the St Matthews Fall Festival - it looks like that was in Oregon?

And its still being held every year, apparently.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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Oingo Boingo 1980 in a High School gym.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 1984 Grand Olympic Auditorium in L.A. they opened for Suicidal Tendencies.

More later.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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Kenny...saw him at a local bar/tavern.



Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Born With A Broken Heart - YouTube
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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Nobody Famous with a capital F, but have seen J. Geils Band, World Party, Edward Sharpe before they received any significant radio play. I suppose I could add Ronnie Dio back when he was in Elf and nobody had yet heard of Elf.
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