Not in chronological order, that would make too much sense and I don't work that way.
  1. Sept 12, 1984 (as noted on poster), Joe's Star Lounge, Ann Arbor MI
    Right around when Let it Be was released. Wednesday night, school just getting going, still warm out, me just back from a year abroad, hungry for rock and roll. Joe's was a great, basically perfect bar. That show was not crowded. All of the Schoolkids Records staff were there, of course, and a few others, but it wasn't crowded. Great show, they weren't sloppy drunk.
  2. December 1984, also Joe's Star Lounge.
    This time it was packed. They had blown up over the autumn and were now officially big time. Bob was nervous before the show and may have been amped up on something. As we all were. Chris told a cute girl not to laugh at his poor drumming skills right before they started. Joe made an announcement that Paul had told him this would be their last show at Joe's, basically because they had outgrown it.
  3. NYC Beacon, first row. 1986. The now infamous "where's Bob?" Tshirt night. So I scrawled "where's Bob?" on a tshirt and as we had front row seats, surely they'd see it. And Tommy was not happy. Flipped me, and my rowdy mate, off, and, mid-song, motioned to like, yeah, let's fight! I blame my friend. Great show though.
  4. NYC Ritz, 1986, the floor almost collapsed. They let Bob sing The Hammerlock song. This show was nuts.
  5. Rockford, IL, 1985. during their brief alcohol-free tour. Milk and cookies were handed out. Cheap Trick's hometown. They may or may not have been there. Many years later Paul told me they offered to be his backup band.
  6. Asbury Park NJ. 1986. Super hot, I barely remember this show. Tommy on the boardwalk with a fan.
  7. Somewhere on Long Island. 1986. Good show although I barely remember this one too
  8. Chicago IL, cabaret metro, with soul asylum. August 1985. At this point Soul Ass was in peak form and upstaging the Mats at times. The SA van broke down on 94 so they missed the gig. I'll never forgive myself for not pulling over to give them a lift to chicago. The Mats gave them the stage at the end of their set to belt out a few songs.Good stuff
  9. Michigan theater, Ann Arbor, warming up X. 1985.
    Due to my grandmother's memorial service I missed the Mats but did catch some of X. The Mats were walking around stage left in their striped jumpsuits.
  10. The Let it Be poster pictured above; at the Sept 84 Joe's show, I grabbed it off the front window and stashed it in the shrubs of the bank across the street. Remembered to get it post-show and had it framed 30 years later.
  11. Philadelphia 1987
    Is this when I noticed an influx of frat boy-types yelling for "I don't care" (sic)? Also noticed Paul playing his guitar with, well, playing it real hard. He was into it. I had purchased a Sony Walkman to record this show and did. May have the tape somewhere, not sure. Driving back to NYC after the show and my driver, Janet, drove over a highway divider thing. Dark, hard to see.