(All quotes from Review-Journal coverage of the day.)
SHOWS YOU CAN BRAG ABOUT IF YOU WERE THERE
U2 (April 1987): "You know, I got to realize our life’s ambition last night. I got to see America’s best comedian and America’s best singer in one night. … Got to see Don Rickles and Frank Sinatra. Wow!" Bono informed the crowd. "It was really something to see Frank Sinatra try to sing ‘Trip Through Your Wires.’ ”
Guns ‘N Roses (January 1992): If the record-sized crowd of 17,664 came to the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday expecting drama, controversy and petulance, they were about to be disappointed. Most of them, however, seemed happy to settle for 21/2 hours of solidly crafted rock that suggests the band wants to get past its past and live up to its drawing power.
Garth Brooks (August 1993): He made the sold-out Thomas & Mack Center seem almost like a cozy place, as he played to the fans behind the stage and let those in front crowd up close enough to touch his guitar.
SHOWS YOU CAN LAUGH ABOUT IF YOU WERE THERE
Bobby Brown (April 1989): We knew we were in trouble right from the start when Brown set the tone for the evening by descending to the stage in — no kidding — a throne.
"Club MTV" Tour with Milli Vanilli and Paula Abdul (August 1989): The team of Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan has combined several reigning trends into one irresistible stew for the crowd, whose wild reaction made them the heads-above favorites. … (T)hat new dance looks suspiciously like what the Army calls jumping jacks.
The Spice Girls (August 1998): We’re talking little girl power. … The British pop quartet’s long-awaited concert was curiously light on the teens pop music usually appeals to, jumping an entire age group from youngsters to the parents who brought them.
DID YOU GET THERE IN TIME FOR THE OPENING ACT?
Neil Young (April 1991): The concert’s postponement from a month ago resulted in avant-garde Sonic Youth dropping out as opening act, and Los Angeles’ reformed punkers Social Distortion moving up the bill for a longer opening set. It wasn’t a bad twist of fate. While Sonic Youth shares Young’s penchant for creative feedback, the straight-ahead rock from Social Distortion was more compatible with Young’s following.
Guns N’ Roses (January 1992): Soundgarden, a Seattle metal quartet with an alternative slant, suffered the usual opening act woes of limited staging and sound.
Michael Bolton (June 1994): Opening act Celine Dion is giving Bolton a run on the adult-contemporary charts with a voice that is saddled only by the mediocrity of that radio format.RELATED STORY Arena Celebration