Round two for Whitesnake, this time promoting their Slip Of The Tongue album with Steve Vai replacing Vivian Campbell as lead guitarist. I believe this was just Mary and I. Great show…Steve Vai guitar solos are quite an experience! He had the three armed guitars out playing both arms simultaneously and at the end of his solo, the guitar lifted off him and ascended into the air disappearing into the lights all while still carrying the final notes. Pretty cool stuff. Not to mention at the time I wanted Tommy Aldridge’s drum kit so bad I was ready to commit crimes to get it. I mean how tight is that setup?
Pretty solid triple bill – Kix, Great White, and Ratt, who was touring following their Reach For The Sky album. I went with a friend from work that I no longer remember. Gen Adm on the floor, close up to the stage. Nobody set fire to the overhead ceiling though…that would be saved for another Great White day. What? Too Soon?
Went to see Poison on their Open Up and Say Aaah tour with Mary and a friend of hers from college. Tesla opened up and I gotta say, after seeing Poison open up for Diamond Dave and knowing already how much they blew, I was only interested in hearing Tesla. Real rock, great guitarists, super singer, no glam. Tesla blew Poison away with their opening set. And Poison sucked as expected during their set, hence the absolute lamest photo I could find of them below. Suck it, you talent-less hacks!
Bon Jovi was great back in those days – big hair, big hits, big arenas! This was The Brotherhood Tour right after the release of New Jersey. I went to this show with my two closest peeps of all time – Mary and Coleman (RIP, Coleman). The stage had a huge catwalk suspended out above the crowds which Jon and Richie ran around throughout the show and Jon burst out of a hole in the floor to start the show (it was novel then). Skid Row opened the show with a killer set – Sebastian Bach was a kick ass front man back in the day!! So good live!
Stryper off the In God We Trust tour. Can’t recall any details about the concert…I think I went with the preacher’s kid from church. Pretty sure we got drunk. Based on this SOOOOPER GHEY photo of Stryper circa this tour, I must have blocked it all from my mind to prevent me from trying to pull off the hairy-chested shirtless-spandex-overalls combo. I can’t believe I kept the Tour Book all these years.
“By his stripes we are healed” – Isaiah 53:5 LOL – TOOOOO MUUUUUUCH CHEEEEEEZZ.