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.
Night Of Joy was an event Disney put on to promote Christian Rock bands. I went with several kids from church to see Stryper, the headline act, and of course to ride rides. This was right after the To Hell With The Devil album when they were at the top of their career. Robert Sweet, the drummer – also known as “The Visual Timekeeper”, was always one of my favorite drummers to watch live back then. He was all over the place and turned his kit sideways so you could see him playing from the side view rather than hidden behind the kit. You can check out a solo HERE if you are interested.