Apr 29, 1989 – Ratt – Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville FL

January 31, 2012

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?


Mar 13, 1989 – Poison – Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville FL

January 31, 2012

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!


Feb 17, 1989 – Metallica – Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville FL

January 31, 2012

Metallica on the Damaged Justice tour for the amazing …And Justice For All album – arguably the best live performances of their career.  The stage show was brilliant…they slowly constructed a humongous statue of Lady Justice throughout the concert only to have her explode into rubble around the band members at the peak of the show.  Completely blew everyone away!  I think this was the last concert I went to with burnout Jeff and remember being on the floor, up close to the action.  Queensryche opened in support of their Operation Mindcrime tour and played phenomenally.  This ranks up there as one of my top 5 concerts ever.  Tour Book photos included.


Feb 7, 1989 – Bon Jovi – Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville FL

January 31, 2012

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!


Jan 12, 1989 – Stryper – Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland FL

January 31, 2012

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.


Oct 23, 1988 – George Michael – Citrus Bowl, Orlando FL

January 31, 2012

Yes, Mary and I went to see George Micheal on the Faith tour. Don’t judge me!  Might as well have been watching it on a small TV through a crowded bar given our location at the far back of the floor seating.  I still have the Tour Book…sad.  The Bangles opened up.


Sep 9, 1988 – Night Of Joy – Disney World, Orlando FL

January 31, 2012

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.