The second year of The Family Values Tour had a decent lineup, but unfortunately I had nosebleed seats, went solo, and the sound was poor up top where I was. Limp Bizkit was the headline act, promoting their Significant Other album, along with Staind, who was just beginning their huge breakout with their Dysfunction album, Primus, The Crystal Method, Mobb Deep and Filter. The hugely popular song Outside by Aaron Lewis and Fred Durst was recorded on this tour at the stop in Biloxi, MS.
Another kick-ass concert afforded me by my work travels. I was still in Michigan on a consulting gig when I took a solo trip to see Kid Rock at the Orbit Room. This was before Joe C died…the little guy walked right past me at the bar followed by a massive bodyguard. The show was loud, raucus, raunchy, rockin – everything you want from a Kid Rock show in support of his first album, Devil Without A Cause, which as we all know was the best one. Opening bands were Powerman 5000 and Professional Murder Music.
Marilyn Manson and Hole were co-headlining the Beautiful Monsters Tour until a falling out between Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love caused Hole to leave the tour. It was renamed the Rock Is Dead Tour with just Marilyn Manson promoting the Mechanical Animals album with opening act Monster Magnet. This guy sure knew how to stir up controversy to get attention. He ripped pages from Bibles onstage from behind a rifle-adorned pulpit while making his claims about God and religion. The guy even crucified himself on a cross of TVs. I am pretty sure that he ate a human soul on stage that night…hope it wasn’t mine. Second time seeing Monster Magnet and they sucked twice as bad as the first time.
I realize I previously said how much I abhor country music, but there are a few exceptions. Garth Brooks is one. Arguably one of the best entertainers of his time. The man destroyed all previous records for album and concert sales in the 90’s and he is the 3rd best selling act of all time as of this post, second only to The Beatles and Elvis. This show was the 4th of 5 nights in Orlando, all of which sold out in a matter of hours, during his tour following the album Sevens . I found this great article from a writer that went to all 5 shows. I thought the show was super – I would go see it again anytime. I liked the sunken cage in the middle of the stage that his drummer was in (see pic below). Trisha Yearwood was the opening act and Mary went with me.
This was the third and final time I saw Matchbox 20, all from the same freakin’ tour mind you (see previous posts here and here). I gotta admit, the show had started to lose it’s appeal for me. Imagine that. Mary reluctantly went with me as she didn’t see the need for going a second time (for her). I have since sworn off all Matchbox 20 concerts and am happy to report being a clean MB20 addict going on 14 years now. I don’t recall anything about the opening band and the Interwebs left me lacking, so…
Another awesome concert while traveling for work and being on a gig in Michigan. This was my third time seeing Aerosmith, the second time just on the Nine Lives Tour (see previous post). Aerosmith kill every time they take the stage. Here is a setlist from the show. I went solo and Monster Magnet opened – did not win me over as a fan. I know the pic below is from the Guitar Hero game which came out many years after this actual concert, but the pic is funny to me so I used it.
Janet Jackson on the Velvet Rope Tour with Usher. Janet has always been a phenomenal performer and Usher was just starting to blow up from his debut album. His opening set was really polished for a kid that had just been thrown into the spotlight and was touring to massive arenas almost overnight. Mary went with me and the show was kick ass.