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high school years

Power Station – July 12, 1985 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Maybe I didn’t get to see Duran Duran on the Seven & the Ragged Tiger tour, but I was going to see the only Duran Duran guy who mattered…John Taylor! I was 14, it was the summer after my 9th grade year, I had just gotten back from Europe, and wow, did I think I was cool.

My mom drove me and a couple of my BFFs up to Nashville. It was the days of the General Admission Municipal concerts & we got there at like 1:00 in the afternoon to get in line to get in. I remember feeling the most excited I had ever been – I was convinced that John Taylor was going to see me & whisk me away with him. After the longest 7 or 8 hours I have ever spent, I was finally directly in front of the most beautiful man in the world – I even got pictures! Unfortunately one of my friends passed out (from the sweaty heat, not the hotness of JT) & we had to go to the concession stand with her. I watched the rest of the show from the back & saw so many guys dressed up like John Taylor that I ended up not minding being back there at all.

Simple Minds with The Call – April 3, 1986 – Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville

It was the height of The Breakfast Club mania & all you heard was “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”. Of course I LOVED it, and once again my mom drove me & my friends to the show. I also liked “Everywhere I Go” by The Call, although all I remember about their set was how big the lead singer’s balls looked. I don’t remember much about Simple Minds either. I do recall feeling relief that there were a lot of other weirdos out there like me because there sure weren’t in my boring hometown.

INXS with the Del Fuegos – August 13, 1986 – Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville

This remains to be one of my all-time favorites.

My best friend & I drove up the day the tickets went on sale & got 8th row seats – we were ecstatic, but we ended up with a blowout on I-24. Some guys came & put the spare on (my mom was fond of saying “They could have kidnapped & killed you” for months afterwards). Unbelievably, my parents let me go to the concert with her without any chaperones. We had no idea where to park – these were not the glory days of downtown Nashville. It was scary for 4 clueless teenaged small town girls, especially when an old man in a car starts driving beside y’all really slowly asking if y’all need a ride. I think we flat out ran down Deaderick Street to TPAC.

It was the Listen Like Thieves tour…Michael Hutchence was PERFECT. My favorite songs were all played. We were in such a heightened state afterwards that we ended up getting in a BMW with some strange rich boys from Brentwood & riding around with them because they had wine coolers! I’m sure those guys thought they had it made the way we sucked down those coolers, but as we’re riding down Union St, we see Michael Hutchence walking out to the bus!! We screamed like banshees, jumped out of the car, ran in front of cars to cross the street to him & he blew us kisses & said he loved us! Swoon! We hung around & saw all of the band come out. Total heaven.

I still can’t believe we got in that car with those guys. Footloose and fancy-free were we.

a-ha with In Pursuit – Sept 18, 1986 – Jackson Hall, Nashville

My mom actually went to this concert with me and my friends. We had 3rd row seats & had the most fun flirting with the a-ha (remember “Take On Me”?) singer. He really enjoyed my mom! I have the pictures that prove it. That’s about all I remember about that show, except it was on the night before Fair Day so we all wore our a-ha t-shirts to the fair. I miss Fair Days.

Duran Duran with Erasure – July 18, 1987 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville

I went to this show with some friends, but I can’t remember who they were. Our seats were in the back under the pavilion – it was my first time at Starwood, a place I would come to know very well. Unfortunately Starwood is now closed – it was sold to some real estate company who will build houses on the land. Boo! Anyway, all I recall from Erasure’s set was the guy’s balls were hanging out of his leotard outfit for most of the show (I must have been obsessed with balls back then). Duran Duran were disappointing, just because it was only John Taylor, Simon LeBon & Nick Rhodes. I would have loved to have seen the original lineup back then. I have had a few chances to catch them here when they all 5 got back together recently, but my heart just wasn’t in it anymore.

Billy Idol with The Cult – July 22, 1987 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville

This was my first “real” concert experience. By this time, I had 2 distinct groups of friends: the goody-goodies & the druggies. Guess who I went to this concert with? What I remember from this show…Ian Astbury, The Cult lead singer, mooned us because no one was into them, I almost died of embarrassment because my ex-boyfriend Thomas was trying to hang all over me in front of this local band, Walk the West – I had a huge crush on the drummer. They were sitting behind me & I just knew Thomas made it even more obvious to them that I was in high school with his immature antics. I got a cigarette butt from Steve Stevens, Billy Idol’s guitarist. The most exciting thing happened after the show. We heard on the radio that The Cult were going to be at Cat’s Record Store at Hickory Hollow to sign autographs, so we went & got to touch actual rock stars! We got to sign a petition to bring U2 to Nashville while we were there. I stole one of the signs over the petition & displayed it proudly in my locker during my senior year.

U2 with the Dbs – November 28, 1987 – MTSU Murphy Center, Murfreesboro

I went to this with my boyfriend at the time. That night several parents of my friends were out-of-town, so we were planning on staying at one of their houses. We ended up doing acid & having a good trip at the show. Our seats were with my best friend in high school – we both loved loved loved U2. I can remember screaming/singing along to “Gloria” and every other song. After the show, we went to a party somewhere, I don’t remember much except we ended up going to my friend’s to crash & when we got there, her sister told us her parents had unexpectedly come back, so that was out. We drove out to the damn boondocks to another one of my parentless friends’ house. I remember watching some of “The Princess Bride” and then going back to bed with my boyfriend. I started getting paranoid that her parents were going to come home like my other friend’s did. So we left. We ended up sleeping in his car at the rest pull-off on I-24 right past Manchester! The scary thing was I found out later that that exit was a popular coke deal place, as well as an anonymous gay men fuck fest location. We were lucky we didn’t get murdered or something.

Depeche Mode with OMD – May 24, 1988 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville

My last concert of my high school years! I couldn’t believe my parents were letting me go to a concert on a school night!! I missed seeing Sting, Tears for Fears & who knows who else because of that stupid rule. I had been a hardcore Depeche Mode fan for 3 years, since I bought one of their tapes in Germany. I went with my best guy friend & his girlfriend. I got random strange old guys to buy me beer & had a blast. Both bands were great. I can still remember some parts of that concert – it was a good one. The crowd was fantastic – a bunch of freaks in black swaying to Depeche Mode just like me!









  1. Power Station with Swimming Pool Q’s – July 13, 1985 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  2. Simple Minds with The Call – Apr 3, 1986 – Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville
  3. INXS with Del Fuego – August 1986 – Jackson Hall, TPAC, Nashville
  4. a-ha with some local band – Sept 18, 1986 – Jackson Hall, Nashville
  5. Duran Duran with Erasure – July 18, 1987 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  6. Billy Idol with The Cult – July 22, 1987 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  7. U2 with The dbs – Nov 28, 1987 – MTSU Murphy Center, Murfreesboro
  8. Depeche Mode with OMD – May 24, 1988 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  9. The Smithereens with some local band – July 3, 1988 – The Cannery, Nashville
  10. INXS with Ziggy Marley – Aug 31, 1988 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  11. The Church with Tom Verlaine – Sept 29, 1988 – The Cannery, Nashville
  12. Iggy Pop with Jane’s Addiction – Oct 15, 1988 – The Cannery, Nashville
  13. The Ramones wirh The Manikenz – Jan 19, 1989 – Nashville Center Stage
  14. Jane’s Addiction with Clockhammer – Feb 12, 1989 – The Cannery, Nashville
  15. REM with the Indigo Girls – Mar 31, 1989 – MTSU Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN
  16. Red Hot Chili Peppers – April 1989 – Rites of Spring, Vanderbilt Alumni Lawn, Nashville
  17. Metallica with The Cult – Aug 16, 1989 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  18. The Cure with Shellyann Orphan – Sept 19, 1989 – Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta
  19. Hoodoo Gurus with The Connells – Oct 21, 1989 – Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville
  20. The B-52’s with some local band – Oct 30, 1989 – Jackson Hall, TPAC, Nashville
  21. Mudhoney with FUCT – Nov 1989 – Elliston Square, Nashville
  22. Red Hot Chili Peppers with Fetching Bones– Nov 30, 1989 – National Guard Armory, Nashville
  23. The Jesus and Mary Chain with Nine Inch Nails – Feb 23, 1990 – The Cannery, Nashville
  24. The Cramps with some local band – May 22, 1990 – Nashville Center Stage
  25. firehose with Clockhammer – June 1990 – Lake Cheston – Sewanee, TN
  26. Peter Murphy with House of Love – July 21, 1990 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  27. Harry Connick, Jr – Sept 21, 1990 – Jackson Hall, TPAC, Nashville
  28. Skinny Puppy with Babes in Toyland – Nov 1, 1990 – Mississippi Nights, St. Louis
  29. Sonic Youth with Jesus Lizard and Scam – Nov 12, 1990 – The Cannery, Nashville
  30. Bad Brains – April 1991 – Rites of Spring, Vanderbilt Alumni Lawn, Nashville
  31. Dinosaur Jr. – May 9, 1991 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  32. Lollapalooza (Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, Living Colour, Henry Rollins) – Aug 18, 1991 – Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta
  33. Firehose & Soul Asylum with Clockhammer – Sept 19, 1991 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  34. Skid Row with Soundgarden – Feb 4, 1992 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  35. The Pixies – Feb 1992 – Vanderbilt Memorial Gym, Nashville
  36. Public Enemy with The Hard Corps and Buzzkill – Oct 6, 1992 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  37. Beastie Boys with Rollins Band and The Lynch Mob – Oct 31, 1992 – Indiana State Fairgrounds Pavilion, Indianapolis
  38. The Cows – March 1993 – Pan’s Starship Club, Nashville
  39. Superchunk – Spring 1993 – Pan’s Starship Club, Nashville
  40. Mudhoney with The Supersuckers – Apr 1, 1993 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  41. The Melvins with The Obsessed – Apr 21, 1994 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  42. Nine Inch Nails with The Jim Rose Circus – Jan 30, 1995 – MTSU Murphy Center, Murfreesboro
  43. Cypress Hill – April 1995 – NORML Benefit – Piedmont Park, Atlanta
  44. Foo Fighters with some local band – Apr 21, 1995 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  45. Ozzy Osbourne with Korn and Life of Agony – Jan 10, 1996 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  46. Love and Rockets – Jun 4, 1996 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  47. Sting with Natalie Merchant– Jun 26, 1996 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  48. Soundgarden with Rocket From the Crypt – Nov 24, 1996 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  49. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with some local band – Dec 5, 1996 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  50. Beck with The Cardigans – Mar 24, 1997 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  51. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – April 1997 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  52. Lollapalooza (Snoop Dogg, The Prodigy, James) – Jul 31, 1997 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  53. Foo Fighters with Widespread Panic – May 1-3, 1998 – Nashville River Stages
  54. The B-52’s and The Pretenders – Jul 11, 1998 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  55. Bauhaus – Sept 14, 1998 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta
  56. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with RL Burnside – Jan 24, 1999 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  57. The Creatures: Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie – Apr 26, 1999 – Exit-In, Nashville
  58. The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz – May 15, 1999 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  59. Ozzfest (Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie) – May 31,1999 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  60. No Doubt – Summer 1999, Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
  61. Chris Cornell– Nov 10, 1999 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta
  62. Chris Cornell– Jan 2000 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville****
  63. Pearl Jam with Sonic Youth – Aug 17, 2000 – Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville
  64. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dec 31, 2000 – 328 Performance Hall, Nashville
  65. Superchunk with And They Will Know Us By The Trail of the Dead – Nov 9, 2001 – Exit-In, Nashville
  66. Queens of the Stone Age with Peaches – Sept 23, 2002 – Earthlink Live, Atlanta
  67. Audioslave with Burning Brides – March 2003 – The Tabernacle, Atlanta
  68. Lollapalooza (Jane’s Addiction, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Burning Brides) – Aug 3, 2003, Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta
  69. The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Fountains of Wayne, Chris Robinson – Nashville River Stages – May 2004
  70. The Pixies with The Thrills – Oct 6, 2004 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  71. Morrissey – Oct 19, 2004 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  72. Ministry – Nov 2, 2004 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  73. Queens of the Stone Age – Mar 19, 2005 – Earthlink Live, Atlanta
  74. Kings of Leon with Secret Machines – Aug 20, 2005 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  75. The Black Crowes – Oct 6, 2005 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  76. Nine Inch Nails with Queens of the Stone Ages and Death From Above 1979 – Oct 31, 2005 – Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville
  77. High on Fire with The Bronx and Big Business – Jan 27, 2006 – Exit-In, Nashville
  78. The Strokes with Eagles of Death Metal – Mar 6, 2006 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville
  79. Beck – Oct 13, 2006 – City Hall, Nashville
  80. Chris Cornell – May 31, 2007 – City Hall, Nashville
  81. Chris Cornell – Nov 14, 2007 – Wildhorse Salloon, Nashville
  82. Sonic Youth – April 25, 2008 – City Hall, Nashville
  83. Bonnaroo (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Girl Talk, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, High on Fire, Snoop Dogg, The Dillinger Escape Plan)- June 2009 – Manchester
  84. Them Crooked Vultures – October 2009 – War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville
  85. Alice in Chains – March 2010 – Municipal Auditorium, Nashville
  86. Bonnaroo (The Melvins, The Dead Weather, Damian Marley & Nas, Jimmy Cliff) June 2010 – Manchester
  87. The Arcade Fire – August 9, 2010 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville