As far as seeing concerts goes, I’ve been very lucky to have been situated in Vancouver since the early ’80s. It’s a major stopping point for bands touring North America–just a quick scoot across the border from Seattle–and being a music writer meant most of the shows were free.
Only a few times was I tempted to head down to Seattle for shows. As a teenager, before my rock journalism days, I cruised down there with a bunch of friends to see Aerosmith on the Rocks tour. Other than that, as a working stiff, I got a free bus ride from PolyGram Records to see Scorpions at the Seattle Coliseum on the Love at First Sting tour, and then one time took a limo down there for the Monsters of Rock Tour in 1988.
The only other time I cruised to the Emerald City to rock out was when my buddy Ferg drove us down to see Thin Lizzy at a bar called the Showbox in February of 2001. Of course, it wasn’t nearly the same as that time I saw Lizzy back in 1978, and went backstage with Scott Gotham, but it was still a great show, what with John Sykes doing his best Phil Lynott impression, and drum god Tommy Aldridge pounding the skins.
When I interviewed Aldridge later that same year I asked him if he was a fan of original Lizzy drummer Brian Downey, and was pretty surprised by his response.
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