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Once June/91 rolled around the big releases for me that month were Skid Row with “Slave To The Grind” and Van Halen with “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”.
One day (shortly after VH came out) I was riding around on my mountain bike when I noticed a Black Mustang following me around. It was creepy actually. Did someone take out a hit on me? What’s going on here as I kept riding and since I had my Walkman jacked (remember those?) I pedalled faster.
I figured I would take a quick route home by cutting through the parking lot of a local Safeways and sure enough there was that Black Mustang parked sideways like it was waiting for me…
As I got closer to the Mustang I yanked the headphones off of my head. Isn’t it funny I can still recall the tape I was listening to was Kik Tracee a cassette I got as a freebie from my subscription to MEAT Magazine.
Anyways as I inched closer I seen a familiar face in the passenger seat of the car with the window rolled down..
It was Darr and behind the wheel was Tbone and there they were heckling like a couple of hyena’s as they knew they had me spooked and right on cue I remember the tune Tbone was cranking which was “Judgement Day” by Van Halen.
Fuckers got me good!
Tbone fresh from graduating University and securing a job in the mechanical engineering field bought himself a 1991 Ford Mustang. (man that car could fly)
Good one fella’s..
Summer of 91 was a fun summer. Some great music was coming out and considering I was working full time I could easily pick up new releases like Metallica when “The Black Album” dropped.
But by fall something interesting in music was changing and I heard a different style of music that was starting to come into the masses.
Having said that I remember purchasing The Cults “Ceremony”, Tesla’s “Psychotic Supper”, Aerosmith “Pandoras Box”, Motley Crue’s “Decade of Decadence”, both “Use Your Illusions” by Guns, and in the what the %$#* was I thinking dept. I bought Poison’s “Swallow This Live”.
One night in the fall of 91 I was hanging out with Oink’s and he had two tapes in his car. One was Ozzy’s latest “No More Tears” and the other one was a band I had maybe only read about but that band was Soundgarden with “Badmotorfinger”.
I can still hear Oink’s cranking “Jesus Christ Pose” and that song was my entry point into Soundgarden. The vocals of the late great Chris Cornell and the drums of Matt Cameron totally caught my ear.
Holy shit I thought what a heavy tune yet catchy at the same time…
My girlfriend at the time Donna began exploring other musical avenues and through her the name of Garth Brooks I had never heard, but now in her car I was listening to “The Thunder Rolls” and “Mr Blue.”
Also in that same car was the first time I had ever heard Nirvana with “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
When Van Halen announced their Canadian Tour (Winnipeg was added) I was stoked so I reached out to Guy and Daryl for tickets. They had connections with the promoter who brought acts to Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Winnipeg. So I asked the boys if they could get me two tickets for Winnipeg. They said no problem just go to the Arena Box office the day of the show and give my name. As we got closer and closer to Winnipeg I was thinking “I hope the tickets the tickets are there?”
Not only were they there but when I picked up the tickets at the box office and we entered the arena I was told by an Usher to head to the floor.
Umm, ok and next thing you know we are in the 11th row on the floor with the stage straight on. Guy and Daryl came through. The cost of the ticket for that show at the arena on Nov 7th 1991 was $33.00!
Speaking of the musical climate changing look no further than VH’s opener that night.
Alice In Chains who brought their brand of sludgy rock that night and other than seeing “Man In The Box” video on Much Music the rest of the set was new to me. The band musically was tight. Lead singer Layne Staley stood basically in-front of the mic and I recall at one point telling the front row “to get closer as he doesn’t bite!”
They were good that night but it was a changing of the guard. There you have the Seattle Sound as the opener and here comes Cali VH party rock with “Poundcake” opening the show as well as lead singer Sammy Hagar high giving the front row while hanging a pair of panties off the mic stand.
Posted below is the actual audio from AIC’s opening set that night in Winnipeg courtesy of Youtube..
VH were awesome as songs like “A.F.U”, “Runaround”, and a bunch of other tracks stood out and of course EVH was on his game…
Being down that close was LOUD! I remember during Bassist Micheal Anthony’s “Sunday Afternoon In The Park” bass solo my pant legs were vibrating!
Looking back now 30 years later that night, there was a definite vibe going down.
Changing of the guard for some as Van Halen in the 90s had no problem selling arena tickets but ask Motley Crue and Poison on selling arena tickets!
As we were heading into 1992 times were changing..
Thanks for reading folk’s. Perhaps next year in 2022 I will flashback to 1992.