The 80’s


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Who Do We Think We Are?

No integrity
No contemplating soul or thought
I’m insanity
I’m a camouflag-ed work of art
I’ve done some things I really can’t describe
I’ve made some mouths open pretty wide
And I am licensed – trained and bona fide
Say “Goodbye”

Written by Alice Cooper / Duanne Hitchings
From the Alice Cooper album Special Forces

The 80’s afforded me the opportunity to see bands which I had always loved but never managed to catch in the previous decade. The Who, J. Geil’s Band, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and, at long last, The Rolling Stones (for two consecutive nights no less).

Old acquaintances were renewed with Max Webster, Rush and Genesis. I was also witness to the death and resurrection of a true favorite of mine, Aerosmith.

The 80’s was also a time when I discovered a local Scarborough boy made good whose videos ruled Much Music for a while. I speak of none other than Gowan. I first saw him at the old Ontario Place Forum. That was 1985, a year notable for a number of reasons, not the least of which being my wedding to childhood sweetheart Rhonda. Gowan holds a special place for me since that was the first concert that her and I ever saw together.

The 80’s were an interesting time as it saw the ascendancy and demise of New Wave bands, synth pop bands and big hair bands. Yet there was still some good old rock and roll to be found in there.

Please join me now for a walk through all the concerts that I enjoyed during this most interesting of decades.

Max Webster, 1980-05-17, Club Anreene, Universal Juveniles Tour

Max Webster, 1980-05-24, Oshawa Civic Auditorium, Universal Juveniles Tour

John Luc Ponty, 1980-07-16, CNE Stadium, Opening for The Who
J Geils Band, 1980-07-16, CNE Stadium, Opening for The Who
Heart, 1980-07-16, CNE Stadium, Opening for The Who
The Who, 1980-07-16, CNE Stadium, Summer Tour

Styx, 1981-08-07, Maple Leaf Gardens, Paradise Theater Tour

Goddo, 1981-11-24, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper, 1981-11-24, Maple Leaf Gardens, Special Forces Tour

Genesis, 1981-12-06, Maple Leaf Gardens, ABACAB Tour

Genesis, 1981-12-06, Maple Leaf Gardens, ABACAB Tour

Teenage Head, 1982-07-07, Zolly`s Forum, Some Kinda Fun Tour

Genesis, 1982-08-28, CNE Grandstand, Three Sides Live Tour

Asia, 1983-08-03, Kingswood Theatre, Alpha Tour

Styx, 1983-08-23, CNE Grandstand, Kilroy Was Here Tour

Genesis, 1983-11-22, Maple Leaf Gardens, Genesis Tour

Gowan, 1985-07-18, Ontario Place Forum, Strange Animal Tour

Gowan, 1985-08-19, Kingswood Theatre, Strange Animal Tour

FM, 1986-03-07, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Rush
Rush, 1986-03-07, Maple Leaf Gardens, Power Windows Tour

Gowan, 1986-07-19, Ontario Place Forum, Summer Tour

Emerson, Lake and Powell, 1986-09-02, Massey H, Emerson, Lake and Powell Tour

Genesis, 1986-09-22, CNE Stadium, Invisible Touch Tour

Megadeth, 1987-02-26, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper, 1987-02-26, The Nightmare Returns Tour

Gowan, 1987-05-07, Massey Hall, Great Dirty World Tour

Cinderella, 1987-07-12, CNE Grandstand, Opening for Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi, 1987-07-12, CNE Grandstand, Slippery When Wet Tour

Gowan, 1987-07-22, Kingswood Theatre, Great Dirty World Tour

Little Steven and the Disciples Of Soul, 1987-10-03, CNE Stadium, Opening for U2
Los Lobos, 1987-10-03, CNE Stadium, Opening for U2
U2, 1987-10-03, CNE Stadium, The Joshua Tree Tour

Dokken, 1987-10-20, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Aerosmith
Aerosmith, 1987-10-20, Maple Leaf Gardens, Permanent Vacation Tour

Fairport Convention, 1987-11-19, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull, 1987-11-19, MLG, Not Quite The World, More The Here And There Tour

Chalk Circle, 1988-03-08, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Rush
Rush, 1988-03-08, Maple Leaf Gardens, Hold Your Fire Tour

Gowan, 1988-06-15, Ontario Place Forum, Summer Tour

Buckwheat Zydeco, 1988-10-07, Maple Leaf Gardens, Opening for Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton, 1988-10-07, Maple Leaf Gardens, 25th Anniversary Tour

Joan Jett, 1988-12-12, Copps Coliseum, Opening for Robert Plant
Robert Plant, 1988-12-12, Copps Coliseum, Now And Zen Tour

Anderson, Brueford, Wakeman and Howe, 1989-08-22, CNE, ABWH Tour

It Bites, 1989-10-26, Copps Coliseum, Opening for Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull, 1989-10-26, Copps Coliseum, Rock Island Tour

Living Color, 1989-12-03, Skydome, Opening for The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones, 1989-12-03, Skydome, Steel Wheels Tour

Living Color, 1989-12-04, Skydome, Opening for The Rolling Stones
The Rolling stones, 1989-12-04, Skydome, Steel Wheels Tour

Bonham, 1989-12-13, Skydome Skytent, Opening for The Cult
The Cult, 1989-12-13, Skydome Skytent, Sonic Temple Tour

 

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