No contemplating soul or thought
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
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.