Since the Covid Summer of 2020 is also The Summer Without Live Music, I am going to pause my story and instead present two sets of podcast episodes devoted to performances that I missed by artists such as The Clash, Bob Marley, XTC, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave, and more.
Hindsight is 20/20, or so the saying goes. So, for my Concert no.020 entry in the original blog series, I published a two-part tribute looking back at what DIDN’T happen: one remembering 20 specific performances/concerts I was slated to or wanted to see—but didn’t or couldn’t—from 1980 onward, and another listing the 20 Acts I Wish I’d Seen (and will never be able to) who were performing between the ‘20s and 1980.
The original list dates from 2012, and so I am updating it for 20/20 with two covid-related cancellations for what were to have been my first set of live shows of the new decade.
In this Episode 9A (no.020b) Waiting in Vain: 22 Performances I Missed (Part One nos. 1-8 1980-1990), join me for the first of a heartwarming two-part podcast looking back at venues surrounded by riot police, mystery no-shows, health-related complications, cancelled shows and tours, student penury, limited mobility options, lazy patrons, undersold annulments, and Mildred Pierce.
NEXT PODCASTS: In Episode 9B (no.020a) Waiting in Vain: 22 Performances I Missed (Part Two nos. 9-22 1991-2020), join me for the second of a heartwarming two-part podcast looking back at cancelled shows and tours, this time involving U2, Arcade Fire, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead, George Clinton, Bonnie Raitt, and more. I'll be fondly remembering student penury, inclement weather, limited mobility options, instant sell-outs, undersold annulments, ticket-vacuuming bots, competing options and obligations, health-related complications, a global pandemic, and sometimes just being a lazy bugger.
Episode 11 will look back at the 40th Anniversary of the Heatwave Festival outside of Barrie, Ontario (Coming April 23, 2020).
Episode 12 (no.004) This Is the Modern World: The Jam with The Dwight Twilley Band, Rex Danforth Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Tuesday April 10, 1979 (Get a sneak preview by reading the original 2011 blog entry here.) (Coming in September)