1981. Reagan in the White House. U.S. hostages in Iran released. IBM PC. Bob Marley RIP. Lady Di marries Prince Charles. Reagan fires the striking air-traffic controllers. Simon and Garfunkel reunite in Central Park. Sandra Day O'Connor on the court. Nolan Ryan's fifth no-hitter. Martial law in Poland.
And not a whole lot of music for me. Blame it on being a poor college student.
St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra
Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, MO
March 20, 1981
Look, some culture among all this rock and roll! A college friend, Jon, was a backup bass player for the orchestra, and as I recall this concert was his big break. Because he was going to be playing he got a number of comp tickets which he distributed among our little network of friends. So we had a little group of poor college students out in force to support Jon that night. It was fun, and we were proud to see our friend on stage.
I remember Jon telling us that the Keil backstage area that night was a weird trip. See, while the Philharmonic had the Opera House side of Keil that night, the Auditorium side was hosting a professional wrestling show (whatever they called Wrestlemania back then). So the shared backstage area between the two halves of Keil was a mixture of two very different cultures.
The Rolling Stones
The Checkerdome, St. Louis, MO
November 19, 1981
My second Stones show; this tour in support of the Tattoo You album. I recall the show being, well, being more "show" than the 1978 tour - more elaborate in terms of stage production, and certainly a precursor of Stones shows to come where the stage is big and elaborate. Tattoo You was also one heck of a successful album, with Start Me Up being (for me) the signature song and sound of the concert and album.
But I'm afraid that's it for 1981 - just two shows.