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151. All We Have Is Now: The Flaming Lips, July 10, 2010

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151. All We Have Is Now: The Flaming Lips, Ottawa Bluesfest, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday July 10, 2010, $40.

Hands down, Oklahoma’s The Flaming Lips were my favourite band of the noughties — if we can begin that decade in 1999 with their first stone classic, The Soft Bulletin — and were the act I had most wanted to see live during that time. Continue reading

150. Good Sister/Bad Sister: Hole, Joan Jett, July 9, 2010

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Talk about two great, complimentary, back-to-back sets …

(My ticket says $19.17 as I get an early bird full festival pass)

150. Good Sister/Bad Sister: Hole, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Ottawa Bluesfest, Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Friday July 9, 2010, $40.

Back in the late ’80s, I had a conversation about Tom Waits with a rep from Island Records, his label at that time.  I was/am a big fan of Mr. Tom and, as it turned out, this woman had functioned as the record company assistant to him and his wife/collaborator, Kathleen Brennan, during their stay in Toronto for Waits’ Massey Hall show in 1987 Continue reading

019. Walking on the Moon: Police Picnic III featuring The Police, Peter Tosh, James Brown, King Sunny Adé, & more, August 5, 1983

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Three consecutive summers of Police Picnics — and four consecutive summers of music festivals — come to a close for me with this final edition.

019. Walking on the Moon: Police Picnic III featuring The Police, Peter Tosh, James Brown, King Sunny Adé, Blue Peter, and The Fixx, CNE Stadium, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Friday August 5, 1983, $20.

Another summer, another all-day music festival in Toronto headlined by The Police. The last of the three, in fact.

It was part of the band’s final tour undertaken during the time of their original existence, as a promotional vehicle for their fifth album, Synchronicity, which was an immediate blockbuster upon its early June release. Advertised as being along for the ride this time were former Wailer and reggae legend Peter Tosh; the brilliant King Sunny Adé and His African Beats; bland, contemporary new wavers The Fixx; Toronto’s own Blue Peter, then nearing both a career peak and the last throes of their existence; and, best of all and initially the biggest reason for my purchasing a ticket, Scotland’s Simple Minds, then finishing up their global flogging of what is for my money the one truly brilliant long-playing moment of their career: 1982’s New Gold Dream.

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165. On & On: Erykah Badu, The Tragically Hip, Shpongle, & more, July 9, 2011

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165. On & On: Erykah Badu, The Tragically Hip, Shpongle, and more, Ottawa Bluesfest 2011 (Pt. 2), LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday July 9, 2011, $19.17 (pre-sale avg., per night) 

Saturday thankfully marked a return to hot dry weather following the previous night’s wash out (for us) of Wanda Jackson and The Black Keys. Returned in a non-moist state, we headed back down to the Flats for an early evening performance by hip-hop soul diva Erykah Badu. A literal sea of fans saturated the Claridge stage for Ms. Badu’s first ever performance in the Ottawa area, Continue reading

008d. I’m Not Angry: The Heatwave Festival (Part 4), August 23, 1980

008d. I’m Not Angry: The Heatwave Festival (Pt. 4 ) with the Talking Heads, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Pretenders, The B-52s, Rockpile featuring Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds, Teenage Head, and more, Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, Saturday August 23, 1980, $20.

In Part Three, I covered the evening sets by the Talking Heads and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.  This fourth and final installment examines my being left stranded in the middle of nowhere with only a few dollars in my pocket and the variety of adventures that ensued during my odyssey back home.

I arrived back at the faraway parking lot probably somewhere short of midnight, with the post-show, second evening party in full swing.  I was dreading having to meet back up with Doofus and That Guy.  Trying to imagine the level of obliteration they would be in by this point was a depressing scenario to ponder but, oh well, this was my ticket there and back.  Or was it? Continue reading