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Random Anecdote #1

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Years ago, in 1992 to be exact, I saw the Pixies perform at Hayden Square Amphitheater in Tempe.  I really wasn’t into them at all but all my friends were going, so why not go?  This was also the first show I used earplugs, a practice that continues to this day.

I was assaulted by this woman...

The opener, Pere Ubu, were boring and I don’t remember much about them, except that the lead singer was on the larger side and that they were from Ohio.   I’m not sure the two are connected, but check out recent pictures of Greg Dulli, another famous rocker from Ohio.

The Pixies opened the show with their Jesus and Mary Chain cover, Head On.  I recognized my friend CW crowd-surfing up front — something he had never done before that night and what he’d swore he’d do at the show. Mission accomplished.

The only other thing I remember from the show, aside from it being very long, was at the end of the last song they played — Where is My Mind — Kim Deal threw a very thick book out into the crowd.  I reached up to grab it, but it flew by, bending my fingers back a bit which hurt. The guy who caught it was a few people away from me.  I asked him what the book was.   He said it was a travel guide called Let’s Go: Europe.  “So let’s go,” he said.

I think he was wearing a flannel shirt.  But I’m not sure.


Written by B. Michael Krol

June 6, 2011 at 9:50 am