I started going to gigs when I was 15 years old in 1995. My first gig was a Canadian band called Our Lady Peace who were then touring their first record, Naveed. They went sharply downhill after that record but in the mid-90s they were easily one of the biggest rock bands in Canada.
I saw them for the first time in December 1995 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver back before it closed down, had legal issues, got renovated, and reopened. The floor was actually bouncy back then! It was an all ages gig and Tripping Daisy, riding the I Got A Girl wave, opened. It was a perfect double bill for a 15 year old. I’ve been attending gigs ever since.
One of the main reasons I started this blog in 2005 was to keep track of the shows I’d be going to see. I figured having a blog would motivate me to actually document gigs and, when possible, provide a setlist. I like being able to easily search and see what a band played last time I saw them but scraps of papers in drawers just wasn’t working.
Anyway, this has worked well for the gigs I’ve been to since the blog started but I’ve been wanting to try to document some of what I saw pre-October 2005. So I am. Basically this is a warning. For the foreseeable future there will be seemingly random posts on A Reminder about gigs that may have happened a decade ago. The first two (R.E.M. and Wilco) are already up.
These posts will likely not interest anyone so feel free to ignore them. However, comment away too if you want. Especially if you were there. Most of the gigs will be from Vancouver, some from Seattle and even a few from Europe and Japan. All these posts will be catalogued under the Archives tag.
Regular posting will continue as well. But I just wanted to warn you that this blog is about to get a lot more self-indulgent. Which, honestly, is what a blog is all about.