The Concert that Never Was
Manitou Springs, Colorado
August 29, 2016 7:14am CST
Out of all the concerts I've seen, this was going to be the most epic. Back in the mid-90's, a mind-blowing tour was organized: in order, Gang of Four, Anthrax, Public Enemy, and The Sisters of Mercy. The show was scheduled for Red Rocks (where U2 filmed their Under a Blood Red Sky video,) and my friend and I had tickets. We planned on doing some heroic drinking that day, both inside and outside the venue. We're talking margaritas at a locally-owned Mexican restaurant in town, followed by beers in the Red Rocks parking lot, and more beers inside once the gates opened. In other words, we were planning on some serious drinking while watching four wildly diverse bands, with a wildly diverse crowd. And it never happened. The tour was cancelled right before it hit Denver. Why? I've never heard an official reason but Sisters leader Andrew Eldritch put it bluntly: "It seems as though America still has a problem with black crowds and white crowds being in the same crowd." (Funny, but that seems not to have changed all these years later.) It was the day that never happened. We ended up trading our tickets for a David Sanborn show, which is a story in itself. And here we are, some 20 years later, and the only band of the four that I've managed to see is The Sisters of Mercy. But oh, man, would that have been a fun day!
7 people like this
• Redlands, California
So true in regards to sharing the stage. I actually think it is more acceptable for whites and blacks to hang out at all hip hop concerts than it is when they share the stage with rock, metal, or punk rock genres. I am not sure as to why that is. I know punk rock seems to call out racism every chance they get, but you will hardly see any black people at a punk rock show even if hip hop artists are there to share the stage with them. Maybe black people just really do not like punk rock, but you would figure they would like ska, considering the music is so influenced by reggae. Then again, not many black people like Rage Against The Machine. Those songs lyrically seem like they would be easy for black people to relate to. Cool song by the way.
• Los Angeles, California
I don't buy the excuse that in the mid 90s that blacks and whites had a problem being in the same crowd. If that were true, then there would be no sporting events or other concerts or attending a TV show taping. Sure, a NASCAR crowd isn't going to mix with a hip hop crowd but the kind of crowd interested in that concert lineup would be liberal and appreciate of black music. A BS reason for canceling.
• United States
That sounds like a rather diverse line-up, one where some fans (like hard-core rap fans of Public Enemy and hard-core fans of thrash metal Anthrax) might not get along. Then again, on the other hand, the fans may have been great and one of the bands may have been upset that someone got a bigger ovation than they did. I'm sorry the tour got canceled before it got to you.