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Southern Accents Tour 1985

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I meant to aswer this last time... but since you are asking again, I regret to say I didn't see that tour. A bit slow in my reactions, I heard some TPATH music already in the early 80s, but didn't develop a sufficient obsession until about the 1989-91 era. (That, and I was not even 10 yo when SA hit the road, living on the other side of the planet.) Either way, I do now find 1985 to be one of the most interesting and defining eras in TPATH history, heard many many live recordings and so on, and I would definately be very pleased if someone would answer your call here, and tell some stories about that tour. Here's hoping.

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I wanted to see this tour so bad, I remember that, and probably of those Wiltern shows even, but I couldn't get anyone to go with me.  I didn't drive at that time so I had to depend on the kindness of others.  I had seen the Long After Dark tour at the Forum, but that's not your question, is it?

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Well I was wrong about it being at the Forum - I think because I've been to so many shows there my aging brain automatically assumed.  But I think it was probably Irvine Meadows.  Anyway, that was the last time they did the simple staging - just lighting, no props or sets or anything.  I think we had lawn seats but the sound was pretty good, and I was very happy because I was totally behind that album - I wrote a review of it for my school newspaper (I was the Features editor and had a crazy dream of being a female Cameron Crowe) - so it was great to hear those songs.  And I think they played "Hang On Sloopy" because I remember the joke about Stan even though I didn't really realize that it was a joke until years later.  In those days I think it was just the experience of seeing a band you loved right there (relatively speaking).  I think Prince was the first concert I attended where I realized you could have stuff going on over and above the actual performance, and that was in '85 for the Purple Rain tour.

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Haven't been around here much lately, but I saw one show on the Southern Accents tour; it was at the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey. I remember it as being a good but not great show; they played everything from Southern Accents except "Mary's New Car." I didn't love the Rebelette influence on the older songs (such as "You Got Lucky"), but I still enjoyed the show in general.

Regarding the Long After Dark tour, that one was much better! I saw four shows from September 1982 through June 1983. Yes, "Hang On Sloopy" was on the setlist. I don't remember the Stan joke, but I do remember Tom referring to one of the "Hang On Sloopy" verses as being "one of the filthiest ever written...let's hear it for sexual explicity"...yes, that was how he pronounced it, haha.


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