The long version: Rock history is littered with famous opening act stories: Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees; The Clash opening for The Who; Prince and The Stones; Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith; Van Halen blowing The Nuge off of the stage.
Vintage Trouble’s recent run opening for The Who is worthy of that legacy.
Sad news out of Florida this morning that head Monkee and Marcia Brady prom date Davy Jones succumbed to a heart attack. I’m sure there will be plenty of “Last Train to Clarksville” puns, but you won’t find any here.
The Monkees loomed large for my generation. They were part of a small group of artists that appeared in every elementary schooler’s record collection in the early Seventies, the others being John Denver, Neil Diamond, and the Beach Boys.
The Chicago suburbs were in the throes of a great educational experiment: the open concept school. Oakview Elementary had no interior walls, just a series of carpeted sunken living rooms that served as classrooms. We didn’t have desks; rather, we sat on the two steps that defined the classroom while our teacher, Miss Bruce, stood in front of us.
“Christmas break is coming soon. Are you excited about Christmas?” Miss Bruce asked.