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Hemisphire
03-15-2016, 12:50 PM
http://pitchfork.com/features/article/9832-everybody-is-a-star-how-the-rock-club-first-avenue-made-minneapolis-the-center-of-music-in-the-80s/

Nothing about this band in the article, but check out who was playing March 6, 1982:
http://pitchfork-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/longform/332/12-FirstAvenue-Calendar-1982.jpg

sacred roots
03-16-2016, 03:26 PM
Nothing about this band in the article, but check out who was playing March 6, 1982:
http://pitchfork-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/longform/332/12-FirstAvenue-Calendar-1982.jpg

This was a year or so before Gary joined; they were a trio at this point, very much in a pure rockabilly/retro mode.

Still, a pretty decent month for First Ave/Entry - I was at several of these shows.


One of the first, if not the first, Replacements mainroom shows.
"REMS" - not the Athens band but a local Mpls band fronted by future rock writer Jim Walsh
Defunkt on March 8. Prince decided a few days before he wanted to do a surprise show so they moved Defunkt's set time up to a late afternoon start and let Prince and his new band, The Revolution, play later, joined for a few songs by The Time. Even with virtually no publicity it was still a packed house. Fantastic set - easily one of the best First Ave shows ever for me.
Memorable shows from The Gun Club and The Flamin' Groovies.
Barely visible on the calendar for March 12, opening for L7-3 (a Suicide Commandos offshoot): Loud Fast Rules, later to become Soul Asylum
March 20: The Prosecutors from Milwaukee. Kevn Kinney's first band, years before he moved to Georgia and found fame and fortune with Drivin N Cryin.
March 10: Opening for the long forgotten Medium Medium: Ministry. I can't remember, but if this was the Ministry from Chicago it had to be one of their first Mpls shows, back when they were a synth-pop band (big hit: "Every Day is Halloween"), several years before they evolved into their much better known industrial/metal incarnation (big hit: "Jesus Built My Hotrod").