Anthony Kiedis – 1999

The shock in seeing The Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1999 wasn’t that they put on a good show, that was to be expected. What was a shock was the change in look of Anthony Kiedis, cutting and bleaching his hair and sporting some dapper clothes.

(Image from: Q101 Jamboree 1999, May 22, 1999
The New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL)

Engelbert Humperdinck

Having been born in the late 1960’s, and having parents who liked crooners, it is not a surprise that I have an affinity for Engelbert Humperdinck.

Back in 1996 he was touring, and I thought, “That might be a fun show to see!” Little did I know how much I would enjoy it, and how, well, risqué the show would be!

Joe Satriani – 1996

Joe Satriani started a tour of guitarists way back when. He called it, “G3.”

In 1996 he led the trio of himself, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson.

For guitarists it was like a slice of heaven.

Steve Perry – 1994

Most folks probably remember Steve Perry as only being the front person for Journey back in the day.

This image, however, if from his solo days, when he was touring in support of his album “For the Love of Strange Medicine.” My favorite song from that album is “Somewhere There’s Hope,” but most people at that show were there for his solo hit, “Oh Sherrie,” as well as his covering old, Journey classics.

Don’t matter what he was singing, though, because he rocked!

(Image from: Steve Perry – 1994 – Arie Crown Theatre, Chicago, IL)

Gwen Stefani – 1996

Back in the 1990’s there was a little, ol’ band called No Doubt fronted by young lass named Gwen Stefani.

I highly doubt there are many people who would have ever thought she would end up married to a country dude.

Just goes to show that you never know when it comes to love!

(Image from: Q101 Jamboree 1996 – No Doubt
The New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL)

Daniel Johns from Silverchair

Back in the 1990’s there was a little ol’ band from Australia called Silverchair. Their front man was Daniel Johns, and back in 1999, Daniel was a young lad of just 20 years old.

In case you might be wondering, or reminiscing, Daniel is still making music. You can find all things Mr. Johns at

(Image from: Q101 Jamboree – 1999
The New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL)

Rush in Concert- 1996

When people think a band needs a lot of members to create an enormous sound, shake your head and point them to Rush.

In honer of Neil Peart’s birthday the other day, enjoy one of my favorite concert pictures of Rush, the trio of Neil, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson, from 1996.

(Image from: Rush, in concert, October 28, 1996.
The United Center, Chicago, Illinois)

Rob Thomas – Matchbox 20 – 1997

Matchbox 20 is a band I can say I saw them before they were huge. I was able to interview the band before they hit the big stages, when they were getting ready for their show at a little venue called Schuba’s in Chicago, Illinois.

I learned that Rob Thomas‘ first vehicle, a blue pick-up truck, was repossessed at a gig, and to be leery of old dudes, in trucks, carrying golf clubs.

(Image from: The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Illinois – November 4, 1997)