On this date in history, 6/1/2001, I attended The Tour of Brotherly Love, featuring The Black Crowes, Oasis, and Spacehog. This was an outdoor show at Deer Creek in Noblesville, IN.
The name of the tour referenced the notorious sibling relationships of the Gallagher brothers in Oasis and the Robinson brothers in the Black Crowes.
Spacehog actually had 2 brothers in their band, but I don’t recall ever seeing their names in the press due to onstage fisticuffs. During their short set of bland alternative rock there were no incidents of brotherly violence.
Oasis was up next and although they also refrained from mixing it up on stage, both Noel and Liam Gallagher displayed plenty of the surly and snotty attitude that either endeared or alienated virtually their entire fan base at one time or another in their career.
Love them or hate them, they played one amazing set that night, loaded with their Beatlesesque melodies and barroom tough guy guitar riffs.
The Black Crowes followed with a less antagonistic approach, instead rousing the crowd again and again to their feet to dance to the delicious Southern gumbo of their hippie version of the Rolling Stones boogie.
Chris Robinson was in fine vocal form and the rest of the Crowes brought the heat throughout their hit filled set.
When they returned for their encores, the crowd got the best surprise of the night as Noel and Liam joined them for a pair of covers by the bands they are constantly compared to, The Beatles and The Stones. All in all, a great night under the stars for a British and American summit on how to rock…and fake that brotherly love in the service of great music!
Written By The Concert Critic
On this date in history, Part 2: Fifteen years after that Rush show, I traveled back to MSA in 1996 to check out Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Toadies, and Spacehog. Starting from the beginning, Spacehog played a fairly generic opening set. Nothing horrible, but nothing horribly memorable, either!
Moving on, The Toadies were a vast improvement, playing mostly selections from their fine Rubberneck album. My highlights were Backslider, I Come From The Water, and the incredible Possum Kingdom. They rocked hard and got the crowd pumped and didn’t overstay their welcome.
The Toadies – Possum Kingdom
Obviously, the majority of the audience was there primarily for the funky headliners, and Anthony Kiedis and the boys delivered the goods. This was the short period of time when Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction was their lead guitar player. I’ve always been a huge fan of his playing and I thought the album he played on with the Peppers, One Hot Minute, was among their finest. Dave is admittedly more of a rocker than a funk player, and not as suited to the RHCP style as John Frusciante, but he has fantastic stage presence and killed it on this particular night. Getting to play with Flea and Chad Smith would be a thrill for any guitar player. Those guys laid down a bed of nasty funk that had us dancing throughout the show. Total beast mode rhythm section! They played a handful of the songs off One Hot Minute and filled out the rest of the set with crowd favorites from the earlier classics. Two completely different styled shows 15 years apart made for March 11 to be a fondly remembered date in my concert history!
Written By Braddon S. Williams
Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute Tour 1996 Bootleg Series