19. SIMPLE MINDS, 5/9/86

Location: Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Support act(s): The Call
In the company of: Gregg H.

My Scottish brethren Simple Minds were on a career high, with “Don’t You Forget About Me” a worldwide fave after 1985’s “The Breakfast Club” featured it during end credits (you saw it, admit it). Still riding high from their career best album, “Once Upon A Time,” Simple Minds played all the hits and then some. This was around the time that lead singer Jim Kerr was married to Pretenders’ frontperson Chrissie Hynde. For what it’s worth.

Michael Been and The Call, one of rock’s most underrated bands, rocked some socks with their music. A worthy opener.

15. THE PRETENDERS, 8/23/84

Location: Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Support act(s): Simple Minds
In the company of: Gregg H. and two other guys

The two other guys were the reason our brains were swimming. And it was not the beer. Oh, our childish ways…

Touring in support of their best album ever, “Learning To Crawl,” the Pretenders rocked in a big way that night. Chrissie Hynde was more of a man than most of us in the crowd. She kicked ass. The concert was one of my most memorable and the reason why I’ll always say that I love the Pretenders.

Openers Simple Minds (headed by Chrissie’s hubby, Scotland’s Jim Kerr) was also at the top of their game, just months before the release of their great “Alive and Kicking.” This was two great shows in one. It was a nice, warm Kansas City evening under the stars. Good times.