Alive As Yesterday: 1980 Concerts

The Cramps


Paris, France


TV Set

Zombie Dance

Goo Goo Muck

(Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads cover)

Rockin' Bones

(Ronnie Dawson cover)


(The Sonics cover)



Back In Black Tour '80


Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

The BACK IN BLACK TOUR was a concert tour by the Australian hard rock band AC/DC in support of their seventh studio album Back in Black, which was released on 25 July 1980.  This was AC/DC's first tour with new vocalist Brian Johnson, who replaced Bon Scott after the latter's death in February 1980, making his first appearance on stage on 29 June 1980 in Namur, Belgium.[1][2] The band transported their own one-ton "Hells Bell" on the road, which was lowered to the stage each night as the bell tolls of "Hells Bells" were heard. Johnson would finish it off with several hard hits, hammer in hand as the band commenced the show.


"Hells Bells"

"Shot Down in Flames"

"Sin City" or "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"

"Back in Black"

"Bad Boy Boogie"

"The Jack"

"Highway to Hell"

"What Do You Do for Money Honey"

"High Voltage"

“Shoot to Thrill”

“Givin' the Dog a Bone”

"Whole Lotta Rosie"

"You Shook Me All Night Long"



"Let There Be Rock"




Palo Alto, CA



The Pretenders

Rodney Crowell

Tennessee Theater

Nashville, TN


Tom Waits

The Rat Cellar Marquee

Phoenix Park

Dublin, Ireland


Lucinda / Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well

Rain Dogs

Falling Down

On the Other Side of the World

I'll Shoot the Moon

Cemetery Polka

Get Behind the Mule

Cold Cold Ground


Circus / Table Top Joe

God's Away on Business

Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)

On the Nickel

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis

House Where Nobody Lives

Innocent When You Dream

Lie to Me

Hoist That Rag

Bottom of the World

Green Grass

Way Down in the Hole

Metropolitan Glide

Dirt in the Ground

Make It Rain

Jesus Gonna Be Here

Eyeball Kid





Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, MD


Freedom of Choice Theme Song


Freedom of Choice

Jocko Homo

Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA

Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy)



Come Back Jonee


Tunnel of Life


Grateful Dead

West High Auditorium

Anchorage, Alaska

Set List

New Minglewood Blues
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Lazy Lightnin'
Far From Me
Ramble on Rose
Feel Like a Stranger

Big Railroad Blues
Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night
Brokedown Palace

In 1980 the Grateful Dead played in a 2,000 seat high school auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska in 1980.  Now keep in mind, the band’s previous three shows took place at the Portland Memorial Coliseum (13,000 seats), the Seattle Center Coliseum (15,000 seats) and the Spokane Coliseum (8,500 seats), so it’s not like they were playing nightclubs during the summer of 1980.  So how did the Dead find their way up to a high school in Anchorage for three nights in front of a combined audience that didn’t equal the crowd in Spokane?

A fella named Lichter and his brothers George and Andy operated Northern Stage Co., which brought the Grateful Dead to Alaska in 1980 for a three-night stint playing to sold-out crowds at the West High School auditorium during summer solstice.  When asked about the band's set up onstage, Lichter said that West High Auditorium, with a capacity of 2,000, was likely the smallest venue the group had played in the last decade.

Local media covered the scene, from the band's arrival and shows to the travels and travails of their fans, known as Dead Heads.  ‘Looking and carrying on more like a keg-league softball team than members of a rock group, the musicians and their entourage strode unmolested through the airport,’ wrote Anchorage Times reporter Bill Kossen.


Bob Marley & The Wailers

Average White Band

Estadio Roman Valero

Madrid, Spain


Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band

James "Blood" Ulmer

The Beacon Theater




Hair Pie Bake III

Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man

Abba Zaba

Hot Head

Ashtray Heart

Dirty Blue Gene

Best Batch Yet

Safe as Milk

Flavor Bud Living

Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles

One Red Rose That I Mean

One Man Sentence

Doctor Dark

Bat Chain Puller

Old Fart at Play

My Human Gets Me Blues

Sugar 'n' Spikes

Sheriff of Hong Kong

Big Eyed Beans From Venus

From the Captain Beefheart Radar Station: "Inspired is a word which is frequently misused, particularly when applied to an event or a concept. Yet the pairing of Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart) and James Blood Ulmer can be described in no better fashion. Performing before a capacity crowd one chilling night after Thanksgiving, Beefheart appeared in his first formal concert in New York City since 1973. An overwhelming success, it proclaimed once again the innovations Van Vliet has been offering us for years.

No less innovative, or inspirational, or highly acclaimed of late is the work of guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer. His music has been described as “jazz / punk” and “harmolodic” (the term Ornette Coleman invented to describe his conceptual theory), but it is more than that. There are dimensions to Ulmer’s art which transcend labels of any kind; while Coleman’s influence cannot be denied, the guitarist has added an individual stamp of excitement and vitality which is intensified by a striking stage presence."



Tour Without Frontiers

Peter Gabriel

Peter Hammill

Mozartsaal Theater

Mannheim, Germany


Bob Marley & The Wailers

Reit Stadion

Munich Germany


Talking Heads

Pavillon Baltard

Paris, France





University of Liverpool

Liverpool, UK


Sweet Little Lisa
So It Goes
I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock & Roll)
Switchboard Susan
Three Time Loser
Trouble Boys
Girls Talk
Crawling From The Wreckage
Singing The Blues
Cracking Up
The Promised Land
I Hear You Knocking
They Called It Rock
Ju Ju Man
Down Down Down
Let's Talk About Us


This  show was also particularly notable for the opening act, a band billed as The Horace Barlow Experience. Actually, it was Elvis Costello  & The Attractions performing incognito in an unbilled, unannounced appearance. This was the first of only two shows (the other being the following night in Bedford) where this occurred. Of course, earlier in their career, Rockpile opened for Elvis for many shows on his 1978 US tour, so Elvis was returning the favor here.




Tour Over Europe

Led Zeppelin


The Clash

The Ramones

Friars Maxwell Hall

Aylesbury, UK


Son of Stiff 80

The Equators

Tenpole Tudor

Joe "King" Carrasco

Any Trouble

Dirty Looks

The Ritz



The Clash

Hamburg Markthalle

Hamburg, Germany


Heatwave Music Festival 1980

The B-52s

The Clash

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

The Kings

The Pretenders

Rockpile with Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds

Talking Heads

Mosport Park

Toronto, Canada






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