Friday, December 28

New Year's Eve 1986 - Raleigh, NC

The dB's
The Brewery
Raleigh, NC
Dec. 31, 1986 into the wee hours of Jan. 1, 1987

audience recording (sound quality VG+; a well-balanced, solid-sounding recording).

BIG THANKS to TG for recording the show and SUPER DUPER THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share!

Highlights: A fired-up dB’s play a rowdy New Year’s Eve show — a perfect way to ring in any New Year. (Dig those nutty noisemakers!) During the show, Peter announces (for the first time in public?) that I.R.S. Records has signed The dB’s and that a new album will be recorded and released in 1987.
Gene models the kind of hat all well-dressed  
New Year’s Eve revelers should wear
(ie, a sideways Like This jacket!)

SAMPLE: "Love Is for Lovers (Raleigh 1986)"

01 Any Old Thing
02 She Got Soul
03 Auld Lang Syne -- Never Say When
04 Rains Around Here
05 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
06 Not Cool
07 Never Before and Never Again
08 A Better Place
09 Today Could Be the Day
10 White Train
11 I Lie (very end cut, faded)
12 New Gun In Town
13 Change With the Changing Times
14 Amplifier
15 Love Is for Lovers
16 Witchi-Tai-To (Jim Pepper cover; Will sings lead)*
17 A Spy In the House of Love
18 Why Don't We Do It In the Road?
*16 is a traditional Native American peyote chant set to music (leave it to Will to find something that cool & include it in a dB’s show...)

TT: 78:25
These photos were taken at a show in Boston at The Rat in the mid-1980s. But it probably looked a lot like this on New Year's Eve in 1986 at The Brewery in Raleigh.

The dB's:
Peter Holsapple: guitar, vocals
Gene Holder: lead guitar
Will Rigby: drums, backing vocals
Jeff Beninato: bass, backing vocals


  1. Holy Cow! Witchi-Tai-To? Awesomeness! Thanks for the share, and happy new year to ya!

    1. Back at ya, Tim -- thanks for the thanks & Happy 2013!

  2. On that particular New Years Eve I was DJing a party at The Omni Hotel in Durham and missed this show. Thanks!!

    1. Moose - Until last year, I'd *never* seen The deeBs live, so most all of this has been virtual reality to me.