Friday, August 9

New York City April 1982 (venue & date unknown)

The dB's
(venue unknown; possibly The Ritz)
New York, NY
April 1982 (exact date unknown)

probably Chris Stamey’s last live show with The dB’s, mk. 1

soundboard (sound quality Ex-; sounds like it’s from either the master or a first-generation tape; the rhythm guitar is/was kinda loud compared to other instruments, so I dealt with that as best I could)

You can hypnotize yourself if you stare 
into their eyes for 3 minutes or more…
photo illustration by Magnet magazine

TREMENDOUS APPRECIATION to the taper and to Scott R for sharing this rare show.

SAMPLE: "Storm Warning" (NYC 1982)

01 (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
02 Living a Lie
03 Happenstance
04 Storm Warning
05 Dynamite
06 Tomorrow Never Knows
07 Amplifier
08 pH Factor
09 I Feel Good (Today)
10 Excitement
11 Walking the Ceiling (It's Good to Be Alive)
12 Bad Reputation
13 Neverland

NOTE: Obviously, this is not the usual length for a dB’s headlining set. It's because the guys were playing on a multi-act bill. At the end of the last song, Peter says, “Pylon’s up next,” confirming the identity of one other act that played that night. It’s possible this was a show at The Ritz for which The Teardrop Explodes was scheduled to headline, but never performed due to an intra-band blowup backstage. This set features what may be the briefest version of “Tomorrow Never Knows” the band ever played onstage. Performance-wise, it’s all very enjoyable, but the last half of the show really cooks. Turn it up!

The dB’s:
Chris Stamey – guitar, vocals
Will Rigby – drums & vocals
Gene Holder – bass
Peter Holsapple – guitar & vocals