Friday, December 27

The dB's - New Year's Eve 1986, Raleigh, NC

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).
Gene models the kind of hat all well-dressed  
New Year’s Eve revelers should wear
(a sideways Like This LP jacket!)
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 (end cut, fades out)
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

ROB SEZ: A fired-up dB’s play a rowdy New Year’s Eve show — a perfect way to ring in any New Year. 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. BIG THANKS to TG for recording the show and RIDICULOUS THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share.

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.

  3. Things like this are not only musical gold, but they're time capsules as well. I don't know if anyone out there is from the Raleigh area, but The Brewery is long gone. The entire block was razed and turned into apartments and retail. Sigh.

    1. Sad, isn't it? Like you said, at least we've got some "virtual reality" to enjoy...


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