Whatever happened to the days when rock 'n' roll was a victim of outcries from critics claiming that the loud, obnoxious music, accompanied by lyrics that made no sense, was to be the destruction of the morals and minds of our generation?
Remember the references made by these critics that rock ’n roll drove the young to drugs, that it destroyed our hearing?
Throughout our lifetimes, our elders have attempted to destroy the forms of musical expression that we claim as our own.
They were outraged with Woodstock, frightened by the Stones, befuddled by Bowie and puzzled by the Sex Pistols.
Rock 'n' roll has been blasted, booed and even banned, but the musical expression of a generation continued to progress. Rock 'n' roll was the obvious victor.
But now, ironically, it has fallen victim to a force beyond anyone’s control, a vengeance that cannot be defeated. The energy crisis has prevailed, cancelling musical events from rock to boogie to our parents' "accepted" big band sound.
First to fall prey to the coal miners strike was Andrew Gold. His Wednesday night ballroom show was cancelled. The future cannot be predicted, especially with the announcement Thursday of a 50 percent electrical cutback.
But, obscurity, alive and well and occupying the frame of Elvis Costello, will appear tonight in the confines of the Rathskellar.
Costello and his band the Attractions will perform here in their only Cleveland-area show with openers Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band.
Costello’s most widely viewed appearance was on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He was booked at the last minute to replace the Sex Pistols, now defunct.
Because of his unorthodox stage presence and his unique musical style, Costello’s show could prove to be the entertainment value of the quarter, tuition sure isn’t.
Tickets are a mere $3.50. It might be interesting to note here that tickets for his scheduled concert in Pittsburgh are being sold for $7.50.
The show is now scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Student Center box office at 8 a.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m.