San Diego Reader, January 24, 2008

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50 historic local concerts 1956-2006


Jay Allen Sanford

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Here's a greatly expanded "Director's Cut" of the October 4th cover feature "Best San Diego Jams." This version covers around 50 notable local shows thru the years, with brief capsules detailing each show's historical details. While it does include capsules from the Best Jams feature a couple of weeks ago, more than half the content is about shows NOT covered in the previous article:


9-15-83:
Elvis Costello and the Attractions played an experimental "amphitheater seating" show at the Sports Arena with two thirds of the venue blocked off. The bands (Aztec Camera opened) were set up in the rear of the venue and played to what would normally be the worst seats in the house. About a third of the 3500 seats were filled, despite the success of Costello's most commercial effort up to that time (Punch the Clock).

Security guards let in people without tickets, but the exodus of patrons outnumbered those coming in, and the Attractions finished their (mostly inaudible) set for fewer than a thousand fans. "Amphitheater seating" at the Sports Arena died soon after.

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San Diego Reader, April 16, 2010


Jay Allen Sanford recalls Elvis Costello & The Attractions and opening act Aztec Camera, Thursday, Sep. 15, 1983, Sports Arena, San Diego.


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