Concert Reviews

Calhoun's Tim Locke Talks U2, Metallica and My Morning Jacket

Calhoun frontman Tim Locke will be live and full in effect on Thursday night at Dan's Silverleaf. Opening for The Life and Times, the Fort Worth four-piece will deliver a show that could be as inspiring as the shows Locke saw as a kid, which range from John Denver all the way to Metallica. He also shared seeing U2 in the 1990s and his first show with Calhoun.

What was the first show you remember seeing? Were you with your parents? Yep, I was with my parents. It was John Denver at the Erwin Center in Austin. I, of course, made fun of him like people would do, but then I went back and listened to the songs and realized how good they were. Dreamcatchers and crystals and trail mix, but still the songs were there. I don't remember the show really but I remember the excitement of being there, etc.

What was the first show you recall paying with your own money? That would have been Metallica, Master of Puppets. I grew up in a small Texas town and you either listened to George Strait or metal or you got your ass kicked.

What would you say was the first show that had a major impact on you? As musician, fan, etc. U2, Achtung Baby. I had just gotten to UNT and was a total rube. I had avoided bands like U2, Pixies, Smiths because, you know, those were the guys that got beat up at my high school (auction barn was right next door). Anyway, it was the sensory overload bit and the band was peaking for sure and it was just two hours that changed me. I came out of there a different person. The sense of community at their shows is bizarre and special as well. People are there to worship. Also, that record is still one I listen to.

Now more recently, My Morning Jacket at the Palladium two years ago. I'd always kinda liked their records but seeing them live was reaffirming. Look, I've been doing this a while and am horribly grizzled. I admit I don't enjoy going to shows that much anymore, it feels like work. I got my faith back that night but then of course it quickly went away. Like, within a second or two of getting in my Saturn. Um, honorable mention would be Wilco at Cain's in Tulsa and Merle Haggard/Kris Kristofferson at Bass Hall.

So far, what's the worst show you've ever seen? Good God that is impossible to narrow down and I've probably been responsible for a lot of them.

What do you remember about your first show with Calhoun? See above.

Calhoun plays with The Life and Times and The Cush on Thursday, January 19, at Dan's Silverleaf.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
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