In this week's edition ofThis Week In Dallas Music History
, formerDallas Observer
music editor Gilbert Garcia answers a popular question among Dallas music fans in 1992: What's going on with Course Of Empire?
Seems the guys in COE had basically disappeared from the local music scene for almost a year and a half. But, according to Garcia, it wasn't for naught; the band had spent five months holed up in Dave Castell's recording studio to work on Initiation, the follow-up to their 1990 self-titled debut album.
And, by this week in 1992, they were ready to come back make a huge comeback.
According to the article, COE was set to make a triumphant return as a headliner at the massive Deep Ellum event called Trees Outdoor Music Festival. Also on that impressive bill: Tripping Daisy, Funland, Buck Pets, and indie-rock heroes in waiting, The Flaming Lips.
Suck on that, NX35/35 Conferette.
Turns out, though, Course Of Empire wasn't the only band missing in action at this time 17 years ago. The piece also includes a funny little blurb off to the side that sheds some light on the Toadies' whereabouts.
Writes Gilbert: "The Toadies are hanging out in California, recording their first album for Interscope Records." That album would come out two years after this article's publishing and would be named Rubberneck. Maybe you've heard it?
Anyway, check out this entire story in the scan after the jump, which is worth looking at, if only to remember a time when the Hard Rock Cafe booked bands.
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