DFW Music News

For Your Monday Listening Pleasure: Robert Hunter Comes Alive at Poor David's in 1986

I was digging through our old photo archives Friday afternoon -- I think I'm the only one left 'round here who knows we even have such a thing -- looking for a photo that, turns out, I remembered wrong. I thought it was a picture of R.E.M.'s visit to Clearview following the band's 1987 performance at Moody Coliseum, which one Friend of Unfair Park mentioned last week. But, no, it's Michael Stipe at some other club in 1985 -- and, no, it's from that Bronco Bowl gig. So. Sorry.

But while I was digging, I did come across a buried file of old nightclub pics containing, among other things, Bronco Bowl conceptual renderings dating back to its 1996 redo, the Fast and Cool, the since-razed Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney when it was still shiny and brand-new, and pictures of Angus Wynne with hair. Also in the stack: several pictures from the second home of Poor David's Pub on Lower Greenville, with owner David Card in every one.

The timing was fortuitous: Over the weekend I was looking for an old Dallas history-of I'd once seen on Archive.org when I espied this brand-new addition to the Live Music Archive: a soundboard recording of Robert Hunter at Poor David's on October 18, 1986 -- one of two sold-out shows the Grateful Dead lyricist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed there that night. I've said it before: When it comes to the Dead, I start and end with American Beauty -- and hey, lookie there, "Friend of the Devil" crops up second on the set list. Later on comes a lengthy discussion of Herschel Walker versus Tony Dorsett. Then, "Ship of Fools."

Speaking of, Schutze and I off to the debate. Pray for us.

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