For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Fab T-Birds Tear It Up at Fair Park Coliseum in '86

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We began the day by looking at old photos of Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan courtesy Kirby Warnock, who's bringing Jimmie to the Texas Theatre for a very special homecoming show and chitchat. So, then, it's only appropriate to end it with this recent find from 1986: Jimmie, Kim Wilson, Preston Hubbard and Fran Christina -- otherwise known as the Fabulous Thunderbirds -- at the State Fair Coliseum in 1986.

That was the band's commercial heyday -- right around the time "Tuff Enuff" was rattling around the Billboard Top 10, the band's lone hit. I must have seen the band half a dozen times during that period; it was tough living in Austin back then without finding yourself at a T-Birds show at some point. That '87 Riverfest especially comes to mind, but one among many how'd-I-end-up-here moments. Never disappointing; occasionally, enlightening. (And how'd "My Babe" never go Top 10?)

This show was a radio broadcast, via Westwood One, which is why it sounds like it was recorded tomorrow; the venue, intimate as a first date, doesn't hurt either. (We were in there during the State Fair and couldn't understand why the coliseum, which hosted the likes of Pantera and Nirvana and Guns N' Roses way back when, has turned off the music in recent years.) I also like the fact the set list contains the band's cover of a song co-written and recorded by another local great: "How Do You Spell Love" by none other than Bobby Patterson.
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Tex
Tex

Fair Park Coliseum also hosted Led Zeppelin's first tour. They played there on their first visit to Dallas.I miss the funky old places. 

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

A girlfriend of mine use to bang Jimmie Vaughn and in his day, he was one sexy mofo.  I think he invented swagger.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Wasn't Kim Wilson on "Wiseguy" around that time in the arc where Ken Wahl (can't believe I remember his name) was investigating the record business?

Joe Nick
Joe Nick

Mike had been long ago replaced by Fran Christina, and if the date is 86, the other soulful cat who made the T-Birds so cool - Keith "El Mero" Ferguson, had been canned as well, as the photo above indicates. Just sayin'

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I was this close to calling you to double-check. Knew I shoulda. The item's been rectified, of course.

Pat Boyack
Pat Boyack

I don't think Mike was on drums for this. It was probably Fran. And "Wrap It Up" was a hit for Sam and Dave.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I wondered about whether it was Mike or Fran -- I always thought Fran left right before they hit it, and since I can't tell quite when this show was ... Well, my bad, if so, and apologies to Mr. Christina.

G_David
G_David

Granted, it wasn't turned into a pickup truck commercial and played ad nauseum, but I would classify "Wrap it Up" a hit. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Living here my whole life, I always assumed "Wrap It Up" was a Top 10 hit for the last 25 years. But, no. It only got as high as No. 50 on the Billboard charts. And then, only briefly.

G_David
G_David

Regional hit?  Minor hit?  Bigger hit than anything I'll ever write?  (and not from lack of trying).

Paul
Paul

The reason why there are no longer any music concerts at the State Fair Coliseum is because of the agreement for the American Airlines Arena which now has right of first refusal on any act at any venue owned or operated by the City of Dallas or any similar venue.

This is why Reunion Arena was torn down early and one of the factors as to why JerryWorld was not built in Dallas.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Thats a damn shame. I saw Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and White Zombie at the Coliseum and actually thought the sound was better there than at the AAC. In hindsight, that is.  And the parking was much easier.

During the time I saw Pantera there, Dallas still had a minor league hockey team that called the Coliseum home. The geniuses is charge thought that it would be safe to cover the ice in plywood. Then they covered the plywood with indoor/outdoor carpet. That remains the only show that I have ever attended that had multiple INDOOR bonfires and a pit that was on ice. People were passing 5 foot planks of plywood over their heads with up to 4 people trying to surf on them. Many of those planks were on fire. Flaming balls of carpet were being thrown around at will. For a while that night I was convinced that ticketmaster had figured out a way to put a service charge on the apocalypse.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I bought my first copy of Girls Go Wild from a guy behind the counter at Conan's Pizza on 29th. Waterloo wasn't even open yet. The 1st pressing seemed hard to find. The bartender at Antone's (when it was on Guadeloupe) said his roommate was selling them for cash only at the Pizza Store. I was young, thin and had lots of hair.,.....#oldaustincred

Texasdave60
Texasdave60

I was working at Antones at that time and I fondly recall JImmy and his wife Connie (the booking agent at the time) taking me to lunch at Conans. Small world, JD.

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