Black 47 frenzy in 1993
( I cleared the title up too )
3/3/2008 Afternoon Update:
A reader mentioned that my “fact-checking dept.” was groggy from the weekend (how can one guy have “departments?”)… He said that the show in April 1994 at Stevens was a small gig in the cafeteria without incident…
He said the crazy show was at the Lackawanna train station plaza earlier in the year (St. Patrick’s Day perhaps?)
I don’t know, because I wasn’t here.. but another person who was here mentioned the DeBaun auditorium as the venue at Stevens (they since stopped hosting rock shows) so I thought that was the case..
Can anyone clear up the exact date of the “police chief” incident please?
Who was here in April 1994 when the Irish band Black 47 performed at Stevens, and so many rowdy fans caused the police chief to shut down the whole town?
That incident became part of their song “Green Suede Shoes.”
“Six months out on the road
Don’t know if I’m ever goin’ home
Out there in the middle of America
Out of my head, feelin’ hysterical
Wishin’ that I was back in New York
Playin’ in Reilly’s on a Saturday night
Man on the phone says “I ain’t jokin'”
Would yez ever come and play for us out in Hoboken?”
So we hop in the van and we drive overnight
Goin’ to sweet New Jersey, startin’ to feel alright
But the word is out that the boys are back in town
30,000 Paddies start gettin’ on down
When we hit the stage, police chief goes nuts
What the hell am I gonna do with 30,000 drunks
He say “stop the music, I’m in charge”
Then he goes and he shut down alla the bars
I don’t care if you got the blues
Just keep the hell off my green suede shoes
You can do anything you choose
But don’t go messin’ up my green suede, green suede shoes”
They also played at the Spring Arts & Music Festival the year before as well.
If anyone can share details of that infamous day, that would be great! Was it that bad?