Thursday, July 23, 2015

TT the Bear's Memory: Ocean Colour Scene, 11/23/96

With TT the Bear's closing forever this Saturday, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories of the iconic Cambridge rock club. Some of my most cherished musical memories took place within its walls. It is going to be missed greatly.

If memory serves me correctly, this was the very first show I saw at TT's. It was dirty, set up poorly, cramped, hot... I immediately loved it.

One of the truly great things about going to shows in the Boston area is how many Brits live in the city. You'll get bands that play arenas and stadiums in England, but when they come to the US they play tiny clubs. Fans that are used to seeing them as little dots from the cheap seats can now see them from mere feet away. The energy at one of these shows is simply epic. There were maybe a handful of Americans just discovering the band at the show, and the rest were die hard Brits. Ocean Colour Scene had just come off a tour opening for The Who, so they brought their arena rock show to TT's tiny, tiny stage.

After the show, a small group of us ended up wandering onto the tour bus. What can I say, the door was open and we were young enough to think it was a good idea. Ocean Colour Scene welcomed us all in and offered us beers. They were very confused when they found out the drinking age in America is 21, and we got the typical "You can fight in a war but you can't have a bloody drink?" response.

To see the remaining shows on TT's calendar, check out their website. There are only three shows left.

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