From Wikipedia: “In 1992, [Brian] Eno described his time with Roxy Music as crucial to his career, stating that ‘as a result of going into a subway station and meeting Andy (saxophonist Andy Mackay), I joined Roxy Music and as a result of that I have a career in music. If I'd walked ten yards further on the platform or missed that train or been in the next carriage, I probably would have been an art teacher now.’”
“I’m not giving up my caring about music or listening to music,” Sheridan wrote early on in the piece. “That would be equivalent to asking my heart to stop beating...I won’t care if I’ve heard the latest band. I won’t sacrifice work and family interests to drive four hours to see a band I just saw the night before. Music will continue to be a part of my life. It just won’t be my life.”
James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Kinks, Cash, Springsteen, Dylan, The Stones, half of The Beatles and Lennon’s two kids when they were the in-thing; R.E.M., Husker Du, U2, the Cure, the Replacements, the original Guns N’ Roses and Metallica with Cliff, Iggy, the Sex Pistols, three-quarters of Zeppelin, "Pink Floyd" and Waters, the Heads and David Byrne, New Order, Sabbath, The Who (¾ of them); Pere Ubu, The Grateful Dead with Traffic (½ of them); Marillion performing Brave in its entirety, The Police, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, the Pixies, the original Kiss, Steely Dan, Jane’s Addiction, The Ramones, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Jesus and Mary Chain, Eagles, Devo, King Crimson (the double-trio), Prince, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails (opening for Peter Murphy in a small hall) and Pearl Jam (in a similarly small hall, where the fire code was clearly broken)… Radiohead and David Gray in the same small hall… and probably every important and soon-to-be unimportant band emerging from 1986 until a couple years ago.
You know, Brian Eno did a wonderful thing back in the 70s. When he realized that he couldn’t “rock and roll” anymore, he literally backed off (you watch, Trent Reznor will go and do likewise after last summer's NIN/JA tour). Eno left Roxy Music – under the guise of scrapping with Bryan Ferry – and went into producing other artists and making them better (see U2, David Bowie, James, Talking Heads, et. al) and creating his own atmospheric music that he wanted to hear.
To paraphrase Sheridan, that doesn’t mean you won’t find me in the record store, scouring the bins for some treat or treasure. It just means I won’t be flipping my lid if I miss someone coming through town anymore.
I think I’m only going to collect my few favorite player cards from now on, hit those must-see shows (referrals are often brilliant that way) and I'm gonna leave that extra pair of tickets out there otherwise... I'll let the rest of the fanatical completists out there worry about the rest of the card set.