Before It Was the Tower Theater, It Was Clubland, and Our Friend Worked There
"Since it was mainly a disco, but a very large theater, we had bands, plays and special events there. The two acts that stand out were the Beastie Boys and Julian Lennon.Thanks, Dave. Rocks Off is currently compiling a year-by-year list of artists who played the Tower until the property was sold and the theater shuttered in late 1995. We'll have that for you tomorrow.
"Beastie Boys were great, despite the fact that they were performing to pre-recorded tracks so it was not the multi-instrumental 'live' show they put on now (may have been pre-Paul's Boutique...not sure). I remember thinking that these guys were a 'gimmick' and not real hip-hop. (Boy, was I wrong. Ha!)
"I think I was working the bar next to the stage, so I had the best seat. Not real crowded as I remember....but I think I got laid that night, so my memory is clouded about the show. Ha.
"The next act I really remember was Julian Lennon. The show was better than I expected. And I believe his hit "Valotte" had just come out so...lots of chicks and older people who wanted a glimpse of 'John Lennon's kid.'
"I remember wanting to meet him because of his dad but was stopped by overzealous security, as this was not too long after hid dad was killed and Julian was extremely skittish when it came to strangers or fans (according to his security).
"I did finally get to meet him as he was leaving, and he looked a little sad and afraid. Not the confident, cocky figure his dad struck. I was a little sad for him. Still, it was a good show.
"I can't really remember more bands playing there. Clubland was a 'video disco' club. So lots of dance music and a 'Solid Gold Dancers' troupe that performed on stage to the music. And a "host" who occasionally dressed up as "Batman" since the Michael Keaton/Tim Burton movie had come out that year.
"But out of that crap came Emo and me. We changed the nightlife landscape in Houston AND Austin (not counting the Dallas club as it was... ehhh, NOT Emo's) We were right on the horizon of 'Grunge/Alternative' music and its 'creatures of the night' that we catered to. Fun times.
"And the rest is history..."