Garth’s Good Bull
I enjoyed the article in the summer 2021 issue regarding concerts in Aggieland. When I was a fish in 1989, Garth Brooks came to play at G. Rollie White Coliseum. I didn’t see him then, but one of my buddies did, and he was impressed that Garth sat on a cooler outside his tour bus and signed autographs until he had seen the last person in line. My buddy said the session easily went two hours after the concert ended.
That same year, I saw the Indigo Girls play in the old DeWare Field House adjacent to G. Rollie. There weren’t any seats, so we just stood on the gym floor while they played on stage. We had to navigate large buckets on the floor that had been placed to catch leaking rainwater from the day’s rainstorms! That field house was demolished after my time at Texas A&M, but it was a memorable concert experience.
Brad Hickerson ’93
Go Johnny Go
During the 1960s when I attended Texas A&M, Johnny Mathis was an MSC Town Hall entertainer one year. At some point during the show, the electricity went out—no lights and no microphone. After about a 10-minute wait, Mr. Mathis announced that if we were willing to give it a try, he would sing without the mic or accompanying musicians. He went on to perform several songs before the electricity came back on. Needless to say, to hear Mr. Mathis in the old Jolly Rollie Coliseum, we had to be absolutely quiet…and we were. I always thought it took a lot of confidence and musical guts on his behalf to switch to a solo a cappella performance. It was great!
Richard Keen ’69
Harrisburg, North Carolina
When the Lights Go Down in G. Rollie
During my years at Texas A&M, I witnessed many unbelievable concerts. One of the most memorable, however, was Johnny Mathis. Let me say, I wasn’t a big Mathis fan at that point, but I liked some of his music. When he came on stage, the lights all over campus went out. He could have said he couldn’t go on, but he didn’t. He asked for a flashlight (it was pitch black in Jolly Rollie) and for approximately 45 minutes, he sang in the dark with only a flashlight, no amplification and no backup music. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. Been a fan ever since!
Clifton Smith '70
No Common Stooge
Great Time Capsule article in the summer 2021 issue! I sat in the center fifth row for the Iggy Pop show in 1987. While his lewd theatrics drew gasps from some in the crowd, my friends and I just laughed. And if my memory serves me right, he opened for The Pretenders. It was a great show!
Michael Doiron ’88
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