On this date in 1990, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom played their first gig in support of the then-freshly released “And You?” lp, opening for L.A. Guns at the Flagstaff Mountain Resort in Jim Thorpe, PA.
To quote J.P.: “It was a SHED.”
This excerpt is from a review of the show from BITD, written by George Smith for The Morning Call in Allentown, PA.
“Before the show, scary-looking “Handsome” Dick Manitoba of Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom hobnobbed with media types in the resort’s courtyard as teens peered enviously over a fence made of stacked chairs. Once his band hit the stage for a bumpy but satisfying 45-minute opening set, the singer’s personality unfolded on songs like “The Party Starts Now” and “Science Gone Too Far.”
“Can you be louder than me?” He asked the fans at one point.
“Rouarrghhh!” screamed a handful.
“Puny!!” laughed Manitoba.
Footnote: George Smith, under his non de plume of Dick Destiny, actually was a member of the Dictators briefly in 1976.
— Salvi C.