Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
Additional Mike Watt photograph by Jason Spiro. See more of Jason’s photos from this show here.
Last Conspirators photograph by Denise Jordan. See more of Denise’s photos from this show here.
Across town at the Palace Theatre, fans screamed and stormed the stage when Smiths’ singer Morrissey bared his chest during his debut Albany performance. Over at Valentine’s Music Hall on the same night — at a show that unfortunately competed for some of the same fans of ‘80s college rock — bassist Mike Watt stripped his shirt off onstage, too.
Granted, when Watt did it the show was over and fans had mostly cleared out, and the former Minuteman was really only swapping his sweat-soaked stage flannel for a drier shirt to wear in the van. He and his partners in plaid — guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales, who made up the Missingmen — had just ripped through 30 rapid-fire songs in 45 minutes and then played a frenzied encore of classic Minutemen tunes.