Thirty years after touring the U.S. in support of World Without End, guitarist/songwriter David Newton of The Mighty Lemon Drops received a VHS tape in the mail. On it: professionally recorded footage from the band’s gig at at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro in May 1988.
The footage, which can be seen below, includes performances of that album’s “No Bounds” and the single “Inside Out,” which helped propel World Without End to No. 1 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart.
Newton tells Slicing Up Eyeballs that he first learned of — but did not see — the pro-shot footage during the Mighty Lemon Drops’ final U.S. tour, in 1992, with the bands Material Issue and Too Much Joy. The group’s tour manager on that run, who was from Chicago, mentioned he’d done the lights at the Lemon Drops’ Cabaret Metro show in 1988, and that he had some footage from it.
That was back in 1992, but, Newton says, he has since reconnected with the band’s old tour manager, “and, after 30 years, he recently mailed me this VHS tape. Funny old world.”
Check out that vintage footage below of the Mighty Lemon Drops at their commercial peak in the U.S.
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