I saw Husker Du at Lisner in D.C. in Spring 1987. They basically did Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987) in sequential order, with very few surprises. The show was a bit boring despite the fact that I ended up sneaking backstage with a friend of a friend who worked at Tower Records across the street. This guy was in The Meatmen but I don't think it was Tesco Vee. The band was cool and Greg Norton, Bob Mould, and Grant Hart were remarkably down to earth. I remember seeing the late WHFS DJ Tom Terrell there and that was about 6 months before I'd get to know Tom a tiny bit once I started working at the Record and Tape Exchange in College Park, Maryland. I didn't bother to see Husker Du at the 9:30 Club later that year 'cause I thought they'd be doing the exact same show. I missed out 'cause the band broke up very soon after that.
(Heck, I can barely remember The Feelies as an opening act!)
So, someone please settle the mystery for me. Were The dB's there and if not, why not?
UPDATE: So it appears, after digging around on some Husker Du websites, that the February gig was rescheduled for March 1987. So I am guessing that I saw them then. This might explain the absence of The dB's 'cause everyone I've talked to who remembers this gig does not remember The dB's. And I vaguely remember an opening act, but seeing as how I barely knew who The Feelies were in early 1987, it sort of makes sense that I can't remember much about them...if they were indeed the opening act at the rescheduled March 1987 gig.
In the meantime, enjoy this studio outtake from the Warehouse: Songs and Stories (1987) sessions. It's a demo (?) version of one of the best songs on the record but it sounds a whole lot different here.