30 years ago, almost exactly to the day, the Gear Daddies rolled into Northfield. They were playing in front of the Carleton student union in the common area on a wonderful late spring evening. As a townie, pretty easy to crash, just throw on a Knights t-shirt and blend right in. Nobody was checking my SAT score.
I figured this may be the last time, perhaps, to see them ever. They announced that they were calling it quits and their final shows were fast approaching.
After maybe 2 songs, a couple of coeds screamed a request for a cover. Martin Zellar, politely let them down and declined. Song after song they pleaded, even though the guys from Austin were clicking with originals from their 2 albums to the rest of the audience's approval. He explained with only a few shows left, they wanted to focus on their own stuff.
The girls did not relent. Equal parts charming and annoying.
By the time they returned for an encore, Zellar shrugged and simply stated, "You win."
It took a decade, but they did eventually reform for reunion shows. Still a good time.