The Ticket Timewasters can still do what others can’t twenty years later
By Chuck Cox
To coincide with the The Ticket’s 20th anniversary last weekend, the über popular sports talk radio station moved up its annual powwow, Ticketstock, up a few weeks.
And after turning back the clock to 1994 with retired jock superstar guests Jim Jackson (Mavericks), Michael Irvin (Cowboys), Pudge Rodriguez (Rangers) and Mike Modano (Stars), the Timewasters did the same to close things out on Saturday night in front of a big crowd at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
With the help of some backing musicians, the station’s on-air personalities get to live out their rock and roll fantasies by playing a concert as the Timewasters, which is part of the reason “they can’t do what we do” is one of The Ticket’s mantras. And reliving two decades of Ticket memories certainly cemented that claim as absolute gospel.
The first 10 songs of the nearly two-hour show were all from 1994. And the execution was every bit as solid as the idea. The selections were: Weezer’s “Buddy Holly,” Salt ‘N’ Peppa’s “Whatta Man,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush,” Salt ‘N’ Peppa’s “Shoop,” Gin Blossoms’ “Found Out About You,” Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” Green Day’ “Longview,” Nirvana’s “Polly,” Warren G and Nate Dogg’s “Regulate” and Nirvana’s “All Apologies.” Brothers Cash and Mike Sirois served as emcees.
I thought station patriarch Mike Rhyner really stole the first part of the show. He did “Plush” and showed off his rapping skills on “Shoop” and again with Donovan Lewis on “Regulate.” But Danny Balis’ rendition of “All Apologies,” which he did dressed as Kurt Cobain complete with crazy blond wig, was very solid. George Dunham’s “Buddy Holly” was also pretty great.
Some of the songs in the first set were parodies, including “What a Man,” which was instead “Bob and Dan” by Lewis, Jake Kemp and Sean Bass. “Gin And Juice” was “Gordo, Jub and Junes” by Kemp, TC Fleming and Dan McDowell. And “Polly” was instead “Bobby” by Corby Davidson. Song parodies have been a staple of The Ticket for several years now.
And parodies or original songs made up the remainder of the show. I really enjoyed Gordon Keith doing “Just a Good Ol’ Boys,” Craig Miller’s “Points For Sex,” and Lewis doing Outkast’s “Hey Ya” with station program director Jeff Catlin on guitar and Lewis’ wife Twiggy on background vocals.
After wrapping up the festivities, the main show hosts headed to New York for Super Bowl week. As they acknowledged several times at Ticketstock, those guys know not many people in this world have a job as special and unique as they have. And I’m sure glad The Ticket is part of Dallas’ sports scene. It just wouldn’t be the same without it.