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May 04, 2020


The theme for tonight is Most Memorable Live Concert You Saw And Still Remember Despite The Fact That You Might Have Been "On" Something And We Are Not Talking About Beer. This blog's entry is an August, 1967, show in Washington D.C. put on by a new artist named Jimi Freaking Hendrix. Whoa. This blog had never ever ever heard or seen, but especially heard, anybody play the guitar like that.

Feel free to describe your own experience in the comments. But beware of the brown acid, man.


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Verrry envious of the Blog's having seen Jimi Hendrix. I'm a bit more of a young'un, so my highlight was seeing a then less-famous Pearl Jam and Nirvana open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the L.A. Sports Arena just after Christmas 1991.

My brother's girlfriend cancelled their date to see The Who at Cobo Arena in Detroit in the 70s. My brother had the extra ticket and invited me to join him. I was in grade school and had never been to any concert before.

The arena was a foggy haze with all the burning herbs and quite an eye opening experience watching the doobies and bottles of who knows what being passed around. It was loud and thunderous for a couple hour set. I'll never forget The Who obliterating their instruments at the concerts finale.

Jimi Hendrix in Boston, sometime in early 1970, maybe. He made his strat do things that my psychedelic condition, at that moment, was not expecting and certainly not prepared for. After the show we got a flat tire and decided to sit on the side of the road until it fixed itself.

Ah, good times.

Also attended the very first concert at the Pontiac Silverdome. Ted Nugent opened for Foghat and Aerosmith. They hadn't figured out traffic control for the stadium yet and we waited in the parking lot for three hours after the concert, trying to exit with a bunch of drunken stoners driving in circles.

Bob Seger at the Forum in Inglewood a few years ago. I sat one row below the ceiling. (Thankfully, I brought binoculars.) Everyone around me was indulging in adult beverages and having a great time. All of us sang along with every song.

Bob Seger played for at least two and a half hours and took multiple curtain calls. This was number one on my bucket list of concerts.

One other memorable concert at The Pontiac Silverdome in July 1976. Elton John was the headliner (in more ways than one) and it was sold out. Hundreds of people were there and couldn't get tickets. Word spread that as soon as the sun set, everyone would scale a fence where there was no security. The guards were en masse near the entrance gates.

Somebody yelled, "Let's go!"
Hundreds of people began climbing the fence topped with barbed wire. I managed to make the leap over the barbed wire with my buddies. I looked back and security guards were busy arresting people that got their bellbottom jeans caught in barbed wire and were hanging upside down from the top of the fence.

They had festival seating and we pushed our way to the very front barrier at the front of the stage. The adrenaline was pumping and we enjoyed the show. You couldn't beat our price of admission.

Last one, I promise.

I was attending a Merck meeting in San Diego and the company hired 'The B-52's' to play for us after a huge dinner spread at an outdoor music theater.

There were only a few hundred of us so I stood a few feet from the band next to the stage front.

In between songs, Kate Pierson says to Cindy Wilson, "Do you get the irony of this? We're playing for a DRUG company!"

...the Berkshires-Tangle-Wood, ...1969?ish ...outdoor stage ...B.B. King & Lucille with The Who & more ...I remember stepping over double-occupancy filled sleeping bags spread out on the lawn while they were (the couples inside the bags) performing what now could be called corona-safe calisthenics. It was like jumping rope in the dark but the rope was undulating sleeping bags

...the Berkshires-Tangle-Wood, ...1969?ish ...outdoor stage ...B.B. King & Lucille with The Who & more ...I remember stepping over double-occupancy filled sleeping bags spread out on the lawn while they were (the couples inside the bags) performing what now could be called corona-safe calisthenics. It was like jumping rope in the dark but the rope was undulating sleeping bags

We had two. First was after 9/11. On November 16, 2001 Jimmy Buffett did a benefit at Madison Square Garden (Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes was the "host") . It was a great night , all FDNY firemen got in free, the emotions were very high in a good way. For a lot of us, this was the first time we were back in Manhattan after 9/11.

2. After Katrina, September 20, 2005 there was an amazing benefit concert From The Big Apple to the Big Easy, again at MSG. Jimmy Buffett, Elvis Costello, Buckwheat Zydeco, John Fogerty, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Elton John, Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, The Neville Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Bette Midler, Diana Krall, Kermit Ruffins, and Bill Clinton. A truly amazing night.

3. Oh yeah, one more. February 12, 1964. The Beatles at Carnegie Hall.

Janis Joplins last concert on Sunset Strip. At half time she came out on the stage and said there were a bunch of thugs in suits backstage with guns so she asked us to leave and we'd get tickets for the makeup show. Being rather slow due to substances unremembered I was the last to leave. Outside the crowd milled around and when no-one came to give us tickets we started banging on the entrance door. As the crowd got noisier and demanding tickets all of a sudden Hollywood cops attacked us and started beating on us so we left the area rapidly. Next day Janis is dead killed by an overdose like Jimi Hendrix when they wouldn't sign their contracts over to the mob. The truth shall set you free.

The first concert I ever went to was at Hampton Roads Coliseum in Virginia. It was John Denver and I had a huge crush on him even though I was only about 15 years old at the time. When it was over all of my friends, and everybody else, rushed over to a door that he was suppose to come out of after the concert. I don't like crowds so I hung back and was pretty much by myself. All of a sudden I heard a door open close to where I was standing and it was John Denver! I guess he didn't like crowds either. He stopped, waved at me, and smiled. I was, and still am, very shy so I just waved back and he left. I never told my friends that I'd seen him.

Many to choose from over 4 decades of concerts, lessee here....(throws dart)...First Up: Mojo Nixon and the Toad Liquors kicked off their Sock Ray Blue! tour at a little club in downtown Syracuse back around Y2K. My sweet, decent wife didn't know anything about Mojo but decided to join me...and being the reprobate husband I am I didn't give her any warning about what she was about to experience. Let's just say I had a blast, and poor Mrs. Knight probably still hasn't totally forgiven me. Am certain that'll be the last time she finds herself in a crowd of people who all know the lyrics to "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My 2-Headed Love Child".

Deep Purple in Portland, OR, early 70's. Loudest concert I've ever attended. My ears are still ringing.

As a member of a losing softball team - destroyed in a tournament where my team was not stacked with ringers - I had to join my teammates at a Slim Whitman concert in the O Dome in Gainesville, FL, circa 1983. Would you go to to a Slim Whitman concert sober? No. No you would not. And neither did we. I don't know if Slim appreciated our enthusiastic yodel-a-long; but I can say for certain that the elderly patrons seated near us did not.

1) Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl 1965
2) Beatles at Dodger Stadium 1966
3) Grateful Dead sometime in the summer of 1971 in Chicago...all I remember was sitting down, the Dead came out on stage, someone was passing something down the aisle, I took a hit, can't remember anything after that
4) CSNY at Oakland Stadium 1974...concert lasted for hours

John Williams conducting, Steven Spielberg MCing, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a concert of some of Williams' film music. This was about five or six years ago.

First and definitely most memorable: Weird Al Yankovic, Wisconsin State Fair, ca. 1993. A couple members of the audience were invited on stage to be dancers in potato costumes.
I'm very jealous of all the folks who saw the Beatles and other legends!

At Houston's "Fabulous Satellite Lounge" (1992-2002), The Bottle Rockets opened for Todd Snider for several hundred people (packed, no chairs). With songs like "1000 Dollar Car" and "Sunday Sports", the Rockets (pride of Festus, MO.) were the perfect opener for Snider's songs like "Talkin' Seattle Blues", "America's Favorite Pastime" (its about Pirate pitcher Doc Ellis, but the fave is not baseball), "Sideshow Blues", etc. At one point the front man for the Rockets surfed his guitar around the crowd, saying they were having fun and might never get off the stage. The Houston Press reviewer said it was the best concert of the year, and was amazed that the Rockets could perform, or even stand upright after watching them downing shots for hours before the show.

Tied..Richie Havens, 1967..Rolling Stones, 1969..or the Supremes, 1969. Prob the Stones..they had a lively act! They were all young then..as was I.

A few more as my cobwebs clear...

The Cowsills with their Mom at the Michigan State Fair-Concert was free with my State Fair admission. The Partridge Family was based on the Cowsills.
Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour at Spartan Stadium-MSU.
America at U of Michigan.
Tina Turner with Michael Jackson-Pontiac Silverdome.
Chicago, Beach Boys, CSNY, Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne and Donna Summer at Pine Knob, Clarkston MI.
Grand Funk Railroad in Phoenix. They opened the Valley Metro Rail System.
Neville Brothers in Chicago.
ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour with Cheap Trick in Estero, Florida. Very loud!
Would like to see The Rock Bottom Remainders live!

I have seen many - the Beach Boys (with Glenn Campbell filling in on bass), Simon and Garfunkle, the Dead several times, Stones from the 2nd row, Prine with Old Crow Medicine Show, Pink Floyd, many others - but maybe the best was a down and out Leon Russell at a small joint in Marietta GA in 2015. I thought he was going to rock his piano off the stage.

Seen.the RBRs live twice.

Also the Dead at Oakland Auditorium (I think it was) as well as MSG.

B. B. King at the Fillmore East. Twice.

Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore, with a very pregnant Grace Slick throwing a present for the forthcoming baby back at the audience, very ungraciously.

Grand Funk Railroad, July 9, 1971. Shea Stadium, which they sold out faster than the Beatles did. It was unbelievable. I was 15. Humble Pie was the opening act.

This is not me...it is my husband John!s memory. He also had a cassette of this concert and lost it long ago.

...My best concert memories were YES!!

...of course we have yet to see the Rock Bottom Remainders!

Musical cruises are very popular, especially with 60s & 70s performers and groups.

I bet a Caribbean cruise with the Rock Bottom Remainders would fill some cabins.

Noro and Corona viruses + alcohol are not included in the base price.

I used to go to any concert I could. So I saw the Rolling Stones and Tangerine Dream, the Clash and Vangelis, the Wailers (after Bob Marley's death), Uriah Heep and Nazareth, King Crimson, George Thorogood, Rush, Boy George, Nina Hagen, Depeche Mode and Dropkick Murphys. And many others

The only thing I was on was adrenaline. November 21, 1965, Will Rogers Coliseum (Fort Worth).

The Rolling Stones. Their latest record was "Get Off My Cloud". I was very impressed with Brian Jones, who played guitar, organ, harmonica, and saxophone.

Led Zep, Tampa stadium, 1973. 1st rock concert. 1st single-act concert to break Beatles Shea Stadium attendance.
Years later I found a t-shirt at Target with a print of the ticket to that concert. Of course I bought it.

Chicago in Buffalo where they filmed The Natural
Chicago and Beach Boys in Saratoga NY
The Who NT, NY
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Grass Roots in FL
The Association in FL
Three Dog Night in Watertown NY
Freddy Boom Boom Cannon in Fl
Guess Who in Toronto

My head was always clear

NurseBernie mentioned the O-dome in Gainesville FL - saw the Pretenders there in 84 - after that I decided to give my ears a break. I Still have pretty bad tinnitus.

Toss up between a few:

Fleetwood Mac's first live show when Lindsey Buckingham rejoined the band after about a 20 year absence, in 1984. They fired him again a few months ago, this time permanently.

The US Festivals, 1984 and 1985. I lived only five miles away from it (Devore, Ca). I could hear "Stray Cat Strut" and The Police clearly from my back yard. It took me 6 hours to walk through the 285,000 person crowd to reach the exit after David Bowie finished his set. He was paid $60,000 a minute for his performance.
Same concert: U2. They were introduced by Bill Graham as "an English band". Bono grabbed the mic and shouted "No! we're an Irish band!"

Carl Wilson's last show with The Beach Boys. He brought his brain surgeon up on stage to play the final songs with him.

Whitney Houston's first concert. She opened for Al Jarreau at The Greek in Hollywood. Her debut album was released only a few days earlier.

Barbra Streisand, her first live concert in 25 years, at the Pond in Anaheim. The first 30 rows looked like the Oscars.

And just for Dave: A duet between Donna Summer and Barry Manilow at Barry's opening concert in Vegas.

Most recent show... Steely Dan at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt Pleasant Mi. Although it seems boring, as there were no soaring guitar solos, but they performed the Aja album as well as a lot of Can't Buy a Thrill...note for note, pause for pause...incredible! Just like listening to the albums, sad Walter was not there in person though, but certainly in spirit.

My 32 y.o. daughter was way impressed just from the amount of musicians and the "Donettes" on stage and how it blended, though she only recognized a couple tunes.

A few more: wanderer2575 I saw John Williams as well during the opening concert for the 1984 Olympics in LA. As the bus I was riding arrived, the Olympic flame runner raced past all the athletes lining up to march in. It was magic. I scored front row center tickets at the Music Center to see him years later.

Jimmy Buffett, just for the fun in the pre-show parking lots.

Standing three feet away from: Chicago (Many times!) Styx, when they came to my college in the late 80's and The Rolling Stones at Angel Stadium. Mick looked happy, Charlie looked bored, and Keith looked corpse-like.

I won't mention the amp I sat next to at a Ramones concert, as I still have "tape hiss" in my ears 30 years later!

In 1975 we went to see Edward Bear.
Poor guy couldn't get the audience to rock;
but he sure tried.
The big thing was that he had a silhouette of the band projected on the wall behind the stage.
The silhouette was green.
I have never been able to figure out that effect.
Hence I have never forgotten that moment in time.

Bob. November 11, 1965, right after the famous Newport concert and Highway 61 Revisited. It was...electrifying. Changed my life, really. Opened with an acoustic set and finished with the guys that became The Band. 55 years ago...

Wow - you people saw all those concerts!I'm still thinking which one was best. The one where a bottle of laced wine was being passed around and Rod Stewart ended up with it drinking onstage. Just then Lynerd Skynerd appears and a huge fight broke out in my section. I gotta think about this, I may have my extracurricular inhibitors and shows mixed upped. Robin Trower's farewell U.S. tour a few years back. I took my young son. His friend couldn't go, so my wife took his place. This was a dinner and show. My wife still hates the noise that occured right after the nie dinner. I have tried many times to explain what she heard and did not realize what she heard. She says it was no where near as good as good as Perry Como at the Fox Theatre. I am pretty sure neither Todd Rundgren or Bachman Turner Overdrive opened for Como that evening. BTO was at the drive in by my house years before Como. I'm surer I saw them. May be just in my dreams. nah. America outdoors at SIU Edwardswville with Molly Hatchet looked like the final seen at Woodstock where te guy has a pocket knife eating watermelon except with more extracurricular hallucinogens there. Rod Stewart was somewhere still trying to come down on the wine.

Note" It is customary e audience throw Rod Stewart a bottle of wine during his show. He rinks from it. Man we went one up on the entire Stewart dynasty that night. It was a guy I was with that had the laced wine. Tom was great, I former sargent in the Army stationed in Thailand.He would not remember a thing including living in Thailand.

i'm pretty busy with a haywire computer right now. You guys saw Hendrix? Wow, any memories of those concerts you care to share?



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I am thinking the Monkees opened for Hendrix when The blog saw Jimi.

man tom: I looked that up just now. Revese it. In 1967, The Monkees actually had hire Jimi to open for them! Seriously, Google it.

Pirate boy, I knew that as soon as you posted it...it's the extracurricular influences...you know, it's the flashbacks that have me mixed up. My concerts kind of all run together. SSeeing groups LEDTULLPURPLEALLMANGRANDFUNKDOOBIEBROS, they all run together.

I had a passion for his guitar when I say Trower perform on his final U.S. tour. My wife and son were with me. Special in every way. To me.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Long ago.

Electric Light Orchestra Long ago after the concert in St Paul MN our group somehow ended up flying to California. NO BS. We flew back right away. Windowpane was the culprit.

I have to add I saw Kris Kristofferson and Joan Baez perform outside at Monterey Peninsula College the summer of 1975, the one and only time I dropped acid...a lovely day, I must say

In the early 70's I worked part time at rather exclusive mental hospital. One evening (I only worked off regular shift so I could go to college days) The Mills Brothers came in to visit a relative. They decided to throw a concert in the day room for the patients. It was wonderful and the Mills Brothers just kept singing song after song. A real class act. For months after that I couldn't get the ear worm, "Glow Little Glow worm Glow" out of my head.
Wonderful memories from some really nice entertainers.

I am in complete awe of The Blog seeing Jimi Hendrix.

I look at Dave differently now. Kinda like when my college girlfriend told me the story of when she rode into Beverly Hills with Grace Slick and was with her when she bought a Rolls Royce. I caught myself bowing at her feet a lot. Same feeling.

I lived with a girlfriend who worked as a topless dancer at the time. She had nothing before she met me. Seriously. She did not have access to a Rolls Royce, but she did have possession of a nice Thunderbird. I learned it had no brakes after getting up to about sixty and happening upon a stop sign. The guy who gave it to her was pretty diabolical knowing she was a terrible driver. Then one day, it the routine apart. I was told she was seen hitching west on Interstate 70 headed for Denver. I have a lot of scarred, some deep into my skull, memories of time spent with always and forever nekkid friend. She wore a lot less clothes around the house than my college girlfriend. Should I count her shows as concerts?

Voo Doo Lounge Tour with the Rolling Stones in Tampa Stadium 1994. I was so close to the stage I could see Mick's lips. He never stopped moving the whole concert. After the show was over I was impressed with the number of empty fifth size booze bottles on the field.

For Le Pet...


I rode around in my'64 Chevy convertible with an 8 track and a 'reverb' box I installed in the glove box listening to these songs. I must have listened to that 8 track tape hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of times at the time.

Peter Gabriel at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in 1983.

Rush 2112 tour and 2 other times, Foghat, Clapton, Elton a couple of times, ELP, Styx, Journey, Nugent, Black Sabbath, Joe Walsh, John Denver. Judas Priest, Van Halen, KISS before the makeup came off, America, Ozzy with Randy Rhodes, 38 Special, Nazareth, James Talor, kaleo. I was surprised I really liked Barry Manilow, U2, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, ACDC, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart..... wow, good memories.

None of you concert goers who were 'on' something mentioned you saw Pink Floyd. I remember telling a friend after their concert I didn't think it was good. I can still remember his expression, like, "you must be 'on' something, dude."

I was only three years old, so I stayed home and listened to KAAY and Beaker Street instead.

I didn't go to many rock concerts — too loud. And I don't remember much about those I did see— too stoned.

Most memorable? PDQ Bach in NYC in the late 60's. A last-minute seat way down in front of the orchestra, near a percussionist trying to keep a straight face while holding a large rubber fish to play his "bass drum." Peter Schickele used a rope to swing down to the stage from the balcony, knocking over music stands.

The seat was in a bad location, so the acoustics were not ideal. The music was mediocre, as expected. The concert was awesome.

Well, being in attendance with my wife and young son witnessing Trower's Farewell U.S. Tour at a small dinner club not so many years ago was my favorite. I remind myself it wasn't just a dream.

Oh, some free concerts!

1967 - Barbra Streisand in Central Park. We were there early and saw her come out to rehearse in early afternoon and interact with the crowd.

1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunion - Central Park. We were too far away to see them, but heard perfectly.

Somewhere in the early '90s - The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings) did a free concert in Central Park. This was a much smaller area than the big concerts and we got a lot closer.

Around 1980, Dolly Parton did a free concert - introduced by then Mayor Ed Koch - at NY City Hall. We were pretty close. She was great.

Two concerts stick out from the haze of the '60s-

A very young James Taylor playing in the Case Western Reserve Univ gym for $1.

And the Band at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Awesome. They played for about 2 hours and the only thing they said was, "We wrote this one for you." And then let loose on Lookout Cleveland from their second album. Great show.

Best but also with scariest moment.
Bruce Springsteen at St. Bonaventure. We were on the end of the bleachers and Bruce came over to our spot. One friend was holding him on the bleachers, my friend's wife had her arms wrapped around Bruce's leg....all great until some asshole tried to climb over me to get to Bruce. I managed to turn around towards him and get him off me by repeatedly punching him in the chest. (Should have punched lower but didn't have time to think). Even if Bruce hadn't come over, it would still be the best. Although it was just as great to see Roger Daltry do Tommy a few years ago-front row seat. And the encore Baba O'Riley violinist.... you have to see her! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_djJSqrsdI

During the spring of my Senior year of high school in 1964, I attended a Dave Clark Five concert at an indoor coliseum in Washington DC. I liked their music but wasn't a big fan...My girlfriend's younger sister wanted to go, so her mother bought the tickets and convinced my girlfriend and I to escort her there. What the hell, free is free, so we went. From the second the group appeared on stage until the last note of the final number, the mostly female, mostly teenage audience gave forth with the loudest collective shrieking wail that I have ever heard in my life -- Total white noise the entire time -- you couldn't hear a single note of the music. It was as if twenty jet airplanes had fired up their engines all at once.

The Mugwumps in 1964. Totally unknown singing group at a college concert (probably because they were cheap). We all know what happened to them after that, if we’re old enough. Also, Grand Funk Railroad around ‘70 or ‘71. No one had ever heard of them, so we went anyway. Loud is all I remember.

1977 and The B-52s from Athens, Georgie were playing for free at the Emory University Student Union in Atlanta. Almost no one in the audience except for me and my cousins and a few record company stiffs. The next thing, it's 1978 and Rock Lobster is being played on all of the FM progressive rock stations.

Jeff - Wow, that is quite a list of concerts you attended. I mean seeing, "February 12, 1964. The Beatles at Carnegie Hall." You do know Paul is dead? Really impressive.

Everyone, what an impressive list you all revealed. I had no idea. Fantastic. I wanted to let everyone know my wife thoroughly enjoyed Andy Williams in Osaka, Japan. I love her more than Leo Sayer can say for it.

Once saw Michael "Cub" Koda, whose only real charted hit was "Smokin' in the Boys Room" that was recorded by Brownsville Station.

Short play list so he sang it a few times.


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