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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 12:34 AM
OK one memory of many....Helped set up shows in Lewiston, Maine. 1976 and Dr Hook and the Medicine Show was in town to do their thing. My buddies and I had been busting our butts to help set up the show. We were also smoking bad mexican weed rolled in strawberry papers. Halfway through their set we were sitting backstage and had cotton mouth real bad. In the middle of a jam, all the band members, except Ray, threw thir instrments down and proceeded to walk backstage. Ray than said something about it being messed up that all his friends had to piss at the same time, than he proceeded to play Sylvias Mother by himself. As the band came backstage they told us to get them some beer.?. Apparently we were sitting on their beer chest/stage monitor case and there were PBRs for all. Great show.
 
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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 01:14 AM
I was at the show in Chicago when Frank Zappa had Mr. Sting come up and sing 'Murder By Numbers'. It is on the Broadway the Hard Way cd......and is very cool............

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 01:47 AM
Not sure if it was the fireworks barrage of the pig at MSG in '77 for Floyd's Animals tour, or shaking Peter Gabriel's hand and patting him on the back as he sang and walked by me on his first tour away from Genesis. Both were kinda cool moments.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 02:30 AM
Pearl Jam 2009 Vancouvr, 10th row floors though 10Club. First off not knowing we had 10th row until an hour before the show was great. I had a great time with a buddy that had never seen PJ live before. Second encore my buddy states I should take a shot at row 1. I slide up to row 1 lots of room. Security asks me to go back to row 10 I state theres rooms for me up here can he look the other way. He does. I enjoy a yellow ledbetter in all its perfection. Mike Mcready played entire tune within inches of us in front row. Incredible.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 10:00 AM
All my best memories were at Dylan shows of course

5/8/91 Palace Theatre Albany. The Palace is the greatest palace/place to see a show, beautiful inside, gold trim and angelic artwork, nice acoustics, intimate, sort of like the Beacon. When Dylan came to town in '91 I was in college, and getting into so much music thanks to borrowing other students' CDs.

We were assigned to the back of the back of the back row of the theatre. My intrepid friend decided to move up to the front, and thru the chaos, we did just that.... front row center right in front of Dylan. I never saw him so close before in my life. Rockin set too! I have the show on disc.

After the show was over we hurried out the side door just in time to see Dylan come out the door, with a towel over his face, and two eyes staring right at me. Without a second to spare, he boarded his trailer and off to the next gig. Great memories of Dylan's "Neverending tour."

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 10:47 AM
Hey there sweet family,

Years and years ago a guy friend (Dana Frey) and I drove from Grand Forks, ND to see Leon Russell at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis. It had been raining for hours, but just before Leon came on stage the sun broke through and a beautiful rainbow appeared. He strolled on stage, looked at it, smiled, grabbed a guitar, jumped on top of the piano and launched into "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Bliss! In fact, the entire concert was.

After the concert I was so overwhelmed by what I'd just heard, so re-playing it over and over in my head that I was oblivious to anything else that was going on. To the exent that just as the sun was coming up the next morning, still sitting on the floor of our hotel room by a window where I'd parked myself the night before, it took the sound of the door slamming to finally snap me out of it.

"Well ... " Dana said as he walked into the room. "Well, what?" I asked. "Were you worried?" "About what?" "About how you were going to get home ... "

The funny thing (at least from my perspective) was that he was so annoyed at how intensely into the concert I was during and after it, by my complete lack of attention to him, that he'd left me in the hotel room, driven halfway back to Grand Forks without me, felt bad about it, turned around to come back and get me ... and I hadn't even noticed. It was a long ride home.

Take care and know that you (and Leon) are loved,

Lana

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 11:33 AM

Great!!

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 11:36 AM
could it 2/12/87 with Edgar Winter??
the set list is below;
Jumpin Jack Flash (Instrumental) >
Key To The Highway
Dixie Lullaby
Undercover
Back To The Island
Jazz Instrumental
Ain't Against The Law
Out In The Woods
Keep Playing That Rock 'N' Roll
Georgia
Big Boss Man
Fly Away
Rollin In My Sweet Baby's Arms
Free Ride
Set II
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
This Masquerade
A Song For You
Frankenstein Part 1
Frankenstein Part 2
Tobacco Road Part 1
Tobacco Road Part 2
Tobacco Road Part 3 >
Shout
Roll Over Beethoven
Fannie Mae

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 11:54 AM
Tough to pick just one.

Most recent great moment was just last night. Bob Margolin introduced Hubert Sumlin for the second time of the night (Sumlin played with Bob and his band for the second half of each set), then told drummer Chuck Cotton and bassist Matt Hill to get off the stage. Hubert sat down on his stool with his Fender Strat and Bob sat down on his amp with his Les Paul goldtop and just the two of them played Goin Down Slow. Bob sang it while sitting on his amp, at least 5 feet from the nearest microphone but could be heard clear as a bell in the back, cause everyone in the place was speechless and it was dead silent other than the two guitars and Bob's voice. Hubert singing and playing Sitting On Top Of The World was cool too. Hell, the whole night was cool.

The other I have to mention was Bob Seger's last show, St. Patrick's Day 2007 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. That was another entire night that was just unbelieveable, but when he did Turn The Page in the room that made it (and him-finally!) famous 32 years earlier, it just sent chills through the spine of everyone in the place. After the song ended there was a good 5 minute standing ovation before they moved on to the next song.

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 11:58 AM
The August Jam
August 10, 1974
Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Allman Brothers Band, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Black Oak Arkansas, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat, Wolfman Jack, Ozark Mtn Daredevils, Grinderswitch, and PFM.

They used rail cars for stages that they alternated back in forth. They rolled one car in the stage area, while one band played, they tore down and set up the other band on the other car. The rolled it in place when they were ready to play.


The Allman Brothers closed, but Emerson Lake and Palmer took me somewhere I had never been before.........

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 12:05 PM
12/30/78
My Father's Place, Roslyn, LI
Vassar Clements, special guest Pete Rowan
we were sitting in the front row, feet up on the stage, drinking beers and
After Vassar's set, which blew us away, they announced we could stay for free to see the late show. Vassar played an entirely different show. Pete and Tex joined Vassar's band for the encore. Amazing night



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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 01:27 PM
so many many concerts, My first concert ."always remember your first" at Madison Square Garden. James Taylor and Carol King..... in Miami Beach late 1960,s sneeking in as a kid at the Deauville Hotel to see "the Temptations" with their red attire.. Seeing Count Basie and his orchestra also Miami Beach late 1960.s... June 14 1974, the last night of The Who"s Usa Quadrephenia Tour at Madison Square Garden, trippin big time 7th row center, sitting directly behind me Edgar and Johnny Winter....and then in 1977 or 1978 Patty Smith following off the stage during performance @ Curtis Hixon Hall Tampa Florida!!..or April 1977, ending my psychedelic era, going out in style seeing Pink Floyd at Tampa Stadium, Animals Tour . watchingan amazing west coast of Florida Pink skyed sunset after placing , some window pane, one hit for left eye and one hit for right eye. and remember playing Chess before the set and talking to all the peices, my personal favorite was the Knights.. ahhmmm

 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 02:01 PM
Right off the top of my head...back in probably 1998 or 1999; very young, innocent high-school days, we went to see The Brothers in Raleigh. We had only seen a handful of shows at this point but we all dearly loved The Brothers, and I can't really tell you how we came to...I mean, the kids we we're hanging with were probably listening to more Tupac and such. Anyway, in the country outside of my hometown of Hartsville, SC we discovered psylocibin spirituality by the way of several cow fields that produced HEAVILY. Well, the night before we went on a "midnight mission", as we called it and harvested a good grocery bag full of fresshys and hauled 'em to Raleigh the next morning. After some parking lot tailgating we ate our fresshys and just got FRIED. We went FAR. The Brothers...Dickey in particular, were playing music that defied anything logical...it was brilliant insanity...brilliant chaos. So as they're playing, a huge storm cell starts approching in the distance flashing amazing strikes of lightning and booming swells of thunder. It was probably the shrooms but, we were all convinced the boys were playing off of this. But the biggest mind-blower of the evening came during the acoustic segment in the middle of the show. As the rain just starts getting overhead, and as we had finally reached our "true peak", The Brothers kick into Melissa. Dickey and Jack are just SCORCHING the harmony lead from Bouganvillea that was ultimately incorporated into Melissa. I'll never forget Dickey's tone that evening...those acoustics were literally ablaze. We were sitting in the lawn, in the rain...taken to a very spiritual place courtesy of The Brothers and those ringing acoustics. Just as the song reached its peak with those harmony lines...in our hallucinatory place...the entire Walnut Creek amphitheater caught fire. It was a raging inferno of beauty, bliss and musical psylocibin wonder...all around us. I looked over at my friends and they were all experiencing the exact same thing. To this day, its one of the most tangible, unexplainable psychedelic experiences of my life. We still talk about it. I came to understand why, probably in junior high school, I randomly picked up a cd from a band I'd never heard music from...all because I thought there logo, and the band members...looked cool. I was drawn, almost magically, to this band...and that evening, courtesy of The Brothers, and Mr. Betts in particular...I understood why.
 

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  posted on 1/16/2010 at 02:42 PM
Wow, lots of cool stories

Mine

Oct 10, 1988, Jack Bruce concert at the Bottom Line in NYC.

For those of you who’ve never been, it was s small venue in NYC, seats maybe 1,000 people tops.

Nice place, the record companies used it a lot to showcase acts.

Anyway, it was a pretty good Jack Bruce concert. I was seated about 7 feet from the stage. And then as the audience is doing the standard applause waiting for the encore, I hear a huge cheer erupt behind me.

I turn around and see none other than EC making his way backstage.

If memory is correct, they played Sunshine, spoonful, and maybe a blues standard.

Its was not that great musically, but was the first public appearance of the two of them on stage in 20 years, since Cream broke up.

Strolling thru the Village after the show, it was about the closest I’ve ever come to walking on air.

More:

First time I saw Dylan. Leaning on the stage while he sang “Rolling Stone.” I remember thinking I could never be any closer to the center of the modern day Rock and Roll universe.

Saw Jimi warm up for the Monkees around 1966 at Forest Hills Stadium in NY. Being about 7 years old and a Monkees fan at the time, I don’t remember much about it. But I do recall talk during intermission about the fire on stage. Jimi must have lit up his guitar again.

He got thrown off the tour soon after that.


Santana at MSG, mid 80’s. The electricity went out for about maybe 20 seconds. The band kept playing, and when the electric came on they were right in sync, as if we had just turned down the volume on the stereo for about 20 seconds.

Memory fades, but I saw a bunch of people singing backup for Dion at an MSG benefit concert in the 80’s. I think it was James Taylor, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Lou Reed.

That was actually the best concert I ever attended, until…

The Cream reunion. Not much to tell. But really scratched an itch.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2010 at 05:18 AM
Difficult to make a choice. One cool memory that came to mind was a concert of Mothers Finest at the awesome Lorelei Open Air venue in Germany a few years ago. They were billed as part of this 3 day hippie fest. When their gig started the sound was a mess. When we looked at the mixing desk there wasn't much action going on to do something about it and we were getting annoyed by the messy sound. 3 or 4 people including me started gesturing and calling their guitarist and after a song he noticed us. I made a few hand gestures. Pointed at bandmembers and put my thumb up or down meaning lowering or increasing their instruments volume. The guitarist said something like "seems there are some people here that complain about the sound". So he gave the specs to the people at the mixing desk the way we signaled them and launched into the next song. Than he said "is this better?" and the entire crowd roared in approval. That gave a big kick.

A completely different fave memory:
John Paul Jones stepping out on stage and the ABB launching into Dazed and Confused
at Warren Haynes Christmas Jam 2008.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 08:19 AM
2004 at The Fox....

Haniging with Jr. Mack and getting something to eat at The Disco Diner near the Fox.

We saw Oteil in a booth on the other side of the diner and after a while, went over to speak to him. Neither party had been served. Got a autograph from Oteil and we started talking.

I asked him if he would playy "Georgia on My Mind" during his bass solo, having heard him play that in 2003, and he said "yeah, I need to practice that".

Sure enough...that night when he played the bass solo, he played "Georgia on My Mind".

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 10:29 AM
Two stand out for me. When Kirk West intruduced me to Tom Dowd in Raleigh 1996 I think. He was there to mix for a King Biscuit show. Second was around 1976 or 77 at William and Mary Hall. My best friend and I walked backstage at a Sea Level / Starship show to say hi to Chuck and happened to walk passed Grace Slick who was talking to a couple of gentlemen. My friend was a HUGE fan of Graces so he said I just want to say hello as we walk up to them one of the gentlemen turned around and cut us off and asked " what we were doing?" It was Bill Graham. He good naturedly escorted us out of the backstage area. Wow ! Thrown out by Bill Graham and intrduced to Tom Dowd.
 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 12:19 PM
I was about 20 - totally into my George Thorogood phase. I was a student at UIC at the time, and they had a policy where for all concerts at the Pavilion, they would hold 2 seats in every row that only students could purchase. Students could of course get seats anywhere else in the venue as well, but they at least wanted to hold these in reserve.

Tickets for two other groups in addition to GT went on sale the same day. One was INXS, and I forget what the other one was. I get to the Box Office pretty early in the morning, and I'm about 15th in line. I figure, this is still pretty good.

When I get to the window, I'm delighted to hear that NOBODY in front of me had bought GT tickets, they were all there for the other two groups, so I score my first ever - and only since - pair of first row center seats.

As I was already a huge GT fan, I had an old, light gray Levi's jacket that I had painted with fabric paint. I wish I had a picture, but basically it included his name as it appears on Thorogood: Live and some of the artwork from the "Better than the rest" album.

I'm front row center, and every once in a while I'll hold up the jacket so he can see it. During a short break he walks to the front of the stage, and gestures at me in sort of a "gimme" way.

I happily oblige, he puts it on, re-shoulders his Gibson and stands still with his back to the audience. The color for the lettering in his name was a metallic red, and under the lights, it was highly visible. The crowd lets out a roar. After a few seconds, George launches into the opening riff of "Bad to the Bone." He wore the jacket through that song as well as "Move it on over."

Seeing how he was my absolute favorite artist at the time, that just about made my decade ('88 or so). I'll never forget it.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 01:26 PM
One that stands out is sitting in the guitar tent onstage with my Darling Daughter Susan watching Dickey play "Jessica".

Her first DB & GS show and thanks to the Bomberrys we were backstage for it.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 01:44 PM
So many. Just about every Brothers show, but based on the fact I missed Zep twice because of tragedy in 1977 and 1980, to actual see them live in London in 2007 was life changing. The whole experience was like we were seeing ourselves do this from outside. I got many questions from friends in regard to London and the sights and like Lana not realizing the guy had left and come back, I couldn't tell ya a thing about the city. It was all about the event and the events leading up to it.

A close second was the Beacon last year seeing EC up with the boys. Just a magical night.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 02:01 PM
Not a "favorite" but very memorable. At an ABB show in the Bay area (Winterland or Oakland) in 73-74...Gregg, sitting at his Hammond said.... "We gonna boogie 'til the cows come home" less than 5 minutes later he was done for the night.

 

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Not a "favorite" but very memorable. At an ABB show in the Bay area (Winterland or Oakland) in 73-74...Gregg, sitting at his Hammond said.... "We gonna boogie 'til the cows come home" less than 5 minutes later he was done for the night.



well, the cows came home..

 

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  posted on 1/18/2010 at 04:00 PM
There were many but one that stands out was i was lucky to see Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh in concert in Chicago in 78 or 79. They played the Park West. A small little club, great seating, comfortable chairs with a tale. Actually had someone come around serving drinks. They were both great. Thinking back on it now it was special night. RIP Peter and great to see Jimmy is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Park West was great intimate setting, don't know if it is still here. Saw John Prine there also when he was first getting know.

 

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  posted on 1/19/2010 at 11:19 AM
Man, I started to respond, but so many memories kept flooding in, there's nowhere to start. Seeing Muddy twice during his prime, my first Beacon, with the Layla encore, the night Warren got sick and meeting Jaimoe backstage (thanks Lefty and Lang), hanging out with Derek, Warren, and Jimmy at the barbeque joint after the B'ham show in Oct....

Cool little memory from the Skydogs show couple weeks back....
Some of you might remember that keyboardist Barry McNair buried his Mom earlier this month....as it came time for the band to start, and they were milling around onstage, Barry started playing the piano coda from Layla. As the other band members strapped on their instruments, they fell in behind Barry, finished out the song. Don't know if it was planned or spontaneous, but I found it to be a touching moment. And another little chapter in the influence of music in my journey.

 
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  posted on 1/19/2010 at 11:55 AM
One of my friends older brothers worked for Iron Maiden. In 1983, I got to play Niko's drums before the show in my hometown. During the show, Niko dropped a stick and missed part of a fill at the end of a song. Bruce glanced backstage and said over the PA, "where's that red headed surfer kid" and laughed.

 

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