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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 08:40 PM
I know a lot of people prefer to only see the band that they're there to see (An Evening With..), but I've discovered some great bands who were openers. In '99 Lucinda Williams opened for the ABB in Birmingham and Atlanta. I might never have heard of her if it wasn't for her opening for the ABB. Since then I've bought a few of her records. I've also discovered three bands in the last couple of years who were openers for The TTB. The Wood Brothers, Trombone Shorty and Moon Taxi. If you haven't heard any of these bands, check 'em out. I've learned not to get mad when there are openers for the headliners. I hope I discover much more great music this way.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:03 PM
I've NEVER understood this mindset. EVERY band was an opener at some point.

Even harder for me to understand is how (and I have gone to shows with people like this) someone can BE THERE for the opener and without listening to a note leave the theater and go hang out in the bar area until the headliner goes on. I mean, OK if you actually LISTENED to the opener and DIDN'T LIKE what you heard, I could understand fleeing. But walking out BEFORE THEY PLAY A NOTE?

Can you say Closed Mind?

To each his own....but I have a hard time respecting someone's opinions re: music with that kind of attitude.

And btw, brocklang, excellent thread topic. Bravo, Bro.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:10 PM
He$$, I've been to MANY shows where the opener(s) were the best part of the show!
I know on 12/25/'75 in Lakeland FL ALL of the openers, including the Almost Brothers Band, were the highlight of the night.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:12 PM
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I know a lot of people prefer to only see the band that they're there to see (An Evening With..), but I've discovered some great bands who were openers.


Agreed. My "problem" with shows other than "An evening with" arise only when the bros. share the stage with another successful act, like the Doobie Brothers or Skynyrd. Bands like that bring their own crowds and expectations. I love hearing new, young bands as openers!

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:16 PM
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I love hearing new, young bands as openers!


Likewise. Couldn't have said it better myself.

As long as it isn't Los Lonely Boys.....*laugh*

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:18 PM
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Bands like that bring their own crowds and expectations. I love hearing new, young bands as openers!

That doesn't always work out real well. When I first saw SRV the opener was Huey Lewis and the News. Average age for the crowd was 12 yo...maybe.
They were booing Stevie by the second song!

 

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We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:21 PM
Let us not forget that JIMI HENDRIX opened for the Monkees at one point....

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:35 PM
Or that the Brothers opened in Dec. 1969 at Ludlow Garage -- for The Frost

Some years ago, picked up this funky album -- by, The Frost -- it's called Rock n Roll -- not a bad album -- a 12 min. cover of an Animals tune, forgotten which -- also a good acoustic one, called Linda

but it was a kick to see a repro of that poster on the inside of Gregg's book -- The Frost, in big lettering -- then in the fine print, the Allman Brothers -- good gosh...

Galactic opened one time for the ABB at Meadowbrook, they were quite good -- different

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:39 PM
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1976, Winterland San Francisco, went to hear Quicksilver Messenger Service and there was this great band opened for them, name of Little Feat.


Sweet. Winterland+ Little Feat= What I would have given to have been there for that! Never saw Lowell damn it.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:48 PM
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Or that the Brothers opened in Dec. 1969 at Ludlow Garage -- for The Frost

Some years ago, picked up this funky album -- by, The Frost -- it's called Rock n Roll -- not a bad album -- a 12 min. cover of an Animals tune, forgotten which -- also a good acoustic one, called Linda

but it was a kick to see a repro of that poster on the inside of Gregg's book -- The Frost, in big lettering -- then in the fine print, the Allman Brothers -- good gosh...

Galactic opened one time for the ABB at Meadowbrook, they were quite good -- different

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Stephen, some pretty good talent in that band - Dick Wagner, who played guitar in Alice Cooper's band as well as Lou Reed's greatest band, on Rock & Roll Animal.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:55 PM
it all depends, if i have never heard of them i will typically give them a shot, unless i have better things to do in the lot .....i have seen the all-stars open for mule which was amazing, this sep in telluride i will see trombone shorty open for mule and chis robinson open for phil WOW........if the opener sucks like skynrd i will skip it....... one of the coolest things i have ever seen was the all-stars open for themselves at the bottleneck in lawrence,ks. luther and cody just did some faaarrrrr oouuut stuff. more bands should open for themselves......
 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 09:58 PM
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Let us not forget that JIMI HENDRIX opened for the Monkees at one point....


And in the end, that Hendrix guy almost made it.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 10:00 PM
An odd pairing was when I saw The Cars open for Dickey and Great Southern at the Park West in Chicago in '78 about a week before their first record was released. Even though I was drunk out of my mind - I was 21 and doing shots of Jack (as well as smoking a doob at the table right in front of the stage - you could do that then) I could tell they were good, although the Southern Rock fans at my table took exception to them - one of them stood up and stuck his vertical finger about a foot from Ric Ocasek's face. To his credit he just turned around and moseyed back to his amp for a minute or two.

Although I wasn't crazy about their later stuff I quite liked their first record. Eliot Easton is a fantastic guitarist and Richard Robinson is a powerhouse drummer.

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 10:10 PM
My first ABB show was at the Oakland Coliseum in late '73. The brothers, MTB and an unknown to our little group at the time, The Charlie Daniels band. We arrived late (planned) and walked in as the CDB was finishing their set. The mirror ball was spinning and Charlie was playing slide guitar and the band was going off; I remember thinking, "Dammit, look what we missed".....

 

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  posted on 6/13/2012 at 10:23 PM
Back in like '92 I was living in Chicago and I went to see a great local band called Rollover at a place called Schuba's within walking distance from my apartment. They had a CD out and a great tune called Shipwreck that was getting a lot of airplay on XRT at the time. I had seen them before and had gotten to know the guys in the band a little.....the guitar player was a guy named Louie Zagoras who was awesome - played a strat in the Trower/Hendrix/SRV style, doing that wah-wah thing really well, but not just a copycat..they were friends LeRoy Marinell who wrote Werewolves Of London with Zevon and had helped them out on a few tunes, which was a good thing as songwriting wasn't exactly one of their strengths...

Anyway, after their set my buddy said, "Wanna stick around for the next band?" "Who are they?" "I dunno", I said and looked at the bass drumhead. "Who's the Dave Matthews Band?" "Hell if I know, never heard of 'em." "Let's get the fock outta here." So we did.

I'm not much of a DMB fan anyway but they did go on to be arguably the biggest band in the world at times and I know some people who would have KILLED to be in that small club to see them way back when. Obviously some people DID know who they were because there was a good crowd there to see them but the place holds MAYBE 100-200 when packed.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 12:02 AM
I was really excited to see my first Black Crowes show in the fall of '96. Arrived at the venue to see that Gov't Mule was the opener. I had been listening to their first album for almost a year and had missed out on seeing them once before. Needless to say, their short opening set blew my mind. The Crowes show paled by comparison. So glad I didn't skip the opener. LONG LIVE THE MULE!
 

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I was really excited to see my first Black Crowes show in the fall of '96. Arrived at the venue to see that Gov't Mule was the opener. I had been listening to their first album for almost a year and had missed out on seeing them once before. Needless to say, their short opening set blew my mind. The Crowes show paled by comparison. So glad I didn't skip the opener. LONG LIVE THE MULE!


A perfect example.....!

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 01:26 AM
Ruthie Foster opened for the Derek Trucks Band. I was converted that night. Jackie Greene has opened both Mule shows Ive been to and I like him

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 02:30 AM
I don't think I would ever "boo a support act offstage" or condone someone attacking them or their instruments.

If you don't dig the support act leave the auditorium or, if you can't, grin and bear it. It will be over soon enough and at least you can scratch them off your list of acts to see!

I was at MSG for the Crack Down benefit in 1985. The acts were Ruben Blades, Run-DMC, CSN, Santana and ABB. You are probably ahead of me....! The New York Times wrote that Run-DMC met "open hostility from nearly half the audience".

But I'm pretty sure I didn't boo them just because I didn't like their music. The guys were giving a performance for a good cause - it just wasn't their audience.



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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 05:20 AM
LOL. Shavian, I was at the CrackDown and can still remember an irritated Run DMC addressing the heckling crowd - "Man, the Garden is our HOUSE. We OWN this place!" etc. They did not own it that night. Yikes.

Some of the best openers I have seen that were a surprise / new to me:
- Steve Morse Band opening for Rush (1985)
-The Jayhawks opening for Matthew Sweet (around 1991)
- Uncle Tupelo opening for The Replacements (around 1991)
- Mastermind opening for Fish (maybe 1992)
- Gov't Mule opening for the Black Crowes (1996ish)

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 05:59 AM
I think they ended up having to "RUN" off the stage!


 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 06:13 AM
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- Gov't Mule opening for the Black Crowes (1996ish)


Davy Knowles opening for Gov't Mule (2009ish)

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 06:49 AM
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Let us not forget that JIMI HENDRIX opened for the Monkees at one point....


Let's also not forget that he was booed off of practically every stage during that brief period of that tour (4 - 6 shows before being pulled from the tour?). Bill Graham put together a lot of odd pairings, but sometimes there has to be some sort of link in style or substance for it to work. The Clearasil crowd of the 60's wasn't ready for an African American man doing strange and wonderful things with a Stratocaster!

RE one of your other posts - the Cars were my favorite "skinny tie" band! Very progressive for the time!

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 07:28 AM
Good thread! Some people around here act as if the opening band is a nuisance at best, and detracts from the show at worst, but many times they enhance the whole experience.

I saw Santana at Jazz Fest back in the 90s with the Funky Meters opening. I was definitely there for BOTH bands that day, and it remains one of the best shows I've seen.

When Derek sat in with the Funky Meters at House of Blues a few years back, that was the first time I saw Big Sam's Funky Nation. Great band, good way to discover them.

Back on 10/15/94 I saw one of the best Phish shows I ever saw, and one of the reasons was a strong opening set from that little club band, the Dave Matthews Band Never a big DMB fan, but they were better than sitting in the parking lot, to say the least.

And don't even get me started on the HORDE tour, where every band was worth seeing and anybody who didn't get there early for ARU was arguably missing the best set of the night.

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 07:34 AM
In 1974 I saw Aerosmith open for The Band.

Not really sure of the dates for these next ones:

I saw some guy named Johnny Cougar open for The Kinks.

I went to an Eric Clapton show to see the opener, Ry Cooder.

 

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