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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 12:31 AM
We've done worst and best opener, now lets try the opener that was better than the headliner. Let's not be repetitive though, and that means leaving out the ABB because let's face it, this thread will turn out like every other one.

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Co-headliner openers are accepted

Here's a few I came across over the years:

Emerson Lake and Palmer (opened for Jethro Tull in 1996)
Metallica (opened for Gun N Roses in 1992, Faith No More played first)
Black Crowes (opened for Lenny Kravitz in 1999)
Sheryl Crow (opened for Neil Young in 2000)
Little Feat (opened for Stephen Stills in 1995)
Ozark Mountain Daredevils (opened for Rick Derringer in 1994)
Tower of Power (ABSOLUTELY blew away WAR in 2001!)

And one that was too close to call: Robert Cray Band opened for Santana in 1994. Santana was his usual "bad" self, but Robert Cray was fantastic!

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 01:17 AM
Sept. 2000 Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy opened for B.B. King @ Jones Beach.Even though it was BB's 75th b''day , and with it, it wasn't close.
 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 01:26 AM
At the Filmore East 1968 (I think) -Vanilla Fudge had the misfortune of being the headliner for , in order, James Cotton Band and the 'new group from England " , Led Zeppilin.
 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 02:54 AM
I saw Santana open for Clapton at the Chicago Stadium - 1975. Still trying to decide who was better!!

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 05:19 AM
Pat Travers open'n for Black Oak Arkasas....early 90's...Pat blew the roof off... Then about half way into BOA.... It looked like a dozen folks left out of 300 in the place.....
 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 05:47 AM
I saw David Allan Coe open for Neil Young in Cincinnati one year. Didn't know that Coe wrote Please Come to Boston until then. Coe introduced the song and said it made him a million.
As far as being better, he might have been equal that night as Neil was on that Blue Note tour and the only old song he(Neil) performed was After the Goldrush solo on piano.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 05:48 AM
No doubt the best opener for a headliner was Hendrix opening for the Monkees.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 06:18 AM
Metallica opening for Ozzy
 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 06:39 AM
76 or 77 Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ. David Brommberg blew the roof off the place and Dickey had the misfortune of trying to compete. He couldn't played 3/4 songs, walked off, we walked out happy.

And a lot of shows at the Fillmore East. Thought we were going to see the Beach Boys( I Know) but instead the Turtles were headlining (sorry but they were fun and entertaining) but this new group, CCR, opened for them and it was one great night.

[Edited on 5/1/2005 by dutchoneill]

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 06:56 AM
Little Feat...was better than Jackson Browne
Alice In Chains blew away Van Halen
Black Oak Ar. blew away Iron Butterfly(Mike Pinera era IB)
Hydra (Atlanta rock band-70's) blew away REO Sp.Wagon & Marshall Tucker Band

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 07:11 AM
GA&F opened for .38 nuttin Special. We got home early that night. Gregg and boys rocked. 38 just plain sucked. We left after they played 2 songs.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 07:19 AM
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Didn't know that Coe wrote Please Come to Boston until then.


Actually Dave Loggins, a singer/songwriter out of Nashville, wrote that song & had a pop hit with it in the 70's. DAC did cover it & probably made a chunk on it. Good song none the less.

I saw the Outlaws open for Lynyrd Skynryd at the Fox in Atlanta in 76/77 while LS was recording their live album. Skynryd were at the top of their game & were great but I walked out of the Fox wanting more Outlaws. They took a back seat to no one that night.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 07:25 AM
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Actually Dave Loggins, a singer/songwriter out of Nashville, wrote that song & had a pop hit with it in the 70's. DAC did cover it & probably made a chunk on it. Good song none the less


If memory serves me correctly he claimed it that he wrote it and it made him his first million. Now I wonder if he's full of it. I checked out Coe's website and sure enough you were right. I wonder why Coe claimed to have wrote the song. I have heard things about Coe that I'd rather not go into.

[Edited on 5/1/2005 by skypup]

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 07:40 AM
I wasn't going to go there either...

But I have heard this from more than one source so I'll repeat it. Let me clarify first that I don't know if this is true or not & am not saying it to be hateful or hurt anyone. Hopefully this will put a smile on everyone's face cause I don't think David Allan Coe cares what anyone says about him as long as they keep talking about him. Anyway, I have heard that back when he was trying to make his mark in Nashville, he would be dressed in his rhinestone suits, would run around & get all sweaty, then come into the back door at Tootsies' (right behind the Ryman) & tell everyone he just got off the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The thought of that just cracks me up, whether it's the truth or not.

Sorry to get off subject...

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 07:52 AM
Sorry, gotta post on this again...

I've been to two BB King Blues Fests in the last 6-7 years. First time Robert Cray's Band brought the house down and the second time Jeff Beck opened for BB. Both times I walked out on BB's set.
Not that I don't like or appreciate what BB does, but I've seen him 10-12 times and after awhile, for me anyway, enough is enough.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 09:00 AM
Everytime I saw Wet Willie open a show

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 09:04 AM
Good thread,

Couple of shows come to mind.

Dave Mason and Little Feat at the Capital Center around 1975. Dave Mason was the headliner and he put on a good show, but Little Feat opened, DC was/is a BIG Little Feat town and Little Feat played liked they were playing a hometown crowd.

Allman Brothers and Atlanta Rythrm Section in Fayetteville, NC around Dec, 1980. Hate to say it, but ARS was "ON" that night. Remember the encore was a killer "Another Man's Woman". ABB tried to give a good show, but for some unknown reason, had a synth player who pretty much ruined every solo he tried to play. About half-way through the ABB set people were starting to leave. Guess every band has an "off" night every now and then.

Sly and the Family Stone and the Toy Factory in Fayetteville, NC around 1971. Toy Factory open played a very good set, really got the crowd going. Sly on the other hand, took his 'sweet" time (about an hour) before hitting stage. He was really "eff'ed up" and could barely talk, much less play and sing. His band tried to cover for him, but really didn't work. It was probably the worst show I've ever seen from a major artist. btw Toy Factory changed a few members and their name about a year later to the Marshall Tucker Band. Did pretty good, too.

[Edited on 5/1/2005 by cleaneduphippy]

 
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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 09:09 AM
A synth player?

Cool!

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 10:44 AM
Good topic. It makes you go way back into the memory banks, but there's a few that come to my mind over the years.

Blue Oyster Cult (opened for Uriah Heepl in 1977)
Foghat (opened for Aerosmith in 1977)
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (opened for Bad Company in 1978)
Atlanta Rythrm Section (opened for Molly Hatchett in 1980)
Montgomery Gentry (opened for Brooks & Dunn in 2004)

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 10:48 AM
Help me I'm having Lawler flashbacks....... ..........Oh no....I'm have that flashback where he walks out to the edge of the stage during whipping post with his guitar/synth....

Some where around 77 or 78.....Oakland Ca John "Cougar" Mellencamp, Randy Hanson and Rainbow. Randy Hansen was way better than Rainbow....Randy Hanson was a Jimi Hendrix tribute band....He had it down.....John "Cougar" Mellencamp opened the show and got booed off the stage after one song...actually during the first song.....He tried to start a second....That didn't fly. Then Randy Hanson comes out. He started his shows with the smoke machines and he would resurect Jimi from the dead. He even dressed the part. He really had the Hendrix thang down. I saw his show 3 times but this night he stole the show and Raindow, with Richie Blackmore, played about 4 songs and left. People keep screaming for Randy Hanson during the whole Rainbow set.....I guess they didn't like that .....Kinda of a crazy night all the way around....We went back to our car and someone had stolen the battery......

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 11:03 AM
Metallica cover band "Battery" opened up for metallica when metallica played roseland in NYC to support their garage inc. album. battery played all metallica songs down pat and had the look, while metallica played all covers. safe to say, battery blew them off the stage.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 11:04 AM
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We went back to our car and someone had stolen the battery......


Sorry about that man...

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 11:11 AM
'68 at Fillmore East......Deep Purple opened for CCR

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 11:12 AM
Peter Frampton opened for Journey

 

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  posted on 5/1/2005 at 11:16 AM
In the early '70s I went to see Savoy Brown in concert. The venue was in a roller skating rink. A band called ZZ Top opened for them. It was no contest.

 

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