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Old 11-22-2011, 12:39 PM   #16
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So, our three intrepid, adventurers set of on the road.
Girl friend driving, my brother and myself laying on the floor of the Van.
Interesting ride!
Glad, I wasn't driving!
(MY GF wasn't a very good driver!)

We make it to the Woodstock Opera House.
There's supposed to be a "cover" charge 5 to 10 bucks a person.
We walk in - nobody asks us for money.
There's a table set up, it's got glasses of Lemonade on it.
We walk up, and a girl asks us if we want some- sure.
She gives them to us - no charge.

We go and look at the main floor - full.
Then, to the balcony - what do we see?
5 empty seats!!
We sit down with our Lemonade -
(My brother and myself are: how you say this in your language? -
FLYING!!!)
The band was "Heartsfield" - 5 guitars - harmony - in a real "Opera
House"!!!
Good concert!
(As far has I know - no one was harmed!)

On a scale of 1 to 10?
How would I rate the quality of this concert?
All things considered - 11!
EEEEEEEEEEEEEE - HA!

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"All good things come to those who wait!"
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Old 11-24-2011, 02:11 PM   #17
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Early '80s. My lil brother stole my 72 Olds 442 while I slept.Him and a bud took it to a concert in Norfolk. I wanted to be pissed when he brought it back the next morning but I had to laugh about what happened.
On the way there, they got in a race with a Caddy, when bro dropped it down to second gear, the u-joint failed.
They were a couple miles from the concert. So they left the show early and went scrounging around the parking lot for a similar car. This was late night and no parts stores open. They lucked out on the first try, finding one with the correct splines & length, stole it, and walked back to put it in my car.
I still picture that guy leaving the concert, putting his car in Drive and nothing.
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I KNOW I saw some great ones, still have the ticket stubs somewhere, but remember them? Well, no.
I remember spending lots of time at the Fillmore, Winterland and other SF music scene venues and seeing people that didn't live so long. Memories are blurred for me too.

My boss was the first manager for the Doobie Brothers (son David Shogren was part of the early albums) and I remember some of the studio recording sessions I sat in on. My significant other through the era had a cousin who was accountant for the Bill Graham organization. We got tickets, passes, tee-shirts, posters and stuff that we quite frankly took for granted and often gave away. Wish I had kept some of the tee shirts and had not worn them as part of painter's whites!

I do remember an incredible Bob James concert in the 80s when the renovated theater in Oakland opened and jazz fusion was in. I saw a great Sting concert in Indiana later in life too. Not really concerts, but I think back on more intimate settings and seeing people like Judy Collins, Kim Carnes, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Joan Baez, etc.

Another girlfriend loved the Spinners so we had to see them every time they came to the Bay Area. Last rock concert I went to was in Cincinnati and it was Janet Jackson. I thought I would hate it but we had great seats. Music sucked but she really put on a show.

Of course the other side of me loves classical music and there are many memorable concerts from that genre. Again I probably took free tickets for granted.

There really is something about live performances that touches a person I think. I don't see many movies since cheap theater tickets are about the same here.
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I remember spending lots of time at the Fillmore, Winterland and other SF music scene venues and seeing people that didn't live so long. Memories are blurred for me too.

My boss was the first manager for the Doobie Brothers (son David Shogren was part of the early albums) and I remember some of the studio recording sessions I sat in on. My significant other through the era had a cousin who was accountant for the Bill Graham organization. We got tickets, passes, tee-shirts, posters and stuff that we quite frankly took for granted and often gave away. Wish I had kept some of the tee shirts and had not worn them as part of painter's whites!

I do remember an incredible Bob James concert in the 80s when the renovated theater in Oakland opened and jazz fusion was in. I saw a great Sting concert in Indiana later in life too. Not really concerts, but I think back on more intimate settings and seeing people like Judy Collins, Kim Carnes, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Joan Baez, etc.

Another girlfriend loved the Spinners so we had to see them every time they came to the Bay Area. Last rock concert I went to was in Cincinnati and it was Janet Jackson. I thought I would hate it but we had great seats. Music sucked but she really put on a show.

Of course the other side of me loves classical music and there are many memorable concerts from that genre. Again I probably took free tickets for granted.

There really is something about live performances that touches a person I think. I don't see many movies since cheap theater tickets are about the same here.
I used to live down in the Mission District of SF. I can't remember some of the best free concerts in Golden Gate Park....
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Most memorable concert for me was Bob Marley at the university city civic center in Philadelphia in 1979. Small space with folding chairs but no one sitting. The beat and the rhythm was so overwhelming and enveloping that it was just miraculous...everyone was dancing, start to finish. It was the most extraordinary music experience ever for me. Far and away the best concert I have ever seen and I make a point of going to as many as I can and have for 34 years.

Nothing else very interesting happened. I was not stoned, or drunk or otherwise impaired, did not have some transcendent girlfriend...it was just great music.
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After thinking about it awhile, I do remember seeing the James Gang in 1969 or70 at Gettysburg college. They were relativly unknown on this coast and it was a very small crowd.
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"Ironlight"
Lucky you!!
(Don't worry - anymore the only "spurious substances" I partake of now -
Some beers, way to much coffee, and "cigs"!)

"chrisn"
Most excellent!!!
(Joe Walsh in the top 100, greatest Rock guitarists!!)

Hope all had a good Thanksgiving!

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Electric Light Orchestra, Rush, Yes, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Paul and Wings, Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Heart, Little River Band, Ronnie James Dio, Supertramp, Foreigner, Ram Jam, Styx, Queen, 3 Dog Night, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Alice Cooper.....
These are just a few of the live performances I attended that I can remember right off the bat.

I went to hundreds more, of course......

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Ok, OK "DM"!!!
You don't have to rub our noses in it!!
(I'm already a good dog!)
(Lucky "bastiche"!)

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It's 1968 (I think! - he, he,he!!)

Got tickets to see James Earl Hendrix - Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Ill.
(A REAL, opera house!)
Can you say "Acoustics"? - I thought you could!!
First show - First balcony, second row, left of stage.
Second show - main floor, 16th row, front and center.
There's people out there that think that "Jimi" knew his way around a
guitar.
I think so!!!!
Cost of tickets? (4) - 20 dollars (US) a piece.
A good time was had by all!!!

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I think I fall into the category of those with a slightly hazed memory of concerts but a few stand out, here‘s one.

It was on my 21st birthday and there were no concerts in the plans but my GF and I were walking the streets of downtown Portland bar hopping and noticed a crowd in front of the Civic Auditorium with George Thorogood on the marquee.

This show had been sold out for sometime and was quite controversial and had been in the news because the Civic Auditorium was the home of the Oregon Symphony and George was the first rock concert that ever played there and many were not happy with this for numerous reasons.

Anyway…….there was the typical line down the street and around the corner to get in to this sold out show but I noticed what appeared to be someone buying tickets at the will call booth so I figured what the heck and went up and asked if there were any tickets for sale and she said yes.

I was shocked and promptly opened up my wallet, bought 2 tickets and walked right in (no line).

Well this was cool, wasn’t expecting this. We noticed a few bars set up and quickly grabbed a couple drinks (alcohol had never been served at a rock show before in Oregon and that was “one” of the big controversies in the news).

So off to find our seats which turned out to be in the front row of the balcony right next to the sound board guys. Not only was the show great but the unobstructed view of everyone below was a show all of it’s own.

Pretty cool 21st birthday I thought.
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Last good concert I went to ( and I remember this one clearly) was ZZ Top at the Orpheum in Memphis. Talk about acoustics! No fancy sets or effects, just three guys playin' their a**s off. The wifes very first concert.
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About all we get in this part of the country is country music. I have seen Charlie Pride and Waylon and Willie. I did go to a Cyrkle concert in the 60's and 1910 Fruit Gum Co.
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"rusty"
You sound, somewhat "concertly" challenged -
However, what's wrong with "Waylon and Willie"?!
Nothing I can think of!

Happy Holly-days!

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It's the late 70's.
My girl-friend and I are going to see Neil Young with "Crazy Horse" -
"Rust Never Sleeps" tour.
Stadium (I think).
Economical person I am - I don't want to pay for parking.
I decide to park on a side-street (free).
I park my truck (it's loaded to the "gills" with tools and equipment).
I've made a shrewd move!

As we're exiting the truck: up comes two young children.
They say - "We'll watch your truck for you!"
OK - I give one of them 5 dollars.
Off to the concert.

At the concert it dawns on me - maybe my choice of parking was not so good!
I push it out of my mind.
The quality of the concert helped!!!
A REAL GOOD one!!

Some problems at the concert (nothing, too big) - but off to the truck.
I get there and the same two children come running up and tell me - "We
watched your truck!!
(They're beaming!)
Everything is there.
I saw they're "beaming" faces (I think they "guarded" my truck!).
I gave both of them 20 dollar bills - you should have seen the look on their faces!!
I think they were happy!!

Really good concert!

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