TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 18,1969-SPIRIT/ THE KINKS/ BONZO DOG BAND@FILLMORE EAST The KinKs was one of my favorite bands from the early British Invasion days. They had not played live in the USA in quite some time so this show scheduled for October 18 at FILLMORE EAST was a “must see” for me. From the very first time I heard YOU REALLY GOT ME on my small transistor radio I knew these guys were different. We even played that tune with THE TRIANGLE my doomed band of yesteryear. So when the opportunity to see The KinKs live became a reality I jumped at the chance.

The Bonzo Dog Band opened the show. While the crowd waited for their “hit” URBAN SPACEMAN, we were treated to some of the best comedy, music, and visuals I had ever seen (in my limited experience). Just sheer joy, I laughed hysterically throughout their entire set. The singer pretending he was urinating on the light show, the silly hats they wore, the large eyeglasses, and hundreds of props. They were GREAT. Needless to say I purchased two Bonzo albums the next week.Then the amazing KinKs were introduced. Even though it was a short set and one without their pianist who as Ray Davies said, “cracked his skull” so Ray played piano for a few tunes. Overall, it was a fabulous set. Upon leaving the show I remember thinking, ahhh The KinKs and The Who, two of my favorite bands, all I need is The Stones and The Beatles. BTW SPIRIT, the headliners, hit the stage after The Kinks and were decent but Randy California is NOT Raymond Douglas Davies by any stretch of the imagination. So tonight it was The KinKs.


Jeff Beck AcademyTICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 16,1976-JEFF BECK with JAN HAMMER and REO SPEEDWAGON at the  PALLADIUM. Only one night after seeing Jackson Browne(how varied is my musical taste?) in the same venue I am back to see JEFF BECK morph from his rock mode into the jazz rock stratosphere. REO, yuck but BECK. Who needs a lead singer when you can make your six string sing? Jan Hammer’s band opens up and 3 tunes in Jeff Beck joins them. GOODBYE PORKPIE HAT, SHE’S A WOMAN and LED BOOTS, and THE TRAIN KEPT A ROLLING, oh my.

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:OCTOBER 14,1984-ELTON JOHN (my 8th time) and Four years later: October 18,1988-ELTON JOHN (9TH time) @MSG

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:OCTOBER 14,1984-ELTON JOHN (my 8th time)@MSG (4 shows in 4 nights and one a month later)

He was so good last time out that we had to see him again.THE BREAKING HEARTS tour was the basic quartet with an additional keyboardist. TINY DANCER and LEVON opened the evening, the hits mixed with new stuff and of course YOUR SONG:Set list:

Tiny Dancer, Levon, Lil ‘Frigerator, Rocket Man, Daniel, Restless, Candle in the Wind, The Bitch Is Back, Who Wears These Shoes, Sad Songs (Say So Much), Bennie And The Jets, Philadelphia Freedom, Blue Eyes, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Kiss the Bride, One More Arrow, I’m Still Standing,Your Song, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting with two Encores: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Crocodile Rock

Four years later:


Sixty Years On

I Need You to Turn To

The King Must Die

Burn Down The Mission

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word

Have Mercy on the Criminal

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

Tiny Dancer

The Ballad of Danny Bailey

I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues

Philadelphia Freedom

The Bitch Is Back

Sad Songs (Say So Much)

A Word in Spanish

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters 1&2


Rocket Man

I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

Your Song

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

I’m Still Standing

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October12,1971-TRAFFIC @Academy of Music

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October12,1971-TRAFFIC @Academy of Music TRAFFIC one of my all time favorite bands, so mellow, actually got to hear the musicianship this night as the sound system was good and so were they.I am extremely happy that they are back together. This is where Winwood belongs not in some Blind Faith thing.


TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 12,1970- ROCK RELICS AUCTION@Fillmore East This was a Rock RELICS Auction which was scheduled to have “Surprise Guests”.The Auction itself was a blast hosted by WNEW-FM Dj John Zacherle. A professional auctioneer monitored the bidding. Guitars, clothes, posters, drum heads, sticks, etc, etc were all auctioned off with the proceeds going to “candidates for peace”. Guest acts included Edgar Winter, Mongo Jerry, Elvin Bishop (with the Pointer Sisters) Jake and The Family Jewels, and David Rea.To this day I still have the program with all the prices the items sold for.


TICKETS TORN IN HALF10/10/91: JOHN LEE HOOKER& THE COAST TO COAST BLUES BAND,THE BENSON & HEDGES BLUES EXPLOSION with Buddy Guy, John Campbell,Tinsley Ellis @ THE BEACON, NYC. When a legend is on the bill you must go. When TWO legends are on the bill, you must get as close to the front as you possibly can, which I did. Directly up front and center. I sat next to an elderly man who knew everything in the world about JOHN LEE HOOKER, and was interested in my observations of Mr. Buddy Guy. He nor I knew anything about Campbell nor Ellis but enjoyed their sets. Buddy was as always “on”, and more so in his excitement of sharing a stage with John Lee Hooker.Note:This was two years after THE HEALER album.

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 10,1994-ERIC CLAPTON @ Madison Square Garden /with Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 10,1994-ERIC CLAPTON @ Madison Square Garden /with Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

NYT:(partial)Eric Clapton knows he’s taking two kinds of risk with his current tour, which started a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Instead of his own hits, he played two hours of vintage blues, including most of the material on his new album, “From the Cradle” (Reprise). One hazard is that he’ll displease fans who want to hear “Layla” or “Tears in Heaven”; he simply declared that if there were requests, “we will ignore them.”

The other problem is more difficult: can Mr. Clapton, who has been an English rock star for nearly three decades, convincingly sing and play music by black Americans from the Mississippi Delta and Chicago? Can the student, with all the diligence and good will in the world, hope to live up to his models? Here, too, he was prepared. Between songs, the video screens that flanked the stage showed old photographs of blues performers, but the opening one was of a theater marquee announcing a “Minstrel Monarch.” The tradition of white musicians’ imitating and profiting from black styles is as old and troubled as American music itself; Mr. Clapton seemed to be admitting that it’s not over, but that he wants to show respect.

His solution was to be part scholar, part rocker. He recreated the arrangements and (as best he could) vocal approaches of songs from Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Bessie Smith, Albert King, Freddie King, Otis Rush and lesser-known figures like Eddie Boyd, Big Maceo, Jimmy Rogers and Leroy Carr. And he tried to play them so that after a slow start, the music moved beyond homage and rekindled the spirit of the songs.

Set List:

01. Motherless Child

02. Malted Milk

03. How Long Blues

04. Kidman Blues

05. County Jail

06. Forty Four

07. Blues All Day Long (Blues Leave Me Alone)

08. Goin’ Away Baby

09. Standing Around Crying

10. Hoochie Coochie Man

11. It Hurts Me Too

12. Blues Before Sunrise

13. Third Degree

14. Reconsider Baby

15. Sinner’s Prayer

16. Can’t Judge Nobody

17. Someday After A While

18. Tore Down

19. Have You Ever Loved A Woman

20. Crosscut Saw

21. Five Long Years

22. Born Under A Bad Sign

23. Groaning The Blues

24. Crossroads

25. Ain’t Nobody’s Business

26. Sweet Home Chicago *