TICKETS 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:September 9,1969- The MC5/The STOOGES/DAVID PEEL and the LOWER EASTSIDE@PAVILION
Certain events open your eyes to new avenues, sometimes those avenues are not too brightly lit, while other times its like walking down Broadway. This show was a bit of both.This was two weeks AFTER Woodstock and it showed how the musical landscape could/would rapidly change in the blink of an eye.
With only one full day of my senior year of high school under my belt I needed a rest so I took the afternoon off from work and travelled back to The Pavilion grabbing tickets at the door to see The MC-5, The Stooges with David Peel and The Lower East Side. These bands, two from Detroit, and Peel from NYC,were not my usual fare of British blues bands or San Franciscan hippies. These guys were what has been called “radical chic”. After seeing a TV news segment about The Stooges I knew that this band intrigued me and I should make an attempt to see them LIVE whenever they hit town. This particular show was enlightening to say the very least. It started late, finished later, and the crowd, not as dense in population as the Led Zeppelin show a week earlier in the same venue, can best be described as “crazy”, made up of mostly drunken guys,who were also very high and a bit dirty, so my outfit for the evening did NOT fit in. But, did I fit in either? That was the question.
The Stooges had a nice droning sound with a lead singer with….ah, charisma? Eventually he had no shirt and pants that barely stayed on his hips while shaking his skinny ass toward the crowd. His performance had every one’s attention…I WANNA BE YOUR DOG, 1969 OKAY, What were they doing? What were they saying? I didn’t exactly know what was happening musically but I knew this was different, very, very different.
The stars of the evening,The MC5 was awesome, almost in the way The Who did it for me a few months previously. These guys were loud, fast, riotous, revolutionary, all with a coordinated choreography. The dance steps were just as amazing as the music was loud. I took something away from this show… on the car ride home I heard a new Creedence song on the FM radio and thought to myself, “What is that shit?”, yeah, The 5 and Stooges helped steer me in new direction; guitars, bass and drums…loud and louder if possible, and the lead singer doesn’t necessarily need to know how to sing. Who needs love songs anyway? And I needed to skip school the next day.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:August 8,1995- SANTANA/JEFF BECK @ JONES BEACH. I wrote no notes after seeing this show and have no stub in my jar as this evening was a second row seat complimentary of MTV-Networks. Beck and Santan were co-billing the tour, each taking a turn as opening act. Tonight was JEFF BECK’S turn.There is a pretty good bootleg cd of this nights performance. SANTANA was okay but left me cold.
Jeff Beck – guitar
Tony Hymas – keyboards
Terry Bozzio – drums
Pino Palladino – bass
01 – Stand On It
02 – Star Cycle
03 – Guitar Shop
04 – Savoy
05 – You Never Know
06 – Behind The Veil
07 – Freeway Jam
08 – Where Were You
09 – Big Block
10 – Two Rivers
11 – Sling Shot
12 – Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
13 – Blue Wind
14 – People Get Ready
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:August 5,1972 MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA/TAJ MAHAL@ WOLLMAN RINK in CENTRAL PARK
My first Mahavishnu Experience with John McLaughlin, Jerry Goodman (The Flock), Rick Laird, Billy Cobham,and Jan Hammer. The band was unbelievably good. A hot evening in Central Park listening to tunes from their first two albums as the sun faded away into night. Loved it and so did my brother who was leaving for college in a few weeks.Taj Mahal was, as always, amazing. This was an unbelievable bill, so much fun.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF July 17,1970: NY POP FESTIVAL @RANDALLS ISLAND
JULY 17: NY POP FESTIVAL @ RANDALL’S ISLAND The promoters of this event, as crooked as they were, thought they could recreate the Woodstock festival on Randall’s Island, an island in the middle of the East River. Many of the “scheduled” acts did NOT show up and the local radical groups made the atmosphere worse by encouraging gate crashing. One saving grace about this weekend was that at least there wasn’t any mud like Woodstock but this was a disaster nonetheless. Delaney Bonnie and Friends did not show, No Richie Havens, no Ravi Shankar (Thank goodness) and the band I was anticipating, one of the head liners for Saturday night, TONY WILLIAMS LIFETIME WITH MILES DAVIS AND ERIC CLAPTON was nowhere to be found, actually the band did not exist, shows you how crooked these promoters were. Joe Cocker cancelled but Sly and The Family Stone was to be his replacement. Sly, as usual was late, so late that the crowd would still be waiting.They didn’t show either. That was a sham and a scam. The bands that did show played quick, mostly uninspiring sets, knowing they were NOT getting the promised big paydays or paid at all. Many bands felt a kinship to the audience which got angrier at every announcement canceling the next act. It was getting real nasty fast. Grand Funk played a few recognizable tunes then a drum solo which seemed to last for days. John Sebastian was well….John Sebastian. Cactus showed some promise, Ten Years After (yes again) did their usual set, and the NY Rock ENSEMBLE closed out the evening. Bottles were thrown at the stage, a garbage can set afire, etc, etc. We were supposed to camp out with our group of friends but heeded the warning in the crowd to GET OUT, so home we all went.
NOTE: My remaining ticket, the Jimi Hendrix night, was sold on eBay years later for $250.00 cash.
The NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL-JULY 2-4 1971:The last one (in Newport) for a long time.
The summer of 71 found me on break from college, working full time, 7:00 AM- 3:30PM, Monday through Friday, with an easy job of driving a tractor cutting the lawns and fields of the local school district. Break time was whenever you needed one, beers at lunch and plenty of beers after work in the garage while you cleaned up,with no one to bother you. It was a great summer job and I got two paid days off for the July 4th holiday weekend.So, Why not go to the NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL? Why not ride with 2 other guys in a 2 seater Corvette? Why not go with two guys who know basically nothing about jazz or rock music for that matter? Why not bring strange pharmaceuticals ?
Arriving in Newport well after midnight we found no hotel or motel rooms available so we camped out in a supermarket parking lot with hundreds of others, some who were having races and bumper car tournaments, rolling passenger filled shopping carts down an incline. It was loud, raunchy and laughable. Sunrise was met with a huge police presence and an evacuation of the lot. We found a “paid” parking lot a few minutes later and set up “camp” not far from some older guys we knew from our town. It was the last we saw of them. After breakfast ( coffee and cigarettes) we found the box office and got tickets for the evening performances of The Dave Pike Set, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and Roberta Flack. We headed out for lunch/dinner which was 99 cents all you can eat fish plus free iced tea. Then we prepared for our evening by taking a shower in a 25 cent car wash. We changed into cleaner clothes before heading to the amphitheater, which was a beautiful outdoor hillside venue. According to my friends, I did a standup comedy routine for those waiting to get in. Somehow I had a large KFC sticker on my shirt, again according to my compatriots, so it was easy to find me as I mingled in the crowd. The music was great and so was my “air” drumming with BUDDY RICH (again according to my friends). The highlight of the evening was ROBERTA FLACK finishing her set with DUKE ELLINGTON (solo) on piano doing FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE. It was heavenly as I sat on the field of grass and communed with the music and the beautiful night sky. Note: Earlier in the evening there was a large, nasty crowd tying to gain free entrance. When the fences came down from their pushing and shaking it, the “freebies” rushed the area trampling some folks seated on the grass by us. One “freebie” who was on the top of the fence and when the fence came down the metal ripped his groin area, supposedly cutting his balls. Blood was everywhere. The police and ambulance arrived. Needless to say with all the freebies now in the place, the environment became dangerously packed and I was not in the best of shape to enjoy their company so I shifted up front with the rich folks.
I woke up the next morning in the middle of a crowded beach, yes in the middle, with my shirt being used as my pillow. I must have been some sight to see as my back was completely sun burned. Finally,I found my friends who were trying to get tickets that night’s show but were told the shows/ weekend might be cancelled due to the unruly crowd. So homeward bound we decided. And it was a great idea as the “riots” of that afternoon forced the evening shows to be cancelled thereby ending the peaceful run of NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL in Newport Rhode Island. Freaking hippies.
(NYTimes) Jon Hiseman, the British drummer, composer and progressive-rock innovator who led the bands Colosseum and Tempest and played in many other groups, died early Tuesday in Sutton, England. He was 73.
His son, Marcus, said the cause was complications of surgery that Mr. Hiseman underwent in May to remove a brain tumor. He had lived in Sutton, a suburb of London, before entering hospice care there.
Mr. Hiseman was a nimble, hard-hitting player who tuned his drums melodically and kept an improvisational spirit through complex pieces. His music held elements of the classical music he grew up on, the modern jazz and free jazz he played early in his career, and the blues and rock that built his career in 1960s London.
The original Colosseum lasted barely three years, from 1968 to 1971. But the band reunited in the 1990s and continued to perform and record for two decades.
ON THE TURNTABLE: AHEAD RINGS OUT-Blodwyn Pig
How I loved the first JETHRO TULL album “THIS WAS”, it was in heavy rotation on my turntable in 1968 and most of 69. I anticipated seeing the band live as well as awaiting their second collection.Then I read that MICK ABRAHAMS quit TULL to form his own ensemble BLODWYN PIG. So, I waited…
I bought “STAND UP”, JETHRO TULL’S second album the same week I got “AHEAD RINGS OUT” by BLODWYN PIG (October 1969). To tell you the truth I was leaning toward THE PIG album more than the TULL collection. It had to be the sax and flute (Jack Lancaster) with MICK’s guitar that caught me. STAND UP was okay but seemed to be all over the place musically. Yet, I still loved TULL’S CLIVE BUNKER on drums and had tickets in hand to see JETHRO TULL for the first time live in December at Fillmore East. But that’s another story.
AHEAD RINGS OUT not only had a GREAT cover but within the grooves one could experience the jazzier side of pretty heavy blues music. And the sax was so prominent. Yeah, so today’s ON THE TURNTABLE is one of my favs and a true classic.
P.S.: I have an autographed CD of THIS IS from THE MICK ABRAHAMS and THE THIS WAS BAND.(2001)
ON THE TURNTABLE: The Flock: THE FLOCK a 1969 Columbia Records release, their first of two as a band, was considered a break through in the “jazz-rock” genre whereby instead of employing just horns in their sound THE FLOCK had Jerry Goodman playing a prominent violin in addition to the horns.I saw the band opening up for TEN YEARS AFTER at Fillmore East, September of 1969 and purchased this album soon after seeing them live. The stand outs on the vinyl were also standouts in their live show: “The Introduction” which is a riff exchange between guitar and violin, “Store Bought- Store Thought”, and their close in concert The KinKs “ Tired of Waiting”.