TICKETS TORN IN HALF:September 7, 1974- The ELECTRIC FLAG@The Bottom Line, NY. The (reunited/ new) ELECTRIC FLAG @ Bottom Line was one of my all time favorite shows and my first visit to THE BOTTOM LINE. My ticket stub is included as well as my B&W photos on MIKE BLOOMFIELD’S web page. Mike shined that night with Nick Gravenites on vocals, Barry Goldberg on keys, Buddy Miles on drums/ vocals and new bassist ROGER TROY in for the missing HARVEY BROOKS (Super Sessions) who I really wanted to see. PS: also have a backstage shot of Buddy playing a left handed guitar while smoking a joint. He was a gentleman who encouraged me to take some candids. My buddy Rick sat with ELVIN BISHOP at the bar, who got rained out at WOLLMAN that night.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:September 1, 1973 POCO/David Blue@ Wollman Rink in Central Park.(Tix stub on POCO website) This was 3 weeks and one day before I get married also, not of the same importance to my wife but it was Richie Furay’s last hurrah with the band he founded after BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD. He leaves POCO a few days after this gig to join SOUTHER HILLMAN FURAY.Legend has it that unbeknownst to the band he had already signed up with David Geffen to form the next “supergroup”. (It was a bust). So here we are on a Saturday afternoon/early evening, our President at the time was Richard Nixon, the #1 single in the land was “Brother Louie” by STORIES, and the floor to WOLLMAN had about 3 inches of rain still standing from the previous night but who cares as we are being entertained first by David Blue the singer/songwriter as they were being called now who wrote OUTLAW MAN for The Eagles and then POCO a truly fav of mine. I got to meet the boys while I worked the crew for a show at SUNY Farmingdale, really fun guys. Tim was a delight and George the drummer married a college buddy’s sister the previous year. Tonight, the boys rocked NYC, for one final time before RICHIE’s departure.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF Aug 30,1975: DAVID BROMBERG/JANIS IAN/ERIC ANDERSON @Wollman Rink,Central Park This was an outstanding bill and a great show overall with DAVID BROMBERG playing his ass off.Funny as hell, too. This was David’s finest band and they shined with Mr. Bojangles, Will Not BeYour Fool, Send Me To The “Lectric Chair, Statesboro Blues,I Like To Sleep Late In The Morning,Geez, all good.
As we celebrate the 100th birth date of Leonard Bernstein, it should be noted that JANIS IAN’s first hit “Society’s Child” was written when she was 14 years old. It was recorded in 1965 and was released 3 separate times. It became a smash hit only after Leonard Bernstein introduced it on his television special “Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution” and finally entered the charts in June of 67.Thanks LB. In 1975, at the time of this show Janis Ian had her second hit “At Seventeen”. During the interim she had written and recorded many other songs, all to my brother’s liking. He had most everything she recorded.
ERIC ANDERSON was a Sixties folkie which in 1975 became known as a singer/songwriter. He had toured and made a splash in the press when he toured Canada with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin,and The Band on their famous railroad tour.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF: August 27,1980-TALKING HEADS @Wollman Rink in Central Park. This is the REMAIN IN LIGHT tour with the extended band line up now totaling 8 pieces. These guys were becoming huge and scheduled for two nights at RADIO CITY in the fall. But for me Wollman Rink, outdoors was the spot to see/hear T. Heads in New York City. AND they did not disappoint.(the button is from the year before)
CITIES( my fav that night)
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
HOUSES IN MOTION
BORN UNDER PUNCHES (The Heat Goes On)
CROSSEYED AND PAINLESS
LIFE DURING WARTIME
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
THE GREAT CURVE
TICKETS TORN IN HALF: August 26,1980-The B-52’s/Pylon@ Wollman Rink in Central Park It has been exactly one year since The B-52’s opened the TALKING HEADS show at this very venue and now we are days away from the release of their second album. There has been some airplay of a few of their newer tunes.We are ready as The B-52’s are becoming huge in NY. This night, after a short but interesting set from PYLON (a band being championed by The B-52’s out of Athens, Georgia) the beehived B’s took to the stage and rocked this NY City crowd into a frenzy. We had a blast with Downtown, Rock Lobster, 52 Girls, 6060842,Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around,Private Idaho.
From RHINO.COM The B-52’s legend goes like this: in October 1976, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson, and her brother, Ricky Wilson, shared a Flaming Volcano at a Chinese restaurant in Athens, GA and soon found themselves in the midst of a jam session. Blame it on the alcohol or the camaraderie, but the end result remains the same: The B-52’s were formed, their name taken from a type of beehive hairdo, which had taken its name because it resembled the nose cone of the aircraft known as the B-52.
Mind you, it took a few months for the newly-minted fivesome to get themselves together enough to perform a real concert, and when they did, it was at a Valentine’s Day party for their friends, so it’s not as though it was at a paying venue or anything, but it hardly matters: by the end of their performance, they’d proved themselves to be a real band. In short order, they were playing around the area, and by 1978 they’d recorded and released their first single, “Rock Lobster,” which turned them into cult sensations.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF: Two Nights of TODD-Two Years Apart.(1973/1975)
August 25,1973:TODD RUNDGREN-SONS OF 1984@ Wollman Rink in Central Park: We had our blood test for our marriage license in the morning then got on the train with my brother and his date for a free afternoon show (for a limited audience) to assist as a chorus in the recording of a new TODD tune entitled “ SONS OF 1984” which would be on TODD’S next album. Upon arrival to Wollman Rink, an outdoor venue, we received the lyric sheet, and after an explanation rom the choral master (TODD) we rehearsed our part a few times and then Todd recorded a few takes.He explained how we”the last coast” would be coming out of one speaker and a soon to be recorded part from the west coast would be designated to the other speaker. After playback and upon approval from TODD well… Then TODD and the band gave us a show, some of the hits and the heavies.I took some amazing photos, actually used by CREEM magazine despite Lisa Robinson and a few other gems trying to block my angles. BeBe posed gracefully and was as gorgeous as can bebe.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF August 25,1975: TODD RUNDGREN/ UTOPIA@ Wollman Rink in Central Park “ANOTHER LIVE” was recorded. This is two years to the date, in the same spot, since we recorded SONS OF 1984 with Todd.So here we are again, on another TODD (live) album. Again,the musicians who make up UTOPIA are his band.These guys are a bit different from previous incarnations of TODD line ups. Since 1968 I have seen Todd with Nazz, The Hello People, Runt, with Tony and Hunt Sales and others, sometimes aided by Hall and Oates, et al.But tonight was quite different, musicianship at the forefront. However, I got quite lost in some of the songs, particularly THE WHEEL which went on forever and made no point to me.TODD introduced “Do Ya” as “the MOVE covered “Open My Eyes” so we are returning the favor”.
•John Siegler – bass guitar, vocals
•David lasley (background vocals)
•Arnold McCuller (background vocals)
•Phillip Ballou (background vocals)
From: thevinyldistrict.com:(Graded On A Curve):Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (later shortened to just Utopia) surprised me in several regards. First, I thought Todd was the synthesizer freak in the band. Wrong. Mark “Moogy” Klingman and Roger Powell played the Korg synthesizer and the Moog synthesizer, respectively, along with tons of other instruments. Rundgren played guitar and sang, while Ralph Schuckett played all manner of keyboards in addition to bass. John Siegler played bass and cello, and John “Willie” Wilcox played drums. Second, I was glad to discover (how could I have forgotten?) that Utopia covers The Move’s great rocker “Do Ya,” written by later ELO stalwart Jeff Lynne.
August 23,1976: Average White Band / Jorge Santana/ ROBERT PALMER @Wollman Rink in Central Park is one of the worst shows I ever saw. The AWB were less than average, yuck.Santana’s brother Jorge was nothing noteworthy but Robert Palmer, that was a kick. He might be something someday.(Note: I signed a letter of intent for a history teaching job earlier in the day. Went to the show alone)
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:August 16,1979-Talking Heads/ B-52’s @Wollman Rink in Central Park
(NYT) The combination of the Talking Heads and the B‐52’s seemed one of the strongest bills at the 1979 Dr Pepper Festival, but it took three tries for the concert to take place. The first two efforts were rained out, and it was only Thursday that the pairing finally got to make music in Central Park.
(me)WHAT A BLAST…this was so much fun when it finally took place. The B-52’s were brand new, having a bit of air play with “Rock Lobster” on Meg Griffin’s PIX PENTHOUSE PARTY radio shows. Fun to see, better to hear live. Then the T Heads took the stage and were fantastic, as usual. CITIES was my song of the night.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF:August 16,1971: PROCOL HARUM/MYLON@ WOLLMAN RINK in Central Park (STUB/photo)
I took a former short term ex-girlfriend to this show and our date was just like seeing PROCOL HARUM without ROBIN TROWER (who left the band for a solo endeavor), lackluster,mostly songs from Broken Barricades.
TICKETS TORN IN HALF: August15,1975-TheJ. GEILS Band/RUBY STARR/ROOMFUL OF BLUES(w/ Duke Robillard-first album)@ Wollman Rink in Central Park….I saw the J Geils Band for the 8th of ten times this night and my friends refused to go saying enough of these losers. But for 5 bucks I had another great time.
My J.Geils shows (1971-2014)
(1)Feb 20,1971@ Fillmore East w/ Black Sabbath
(2)June 25,1971@ Fillmore East(Closing night) w/ Allman Bros Band
(3)July 23,1971@Action House w/ MC5 and Dust
(4)Feb:18,1972:@ Academy of Music J. Geils Band, Billy Joel,and Capt. Beefheart(what a strange,great billing)
(5)Sept16,1972:J.Geils Band/Frampton’s Camel/Slade@ Academy of Music.
(6)May 5,1973: J.Geils Band /Peter Frampton@Academy.
(7)JAN 24,1975:J. GEILS BAND/ DUKE AND THE DRIVERS @Academy:
(8)AUG15,1975:J GEILS BAND@Wollman Rink in Central Park
(9)JULY 2,1976: J. Geils Band@Central Park
(10)Dec 19,2014: BOB SEGER & SILVER BULLET BAND / J. GEILS BAND@MSG. No J. Geils just the rest of the band with a few guitarists tossed in. The music was fun.