TICKETS TORN IN HALF:Elton John- 20 Years Apart

TICKETS TORN IN HALF: October 9,1972-ELTON JOHN “Larry Legs Smith Tour” w/ Sutherland Bros and Quiver@ Nassau Coliseum.This is NOT the ELTON JOHN I saw last few times in smaller venues(Fillmore East twice and Carnegie Hall). He is ready for the big time with big time shows, this being one of those.

Then 20 years to the day, and oh, how things ELTON have changed…

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 9,1992-ELTON JOHN “The One Tour”@Madison Square Garden for 7 shows

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

I’m Still Standing

I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues

Philadelphia Freedom

Burn Down The Mission

Tiny Dancer

Simple Life

The One

I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That

Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters [Parts one and Two]

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word


The Last Song

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding

Rocket Man

All The Girls Love Alice

Sad Songs (Say So Much)

The Show Must Go On

Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)

The Bitch Is Back

Candle In The Wind

Your Song



After hearing a recording of THE ANIMALS doing “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker it was only a very short period of time before I was adding blues records by black Americans to my primarilly Anglophile collection. That song, as the lyrics go, really “knocked me out”. I watched as THE ANIMALS performed on ED SULLIVAN, again my mouth wide open,but I never had the opportunity to see them live, never, not as THE ANIMALS Parts 1,2 or 3. So this was my shot at seeing a legend perform in a small theater not far from my home. I went with two buddies, the three of us attending with great anticipation. “Ladies and gentlemen, a true legend…ERIC BURDON”… and sadly, that was the highpoint of the evening.



My bride and I just got back from our honeymoon/vacation in San Francisco and had 2 tickets to see this show. My friends still do not believe this bill but it did happen.It was a great night as BONNIE RAITT was becoming a huge star and as far as JACKSON BROWNE well  the FOREVERY MAN album was just released with TAKE IT EASY and REDNECK FRIEND in heavy rotation on the radio. Tonight we find DAVID LINDLEY the multi instrumentalist performing with Jackson. There is a clipping in my notebook (a newspaper review) suggesting a guy named BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN opened but I have no notes nor recollection about him (that’s the part my friends cannot fathom).Guess he was that good.


TICKETS TORN IN HALF:October 3,2005- The LES PAUL Trio @ IRIDIUM This was a bucket list show: to see THE LES PAUL TRIO during their/his Monday night residency at THE IRIDIUM.

The story is: Occasionally Les Paul would bring his guitar to New York City and sit in at Lou Pallo’s gigs. As the 1970s ran into the ’80s, Les began feeling the call to the stage once more and suggested to Pallo they play some gigs together under his name. After a few trial duo shows close to Les’ home in New Jersey, they decided to take their act to the Big Apple to establish a regular gig. Les approached the booking agent of jazz club Fat Tuesday’s in lower Manhattan, who was reluctant to schedule the Les Paul Trio, which now included bassist Gary Mazzaroppi and Pallo, on Monday nights. That was Pallo’s evening off from his regular gigs, and the day the club didn’t open. But when the agent called the owner and explained that Paul not only wanted the night, but was willing to play for free, the residency that shook the world of guitar began.“We worked at Fat Tuesdays in NYC for 12 years,” Pallo recounts. “Every guitar player from jazz, country and rock came in to see Les. Not only musicians; we had comedians, actors, politicians, etc.”The tiny room fit less than a hundred listeners who came to revel in Les’ recreations of his classics like “How High The Moon” as well as signature performances like “Caravan” and his lush arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” His relentless melodic invention always blew the cobwebs off tunes like the latter. Les’ picking speed was decreased by the arthritis that plagued him for the last 30 years of his life. In fact, he never practiced, saving his fingers for the gig, and used extra large triangle picks to compensate for his weakened grip. But it didn’t matter. His performances always lived up to his legend.In 1996 the Les Paul Trio lost their gig when Fat Tuesday’s closed. But the owner of midtown Manhattan’s Iridium got Les’ phone number from a critic at The New York Post and invited Les to come check out the club. Within two weeks the Trio transplanted their residency to Iridium. The club’s original location on 63rd Street was as small as Fat Tuesday’s, but the club and Les soon moved to a new Iridium at the corner of 51st and Broadway. The second Iridium is much larger than Fat Tuesday’s and has a colorful cave aesthetic, with neon stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Les held court there — with Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Slash, Jeff Beck and scores of other great guitarists he’d influenced coming by to listen and sometimes sit in — until several weeks before his death on August 13, 2009, at age 94.



TYA has just released their 9th album “Rock and Roll Music To The World”. Only a few days before The Academy gig most of my TYA friends saw the band at the cavernous Nassau Coliseum with Edgar Winter on the bill. I thought the Academy of Music was more intimate so here we are in the balcony. My TYA fascination began in 1968 and tonight’s performance will be about the billionth time seeing the band. First time in the balcony at this refurbished venue and I must say it was pretty nice, not FILLMORE EAST, but a bit larger. A semi-typical TYA set opening with ONE OF THESE DAYS, GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL, I CAN’T KEEP FROM CRYING (still love that tune as done by TYA), ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC TO THE WORLD and the obligatory I’M GOING HOME followed by about 5 CHUCK BERRY encores. RAMATAM was a Blues Image guy on one guitar, a girl APRIL LAWTON on lead guitar and MITCH MITCHELL on drums, a forgettable band.

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:September 27,1973-MIKE BLOOMFIELD@ The Orphanage

TICKETS TORN IN HALF:September 27,1973-MIKE BLOOMFIELD@ The Orphanage, SAN FRANCISCO-On our honeymoon and after a great dinner one evening I asked the bride to go to see Mike Bloomfield in a very small club in San  Francisco.At the bar we had a bit of difficulties verifying my wife’s age, and then told that tonight was a “benefit” for gay men (?). The bartender apologized for any misunderstanding as I said “Is Mike Bloomfield playing tonight or not? That’s all I care about”. To which he said “Yes” and then sat us on a sofa to the right of the stage. After the first set Bloomfield came over to us, thanking us for coming. He played amazingly with this “pick up” band of musicians. Mike Bloomfield, A true gentleman.