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Kirk   

Hey Marvin, I remember that Elvin Bishop tune, but it's the only one of his I can recall. Kind of thought of him as a one-hit wonder. Or, did he have "Popsicle Toes", also? Anyway, Eric opening for him just feels like the bottom. Surely Eric has sold a few million more records than Elvin. Kirk.

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It was in December of 1981 and I was in sixth grade. For a birthday present my parents took my sister and I to see the J. Geils Band with red Rider at the Richfield Coliseum (RIP).

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My first concert was Electric Light Orchestra at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. It was the tour promoting "Out of the Blue," 1977, which means it featured the GIANT SPACESHIP. I was 14. That evening was also my first encounter with a mysterious smoke that filled the arena that night. The big moment consisted of lots of lights, sound and lasers, and the lid of the spaceship was raised to reveal...seven English guys who pretty much stood there for two hours. GREAT music though. Opening act was Jet Records labelmates Trickster (whose singer/guitarist Phil Bates later "replaced" Lynne in ELO Part II). And there was something about that smoke...

I have yet to see EC in concert. Some of my biggest missed-concert regrets include Sweet and Eric Carmen at the Tower Theatre (circa the Gold album) and a cancelled "Starting Over"-era Rasperries show at my junior high (for saving gum wrappers or something like that). Oh yeah, and that "Walk Down Abbey Road" this past summer that Eric stepped away from. I made it to that one one, but he didn't. Sigh...

Howard

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marvin   

Kirk I am not familiar with much Elvin's career, but I know from my old Circus magazines that there was a time that he was a pretty successful album artist. By the way for you trivia buffs, Elvin was a guitar player and never sang on "Fooled Around and Fell In Love." I believe that the singer was Marty Balin - later of Jefferson Starship.

MARVIN

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The man who sang "Popsicle Toes" was Jazz-pop singer Michael Franks which went to # 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts & # 45 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts back in September of 1976. He also had "Your Secret's Safe With Me" which hit # 4 on the Billboard AC Charts back in September of 1985 & "When I Give My Love To You" (Duet with Brenda Russell) which hit # 15 on the Billboard AC Charts back in January of 1986. Elvin Bishop's "Fooled Around And Fell In Love" went to # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts back in April of 1976. Singer Mickey Thomas sang the lead vocal & also a member of the group Starship. Mickey would also had a song with Elvin Bishop called "Spend Some Time" peaking at # 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts back in January of 1977. Matt

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marvin   

Matt thanks for correcting me about the lead singer on "Fooled Around.." I knew it was an Airplane/Starship singer, just got the wrong guy! I should have looked at my Billboard books before posting!

Regards,

MARVIN

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Marvin, you better go see a doctor. You don't make those kind of trivia mistakes. Marty Balin has the weaker lead vocal on Starship songs like "Miracles" and "Run Away". Dude, those of us who rely on you are worried.

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Kirk   

Matthew, thanks for bailing me out on that. I don't have any of the Billboard books, but probably should get one. You're right, I think the other obscure hit I was thinking of was "Spend Some Time". Kirk.

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Billy   

My first concert -- Boston at New Haven (CT) Coliseium May 8, 1977 -- Warmed up by Sammy Hagar who three songs in was being booed off the stage -he was having a tough night with sound and if I remember correctly he was pretty wasted-- Hagar approached the mic and said "F-off New Haven" and left. Boston came out and played for forty minutes, all 8 songs from the first album and that was it! Brad Delp apologized to the crowd for the early departure explaining these were the only eight songs they had at the time!

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Billy K.   

Billy, a friend of mine saw the San Francisco show of that Boston tour. They had a limited song set also, but ended up playing two songs a second time for an encore.

On the next Boston tour, they had both Hagar and Eddie Money on the bill at the Oakland show. Gary Phil was the guitarist in Hagar's band at that time....eventually ended up joining Boston following the departure of Barry Goudreau....

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My first concert was the Raspberries, too! It was the illfated 1973 show in Chicago, where they subbed for Iggy Pop and backed up Blue Oyster Cult. First song heard live "I Wanna be With You"

I had second row seats. I will never forget seeing Eric watching BOC from the side of the stage, looking absolutely devastated, shaking his head. He gave us a "thumbs up" back when we made eye contact. That really impacted me at the time as a very young musician.

I went on an all night radio station and ripped the fans for their bad reaction to the Raspberries.

I left a few songs into BOC, I was so angry....

While I never saw the Raspberries again, I was lucky enough to see Eric solo (or with Ringo) five other times in my life.

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darlene   

My first classical concert was George Szell and The Cleveland Orchestra (Cleveland!--Yep, Eric's aunt was in the viola section) in 1964 when I was in high school. I was 16. The orchestra's sound just blew me away and my girlfriend and I were so enthralled, we sneaked backstage to meet Szell for an autograph. He made us wait forever, (he was cursing at someone ahead of us) and finally, he turned to us and snapped "What do you WANT?!) We asked for his autograph, and he scribbed it and screamed "There it is, now get the hell OUT of here!" We were terrified and didn't go to another one so soon. He was so awful that when someone said "You know, George Szell is his own worst enemy," Rudolf Bing replied "Not while I'M alive!"

My first rock concert was even worse than that. I went with a guy friend (younger than I) to see a KISS concert in I think 1970 at the Capitol Theater in Newark, NJ. Savoy Brown was the warmup band. The crowd began to chant "KISS, KISS, KISS..." softer, then louder, than screaming. They booed poor Savoy Brown (whom I was enjoying at the time) right off the stage because they also started throwing things. Sometime during the KISS performance a loud bang ripped through the auditorium and I was smashed down to the floor by my friend as I was saying "What was THAT?" and he replied "Somebody has a GUN!" I was absolutely terrified. After the concert, (we should have left while it was still in progress, but we were down on the floor for quite awhile) the crowd was like a terrible stampede. Not only could one not move, it was almost certain we would be crushed to death. I shook all the way home. I said "NO MORE," and never went to another rock concert till I saw Raspberries in New York.

smile --Darlene

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Betsey   

Darlene, I had a similar experience when I went to see Peter Frampton at the Toledo Sports Arena in 1975. The doors were locked as a crowd of thousands gathered and waited outside. When management opened the doors, the crowd pushed forward and I was shoved up against a glass door! A policeman rescued me, but I could have easily been killed. The rampage was due to the fact that the cheap concert promoters used the old "festival seating" format, which meant that everyone had to run in, grab a chair and race to the front of the stage. It was a madhouse! I, too, said "Never again" to concerts at large, poorly managed arenas. And I never did go to another crazy concert at that venue. It was way too scary!

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I have seen Savoy Brown many times. The stupid KISS ARMY idiots wouldnt know good music if they heard it. I like KISS, as a matter of fact I saw them two years ago in Richmond, VA. During their one of many final farewell tours. They were with Skid Row (Who Sucked), and Ted "Wild Man" Nugent, who rocked. KISS was awesome, Ted was fired for singing X rated political songs about Janet Renno.

Back to Savoy Brown, Kim Simmonds is one of the most gifted and underrated blues guitarists of all time.

Darlene I agree though that I will never go to a large auditorium or sports arena again to see an act way too crowded, sound usally stinks. Small clubs are where it is at.

Look at my previous posting of "SMALL CLUBS TELL US MORE", and comment. I am suprised not one posting to that discussion thread.

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Billy K.   

While on the subject on the worst concerts, I would have to say one was the Cambodian Relief benefit. I was soaked to the bone before I came in, as it rained hard. Some stupid Deadhead spit on me right in the middle of the Starship set---

something I was not thrilled with.

I happened to have a coke in my hand, and I doused the guy. Needless to say, we had a fight on our hands, and my friends and I got out of the place in record time.

As for other bunk sets......Point Blank was loud and irritating. Same can be said for the Readymades. One of the most BORING acts I saw was Wishbone Ash. And this one Beach Boys show at the Cow Palace had everything wrong with it.

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I used to go to the Cleveland Symphony when both George Szell was conducting. My parents had season tickets and it was always a thrill to go. Darlene, I can't believe you know who Rudolph Bing was !

First concert-The Four Seasons in 1963 at Euclid Beach. The big hit was "Sherry". I don't know whether it was any good or not-I was 13!

Best Concert-Far and away was Billy Joel at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix in '73. A two hundred seat theater-in the-round with Joel and his original band.

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Darlene-

Just remembered that it is "Rdolph RING". My Polish godfather was a barber and used to cut his hair. Ring was a radio guy on one of the Cleveland stations for classical/opera, right?

-Bill

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jetlin1   

My first concert was the Raspberries at Disneyland in the early 70's. The first concert I actually went to without parents was, Styx, right after Tommy Shaw joined the band.

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Ok im quite young...so dont judge me now...

My first concert was cher in stockholm in 1991..it was my dad who came home one day and said that he had bought tickets to cher...i was like 10 years old at the time and wasnt that big music fan....alltough i liked "Michael Jackson" at the time...it was a good concert...the one thing that sticks out of that concert was that she changed wigs every 10 minutes......

When i think about it i must probably be the youngest member on this site........

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steve-o   

My first "real concert" seeing a national act was the Raspberries in St. Pete on 12-22-74 at a place called Papa's Dream. They were great that night and I was hooked.

Steve-O

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darlene   

Bill A, I'm pretty sure it was Rudolf Bing. He was the conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City for years. He had some kind of feud going with George Szell for years as well. I don't know, unfortunately, of ANYONE who got along with or had anything nice to say about George Szell, except that he was extremely talented. I just hope he was nicer to his family than he was to everyone else. Rudolf Bing could be a salty guy as well. He once yelled at Renata Tebaldi because she wasn't honoring her specified number of recordings with the Met Orchestra, so he told one of his underlings to "tell Miss Tebaldi to get her a-- over here!" The conductors I work for are sweethearts compared to what those guys were!

smile --Darlene

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JuliaD   

Hmmm, I'm not sure which came first, my seeing Kenny Rogers and First Edition just cuz they happened to be at a place I went every weekend, or a Tommy James and the Shondells concert I went to see... the first concert I *heard* was The Beatles at Shea Stadium... I was only a kid, and for whatever reason, I was visiting NY with my mom and aunt, and tho I didn't see them, we were close enough to be able to hear them. Couldn't tell you where we were, or why, if my life depended on it. I think we were just there to see a play or something.

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