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 Rock's In My Head APRIL 27:THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND @ THE ACTION HOUSE, Island Park,NY A week night no less but to see the Allman Brothers Band at THE ACTION HOUSE, a small club would be a joy. A very late night, indeed, but worth it and not too crowded. The Allman Brothers Band May 01, 2018
 Rock's In My Head April 24: Procol Harum/Winter Consort/ Teegarden and [email protected] FILLMORE EAST Seeing PROCOL HARUM (with ROBIN TROWER) for the second time in two weeks was a treat. They were okay at STONY BROOK but tonight the band was amazing. MEMORIAL DRIVE, WHISKEY TRAIN, SIMPLE SISTER, STILL THERE’LL BE MORE, CRUCIFICATION LANE (love it),SHINE ON BRIGHTLY,SALTY DOG,LUSKUS DELPH, JUICY JOHN PINK,POWER FAILURE (Drum solo by B.J. Wilson incredible)WHALING STORIES and a few other tunes but to the dismay of some including my date no Whiter Shade of Pale. WINTER CONSORT was a strange yet good strange kind of performance. Later on in another incarnation PAUL WINTER did songs based on the sounds of humpback whales. TEEGARDEN and VANWINKLE had a hit which had minor play in NY: EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT. PROCOL HARUM / Winter's Consort / Teegarden and VanWinkle May 01, 2018
 Rock's In My Head APRIL 15: MOUNTAIN/ MYLON/T.REX This was a last minute idea by my brother and his friend. They wanted to see MOUNTAIN, me T.REX. Got tickets at the door and watched as Marc Bolan attempted to impress and then possibly alienate the NY audience. He bumped, grinded his amplifier with his guitar which produced rude noises, and was met with BOOs from the crowd, all this while performing an extended solo, that is before he even brought out the band. It was a short night for T.REX but I loved it. MOUNTAIN, the obvious crowd favorite was met with overwhelming love from the crowd, but Mountain / Mylon / T.Rex May 01, 2018
 Dmlewis75 did not enjoy. left early. Modest Mouse with Mass Gothic at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, US Cellular Center (April 26, 2018) Apr 30, 2018
 Rock's In My Head April 6: EDGAR WINTER’S WHITE TRASH/ HUMBLE PIE/ CACTUS/ TIN HOUSE @ FILLMORE EAST funny how things work out for some bands. I have tickets to see Jethro Tull and Edgar Winter’s White Trash at Fillmore East. I hadn't seen Edgar with this newer incarnation of his band White Trash but I did see part of White Trash at the Fillmore auction a few months ago. White Trash is pretty happening in that their leader, Edgar Winter,was a sight to be hold playing saxophone, keyboards, drums, all with an incredible enthusiasm and screamingly loud vocal ability. Jethro Tull canceled at the last minute and HUMBLE PIE (new house band) and CACTUS(also a semi regular house band) were added as replacements. Tin House also appeared. Edgar Winter's WHITE TRASH / Humble Pie / Cactus / Tin House Apr 30, 2018
 Rock's In My Head APRIL: JETHRO TULL @ SUNY NEW PALTZ I’m not sure of the exact date, this point in the spring of 1971 I did attend a Jethro Tull show at SUNY at New Paltz. I was invited to attend this show by a girl who went to school there. It was a fabulous spring weekend and the band put on a great performance in the gymnasium. I do remember there was a lot of people crowded in the small area, mostly seated on the floor, while we had the better view seated in the bleachers to the right of the stage. During the performance, I noticed a guy standing up in the middle of the gym floor, he appeared to be screaming and attempting to run toward the stage, arms flaying about in the air, stepping over everyone in his path. Lo and behold, some people moved away afraid when suddenly he falls and disappears in the crowd on the floor. I didn’t think anything of it until later that evening we discovered that the guy was a local from my hometown who was also visiting that campus for their Spring concert series. He had taken an incredible amount of acid and was /is still convinced that Tull’s amplifiers where emitting sound waves to his brain. Funny how things worked out because this guy was a regular in my car ride to college. Tuesday and Thursday’s he would bum a ride from me in the mornings. One morn after the incident he described his experience in rich detail. Jethro Tull Apr 30, 2018
 Rock's In My Head The Concert Committee was in full force. We got POCO signed up and I petitioned as hard as I could to follow that success up with The KinKs. Finally, the contract was signed and the committee discussed who would announce the band to the audience. My name was offered and I was excited but the name I put out, Ronny, another Kinks fan, was the guy chosen. WOW, we had the KinKs coming to my school and when it was all said and done that show was an experience like no other. I got to greet the band upon arrival and showed the dressing (locker) room to them. They were drinking bottles of gin as part of their pre show preparation. By the time the band hit the show they were intoxicated and intoxicating, amazingly good. I hid a tape recorder in the speaker pod and pressed “record” just as the band hit the stage. After the show I helped to put Ray Davies into a car while his brother already in that car argued that he would not ride in the same car as Ray, so Dave had to be escorted to the second car while the piano player had to be moved to Ray’s car. Ray was now out of his car stumbling around the parking lot. Finally, safely in their cars, away they went. The KinKs / McKendree Spring Apr 30, 2018
 Rock's In My Head MARCH 20: CACTUS, HUMBLE PIE, [email protected] FILLMORE EAST DADA, an English jazz/rock ensemble which was forgotten from the moment they hit the stage. This large band has some future stars hidden in their midst, one in particular was their lead singer ROBERT PALMER What a waste of performance at FILLMORE EAST. I felt bad for these talented musicians. Their songs were boring, and quite confusing to tap your foot to. Humble Pie however was the eternal rockers, almost a house band at FILLMORE EAST and they provided another great time. Cactus, well I was losing interest in them. HUMBLE PIE was the winner of the evening for me. Cactus / Humble Pie / Dada Apr 30, 2018
 Rock's In My Head MARCH 13: The Show To End All Shows A complete chapter could be written about my musical fascination with this one band that became my obsession:THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. A buddy from college, a radio station partner to whom I gave my first row ticket for Leon Russell at The Capitol to so that he could take out a girl, felt he owed me something and invited me to join him to see Johnny Winter at Fillmore East, but I had to pay for the ticket. No problem. We were to met at the corner of 6th Street and Second Ave at 7:30 to get a bite to eat. Our show was the 11:30 set. By 8:45 the guy was a no show, and I was freezing cold standing around waiting. Magically, some guy walks up to me, hands me a free ticket for the 8PM show, which had already started. Not knowing whether my buddy would ever show up I thanked the dude for the freebie and entered the sacred hall. ELVIN BISHOP was “Partying Til The Cows Come Home” as I found my upper balcony seat. After a short intermission when I grabbed a cup of coffee and a cigarette in the lobby I sat down to hear the introduction that changed everything: “THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND”. My mouth was opened, my eyes wide, and a smile from ear to ear was across my face. Never before had I ever seen or heard anything like this. Two Les Pauls exchanging leads, two drummers, a bass player who had a bottom sound like no other and a Hammond B-3 player who when he sang was angelic, Ray Charles like. Upon completion of their set the crowd was roaring for MORE, MORE. After an encore, and it was over. The crowd was still buzzing about The ALLMANS when JOHNNY WINTER AND (THE McCOYS) took the stage. The early show crowd was let out and still raving about The Allman Brothers. Forget Johnny Winter. I checked the corner of 6th and Second and found my buddy who was a bit perturbed that I showed up at 11 PM. I explained that I was there earlier and he was nowhere to be found, it was cold and a free ticket was offered so in I went. I found out that my buddy an anti-everything (drugs) dude dropped double barrel orange sunshine LSD about 6PM, not knowing when it would hit, and got lost on his short journey to Fillmore East. Anyway, he had my ticket for the late show and I was excited at the chance to see The Allman Brothers Band again that night. After grabbing a slice of pizza we headed back to the hall at about midnight. Elvin Bishop was tearing it up, had the crowd in his favor when we were met with the houselights rising and being instructed that we needed to evacuate the hall in a peaceful manner. Seems a bomb threat had been called in. As it was freezing outside we were promised we would be let back in as soon as it was possible. It seemed like an eternity outside but finally, back in, the house light dim and “Ladies and gentleman, Johnny Winter And”…. what? What about The Allmans??? I thought, geez. Johnny did a short 35 minute set, and as he exited the stage an announcement was made, The Allmans would be up next. Thank goodness. When The Allmans hit the stage an announcement was made that the band would be recording live. They played for hours, hours, yet it was not nearly long enough for me. The sun was rising as we headed for the door. It was an amazing set, as can be witnessed on the album, LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST. Saying goodbye to my stoned out buddy who headed across Second Avenue, I proceeded down 6th street where I found a small crowd standing around a huge semi-truck. Music was coming from the side entrance to the truck. I stood there listening to what sounded like a recording of tonight’s set. I lit a smoke and a guy with long blond hair asked if he could bum a cigarette. He took my smoke to light his and said thanks. I was really paying attention to the music not the guy who took my smokes. He then said ,“get closer, give it a listen” as he entered the truck. That guy was Duane Allman. I listened for a few minutes, bid my farewell heading down the street. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND would become my obsession. Arriving home after 8AM I headed directly to bed. The Allman Brothers Band / Johnny Winter And / Elvin Bishop Group Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head FEBRUARY 20: BLACK SABBATH/ J. GEILS BAND/ SIR LORD BALTIMORE Three nights after THE FACES I am back in FILLMORE EAST in orchestra seats toward the back of the hall to see a show with an acquaintance of mine, not necessarily a friend, but a nice guy nonetheless who had a ticket for me, a late show, scheduled for 11:30PM. The first act was SIR LORD BALTIMORE, a trio out of Brooklyn who had a drummer who was also their lead vocalist. Rumor has it that Bill Graham, after seeing this band perform that weekend decided that he had had enough. These guys were the pits. J. GEILS BAND out of Boston was next. I wanted to see them after hearing their record played many times by Bobby “Wizard” Wayne, the DJ on WCBS-FM. The WIZARD played their stuff as often as he could. Then, BLACK SABBATH. Whew, while Geils was good, I still to this day did not know what to make of Sabbath. They were unique with a grinding, slow, and very loud set. After arriving home with the sunrise I went to bed but not to sleep as the music was still ringing in my ears. Black Sabbath / The J. Geils Band / Sir Lord Baltimore Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head FEBRUARY 17: FACES (listed as SMALL FACES) /SAVOY BROWN/ THE GREASE BAND. The Grease Band was a disaster without Joe Cocker, Savoy Brown, the same without Chris Youlden and the gang which will soon be FOGHAT, so we had only one hope left , THE FACES. And, THE FACES did not disappoint, as a matter of fact they were one of the best, most fun, bands I had ever seen. Ronnie Wood kicked it off on pedal steel with SWEET LADY MARY, the band cranked it up with I DON’T WANT TO DISCUSS IT, Rod Stewart out did Paul McCartney on Paul’s new tune, MAYBE I’M AMAZED, followed by Ian McLagen, Ronnie Lane, and Kenny Jones playing their roles in AN OLD RAINCOAT NEVER LET’S YOU DOWN, GASOLINE ALLEY, THREE BUTTON HAND ME DOWN and an encore of Elton John’s COUNTRY COMFORT. All while we were seated in the second row center. The Faces / Savoy Brown / The Grease Band Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head JAN 25: JAMES TAYLOR/ VICTORIA @ FILLMORE EAST My birthday show with JAMES TAYLOR and opening act VICTORIA @ FILLMORE EAST/ Benefit for Native Americans (recording available) ( a benefit show) James Taylor was amazing, entertaining, and a pleasure to hear. I recorded the show on my trusty tape machine. James Taylor / Victoria Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head DEC 23: LAURA NYRO/ JACKSON BROWNE @ FILLMORE EAST for one of my favorite shows of all times as it was a Christmas present for my brother. A youngster who was wooing NYC and The Warhol gang at that time, with his charm, one Jackson Browne opened up on acoustic guitar for Laura Nyro. Jackson Browne’s guitar playing was good and his voice angelic with lyrics that belied his youth to say the least. Then, Ms.Nyro appeared on stage, a stage adorned with just a Steinway piano and two white lighted Christmas trees, one left, one right. Breath taking, and a great night to be with my brother.Her tunes, hits by everyone, were played in her style. She was truly an artist unlike others. Laura Nyro / Jackson Browne Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head Poco had Paul Cotton from Illinois Speed Press in the band now, and he brought “Bad Weather” a superb tune with him. POCO was the star of the evening, Timmy Schmidt, Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Richie Furay. Their vocals as well as their instrumentation was phenomenal.Savoy Brown was heading in a new direction, not a good one. Savoy Brown / Poco / Gypsy Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head DEC 18: GRAND FUNK RAILROAD/ HUMBLE PIE @ Madison Square Garden. Grand Funk had just paid for an advertisement billboard in Times Square which at the time was the largest and most costly ad ever placed there. This was in support of their CLOSER TO HOME record. Humble Pie with Frampton still in tow, stole as much of the audience as they could but the majority was there to see Grand Funk. Grand Funk Railroad / Humble Pie Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head DECEMBER 6: DEREK and THE DOMINOES/ TOE FAT @Suffolk Community College This was a cold and windy December night and this show was general seating so we needed to get there early to have a decent shot at a good spot. And we had our cameras and recording gear with us. We got first and second rows.TOE FAT was the under bill, and were forgettable.We were all anxiously anticipating Derek AKA Eric Clapton. This being the end of the tour, the last night and Clapton is obviously drunk when he comes on the stage during Toe Fat and smeared them with shaving cream???? Didn’t make any sense to me. Later, Derek and The Dominoes were pretty good and pretty high I bet. My recording of the evening is out there as a bootleg, sold by a friend of mine despite my disapproval. Derek and the Dominos / Toe Fat Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head November 28: JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/ BUDDY GUY-JUNIOR WELLS BAND/ HOT TUNA @ FILLMORE EAST A New York concert Thanksgiving tradition was Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore East and this year Buddy Guy and Hot Tuna were on the bill. Buddy Guy was as usual, playing his ass off, and Hot Tuna transitioned in and out with The (new)Airplane. Grace Slick was visibly pregnant, and Spencer Dryden had been replaced by Joey Covington on the kit. Papa John Creech was added to Hot Tuna AND The Airplane.This was not one of their better outing but enjoyable nonetheless. To my knowledge The Airplane never played Fillmore East again. Jefferson Airplane / Buddy Guy & Junior Wells / Hot Tuna Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head November 21:LEON RUSSELL/ ELTON JOHN/ McKENDREE SPRING @ FILLMORE EAST McKendree Spring closed their set with Down By The River (Neil Young) which I really enjoyed. However this new act, Elton John, well by the end of his set I was seated in total amazement. He was fantastic, performing on a grand piano accompanied by a bass player and a drummer, just a trio. Elton John literally lit up the stage (with a Mickey Mouse light attached to the front of his pant while performing backward kicks ala Jerry Lee Lewis on his piano stool. This was his very first performance in New York City (except radio station WPLJ 11-17-70 release) and the New York audience loved it. Leon Russell was in his post Mad Dog mode followed with his band ever so tight.Leon on guitar, piano and vocals, with Chuck Blackwell (drums), Don Preston (guitar), Joey Cooper (guitar), John Gallie ( keyboards), and the lovely Claudia Lennear and Kathi McDonald on vocals Leon Russell / Elton John / McKendree Spring Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head The set list is not even close. I didn't post it. Ten Years After / Buddy Miles Express Apr 26, 2018
 Rock's In My Head OCT 31: LEE MICHAELS/CACTUS/ JUICY LUCY @ FILLMORE EAST It’s Halloween 1970 Juicy Lucy was forgetable. Having snuck my portable tape recorder in I captured a great Cactus performance the highlight of which was Rusty Day’s Halloween Boogie rant. Lee Michaels was just okay to me but my concert compatriots adored him. Me thinks it was his looks for the ladies. Lee Michaels / Cactus / Juicy Lucy Apr 26, 2018