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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Living in the Past

- New post up at The Rail.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Eric Clapton, Yes, The Allman Brothers Band, The Steve Miller Band, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Motörhead, CS&N Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, Joe Cocker, Return to Forever, Earth Wind and Fire, Devo, Cheap Trick, The Police, Boston, Heart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, George Thorogood, John Mellencamp, The Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Judas Priest, Rush, Journey,

Those are the bands on your list that I saw in the 1970s or in some cases (King Crimson -- I saw the "Discipline" version: Fripp, Belew, Levin and Bruford.) I wouldn't mind seeing Return to Forever again this year -- I believe they will play SPAC -- and Al Dimeola was also great live, though I lost some of my high frequency hearing the last time I saw him in the early 1980s.

Instead of living in the past, I'd like to see Wilco again this summer and catch some other bands and people who play clubs -- Adrian Belew Trio is here soon, would like to see Tommy Castro again and the Radiators too.

But maybe I would like to go back?

Because if the Allman Brothers that exist now sounded as good as the one that played on Live at the Fillmore, or the more recent release of the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival recordings, I might be tempted to go...

And speaking of Peter Frampton, after the Herd he was in Humble Pie and many people love "Performance: Live at the Fillmore," but I love and have lately been listening to "Smokin,'" the first post-Frampton album (vinyl btw). I like Clem Clempson better than Frampton and if they could bring back Steve Marriot, that's a show I'd pay to see.

My wife made me take her to Neil Diamond and I survived.

I'd like to see the Talking Heads again too. The original line-up could play the first half of the show and then the "Remain in Light" crew could come on. Saw the 4 piece in 1977 and the big show at the Carrier Dome sometime around 1980.

I fell asleep at James Taylor, CSN, and Yes concerts. Slept through the Moody Blues, Joan Arm trading and Carlos Santana once, but to Carlos's defense, I'd had a few beers before the show.

Also I never saw a good Aerosmith show. The sound sucked every time I saw them. Every time!

How about Prince? Is he coming around again? I saw him on the 1999 tour. I didn't want to go, but this girl I knew really wanted to go. One of the best shows I ever saw.

The Thompson Twins were a date concert that was really good.

I was disappointed by New Order and Echo and the Bunnymen, but really enjoyed the Cure and Depeche Mode.

But my life was changed when I saw Buddy Guy in the late 1970s. We've had an up and down relationship over the years because he's a lot like Jeff Beck -- his shows are either transcendent or painful. Most I've seen have been the former.

If you got a chance to see Muddy Waters with Johnny Winter and James Cotton on the “Hard Again” tour you witnessed the Raw Power the Stooges were talking about.

I haven't even started talking about all the great Canadian bands that aren't Rush. Max Webster, Teenage Head...

But I ramble.