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He Presents His Very First Post From June 2012!
Hello Hippies, Hipsters, Rockers, Live Music Lovers, Individuals, and anyone interested in true archival reports and reviews on rock concerts, culture, real-life experiences, and observations made during the magical and surreal 1960s and 1970s!
00individual’s life, heart, and soul couldn’t have been at a better place in time than in his late teens in the late ’60s in Los Angeles. He gives eternal thanks to any and all responsible for being given the opportunity for once-in-history lifetime experiences.
These two 1975 concert and culture reviews of Alice Cooper “Welcome To My Nightmare” at the Fabulous Forum, and Pink Floyd “DSOTM”, and select tracks from “Wish You Were Here” and “Animals” at the L.A. Sports Arena, is 00’s very first post from June 2012.
00individual was a big Alice Cooper fan and in 1971 he was just twenty but could still relate to “I’m Eighteen” from the new “Love It To Death” LP, with the original “thumb” cover.
Alice Cooper caused quite a scene back then; the guys cross-dressed, had scary make-up, performed rock ‘n’ roll drenched in the macabre.and of course, there was the python!
That was then, and this is now, 1975, and 00 was headed to the Forum to see Alice Cooper Superstar perform what was sure to be a historic phantasmagorical concert that would be forever imprinted in the mind of any fan who witnessed the “Welcome To My Nightmare” tour!
He was fortunate once again to have a great seat, especially for this highly visual concert; up off the floor left of stage but close in with a clear, slightly angled-down view of the stage at all times. It wasn’t just great it was almost perfect!
Since he doesn’t remember Suzi Quatro’s performance as opening act, it had to have been because he arrived “late”. His group had gotten somewhat jaded by ’75, no, not really jaded, just excellent at concert-going to the point that they’d squeeze out every drop of hangin’ before jammin’ – that meant sometimes missing the opening act – either deliberately or due to an unavoidable delay. In Suzi’s case it coulda been a little bit of both. You see sometimes you don’t want to taint your headliner enjoyment by wading (waiting) through an opening act and then the “intermission”.
Some Rockers knew who was worth seeing and who was not, and besides they always timed their drugs to take effect at just the right time; not on the way there, although that could liven up the ride, or too late, by coming on half-way into the concert, but perfectly to begin the trip just as the concert begins. So there was a science and a proper procedure to follow to maximize one’s concert-going experience and Rockers had it down.
00 liked Alice Cooper since back in the days of his association with Frank Zappa and played “Love It To Death” to death. “Killer”, “Billion Dollar Babies”, and “School’s Out” followed and having memorized “Welcome To My Nightmare”, this show’s featured LP, he was hyped and geared for what would be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Horror Hoot!
The whole set had a huge screen with a haunted graveyard projection / movie from behind that turned the whole stage into a spooky psycho graveyard with low mist everywhere – really cool!
It was just after Alice got guillotined, (and it was indeed very convincing), that they put his body (and head) in a coffin, and some pall-bearer ghouls start to head for the projected screen. Now here’s where it got really cool, there were slits in the screen so when the coffin and ghouls passed through to the other side they had filmed them continuing on through on the screen, so they were eventually all off the stage and onto the projected film carrying the coffin off to the graveyard! Very cool effect; really, it was slick with perfect timing!
Then Alice with his head back is seen running from the graveyard and through the slit in the screen disappearing from the screen onto the stage. 00 gets a full-blown charge outta stuff like that!
One look at the setlist and it’s an Alice Cooper Fan’s Wet Dream. A definite Rock History Event – Alice Cooper was ever more popular than the build-up to this concert. Proud of his violent and scary rock songs and persona, Alice (Vincent Furnier) has said, affectionately, that, “We were the group that drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation.” But how is that possible when he exudes such joy and happiness? Does he know that? Alice, are you aware that we love you? We do.
Alice Cooper (vocals), Steve Hunter (guitar), Dick Wagner (guitar), Josef Chirowski (keyboards), Penti Glan (drums), Prakash John (bass) Tony Levin (bass), Allan Schwartzberg (drums).
Welcome To My Nightmare, Years Ago (partial vocal), No More Mr. Nice Guy, Years Ago (partial vocal), Billion Dollar Babies, Years Ago (instrumental), I’m Eighteen, Years Ago (vocal), Instrumental intro – Some Folks, Cold Ethyl, Only Women Bleed, Devils Food (w/backing vocals only), Band Instrumental, The Black Widow, Steven, Welcome To My Nightmare reprise/(Graveyard Scene)/Escape/Escape.
Instrumental reprise to start Encore: School’s Out/Department Of Youth.
Sports Arena, L.A. CA (Capacity: 16,000)
WISHES DO COME TRUE!
00individual had a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairy Godmother” and she granted his wish!
The Holy Trinity:
FRONT ROW CENTER
for THREE NIGHTS
of PINK FLOYD!
That’s right; it’s true no one between 00 and David, Roger, Nick and Richard!
Justifiably these three concerts rank as his single best concert experience(s) ever!
A true once in a lifetime event!
And the story on how he got these tickets is equally as rare and truly magical!
Remember, this was 1975, and while automation set-in with Ticket-Tron booths (precursor to Ticket-Master) in major department stores; the personal handling of tickets through the mail was still in effect. Tickets for these PF concerts (check the prices on the poster!) were handled this way and required the usual info; number of tickets requested and payment, they also required a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to be included for the tickets’ return.
That meant that someone would physically have to open the envelope and read the amount of tickets requested, then verify the amount paid, enter the data, print out the tickets and mail them back in his SASE.
00individual saw this as an opportunity and decided that he’d include a short letter stating his PINK FLOYD “obsessed fan status” followed by how much it would mean to him to have the best possible seats for the first three shows.
His intent was to see if he could appeal to anyone who still might have the power to grant his wish, er, request. He ended the letter with a sincere thank you, and sent the envelope.
When his SASE arrived he opened it like it was a Wonka candy bar with a possible golden ticket inside! Slowly he opened the envelope half-expecting to see at least decent seats (seats back then were sold on a first-come first-served basis) and pulled out twelve tickets; paid for by his fellow usual suspect concert fiends: Row 1 – Seats 1,2,3,4 for all three nights!!
FRONT ROW – CENTER – THREE NIGHTS of PINK FLOYD! ECSTACY!
He was stunned, and just stood there staring at those tickets making sure he wasn’t hallucinating (he wasn’t) he really had them! Better seats (well, the BEST seats!) than he could have imagined! His “Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairy Godmother” really granted his wish! And you gotta know that whoever she or he was, they read the letter and thought, “Sure, what the heck, I have the power to blow a kid’s mind, I’ll grant his request because I can!”
00 has said it before and will continue to say it; those were magical times, truly magical. From the mid-’60s up to about the mid-’70s it was in the air, it was with the people you met, the clothes you wore, the music you heard, the life you led, and the belief that anything was possible – and proof that it was.
To insure the truth of this unbelievable event, he made sure he had evidence – he took photos. The photos themselves are proof, as he was so close that he could only fit one Floyd per frame at a time!!
Here’s how close – it was hard not to make eye contact with David and Roger as he was the same guy wearing the black neon Pink Floyd DSOTM logo t-shirt every night in the same seat – in the front row – in the center. Nick and Richard were set a bit farther back so he never made eye contact with them. On about the end of the second night David acknowledged his presence with a smile to the guy who just kept yelling, “The Best! The Best!” Hey, 00’s a fan, that’s what fans are for!
By the third night David acknowledged him early on with a smile and that was, well, beyond cool.
Between sets some whacked-out fans in the cheap seats (rows two through twenty) thought that since 00 was front and center (with his long hair and lookin’ all Official PF Roadie-like) that he was somebody who could get them Gilmour’s guitar – crazy fans, gotta love ‘em!
Behind the band was a huge round trampoline-shaped movie screen that rear-projected the entire video to DSOTM synchronized as Pink Floyd performed the whole LP.
It was truly like a dream was taking place. With a deja vu dream the next night and then another deja vu dream the following night – 00individual was in Pink Floyd Heaven!
He had a pretty good PF bootleg collection and was familiar with Raving and Drooling and You Gotta Be Crazy from the Screaming Abdab bootleg. The Wish You Were Here songs became instant favorites – easily one of his Top Five Floyd Faves.
He was just in awe, it really was all too much and after the first night the thought that he was allowed to go experience it all over again the next night was unbearably cool. He was in a perpetual State of Floyd
So, he’s sitting there in a Pink Floyd-induced rock ‘n’ roll stupor between sets on night two and gets an epiphany; he has another opportunity, another chance of a lifetime, right before him!
He needed to get a note to David about doing their next album cover! He’s an artist, a good artist, David’ll go for it!
Yeah, 00individual knows, … but remember he was high on so many levels that it seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea. So, on the last night, the third night of their five night gig 00 had it all planned out; he’d take his professional note and secure it into one of the brand new super exclusive unlicensed black and neon Floyd shirts he wore (a new one) and take it to the concert with him so at the very end he could toss it up on stage to David.
The concert concluded and the whole place was going insane and as David, Roger, Nick and Richard were smiling and waving from the front of the stage, he pulled out the neatly folded and compact-tucked t-shirt containing the note, took aim and fired off the t-shirt and watched as it flew right past David’s head and into a mass of cables near Nick’s drum kit – he over-compensated. He didn’t allow for the invisible yet interactive vibe level that was emanating within the Sports Arena and from Pink Floyd – damn, these were calculations he forgot to include in his throw. He knew better..
Anyway, 00individual never heard from David or Pink Floyd’s management – don’t give the Duh!-snicker. Soon after though, he found out that the art house Hipgnosis had a contract with PF to do their covers. From then on he could rest assured in the belief that if there hadn’t been a contract – he may have had a shot!
And who knows, he may have, much stranger things have happened – like rockin’ FRONT ROW CENTER for THREE NIGHTS of PINK FLOYD!
The set list was also historic, truly – Beyond Belief!
The Concerts include WYWH elements and Animals previews.
Set 1: Raving and Drooling (Sheep), You Gotta Be Crazy (Dogs), Shine On (part 1), Have A Cigar, Shine On (part 2).
Set 2: Dark Side of the Moon (with a continuous synchronized video on a huge round screen behind the band.)
00individual have always held good vibes for his Rock ‘n’ Roll Fairy Godmother – wherever she/he is.