Experience Rock History!
Hello Hippies, Hipsters, Rockers, Live Music Lovers and anyone interested in archived rock concert reviews, real-life experiences and observations made during the magical and surreal 1960s and 1970s!
I present true archival reports and reviews on the concerts, music and culture in and around Los Angeles during the Classic Rock Concert Era of the ‘60s and ‘70s.
My life, heart and soul couldn’t have been at a better place in time than in my late teens in the late ’60s in L.A.
Each countdown is published in asscending chronological order. Enjoy!
All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1972 -1975 #6
ROD STEWART & the FACES
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood CA (Capacity: 3,500)
A quick history of the “Faces”: once they were “Small” with Steve Marriott singing “Itchy-Koo Park”, (a truly perfect example of a psychedelic single with innovative swooshing tape effects that fit perfectly during the year of the Summer of Love 1967), Marriott left to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton and Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group (to go solo – the Rod Stewart Album – what a gem!) and then to join future Stones’ band member Ron Wood’s “Faces” – Rod Stewart and the Faces, a perfect match!
Rod, Ronnie, Ian, Ron, Kenny and Tetsu understood the venue and started the “party” off with an opening act of Bagpipers – the crowd went wild!
And what’s a great party without booze? The lads provided “drinks on the house” all night long to everyone who cleared I.D. to the balcony bar level! Not just beer and wine but hard liquor for hard partyin’! The Faces were known to be serious hard partiers and created a rowdy and fun English pub atmosphere early on, which continued throughout the evening.
At twenty-two, I had gone through the drinking phase and had settled into a strict diet of cannabis, pharmaceuticals and psychotropics; but under these unique circumstances a couple of us headed for the balcony and ended up seeing most of the concert from there.
Please remember that this was back when Rod was a Rocker and not a ‘40s standards crooner. If you want to hear Rod at his very best listen to “The Rod Stewart Album” and of course “singer extraordinaire” on Jeff Beck “Truth” both classics of Rod at his best!
So here I am once again in the company of 3,500 die-hard Rock fans with Rod and the Faces and we’re all havin’ a ball! And from the looks of the cover of the LP they were featuring it could have been shot at the Hollywood Palladium the night of this concert – and – from about my viewpoint (only I was facing the stage – at an angle) – Trippy!
What a party! I mean, concert!
Line up: Rod Stewart (vocals), Ron Wood (guitar) Kenney Jones (drums), Ronnie Lane (bass, vocals)?, Ian Maclagan (keyboards),.
Lane quit in ’73 and was replaced by Tetsu Yamauchi. I don’t recall who played that night – see, that’s what happens when you drink, your memory fails, whereas the reason I can recall all of these concerts so well is that I preferred drugs, and for me they must have enhanced my sense of memory. Seriously.
Setlist: Stay With Me, I Wish It Would Rain, It’s All Over Now, Too Bad. Every Picture Tells A Story, Angel, Jealous Guy, I’d Rather Go Blind, Cut Across Shorty, Borstal Boy, Amazing Grace
Rod & the Faces – Great attitude, great fun, great rockers! Just like we saw them!
All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1972 -1975 #5
YES – Tales from Topographic Oceans Tour
Great Western (Fabulous) Forum, Inglewood – (Capacity: 17,000)
YES – Jon Anderson (vocals), Steve Howe (guitars), Chris Squire (bass), Rick Wakeman (keyboards), Alan White (drums) – these guys were in their own league, no one could touch them – they were the definition of Progressive Rock.
“The YES Album”, the band’s third studio album in ‘71 with Starship Trooper and All Good People paved a distinct and unique path for “Fragile”, the album that pretty much blew everyone away – unheard of music at that time; Roundabout was Killer Prog Rock at its best.
Like the style of Rock they mastered, recorded and performed; each new album release progressively sold more and contributed to their popularity. After their huge success and acclaim with their “Close to the Edge” album they produced a highly ambitious and totally out-there double album, “Tales from Topographic Oceans”. This concert featured three epic pieces from “Tales from Topographic Oceans“; two from “Close to the Edge” and a couple of “Fragile” classics for the encore.
YES, by luck, timing or design really created a “brand” for themselves. By teaming with the unique artist Roger Dean, their band logo and album cover art was a direct complement to the music inside; beautiful, otherworldly, colorful, strange and definitely unique. It was a perfect mental/visual association that certainly was a contributing factor to their success – it just felt good holding a YES album in your hands with that excellent art knowing that it represents excellent music inside!
This concert had a beautiful Roger Dean-designed set, complete with the original pod idea, only unlike Spinal Tap, these functioned correctly. It was truly gorgeous and very cool. Some people (critics) saw the sets, Wakeman’s robes, etc. and judged the music as pompous, over-blown and self-indulgent. C’mon what’s wrong with you people? It is part of the performance; they’re putting on a show!
Anytime anyone or any band does anything remotely creative they should be celebrated. The only complaint should be that not enough artists are taking risks creatively or musically. For those who welcomed and celebrated those who took Rock music to other levels – in any direction – they will hang with Yes; as in positive.
As 00individual was saying before he so rudely interrupted his ownself; the beautifully lit alien world-like sculpted shapes that half-encircled and half-domed the stage was like a Roger Dean album cover come to life! And who wouldn’t want to see that! The varied lighting that illuminated the semi-transparent set changed moods dramatically; it was an aural and visual extravaganza to behold!
YES created songs of Hard Rock landscapes full of intricate compositions and excellent transitions that were mind-bending within any state of consciousness. One look at the set list and Rockers will know what a rare treat was experienced by 00individual at the height of YES.
Rock History: This was the last chance to see the classic lineup before the keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman quit YES to go solo at the end of this tour. (Last chance back then, they all have since re-united.)
Setlist: Firebird Suite, Siberian Khatru, And You and I, Close To The Edge, The Revealing Science Of God, The Ancient, Ritual,
Encore: Roundabout, StarshipTrooper
YES Close to the Edge – full complete LP!