Experience Rock History!
Hello Hippies, Hipsters, Rockers, Music Lovers and anyone interested in archived real-life experiences and observations during the magical and surreal 1960s and 1970s!
I present true archival reports on the concerts, music and culture in and around Los Angeles during the Classic Rock Concert Era of the late ‘60s and early to mid ‘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 ascending chronological order.
with Jethro Tull
08-09-69 In Concert!
Only L.A. Appearance!
Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim (Capacity: 9,100)
FUN, FUN, FUN! This is what a concert is all about! We still talk about this one to this day!
Sometimes everything comes together; every high connects with the next and you’re feeling too good for a human! This was one of those nights – we had unusually great seats, by unusual I mean we were sitting just above and even with the stage level and to the right of the stage. You may say, those don’t sound good – but they were unusually good! From where our seats were the viewpoint was like being on stage, we could see out into the sea of music fiends who filled the arena and since our level was sort of like a balcony-effect we were really close to the band as well! Jimmy was on our side and favored us much of the time while performing.
It was awesome! We had a lot of fun!
Tull focused their set on their newly released LP, “Stand Up”. Ian’s physical prowess and body acrobatics while playing the flute created some very cool visuals and sounds that tripped everyone out.
Our group was really into the Tull sound with their blend of blues and medieval renaissance rock. “This Was” and “Stand Up” were heard regularly at the pad.
The fans were extremely enthusiastic, so when Led Zeppelin took the stage the crowd was in such a good mood that Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones took the cue and jacked-up the performance – overwhelming everyone! The party vibe was over the top, everyone was having a totally bitchen time! This was when it was all new – for all of us – those days were magic!
At one point, during “Dazed and Confused” the house lights went up and the crowd went nuts! Jimmy would do his violin bow thing on his guitar and point off in the distance with the bow, and then an echo would blast through the speakers! We were freakin’ out, too cool, then he’d do it again and point in another direction and that echo blasted through the speakers! Everyone was on their feet with goofy grins of amazement and delight! The crowds respect of silence soon broke, unable to hold back anymore and began stomping, yelling, screaming, clapping, whooping and whistling in appreciation. The combination of the crowd and Led Zeppelin nearly blew the roof! We were experiencing a mass jam party! I had never seen anything like this before in my life – it was exhilarating – the experience was the holy grail of rock concerts! An all-around world-class rock ‘n’ roll concert-going experience!
By the time Led Zep exploded on stage with the encore; Communication Breakdown, the place was absolutely crazed, but in the best way! Plus this was taking place at the most energetic time in each band’s career (each with first and second hot LPs out) and probably the most fun, for just like us, they were experiencing these highs for the first time too!
We lived actual rock history that day – and talk about interaction – music pleases, no, liberates the soul and it was evident as true that night as we all left higher than when we entered, way higher!
JT Lineup: Ian Anderson (vocals, flute), Martin Barre (guitar), Glen Cornick (bass) and Clive Bunker (drums).
JT Setlist: My Sunday Feeling, Bourée, Back To The Family, A New Day Yesterday, Fat Man, Instrumental, Dharma For One, Nothing Is Easy.
LZ Lineup:Jimmy Page (guitar) Robert Plant (vocals), Jon Paul Jones (bass) and Jon Bonham (drums).
LZ Setlist:The Train Kept a Rollin’, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer, Black Mountain Side, How Many More Times (medley).
LED ZEPPELIN 1st LP! Instant Big Time Classic!
JETHRO TULL – THIS WAS – FULL LP!
JETHRO TULL – STAND UP – FULL LP!
All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1968 -1972 #7
Fabulous Forum, Inglewood (Capacity: 17,000)
Once again, a big slice of rock history, lightning struck, one LP, one tour, then gone forever.
I really dug Stevie Winwood’s style, a great blues voice and already impressive at age nineteen with the Spencer Davis Group; (Gimme Some Lovin’, Keep On Running, I’m A Man) then with Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood in their very unique, psychedelic band, Traffic.
Meanwhile, Cream, the first “supergroup” power trio had just completed their farewell tour and Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were back on the road a year later with a “super” supergroup consisting of the previously mentioned Winwood and Rich Grech from the group, Family. This created a highly definable sound with a nice blend of each artist’s influence. Blind Faith justified excitement! We were really looking forward to this concert!
The onstage rapport between the band members seemed good; we weren’t privy to their apprehensions from lack of material and rehearsal time for the tour; and if there was any apprehension they didn’t show it. If they only knew that they could have performed anything and the fans would be thrilled just to have this talent live onstage!
The import cover, which seemed (and was) innocent enough at the time, would get people arrested today. This is a good example of the contradictive English morals; English Import LP covers, newspapers and ads, etc. were always less concerned with nudity while at the same time they were/are one of the most sexually repressed societies! Still, during a period of free sex, skinny-dipping, Woodstock, open nudity, more free sex, and uninhibited behavior everywhere, the fact that you’d run into nude kids and possibly nude parents was no big. I mean, people were nude everywhere in those days, the more uninhibited the atmosphere the more it allowed everyone to be who they were – or wanted to be. At the other end of the spectrum; we dressed up a lot then and the whole hippie attire was fun, tribal, cool, and it was a subversive and enjoyable way to make a profound statement that no matter how outrageous, everyone was accepted, “do your thing” wasn’t a slogan it was a way of life. To be truly hip was to accept anyone and everyone for whom they were, naturally, from the heart. It wasn’t hard to do certainly not when you could feel it from others. Stop and think about that; there was actually a time when among the young and young at heart we embraced and celebrated diversity, in fact, the more the merrier!
I’ve heard it said that the period of time that true brotherly love existed; unconditional acceptance and non-judgmental openness, was for only about eighteen months, but the time ramping up to that beginning and the downward signs of sinister movement within our culture seemed to me like about three years, no, this is not a Steve Martin “The Jerk” bit, just an observation.
The fact that it’s generally felt that Manson and Altamont were the icons for the end of the ‘60s obscures the fact that it actually began earlier, on the day a brother opened his home to another brother to crash for the night only to find out the next morning that he’d been ripped off. This began the domino effect of distrust. Sad, but inevitable, that someone would eventually take advantage; I bring up these downers because the Tate murders by the Manson family took place barely a week before this concert. I’ll have to admit that I do have a weird imprint from that specific time that’s hard to shake. Manson, who seemed to the world to represent the hippie stereotype, fulfilled all the fears the straights and sheep had of their perverted belief of the potential madness hippies had bubbling under their drug-crazed, sex-fiend surface. The “poster boy” for “hippies” was 180 degrees from the truth, yet it seemed like America was relieved to have this “mad icon” represent a whole culture – and there was nothing we could do about it – a negative tide had turned inward and outward.
This new justified paranoia, from the establishment to the guy on your couch, was, along with the Vietnam War and assassinations, the end of free-form fun as we knew it that gave way to a more serious atmosphere.
And like life, not everything ends on an up note – which made the love of music and live concerts that much more liberating to souls that were experiencing harsh realities – and Led Zep, Jethro Tull and Blind Faith delivered – in full!
So to be lifted Up from the Skies on an Amazing Journey please read up-coming #6 and #5 All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1968 -1972 – thanks!
Lineup: Stevie Winwood (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, bass), Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar), Rick Grech (violin, bass) and Ginger Baker (drums, percussion).
Setlist: Well Alright, Can’t Find My Way Home, Had to Cry Today, Crossroads, Presence of the Lord, Means to an End, Do What You Like.
Encore: Sunshine of Your Love
BLIND FAITH – FULL LP!