I present true archival reports 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 ascending chronological order.
All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1972 -1975 #4
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (Capacity: 3,000)
Moontan LP – “Radar Love”, “Candy’s Going Bad”, “Vanilla Queen”, “Big Tree, Blue Sea”, “Are You Receiving Me”
Golden Earring still are a Dutch Rock band who were huge in Europe, but other than several spectacular singles, never got any traction in the U.S.
I was going to say I don’t know why, but I do; timing and promotion. MCA, GE’s US label were never known as leaders in the promotion department so there was no support for this group during their most popular domestic period. With side one of the Moontan LP a virtual greatest hits triple threat, there should have been a lot of buzz about these guys – a lot of buzz – instead we got crickets. Timing was good for the willing acceptance of new sounds, artists and new groups, but with no promo, no go. If it weren’t for the FM Album Rock stations, we may never have heard of these guys, even with Radar Love, hot at #13 on the US charts, MCA still couldn’t capitalize on this solid inventive group.
OK, crime solved,… now sometimes back then when I’d hear a group, a band, a singer, or instrumentalists, I’d get a distinct feeling that I’d connected with something alien, not bad, good, like it’s source is not really from here, like it’s coming from somewhere foreign, and well, duh, here in the US Euro bands are foreign! OK, so on top of the obvious, it still seems like I am getting a glimpse of a certain frequency of music and entertainment that is not supposed to be accepted and embraced by everyone! And that’s what makes Golden Earring and Nektar’s music so good! You may or may not pick up on it or maybe it was a “you had to be there” type of thing but it was evident to me – kinda like instead of “my spider senses tinglin” it was “my discovery senses tingling”. I pretty much went totally Euro for the next decade.
I really liked the entire LP, but side one is a classic from start to finish and just cooks and that is what we were treated to at this concert!
I’m an absolute sucker for extended songs, jams,great vocals and instrumentals and GE were very good at taking a song through some cool changes and rockin’ the whole way.
As much as I really liked GE, Nektar; a primarily English group who formed in Germany, are the undisputed “Kings of the LP-Length Psychedelic Songs” and were even more my style.
I picked up their “Journey to the Center of the Eye” import (one 40 minute song in 13 parts) strictly on the cover and title alone – that’s how I came to discover this great band.
“Remember the Future” (part 1&2) another full length LP song was, and still is, way, way, way up there on my personal favorites list. Nektar went through all phases of psychedelic rock from space truckin’ to heartbreakingly melodic passages. Roye Albrighton had a perfect voice match for Nektar’s music; a real stand out.
“A Tab in the Ocean”, although not all one song; had one whole side of the LP dedicated to the title track.
Both of these groups’ music and sound should have and would have become highly popular but there was just no awareness for them. Meanwhile groups that shall go unnamed with barely a third of the talent succeeded. And that folks is a perfect example of life in general.
A sad comment on the lack of PR given to these bands is evident in this concert moment; Nektar were onstage but were holding back opening the show and one of the band members approached a mic and said to the audience, “We just want to wait until all your countrymen arrive!” Man, this is it, the show did not sell out, what you see are the fans you’ve got, rock on!
They did, and we were gifted; a real thrill!
We had terrific seats; a little left of center and about ten rows back – perfect!
It was adventurous souls like us who discovered Paradise in Euro Rock Group imports and caught bands like Golden Earring and Nektar when they toured the U.S.!
An intimate (less than 3,000), memorable and highly-enjoyable concert – thanks guys, I needed that!
Nektar Lineup: Allan “Taff” Freeman (keyboards), Roye Albrighton (guitars, vocals), Derek “Mo” Moore (bass), Ron Howde (drums).
Nektar Setlist: Astral Man, Remember The Future Part 1, Marvellous Moses, It’s All Over, Good Day, That’s Life, Show Me The Way, A Day In The Life Of A Preacher, Desolation Valley, Waves, Remember The Future Part 2, Crying In The Dark, King Of Twilight, Woman, Rock And Roll Medley, Fidgety Queen
GE Lineup: Rinus Gerritsen (bass, keyboards), Barry Hay (vocals, flute, sax, guitar), George Kooymans (guitar, vocals), Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums).
GE Setlist: Radar Love, Candy’s Going Bad, Vanilla Queen, Big Tree, Blue Sea, Are You Receiving Me
Factoid: The GE “Moontan” cover was initially released in the U.S. and was “under the radar” and available for quite some time until “Radar Love” became a hit and brought attention to the now “above the radar” LP cover. The front cover was actually tame compared to the bizarre back cover: a blue nude male, standing bare ass next to a spaceman. (!?) The cover was changed on future pressings to what almost seems like a rebellious extreme: a prosaic image of an ear with a gold earring in it. Sheesh.
LIVE 1977! Cut 1 – Side 1 Radar Love from Moontan LP
LIVE 1975! Cut 2 – Vanilla Queen! Absolutely captivating!
Cut 3 – Candy’s Going Bad – original LP version 1973 & ends Side 1!
GOLDEN EARRING + 1000 DRUMMERS – RADAR LOVE – ROTTERDAM ’92
NEKTAR – LISTEN TO THIS! The Beatles with balls! Pink Floyd’s only equals! Lyrics Dylan would die for! Soulful voice & message! This whole LP gives me chills!
It has come to 00individual ‘s attention of Golden Earring/Nektar fans on the other side of the planet questioning, no, stating that either the date if this concert is erroneous and/OR that these two bands never played together at the SMCA.
While they may have supposed dates from over four decades ago – 00individual has his own form of facts culled from his Hyperthymesia and remembers everything.
With facts that only someone who LIVED the era would know, 00individual can assure that this concert happened just as stated – that is why he and his friend went to see Golden Earring AND Nektar – to see these two bands.
Those who were probably not even born when this concert took place holding different claims, weren’t there, 00individual was.
00individual appreciates any comments AND corrections, but no matter how much of an authority someone believes they are of the 1970s, unless they lived it and had the memory to recall in detail is the perfect reason why 00individual has established this site – to honestly represent an era that is mostly told, written and criticized by people who were not there – who did not participate, or who know not of what they speak.
00individual stands by all of these posts as true, correct and, well, you had to be there.
Which leads us to an actual mystery – again, 00individual was there – and has since spoken to others who attended also.
All Time Top 10 Historic Rock Concerts 1972 -1975 #3
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, L.A. (near LAX)
THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS!
Here is possibly the strangest concert I ever attended – right out of the X-Files!
I couldn’t, and still can’t, locate any confirming date or set list info for this concert. (Which is all I use Wiki-anything for regarding these articles – to confirm dates, set lists, venue capacity and sometimes personnel – 99% is from my memory and the fact that I laid down a lot of these chronicles some time ago.)
Then I remembered a very obscure detail: during the concert Jeff Lynne announced that it was Bev Bevan’s birthday (actually on the 24th but they were still celebrating)! Everyone whooped and applauded. Why is that a relative clue? I went to this concert with my close friend whose birthday was the same day (we took Lynne literally), and that was November 25th, the day of this concert. So the concert had to be on that date.
And more corroborating facts are that ELO were in California in November of 1974 and performed on Nov. 21st in Fresno, north of L.A. The day after the concert I experienced, Nov. 26th, an L.A. television talk show featured Richard Pryor and George C. Scott, and ELO performed two hits from “Eldorado” – so they were in and around L.A. from the 21st through the 26th. and through the power of Sherlock F. Holmes’ deductive reasoning that leaves us with 11-25-74 as the date that I saw ELO perform at Loyola University just north of LAX.
So why is there absolutely no record of this concert?
Every bit of ELO gig research lists Fresno on the 21st and then not another performance until December 5th in Chicago!
My conclusion? I think it’s a perfectly executed conspiracy cover-up by the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican to erase this concert from ever existing!
And here’s why:
In a strange sequence of events, just recently (April, 2006), I was informed by someone who also attended this concert back in ’74 that Loyola never booked any more rock concerts after this ELO concert. Why? Supposedly some kid fell from a high window when he tried to sneak into the concert and died. I was totally unaware of this.
Since Loyola Marymount University is a Roman Catholic institution steeped in Jesuit traditions it was obviously settled immediately, out of court and out of the media and press – and covered-up to avoid any taint on the University. And that taint extended to the fact that it never happened! Right down to the ELO concert – didn’t happen. No concert, no death.
It was THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS! Weird, huh?
OK, now that we Scully-and-Muldered that; on with the concert!
I really dug the Move (“Do Ya?”, a classic!) and the Roy Wood-driven “Lookin On” LP was a monster; played the import a lot, I mean, a lot! The last three songs on side two are about the most rousin’, rockin’ mini-epics to ever close out an LP! The next time you need a “Rock ‘n ‘ Roll Fix”, here’s the medicine, “Open Up said the World at the Door”, “Brontosaurus” and “Feel Too Good”. Once you’ve had a dose, you too will “feel too good”!
So, I was already enthusiastic about ELO; “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Showdown” were two excellent debuts and Eldorado went to a whole new level, the Electric Light Orchestra that evolved out of the Move. And with each ELO LP release their music got better and better!
To me ELO were the Prog-Beatles; which says a lot! Jeff Lynne has an uncanny way of emulating Beatles’ vocals within a rock, not pop, vein.
Their current release,”Eldorado”, was high on the charts and was featured at this concert.
The venue on the Loyola University campus was a small auditorium or recreation hall, but about the size of an average gymnasium.
So, once again I was witness to a small intimate concert with a classic band just taking off toward the height of their superstardom popularity. They were on fire, the music sounded terrific and I remember having a lot of fun!
Lineup: Jeff Lynne – Lead vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, cello, producer, songwriter, composer, arranger (1970–1983, 1985–1986, 2000–01) Bev Bevan – Drums, percussion, vocals (1970–1983, 1985–1986) Richard Tandy– Keyboards, synthesizers, bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals, arranger (1972–1983, 1985–1986, 2000–01) Mike Edwards– Cello (1972–1974) Hugh McDowell– cello (1972, 1973–1979) Mike de Albuquerque– Bass guitar, backing vocals (1972–1974) Mik Kaminski – Violin (1973–1979, 1981–1983, 1986) Louis Clark – Orchestra arranger, conductor, synthesizers, keyboards (1974–1981, 1983–1986)
The MOVE – OPEN UP SAID THE WORLD AT THE DOOR! Hang On Tight!
The MOVE- BRONTOSAURUS – Crunch That Bass!
The MOVE – FEEL TOO GOOD – Amen!
ELO’s early hit – SHOWDOWN