- 64 posts total
- 64 posts total
Frank Zappa at the Filmore East in 1976. He played a couple of songs we knew, we were all big fans, and then he launched into some complex difficult and interminable orchestrated piece . He had a fairly large orchestra working with him that night. So after a couple of what seemed hours he finished this "song" and said that the concert was being recorded for an album He then turned back and scolded the big band to play it again but with fewer mistakes. No amount of any substance could compensate for his commitment!
A few stand-outs for various reasons. I ushered at a Milwaukee theater called Uptown back in the early to mid-seventies. The tubes put on a very bazaar show. Much stage activity, which was well above my intellect.
Springsteen's Bomb Scare concert. The theater emptied of audience had police, dogs and bomb specialists rummage through for nearly 2 hours. Amazingly, Springsteen came back on played well into the wee hours...appearing far more inebriated.
I saw the Who at Tempe University for Who-loween. I believe it was 1981, with Mellencamp as one of the opening acts. A number of audience members expressed their impatience with the openers, some carrying placards requesting The Who are the best, forget the rest. Somewhere in Mellencamp's set he got nailed in the head by a thrown bottle. He went down, the band barreled off stage. What seemed like lapse of an hour, they reappeared, Mellencamp's head bandaged, wearing a hard-hat. The Who finally came on, they said no hello's, played their music, and left.
My wife and I recently saw Peter Noone, as Herman Hermit at Wisconsin State Fair. Her comment watching an audience of nearly 400, mostly 50-70 year olds bobbing their heads to 60's pop music was as strange as it gets.
One more. About 5 years ago The Flaming Lips opened their show with huge balloons and giant balls rolling atop the audience. Followed by an animated image of nude dancing woman eventually reclining into birthing position...legs bent and spread. A stairway was strategically placed to allow the band to enter through the appropriate opening.