Rock Shows at the Concertgebouw
UPDATED 7/28/09, 8:23 pm:
Corrected date of 10cc/Rory Gallagher concert (H/T commenter Milo, publisher of the Gallagher tribute site Shadowplays).
I’ve been focusing on music here lately. For this post I exercised my memory cells in order to compile a list of the rock shows — that is, concerts — by “name” acts that I’ve attended over the years.
The list below is in pretty close to chronological order, but almost all the dates are approximate. Headliners are listed first for shows with multiple acts.
By the way, the title of this post is based on a line in the Paul McCartney and Wings song “Rock Show” — “If There’s Rock Show at The Concertgebouw …”. The Het Concertgebouw is a concert hall in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
|Hollywood Bowl||Los Angeles||1972|
|J. Geils Band||Warner Theater||Wilmington, DE||1973|
|Tower Theater||Upper Darby, PA||12/5/75|
|Tom Waits||Irvine Auditorium||Philadelphia||1976-78|
|Dave Mason||Irvine Auditorium||Philadelphia||1976-78|
|Elvis Costello & the Attractions||Tower Theater||Upper Darby, PA||1976-78|
other revival acts
|Mann Music Center||Philadelphia||1987|
|Paul McCartney||Veterans Stadium||Philadelphia||1996|
|Karla Bonoff||some park||near Norristown, PA||2000|
|James Taylor||Hersheypark Stadium||Hershey, PA||2006|
- I prepped for the Chicago show by listening many times to their quadruple live album At Carnegie Hall, Vols. 1-4, also known as Chicago IV, also released in 1972. It’s possible I saw Chicago twice at the Spectrum. I really don’t remember for sure. Once I think.
- The Hollywood Bowl is a spectacular venue — at least it was back in 1972 — with a storied history. When Bill Withers sang his classic “Ain’t No Sunshine”, which was a hit at the time, he sang the repeated lyric “I know” maybe twice as many times as the 26 it’s repeated in the studio version. I was in LA on a “teen tour” with a few dozen other teens, almost all of them Jewish. That was some group. I’ll have to reminisce about that experience here sometime. It’s fun to try to remember the itinerary: The 37-day tour originated in New York. We flew to Denver, then traveled by bus to Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City, Reno, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, LA, Vegas, Phoenix, El Paso, Abilene, Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans. Then we flew back to New York.
- My favorite show was J. Geils — a phenomenal live act. The future Mrs. QC attended this show with me and our mutual friend Jay G. During the show I spurned her advances. Did she get the last laugh? 🙂
- I attended the Doobie Brothers show alone. 😦
- Jennifer Warnes, at the time climbing the pop chart with “Right Time of the Night” was opening act for either Tom Waits or Dave Mason at Irvine. I don’t remember which. To be honest I’m not even 100% certain I saw Tom Waits live.
- I didn’t have any interest in the act opening for 10cc at the Tower — blues guitarist Rory Gallagher is about as far across the rock spectrum from 10cc as you can get. I’ve never heard of a more mismatched bill. The power went out on 10cc during “Une Nuit a Paris”.
- When the Monkees came on to the Mann stage, they started playing the Monkees theme song. All of the sudden Mrs. QC and I and the rest of the audience heard “Hey hey were th’, hey hey were th’, hey hey were th’, hey hey were th’ …”. Obviously they were lip syncing and the source recording got stuck in a loop at the beginning of the first chorus. Very funny. I don’t recall the opening acts at this show. There were at least two. I think one may have been the Grass Roots.
- Our seats for the McCartney show were on the field at the Vet. Mrs. QC and I stood on our seats for the entire show. The highlight was “Live and Let Die” — great pyrotechnics.
- Mrs. QC and I arrived at the James Taylor show in Hershey very late due to heavy traffic, We didn’t see any of the show. We heard at most half of it while standing under an umbrella outside the stadium gate rather than sit in our seats in the stadium where umbrellas weren’t allowed. Not a fun night. The tickets were an anniversary gift to Mrs. QC that I guess one could say backfired.
Maybe Mrs. QC will add any I might have missed. I just hope she doesn’t tell about the “Famous 56” WFIL-sponsored festival-style show I said I would attend but then did not.