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It’s Alive!

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Over the years I have seen some fantastic live performances by various bands, musicians from various genres. Most of the shows I have gone to have been very good (a few duds in the mix) I’ve been fortunate that way. I won’t bore you with a list of all the acts I’ve seen (see below. CB lied) but there have been quite a few. Big venues, small clubs, bars, outdoor concerts, theaters, street musicians etc. I have also seen many, many great bar bands that knew how to make “live” music and get the place hoppin, dancing, romancing, drinking and other various sociable activities.

Back when I was attending everything I could see it was always a surprise and anticipation of the artist(s). There was no internet to make things familiar. Maybe the odd TV clip or radio/magazine interview but it was mostly a blind date. Just the music to draw you. I remember going to see Van Morrison. John Lee Hooker was the opening act. The woman beside me thought Hooker was Van Morrison. She was actually scared that John Lee was going to come out into the audience and ravage her. He wasn’t her idea of a good time. CB loved what Hooker was laying down. Raw Blues! Dynamite!

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I guess what I’m trying to get at is the buzz and excitement around a live gig. The first show I ever saw and heard that blew my socks off was “An Evening With Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band”. He was not a big name at the time. The venue only held two thousand plus. It was right when he released ‘Darkness On the Edge Of Town’. No back up band and an 8 o’clock start time. I had been waiting to see this guy and his band for a long time. I had been living and breathing his music. Wearing out his 3 previous records. I read about his live shows. Saw a clip of Rosalita live. He was just coming out of some bullshit legal problem and he was bursting with energy. He was everything I could have wanted and more. Him and his band were tight and they played music like you were in a club. Personal. He didn’t mail it in. I’ve been to loud shows before and after but this was loud. It was like he was letting some rage out. My ears rang for a couple days. It was a great night of rock n roll. No bullshit. Bruce and the band were simply fantastic!

My friend Neil over at yeahanotherblogger saw him a few years earlier. Only because he was an East Coast guy and CB is a West coast guy.  Here’s Neil’s take of the show he attended in 74. It’s what I look for on these pages you folks write, a personal experience. Good one Neil baby.

Any cool cool shows for you? Memorable for certain reasons? Lets have them.

https://yeahanotherblogger.com/2016/01/12/the-first-time-i-saw-springsteen/

Seeing a good live show is a great experience and like I said I have been fortunate to see and hear some fantastic shows. Here’s a list of some of the shows CB has caught over the years. The Who, The Kinks, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Ely, The Blasters, The Band, John Prine, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Fats Domino, Graham Parker and the Rumor, Rockpile, J Geils, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, Chick Corea and the Return To Forever, Weather Report, ELP, Yes, Robert Fripp, John Fogerty, Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, King Crimson, UK, Madness, The Clash, T Bone Burnett, Giant Sand, Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding, John Mayall, Ray Davies, Al Stewart, John Mellencamp, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Jefferson, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Mahvishnu Orchestra, Omar and the Howlers, Paul Kelly, Eric Clapton, Santana, Comander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Larry Coryell, Steve Forbert, Boomtown Rats, Ray Charles, Leo Kottke, BB KIng, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Phil Alvin, Tom Russell, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Guy Clark, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Maria Muldaur, JJ Cale. Dan Hicks and The Hot licks, Lou Reed, Freddie Hubbard, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Los Lobos, Mitch Ryder, Steve Earle, Keith Jarrett, …it really is a great experience when you catch people that know how to make “Live Music”

Here’s the coolest guy in the world playing some “live’ music”. He got back together with the ‘Hot Licks’ one last time. “Don’t get too near the band” You might lose your baby.

 

57 comments on “It’s Alive!

  1. hotfox63
    July 21, 2019

    I like this American gypsy jazz. With their mix of Django Reinhardt Jazz and Western Swing paired with zappaesc humor were Dan Hicks & Hot Licks certainly one of the most original representatives of the Frisco rock scene.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 21, 2019

      As usual well said Fox. Dan and his band always did it for me. Sid Paige’s solo on ‘I Scare Myself’ is sooo good.

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      • hotfox63
        July 22, 2019

        Dan had a big sealdog moustache, and he was always in the jug- and string band tradition but unfortunately he never had a big hit.

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  2. Jim S.
    July 21, 2019

    Impressive list, CB. I’ve seen about half those bands. I won’t detail all the others but here’s a list of my favorite live shows that I did a while back.

    https://musicenthusiast.net/2016/03/02/my-top-ten-favorite-live-shows/

    You and I were chatting about us both doing a take on live shows. If I understand correctly, you’re more or less “retired” from this. I’m not quite yet but I’m getting there. My take will be less about who I’ve seen and more reflections on the live experience, especially from back in the day till today.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 21, 2019

      Yeah I live in a place where I’m out of the loop but I still emerge when the vibe hits. It’s amazing though, even off the beaten track how many good musicians come to play “live”
      That will be an interesting take. Even back when it was changing to the big venues. I seen the Who is a relatively small place first time but the last show was in the King-dome in Seattle with a million people. It was nuts. It really lost something for me.

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        Yeah, exactly.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        It cured me of the big venues fast. The Clash and T-Bone Burnett were on the bill. Imagine T-Bone in that shmoz.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 21, 2019

      Went and checked your take. I remember it. My comments are the same on that front.
      (We should combine on something. Put on the thinking cap. I was just talked to my nephew yesterday and he was talking about this great female guitarist he came across. Samantha Fish. I told him my buddy in Boston had already pointed me in her direction. Thing is people are still finding this music. Not in droves but finding it none the less).

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        Gotta see her at some point.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        I seen her the other day at the market or someone that looked like her.

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        Based on the pics I’ve seen, she plays up the sexuality thing big time. Short, tight skirts, low-cut blouses. That’s show biz I guess.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        As long as it’s her idea I’m cool with it and as long as the music is good I don’t really give a shit.

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        I’m sure it is. Guys play up the sex thing too, way before Elvis.

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        We could do one of those fake conversations like you did with Pete.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        You’re funny again. Quit bugging me I’ doing a take on Mink DeVille.

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      • Jim S.
        July 21, 2019

        All I know on that one is the name.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        I figured you would have had a taste of him around your parts.
        Here’s a little “Live” Willy for ya. Little rough around the edges but fantastic.

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  3. deKE
    July 21, 2019

    Great list of shows CB! Better still is seeing Springsteen before he got mega playing with Rage! Those are the kinds of shows that still have an impact on you all these years later!
    Brilliant CB!
    I see Los Lobos on your list! They played in Thunder Bay about 6 years ago as a headliner at Bluesfest. I’m not the biggest Lobos fan but I had to see them for the respect factor! Plus Berlin produced those two Tragically Hip albums!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 21, 2019

      I have a take coming up on the Blasters. That’s where i first encountered Berlin before he swung over to Los Lobos.
      From what I gather you catch a lot of Canadian bands in your parts. There are so many. A regret I have is not seeing TH. I have seen so many others. Mostly the West Coast variety but the eastern guys and gals would jump on the bus and come west once in a while. “Bluesfest”? David Wilcox would show up at that.

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      • deKE
        July 21, 2019

        Basically where we leave is the gateway to the east or west of Canada depending which way you’re going!
        Lots of bands especially Canuck Acts stop here as were the last fair-sized city (population 120,00 between here and Toronto going east or to Winnipeg going west)
        From Thunder Bay to Toronto is almost 24 hours.
        From Thunder Bay to Winnipeg is 9 hours!
        I have done the Winnipeg drive many times over the years to see the big bands. VH/Pink Floyd/McCartney/Crue/ZZ Top/Aerosmith etc.

        Always great to go on road trips​!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        Oh man you must have seen some good ones. Catching acts at the start of their careers in some cases.
        Living in Van I would travel to Seattle for shows. A lot of acts wouldn’t bother with the border hassle or just wouldn’t be allowed in. It was only a 2 hour plus drive. 9 hours. deKE you are a “Live music machine”

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      • deKE
        July 21, 2019

        hahaha…I don’t know about a live music machine but I’ll take that tag!
        Well living here for live shows I was lucky to see these shows with bands early in their​ careers.
        The Tragically Hip- Feb 1988
        I Mother Earth- 1993
        Big Sugar-1993
        Headstones-1993

        That’s just the Canadian acts that rolled here into town for there first ever visits to this town (i think!)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        How about Junkhouse? I like that Tom Wilson guy but never took the plunge with Junk. I really dig Big Sugar. Mother earth not familiar with. Heard the name.
        Your list would put mine to shame. Unless I added the ones I was to pissed to remember.

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      • deKE
        July 21, 2019

        For some reason, I never did either. Why? I have no idea but there were​ so many tunes out than and had to try and keep up.
        Perhaps now would be a good time to head over to the Junkhouse!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        I know they were from back on your side of the country. I seen him when he was doing the Blackie and the Rodeo Kings’ thing. Time to bracket some time for old Tom. I have his ‘Planet Love album. Real good.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    July 21, 2019

    Hi CB. You and I have similar tastes — I’ve seen a bunch of the people on your list. Maybe one or both of us will get to see Bruce and the E Street Band fairly soon. I read that he plans to tour with them in the pretty near future. See ya. Thanks for writing about my Bruce article.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 21, 2019

      We do have some similar tastes in things. It’s funny, I had a chance to go see Bruce a few years ago but I couldn’t motivate my lazy ass but I went to see Ray Davies at a smaller venue and made the effort. I guess it’s all about how bad i want to do it. I never have been into the big venue thing.
      When you seen the E Streeters that would have been crazy in that intimate hall. The paint would have been coming off the walls. CB might have fainted from excitement and maybe getting carried away with the beverages.

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger
        July 21, 2019

        You know, Bruce has been popping up in small venues this year, sitting in for a few songs with various bands. He’s done it with Van Zandt for instance, who is on tour.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 21, 2019

        He’s always done that. I still like his music a lot and he has great ideas. I have to bracket some time and give his new one a good listen. The cut that I heard I liked a lot. The last one that really grabbed me was Devils and Dust. I like that pared down thing. Bottom line the guy still has it. He’s still basically a bar guy.

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  5. Jim S.
    July 22, 2019

    Boy, that Mink DeVille tune sounds real purty. I was aware of a band by this name but for whatever reason I never heard any of their stuff. By the time they came along, I was no longer surrounded by buddies who I could share music with. So if I didn’t see it in Rolling Stone or hear it on the radio (or get adventurous) it passed me by. Look forward to your take.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 22, 2019

      He has that old E Street sound. From the same area. Mink being the bad cousin. Amazing how bands get lost. Like you I totally missed a lot of good ones but hey Doc we found some good listening.
      I don’t know a lot of Willy’s away from music story but I do know that he was a heavy substance guy. That hard living thing gets them in the end. Too bad, DeVille was a great talent. He hooked up with Dr John in later years.

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  6. Jim S.
    July 22, 2019

    BTW, I’m not 100% sure I’m going to do a “my thoughts on live music” post. The one you wrote here is the one I would have written a few years back. Now I’ve become jaded on the whole scene and I fear my post would be one long series of gripes. Who needs that?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 22, 2019

      My post was more of a lead in for yeahanotherbloggers piece.
      The big shows I quit years ago. I will still get off my ass to catch some of those club gigs you go to. I might even get inspired to catch a few more because like you said, “Live” has something special. When it’s on you can’t beat it. But vent if you have to. Nothing like a good Doc rant on something that rubs him the wrong way.

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      • Jim S.
        July 22, 2019

        Heh! It would probably sound more like a ‘get off my lawn” old man rant. I might just continue doing it as part of any live reviews as I did with the Stones and/or in a blogger post I’m thinking about. So, maybe not make it a standalone post but just toss carpet bombs out every once in a while.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 22, 2019

        I mean out of all the lives shows you’ve seen some must have blown you away, surprised you, blown you away again, wanting to like it but it just wasn’t happening. I picked my first Bruce show for the fact that he respected the idea that people came to see him and he was going to give them his best and he did. I have seen others who had the same mind set. It’s the way it should be. There was so much more i could have wrote about on the Springsteen show (why I deferred to Neil). One thing was how he just ripped on the guitar. Man was he loud and good. ‘Adam Raised a Cain’ made my ears bleed. He was like one of the scrawny kids from my neighborhood playing in a band,
        On the reverse I went to see Lou Reed for the first time and he was so wasted it was a total wank. I never gave up on him and was glad when he got his act together. If I would have ever ran into him I would have asked for my $20 back. No bullshit.
        That story about the Richards gig is a beauty.

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      • Jim S.
        July 22, 2019

        I think that for over-the-top madcap entertainment I would put Springsteen, Geils and Thorogood near the top.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 22, 2019

        No argument here Doc. All 3 of those are great live acts. Geils were dynamite. All learned their chops in bars and clubs. Now you’re getting me going.

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      • Jim S.
        July 22, 2019

        Good luck finding live bands like that these days. Probably get a DJ.

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  7. christiansmusicmusings
    July 22, 2019

    Wow, CB, looks like you were a true heavy hitter!😀

    While I’ve been going to concerts since the early ‘80s, I only got into it more intensively 4-5 years ago. As such, I suppose I got some catching up to do!😀

    To me there is nothing that can replace the thrill of the live experience. While I’ve definitely come to appreciate smaller, more intimate venues, I still do large venues, if it’s an act I really want to see like The Who earlier this year at NYC’s Garden or my upcoming Stones show at MetLife in NJ.

    Some of my favorite concerts I remember include:
    – Paul McCartney (Germany, ‘80s)
    – Paul Simon (Germany, ‘80s, with African musicians in the wake of the Graceland album)
    – Springsteen (Germany in late ‘80s during Tunnel of Love tour)
    – Tina Turner (Germany in late 80s; excepts of that very show were used for “Tina Live In Europe”)
    – Pink Floyd (NJ in early 90s)
    – The Who (New York, MSG, 2001)
    – Rolling Stones (Hershey, PA, Bigger Bang Tour, 2005)
    – Allman Brothers (New Jersey, 2014)
    – Eagles (Atlantic City, 2015)
    – Santana (with Classic Santana Band, Allentown, PA, 2016)
    – Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck (New Jersey, 2016)
    – John Fogerty ( New Jersey, 2018)
    – Steely Dan (New York, 2018)
    – Walter Trout (New York, 2019)
    – Joe Jackson (New Jersey, 2019)

    Without meaning to brag, I’m probably forgetting some gigs.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 22, 2019

      No bragging taken. That is some good shows you caught. I was the biggest Pink Floyd fan in the world at one time and I never caught them. So I’m a little envious of that one.
      “Nothing that can replace the thrill of the live experience”. You are right. It sounds like you are plugged into it right now. Soak it up and enjoy it. I enjoy your concert going takes. Did you get over and check out yeahanotherbloggers take that I posted? It’s like time travel. What a show that must have been.
      I missed that ‘Tunnel Of Love’ tour. I heard it was a good one. I love that record.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 22, 2019

        I just read yeahanotherblogger’s take on his first Springsteen show. Wow, seeing the Boss in that intimate venue must have been mind-boggling!

        I know a photographer (Lee) who recently was at The Stone Pony for Gary Tallent and Southside Johnny. Springsteen showed up unannounced and ended up playing a bunch of songs with them.

        Lee was there with Jarod Clemons, the youngest son of Clarence Clemons. They are friends. When Springsteen spotted Jarod, he asked the security guy to allow them backstage.

        They ended up talking to Bruce for about 10 minutes about the upcoming Clarence Clemons documentary and Springsteen’s new album. Apparently, he was super nice and very down to earth. How cool is that!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 23, 2019

        That is very cool. From all accounts Springsteen is like that. No reason to be any other way. Those guys have been playing in bars since they were in their teens.
        Neil (yeahanothrblogger) is a very good guy. He has some very good music tastes. He would appreciate you dropping by to say hello.
        When i seen Southside it was in an old ballroom with about 900 people. It was a very good night.
        Does your friend Lee have a website to show his work?

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        July 23, 2019

        He does, though it looks like the website is down. He’s also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Lee-Silverstone-Photography-733034040081257/ , though I’m not sure how much you can see there if you’re not his “friend.”

        Lee is pretty talented. He takes many photos of musicians in action. He’s also doing music promotion, including for Jarod Clemons, who is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and guitarist.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 23, 2019

        Thanks for that I’ll check it out

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  8. greenpete58
    July 22, 2019

    Some great names in your list, CB. But where’s Captain and Tennille?

    I’ve created lists like this in my head, while sitting on the toilet, but I always lose count. So I won’t even try, here. I’ll just say that I saw The Boss in 1981, up in Cleveland, with Southside Johnny as a surprise guest. While it was a long and glorious show, I wish I could’ve seen him pre Darkness or Born to Run, when he was still fresh out of the bars. So I envy you and Neil. And I’ll bet that Clash concert was pretty exciting.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 22, 2019

      That opening sentence made me laugh out loud. I mean “Captain and Tennille”. I just don’t know what to say. Probably really nice folks but ahh, I don’t think they made it to my town.
      I really wasn’t going to make a list but I got thinking about it and started to list them for fun. It was just supposed to be a short lead in for Neil’s take.
      I think “the Boss in 81” was just fine. Yeah that first concert with the E Streeters was something very cool. So much to take in. Bottom line was the guy was a rocker. I seen Southside also and he got the place jumping and sweating for sure. They were club/bar guys.
      Here’s a good one for you Pete. The Clash started their North American Tour in Vancouver. I know a woman (she is very cool) who was in the opening act, The Dishrags. An all girl band. I have one of their t shirts. her and her band were a big part of the local punk scene or whatever it was. Mostly rock n roll. You have me thinking about the shows you’ve seen. I’m sure we crossed paths but I bet there are some cool ones I missed that you caught.

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      • greenpete58
        July 22, 2019

        The closest I’ve gotten to Vancouver was Seattle, for one night in June of ’83. I heard a jazz group in a downtown club. Could we have crossed paths then? It’s intriguing to think so! (The following day I visited Hendrix’s grave site…rained the whole time.)

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        July 22, 2019

        Yeah i caught a few shows in Seattle. Rain is kinda what it does up here (rain forest country) in the winter months but I have to say the last few years especially the summers have been real dry and not much fun on the forest fire department. Great music scene in Seattle over the years.

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  9. BuriedOnMars
    July 25, 2019

    Best show I ever saw was in a club in Toronto. Jeff Healey opening for James Cotten. We were so close we could reach out and touch both of them. There is a post I need to write about the experience one day.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      July 25, 2019

      Definitely a take on that. I never had a chance to see either one of those guys but you aren’t the first person I know who has raved about them. Together and in a club. That is one of the best places to catch “live” music.
      I’m reading Robbie Robertson’s Testimony. Early on in the book he recalls seeing Howlin Wolf in a small club. He said it was a game changer for him.

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  10. J.
    October 4, 2019

    John Lee Hooker opening for Van ‘the Man’. Zoiks! That’s the kinda thing I’d love to have been at. Springsteen, too, actually… back then… all this explosive energy. I know he plays for 3 hours now and has the energy to keep that up, but back then? Oooft! I can only imagine how good that was.

    Anyhoo, loads of good folks in that list there… I haven’t seen any of them, though there are plenty I’d love to catch (and maybe one day I will – GIANT SAND!). Dan Hicks is one that I can imagine being particularly special…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 4, 2019

      I did it. Made it to your last comment. Thanks for the time fella. a pleasure as usual.
      I’m sure you have pretty good list of shows. The last show I tried to catch was our buddy Steve Earle. He actually came close to where i dwell. Long story short. I missed the boat home so I missed the show. My gal went and gave the other ticket to a guy at the door. He was happy. CB was not happy.

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      • J.
        October 7, 2019

        Aye – I’m playing catch up as my time on this WordPress thing is a bit sporadic. I was a bit worried I’d spammed your site! Ha!

        Anyhoo, that’s not a good tale, man… I can imagine you were not happy in the slightest.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 7, 2019

        It’s just good to hear from you again.
        I seen Steve a couple times before. First time was when he did the ‘Copperhead Road’ tour. real good stuff. He has the country gene J but he knows how to rock .

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      • J.
        October 8, 2019

        Aye, Earle has just the right amount of gravel in his eye. I’d love to see him, but the only chance I ever really got, I was nowhere near quick enough getting a ticket.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 8, 2019

        He makes so much good music.

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      • J.
        October 9, 2019

        Agreed. So much good stuff.

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