That’s how it went – the song by Blackfoot in the late 1970s with the killer blues harp.
And I could play the intro.
So naturally it was one of the first concerts I remember attending.
Jim sparked this entry with his blog entry here http://lordibelievehelpmyunbelief.blogspot.com/2008/06/who-have-you-seen-live.html
Of course, a friend says “Sam, how could you forget seeing the Grand Ol’ Opry live at Ryman Auditorium?”
Well, seeing as how that was way back in the 1960s – I think about 1965 – I’d say pretty easy.
All I remember about that event – could it be included as a concert? – was how my dad thought some comic named “Stringbean” was hilarous.
But back to Blackfoot.
That was during the end of the era when all the young dudes carried the ‘ludes (Mott the Hoople reference there) and for that 1977 Blackfoot/Sammy Hagar/Ronnie Montrose and Gamma triple bill concert I think I might have too.
This is not bragging or celebrating misspent youth. I get pretty angry sometimes thinking about all the great Rock bands I’ve seen and now can’t remember because of stupid, hedonistic excess.
Boston in the late 1970s joined with Kansas in my memory. For a while I ran the two together as a double bill in my memory – but they never played a double bill in Fort Worth or Dallas.
I vaguely remember REO Speedwagon.
There was once where a friend and I went up on top of the Hinckley Cold Storage warehouse in Dallas to view the Texas Jam. We could see the lasers and hear Blue Oyster Cult quite well.
Then there was Lonnie Brooks, a blues player who let me interview him after a concert at East Texas State University. We also shared a few beers and played pool. To this date he remains my ideal of a working blues artist.
During 1982 at technical school, Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, I went out to a Van Halen concert featuring the original lineup. I had a seat close to the stage. Dave Lee Roth wore a loincloth and would occasionally flip it up to moon us. Other than that – an excellent concert.
Then when stationed at Bergstrom AFB, I went to see Petra at one of their stops captured on their live album.
Then there was Jethro Tull in 1989. Ian Anderson came out in a wheelchair as a joke.
Somewhere in there I saw 2nd Chapter of Acts in Dallas. I also saw Steve Camp and Degarmo & Key at Six Flags over Texas where they prayed for me backstage after an interview and photos.
The Biggest Party in History, Labor Day, 1989, featured me tagging along behind Randy Quaid who refused to say a word to anybody for some reason – maybe it was in his contract. That night I was close enough to The Who to see Pete Townsend reading lyrics off a monitor as they performed. My press pass had gotten me up front with the photographers.
And I saw the Pogues.
Was supposed to interview Alan Jackson in the early 1990s in Waco but he got upset over something and his manager apologized that he wouldn’t be giving an interview.
I shook Willie Nelson’s hand and got his autograph at a benefit in Hill County, Texas, after the courthouse there burned down.
Then I saw a friend of mine for the last time at a B-52s / Ziggy Marley double bill in Dallas in 1993.
The last concert event viewed live was Brooks & Dunn at Pleasure Island, Texas.
Those are the concerts that immediately sprang to mind. I’m sure I’ve forgotten others.