Category Classic Concerts

CLASSIC CONCERT: The Knack @ Hurrah / New York, NY / May 19, 1979

My first notice of The Knack was seeing a picture in the NME British weekly of Bruce Springsteen joining the band on stage at a Los Angeles night club (October 17, 1978 at the Troubadour). They seemed to be making a splash on the West Coast, and Bruce reportedly was giving them one of his […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: John Lee Hooker @ Seton Hall University Student Lounge / South Orange, NJ / October 16, 1973

I was once a young college student on an often easily-distracted quest for knowledge. Courtesy of my school’s Student Programming Board budget, I was also offered the opportunity for some additional free non-accredited independent study in music. While the school did bring in some big touring acts to its big gym which cost a few […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Fleetwood Mac / Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band / Kenny Loggins / Return to Forever @ Tangerine Bowl / Orlando, FL / May 29, 1977

Just a year out of college, I was still acting like a kid and took a trip with the guys to the Florida beach around Memorial Day. Our destination was Daytona Beach, but after a visit to a local record store where I found the above poster, we took a drive to Orlando for this […]

CLASSIC (SURPRISE) CONCERT: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ The Capitol Theatre / Passaic, NJ / December 31, 1977

Every working musician knows what they will be doing on New Year’s Eve—playing in a club through midnight to ring in the new year. Touring musicians may also find themselves playing on this night as well, often changing the timing of their set in order to be on stage when the clock hits the celebratory […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes @ Seton Hall University Pub / South Orange, NJ / circa 1975-6

The nudge for this post came from watching the first of three planned segments of a homemade documentary about The Jukes that I highly recommend for any fan of this much-loved Jersey band. The slightly unpolished, but ever-engaging video traced Southside and the band’s beginnings through the end of their three-album run on Epic Records […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Harry Chapin’s The Night That Made America Famous @ Ethel Barrymore Theatre / New York, NY / May 23, 1975

I recently started buying old cheap vinyl records to revisit some 70’s singer-songwriters. My most recent was a mint copy of Harry Chapin’s 1972 Sniper and Other Love Songs for two bucks. A mellow Saturday afternoon listen on the couch made me reflect on this late New York singer-songwriter. I thought of how exciting it […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Emerson, Lake & Palmer @ Madison Square Garden / New York, NY / December 17, 1973

I suspect that everyone my age may have had a progressive (“prog”) rock phase. The radio, New York City’s WNEW-FM in my case, had a big role in that. In the pre-punk and new wave days of the early 70s, DJs like Alison Steele, had no shame in playing the big prog-rockers of the day: […]