Category Classic Concerts

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: […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Rick Danko @ Cibolo Creek Country Club / Cibolo, TX / March 11, 1995

I know I’m not alone in claiming Rick Danko to be my favorite member of The Band. Elvis Costello once said in a magazine interview that Danko was his absolute hero. Forever blessed to have seen The Band live several times in the Seventies, it was always Rick I loved to hear most. Without taking […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Little Village @ The Terrace (SXSW) / Austin, TX / March 13, 1992

Back before Austin’s South by Southwest music extravaganza grew out of control, it was actually something that a commoner like myself could enjoy. Case in point was one of 1992’s featured separate admission shows (though only a mere $5): the lone Austin appearance on the lone tour of rock “super group” Little Village. With John […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Paul Carrack’s Noise to Go featuring Nick Lowe @ Bonham Exchange / San Antonio, TX / October 7, 1982

  Nick Lowe’s tenure with Rockpile must have found him comfortable sharing the spotlight with a musical mate like Dave Edmunds. For when that band’s members went their separate ways in 1981, Lowe’s next band featured another singing partner with a pop music legacy. In 1982, Lowe teamed up with keyboardist Paul Carrack in a […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ Madison Square Garden (No Nukes) / New York, NY / September 21-22, 1979

On New Year’s Day 1979, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band concluded their seven-month Darkness on the Edge of Town tour, one of the greatest in rock history. Laying low since then, it was quite exciting to hear that in late September Bruce and the boys would reconvene for the two No Nukes shows […]

Forty Years Ago: Elton John & John Lennon @ Madison Square Garden / New York, NY / November 28, 1974

Elton John was huge in 1974—about as popular and successful as a recording artist could be. Back then, I was an 18-year-old college student who was also in heavy training to become a music geek. This preoccupation often led to pontificating with friends about where we thought Elton ranked with the stature attained by The […]

CLASSIC CONCERT: Dirty Angels @ Hurrah / New York, NY / December 22, 1978

Thanks to New York radio (WNEW-FM in the City and WLIR-FM out on the Island) I fell in love with two radio-friendly songs by Connecticut band, Dirty Angels: “Radio” and “Tell Me.” (That’s a different MusicMike in the video.) If you have never heard these power pop gems from their overlooked 1977 LP, Kiss Tomorrow […]