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Grand Funk Railroad in Cincinnati Ohio July 1970
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The grand funk lives tour
It was late 1981.A girlfriend of mine and myself had both barely just left home and had gotten our own place together.Both of us on our own for the first time.It was at that time that I heard that Grand Funk Railroad had actually came out with another album called lives.First album theyd had in five years.Grand Funk was the supergroup powerhouse from 1969 to 1976 with something like 16 gold and 12 platinum records.After the mid 70s,I was certain that Id never see them live.And here it was five years later and theyre gonna be stoppin here along the Lives tour.I can remember the feeling I got when I had heard that they were coming through our area of Ohio.I had seen Grand Funk once.But that was way back in January 1973 on the abc network show,in concert.And that was on television.This one was gonna be live and this would be my first live grand funk show.I count the televised show in 73 as my first concert.I know it wasnt live but it was still my first real taste of Grand Funk in concert.This show in 81 was at hara arena in Dayton Ohio.So technically this would be my second concert of the twenty one I have attended as of mid 2009.This show would be November 6th 1981.We had obtained our concert tickets and we were all ready to roll.On the night of the show,we headed south for Dayton with our good friends Johney Cakes,Stella,Rick,David R and two other people whom Val and I had just met.There were eight of us altogether.
John drove us all down in his dads truck with camper and itd be about an hour and a half ride.John and a couple others were in the truck up front.The rest of us would remain in the back in the camper and we all ended up very extremely stoned out of our gourds by the time we would finally arrive at Dayton Hara arena.Then the most dreaded thing happened.We mustve been perhaps halfway to our destination when I suddenly discovered that I had forgotten the dang freakin tickets.I started yelling at John up front but he couldnt hear me.Because there were two sets of glass between the camper and the front of the pickup truck,he couldnt hear us no matter how loud wed get.Rick looked back and saw us though.We were frantically trying tell them that we didnt have the tickets,and I could see John actually laugh a little when he finally understood what we were trying to tell him.Eventually he pulled over.He about freaked when he realized that we werent kidding him.So we turned and went back.Feeling like a complete idiot,I ran into the house and grabbed everybodys tickets and we were off once again in search of true grand funkdom.But then again were we?After a brief discussion we decided to take a shortcut by way of various county roads.Indeed it wouldve been quicker.But luck didnt seem to be on our side as we made our way to the outer edge of our county because just up ahead the bridge was out.We had to take a detour.However,there werent any detours and we all eventually ended up out in the middle of nowhere,all drunk and stoned and lost.John was still determined to get us all there on time as he began looking and finding familiar looking possible routes to take and speeding up quite a bit as well.We eventually arrived there and on time.
The first band was just finishing up but we were all just thankful that we had made it in time for Grand Funks show.It being general admission,we stood out about ten feet from just left of center stage and had a very good view of the concert.This was almost the original band.The original grand funk from 1969-71 was Mark Farner,Don Brewer and Mel Schacher and from 1972-76 keyboardist Craig Frost had joined them.This tour was Mark,Don and new bassist friend Denny Bellinger.As Mark,Don and Denny took the stage,you could feel the electricity in the air.The place went crazy.Marks hair was now short which I found rather unusual since I had always known him to have the longest hair in rock and roll which he indeed did at one time did.Don was sporting a mustache and beard which seemed another oddity.I especially liked the stage presence of bassist Denny Bellinger.Mel Schacher the original bassist,for whatever reason,had decided not to go on this particular tour this time.Denny did a great job though.Mark would scoot and shuffle across that stage like nobodys business and he still to this day has that true and unforgettable singing voice.Don Brewer was awesome too.The drum solo he did during tnuc was absolutely phenomenaI.They rocked our socks off. I found it amazing that even after Grand Funk Railroads six year absence,the overwhelming response for their return from their fans was an absolutely amazing thing.They certainly didnt hold back as a wide array of grand funk tunes blasted forth with encores of a long version of inside looking out,and gimme shelter.After the show we all walked back to the truck.Since we were parked near the back of the building I seen a large motorhome back there.Nobody really paid it no mind though.It would be in late 1984 when I would see one like it again.It would be then that Id meet Mark Farner for the first time.Thats a story unto itself.The show was over and we were done partying at some friends house in Xenia Ohio.By 3am and it was time to leave and we were all tired and exhausted as we headed north back up the nightime highway and closer to home.
Grand Funk Hits-1.heartbreaker 1969. 2.time machine 1969 3.closer to home(Im your captain)1970 4.mean mistreater 1970 5.feelin alright 1971 6.gimme shelter1971 7.footstompin music1972 8.rocknroll soul 1972 9.were an american band 1973 10.walk like a man 1973 11.shinon on 1974 12.the locomotion-1974 13.bad time-1975 14.some kind of wonderful 1975 15.take me 1975 16.sally 1975 17.queen bee 1981 18.Its a mans world 1983
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