Rock and Roll
I'm starting this hub with a handbill from a Jimi Hendrix show at the Cincinnati Gardens. I have to admit I never had the pleasure of seeing Jimi live. I have a couple of friends that went to this show but I think I was in the service, what a drag! The handbill was sent to me out of focus, so sorry about that part, but it's still very cool! Blue Cheer was a power trio from the 60's (Summertime Blues), they never came through here so I missed them also. Next is the stub from a Roger McGuinn-Gene Clark show. Roger and Gene were in the Byrds along with Chris Hillman and David Crosby. A great show at a venue which seats only about 500. Stevie Wonder, I saw him twice, the first time being Cincinnati Gardens. An interesting tidbit-I went to the airport the day before this show to pick someone up and Stevie's people were out front loading equipment and damned if Stevie himself wasn't standing beside the truck. Never one to be shy I walked right up to him and introduced myself. He was very cool and talked to me for a few minutes. I have pix from the show but they're not on disk yet. The Persuasions are one of my all time favorite groups. I bought Street Corner Symphony when it came out in '68 and from there I was hooked. I used to have fun with folks when they stopped by, I'd put these guys on and ask if they noticed anything different. No one ever could tell that instead of guitars and drums all the music was done with 5 very talented voices. I finally got to see them several years back, they were much older but the voices were just as sweet. Lou Reed I got to see in 1989 and don't tell anyone but I recorded that show. Another very impressive show with The Feelies opening up for Lou. Ah, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and George Jones. man talk about a country show. I always wanted to see all 3 but I never thought It'd be on the same bill. I went to this one with a friend of mine and his mother. It was funny because his mom was closer to my age and he tried to make me promise not to tell anyone he went to the show. Yeah, right, like it's a bad thing. I've always been proud of loving many types of music. The newspaper called the Jester was a free underground paper where we could find out what was happening around town. When I get some scans of the inside you'll see the crazy music that was going on in 1974-75 in Cincinnati. The lineup for the Riverbend Music Center for 2003. The only show I saw there that year was Pearl Jam and what a killer show that was. They did a version of The Who's, The Kids Are Alright and it brought down the house. It was done as a tribute to The Who show on Dec. 3, 1979, where 11 folks died in a rush for unopened doors. I was at that show and had no idea of what happened until I was leaving the venue. For days after I thought about that night and wondered if I had stepped on someone that fell. It was just a terrible situation that could have easily been prevented. The only other show that was at Riverbend that year I would have liked to see was Lollapalooza with Jane's Addiction. I did get lucky enough to see Jane's at the Dayton Ohio Hara Arena, a place that only seats about 7000 and the show was OFF THE HOOK, one of the best I've ever seen. That's it for this hub, hope you all enjoy. Peace!!