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    Blue-Eyed Merle
  • Birthday 07/29/1962

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    Livin' long enough to see Pontiac Silverdome 1977 released on DVD. 1970 Bath, 1971 Japan soundboards, 1968 Europe and UK tours are also ones I hope to live long enough to see.

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  1. Here you go Mr. K. One of my favourites of the year.
  2. This will change your mind about 3.12 Long Beach. The third source is much better than the overloaded first source.
  3. Much better than the 1983 line-up, that's for sure.
  4. March 29, 1975. 45 years ago on this date Led Zeppelin became the first band to have six albums on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at the same time. "Physical Graffiti" was released on February 25, 1975 and made its debut on the Billboard chart at #3 on March 15, 1975. The highest first week chart position in Billboard history to that time. The next week "Physical Graffiti" hit #1 on March 22, 1975. For the Billboard Top 200 Album chart dated March 29, 1975, "Physical Graffiti" remained #1 while the following Led Zeppelin albums charted as follows: #83: IV #92: Houses of the Holy #104: II #116: I #124: III
  5. They were only letting in people 60 and over at my local grocery store today. Guess I'll try again tomorrow.
  6. And John Prine may be next. 😢
  7. Drooling over Jane Greer. I feel you, Robert.
  8. Quarantine Cinema. Introduced my nephew to this classic for the first time. Is there a child that doesn't thrill to his/her first watching of "King Kong"? My favourite Paul Schrader movie. Good cast...Richard Pryor was never better. Gritty realistic costume and production design. With the ever-widening gap between CEOs and their workers, this movie resonates even more today.
  9. Great post. I'm still immersing myself in 1975 so I will get back to you when I finish. Hopefully before this coronavirus quarantine ends.
  10. With all the March concerts cancelled, and April (and beyond?) too, who knows when I will get to go see live music again? So I have been reflecting on past concerts...from March 1975. It was quite a year for tours back then. All of the major bands toured that year and March had quite a logjam of shows. The Continental Riot House must have been even crazier than normal back then. How many of these were you at Badgeholder? Friday March 7: The Faces and Foghat @ Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino. The last time I saw the Faces...Rod Stewart went solo and Ron Wood went off to the Rolling Stones shortly after this. What a shame...the Faces were a splendid raucous band. Foghat were in their prime...a solid opener. Wednesday March 12: Led Zeppelin @ Long Beach Arena. Long Beach Arena perhaps doesn't have the glamour and aura that the Fabulous Forum had, but because it was smaller, there was a bit more intimacy and the sound was usually a tad better. Monday March 24: Led Zeppelin @ Fabulous Forum of Inglewood. This was the crazy marathon week. Five concerts. Luckily it was Easter break. I've said enough about Led Zeppelin in the past. If maybe not as tight and sharp as they were on March 12, it was still pretty damn good. Tuesday March 25: Led Zeppelin @ Fabulous Forum. More of the same...maybe less, considering they played one less song than the night before. Wednesday March 26: Blue Öyster Cult, REO Speedwagon, The Pretty Things @ Shrine Auditorium. Led Zeppelin wasn't the only band with lasers...BÖC had quite a nifty light show, too. Eric Bloom always had a sinister presence with his ever-present sunglasses and Buck was Buck. Fairly underrated as a guitarist. This was a year before they got really popular with "Don't Fear the Reaper". Some of the guys from Led Zeppelin were at this gig as The Pretty Things were signed to Swan Song and Robert Plant introduced the band on stage. They were okay....but their best days were behind them. Gary Richrath was the only thing noteworthy about REO. Thursday March 27: Led Zeppelin @ Fabulous Forum. The grand finale. A great long marathon of a show. Led Zeppelin played longer than all three bands put together from the night before. The last "Dazed and Confused" I would ever see. The end of an era in some respects. Queen attended this concert. Saturday March 29: Queen, Kansas, Mahogany Rush @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (the early show). My first Queen concert...in fact, this may have been the first time Queen even played in the L.A. area. I'm not going to say they blew me away but they were good enough to see that they were a band on the rise and had greatness in them. Kansas was instantly forgettable and we were late for Mahogany Rush (who seemed to open for everybody and play every festival back then). No ticket was more than $10 and the halls were thick with the smoke of marijuana. A contact high was practically unavoidable. People actually watched the show with their eyes and raised their Bic lighters in tribute...not their iPhones.
  11. The last true Van Halen concert. Eddie. Alex. Michael. Dave. September 2, 1984 Nürnberg. It was Labor Day weekend so most of us Army soldiers had the weekend off. As much as I love Van Halen I have to admit that AC/DC blew them away on this day. You could see the wheels beginning to come off the Van Halen train. The cracks were showing. Oh, and Ronnie James Dio was awesome!
  12. Quarantine reading. CREEM mags from 45 years ago. Lester Bangs infamous Lou Reed and David Bowie cover stories. Led Zeppelin's 1975 tour coverage by Lisa Robinson.
  13. I am a sucker for the Harry Palmer movies with Michael Caine. Tis a pity nobody thought to put Harry Palmer and James Bond together in a movie. Imagine a young Michael Caine and Sean Connery together. They were fantastic together in "The Man Who Would Be King".
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