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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

Brewer & Shipley and Tull !

on Jethro Tull, 1972 Apr 14

WE came in by "Rapido" train from Toronto for this Saturday night Concert after consuming too many Brador's !

One toke over the line was B&S big hit but Passion Play was the main album event for Jethro Tull

The end of the ENCORE, When Ian Anderson picked up the phone when it was ringing at the end of the show with a single beam of light focused on the phone and said " ITS FOR YOU" the place exploded in applause...................... Great fans in Montreal always !
my Home town !
Catsy

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

IT WAS AT THE BARTON STREET BARN HOCKEY ARENA

on Uriah Heep/ ELF/ APRIL WINE, 1972 Dec 4

Sorry they wouldn't let me add the "Barton Street barn" Hockey arena because that's where this concert was held on GREY CUP NIGHT., Hamilton actually won the GREY CUP this same night and we were inside enjoying 2 of the 3 bands !
ELF was so loud and screechy static that, Ronny James Dio was lost in the noise.......... what a shame huh ? He later became a legend with DIO and Black Sabbath as you all know........... This was his starter band...........they sucked those little short men dressed as cavemen trolls........... what a joke........
April Wine had a solid set before the main event URIAH heep with Look at Yourself and Salisbury all of their hits of the day, Ken Hensley and Mick Box fronting them . They were everything they were cracked up to be. We had to to watch these 3 acts on the arena floor and the venue was a poor place to have such an event but we still enjoyed as we were young and focused on the tunes

A fun night as always............................ Catsy

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

CANADA JAM 78

on Dave Mason, 1978 Aug 26

Mosport park with 80,000 fans
What I remember were,
Dave Mason was phenomenal - "All along the Watchtower", was the peak for me......... he actually played acoustic on JIMI HENDRIX original studio song.
Doobie Brothers with Jeff the Skunk Baxter on guitar and Michael MacDonald Vocals
KANSAS - Dust in the Wind and Carry on my Wayward Son at late afternoon.......... or early evening
The Commodores with Lionel Richie
The Village People ( wow, that was weird doing, YMCA )
TRIUMPH late around Midnight, burned out and went home..........

Catsy was there with his Brother and BIm and Ricky Clair !

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

PINK FLOYD as the sun went down 8:30 PM start

on Pink Floyd, 1975 Jun 28

What a show
No back up band. Just PINK FLOYD starting exactly at 8:30 Pm as the sun was starting to set and the sun was a big red ball in the hazy Hamilton sky...............
WISH You Were here album, Dark side of the Moon, on and on it went. I was there with my brother Paul and his BF, Eric ' BIM' Simmons and we did drop a little phsychadelia inducing fun ! We were totally in tune with the concert and before you knew it was over and we had to make our way back to Clarkson ! I drove of course with the roads a little wavy at times....................... I came back from my California trip so that I wouldn't miss this concert event !
I had been to Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, March 11, 1973 when I was 18 for my First PINK FLOYD concert and that was some experience , so this one was not to be missed.......... I didn't miss it ! Catsy

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

Mannfred Mann and Rush

on Rush, 1974 Nov 1

YES What a night RUSH as the Opening Act and they blazed that night ! I used to see them at the Abbey rd PUB on Queen street upstairs in 72& 73 before they hit it big ! Doing covers of Bowie's Suffragette City ! Remember that one ? "Wham Bam, thank you Mam !" With Geddy screaming it out !
Mannfred Mann was awesome with their militaristic disciplined, style and great execution they sounded just like their studio albums but with more panache and feeling that live performances bring us........... It was my first show @ Convocation Hall and I didn't mind that the Sensational Alex Harvey band got held up in Buffalo.....................The exact same thing happened at Massey hall one night in the fall of 1974 when Joe Walsh and Barnstorm came to town and REO SPEEDWAGON replaced the opening ACT which was also supposed to be The Sensational Alex Harvey band............. thus I never did see them but REO was at their peak in 1974 with Gary Richrath doing solos that I still remember today as some of the best............. Then Joe Walsh with some Slow hand and Rocky Mountain Way , The BOMBER, Funk 48 & 49 etc..... Joe put the guitar right through my ears.................. Clean and Loud Joe picked up, Kenny Passarelli and Joe Vitale in Cleveland his old Home town and toured the Rocky Mountain way album, a year before he joined the EAGLES, what a great show ! Fun shows to be at................. REO used to Rock back then, before they went mushy, girlie, ballad rock ! Not that there is anything wrong with that ! LOL Catsy

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

MaClean & MacLean & The Strawbs Odd combo !

on The Strawbs, 1974 Mar 31

It was an odd pairing but it worked ! God rest the souls of Gary &Blair ! Saw them nay times after even their comeback tour at the BALD MONKEY in Oshawa years and years later...............Man, they were even funnier live !
They did a great set and ended with the 12 days of Christmas,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
The STRAWBS ( Strawberry Hill Boys ) were awesome as Hero & Heroine was just released and they played most of the album with Melotron included in the live set........ what a beautiful overlay to their eclectic Rock sound ! A few songs from Ghosts and then the guitar solo by Dave Lambert that didn't fool anyone when he accidentally fell down and played it laying down like a rock star for the solo ! LOl we let him continue without any acknowledgement of the faux pas..... Dave WE ALL KNEW but you troopered on anyway......... nice save......... I love the contrast and perfect blend between the Middle age sounding, English folk, Madrigal voice of Dave Cousins and the newer rock style voice of Dave Lambert. "Benedictus" always gives me goose bumps as it sweeps me away on that magical wave of continuity as it progresses to its climax....................... awesome Night but I think they like the fans in Montreal better ! LOL Dave Cousins had a Habs sweater on, that's how I know ! Its Ok for me as I was born in Montreal ! We were all just a little more reseved than Montreal fans ........ great show !

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

Paid $ 3.85 for ticket to this Concert !

on Mott the Hoople/Blue Oyster Cult/ Aerosmith, 1973 Oct 14

Look at the great deals that we used to get for shows ! I still have my ticket stub in my concert diary book....................... $4 bucks to see 3 great acts.
Aerosmith was up first and surprised me with their enthusiasm, and Steven Tyler reminded me of Mick Jagger somewhat, next ......BOC, with Don't Fear the Reaper and Buck showed some good guitar work,,,,,, then the main event Ina Hunter with Mott the Hoople with Buffin and Overend Watts laying down solid backing and Mick Ralph ( later in bad Company ) on guitar and Ian with his classic jacket with fringes on the arms and long dark curly Rock star hair being Ian Hunter, a sex machine when he sang a ballad that night he got down on his knees at the front of the stage and a young sex woman came forward and Ian sang the Love song to her and then put her hand down his pants while singing to her, we all laughed and applauded the " ballsy" move. Maybe I am naive but to this day I am not 10% certain it wasnt staged..... cant remember the song now, but I cant erase that image of him doing that ! I was in the left side balcony seats but for $4 bucks what a Concert night ! Catsy

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Catsy53 2014 Aug 16

Billy Joel 6 months before Piano man, HIT

on The Doobie Brothers, 1973 Nov 13

The Doobie Brothers were the main event NO DOUBT ! They were true to their Captain and me album sound.Great set and lots of great harmonies and shredding by Tom & Pat.

Billy Joel took me by surprise with his "Piano man", song that was to become one of his best and greatest hits and Captain jack was a real hoot as well........I was sitting near the front about 6th or 7th row on the aisle and was amazed at this concert................. loved it !

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Do it for Love

on Culture Club, 1984 Nov 5

Took my then girlfriend (now wife of 25+ years) to this trainwreck.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Amazingly Intimate

on Neil Young, 1984 Sep 16

1 of only 12 US dates for Neil that year.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Hmmm.

on Neil Young, 1983 Mar 1

That weird-ass Trans Tour

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2more2go 2014 Aug 16

welcome to my nightmare

on Alice Cooper, 1975 Jun 15

13 yrs old it was crazy and i wasnt supposed tol be there could not believe the freedom of open pot smoking no rules or restrictions

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Not just another Naz show

on Thin Lizzy, 1979 Mar 14

This night the stage belonged to the opener . . . Thin Lizzy. I remember standing right next to Phil Lynott who came back to hang out at the sound board after their opening set. My one and only Thin Lizzy show. Nazareth, I got'ta bunch of them.

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2more2go 2014 Aug 16

1st concert ELVIS PRESLEY

on Elvis Presley, 1974 May 12

my mother made myself and my brother go to this concert,she said we would thank her later- It was pretty electric lots of energy- I remember the inspirations -the white suit w studs all over it and the girls throwing
under garments-40 years later I still can hear him sing- see see rider

attendees Lance Rice 13 yrs old and Monte Rice 14 yrs old

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Not just another Naz show

on Nazareth, 1979 Mar 14

These guys seem to always be in Indy, opening and headlining. This night the stage belonged to their opener . . . Thin Lizzy. I remember standing right next to Phil Lynott who came back to hang out at the sound board after their opening set. My one and only Thin Lizzy show. Nazareth, I got'ta bunch of them.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Phenomenon

on Todd Rundgren's Utopia, 1977 Oct 24

Despite horrible acoustics, this was possibly the greatest concert I have attended. The show opened with the band in simple jeans and tees on a little 10' stage front. They played for :45 minutes or so and then exited. People were confused. The venue went dark and a huge screen unfurled from the ceiling. The next :15 minutes was a crazy film of images hurtling through space. Recall there was no such thing as MTV nor a music video at this time. The screen then disappeared and it was back to black. The curtains parted to reveal the band in flowing white satin garments holding chrome instruments fashioned like Egyptian symbols. The 'key-tar' was a golden scarab with laser beam jewels. The drum kit was a dragon-like stand that could be thrust into the air. This was all staged beneath a golden pyramid frame surrounded by a giant golden sphinx with strobe light eyes. They played nearly 2 hours. The curtains closed and back came the screen for yet another whacked out film set to music. Hell, I'm exhausted just recalling that incredible night.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Not Really Mellow

on Yes, 1977 Aug 30

Going for the One Tour. They dragged Donovan around with them on tour. People didn't really seem to appreciate him much.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Hazy Date

on Angel, 1978 Apr 12

I was at this concert. However, the date is missing from my "day of show" ticket stub. All in white and dangerous effects. This venue was way too small for their coliseum size aspirations.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

Strange Arrangements

on Roadmaster, 1978 Jul 6

Don't recall why, but AC/DC and Cheap Trick opened . . . local phenom at the time, ROADMASTER, headlined.

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SarCap 2014 Aug 16

No Illusion

on Styx, 1977 Sep 30

The Circle Theater was in pretty bad disrepair by this point, but the acoustics were amazing. The grandeur of the old place still poked through here and there. Almost a surreal setting for the Styx' 'Grand Illusion' that seemed eerily perfect. The show was opened by a really rockin' up and comer called Cheap Trick. The guitarist and drummer looked like they might have been left behind at the theater from the last time a movie actually played there. Tight quarters, even tighter sets.

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