30++ years of concerts. The 60s & 70s
Les Compagnons de la Chansons.
They were a French nine-piece novelty "chanson" act. Edith Piaf launched them in the late forties (probably fucked the good-looking lead-singer, if not all of them!!)
I was 8 years old, and one of the Compagnon's son was my grade school
chum (Marc Sabbat, son of Gérard).
|1965||Maison de la Radio/ORTF, Paris (Télé-Dimanche)||Dionne Warwick|
|Summer 1966||Salle des fêtes, St Palais/mer, France||Devotion|
|June 1967||Parking Foch, Paris||Soft
Machine (Mike Ratledge, Kevin Ayres, Daevid Allen (?), Robert Wyatt),
A big "60s happening", Paris style, in a brand-new, not-yet-in-business, underground parking garage on the Avenue Foch, near the Arc de Triomphe. I was 14 years old, and this was an eye-opener and mind-blower for me!!!
|October 28 (or 26), 1968||Olympia, Paris||The Mothers of Invention|
|Fall 1968 or Spring 1969||Lycée Claude Bernard, Paris||Patrick Vian's Red Noise|
|May 25, 1969||The Roundhouse, Chalk farm, London||
Convention Benefit with Pink Floyd, The Deviants, Humblebums (?), ...
|1969||Olympia, Paris||Vanilla Fudge|
|fall 1969||Olympia, Paris||Jethro Tull, Free, Spooky Tooth, Clouds.|
|December 9, 1969||Theatre de l'Est Parisien (TEP), Paris||Soft Machine (Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper w/ 4-piece horn section)|
|Fall 1969||La Mutualité, Paris||Brian Auger|
|October 26, 1969||Amougies festival, Amougies, Belgium||The Nice, Caravan, Blossom Toes, Anthony Braxton (?) , Archie Shepp, G.E.R.M,...
French radio DJ/record producer Pierre Lattes and Frank Zappa were the MCs. Frank didn't MC much, but played with everybody!!! The festival lasted 5 days, but I was there only 1 night.
|1969 ??||Salle Pleyel, Paris||Ravi Shankar and Allah Rakah|
|1969||Olympia, Paris||666 Festival (!) I remember The Keef Hartley Band, Taste,...|
|June 7, 1969||Olympia, Paris||The Mothers Of Invention, Mycroft Partner (on the tour, didn't play that night!)|
|October/November (??) 1969||Olympia, Paris||Steppenwolf (with Louise Harrison who reminded we went, decades later!!)|
|November 3, 1969||Salle Pleyel, Paris||Miles Davis Quintet, Cecil Taylor Unit (also with Louise Harrison)|
|Fall 1969||le Lucernaire, Paris||Art Ensemble of Chicago|
|December 1969||The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London||Juicy Lucy, My Cake|
|December 31, 1969||Euston Hall, St. Pancras, London||Quintessence|
|January 1970||Lyceum, the Strand, London||The Bonzo Dog Band|
|Spring 1970 (?)||University, Nanterre, near Paris.||Sun Ra and The Arkestra|
|February or March 1970||Palais des Sports, Paris.||Soft
Machine, Iron Butterfly (did not play),...
shortened by riot police, tear gas, etc...
|Spring 1970 (?)||Somewhere near Port Royal (Faculté de Pharmacie ??), Paris||Archie Shepp|
|Spring 1970||American Center, Blvd. Raspail, Paris.||Bachdenkel|
|June 27-28, 1970||Bath Festival, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England||Pink Floyd ("Atom Heart Mother" premiere), Led Zeppelin, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Mothers, Santana, Donovan, Ten Years After, Free, The Flock, Johnny Winter, Steppenwolf, Maynard Ferguson Big Band, ...|
|August 1970||100 Club, Oxford Street, London||Clark-Hutchinson|
|August 6-9, 1970||Plumpton Festival, England.||
Purple, Incredible String Band, Fat Mattress, Cat Stevens, Fotheringay,
Groundhogs, Colosseum, Yes, ... I forget the others???
|August 15, 1970||Halifax festival, England||Fotheringay...
I went there as well with the succulent Françoise Hurlin as well (we were 17!!). Only made it to the festival for one evening and in this case ONE band. Shortened by rain, it's all I remember!
|August 1970||Isle of Wight festival, Isle of Wight, England.||
Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Miles Davis, Moody Blues, Voices of East Harlem, Taste, Cactus, Joni Mitchell, John Sebastian, Kris Kristofferson,....
|December 15, 1970||Gaumont Palace, Paris||Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention|
|Spring 1971||Theatre du Vieux Colombier, Paris||Dr. Strangely Strange|
|1970 or 1971 ??||Le Golf Drouot, Paris||Pierre Clémenti/Jean Pierre Kalfon et les Crouilles Marteaux|
|Spring 1971||Rock & Roll Circus, Paris.||Gary
with guitarist Mick Jones (future Foreigner), then in the Johnny Halliday band!
|August, 1971||?, Revere Beach, Mass.||Velvet
w/ Dougie Yule, without Lou Reed!! :-((
|August or September 1971||Boston Common, Boston||Aretha Franklyn, the Main Ingredient|
|November 11, 1971||Music Hall, Boston||Pink Floyd (Meddle Tour)|
|Fall 1971||Music Hall, Boston||The Byrds|
|Throughout 1971||Jack's, Cambridge, Massachussetts||Spider John Koerner|
|Fall 1971||Harvard U., Cambridge, Mass.||Randy Newman|
|Fall 1971||Harvard U., Cambridge, Mass.||Bonnie Raitt, James Montgomery Blues Band|
|Fall 1971||Joe's Place, Inman Square, Cambridge, Mass.||Koko Taylor|
|Fall 1971||Joe's Place, Inman Square, Cambridge, Mass.||Lowell Fulson|
|Fall 1971 (?)||Music Hall, Boston||J. Geils Band, Fleetwood Mac,...|
|Spring 1972||Orpheum/Aquarius Theatre, Boston||J. Geils Band|
|1972||Music Hall, Boston||Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young|
|Spring 1972||Cricket Club , Ashland, Mass.||Aerosmith|
|April 11, 1972||Music Hall , Boston||Hot
Tuna, Commander Cody.
I did the light show with Bob Lewis and Charles Phillips!!
NuClear View Light Show!!
|July 19, 1972||Boston Garden, Boston||The
Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder
|October 1, 1972||Music Hall, Boston||David Bowie (Ziggie Stardust Tour) Thanks to Andy Barding for the actual date|
|March 14 1973||Music Hall, Boston||Pink Floyd (Dark Side Tour)|
|October 17, 1973||
Forrest National, Brussels, Belgium
Rolling Stones, Billy Preston (afternoon show).
There were two shows that day: a sheduled evening performance, and a matinée meant as a replacement for a cancelled Paris concert.
Earlier in this european 'Goat's Head Soup' tour, French police had raided Keith Richards' house, Nellcote, in Villefranche (French Riviera!) and had found a lot of dope. In view of the quantities involved, and the presence of known Marseilles mobsters, French autorities put out an arrest warrant for Keith, regardless of his absence at the time of the police raid and his being out of the country. Had they played the Paris show (at the Palais des Sports), Keith would have been arrested upon entering France. So an afternoon performance was scheduled in Brussels for the Paris fans.
I traded in my Paris ticket and went up to Brussels! A tremendous affair indeed, with Mick Taylor all over the place, out on an "archive" CD called "Brussels Affair 1973".
|1973 ?||Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier)||Don Carlo (G. Verdi), Nicolaï Ghiaurov,....|
|February 4-5 1974||Olympia, Paris||Doobie Brothers, Graham Central Station, Little Feat,... Warner Bros. "showcase"|
|March or April 1974||Apollo Theatre, 125th Street, NYC, NY||Aretha Franklyn|
|May 24, 1974||H.E.C., near Paris.||Captain Beefheart and Buckwheat (The Tragic Band!)|
|September 1974||Olympia, Paris.||
|1975||Spectrum, Philadelphia.||Rory Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac,...|
|1976||Scottish Rites Cathedral, Philadelphia.||Gino Vanelli|
|1976||Scottish Rites Cathedral, Philadelphia.||Bob Weir, Cold Blood (w/ Lydia Pense !!)|
|1976||Tower Theatre, Philadelphia.||The Grateful Dead|
|Summer 1976||Some outdoor Dell-type place, Temple University campus, Ambler, PA||Aretha Franklyn|
|September 1976||Chalet du Lac, bois de Vincennes, Paris||The Sex Pistols|
|Fall 1977||Artemis, Philadelphia.||The Cramps|
|June 17, 1978||JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.||The Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Peter Tosh|
|August 19, 1978||The Spectrum, Philadelphia.||Bruce Springsteen|
|November 11, 1978||Irvine Auditorium, U. of Penn., Philadelphia.||Jorma Kaukonen, solo acoustic|
|Fall 1978||Star's, Philadelphia.||The Dictators, the Axidentals|
|November 17, 1978||Star's, Philadelphia||Rory Gallagher|
|1978 or 1979||Calvary Church at 48th and Baltimore, Philadelphia||Sun
Ra & the Arkestra.
I did the psychedelic light show with Matt Berg. The promoter, Dave Gold, thought to save himself the expense of real lights. Ra was none too pleased NOT to have even a spotlight on him!! :-))
|February 23, 1979||The Hot Club, Philadelphia.||Ultravox, Bloodless Pharaohs (with Brian Setzer and his brother Gary on drums), Neighbors and Allies|
|February 24 (or 22), 1979||The Hot Club, Philadelphia.||Magazine, Bloodless Pharaohs (with Brian Setzer and his brother Gary on drums), Neighbors and Allies|
|1979||Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia.||The Clash, The Undertones|
|1979||The Hot Club, Philadelphia||
Allen and Gong, with Gilli Smyth. Yoschko Seffer. The NU band/Material
with Bill Laswell, Cliff Cultrery, Michael Beinhorn, Fred Maher...
|Fall 1979||Tower Theatre, Philadelphia.||Gary Numan, Nash the Slash|
|December 20, 1979||Scala Cinema, London||This Heat, The People in Control|
|December 23 (??), 1979||Butler's Wharf, Thames south bank, London||
Butler's Wharf & Tower Bridge (photo 1999)
|1978 ??||Hurrahs, W.60th Street (?), New York.||The Student Teachers|
Music ones, having to do with some of these concerts. Only a few right now, more later!!!