The worst concert we ever went to was at The Fairfield Halls in Croydon in 1971 or ‘72 where the artists on stage were The Mahavishnu Orchestra led by John McLaughlin. Not only did they arrive on stage around 45 minutes late but they took ages to tune up and spent the rest of the time between the music arguing amongst themselves and generally p1ssing the audience off. We left at the interval it was so bad along with what seemed like the majority of the audience and went to the pub. It was surprising because when you look at their entry on wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahavishnu_Orchestra and recognise the musicians connected with the band it was totally unexpected that individual artists of that calibre could perform so badly. Maybe a clash of egos?
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Worst and best gig I have ever been to as it has been my only one up to now, has to be Bad Religion. They're a punk band, and I met all the members individually before I went in, got a picture with the lead singer and ditched my friends and braved it through the mosh pits to get to the front row. AWESOME.
She walked slowly to the mic, and did a passable version of a song from her "new album"....it ended.....she said "it's great to be here in Birmingham"....fiddled with the mic, then DROPPED IT and thunderous bumps came over the PA as it bounced to the floor.
The day begin with a Liverpool band, River City People, who were ok (had a minor hit with California Dreaming). Then Hall and Oates on 'comeback'. Not bad at all. It was still light when Tull came on. Reasonable performance but totally lacking in any atmosphere.
Fleetwood Mac came on and though I wasn't hoping for just a "greatest hits" show, I didn't need a 10 minute tribute song to the then-recently-deceased Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash just days earlier. This was followed by Stevie Nicks singing her own personal tribute song, wailed out as only Stevie can.....then one of Mick Fleetwood's interminable drum solos. It got more tedious. Our group decided to flip a coin to decide whether of not to stay. Best of 5. After losing 3 out of three, we decided that was it, and after they lost the final two flips, that was that. We left, and Wembley Way resembled FA Cup Final day at 4.55 pm with the "losing fans" leaving home disappointed. I did wonder if we'd been unfair bur subsequent reviews in the press confirmed what we thought. ( must say though, 7 years ago I saw Peter Green's Splinter Group, who did Albatross, Black Magic Woman and Man of the World. Now THAT'S what I call Fleetwood Mac
Think you summed up that particular concert rather well. I was in the crowd with some of my Tull die-hard friends before the concert started and Maartin Allcock and Dave Pegg were with us, both of whom seemed apprehensive about the gig. Still it was passable from the Tull guys in the end but the Mac performance was imo dire.
Speaking of the Cambridge Corn Exchange, I saw Tull there in '95 and that was the gig when Martin Barre had equipment problems and IA did a couple of unrehearsed solo songs while the roadies fixed the equipment - magic moment from IA. The car broke down on the motorway travelling back home and had to call out the AA and eventually arrived home around 5 o'clock in the morning, ready for a full days work at 8 o'clock Never been able to find a boot of that show and it's one I'd love to have.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
My worst would be any of several opening acts for Jethro Tull. Amongst them would be Starcastle, It Bites, Whitesnake, was way less than thrilled with John Glascock's Carmen though not as bad as the rest, at least a few others who's names escape me. The others would be in here only because I did not like them much to begin with, Sabbath in 72, Ted Nugent in 78, although I must say what he did he did damn well, and his opening act, Black Oak Arkansas, good god, and the guy at lead was actually wearing a codpiece circa Ian 72 over tights, I can see what people mean about codpieces on any old jamoke, what a joke, on Ian in the early and mid seventies i dont recall it to have been an issue at all at the time, only that his appearance seemed to so perfectly fit the music so as to become almost instantly addictive, plus the guy's older brother Robin was actually the head of the Scottish Ballet so it was already in the bloodlines it would seem, hate that that is one of the few things Tull is remembered for by the moronic memory of this time, a memory that has long since taken on the character of locomotive breath. Also some regarded jazz avant garde band, and i am a fan of much of that music as evidenced by the art ensemble of chicago, later period john coltrane, henry threadgill, sun ra, many many others, but hal russell's nrg ensemble was an excruciating bore, seemed to be merely an exercise in how discordant we can be as its leader ran around with a fly swatter at one point, it was part of the act, apparently trying to inject a little humor into it, worked a little, and several flute ensembles, largely new age drivel, who were on before tull at this flute festival thing in grant park, chicago, free show before 100000 people in chicago in 98, o god did tull sound fantastic when they finally came out to close about 3 hours into it, positively storming thru song for jeffrey as an opener, i was having serious mental orgasm's, such a release after such banal, soulless music for hours. Ian said something about having been holed up in a hotel with all these "flutey Puckers" the prior night.
Speaking of the Cambridge Corn Exchange, I saw Tull there in '95 and that was the gig when Martin Barre had equipment problems and IA did a couple of unrehearsed solo songs while the roadies fixed the equipment - magic moment from IA
I was there too....Tull unplugged....yes, it was a moment to cherish. I got home at 10.56, or thereabouts, after an uninterrupted run up the A14 to Huntingdon :-)
futureshock: Here's wishing everyone persistent health! Times are getting more optimistic! Activism is UP, and fear of getting involved in important issues, is dropping faster than the Vegas odds on Trump being elected again. Cheers!
Jun 7, 2020 23:10:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Thanks futureshock - hope you're ok likewise
Jun 8, 2020 15:01:16 GMT
stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
piscesguy: It looks like someone else has taken my moniker piscesguy and added the name jack prentiss to it. That's okay but I cannot locate an earlier post I had left now. Does anyone know how to resolve this? thank you
Jul 9, 2020 19:09:58 GMT
maddogfagin: Please see my PM to you.
Jul 10, 2020 6:41:59 GMT
steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
maddogfagin: So what's wrong with us Aquarians then. I'm gonna write to your President and complain
Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT