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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

The Who

I saw The Who at the L.A. Sports Arena in 1980 (with Kenney Jones), and my ears rang for at least a week! In 1976 they had set the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest concert ever, measured at 120 decibels from 50 meters away!

They just announced last week that they will be touring in 2015 as part of their 50th anniversary!

Here’s one of their best shows, from 1970 when Keith Moon was in fine form:

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held between 26 and 31 August 1970 at East Afton Farm an area on the western side of the Isle of Wight. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time, greater than the attendance of Woodstock.  Although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended. It was organised and promoted by local brothers, Ronnie, Ray and Bill Foulk. Ron Smith was site manager and Rikki Farr acted as compere.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

Psychedelic Furs

We went to the Furs show at SDSU’s Open Air Theater on August 25, 1984, after they had enjoyed years of steady play on 91X and had just released their ‘Mirror Moves’ album – it was a big show in the day.

(I thought I hit the ‘publish’ button last night)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments

Les Paul at 90

Les Paul…RIP…Music performed by Les Paul & the Les Paul Trio at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City with Les Paul on 90th birthday.

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor.

He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

The Specials

A great ska band influenced by Elvis Costello (who produced their first album in 1979) and who loved the chaotic dance-party shows.

From wiki:

The Specials, also known as The Special AKA, are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry.[1] Their music combines a “danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk’s energy and attitude”, and had a “more focused and informed political and social stance” than other ska groups. The band wore mod-style “1960s period rude boy outfits (pork pie hats, tonic and mohair suits, and loafers).”

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment