What’s on your mind tonight?
Another great selection today, and as usual it brings back the concerts to me in vivid detail.
(And I packaged many of my concert memories with a lysergic surge, so they keep well.)
Mountain was fantastic, filling up venues as an underground band (no radio play in Florida, except on the underground stations). In later years, Leslie West played a lot of local shows in Tampa, as Southern Dragon and I reminisced about a few weeks before he left us.
I saw a show on the first Van Halen tour, lysergisized. It was good, but what struck me was the derivative nature of the show, largely derived from the stage show of Black Oak Arkansas, which I had seen years before, at Florida’s first Smoke-In, in 1977 on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. Papa John Creach opened for them.
The show was free, and in fact there wasn’t even an entrance: It was out in the open. People were walking around carrying live pot plants, some with pot leaves taped to their faces. Jim Dandy wore the same outfit I later saw on David Lee Roth at the Van Halen show:
Extra tight white pants and no shirt. They also did some of Black Oak’s songs (including Marvin Gaye’s “Dancin’ in the Streets”) and both bands’ lyrics kept worrying about the Devil interfering. Great shows, both of them.
Van Halen took advantage of the facts that people were tripping, and that the show was slightly offensive, by mounting bright white spotlights behind the stage, aimed into the audience’s eyes: A spectacular effect.
I’m probably one of the few folks around that every time I see Axl Rose and Guns N Roses, I think of and see Jim Dandy and Black Oak in my mind
We all just Mutants of this here Monster!
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