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Here are all the
concerts I saw.
Bands I do not have
photos of are linked to other sites I have found with photos and info.
Baltimore Civic Center
Frank Zappa (Mothers) - Country Joe and The Fish - Buddy Miles - Ten Years
About 1976 American University had Free open air concerts on there campus. I
remember seeing Chicago and the Ojays ( For The Love Of Money).
As we were heading for the Chicago show we got lost and pulled into a
neighborhood to turn around. (off course we were in a hippie van painted
weird with 5-6 of us inside smoking pot) Now this was a fancy Washington
area suburb with million dollar houses near American University.
As we turned around in a driveway 4-5 guys came running from the house. Then
we saw 2 more coming down the hill across the street. They all had guns
drawn showing there badges. Now I see 2 cars come speeding up to block me. I
told everyone to relax. They had me turn off the engine and asked for my DL
Meanwhile one of the other guys had opened the back door and said something
smells funny in here. By this time they saw we were a bunch of kids and not
- well who ever they thought we were. The two top agents were talking so I
spoke up and said " Look man - I don't what's going on here or who might be
in that house but we got lost looking for American University on our way to
a concert and that's it. I'm sorry if we scared you or messed something up"
They looked at each other, said a few more things then told us to GET OUT OF
HERE ! which I gladly did.
To this day I have no idea who was there, but buy the way they acted it must
have been the Pres. or Vice Pres visiting someone.
Hey this is Washington
I saw The Who @ DAR Hall......... but the headliner was Herman's
Hermits........they tore up the stage, set things on fire ........ and I
"thought" the DAR said "no more ROCK".............. but your ticket stub
from 1968 proves me wrong.
Also saw Jimmy H @ the Hilton, I remember my Dad saw the review in the
Post the next day, that thought JH's performance was "sexual" ............
got a stern lecture.
Thanks........... and Happy New Year
GREAT site. I was
in DC too and went to the Laurel Festival. Fabulous- Edwin Hawkins Singers,
Zappa, Sly, and although I’m a Zep fan Johnny Winter kicked their behind that
night. Nils and I were in junior high together. I went away to a boarding school
for high school. I saw Hendrix twice, once at Merriweather Post Pavilion Aug
68(?) and then in Baltimore (I think it was when we landed on the moon?). There
was a BB King show up in Baltimore, John Sebastion at the Merriweather,
Temptations/Four Tops at Shady Grove, Dave Clark Five at Shady Grove, James
Taylor too. Young Rascals at Constitution Hall. I’m sure there are more. No
photos or ticket stubs... Just memories.
My high school
was in Connecticut and we went to NYC for lots of shows, Allman Bros the night
they recorded the live album (Johnny Winter was the headliner that night and
kicked their butts too!!), Jeff Beck, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, sitting next
to Hendrix and Buddy Miles at a Buddy Guy concert at the Village Gate. The list
goes on. Anyway, it’s great to relive all the memories and we probably bumped
into each other once or twice at a show.
It was Blind
Faith in Baltimore the night of the moon walk not Hendrix. A rich friend of my
brothers actually had a small TV and we kept running back and forth to the
bathroom to see the first step. I wonder when the Hendrix concert was. I know it
was in Baltimore.
In NYC a friend
and I went to see a show of Chuck Berry and BB King at a little club called the
Generation. BB was great and Chuck was pretty lowbrow. As we were leaving the
doorman said that Hendrix might come by and jam. Sure enough, he showed up and
played. Janis Ian (!) was on keyboards. After a while the drummer got mad a Jimi
for some reason and packed up his drums. Weird. That club was later to become
Electric Ladyland Studios (I think). West 8th Street in the Village.
I went to college
in Boston and saw a million more shows Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Derrick and the
Dominoes (after the show there was a jam with Clapton, Joe Walsh, and Peter
Green. Yikes!) And the other show right up there with Jimi a the Post Pavilion,
Sly and the Family Stone at Boston College. Unbelievable, Maybe when I retire
I’ll sit down and try to remember all the shows that I went to.
Keep up the good work,
Oh yeah, James Cotton at the Cellar Door.
WOW. Richie Havens at the Cellar Door. Double wow.
Checking out your site brings back so many great memories. Your
concert histories from those days seem almost identical to mine.
I went to the Jimi Hendrix show at the Washington Hilton in
March 1968 when I was just 15. My parents did not even know I went. My
friends, who all had tickets agreed to let me ride down with them and I
hoped I could score a ticket at the door. Luckily they were still on sale at
the door and I was overjoyed being a mega-Hendrix fan! We sat right in front
on the carpeted floor and to this day I rate that as one of the best
concerts I ever saw. As only those who actually saw Hendrix know, absolutely
no one played guitar like he did and no one has since. We went to the
afternoon show as there were 2 shows that day. Between numbers I kept
yelling to Mitch Mitchell to throw me a stick. He finally responded , saying
he needed them for the evening show. He threw us some flowers instead that
my friend kept pressed in a book for years.
I saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience again that following August
at Merriweather Post Pavilion, almost the same show . Mostly tunes from the
first album, that Hilton show was somehow better.Maybe the more intimate
setting and the sound of the ballroom. Softmachine opened both shows.
I also saw The Who/Led Zeppelin show at Merriweather. I was
nearly on stage when Townsend smashed his guitar and I got a small
piece. I still have it along with a couple other pieces I got at other Who
shows. We got backstage that night and met the whole band. Keith Moon bumbed
a cigarette off my friend. He had Moon sign the pack which he still has.
I saw Cream in Baltimore in Nov, 1968 and then got back stage
in July '69 for the Blind Faith concert. I knew the local opening band,
Procreation, and they got me in. I took pictures of Clapton, Winwood and
Baker that are acually quite good and got to fraternize with these heroes of
mine for the evening. Since the first man ever was going to walk on the moon
that same night it was a dilemma for everyone. The only TV backstage or
anywhere in the Civic Center for that matter was a small black and White a
security guard had brought in. We all periodically checked it out as the
moonwalk time got closer, including Blind Faith. Ginger Baker
and Winwood came out and sat down in front of the small tv hoping to witness
the moonwalk. I noticed Baker fumbling for a match to light his cigarette
with. I quickly found one and lit it for him. Rumor had it that he would not
go on until Armstrong set foot on the moon. This was taking forever so he
finally had to and Blind Faith started to play at about 9:30. I ran back and
forth from the stage,. where I was literally 5 feet from Eric Clapton, to
the tv hoping to glimpse man's first step on the moon. I did not want to
miss this historic event nor miss this great concert. I did miss the actual
first step though while I was watching Blind Faith, seeing an immediate
replay of it seconds later. But hey, Blind Faith missed it too! Looking back
on it years later, I'm glad I did not miss Blind Faith, that being the only
tour they ever did.
I saw some other memorable shows at the Civic
Center. The Rolling Stones in 1966 with Brian Jones and the Who opening for
Herman's Hermits in 1967, These were to me some of the best concerts by
these bands as they never produced anything quite like them in later years.
My family and I moved to Wilmington, Delaware in
1970 where I began my own career as a drummer and of course continued to go
to great concerts in the Philadelphia area. I grew up in Timonium, MD and
attended Dulaney High School.
Hendrix March 10, 1968 Hilton Hotel Ballroom, Washington
I recently got an e-mail from Vince F. who is the guy I went to
this and many other shows with including the Beatles.
The Beatles sound was pretty primitive, but it was a blast to be there.
I also remember us attending the
Hendrix Concert at the Hilton. Afterwards,
as we were standing on Florida Avenue, Hendrix's limousine pulled up and
window came down. You asked if he would give you something -- anything.
gave you his (still lit) cigarette. Did you save the butt? Did you have
preserved in any way?
Here is the whole story.
When we arrived at the Hilton we saw
Hendrix come out a side door and get into the Limo.
There were two shows and the first had just ended. We decided that after the
2nd show we would get back to this door quick so we could get an autograph. Sure
enough he came out the same door. I tried to grab his hat. ( it was the same hat
you see in photos from that period with buttons and patches all over it.) They
kept moving and jumped in the Limo. It took off around the corner and we thought
that was that but as we walked around the corner the Limo was waiting at the red
light. I ran up to his window and knocked on it. He rolled it down and I said "
give me your hat" Hendrix said " man-I cant give this hat up" I said well give
me something. They looked around for something to give me and Mitch said give
him your cigarette. He did, the light turned green and off they went.
Pretty cool experience for a 16 year old rock and roller.
It was a Salem 100 and I kept it in a baggie for many years but alas, It got
lost in the shuffle of my life.
Buy the way - this was the same door that
Pres. Reagan came out of and was shot. He had just given a speech in the same
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion ( MPP) was one of my favorite places to see
It is an open air arena with a roof but no sides. On May 25th
1969 I saw The Who do an incredible show there. They destroyed all there
equipment at the end of the show, It was great . The opening act was a band
with there first album out — Led Zeppelin.
Hendrix was the Man, We all wanted to see him again. The first time was
at the Washington Hilton Ballroom in D.C. on 3/10/68.
The day of the show at MPP was cloudy and are seats were on the “grass”.
This was the area behind the seats were the roof ended but there was plenty
of space for blankets and people just sitting on the ground. Remember it’s
an amphitheater on a big hill.
About half way into the show the rain started. Everyone rushed up to the
and they let us in (as best they could). Jimi was saying “let them in”
“Rainy Day, dream Away” and when the thunder started he started playing back
to it with some feedback. It was great.
He was just playing with the lightening and thunder.
It was incredible !!!
Your ticket stubs brought back some nice memories. I also
saw the Beatles in '66, when I was 14, but I was totally disappointed
because of all the screaming and the inferior P.A. system. ( I was behind
home plate about 30 rows up). My next concert was the Doors at the Hilton
Ballroom. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band opened for them (who I wasn't real
familiar with), and they were excellent. If I remember correctly, after the
Doors final song, there was no applause. Everyone just shuffled out of the
room in a stunned reverent hush. What an excellent concert!
I also saw Steely Dan at Shady Grove in '73.
I didn't even know who I was going to see. There had been three groups with
similar names come out that year - Steely Dan, Steeler's Wheel, and Steeleye
Span. Luckily, I picked the right band! Blew me away. But they had a Mick
Jagger-type lead singer who I didn't think jibed with the rest of the band.
Another concert that really sticks with me was Cream at Baltimore CC. What a
I have a few old stubs, including The Berlin Airlift. My recollections of
that one are a little hazy!
Anyway, thanks for the memories.
A Special Thanks
A special thanks has to go to my stepbrother David Stahl.
is a very successful Fashion Photographer in New York and was Steve (Guitar)
official photographer for many years. He is the one that got me into
Without his influence there would be no Rock Photos to see.
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