Archive for the ‘Live Rock’ Category


October 31, 2007

This show featured Robert Cray at the beginning of his career, and went on to a long set with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and guests like Bonnie Raitt! The links are:

Austin Riverfest
Austin TX 05-25-1987


I Guess I Showed Her
You Can’t Take It With You
KBFH Announcement
Don’t Touch Me
Foul Play
Bad Influence
The Last Time (I Get Burned Like This)
Still Around
False Accusations
New Blood
Phone Booth
Playin’ in the Dirt
KBFH Chatter
Smoking Gun
Right Next Door

Robert Cray – vocals, guitar
Richard Cousins – bass
Peter Boe – keyboards
David Olson – drums

The Annual Austin Riverfest
Austin TX 05-25-1987


Hot Number
Why Get Up
Pretty Baby
Fine, Fine, Fine
Wrap It Up
Full Time Lover
Two Time My Lovin’
My Babe
She’s Tough
Stand Back
Streets of Gold
Wasted Tears
Sofa Circuit
Look At That, Look At That
Tuff Enuff
Man Size Job
I Believe I’m In Love
I Hear You Knockin’
Stagger Lee
The Crawl

Fran Cristina – drums
Preston Hubbard – bass
Jimmie Vaughan – guitar, vocals
Kim Wilson – vocals, harmonica
Guest: Bonnie Raitt
Guest: Dave Edmunds
Guest: Nick Lowe
Guest: Robert Cray


BRUCE COCKBURN – Park West, Chicago IL 11-02-1984

October 31, 2007

A great singer/songwriter, who, while I disagree with his politics, comes up with some timeless songs. Check out “The Trouble With Normal” and, most especially, “If I Had A Rocket Launcher”!

Park West, Chicago IL  11-02-1984


The Trouble With Normal
Wondering Where the Lions Are
If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Bruce Cockburn – vocals, guitar
Jon Goldsmith – keyboards, vocals
Fergus Marsh – bass
Michael Pouliot – drums
Chi Sharp – percussion

OUTLAWS – Two From the Record Plant 1975 & 1976

October 31, 2007

I’ve always loved the Outlaws. I think I picked up on them with their first album, and was immediately enamored of “Green Grass and High Tides”.  Anyway, here are two short shows recorded pretty early:


The Record Plant, Sausalito CA  03-11-1975


Song In the Breeze
There Goes Another Love Song
Cry No More
Knoxville Girl
Green Grass and High Tides

Billy Jones – vocals, guitar
Henry Paul – vocals, guitar
Frank O’Keefe – bass
Hughie Thomasson – vocals, guitar
Monte Yoho – drums

The Record Plant, Los Angeles  11-22-1976


Stick Around For Some Rock and Roll
Song In the Breeze
Freeborn Man
Cry No More
Knoxville Girl
Green Grass and High Tides
There Goes Another Love Song

Billy Jones – vocals, guitar
Henry Paul – vocals, guitar
Frank O’Keefe – bass
Hugh Thompson – vocals, guitar
Monte Yoho – drums


PAT TRAVERS – Three Shows

October 31, 2007

Pat Travers has always been one of my faves. I’ve seen him in clubs, in small auditoriums, and in arenas–he’s always fantastic, and surrounds himself with great musicians.

The earliest, from Rockpalast in 1976: 

Pat Travers
The Ritz, New York City  11-10-1982


The Fifth
Who’ll Take the Fall
Life In London
I’d Rather See You Dead
I La La La Love You
Crash and Burn
Misty Morning (In New Orleans)
Amgwanna Kick Booty
Can’t Stop the Heartaches
Snortin’ Whiskey, Drinkin’ Cocaine
Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)

Pat Travers – lead vocals, lead guitar
Don Harriss – keyboards, vocals
Pete Cowling – bass
Dave Levine – drums

Pat Travers
West Palm Beach FL  03-26-1984


Life In London
Gettin’ Betta
Just Try Talkin’ (To Those Dudes)
I La La La Love You
Born Under A Bad Sign
Ready Or Not
Hot Shot
Born A Rocker
Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)
Snortin’ Whiskey, Drinkin’ Cocaine

Pat Travers – vocals, guitar
Jerry Riggs – guitar, vocals
Barry Dunaway – bass, vocals
Pat Marchino – drums

JOHN COUGAR – Lincoln NE 08-12-1982

October 31, 2007

Pre-“Mellencamp”, Post- “Johnnie”. A very nice set, just as he was starting to make it!

Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln NE  08-12-1982


Thirty Days In the Hole
Ain’t Even Done With the Night
Thundering Hearts
Hand To Hold On To/Fire and Water
Hurts So Good
Down South Jukin’
Jack and Diane
A Little Night Dancin’
This Time
I Need A Lover
Close Enough/Hurts So Good (Reprise)

John Mellencamp – lead vocals, guitar
Kenny Aronoff – percussion, drums
Larry Crane – guitar
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass
Mike Wanchic – guitar

Average White Band – Spectrum, Philadelphia 08-17-1976

October 31, 2007

This short, sweet set reminds me of my high school days, and the quality is pretty great. Sadly, no copies of “Cut the Cake” or “Pick Up the Pieces”, but still a solid live set!

Spectrum, Philadelphia  08-17-1976


Person To Person
Goin’ Home
Queen of My Soul
A Love of Your Own
Love Your Life
Work To Do

Alan Gorrie – vocals, bass, guitar
Hamish Stuart – vocals, guitar, bass
Onnie McIntyre – guitar
Roger Ball – alto sax, keyboards
Malcolm Duncan – tenor sax
Steve Ferrone – drums
Marvin Stamm – trumpet

JOHNNY VAN ZANT – Reseda CA 10-22-1983

October 31, 2007

Before he joined Skynyrd–and you shouldn’t miss this one!

The Country Club, Reseda CA  10-22-1982


Right or Wrong/Night Time Lady
Can’t Live Without Your Love
No More Dirty Deals
Let There Be Music
I Ain’t the One/Last of the Wild Ones
Coming Home
Standing In the Darkness
Only the Strong Survive
It’s You
Good Girls Turning Bad

Johnny Van Zant – vocals
Ribbue Morris – bass
Robbie Gay – guitar
Eric Lundgren – guitar
Ronnie Clausman – drums
Brian Heatherington – keyboards

HEART – Several Shows

October 31, 2007

I have bunches of Heart shows, as they’ve always been among my favorites. Let’s start with what may be the earliest surviving Heart live from February and March of 1976:

April 9, 1976
The Second Ending
KWSU-TV Studios
Washing State University
Pullman, WA

Recorded: Feb/March, 1976
Broadcast: 4-09-76 (Sat. @ 10:30PM) & 4-10-76 (Sun. @ 6:30PM)

Master Reel #6080 > Low Gen VHS > SA DVD > TMPGEng DVD Author > TC
Audio Bitrate:  224 kb/s tot, Stereo
Audio Codec:    AC3

White Lightning & Wine
Dreamboat Annie
Silver Wheels
Crazy On You
Sing Child Sing
Soul Of The Sea
Devil Delight
Magic Man

Ann Wilson – Vocals & Flute
Nancy Wilson – Guitars & Vocals
Roger Fisher – Lead Guitar
Michael Derosier – Drums
Steve Fossen – Bass & Vocals
Howard Leese – Keyboards, Guitars & Vocals

Then, from the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, here’s another great show:

Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles  09-01-1977


Kick It Out
Sing Child
Silver Wheels
Dreamboat Annie
Little Queen
Magic Man
Crazy On You
White Lightning and Wine
Rock and Roll
Without You

Ann Wilson – vocals, guitar
Nancy Wilson – guitar, vocals
Howard Leese – keyboards, vocals
Mike DeRossier – drums
Roger Fisher – guitar, vocals
Steve Fossen – bass

And yet another from Seattle WA in 1979:

Seattle, WA  06-03-1979


Cook With Fire
Devil Delight
Straight On
Mistral Wind
Dog and Butterfly
Silver Wheels/Crazy On You
Magic Man

Ann Wilson – vocals, guitar
Nancy Wilson – guitar, vocals
Howard Leese – keyboards, vocals
Mike DeRossier – drums
Roger Fisher – guitar, vocals
Steve Fossen – bass

I have many, many more great Heart shows, if these prove popular enough!

Dr John – Bottom Line, New York 11-08-1978

October 31, 2007

This is a truly great show!

The Bottom Line, New York NY  11-08-1978


Swanee River Boogie
Dance the Night Away With You
Wild Honey
City Lights
Street Side
Mama Roux
He’s A Hero
Right Place, Wrong Time
Let’s Make A Better World
Fire of Love
Such A Night
Iko Iko

Dr. John – lead vocals, piano
David Sanborn – alto sax
Kim Hutchinson – alto sax, woodwinds
Buzzy Feiten – lead guitar
Jim Calhoun- bass
Neil Larsen – organ
Hugh McCracken – guitars
Steve Gadd – drums
Joyce Kaye – vocals
Tami Lynn – vocals

DOOBIE BROTHERS – Rainbow Theatre 08-31-1977

October 31, 2007

I had two taped copies of this one in the seventies, but never nearly as clean as this one. If you liked the album LIVIN’ ON THE FAULT LINE, you’ll love this show!

Rainbow Theatre, London ENGLAND  08-31-1977


China Grove/Takin’ It To the Streets
It Keeps You Runnin’/For Someone Special
Precis Jam
Little Darlin’ (I Need You)
Livin’ On the Fault Line
You’re Made That Way
Black Water
Take Me In Your Arms
Road Angel

Jeff Skunk Baxter – guitar, pedal steel
John Hartman – drums
Tom Johnston – guitar, vocals
Keith Knudson – drums, vocals
Bobby LaKind – percussion, vocals
Michael McDonald – keyboards, vocals
Tiran Porter – bass, vocals
Patrick Simmons – guitar, vocals
Norton Buffalo – harmonica, vocals
Rosemary Butler – vocals