Today we introduce a new recurring post called Yesterday and Today where we celebrate rock heroes from the 60s and 70s that managed to survive fame and fortune and are still entertaining us today. To kick off these posts I’m featuring a singer that I like to refer to as “The Voice”…..Mr Greg Lake (pictured above at an Emerson, Lake and Palmer concert from the 70s). Let’s listen Greg performing C’est La Vie at a concert in Montreal in 1977…..
Greg is still with us today and still performing. Like the rest of us he doesn’t look the same as he did forty years ago but… if you listen closely… the voice is still there.
C’set La Vie indeed…..
I had a major meltdown on Friday but now I’m back in the saddle so hang on tight…..the ride may be a little rough.
Here is my new theme song. (a couple of cover versions followed by a live performance by the songwriter with a great introductory speech)
Jackson Browne (acoustic)
Eddie Vedder (acoustic)
Steven Van Zant – the writer of the song
As I move forward with this blog there willl be no more “pussyfooting”. In case that is a uniquely American term, let me define it for you:
Pussyfooting: To act or proceed cautiously or timidly
From here on out I am going to say exactly what I feel and…..to use Steven Van Zandt’s words, I plan to:
………question every motherfucker every time!
Here are a couple of topics I plan to address head-on in the next couple of weeks, in addition to my usual music posts.
- The Ultimate Sellout
- Religion and Politics
- Racism and Politics
- Hypocrisy, Cowardice, and Politics
- Bain Capital Explained (Using American History As It Might Have Been)
As I said…..hang on tight!
Yes I am a huge Neil Young fan but if you read this blog you have probably figured that out by now. Today’s cool concert chatter is a great Neil Young boot from a 1974 performance at the Bottom Line. Both Neil and the audience appeared to be in very talkative moods. As a lead in to singing Motion Pictures, Neil tells two great stories: one about why he quit performing Southern Man and a second one about how to make “honey slides”. Let’s listen……..
The website thrasherswheat.org offers a few further details about the Southern Man story that Neil tells in the video.
The song “Southern Man” was at the center of an unfortunate event on the 1973 tour and has been recounted by Neil in concert. The incident ocurred on March 31, 1973 in Oakland, CA. During the performance of “Southern Man”, an excited fan approached the stage dancing and having a good time. A security guard approached the fan and proceeded to “beat the crap out of him” and have him removed. Young stopped playing the song, left the stage, and abruptly canceled the rest of the performance. Young believed that the assault flew directly in the face of the song’s message of tolerance and diversity and was sickened by the attack. A final irony of the Oakland “Southern Man” performance was that the officer was black and the beaten fan was white.
The honey slides that Neil talked about seem to have been the band’s preferred drug during the recording of On The Beach and based on Rusty Kershaw’s liner notes for the album it must have been some powerful shit.
Not to speak of the fun we had. We laughed so hard we all had bruised ribs. On revolution blues, I turned into a python then an aligator, I was crawling like one making noises like one.
Plus I was eating up the carpet and mike stands and such and in the meanwhile I started to crawl up towards Neil, which is pretty spooky.
The life of a rock star! Stay tuned for future editions of Cool Concert Chatter. As always, let me know what you think.
Say what you will about Neil Young but the man has unquestionable integrity regarding his music. You will never hear one of his songs in an commercial and you will never see one of his concert tours with corporate backing. That integrity is one of the many reasons I am such a big fan and is also what this song is about.
This acoustic version of This Note’s For You is from a 1997 concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neil performed it based on a request from the audience and struggled with remembering the words. Fortunately the audience was there to help him. I hope you enjoy this post…this particular version of the song is not widely available.
A Poem on the Underground Wall Back Story
Today’s post is a 1967 Simon and Garfunkel performance of A Poem on the Underground Wall in New York City. While it is a wonderful performance of a really good song, the prize here is Art’s story about the making of the cover for the Wednesday Morning 3 AM album. I really enjoyed the story which also explains the inspiration for the song that follows. As always, let me know what you think
This is the first of what is planned as a continuing series of posts. Although we all go to concerts for the music, some of the best moments are the stories that get told between songs. If you have ever been lucky enough to go to a Bruce Springsteen concert you know what I am talking about.
What I have for you today is something from my personal stash. It captures Neil Young in a 1974 concert at the Bitter End. In this piece he talks about why he quit playing Southern Man AND tells you how to make honey sliders. This is good stuff. As always let me know what you think.