Police, March 79 Grinnell, Iowa
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Great: George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers
Both were opening acts on their first US tours. GT and DD opened for The Rolling Stones in 1981 and Styx opened for Aerosmith in 1977. Thorogood was awesome!! They embarrassed the Stones!
My wife saw The Eagles as an opening act on their first US tour.
Hendrix in '67 in Santa Barbara, Zep in '69 (my little band opened for them and technically it was the second part of their first tour) in Honolulu, Tull in '69...note that Tull and Zep made pretty much every other band (except Hendrix of course) seem like they were "loitering"...not my term but somebody in Rolling Stone back then said that...perfectly.
- Talking Heads 1976, first album. Small club Yonkers, NY.
The crowd found them so boring, the club was empty half way thru.
- Bad Company 1975. Headlining at MSG(Thin Lizzy opening act)
- Lene Lovich 1979 Stateless album, NYC
- David Johansen 1978 first solo album NYC
- Blondie at Max's Kansas City and CBGB. Then 1976 first official tour, Village Gate, NYC (on Private Stock Records)
- Also, Squeeze in a small club. They were known as UK Squeeze and were punks. They spit on the crowd and hurled obscenities at us.
- Almost forgot about Twisted Sister when they were a cover band (NYC area)
Stevie Ray Vaughn in a small club in NJ around 1983. Headliners were Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds that night. Being a Bowie fan, I new SRV played guitar on his Lets Dance record. I guess not many people knew SRV because only around 100 people were there to witness an INCREDIBLE 45 min set he played. I was blown away so I didn't even stay to see the rest of the show. Felt sorry for the fans who missed him that night. Oh Well...
Well I saw Led Zepplin in Philly in 71, 72? Not their first tour I see. The most anticipated and unfortunately disappointing concert I ever saw, the sound was soooooo loud that you actually couldn't hear them if that makes sense. The sound guy should have been shot.
David Bowie, did 3 shows (Ziggy Stardust) at the Tower Theater in Philly. One of the great ones, especially in a small venue, his first US tour I believe 71 or 72. Poco, Loggins and Messina, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, never heard of them before, thought it was a girl, a spur of the moment thing. Bonnie Raitt at the Bijou Cafe in Philly, talk about a small venue, like the Troubadour. She played there a lot in her early years before she was known and did the big tour circuit. Speaking of the Troubadour I thought Elton John's 1st appearance in the US was there. Didn't realize he toured here in '69 or maybe the Troubadour in '69? THAT would have been one to see along with King Crimson, anyone see them on their first tour?