The appearance of the Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore East on March 12 and 13, 1971 is one of the landmark concerts of rock and was a defining moment for a band now recognized as a giant of its era. Before the Fillmore performances, the Brothers were a promising new band with a couple of popular albums to their credit. These concerts made them instant classics.
From a technical standpoint, this is one of the finest live recordings ever made. Produced by the legendary Tom Dowd, it lacks the muddy, washed-out quality that often plagues older Continue reading this entry »
You may have seen old concerts on your DIRECTV San Jose or you may just know her from “I Love the 60s” marathons but Janis Joplin was a sight to behold. Here are a few of the things she’s done to attract attention on her many tours over the years up until her untimely death.
Wild Turkey – Joplin rarely went on stage without an entire bottle of Wild Turkeyher alcohol dependence is what led to her early death but the bottle became her hallmark from early on in her career.
Nudity and Costumes – Janis wore a wide variety of flower child outfits and she sometimes bared her breasts onstage to get a rise out of the crowd. She was a true hippie child which is part of why her fans were so enamored by her essence.
Famous Friends – Joplin hung with a famous crowd: Jimi Hendrix and the like. She was constantly surrounded by fellow famous people which made any Janis Joplin show a chance to see one of the coolest duets of the era. You never knew what you were going to get!
Today’s concert tours provide the engine for the development of star power and accelerated record sales in all corners of the globe. Rare is the musician or any other entertainment act that can achieve the status of “super star” without putting forth the monumental effort of touring with their production and subsidiary staff, for the purpose of showing off their talents to a larger audience.
Generating revenues through ticket, record and souvenir sales is the major purpose of the highly orchestrated tours that today’s premier musical acts provide. Touring Continue reading this entry »
For every great rock n roll band, and every great rock n roll artist, there is a great promoter backing them up. Considered to be one of the best rock n roll promoters of all time, BIll Graham, has really done a great job in creating some of the best and most well known artists and bands in the world. To have a great name in the industry, and to be popular, it doesn’t matter how Continue reading this entry »
AC/DC, Black Ice World Tour
The Black Ice World Tour was launched in support of the bands studio album, Black Ice, and spanned the years 2008-2010. At its conclusion, the tour was the highest grossing of all time with a total of 441.1 million. It also won the “Major Tour of the Year” at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2009.
The Rolling Stones, A Bigger Band Tour
The A Bigger Band Tour was in support of The Rolling Stone’s studio album of the same name. It grossed a total of Continue reading this entry »
Narrowing down 5 of the greatest rock and roll shows ever can be hard to do but, if I had to pick I would most definitely start with the Beatles at Shea stadium in ’65. The “British Invasion” starting right here is the United States was an amazing step up for rock and roll everywhere. This concert brought in around 56,000 people which is just epic. Also, speaking of epic, could there ever be another Woodstock? All the talent, emotion, great music and heart that went into this event, couldn’t Continue reading this entry »