Vintagerock.com is a cool site for any of you fellow 70's burnouts.
Found these great newspaper ads there from Southern California concerts back in the day.
I went to all of these shows!
Sept. 1978. This was one of the first concert dates I went on with the girl who is now my wife.
Van Halen blew everyone's doors. It was their first major tour and they were on fire!
Sabbath—who I loved—was sad and coked out this time around. I had seen them better previously.
I had seen Boston the year before at UC Santa Barbara—where they were much better. (Starcastle was the opening act at that UCSB show—the keyboard player wore a cape. I would copy him years later and even top him with the addition of stage body armor!)
Sammy was OK—these were his best years as a solo artist.
I was actually more into Thin Lizzy than Queen back then. Phil Lynott was bad to the bone!
This was the mother of all bragging-rights shows!
They ended up playing 7 nights at the Forum.
I saw them opening and closing nights—a rare coup with tickets that were like gold!
In retrospect—they were sloppy.
But I loved every second of it!
My lasting memory is the long acoustic set where John Paul Jones played a triple-necked acoustic guitar and sang the high part in "Battle of Evermore".
This was a great show. They played some new songs from Technical Ecstasy—still one of my favorite less-popular Sabbath records.
I loved Sabbath. Geezer Butler was my early bass hero. I never could master that english moustache though!
Point Blank was the opening act. I remember they had a song called "Mean To Your Queenie".
This was the first time I ever heard Rush. We came to see Ted. I thought Geddy Lee was a girl when he first started singing. Almost bought a Rickenbacker bass because of him. Glad I didn't. They are actually crappy basses.
I loved this Moodies record. It was a step toward a new sound for them back then. Great show. I remember being bummed out because my girlfriend had broken up with me. Fortunately we got back together—and celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next September!
The 70's in Southern California was a special time. I have no regrets.
...But for the grace of God go I.