Friday, March 28, 2008

THE ROLLING STONES - Leeds, England 1971

No time for the old in-out, but here's some more classic dirty-ass Stones for the weekend. A stone masterpiece, this one; some say the best boot ever by the boys. Certainly a "Midnight Rambler" for the ages. Nice one, lads!

THE ROLLING STONES "Get Your Leeds Lungs Out!"
University of Leeds - Leeds, England - March 13, 1971 (SBD)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

THE ROLLING STONES - Fort Worth, TX 1978

Okay, done with Rush for awhile and on to the Chick's first-ever Stones post. This is one of the very finest boots by Mick, Keith & Co. by any reckoning. It goes by various titles ("Cowgirl Barbecue" being my fave, and "Handsome Girls" ain't bad either); I believe much of it was broadcast on ye olde "King Biscuit Flower Hour". Not the nasty stage banter, however, all of which is included here.

Sound quality is A+ perfection, as good as all of their many, many official live albums, and better than most. If you're a Some Girls fan, dig in -- they do about three-quarters of the album, as well as "All Down the Line," one of my best-loved Exile tunes. Loose 'n' dirty, sleazy 'n' slutty...roll 'em!

Tarrant County Convention Center - Fort Worth, TX - July 18, 1978 (SBD)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

RUSH - St. Louis, MO 1980

Busy work week, but here's more Rush as promised. A fantastic show, one of the top boots by this band, with the sonics and performance every bit as good as on Exit...Stage Left, the first Rush album I ever owned and still a monster fave. This is essentially an alternate version of that Double Live classic, subtracting some cuts while adding "2112" and more early tunes.

Kiel Auditorium - St. Louis, MO - February 14, 1980 (FMB)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

St. Patty's Day Greetings from Isle of Wight, 1970

Well, "Ugly Lady from Isle of Wight" is the title on YouTube, to which I can only respond..."Lady"? You sure about that?

Friday, March 14, 2008

RUSH - Tucson, AZ 1978

More Rush for the weekend. This epic soundboard show is even better than the last. Not only are the performance and sonics spot-on, but this is the one where Geddy has to (gently, of course) scold the unruly audience for pushing so hard that the stage was in danger of collapsing...which, in Ged's words, might have been a "big bummer." Disaster averted, the boys soldier on to "2112" and beyond!

RUSH "Every Soul a Battlefield"
Convention Center - Tucson, Arizona - November 20, 1978 (SBD)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

RUSH - Geleen, Holland 1979

As promised: first Rush post, last Pinkpop '79 post. Neat how that works, huh? No time to jibberjabber now, but I got plenty more Rush coming up soonly...

Meantime, enjoy this nifty one-hour blasterpiece, widely regarded among fans of Neil, Ged and Lerxst as the best single-CD Rush boot in the history of the universe. And the "Xanadu" choice.

Pinkpop Festival, Sportpark - Geleen, Holland - June 4, 1979 (FMB)

Friday, March 7, 2008

DIRE STRAITS - Geleen, Holland 1979

As hinted at, here's little palate-cleanser, also from Pinkpop '79 of course, of Dire Straits' performance. Or rather, what remains of it: four tracks from their first two albums preceded by an ear-pleasin' Dutch DJ's intro. The rest of what Knopfler & Co. played is long since lost to the ages...

So let's be thankful for this cozy little FM broadcast, straight from the vaults of Ickmusic -- cheers Icky! This Chick loves ya.

Next week we'll Rush into our final set from Pinkpop '79...

Pinkpop Festival, Sportpark - Geleen, Holland - June 4, 1979 (FMB)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

THE POLICE - Geleen, Holland 1979

I lied. I'm still in a Pinkpop '79 kinda mood, very much so, but rather than go with the band that appears above Elvis Costello and the Attractions on the previously pictured poster, how about one that appeared below them on the bill? Don't worry, we'll get to the next band soon enough (in a major way, too) -- and after that, maybe even the Dire Straits set from Pinkpop '79 as well. I'm busily hunting that one down...

Meantime, the Police's performance at the Geleen Sportpark -- which went a long way toward blowing them wide open, catching the attention of John Peel and the rock press beyond Europe -- is damn near perfect, in performance, setlist and sound quality. From Sting blowing his nose, to Andy's spectacularly out-of-tune guitar solo on "So Lonely," it's all damn good. Best bit? A magnificent encore of (ahem) "Can't Stand Losing You> Reggatta de Blanc > Banana Boat Song > Reggatta de Blanc > Can't Stand Losing You." Beat that.

Pinkpop Festival, Sportpark - Geleen, Holland - June 4, 1979 (FMB)