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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:05 AM
I've had the opportunity to see some great openers and not the famous folks (indigo girls, cracker, violent femmes all opened for Dead shows, but they were known at the time).

Tracy Chapman opening for Bob Dylan
Derek Trucks Band opening for Eric Johnson (or was it the other way around?)
REM opening for the English Beat
Talking Heads opening for the Ramones
Dar Williams opening for Joan Baez
Primus opening for Jane's Addiction
Josh Ritter opening for Todd Snider

And that's just off the top of my head...

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:17 AM
For anyone going to the Friday Tedeschi Trucks show at The Beacon in September, make sure to catch the opener, The Wood Brothers. I think they should pick up a bunch of new fans that night.
 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:20 AM
Saw Billy Joel a couple of thimes open for J. Geils in the early 70's..... Although I'm not a Billy Joel fan, thought it was an interesting opening act to mention.
 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:35 AM
My .02.....if I'm going to a show, I prefer to see everything on the bill. That's often how I find new bands or players.
 
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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:41 AM
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In 1974 I saw Aerosmith open for The Band.

Not really sure of the dates for these next ones:

I saw some guy named Johnny Cougar open for The Kinks.

I went to an Eric Clapton show to see the opener, Ry Cooder.




I saw John Cougar get boo'd off the stage in 0akland when he was the opening act for Randy Hansen and Rainbow with Richie Blackmore. He lasted about 1/2 a song...he screamed "What about that San Francisco love" as he was pelted with beer and what ever else people could find the throw...He yelled out "F U" and ran back stage....

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:44 AM
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For anyone going to the Friday Tedeschi Trucks show at The Beacon in September, make sure to catch the opener, The Wood Brothers. I think they should pick up a bunch of new fans that night.


I had never heard of the Wood Brothers when they opened for the TTB in Savannah a couple of years ago (I think it was the TTB's first gig). I love these guys. I'm not sure if they have a full band but it was just the two of them (guitar & bass) when I saw them. The bass player is from MMW.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 11:50 AM
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In 1974 I saw Aerosmith open for The Band.

Not really sure of the dates for these next ones:

I saw some guy named Johnny Cougar open for The Kinks.

I went to an Eric Clapton show to see the opener, Ry Cooder.




I saw John Cougar get boo'd off the stage in 0akland when he was the opening act for Randy Hansen and Rainbow with Richie Blackmore. He lasted about 1/2 a song...he screamed "What about that San Francisco love" as he was pelted with beer and what ever else people could find the throw...He yelled out "F U" and ran back stage....


I wonder if that beer "hurt so good"? Wocka Wocka Wocka

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 12:01 PM
First time I seen the North Mississippi Allstars they opened for Govt. Mule.
3/28/2000

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Set: Grinnin' In Your Face > Wandering Child > Game Face > World Gone Wild, No Need To Suffer > Pass The Peas, Waitin' For The Bus > Jesus Just Left Chicago, Life Before Insanity, Lay Your Burden Down > Drums > Matt/Warren > jam > Bad Little Doggie, Far Away, Mule > I've Been Working > Mule
Encore: She Caught The Katy *, Come On In My Kitchen **+> Look On Yonder Wall **
Setlist Notes: * Cody Dickinson on electric washboard , Luther Dickinson on guitar and Richard Price on bass (North Mississippi Allstars), no Woody; ** Luther on guitar; + first time with vocals

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 12:02 PM
One of my best shows ever was Keller Williams, YMSB and the Flecktones at the Fox in '04. I had seen Bela before, and it was like one big concert as various members joined their predecessors on stage one after another. There was never any setbreak. Been a big Yonder fan since. Keller was somewhat entertaining only.

Have to admit I skipped an opener this yr: Regina Spektor opening for Petty. Sat in the lot and enjoyed a nice view w/ friends. Think Tom was going for the female teen angst crowd on that pick.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 12:27 PM
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I had never heard of the Wood Brothers when they opened for the TTB in Savannah a couple of years ago (I think it was the TTB's first gig). I love these guys. I'm not sure if they have a full band but it was just the two of them (guitar & bass) when I saw them. The bass player is from MMW.


They have a great drummer who and sings 3rd harmony. They are really something special.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 12:46 PM
Saw a relative unknown act called the Charlie Daniels Band open for a too-drunk-to-find-my-own-@ss=in-a-mirror-using-both-hands, a Texaco road map-and a GPS - Eric Clapton (1972).

Saw then unheard of Huey Lewis and the News blow 38 Special into the parking lot.

Saw a mighty good Brian Setzer Orchestra open for Bob Dylan. Dylan won that one, though.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 02:15 PM
yeah opening acts suck ...like when I saw Little Feat open for Bob and the Wailers at the Beacon on Bob's Birthday many moons ago. In the 70's I saw Wet Willie open so many shows I used to tell friends I was going to see Wet Willie instead of the headliners. Thank the gods that WW is an all time favorite.And if my memory serves me correctly(it may not) but weren't the ABB the opening act for Johnny Winter And when Fillmore East was recorded?

 

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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 08:49 PM
I believe the ABB were indeed "opening" for Johnny Winter at those shows.

How about the legendary February 1970 Fillmore East shows with the Dead and the Allmans? Anybody who came late to those shows missed out. Those shows are the source of Dick's Picks Vol. 4 for the Dead, and the ABB also had a live CD released from those shows that is now out of print. It's a shame, it's a smoking show with a great Mountain Jam.

That run of shows at Fillmore East also featured Love, and underrated band in their own right, with the incredible Arthur Lee. Now that is a full night of music!

 
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  posted on 6/14/2012 at 09:32 PM
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I remember seeing Skynyrd get attacked with catcalls and beer cans when they lowered a huge Confederate flag behind the stage


I can vividly recall them doing this in '75 or '76 @ Winterland while they played, "I Ain't the one" .....they were not attacked with beer cans back in those days, just a bunch of fans going nuts...

 

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  posted on 6/16/2012 at 02:21 AM
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Bands like that bring their own crowds and expectations. I love hearing new, young bands as openers!

That doesn't always work out real well. When I first saw SRV the opener was Huey Lewis and the News. Average age for the crowd was 12 yo...maybe.
They were booing Stevie by the second song!


Wasn't this the other way around? SRV's career made a big leap forward while being support act for Huey Lewis and the News when Huey was really popular and had a big string of hits. SRV made many new fans on that tour.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2012 at 03:08 AM
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For anyone going to the Friday Tedeschi Trucks show at The Beacon in September, make sure to catch the opener, The Wood Brothers. I think they should pick up a bunch of new fans that night.


I had never heard of the Wood Brothers when they opened for the TTB in Savannah a couple of years ago (I think it was the TTB's first gig). I love these guys. I'm not sure if they have a full band but it was just the two of them (guitar & bass) when I saw them. The bass player is from MMW.


A lot of the shows from their current tour are being upped on btetree....

 

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  posted on 6/16/2012 at 03:13 AM
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kind of like a psychedelic concentration camp


This....is classic. Made me laugh out loud....in recognition. I didn't have to visualize it because I was an inmate.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2012 at 03:19 AM
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I believe the ABB were indeed "opening" for Johnny Winter at those shows.

How about the legendary February 1970 Fillmore East shows with the Dead and the Allmans? Anybody who came late to those shows missed out. Those shows are the source of Dick's Picks Vol. 4 for the Dead, and the ABB also had a live CD released from those shows that is now out of print. It's a shame, it's a smoking show with a great Mountain Jam.

That run of shows at Fillmore East also featured Love, and underrated band in their own right, with the incredible Arthur Lee. Now that is a full night of music!


And don't forget the incredible jam during the Dead's closing set on 2-11-70 which comprised said Dead, Duane, Gregg, Berry, Butch, and Peter Green and Danny Kirwan from Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood tripping his brains out while insanely banging a tambourine or some other percussive instrument.

In that case whoever left EARLY really focked up.

Truly epic.

 

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  posted on 6/16/2012 at 09:11 AM
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Or that the Brothers opened in Dec. 1969 at Ludlow Garage -- for The Frost

Some years ago, picked up this funky album -- by, The Frost -- it's called Rock n Roll -- not a bad album -- a 12 min. cover of an Animals tune, forgotten which -- also a good acoustic one, called Linda

but it was a kick to see a repro of that poster on the inside of Gregg's book -- The Frost, in big lettering -- then in the fine print, the Allman Brothers -- good gosh...

Galactic opened one time for the ABB at Meadowbrook, they were quite good -- different

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Stephen, some pretty good talent in that band - Dick Wagner, who played guitar in Alice Cooper's band as well as Lou Reed's greatest band, on Rock & Roll Animal.


Yes there is bro -- took a listen the other night -- it's called "Rock n Roll Music" ... subheaded "w/live selections from the Grande Ballroom, Detroit" (it's from 1969) -- the 1st & last songs on the first side are live rockers -- the 2nd & 4th ones are studio rockers -- & the middle one, the 3rd one, is the acoustic-mellow "Linda" -- then the second side is live, w/Donny's Blues (Don Hartman, a great player), & a 12 min. cover of the Animals' WGGOOTPlace -- it's a treat

 

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  posted on 6/17/2012 at 01:29 AM
Great Thread!!
"Talking Heads opening for the Ramones"=lucky!!!

some of the ones I can remember of the top of my cranium:
Sonic Youth opening for Pearl Jam x6
Benevento/Russo Duo opening for Toots and the Maytals
Rage Against The Machine opening for U2
Toubab Krewe opening for Galactic
DTB for the Brothers during a rainy night at lakewood in ATL
Robert Cray for Clapton( on the trucks tour) x2
Shemekia Copeland for Robert Cray
The Mars Volta and Snoop Dog for Red Hot Chili Peppers
Foo Fighters for Red hot chili peppers
DTB for Santana
The Strokes for Tom Petty and the heartbreakers
some cool little cirque du soleil type thing open for Paul McCartney
wow sooo many more i could type all night...once again, great thread

do festivals count?


 

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