Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rock and Roll

Some more music photos from venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. At top is George Harrison at the Oakland Coliseum Arena which now has some corporate name. He was in horrible voice on much of this tour in 1974, but it was great to see him and his wonderful band. Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull is next, also in Oakland. This was the first and last time I saw them live, but Anderson is a great entertainer and songwriter. One of my favorites, Little Feat, from Winterland in San Francisco, follows. The mainstay of the band was the late Lowell George, on guitar in the spotlight. The band has continued on to this day without him, but while they're still a smokin' outfit, it's not quite the same. With George onstage is Paul Barrere, Kenny Gradney and Sam Clayton. Next, again from Oakland, where all big acts played when they came to the Bay Area, is Elton John. I saw him in San Francisco on his first US tour with a three-piece band. By this time, he had gotten hugely popular. And last, the great Mink de Ville, featuring Willy DeVille on the left, opening for Elvis Costello and Rockpile at the San Jose Center For Performing Arts. Willy is very obscure compared to the other acts featured here, but still a tremendous talent.

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