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    GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Anything to earn a buck and get your band's name out there. And that's probably all the money the band made from this gig. A buck.

    This photo captures a regular event at one of our local music stores back in the '70s. The music store is Giant Music and they would host these outdoor shows on certain weekends throughout the year. Note the cool vintage autos in the photo. I don't recall the details about this band and can not claim credit for the photo. You would rarely see something like this today at a strip shopping center. I believe this is the Giant Music in Falls Church, VA, however, they had other stores in the D.C. local area.

    Post your "Gigging in the '70s" photos!

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    Sweet bass!

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    I hope this thread gets some traction - could be really cool. That being said - I got nothin’ - HA !
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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    One of the weirdest gigs I ever had was in about '75 or 76. I was playing an a funk/fusion band in Detroit. We got an offer to play in and around a predominantly black college in the Atlanta, GA area. We were to be put up at somewhere with room and board and play at the school for a week or so. We packed up our stuff and "wagon-trained" down there...arriving at about 4AM. The "promoter" told us to meet at some pancake restaurant where he bought us breakfast (very magnanimous, lol) and direct us to the "motel" where he had rooms booked for us.

    We left the restaurant and followed him to the "motel"...which turned out to be a large house in an old, run-down residential area. It's now like 7am or so and we're wiped out start hauling in our bags and stuff, ready to crash. As I get into one of the bedrooms, I note that closet already has someone else's clothes in it!!! Well, I figured, "screw it, I'm wiped out...I'm just going to make room for my stuff." And as I start pushing the other clothes out of the way, I start to realize...these are all women's clothes. And they're all like, really flashy and racey. Then it dawns on me...this is a whore house! hahaha! The other guys confirm...same deal in their rooms!!! The %#$er put us up in a whore house!

    We grab our stuff and get the hell out and find the closest, cheapest #$%hole motel on the map and that's where we wind up staying. It wasn't much better, but at least we weren't likely to get arrested for being there, LOL. I have a couple photos from one the gigs. I had an early '70s tobacco colored 335 and blond Bassman piggyback...with an LPB-1 in front ;) I believe I also had a cry-baby and a 3-button Maestro phase shifter.

    Some club in Atalanta, crica '75 or so
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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    High school gig...


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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Technically 60s. Famous drummer and LP.


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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Gress View Post
    Technically 60s. Famous drummer and LP.

    Lol... is that in someone's backyard??

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    No pics but a story that I thought was cool. We closed a high school show in about 1979 my sophomore year. Our band opened with Tom Petty and the HB "refugee"- I was playing my very first electric guitar , a sunburst Rick 360- Now I know it was an old pristine one, but who knew then, right? into an Acoustic 360 (what are the chances- a 360 into a 360- just thought of that now). There was our drummer (Bailey Blanchard- a tranny, epileptic- nobody knew for sure if she was a he or not), a keyboard player (Jimmy Sauder), Alan Parker on bass (recently discharged from the US Army and jail somewhere), and his 15 year old wife, Weenie- who sang- I guess- although she had a heart of pure gold, and I hope like hell she is well, although the two of them were off to an inauspicious start in life. We were the bottom of the barrel socially in school frankly- a ragtag collection of folks who wanted to make rock and roll.
    The second to last band was really the cool kids (actually I was friendly enough with them) and their band played every function and in a few bars locally IIRC. This was my first gig, and it was getting on closing time due to local ordinances for teenagers, so a number folks had left or drifted off to make out. After we started (amazingly enough) the crowd thickened- I am guess to about 150 or so.
    Our last song was Jumpin Jack Flash- and me and Weenie did the whole guitar player singing into the lead singers mic bit- a couple of real rockers right?
    Now Denise was the lead guitar players girl friend in the other band, and she was very pretty, and really was friendly with everyone at Edwin O Smith School (dwin mith cool- every time they tried to fix the sign someone would steal the offending letters). She was always very nice to me and everyone I knew, and I would have pulled my own eyeteeth out with pliers to go out with her. As we were leaving I passed her at the exit with an armful of speakers or something, and she was singing "But it's alright, now". That was one of the high water marks of my music career. Thanks Denise.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    I absolutely love this stuff...thanks for sharing Lads.

    I'm only 55 times round the sun, so I've got nothing.

    All I remember about the '70's is that I had long hair and a head full of magic...

    Shakespeare walks into a pub, the Landlord says "get out, you're Bard"

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by ourmaninthenorth View Post
    I absolutely love this stuff...thanks for sharing Lads.

    I'm only 55 times round the sun, so I've got nothing.

    All I remember about the '70's is that I had long hair and a head full of magic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by corpse View Post
    OMITN- Send me your email would ya? jcichy@paigeelectric.com
    Done.
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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    I think my Mother still has some shots of my old band from the late 60's - early 70's era. Problem is, back then I was behind the drum kit.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    The OP photo looks more like the 60's than the 70's.

    I grew up around the DC area so everything looks familiar.

    I saw the Foo Fighters play in the parking lot of Tower Records in Rockville, MD on a weekday afternoon @ rush hour in the mid 90's. I had just gotten off work ~4 PM and Rockville Pike was turned into parking lot. Madness.

    I also saw Pearl Jam play an acoustic set inside the same store right around the time 10 was released.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Is mid-1980s close enough for LPF work? That's me on bass at a "Battle of the Bands" competition at a Philly-area vo-tech school.


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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by mdubya View Post
    The OP photo looks more like the 60's than the 70's.

    I grew up around the DC area so everything looks familiar.

    I saw the Foo Fighters play in the parking lot of Tower Records in Rockville, MD on a weekday afternoon @ rush hour in the mid 90's. I had just gotten off work ~4 PM and Rockville Pike was turned into parking lot. Madness.

    I also saw Pearl Jam play an acoustic set inside the same store right around the time 10 was released.
    Maybe late '60s, early '70s. Difficult to tell precisely.

    What do you think of that rickety little wooden stage? Not only is it very tiny and a falling hazard, the construction appears very flimsy. A wind gust could send those guys and their gear over the side!
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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    No band shots, but here's one of yours truly in '79. 15 going on 35.



    Daft as a bloody brush.

    Still am.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by ourmaninthenorth View Post
    No band shots, but here's one of yours truly in '79. 15 going on 35.



    Daft as a bloody brush.

    Still am.

    Damn longhair.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Gress View Post
    Technically 60s. Famous drummer and LP.



    Iggy Pop on drums and Dan Erlewine on guitar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    Maybe late '60s, early '70s. Difficult to tell precisely.

    What do you think of that rickety little wooden stage? Not only is it very tiny and a falling hazard, the construction appears very flimsy. A wind gust could send those guys and their gear over the side!
    Looks quite typical of the "what could go wrong?" ethics of the times.

    Muscle cars with no brakes, don't handle, non-functional seat belts.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by mdubya View Post
    non-functional seat belts.
    I don't think we discovered seat belts in New Jersey until the mid-1990s at the earliest.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    Iggy Pop on drums and Dan Erlewine on guitar?
    Bingo!

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    I recognized Dan but didn't catch the drummer.

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    I've seen the picture of Dan playing the Bloomfield Burst before but did not know Iggy was on the drums. Cool.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    ca. 1978, Road Ducks...aka, Dixie Road Ducks.

    another blast from the past.....Springfield, VA area band, Road Ducks playing a "show" in 1978. A lot of local and regional bands went out and payed their dues just like this.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    February 1971.
    1970 SG Standard into a 100w Plexi head into 1960 & 1960B 4x12s



    April '72
    I'm on the far side in the blue top


    June 1972
    Shorter hair, white bell bottoms!


    June 1973
    Now with a '69 LP Custom. Damn! I should never have moved that one on!



    Some have been posted before, but, enjoy!
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    And you know, you've got it all, you've got it there"

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    Still have that red 100w?
    The farther you go, the closer you are.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by J T View Post
    Still have that red 100w?
    No, moved it on in the mid '70s and moved to using a combo.
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    Live clip of Splinter at The Cavern, November 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxOCksQUKbI

    "And you're so, you're so heavy,
    As you stand close before me, baby all I do is stare,
    And you know, you've got it all, you've got it there"

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Me, circa 1968...pre electric. (notice the cool boots!). I got my first electric not long after this....which was a LP black beauty copy. Couple of years later I got my first "real" guitar which was a well used '66 Non Reverse Firebird which I gigged with for years. Got it from Andy Shernoff of The Dictators who worked in a music store in my area. Cool fun times.


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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Quote Originally Posted by John Vasco View Post
    February 1971.
    1970 SG Standard into a 100w Plexi head into 1960 & 1960B 4x12s



    April '72
    I'm on the far side in the blue top


    June 1972
    Shorter hair, white bell bottoms!


    June 1973
    Now with a '69 LP Custom. Damn! I should never have moved that one on!



    Some have been posted before, but, enjoy!
    Some great photos John!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    Some great photos John!
    Thanks Tom.

    I'm sitting in my study, and looking at your signed 'Sunburst' poster as I type!

    My best to you and yours for 2020!

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    Live clip of Splinter at The Cavern, November 2006: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxOCksQUKbI

    "And you're so, you're so heavy,
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    And you know, you've got it all, you've got it there"

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    April 1971, Fort Hunt High School. Geoff Richardson playing his refinished 1957 Les Paul w/ the D.C. area rock band Crank. Geoff plugged straight in to his 100 watt Marshall Super Lead. They played "British Invasion" covers with a searing lead guitar sound, and were one of the best bands around. Crank was the opening act at a concert headlined by The Ides of March ("I'm Your Vehicle") w/ Jim Peterik, vocals, guitar.

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    Re: GIGGING IN THE '70S, ANYTHING TO EARN A BUCK $$

    Punky Meadows w/ his band The Cherry People, ca. 1970; playing on the Washington Mall (Sylvan Theater?). Punky Meadows went on the form the D.C. area glam-rock band Angel in 1975. Angel toured extensively in the mid-late 1970s and recorded 6-7 albums IIRC.




    Punky Meadows w/ The Cherry People playing in a Georgetown club in 1969.



    Punky Meadows, ca. 1976. Angel has signed a record deal with Casablanca and is touring behind some of the big rock bands in the 1970s. Story goes Angel was "discovered" by Gene Simmons in 1975 when the Kiss frontman stopped in to see Angel at Bogies, a D.C. nightclub. I first saw Angel play at Bogies in March, 1975. They were on fire and just crushed that little nightclub!




    Punky Meadows and Angel performing as a show in the mid-1970s. Not sure where.



    Punky Meadows and Frank Dimino around 2017; the two oringal members recently reformed Angel and play venues throughout the U.S. and most recently England. Punky also put out a new album in 2018 which he used "Fallin Angel" as the bands name.



    Punky Meadows w/ Angel (reformed) playing a show recently. Not sure where.



    Angel at a recent show....nice clean stage!

    Last edited by marshall1987; 01-24-20 at 05:41 PM.
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