This was the first time I saw Tom Petty on the TV, and it blew me away! I was 11 years old and just started to discover music beyond Abba, Beatles and The Eagles.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1976 and soon started churning great rock songs. Rockpalast from Germany was one the few things worth watching in our “one-channel Tv-world” back in the late 70s in Norway. It was shown in the middle of the night, because you now, rock’n roll could deprave the minds of children. Some of us, stayed up all night to catch these few glimpses of what was happening in the great exciting world of rock’n roll.
Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Ron Blair, Benmont Tench and Stan Lynch opened their June 14,1977 taping at WDR Studio-L in Cologne with Surrender, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Jaguar and Thunderbird” came next. The setlist was a wonderful mix of originals and great cover versions. The world was changing.
Muddy Waters Bluesband live at Rockpalast is a great document of a fantastic musician and stage personality. It really shows Muddy’s magnetism and skill in working a crowd. Especially when he abandons his guitar for “Mannish Boy” and at the end prowls the stage, manic preaching-style, as he jumps up and down, bemoaning the fact that “another mule is kicking in your stall”. His falsetto is sweet and true here, and gives us a glimpse of the strong sexual attraction Waters exuded in the fifties. What an artist, what a stage presence!
Here’s a short but sweet film of what Led Zeppelin looked and sounded like in the first year of the band’s history. This was mid March, 1969. Their debut album, Led Zeppelin, had been out in USA for three months.
Led Zeppelin was on a tour of the UK and Scandinavia when they visited TV-Byen studios in Gladsaxe, Denmark, to play four songs from the new album:
Just because it’s Mr. Stills birthday we have dug up a gem from the Music Vault channel at YouTube. It’s a classic Stepen Stills show, recorded Live: 3/23/1979 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ). Many highlights and terrific back-up vocals by Bonnie Bramlett!
0:00:00 – Precious Love
0:05:01 – For What It’s Worth
0:09:11 – You Can’t Dance Alone
0:14:56 – Cuba Al Fin
0:20:17 – Go Back Home
0:28:16 – How Wrong Can You Be
0:34:05 – Love The One You’re With
0:39:23 – Make Love To You
0:51:48 – Cherokee
1:00:34 – Rock & Roll Crazies / Cuban Bluegrass / Jet Set
1:16:20 – Uncle James
1:21:08 – Thoroughfair Gap
1:25:41 – Come On In My Kitchen
Stephen Stills – guitar, timbales, vocal
Gerry Tolman – guitar
Mike Finnigan – keyboards, vocals
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass
Joe Vitale – drums
Joe Lala – congas, percussion
Bonnie Bramlett – vocals, percussion