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:
One of the most anticipated gigs of 1983 came at the very end of the year, when the Band returned to the city of The Last Waltz when invited to open for the Grateful Dead at their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Before a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium, the Band proved they were still one of the best sounding groups on the planet, delivering a performance that not only delighted the San Francisco audience, but the Band members themselves. Performing classic original material as well as a smattering of choice covers, this performance was captured by the Bill Graham Presents crew and is presented here in its entirety.
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
Steve Earle beat the odds, and he knows it. “I was the ultimate functional heroin addict for a number of years,” he says, introducing himself to a MTV audience that might not be intimately familiar with his life story and ferocious brand of country-rock music. “I got clean because I got locked up. If that hadn’t happened, I would have died. I just made my first album straight this year.”
On June 25, 1996, as part of a court order, Steve Earle performed a live concert for prison inmates at Tennessee’s Cold Creek Correctional Facility where Earle was incarcerated in 1994. The concert entitled To Hell and Back aired on MTV on August 17, 1996. Steve reunited with his backing group the Dukes for the concert, and it was an incredible show.