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  •  Hi peeps. (11+ / 0-)

    Happy fathers day to everyone. Yesterday was great. I agree with SFVM that it was the best evah.
    I need some help from the historians on here. I remember a year later in early 68 going to what I thought was the opening of the Carousel Ballroom on Market and S. Van Ness. The bands were Big Brother, The Airplane and the Dead. I'll never forget a hoard of Hells Angels roaring up and parking outside. They were the security for the night. This was before Altamont. I got to sit next to Grace Slick and share some vodka with her while we watched Janis and Big Brother. When I googled the Carousel Ballroom, none of this shows up. The first mention is when it became Fillmore West, but this was before that. Okay, okay I had taken some Purple Owsley that Stanley himself gave me that night and maybe my memory is a little skewed but I was there damnit. At least I think I was. Does anyone else remember this?

    Dope will get you through times of no money easier than money can get you through times of no dope.  Freewheelin’ Franklin’

    •  Hmm, maybe, just maybe (11+ / 0-)

      we were there together.

      Do you remember a big (really big) hookah on stage before the bands played?

      If it was the same night (there were only a few at the Carousel before Uncle Bobo brokered the deal that made it the Fillmore) then I have another anecdote...

      A couple of friends and I had helped Scully cart in a mountain of gear and earned early entrance so we staked out a homestead in the Phil Zone a few yards from the stage. There were about forty or so people milling about on and around the stage.

      This little guy with a dirty t-shirt and unkempt curly black hair plopped down and began chatting us up in an almost unintelligibly thick British accent. We did what we could to converse but due to the altitude (gawd, but wasn't Bear just the best) we didn't get much information exchanged. He wandered off, ostensibly to pester other folks, and we didn't see him again.

      We didn't learn until well after the show when we were helping to break down the stage gear that it was Joe Cocker.

      That was the first of only two shows I saw at the Carousel, both with very similar lineups. At the second, Grace earned the nickname I've applied to her ever since -- disGrace.

      Tofu knows nothing but what is good for you. -- dharmasyd

      by Darryl House on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 11:15:50 AM PDT

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      •  Wow (11+ / 0-)

        Imagine that. 45 years ago we were at the same show. I was hanging out in front while you were setting up. Thanks, I was beginning to think it was all a hallucination. I do remember the hooka on stage.  I only remember two shows also before it became FW. Do I remember it right and The Dead, Airplane and Big Brother owned or leased the place? I seem to remember someone telling me that before the show.  

        •  Small world indeed! (6+ / 0-)

          I don't know enough about the venue's history to know whether BG Productions or the bands had a piece of it.

          I've heard lots of unconfirmed rumors and such -- one that says BG leased the Matrix for an acid test to avoid any legal hassles but I can't confirm any of those reports.

          What I do remember is one of the best versions of Death Don't Have No Mercy that I've ever heard. Listening to it now, it was an OK rendition but at the time it was a transcendental experience.

          I also remember Jorma metamorphosing into a Neanderthal.

          Good times :-))))

          Tofu knows nothing but what is good for you. -- dharmasyd

          by Darryl House on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 12:37:09 PM PDT

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          •  Jorma was and is my guitar hero (7+ / 0-)

            I'd sell my soul to play like him or John Renbourn.  If only I could go to one of his guitar camps. It's a little out of my price range. Yes, good times. I wish I could remember more of it. It's almost impossible to tell the truth from rumor after all these years. They seemed to run together and no one really cared all that much at the time. We were just livin it. PS. I was a roadie for a couple of Hot Tuna shows in LA in the early 70's. They needed an extra guy and I knew a guy who knew a guy etc. and I got the temporary gig. Didn't get paid money but was compensated in other ways. :-)

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