Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for June 24th
Today you got The Stones playing here in New England; there's an awesome '70's festival line-up you can check out for just $10 per ticket(!); and Happy Birthday to (maybe) the greatest guitarist EVER!!!
6/24/1966 (49 years ago today) - First they hold a press conference on board a yacht in New York City, then it's off to the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts as The Rolling Stones kick off their fifth North American tour. Opening acts: The McCoys ("Hang On, Sloopy") and The Standells ("Dirty Water").
6/24/1978 (37 years ago today) - It's the Annual Summer Music Festival at Knebworth Park, England: for a mere ten bucks, you'll catch sets from Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Devo, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Roy Harper and Brand X, a jazz-fusion side-project for drummer Phil Collins. Unfortunately, this was the beginning of the end for Starship; Grace Slick quits and in no time at all the band devolves into a schlock-pop joke; otherwise not a bad line-up all for '78...
6/24/1944 - Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton's replacement in The Yardbirds: Jeff Beck turns 71 today. What a career: post-Yardbirds, there's the legendary Jeff Beck Group (with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood); Beck, Bogert and Appice (heavy power trio with ex-Vanilla Fudge bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, one of his most seriously underappreciated endeavors); plus -- The Honeydrippers (with Robert Plant), a handful of Mick Jagger solo albums, and most inspirationally, his first all-instrumental record, 1975's "Blow By Blow" (produced by George Martin), which set a whole new standard for jazz-rock-fusion music. Jeff's performance at the State Theatre here in Portland, Maine, is often cited as the best live concert to have ever taken place in this city. True, that!
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"I'm not searching for a reason to enjoy myself/Seems it's better done than argued with somebody else...", xoxo!