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Fishback 2015 Friday - Sleeping Beauty :

Fishback 2015 Friday - Sleeping Beauty

Updated: May 26, 2015 5:51am PST

C.C. Winn The Power of One, Apr. 22, 2015 :

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Bill's Concert Tickets : If music is the soundtrack to our lives then rock concerts may be the road map and mileposts through mine. I started saving memorable concert ticket stubs in the early 1970's. I've been fortunate to see some great acts over the years.  Unfortunately, I didn't hang on to all the ticket stubs , but I'm amazed I held on to these nonetheless.

The first pop music act I saw was with my sister when I was 11, maybe 12, years old at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.  We saw Jay and the Americans. It was 1963.  The Beatles were just about to swamp the music scene and I, like millions of other kids, would latch on to their new sound influenced by Elvis, Little Richard and Carl Perkins.

It was 1967 when I started going to rock concerts, the first I recall was The Who on their initial US tour.  Amazingly they opened for Herman's Hermits! I was there for The Who all the way. They played loud, they played angry, they smashed all their equipment and I loved it.  In 1968 saw Iron Butterfly and Johnny Winter in concert and started going to see local bands like the Red, White & Blues Band and the Brass Buttons.  A local guy named Gene Cornish was hitting it big with a group called The Young Rascals.  Every single day in the '60s there was some new music being released on the radio: pop, rock, folk , protest, soul, R&B, Motown and psychedelic.   It was truly the golden age of modern music and it shaped everything to come thereafter.

 When I got to college the bands just kept on coming and I kept on going to their concerts.  I've scanned some old tickets and included my comments here. Some of the old stubs never made it though. One of the most memorable missing tickets being from a Traffic concert October 20th 1971 at tiny Earlham College in Richmond Indiana.  Traffic played in the Earlham fieldhouse which was no larger than a high school gym. They were touring for the Low Sparks of High Heeled Boys album which was released a couple weeks later. Jim Gordon's drum cases still had Derek & The Dominos stenciled on them. Set list included:  Medicated Goo | Light Up | Glad/Freedom Rider | Hidden Treasure | John Barleycorn | Rock 'n' Roll Stew | Many a Mile to Freedom | Low Spark | Gimme Some Lovin' and more.  Among others I saw:  Rare Earth in Rochester winter of 1969/1970.  Dave Mason at Xavier U. in Cincinnati in 1972, The Byrds with the late great Clarence White on guitar at Smith Opera House in  Geneva, NY May 5th 1972, Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1972 in Rochester.  Elephant's Memory at Univ. of Rochester in 1972.  The "Change of Seasons" festival on Labor Day 1972 outside Rochester with Fleetwood Mac (pre Buckingham/-Nicks), Elf, Buddy Miles, Nazareth, Ginger Baker, Deep Purple and Silverhead. Little Feat twice in DC late 80's and mid 90's.  The Police in Tucson in 1982 when they were at the top.  Cat Stevens in Tucson 1984. The Cars (with Wang Chung) were fantastic in Phoenix in 1985.  Jimmy Page with the Black Crowes in 1999.  There are many more I'm sure.

 Perhaps the thing that strikes me most when looking at old tickets compared to new ones is the appearance of the tickets themselves.  In the early days all the tickets were uniquely different.  Now they're all basically the same from Ticketmaster.  Of course, the thing that stands out the most is the price of admission.  In 1973 I paid an amazingly low price of $6 to see Led Zeppelin.  In 1999 a U2 ticket cost $133 for a good seat, but one that is far from the best.  And then the $250 field level tickets 40 rows back for McCartney in 2009.  My excuse? It was the night before my birthday and one of the Beatles for God's sake!  Incredible show too.

 What a long strange trip indeed.

Bill's Concert Tickets

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Updated: May 26, 2015 5:48am PST

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Updated: May 26, 2015 5:43am PST

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Updated: May 26, 2015 4:22am PST

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Updated: May 26, 2015 2:46am PST

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Updated: May 26, 2015 1:46am PST

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Hair of The Dragon IV - 2015 : 05/26/15 - Well into this album. Another pixel party in the ATL. Got to see some friends again and met some new people. Everyone was famous and we got along great.

Per a note I'd put on my wall just before this coolio event I will get one or two of the best images of each who came to me set. My post-work takes time as each image is handworked. It will be a month or two before it's all complete.

So glad to have gotten to do this event again. I hope I captured some magic for those I shot with.

Hair of The Dragon IV - 2015

05/26/15 - Well into this album. Another pixel party in the ATL. Got t ...

Updated: May 25, 2015 11:54pm PST