THE INPHALLIBLE FEE: The gang of coordinated rogues known as the Tubes dynamited the elderly underpinnings of Hollywood & Vine's Pantages Theatre to raise the curtain on their new double album, What Do You Want From Live. Opening night of the five-day sold-out stand was a seamless gem of package-perfect music and news, and proved the Tubes are not only rock's top outrage but doomed to succeed inspite of themselves. Fee Waybill, the Great Waldo Pepper of Tubes Television (they pipe in their own closed-circuit TV), is a charismatic conqueror of all he purveys. Although the Tubes could stand on their musical merits alone, despite accusations of lagging commerciality, Waybill weighed in with lightning rod in one hand and his own rod in the other (and I don't mean Rod Stewart). Fronting what must be the largest rock circus playing for peanuts, Waybill executes his role as ringmaster with the dexterity of a seasoned Nureyev and the bombast of a brazen terrorist. Fee doesn't bother to steal the show; he prefers ruin he can walk away from. Trying to find change for a phone call after "Don't Touch Me There" and "What Do You Want From Life" was fellow Bay aerialist Timothy Leary with Sgt. Pepper adapter Henry Edwards, who's writing a film around Leary's early years. Leary shook his head, "I didn't realize they were so complex, that they could do so many things ..." L.A. is proving to be a major boosting ground for still another flight of San Francisco rock creativity--Hagar, Money, and now the ready, aim, fire Tubes–the most complete rock extravaganza on its way to the top to buzz L.A. in years?!
Next month: BIG JAM AT SPEEDWAY. A tale of new cities built upon the stage trampled by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Dave Mason, Ted Nugent, Rubicon, Bob Welch, Santana and a pop population of 375,000! The performers tell it like it was at the Ontario Motor Speedway's "California Jam II," forty minutes of highway from L.A.