some criticism lately, the problem being poor sound quality. “Well I think we can say that our sound will be very good,” Paul stated reassuringly. You could see him mentally playing back a tape of what he had just said. “I sound like a Tory politician!”
What of the cost of putting on a show that needs, by Paul’s own admission, a road crew of 40?
“Well, it’s the size of the halls, isn’t it?” he said. “There just aren’t the venues here that hold 20,000, so you can’t make money from concerts here in England, or in Europe, like
Starship, Heart, George (Commander Cody) Frayne, Bernie Taupin, and Stephen Stills were among those sardined at the Roxy at various shows during Ho & Eddie’s three-night stand. Thinly (ha!) disguised as the unassuming collective conscience of rock and rollers everywhere, F&E were in their usual nobody-is-sacred form.
It was all in fun, including priceless parodies of Joni Mitchell doing an FDS commercial and Led Zep doing one for Cruex .. .
Despite his highly-publicized freakout in Miami, Keith Moon stayed on a pretty even keel during the Who’s set at the Bill Graham-produced Grateful Dead/Who mass gathering at the Oakland Coliseum. Daltrey, Townshend, Moon, and Entwhistle—who was celebrating his birthday onstage playin’ in the band—turned in a kinetic if slightly sloppy set, but did not encore. It’s said that Who tradition dictates no encores unless the band feels they’ve done well. Fifty thousand people disagreed by ovating for nearly ten minutes, and were disappointed they got no encore. And, after the incredibly disappointing “Steal Your Face’ collection of performances from their ’74 tour, the Dead laid a marvelously tight—if very laid back—set of latter day Dead classics.
While wandering around the Coliseum between sets in Oakland, your fleetfoot scribe ran into Thom O’Hair, who works at Capricorn here, and of Thom says we can expect some vinyl from Sea Level early next year; the band—Jimmy Neils and former Allman Brothers, Chuck Leavell, Lamar Williams, and Jaimoe Johansen—goes into the studio this month.
During Poco’s etheral “Rose Of Cimarron”