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The Revolution Room in Little Rock, Arkansas and The Whiskey A Go-Go in Los Angeles.

I checked out some pix of the Revolution Room and it looks like a rockin' club with a great light show. The Whiskey is legendary!

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(Dee Eye See Kay) Lees, Bogeys Circle, Dr.Jekylls High Times, Galaxy. Penalty Box and Dunes down the shore.

 

Northernmost would be CBGBs. Southern would be Hammerjacks. Westernmost would be Reading Theater and a couple nightclubs out there.

 

The first six are definitely long gone. Hammerjacks definitely, and I think CBGBs went away too. I think Reading theater still exists and one of the other clubs has changed hands a lot but is still there.

 

Oh, and Pulsations. THAT place was a muthafcuking whoot!

 

If you know of these places yer old, but you lived through the same stuff me and my Mrs did. It was fun!

 

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Troubadour, Whiskey A Go-Go, The Roxy, Cathay de Grande, Cuckoo's Nest, Gazzarri's, The China Club, Radio City(Anaheim), The Woodstock(Anaheim).

Whiskey was the nicest.

We never made much money at any of the above. Most dollars were earned as a top 40 cover band in various meet market clubs back in the day here in Orange County CA.

Some backyard multi kegger parties in Anaheim that included both next door backyards and the conjoining backyards behind were my favorites.

That was the funnest and good $$$.

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(Dee Eye See Kay) Lees, Bogeys Circle, Dr.Jekylls High Times, Galaxy. Penalty Box and Dunes down the shore.

 

Northernmost would be CBGBs. Southern would be Hammerjacks. Westernmost would be Reading Theater and a couple nightclubs out there.

 

The first six are definitely long gone. Hammerjacks definitely, and I think CBGBs went away too. I think Reading theater still exists and one of the other clubs has changed hands a lot but is still there.

 

Oh, and Pulsations. THAT place was a muthafcuking whoot!

 

If you know of these places yer old, but you lived through the same stuff me and my Mrs did. It was fun!

 

rct

 

You played Hammerjacks? [thumbup] That place was epic. Who was your band? I might have been there to see you. :)

 

I haven't ever played any famous places. Some of the more memorable bars I've played in Maryland were The OCI Club way down in southern MD and The Ott House up close to Gettysburg PA. Both real nice stages to set up on and great crowds too. Played a few parties at some real nice houses right on the water. Also, as far as nice and enjoyable places to play were small acoustic gigs at Tiki bars like Coconut Joes and Mangos.

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Pearl Street; 10 Below - Northampton Massachusetts, USA.

 

Big roomy stage, big dance floor, big space... It's a top-notch local club that puts on some big name acts.

 

Back in the day I played on the same stages as many of my Blues heroes did when they came to town; Buddy Guy with & without Junior Wells, Hubert Sumlin, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Otis Rush, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Jimmy Rogers, and Lonnie Mack just to name a few...

 

They came to town and always played 1 of three venues - Pearl Street, The Iron Horse Music Hall, or Sheehan's Cafe. (which no longer exists) I've played at all 3 & then some in Northampton...

 

While "10-below" was their basement venue, and the main stage & dance hall was upstairs, often the Blues acts were booked downstairs. I also saw both Jimi Hendrix and Doors tribute acts on the downstairs stage too...

 

The Iron Horse grew in name, size, popularity, and became the front-runner of the Northampton music scene and runs the bookings for pretty much all the clubs and top-rated venues in Northampton now...

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I'm envious of U guys on the left coast that played The Whiskey A Gogo...

 

I was such a Doors fanatic when I was in high school and the history in that place is amazing...

 

That would be like playing in hallowed halls!

 

Very cool!

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Hmm, when I was 18, pretending to be 21 (they didn't really care back then) I played in a club in Miami called "The Apartment Lounge" and it was a strip club. The band accompanied the dancing girls as they took their clothes off. For an 18 year old male, this was as close to heaven as it got. It's a good thing the band sat down for that gig ;)

 

Size of audience?

 

I did warm up for major stars in the late 1960s and some of the concert halls were huge, Cobo Hall in Detroit may have been the biggest. We did others like the Miami Convention Center before that and a few in between. I don't really know which was the biggest since that was in the late 1960s and my memory can't visualize them all that well. I was on the road for a few years.

 

Smallest was a party for 10 and I was in a duo with my wife. It was a guy from Germany who saw us playing at a yacht club. He hired us for his birthday party and flew a few close friends in from Germany to celebrate with him. We set up in the kitchen, and the party was in the living room. We didn't see the guests except when they went to the refrigerator to get more beer or something. We did 4 hours straight and at the end of 4 the host put a few $100 bills on the keyboard and asked if we could do another hour? We of course agreed. At the end of 5 (we still haven't taken a break) he put more bills on the keyboard and being greedier than sane we again agreed. At the end of the 6th hour without a break neared, we hoped he would put more money on the keyboard, and at the same time hoped he wouldn't. The party ended after 6 hours, everybody offered to help us pack up (we declined) and he gave us another tip on the way out.

 

Hospitality?

 

We were almost signed with Motown records (our lawyers and Motown couldn't agree on money) but while there everybody seemed to treat us like little brothers (I was 19 at the time). It was also a gas to be treated as peers by the stars we emulated when we were younger. It was like family and we just got adopted. Too bad the deal eventually fell through, but that's life.

 

Hospitality #2

 

Carnival cruise lines. They housed us, fed us, and left us alone as long as people came to our lounge that's all they cared about. The people went where they had the most fun, and if they were coming to see you, corporate in Miami was happy. When we beat the disco in revenue (that's how Miami knew where the people hung out) they gave us a double sized crew cabin with a porthole. There were only 3 restrictions, we weren't allowed in the casino, we weren't allowed to party in passenger cabins (for obvious lawsuit avoidance issues - but they could party in our cabins) and when we weren't playing, if a facility we were using was full and there was no room for a passenger, we had to give it up (bar stool, dance floor, swimming pool, etc.). Other than that we could eat at the buffets, had the run of the ship, full port privileges, and could even attend the off port shows for the mere price of standing near the bus doors and helping the passengers board.

 

Speaking of cruise gigs.

 

This was in the late 1980s and we had a couple of requests to learn "All My Ex's Live In Texas" so that week when we were in Miami we bought the cassette. Little did we know that the next cruise was chartered by an insurance company and filled with agents from Texas and Oklahoma who sold over a million dollars worth of insurance that year. They immediately started asking for "All My Ex's" so we told them we would have it by Thursday (we picked a day when nothing very important would draw the crowd from our lounge, like the passenger talent show or the main extravaganza production). Thursday night we made over $400 in tips for learning that song.

 

Weirdest?

 

We played a grand opening for a beauty salon and set up between the sinks that were to be used to wash women's hair.

 

Speaking of grand openings, we played on the roof of a gas station once

 

During the Cocaine days in Miami we did a club that the only reason we were there was so the people at one table couldn't hear the details of the drug deal at the next table. What was funny about that was that they would score some cocaine at the table, and the couples would go to the restroom at the same time (presumably to snort the coke). The hall to the facilities was off the end of the stage, and all night we would see male/female couples go to the rest rooms at the same time. Rather an odd thing to see here in the USA.

 

Funny?

 

While on the road (I forget which city) we played on a stage that had a stone waterfall behind us. Our drummer used to chain his kick drum, hi hat and a couple of others to his stool. One day he slid off the back of the stage into the waterfall and the drums followed him. Fortunately it wasn't deep so the drums stopped at the back of the stage and only the drummer and the stool got wet. No serious injury.

 

I was in a show band once, and we were going to do "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps as our opening number. We rehearsed in the daytime, the song starts out with an 8 note descending scale and then a big first chord. At that time the bass player was to hit a button and a half dozen flash pots in front of the stage were to go off along with the stage lights coming on. It worked fine in rehearsal.

 

That night we get on stage, the audience is ready, the stage is dark, we start the scale, hit the first chord, the flash pots went off, the circuit breaker tripped, and the only instruments that weren't electric were the drums and the saxophone. Something must have been on the same circuit that just wasn't running in the daytime. We never did the flash pot show again.

 

I've been playing pro since the 1960s so I have a ton of stories, and I'm not done collecting them yet.

 

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Amenities (at least decoration)

 

Hmm, when I was 18, pretending to be 21 (they didn't really care back then) I played in a club in Miami called "The Apartment Lounge" and it was a strip club. The band accompanied the dancing girls as they took their clothes off. For an 18 year old male, this was as close to heaven as it got. It's a good thing the band sat down for that gig ;)

 

Size of audience?

 

I did warm up for major stars in the late 1960s and some of the concert halls were huge, Cobo Hall in Detroit may have been the biggest. We did others like the Miami Convention Center before that and a few in between. I don't really know which was the biggest since that was in the late 1960s and my memory can't visualize them all that well. I was on the road for a few years.

 

Smallest was a party for 10 and I was in a duo with my wife. It was a guy from Germany who saw us playing at a yacht club. He hired us for his birthday party and flew a few close friends in from Germany to celebrate with him. We set up in the kitchen, and the party was in the living room. We didn't see the guests except when they went to the refrigerator to get more beer or something. We did 4 hours straight and at the end of 4 the host put a few $100 bills on the keyboard and asked if we could do another hour? We of course agreed. At the end of 5 (we still haven't taken a break) he put more bills on the keyboard and being greedier than sane we again agreed. At the end of the 6th hour without a break neared, we hoped he would put more money on the keyboard, and at the same time hoped he wouldn't. The party ended after 6 hours, everybody offered to help us pack up (we declined) and he gave us another tip on the way out.

 

Hospitality?

 

We were almost signed with Motown records (our lawyers and Motown couldn't agree on money) but while there everybody seemed to treat us like little brothers (I was 19 at the time). It was also a gas to be treated as peers by the stars we emulated when we were younger. It was like family and we just got adopted. Too bad the deal eventually fell through, but that's life.

 

Hospitality #2

 

Carnival cruise lines. They housed us, fed us, and left us alone as long as people came to our lounge that's all they cared about. The people went where they had the most fun, and if they were coming to see you, corporate in Miami was happy. When we beat the disco in revenue (that's how Miami knew where the people hung out) they gave us a double sized crew cabin with a porthole. There were only 3 restrictions, we weren't allowed in the casino, we weren't allowed to party in passenger cabins (for obvious lawsuit avoidance issues - but they could party in our cabins) and when we weren't playing, if a facility we were using was full and there was no room for a passenger, we had to give it up (bar stool, dance floor, swimming pool, etc.). Other than that we could eat at the buffets, had the run of the ship, full port privileges, and could even attend the off port shows for the mere price of standing near the bus doors and helping the passengers board.

 

Speaking of cruise gigs.

 

This was in the late 1980s and we had a couple of requests to learn "All My Ex's Live In Texas" so that week when we were in Miami we bought the cassette. Little did we know that the next cruise was chartered by an insurance company and filled with agents from Texas and Oklahoma who sold over a million dollars worth of insurance that year. They immediately started asking for "All My Ex's" so we told them we would have it by Thursday (we picked a day when nothing very important would draw the crowd from our lounge, like the passenger talent show or the main extravaganza production). Thursday night we made over $400 in tips for learning that song.

 

Weirdest?

 

We played a grand opening for a beauty salon and set up between the sinks that were to be used to wash women's hair.

 

Speaking of grand openings, we played on the roof of a gas station once

 

During the Cocaine days in Miami we did a club that the only reason we were there was so the people at one table couldn't hear the details of the drug deal at the next table. What was funny about that was that they would score some cocaine at the table, and the couples would go to the restroom at the same time (presumably to snort the coke). The hall to the facilities was off the end of the stage, and all night we would see male/female couples go to the rest rooms at the same time. Rather an odd thing to see here in the USA.

 

Funny?

 

While on the road (I forget which city) we played on a stage that had a stone waterfall behind us. Our drummer used to chain his kick drum, hi hat and a couple of others to his stool. One day he slid off the back of the stage into the waterfall and the drums followed him. Fortunately it wasn't deep so the drums stopped at the back of the stage and only the drummer and the stool got wet. No serious injury.

 

I was in a show band once, and we were going to do "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps as our opening number. We rehearsed in the daytime, the song starts out with an 8 note descending scale and then a big first chord. At that time the bass player was to hit a button and a half dozen flash pots in front of the stage were to go off along with the stage lights coming on. It worked fine in rehearsal.

 

That night we get on stage, the audience is ready, the stage is dark, we start the scale, hit the first chord, the flash pots went off, the circuit breaker tripped, and the only instruments that weren't electric were the drums and the saxophone. Something must have been on the same circuit that just wasn't running in the daytime. We never did the flash pot show again.

 

I've been playing pro since the 1960s so I have a ton of stories, and I'm not done collecting them yet.

 

Notes

Hilarious! Notes you should write a book!

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so impressive reading some of the places you guys have played. i dont feel worthy posting on this thread, lol. i'm just youre basic local musician. there was a nice theater back in the 70's in southern maryland, called Independance Hall. Old theater, red velvet drapes, curtain opening to present the band, dressing rooms in the back, huge... could really turn up in there. was pretty cool to be 18 and playing in a venue like that. it's no Whiskey a go go, but it was pretty cool.

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I checked out some pix of the Revolution Room and it looks like a rockin' club with a great light show. The Whiskey is legendary!

 

 

I'm envious of U guys on the left coast that played The Whiskey A Gogo...

 

I was such a Doors fanatic when I was in high school and the history in that place is amazing...

 

That would be like playing in hallowed halls!

 

Very cool!

 

For me thinking that I was playing guitar at the same spot that Jimi Hendrix once played made me...well...you know.

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For me thinking that I was playing guitar at the same spot that Jimi Hendrix once played made me...well...you know.

Yes. I did this.

 

In 1967 Hendrix played a tiny club in Croydon SE London, think it may have been called the Cartoon.

I stood on the same stage about 15 years later and felt humble and honoured and proud - but I think Jimi had the bigger audience!

 

In the late 80s - I think - I played in the church in Putney High Street (SW London) at the southern end of Putney Bridge, a stunning old place with incredible acoustics. You parked on the graves!

It was an acoustic ceilidh trio; violin, guitar, a big accordion - so I had my nice acoustic steel-string and I walked up and down the nave of the church playing during our soundcheck, marveling at the fantastic acoustics. The violinist had remarkable intonation, beautiful.

The surrounding really enhanced the sound. I've not played in a church (or anywhere) with that kind of extraordinary high quality acoustic before or since.

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Its a little difficult to say which was the "nicest" venue as during the mid 60s early 70s we were all over the LA, and Hollywood area.

We played 7 nights a week for almost a year at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and for many of those nights we played for personal parties.

We played at Liz Taylors birthday parties <twice>plus parties for Luceille Ball, Robert Stack,Eves St.Laurent, Vincent Price, Ralph Lauren, and really just a host of the A list stars from the 60s.

We played for Pierre Salinger<white house correspondent> at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and we were told that Bobby Kennedy was there, but we never saw him.

But I think the one that really stands out as a place we had a great time was at the Palladium in Hollywood.

We were there along with Sonny and Cher, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tommy James. This even took place over a 3 day weekend, and the music never stopped.

Our manager was the son of a very famous actress of the 40s through the 60s, and our publicity agent is now one of the biggest movie directors of all times, although I have not spoken to him in years. They really has our group tied into some great gigs.

It is difficult to say which was the nicest, because some of the nights it was the same place, just different people.

But the 60s really was a great time for us.

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Sheesh...

 

Some half-big audiences (3-5,000); lots of small ones; most fun at cowboy music gatherings that run from a dozen to a cupla hundred maybe but...

 

Sheesh, just mostly little stuff and saloons.

 

Maybe some day I'd best learn to play guitar!

 

(Bob - I did do a martial arts demo on Carnival on one of those "show us your stuff" nights. Does that count? <chortle> It was kinda fun since you had to be cautious with jump kicks 'cuz the ship movement moved the other guy's nose. No kiddin'.)

 

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Its a little difficult to say which was the "nicest" venue as during the mid 60s early 70s we were all over the LA, and Hollywood area.

We played 7 nights a week for almost a year at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and for many of those nights we played for personal parties.

We played at Liz Taylors birthday parties <twice>plus parties for Luceille Ball, Robert Stack,Eves St.Laurent, Vincent Price, Ralph Lauren, and really just a host of the A list stars from the 60s.

We played for Pierre Salinger<white house correspondent> at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and we were told that Bobby Kennedy was there, but we never saw him.

But I think the one that really stands out as a place we had a great time was at the Palladium in Hollywood.

We were there along with Sonny and Cher, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tommy James. This even took place over a 3 day weekend, and the music never stopped.

Our manager was the son of a very famous actress of the 40s through the 60s, and our publicity agent is now one of the biggest movie directors of all times, although I have not spoken to him in years. They really has our group tied into some great gigs.

It is difficult to say which was the nicest, because some of the nights it was the same place, just different people.

But the 60s really was a great time for us.

brc - You should write a book too. I bet you have some good stories!

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brc - You should write a book too. I bet you have some good stories!

 

I could tell you some stories that even now I find hard to believe, but I was there.

Some of the things that went on at some those "parties" was unbelievable. The old saying sex and drugs, and rock-n-roll in the 60s was so true.

Our group was lucky that we had two very influential people that opened a lot of doors for us, and introduced us to some very important people in the Hollywood scene of that time. To this day, I still have some photos of some of the great bands that have never been published.

It was "One Hell of a Party"

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Did she need chickenwire?...

 

Was she singing or what?

[laugh]

 

No; no chicken-wire, milod.

It was a 3 1/2 hour show featuring several dance academies from all across the UK.

She was part of a Modern Dance troupe with other members of the TPC (Theatre Performance Class) of her dance school.

They also performed (& sang) a couple of numbers as part of the ensemble with all the other acts.

 

So no 'Star Billing'.

Not Yet........

 

P.

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You played Hammerjacks? [thumbup] That place was epic. Who was your band? I might have been there to see you. :)

 

A very short lived thing called Mr. Meaner. Extreme was there that week so I hung for two days to hang with them. THAT was a night! Great club, don't know what became of it.

 

rct

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