I have a "little" memory I wanted to share with you that happened Friday, July 18, 1969 ~ 30 years ago today. My brother Bob & I & four other friends left our small N.E. Ohio town & travelled northeast across the Canadian border to Toronto, Ontario. We were all pretty psyched out; knowing we were about to see one of the big, new "Supergroups" of the day!! [a month later, we'd be at "Woodstock"; but that's another story.....]. With tickets in hand, we entered Toronto's "Varsity Stadium" a little late; as the opening act had already started. We were anxious to see & hear BLIND FAITH ~ all of us being Cream/Traffic fans. And, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends were the middle act. We'd heard of them, but were really there to see Eric, Stevie, Ginger & Rick!! Well, back to that "opening act" ~ we walked in & were TOTALLY blown away by this long-haired trio of "unknowns"; possibly some local Canadian "warm-up" band, we thought. [Yeah; right!] It was our 1st introduction to TASTE, w/ Rory Gallagher!!! [some "warm-up" band!!].
We couldn't believe
the music this band was playing! Their small, yet fiery guitarist/singer
was un-f---ing-believable!! All over the stage & playing guitar
like we'd never heard before. [and, this was the late '60's; when
we'd already heard a lot of guitar-hero's]. Well, after the show, it was
"Blind Faith who"???
Blind Faith WERE good; as were D & B & Friends, but TASTE blew them both away!!!! I wish I could say I remember each & every song they played, but they were unknown to us & 30 years is a long time ago....... We couldn't believe what we saw!! Shortly afterwards; back home, I found Taste's 1st LP in our local record store, snatched it up & "the rest is history"; as they say. Bob & I still have our Ticket Stubs from this show. too ~ with this tiny, little name "Taste" underneath; in small print. A lot of RORY fans were "born" here in our town ~ thanks to that one concert 30 years ago today.......I got to see Rory 2 more times; in Cleveland; in '72 & '73. Sure wish he was here to see one more time. Sorry for being so long-winded here. This is a VERY special day for me & I wanted to share it with you! To close ~ Thank You for 30 years of music & memories, Rory G. You were ~ and still are ~ THE MAN!!!!
~ don ~
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