Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Rock Moments Captured On Video (4)

I'm not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation (Talkin' 'bout my generation; I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation (Talkin' 'bout my generation)... The Who - My Generation 

In 1967 The Who was introduced to America via The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The Who’s performance was wild, powerful and explosive (literally). The Who played their punk rock anthem My Generation with passion and with wreckless abandon… well just watch.     

Monday, July 28, 2014

Great Rock Moments Captured On Video (3)

I know a pretty little place in Southern California down San Diego way; There's a little cafĂ© where they play guitars all night and all day... Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 

Bruce Springsteen was at the peak of his musical genius in the 1970's. The video below is from The Darkness on the Edge of Town Tour and filmed on July 8, 1978 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. The video captures the fun and power of these Springsteen shows.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Great Rock Moments Captured On Video (2)

If I could through myself set your spirit free; I'd lead your heart away; See you break, break away... Bad - U2

 It was July 13, 1985 and the world was united through music. Live Aid was the brain child of English muscicians Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The idea of it spawned from the successful Christmas benefit single Do They Know It's Christmas? recorded by the who's who of the day's English artists from George Michael, Boy George,  Bono to Sting.  The USA answered with We Are the World and included an American star studded group that included Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and many others.  Both singles were recorded to raise money and awareness for the famine going on in Africa.

Live Aid was the benefit concerts that took place in Wembley Stadium in London, England and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA.  The concerts were held simultaneously and connected via satellite and television.  The concert feature many of the day's popular artists such as Dire Straits, U2, The Pretenders, The Cars; The Who and Led Zeppelin reunited for the day; Bob Dylan suggest giving some of the money to the struggling farmers of America and later spawned Farm Aid; it was an amazing event, rivaling Woodstock as one of the most influential concert events of all time.

U2 stole the show and forever established themselves as major stars.  Bono's spontaneous and inspirational performance made this one of the great rock moments.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Great Rock Moments Captured On Video (1)

And when I touch you I feel happy inside - The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand

It was February 9th, 1964 and I was 2 years old, but if I had to pick a video moment that has had a big influence on my musical taste, it was The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.  No I didn't watched it live, but I saw this clip many times in my teen years.  I love everything about it; the iconic background set; the way the 3 guitarists are lined up with the drums raised in the background; the way John Lennon stood and held his guitar; the way Paul McCartney sang with John; Ringo bopping his head to the beat; George's tapping his boot as he nails his guitar part; the energy and positive, happy vibe by all four members.