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25 posts
Jan 23, 2015
1:52 PM
What was best concert you've ever seen in Dayton?
1 post
Jan 23, 2015
5:20 PM
Alabama - I remember Dave Angi who went with you to see Paul Revere and the Raiders. My brother, Dave Jones, was the drummer in their band Rush. Angi did pass away in around 1970/1971 from a head injury from a fall while horseback riding.
71 posts
Jan 23, 2015
6:59 PM
Not the best but was my first one, Beach Boys and the opening act was the Lovin' Spoonful...we actually left our seats and managed to get backstage to the Spoonfuls' dressing room. My favorite was years later at UD Arena with Roy Buchannan
263 posts
Jan 23, 2015
11:05 PM
Tommy James and the Shondells and Chubby Checker, during a Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show at Hara Arena (although that may have been two different years???).

I wasn't much of a concert goer when I was a kid, even though I lived near Hara during the era when they had a lot of great concerts. So unfortunately, I'd have to say the best concert I saw wasn't in Dayton - I saw the Eagles, Steve Miller Band and Eddie Money at an outdoor concert in Riverfront Stadium that I really enjoyed.
69 posts
Feb 14, 2015
7:16 PM
David Bowie, Hara Arena, June of '74. His Diamond Dogs tour.
70 posts
Feb 14, 2015
7:17 PM
And steve7777, I remember that Babe Ruth concert only because I DIDN"T see it, and was so bummed that I couldn't go. But I did see Black Oak Arkansas in '73, for what it's worth!
David C
2 posts
Feb 15, 2015
9:37 AM
Grand Funk Railroad at Hara. But Bloodrock definitely stole the show. Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes and Brownsville Station often visited Dayton as well. I took my oldest son to a Rush Concert at Nutter in the early ninetys. Nugent came to Wright State in 1970 and played to a packed house of about 400 people. Those were the days. I paid $4.50 for general admission. Unfortunately, I missed Wrightstock (Woodstock attempt at Wright State) and a very early Rush concert (they were the warmup band lol) while serving our country (circa 1970). Thx for posting this. Great memories.
Steve K
248 posts
Feb 16, 2015
7:13 AM
cal2756... I was working at Srepco with Dave Angi when he had the accident. Dave Jones was working in the warehouse at Srepco then.
26 posts
Feb 17, 2015
11:56 AM
cal2756 - Thank for you that good memory. Dave was a good guy. We had a lot of fun together.
80 posts
Feb 17, 2015
7:39 PM
Brownsville Station opened for Black Oak Arkansas at Hara in 73. My very first concert. Saw many, many bands at Hara and UD. Also saw, at the Victoria Opera House (might have still been the Victory then, downtown) a double bill of Budgie and Artful Dodger. The latter band is still around, believe it or not, or at least still does the odd reunion...
miles away
5 posts
Feb 18, 2015
11:34 AM
Hey wolfcreek - Around 1975 or '76 my buddies and I are sitting in the Hara Arena grandstands, taking a rest and grabbing a bite to eat while spending the day checking out all the rods at Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show, when roadies start uncovering a band's amps, guitars and drums on the stage set up at the end of the hockey rink, and after about 30 minutes a band comes on and launched into Smokin' in the Boys Room. We all stared at each other saying 'What the -?' And it was Brownsville Station, playing for free. Maybe the concert came with general admission to the car show, we didn't pay any attention, but we saw the whole thing just sitting there eating hot dogs between the hot rods.

And you actually saw Budgie?! No freakin' way! These days I live miles away from Trotwood in a city out west, and there's a black guy who I see downtown here everyday, an motivated entrepreneur, selling fragrances (that's what he says) to women at the downtown bus stops, and he keeps all his samples in small tubes carried in a big Bandolier worn around his shoulder. Every time I see the guy I laugh to myself and think about that Budgie album. He's a very cool guy wearing a traditional African cap, but all I can think about when I see him is a '70's rock band from Wales. Too cool.

I saw a handful of concerts in Dayton (got sold "Rush" tickets once, and it turned out to be Mahogany Rush at the Victory), but the best ones were elsewhere.

The hot ticket would have been the 'Stones at Hara in '65, or the Monkees opening for Jimi Hendrix in Muncie in '67. Not sure where the Muncie show was held, but the guys from The Chosen Few - they're still around - would remember...
36 posts
Feb 18, 2015
4:58 PM
Journey and Van Halen (1979/80?) shows at Hara Arena. The most memorable for a different reason was the Young Rascals and the Amboy Dukes at Memorial Hall (same show) in 1967. I don't think the crowd could fully appreciate Ted's guitar playing skills. I hope my memory is correct.
85 posts
Feb 18, 2015
8:37 PM
Great story, miles away! Would love to have heard that. Cant say Brownsville was a great band, but that song was sure a winner.

And yeah, Budgie. I can't believe you know of them! I think I still have the Budgie bumper sticker that they were handing out. Pretty sure the concert was the night before Thanksgiving, 77, but could be off on the date. If I remember correctly, the bigger draw was Artful Dodger, who had a minor (very minor) hit in the midwest called "Honor Among Thieves." Not a bad song -- I can still hear it in my head.

Would love to have seen the Stones -- ever see the famous picture of the Stones playing to an mostly empty Hara Arena? Great shot. (And believe it or not, it was Jimi who opened for the Monkees, which did not sit well with the mommies who brought their little ones to see Mike & Davy and the boys. Suddenly jimi is humping his guitar! He didn't last long on that tour.

Last Edited by wolfcreek on Feb 18, 2015 8:38 PM
90 posts
Feb 19, 2015
5:08 AM
So many back in the day. The ones that stand out are Joe Walsh, ELO, Doobie Brothers, Steppenwolf.

Speaking of concerts, was anyone here at the Who concert in Cincy when the tragedy of some folk getting trampled to death occured?

Last Edited by jack1971 on Feb 19, 2015 5:09 AM
miles away
8 posts
Feb 19, 2015
12:27 PM
wolfcreek - You're absolutely correct, it was Hendrix opening for the Monkees; that was the lunacy of it all! The story I heard was that Hendrix opened with 'Fire" that night at about twice the speed you hear it on the album. That had to be hysterical.

Budgie had a cult following down in Portsmouth, OH in the '70's (I had friends down there); you could probably sell that bumper sticker at a premium down there if you wanted to...
92 posts
Feb 21, 2015
7:25 PM
I think I gotta hang on to the sticker. Memories.

Jack, I wasn't at the who concert, but I was at Led Zeppelin at Riverfront in '77, and only by sheer luck did a similar tragedy not happen there. My friends and I ditched school and were among the first in line, early in the morning. We were right up against the glass doors, and by late afternoon the immense crowd was surging forward. We could lift our feet and be carried in. I remember seeing a pregnant woman near the door, and her husband pleading with the cops to open up or she'd be squashed. When the doors were finally opened, it was like a stampede. Someone smashed through the glass door, there was blood everywhere and shoes scattered across the floor. Riverfront should have known that place was a disaster waiting to happen.

But the concert was great...
285 posts
Feb 22, 2015
12:20 AM
jack & wolfcreek - I had a similar experience at the Riverfront Stadium (outdoor) concert that I mentioned earlier in this post. I don't know if anyone was injured at that concert, but certainly open seating at a venue the size of the stadium was a recipe for disaster. I remember that same push of bodies, where you feel like your feet aren't firmly planted on the ground.
91 posts
Feb 22, 2015
7:20 AM
wolf and Kenny; I did a tremendous amount of drugs from 1975 to 1981, until I finally came down to Florida in October of 1981, one reason was to get away from that life, so I must have been loaded because I never heard the news of the Zeppelin concert in the media, or at least, I didn't remember it.

I was in such a rut during those 6 years. It was Quaaludes and beer after work, speed and cocaine in the morning to get through the work day. A constant cycle that was going absolutely nowhere.

Quaaludes were an epidemic back in the day, so much so that the FDA stopped making them.

So glad those days are behind me now! :)

Last Edited by jack1971 on Feb 22, 2015 7:22 AM
99 posts
Feb 22, 2015
10:52 AM
Jack, there was very little mention of the Zeppelin concert in the news. I remember seeing a small article in the paper because, like, 50 or 60 people were arrested. But then it just disappeared, because no one was killed. The entire subject would be ignored until The Who, and then it was too late.

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