Gregg Allman died yesterday at the age of 69. There’s no better way to pay tribute to one of the pioneers of Southern rock than posting the Allman Brothers Band’s 40th Anniversary show.
Here’s a 1984 set from the Heartbeat City tour:
Here’s a 2006 set with a guest appearance by former band member Michael McDonald:
Here’s a 1992 set from the I’m Alive tour:
I’d somehow missed this gem. It’s the classic Genesis lineup of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, and Phil Collins. It was filmed during the Selling England By The Pound tour. What’s not to like about that? Not a damn thing.
Here’s a 2011 show courtesy of Connecticut Public Broadcasting:
It’s no secret that my colleague Athenae does not share my enthusiasm for the Beatles. But Illinois based rockers Cheap Trick are Beatlemaniacs. This week’s SMV brings together some of CT’s best Beatles covers. We begin with a song from Revolver:
Are you ready to roll up for the mystery tour?
Next up an all-star hair band live version of Get Back:
I’ve got a good reason for posting this version of Day Tripper:
It’s hippie dippy anthem time:
I rarely post audience videos but this one has good sound and no inane chit-chat. Besides, it’s *the* medley from Abbey Road. Say no more.
Cheap Trick has performed Sgt. Pepper in its entirety more than a few times since the LP’s 40th anniversary. We’ll close with a selection of tunes from that Beatles classic. Hmm, I wonder if Rick Nielsen is really Billy Shears?
The only way to finish this epic post is with the ultimate John Lennon song:
It’s Carnival, so it’s Dr. John time:
I wrote yesterday about Emmett Till’s lynching and its importance to the Civil Rights movement. Here’s a 2003 American Experience documentary about it:
Our tribute to Mary Tyler Moore continues with this episode of her first classic sitcom:
This 2008 episode features the late Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Lyle Lovett, and token non-Texan, John Hiatt:
Here’s the second set from the Grateful Dead’s 1990 NYE show at the Oakland Coliseum complete with a long countdown and balloon drop. The music starts at the 4:13 mark:
I wrote about the art design of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse last week. Here’s their 1988 holiday extravaganza:
The original Asia lineup of Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and John Wetton regrouped in 2006 and made some terrific music. This 2010 show was from a tour in support of the Omega album.
It’s lagniappe time. It’s a 1983 MTV show with the late Greg Lake filling in for John Wetton on bass and vocals. Lake was an awkward fit with Asia so this was strictly a one-off thing.
Since I’ve gone on about les Maquis, here’s a pretty good documentary about the French Resistance. It’s an episode of the Secrets of War series and is narrated by Charlton Heston:
You’re not seeing double. This is not my post-election piece, The Most Dangerous Game, it’s the 1932 movie that inspired that post. This atmospheric black and white horror flick involved many of the same people who went on to make King Kong the next year.
It’s our final tribute to the late, great Leon Russell. It’s Leon and friends on a homey Los Angeles teevee show hosted by the film critic Charles Champlin. R.I.P. Leon.