Friday, July 24, 2020
Greatest Rock and Roll concert lineup of all time?
I was sent a link to this video from Farout Magazine in England. Imagine this lineup - Moody Blues, Freddie and the Dreamers, Georgie Fame, The Seekers, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, Sounds Incorporated, Wayne Fontana, Rolling Stones, Cilla Black, Donavan, Them, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, The Animals, The Beatles, with the Kinks closing the show. It happened on April 16, 1965, at Wembley's Empire Pool.
The Fab Four took home top honors for the night, which was a celebration of the New Musical Express’ Poll Winners. But as my buddy Barry Friedman noticed after I sent him the video, how would you like to be the Kinks having to go on after the Beatles? The Beatles by the way, start at around 1:16 and the excitement and energy of their opening is incredible.
I must confess to not having watched the whole thing yet but I look forward to it. I love watching Brian Jones on the Vox teardrop. Barry says it is fantastic, noting great performances by Them, Dusty and the Animals as well as the boys from Liverpool.