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King Biscuit Flower Hour: In Concert

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  • Yes, it’s True, I was at Winterland that night and it was indeed Quite a SHOW. The Doors Opened right on Time at 6:30 and of course we headed for the Floor, This was Humble Pie !!! So, we were gonna be Down Front, Outta the Way, Hipsters. This ain’t no Quicksilver Show, this was Mighty English Rock at it’s Finest and we were STOKED, and very STONED.

    First band on Stage: STEELY DAN, The Original Band with Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter on Guitar & David Palmer on Vocals. The Dan ROCKED !!! They Played almost everything from their Classic first Record, and “Do it Again” featured a Mean Solo of ‘Plastic Organ’ as Donald Fagen, called it. We all knew these guys would be Headliners the next time they came to Town, {They DIDN’T Tour again for over 20 YEARS!}.

    The Middle Group was the: “Glam Band of the Week…SLADE. I had never heard of this Lot, BUT, they had had a Number One Hit in England, So here they be in all their Glory and Glitter, The Lead Guitar Player looked like a Martian and he had “ODD GOB” written on his Silver Suit. The Band KISS stole lot’s of Ideas from these Boys, I never met a soul who actually Bought one of their Records, Ever.

    Well, after almost an hour…TA DAAAA….HUMBLE PIE !!! And Loudly, they cranked out; “Up Our Sleeve”, there is only One word to describe this assualt on our senses, POWER !!! The second Tune? What else, could it be but “4 Day Creep” from the “Live at the Filmore Record”, When the Crowd heard the First Notes of this, We all went NUTS. Next Steve introduced the Back-Up Singers: The Blackberries, and sat at a White Hammond organ, and launched into “Black Coffee” with a Dirty Rap Directed Right at the Girls and what he had planned to do to them after the Show, this is not on the King Biscuit Master because of the Subject Matter {it’s R Rated).
    There were a few more ‘Soul Numbers’ performed, and just in time Steve jumped up from behind his Big Organ {His Pun, Not Mine} and Got back to Serious Rock Business once again with a KILLER: “Stone Cold Fever” that went on & on, it was Plenty longer than the “Filmore” version, It was Majestic and had some really pretty playing in the Middle section, the Guitar Leads by Clem and Steve were Amazing! This one Needs to see the light of Day again, and alas, it ISN’T on this CD…$#!*

    Also, not included is the Long, long version of “Rollin’ Stone” they played that Night, again this would be due to the Lyric Content as they are very sexual, BUT, this version was way different from the other live Version and is also merits an Official Release.

    I am glad “30 Days” made it to the Record, BUT, again there is an EDIT here as Steve introduced it with a long funny Rap, that is Not here as well as ANOTHER Rap right in the middle of this Crowd pleaser. It isn’t included as well, This Song could be from Another Night, and Not the May 6 Winterland show, if it IS Winterland, it’s a great Edit.

    Some of the best Stuff IS here: “Halleluah, I Love her So” and “Hot N’ Nasty” were SMOKIN’…these are the Best versions of these Pie Classics, out there. The Show closed with “Doctor”, and again this was a great version. The encore on this night was “Honky Tonk Woman” and then “Roadrunner”. It was all over by 2AM {The Official Winterland Closing Time}, if a show ran later than that they Closed the doors and became a “Private Party” until dawn.

    I do wish we had the ENTIRE SHOW here, (it would take 2 CD’s) because there is less than half of The Pie’s set included here. But, I doubt that will ever happen. This was a GREAT NIGHT at Winterland, and I will always Remember just How GREAT it was to see this Band Up-Close.
    FOUR STARS…

    Posted on November 14, 2009