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8.6.77 - Super Bowl of Rock - Game III

Posted by Artster63

It was incredibly hot that Sunday in Chicago at Soldiers' Field. My first outdoor concert experience and I was freaking that I was there to see: .38 Special, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent headlining. What a show.

For an 8th grade grad starting high school that September, I was on top of the world. I think it was more the event then even knowing who the bands were. You see, up until that time I had been a big time R&B and Soul music fan. Groups like the Chilites and the Stylistics were my main listening preference on WLS radio AM. Somehow a friend talked me and my older brother into going to this concert. Man did it turn out to be an awakening.

As I sat there with the sun slowly warming up the stands, I was taking in everything. Here it was 8:00 A.M. and there was a girl passed out in the row in front. Later some guy started to spew. There was liquor being passed around in 7UP bottles and the distinctive smell of "weed" floating through the bleachers. When the bands started playing I was amazed at the blanket of people on the field as they jumped up and down together to the beat. Rolls of toilet paper being tossed from the upper stands down leaving a white tail behind. On the field there were beach balls and empty plastic milk jugs popping up and down like a popcorn machine. When Nugent finally came out blasting "Catscratch Fever" the jugs started flowing toward the stage in a ritualistic honor to the headliner. And as they flew on stage his response was, "Hey if you hit me Motherf---ers, I've got a lot of friends out there that will kick your ass". It was awesome.

Even with Journey and Steve Perry singing "Lights" or REO doing "Riding the Storm Out", "157 Riverside Avenue" and "Gary's Flying Turkey Trot", it was witnessing Lynyrd Skynyrd playing there swan song "Freebird" that is most memorable for me. In the days that followed I had bought the album, locked myself in the basement with the headphones blasting and playing air-guitar like I was on that stage. I even started to listen to FM radio.

That was the start of my indulgence into Rock music.

Welcome to the 70's

Posted by Artster63

When you hear a song from your youth, do you kickback and reminisce what you were doing that summer? Does it remind you of a first love? Can you still smell the raspberry incense burning while you were listening to your favorite album or 8-track tape? For me it's a resounding Yeesss!

Every time I hear Crazy on You by Heart I think of summer camp. Or when I watch a movie like "Dazed and Confused", I actually slip back to my teens and remember cruising around doing absolutely nothing or buying the beer because I was the one that looked old enough. Partying in the woods and blasting the Led Zep, Blue Oyster Cult or The Floyd (aka Pink Floyd). That's what this blog is all about. Remembering the carefree existence of being a teen in the 70's.

Join me as I recollect the 70's as a preteen and teen. The music, the concerts, the posters and the TV shows will all be here and I'm sure my memories will ignite your memories if only to put a silly grin on your face.