geezer cinema: the dry (robert connolly, 2020)

music friday: rock and roll hall of fame part 5

[This is the last in the series of artists I've seen, that haven't previously been featured in this long series, who are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They'll appear in order of their induction, and I'll mostly avoid comments ... I'll just post some relevant videos.]

Lou Reed, inducted 2015. (Winterland, 1974; Berkeley Community Theater, 1976, 1989; Old Waldorf, 1978, 1980. I may have forgotten a few others.) These are the shows I can remember. I'm sure Winterland in '74 was the first ... that was the Sally Can't Dance tour, where Reed famously simulated shooting up on stage. He wasn't as good as when I saw him at later club dates, nor was he as good as Rock 'n' Roll Animal, which had come out late the year before. But he was good enough. Here he is from earlier in 1974:

Steve Miller, inducted 2016. (Fillmore Auditorium, 1967). Part of the legendary-to-me first rock concert I ever attended (I'd seen Judy Collins a few months earlier). Chuck Berry was 40, and hadn't had a hit for a few years, but he was still Chuck Berry, and he was still a touring artist. He would use local bands for backup, which for these nights at the Fillmore meant the local Steve Miller Blues Band. This was just before Boz Scaggs joined. It occurs to me that this is a perfect Hall of Fame post, since all of the artists on that long-ago rock concert ended up in the Hall: Chuck Berry, the Animals, and Steve Miller. Here is what Miller and the band sounded like back then, before their first album:


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