I was sitting there, feeling the sting of smoke in my eyes and lungs and adjusting to the dim light waiting eagerly for the show to start. I had heard about this female singer who was fast becoming something of a country-rock goddess. I managed to scrounge up a $5 ticket for the Lennox Music Inn and here I was, and suddenly, there she was.
Could you imagine being there for the early years of Linda Ronstadt’s music career? Listening and watching her move through her country roots and into the world of rock would have been a wild experience.
It could have just as easily been, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Weather Report or down the road at Tanglewood, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis or The Who. These, ahem, were not my experiences however. I did have a few friends fortunate enough to take in some remarkable shows like Bruce Springsteen, ELO and whatever was hot in the big city of Toronto but I was never in the middle of that action. But what if I could somehow transport myself back in time to be a part of the live shows?
Wolfgang’s Vault is my time-machine back to live concerts from the past. Seems this “trip” often takes me back to my sisters’ music. James Taylor (at Carnegie Hall), Santana (at the Palladium, early show incidentally) or Harry Chapin (Avery Fisher Hall). Not that my three sisters were able to attend those shows, but they had the artists albums and they played them all the time!
I’m attracted by the classic rock feel of the vault, drawn to of the biggest names in rock – live! For those who love the live performance you will find everything from jazz to rock. It’s a minefield of musicology, live, sometimes scratchy, raw and always real. This site will quickly become an always-on favourite!
There are plenty of other treasures to uncover in the vault, including memorabilia, clothing, radio al a Bill Graham and music downloads dating back to the 60’s. and a few other hidden gems!
The music is all around me, from my computer to my boss to my wife and occasionally I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend a live show like the Troubadour Reunion with James Taylor and Carole King. Live shows like that are a true treat. Funny, the shows at Tanglewood are already sold out!
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