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Odd openers....?

Posted By: whitefang

Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 08:00 AM

I've often listed the opening acts I've seen that went on to bigger and better things, but some of them seemed "odd" in that their particular brand of music wasn't anywhere near the type(in genre) of the headliner's. Like, you'd expect a rock'n'roll band to open for another, or even a "prog-rock" band. But back in the early '70's there were several concerts in which the opener was a complete different genre from the main act. Like The Mahavishnu Orhestra opening for Emerson, Lake and Palmer, or later for Frank Zappa.

Or at one time, the mostly(unheard of) Eagles opening for Mahavishnu, or a couple of years later, Jo Jo Gunne opening for Mahavishnu. Or....

The Eagles opening for YES, and( one I missed) YES opening for Black Sabbath!

And even though the concerts were enjoyable, I thought the mixes kind of odd. Any of ya seen these odd mixes too? And if yes, then what were they?
Whitefang
Posted By: Scott Fraser

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 07:01 PM

Leo Kottke opening for Procol Harum with the Portland Symphony.
Posted By: desertbluesman

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 08:32 PM

I can not remember many of the opening acts, Sometimes I went to concerts that had 4 headlining bands like one concert I went to that had the Youngbloods, Santana, Chicago and one other band that I can not remember which one. I was always pretty stoned so I enjoyed most of what I saw anyways. I can tell you that Santana was third on that bill and Chicago tried to follow them as the closing act but even though they were good that night, Santana was my favorite band that night. That was on Santana's first national tour so they were full of fire that night.

cheers
Posted By: Scott Fraser

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 08:44 PM

Led Zeppelin opening for Julie Driscoll + Brian Auger & Trinity.
Posted By: Dannyalcatraz

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 09:23 PM

Oddities i saw in person:

Eye & I opening for Bodycount & Ice T

A poet opening for Rival Sons

Shark Island opening for LA Guns

Primus opening for Rush

Queensr˙che opening for Metallica

Black Pearl opening for Galactic Cowboys opening for BÖC
Posted By: Sharkman

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 11:07 PM

Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees. Seriously, it really happened.
Posted By: Larryz

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/28/19 11:38 PM

+1 DBM, I can never remember who the opening acts were...except for 1. A friend made me go with him to an Alabama concert as his wife couldn't go and he didn't want to waste a ticket, so I said OK, even though I didn't like going to huge concerts. We were standing in front of the stage and the MC said ladies and gentlemen, The Charlie Daniels Band! I thought WTF this can't be happening! But, it was them and I was so glad I went...Charlie is one of my favorites...they were not on the tickets, flyers, radio ads, nada! A little OT in that they were both country southern rock bands and not at all an odd combo! and +1 on Santana, another favorite of mine! cool
Posted By: skipclone 1

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/29/19 06:08 AM

To be honest I think that was a phenomenon of a certain era-The whole opening/headline dynamic has changed. The thing now is multiple artists, mostly owing to any one of them not having the audience draw for a solo tour. Everyone is opening for everyone. I believe there was and still is a lot of backroom negotiation about who is available i.e., who doesn`t have a conflicting schedule, and how generous is the main act. Are they okay with an opener that may be better than they are.
Posted By: whitefang

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/29/19 08:41 AM

I did start to notice, long 'bout the mid '70's, the opening acts DID start to be "genre specific" and more "genre-label specific". Like----

A '76 concert that had JAN HAMMER opening for Mahavishnu Orchestra(their "Inner Worlds" promo...) and then the SHAKTI line-up of John McLaughlin opening for WEATHER REPORT('76--"Black Market" promo). All on the same label, or at least one or the other on a label's subsidiary.( Mahavishnu on Columbia, a CBS records label, and Hammer on Nemperor, both Sony music arms... and Weather Report too, on Columbia).
Whitefang
Posted By: hurricane hugo

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/29/19 04:28 PM

I saw Asia on the 2nd leg of their 1982 tour, when they made the leap from theaters to the big arenas/amphitheaters. They had a juggler for an opening act.

Stranger than that was then-still-unknown folksinger Jewel opening for goth legend Peter Murphy in '95.
Posted By: whitefang

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/30/19 07:51 AM

OK....

In '69, a country-rock group called Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys opened for Jimi Hendrix at Cobo Arena. They were also considered a "one hit wonder" for this silly single(I thought)----



Whitefang
Posted By: Dannyalcatraz

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/30/19 01:26 PM

Some of those lyrics sound strangely familiar...
laugh
Posted By: BiC

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/30/19 07:00 PM

Kool & The Gang opening for Van Halen.

Greensboro Coliseum (NC), on 21 Apr 2012.

Peace thu
Posted By: surfergirl

Re: Odd openers....? - 04/30/19 08:01 PM

Jack Johnson opening for The Eagles, Dec 7 2018 in Honolulu. The best part Jack, being a North Shore native, brought just about every North Shore musician to join him on stage. If we knew he was going to do that we would have camped outside his house waiting for him.
Posted By: whitefang

Re: Odd openers....? - 05/01/19 08:39 AM

I'm sorry, but the only JACK JOHNSON I was familiar with was the early 20th century African-American boxer they made the movie "The Great White Hope" about( great movie!)

But I looked your guy up and gave a listen. VERY nice stuff, but I don't really think an "odd" match(musically) to open for The Eagles. Can easily imagine either covering each other's tunes. wink
Whitefang
Posted By: p90jr

Re: Odd openers....? - 05/01/19 02:22 PM

My older co-workers used to tell us about the crazy bills they saw here at the local event hall (otherwise famous for later hosting televised pro wrestling) in the late '60s and early '70s. There was a show there almost every night and it was packed because people just knew to go... it sounded awful (as a kid I called it the giant Gomer Pyle building, because it was an enormous version of those huts that Gomer and the Marines lived in on the show) but everybody was too drunk and stoned to care. Hendrix famously had a meltdown onstage, there, unhappy with the new amps he'd just gotten as an endorsement deal and said into the mic (there's recordings of the show) "SUNN amps are terrible..."

Anyway, acts on their way from New Orleans to Texas or vice versa or Memphis or wherever would converge... so the stories go that they'd show up to see a show that headlined by somebody like CS&N or America and the opener would come out and it was some band called Black Sabbath... just completely at odds but passing through town on the same night.

Another guy told me was working on the crew at the university basketball arena for a show the SGA booked for Jackson Browne, early on, who showed up with just David Lindley... but the band booked by the agent to open the show was The Doobie Brothers. He said Browne was very cool and had them reverse the order of the show... so he went on first but after the crowd was there, and told the crowd to stay because a good full band was going to play later and rock the house. He also said The Doobies were loud as hell...
Posted By: whitefang

Re: Odd openers....? - 05/02/19 08:24 AM

Yeah, I once(or twice) told the tale of a buddy asking me if I wanted to go see BLACK SABBATH 'cause he had an extra ticket due to his girlfriend getting sick and unable to go. I didn't( and never did) care for Sabbath and turned him down. I found out a couple days later that YES opened for them! mad Had I known that ahead of time, I would have gone! But, I'd say those two bands weren't really on the same page. wink
Whitefang
Posted By: p90jr

Re: Odd openers....? - 05/02/19 01:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Sharkman
Jimi Hendrix opening for The Monkees. Seriously, it really happened.


They took him on tour.

The one my boss used to always talk about was going to see Herman's Hermits here when he was 12 and getting The Who as an opener.... which rearranged his brain.
Posted By: whitefang

Re: Odd openers....? - 05/03/19 07:41 AM

laugh freak
I certainly wouldn't doubt THAT! drool
Whitefang
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