Bloomington, MN - Metropolitan Sports Center
( Questions by Dan Shafner )
I was at Bloomington MN Metropolitan Sports Center (Home of the North Stars!) I think it was July 6,1972
> Let me ask you a few questions and let me preface > it. You are at the show and four songs into the show > they start playing "Gimme Shelter". Good enough, by > 1972 it is a song that many fans are a little > familiar with. > During the first chorus (if you are paying > attention) you get an idea that > Taylor is playing a little because the spotlight is > on him as a feature > player. The same thing happens with the second > chorus, except the spotlight > stays on him and he starts blasting away his first > huge guitar solo of the > night, "Brown Sugar" not withstanding. > That's the premise. Now for the questions. What were > your thoughts at that > time? Did you notice something special of a musical > nature? It is no crime > if you didn't, but it is noteworthy if you did. Yes > or no.
I didn't have the musical knowledge or insight to parse out much in the way of subtleties. I started as a bass player with no prior musical training in about 1967. I didn't start on guitar until about 1973. My guitar training (3 quarters of classical) didn't happen until 1974. I was aware that this young kid about my age was playing guitar with the Stones and playing extremely well. His solos were well received by the audience.
> If so, at that time, what was your perception? Were > you concentrating on the > Taylor-melodies of his solo? > > Did you have a different perception of Mick Taylor > after this song? What > about after the show, in general? What about during > and after YCAGWYW and > Street Fighting Man ?
The band opened with Jumping Jack Flash, it took Jagger until the middle of the next song to loosen up. He then put on his classic Jagger act and really had the crowd involved. I recall Mick Taylor playing very well but he seemed a bit shy. I think he was under the spotlight a few times but didn't grandstand at all. My impression was that Mick Taylor definitely belonged playing with the Stones. He had the musical ability regardless of his age.
> Do you wish that you had recorded the show?
Absolutely, but we sat in a back corner of the hockey arena. The guy who shot the slides worked his way closer to the stage. The only feasible recording devices then were reel-to-reel recorders. Very large and cumbersome to sneak into a concert, we didn't have access to one.
> Other than what I am asking, can you add more along > these lines? If you can do an "I was there!!!" thing, > then I can try to live the experience vicariously. > Take us on a tour of your show experience.
We had a carload driving 100 miles to the concert. We were so worked up we were driving 90 miles an hour, literally. The car (drummer-friend's mother's car, an old Buick) overheated. We stopped at the small village of Geneva (home of Harmony Park, an outdoor concert venue). The guy at the service station had to have thought we were nuts to be driving so fast; he didn't say so, though. We told him we were going to see the Stones; he didn't act as though that explained our behavior.
There were large numbers of people as we approached the arena. Quite a few were looking for tickets. As was fairly common for 1972 there were many instances of smoke drifting among the crowd outside the arena. (I missed the ticket buying as I was still at college. My buddy stood in line for hours at the arena to get tickets. There was a party going on.) To get to the aftermath, several hundred people without tickets tried to rush the doors. Law enforcement responded with tear gas. The arena had no air conditioning. The ventilation system sucked the tear gas into the building. It wasn't so bad that we had to leave the arena but you could smell something. Towards the end of the concert it was fairly strong. When we left the arena we saw a state patrol car with its lights and windows smashed out in the parking lot. Someone told us about the minor riot.
Before the concert, we had looked at the t-shirts and programs. We passed as the shirts and programs cost as much or more than the tickets ($6.50). I find this to be an interesting example of how the financial aspect of concerts has changed.
That's about as well as I can do this long after the show.