Some Thoughts on 3 Rolling Stones Concert's Featuring Mick Taylor ( Thanks to sw5's sxtminman )
November 27,1969 Madison Square Garden Thanksgiving Night : I'm looking at the ticket stub as I write this. Sec 441 Row F Seat 3. Mezzanine (nose bleeders) Paid the Ungodly sum of $3.50 for the ducat. I remember going to the Garden several weeks before (mid-day during work) to buy the tickets. Obviously not great seats but I also remember literally "walking up" to the box office and just buying them. No line at all. Anyway, as far as the show goes, I really didn't know what to expect as the Stones were in a personnel and a sound "transition" at that time. They weren't even my favorite band then although that would change within a year. I had seen Hendrix in May, Blind Faith in July; both at the Garden, Led Zeppelin in October at Carnegie Hall, and finally the Stones in November. Opening acts were Terry Reid, BB King, and Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Not bad for $3.50! The most I remember was that I was far away, and the sound wasn't too good. I also wasn't too clear about the "new guy" as all I knew at that time was Brian Jones as the 5th guy. I think I enjoyed the show more for seeing the Stones than for what it was about to become for the next 5 years. As it was at this point in time that the Stones sound was changing dramatically, I was a bit unsure as to what I was watching, having been used to the 1964-1966 music. Still, I was very glad to be there and as it turned out, on a historical night. Ya Yaaaaaaaasssssss!!!
Next stop, Boston Gardens July 18, 1972...........Floor Seats!!! ($6.50) Yessssssssss........ Jeeezuz!!! Busted earlier in the evening in Rhode Island!!! What time is this show starting? 12:00? 1:00? I don't remember exactly when but I do remember Mayor Kevin White coming out on stage and started kicking around soccer balls to keep the crowd calm until the show started. No Stevie Wonder? Ok by me!!! I was never a big fan anyway and it was really late by the time the show started. White kept the Boston subway system open that night so we could get home ok. I remember having free roam of the floor that night and getting up near Mick Taylor several times. Now that's more like it!! A good show and a great time albeit a long day and night. Another notorious night in Stones history. (Anybody have a soundboard of this show?)
Last show of the tour for me was a few nights later in Philadelphia. Again, $6.50 Floor seats, and I think this was the night of the Philadelphia Special disc that's been circulating around for a few years. The date's gone from where the stub was torn in two. This one was the best of my 3 Taylor shows as I remember. 13th row center and they were playing great. I remember suffering through Stevie Wonder but when the Stones came on, it was awesome. Typical smokin 72 set list and a jam with Stevie Wonder which I could have done without. The Stones were great and the non-musical highlight for me was the cutie seated/standing next to me who admired the tank top I was wearing so much, she asked if Id let her wear it. Being the gentleman that I am <eg>, I said sure. She promptly took off her top and I gave her my tank to wear for the rest of show. Now that's entertainment!!!
So there you have it. Some hazy and some not so hazy memories from 3 infamous shows with the Stones at their best.