Tag Archives: 1974

41 years, 9 months, 30 days

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On Friday it was announced that Kiss would be coming to the Covelli Centre for a show on Aug. 26. If the show goes off as planned, it will mark the first show for the band in Youngstown since Oct. 27, 1974. That will be 41 years, nine months and 30 days since the last show in the city. I don’t know who keeps such records in rock ‘n’ roll, but that has to be in the discussion some sort of record for time between two performances in one city.

Another New York band with just two original members completed a 35-year, one-month and 23-day gap on July 29, 2011 when the New York Dolls did an opening gig for Poison and Motley Crue at the Covelli Centre. The Dolls had previously played Youngstown on June 6, 1976.

The Kiss show will be held one day after Gene Simmons celebrates his 67th birthday. Since Kiss is coming off a show in Toledo on Aug. 24, it’s a high possibility that Gene will be celebrating his birthday in Youngstown or somewhere nearby.

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Guess Who was here

Canadian hit machine The Guess Who made their Youngstown debut on November 10, 1974 at the Beeghly Center. It was some four years after the band peaked commercially with hits such as “American Woman”, “No Sugar Tonite” and “These Eyes.” It was not the group’s first gig in the area though. The band did play a May date in 1970 specifically for the benefit of Youngstown State University students, but that show was at the Struthers Fieldhouse just outside of town.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: Here’s a clip of the band on The Midnight Special from early 1974.

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Tomorrow Club: 10-20-74 to 12-22-78

Since I did the same with the Agora, here’s the first and last ads for the Tomorrow Club. It opened October 20, 1974 and closed on December 22, 1978.

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Ted Nugent…putting up his Dukes one last time

Right before his wildman persona fully emerged in the mid-70s, Ted Nugent was in the last stages of fronting the psychedelic rockers the Amboy Dukes when he arrived for a show on November 3, 1974 at the Tomorrow Club . By this time, he was just months away from dropping the Amboy Dukes name and heading out into the wild to produce such hits as “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold”.

The Amboy Dukes did release an album in July of 1974 which contained the signature Nuge song “Great White Buffalo”. It was worlds away from the ’60s garage classic “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” though.

Ironically, he shared an ad with the Duke Ellington orchestra here. Dukes were big in ’74, I guess.

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Give us that funk

Most people think of Parliament-Funkadelic as a single entity in the annals of rock history (after all, they went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one unit in 1997). In 1974, specifically Dec. 12 for their show at the Tomorrow Club, the band was actually two separate entities who were touring together. Parliament was the funk and R&B remnants of an old doo-wop/Motown style act developed by George Clinton in the 1960s. Funkadelic was the backing band which made music based on the psychedelic rock styles of the late 1960s. All of this began to fuse in the mid-70s and the band would enjoy huge success in the middle part of the decade.

I’m not sure what went on in 1974 in Youngstown. No one really cared to chronicle setlists or concert itineraries from that period from what I can tell. There is also no accurate bootleg record from that era either.

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They get around

By the time The Beach Boys hit Youngstown on April 21, 1974 at the Beeghly Center, they were in the beginning stages of a decline in artistic (and commercial) relevancy as band leader Brian Wilson disappeared into severe mental illness. Despite not having Brian around on tour, the band was still very tight and capable of delivering a memorable performance (Rolling Stone named them band of the year in 1974).

I’m not sure this tour, which stretched from April to June, was in support of any release. The Holland album was the last release and that was in January 1973. I would assume this was a very hit-oriented setlist.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE (AND MAYBE LOOKED LIKE): There’s an excellent radio broadcast recording of the June 14, 1974 show from New York’s Nassau Coliseum out there. A documentary film of the tour also exists. I have not seen it, but there’s a possibility that footage from the Beeghly show is in the film.

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Tomorrow Club list of shows 1974

Below is a link to Tomorrow Club shows from 1974. There were some gaps in the Vindicator record, but it seems pretty complete due to it being only open for roughly two months during that year. Big acts appearing in that time frame include: Bob Seger, KISS, Ted Nugent, Parliament Funkadelic and the Michael Stanley Band.

List of Tomorrow Club shows and events from 1974

 

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Picture’s only begun

On October 27, 1974, KISS rolled into town five days after releasing the Hotter Than Hell album. The band – comprised of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley – was on the seventh date of its 55-date tour to support that album. The venue was the old State Theatre on Federal Plaza. By this juncture, the old movie theater was roughly four years removed from its life as a cinema. Renovated and renamed the Tomorrow Club, the theater would showcase some of the best acts from rock, jazz and country for the next decade.

KISS was one of the first major acts to be booked there. According to an ad in The Jambar on Oct. 22, 1974, the first preview show at the venue was October 20 with Focus and Gentile Giant. Golden Earring and L.A.W. played on Oct. 23. In the Vindicator ad in the week to the run-up of the show, the Michael Stanley Band is listed as playing on Friday. A children’s Halloween show follows on Saturday with KISS and opening act Cannonball on Sunday. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is listed as playing the Grand Opening of the Tomorrow Club on Nov. 1, 1974.

KISS was not the band of cartoonish, kid-friendly comic book stars at that point in 1974. The band played with a darker edge and centered its song-writing around the seedier side of life in New York City. The stage show was evolving as more pyrotechnics were added and stage tricks perfected. The setlist was likely composed of: Deuce, Nothin’ to Lose, She, Firehouse, Strutter, 100,000 Years, Let Me Go, Rock and Roll, Cold Gin, Let Me Know, Got to Choose, Watchin’ You and Black Diamond.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: An excellent soundboard recording of an East Lansing, Michigan show on Oct. 21, 1974 is as close as you’re going to get.

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