Tag Archives: 1975

Closing time at Cedar’s

This blog generally deals with things from the past, but tonight it has been revealed that one of Youngstown’s longest standing rock venues will close shortly to make way for a yuppie burger joint and some apartments. Here’s what the Vindy had to report today:

Cedar’s Lounge, the legendary rock’n’roll bar with a reputation that extends beyond the region, is being forced out of the location where it’s been for 37 years.

The new owner of the Gallagher Building, which houses Cedar’s, said Friday that the bar will not be permitted to stay.

“Cedar’s will not stay there,” said Dominic Gatta III. “With all the upgrades [it needs], including a new stairwell, new sanitary, bringing the building up to code and everything else, it does not fit my vision for the building.”

Gatta, who bought the Gallagher building for $192,500 in September, has plans to gut the entire first floor of the building.

The first floor is slated to become a high-end burger restaurant and a separate wine/coffee bar. The second floor will house commercial offices, while the third and fourth will be transformed into apartments.

The good news is the bar’s owners are planning on seeking refuge elsewhere in Youngstown, so we’ll see how this plays out. In any case, it’s quite sad to a cultural gem of the city disappear.

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Note: Apparently Jan. 30, 2013 is the final day of the club at its current location. It will reopen at a Steel Street location soon.

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Rush’s debut in Youngstown

Rush was set to make its Youngstown debut on April 5, 1975 in a big YSU gig which featured Aerosmith and REO Speedwagon. That failed to materialize though as Aerosmith’s Joe Perry injured himself by falling off the stage at a gig prior to the Youngstown date. The concert was rescheduled, but it didn’t include the Canadian rockers.

Rush’s second shot at making a Youngstown debut came on Dec. 21, 1975 at the Tomorrow Club. The major Rush gigography archives on the Internet do not have the band playing here on that date, but it’s promoted as clear as day in the week up to the show in the Vindicator. Rush opened the night before for KISS in at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, so a jot over to Youngstown the night after for a headliner club show makes perfect sense.

Rush was at the end of its “Down the Tubes” tour at this point. Breakthrough success came with the release of  2112 in March of 1976. Rush returned to the Tomorrow Club for a gig on that next tour on March 9, 1976. Tomorrow Club shows on March 3, 1977 and December 5, 1977 followed before the band took off into the arena circuit for good.

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List of 1975 Tomorrow Club shows

It took a while, but the list of 1975 Tomorrow Club shows is finished. Unfortunately, the list is far from complete like the others I have provided here. The first six months or so must have been a shaky time for the club, since advertising was almost non-existent in print media. I did find out from an article in the Jambar that the club faced legal action in July 1975 because the city wanted to deem it a public nuisance because of disturbances linked to the club’s “Welfare Wednesday”. Despite not really promoting much in local press at the time, the club claimed it served 150,000 patrons through its first nine months. September 4 (dubbed the fall season opener) is when advertising really picked up in the Vindicator. I will start work on 1978 (the final year of the Tomorrow Club) soon. I expect it will take a few months to get that list compiled.

List of 1975 Tomorrow Club shows

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Blood, Sweat and Maui Wowie

Cheech and Chong had four albums under their belt by the time they made a return stop on October 19, 1975 to the Beeghly Center. The comedy duo was still three years away from breaking through in film. Also on the bill was Blood, Sweat and Tears who garnered major success in the early ’70s.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: BS&T recorded a live album during that period called In Concert. It was released in 1976.

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A couple Monkees at Idora

Every now and again Idora Park was able to depart from polkas and big band shows to bring some worthwhile rock music to town. On August 31, 1975, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart got together for a pair of Monkees nostalgia shows at the amusement park. The same group would do a show about a year later at the Tomorrow Club.

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Rock pictures at the porn theater

I found this ad while going through looking for 1975 concerts for the Tomorrow Club list. It’s for a Pink Floyd concert film in late July of that year. Of course, everyone knows the Foster as a porn theater (oldest movie theater still in operation in Youngstown BTW), but it did sort of get into art house and foreign films from time to time back in those days.

I have no clue as to what the Pink Floyd concert film was here. I’m leaning toward something from the Dark Side tour. Perhaps it was just the album set to the backdrop film the band used. It definitely did not have anything to do with Wish You Were Here as that wasn’t released until September 1975.

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Ike and Tina Turner at the end

With Ike and Tina Turner‘s marriage just about down for the count, the pair did two shows on June 30, 1975 at the Tomorrow Club. Ike was in the throes of a severe cocaine addiction at the time and it might have led to the shows being postponed from June 27. Tina Turner would end her relationship with Ike the next year and would later become a pop solo icon in the ’80s.

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Gorilla loose on campus

James Taylor is not what this author would consider to be a “rock ‘n’ roll” star, but he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a big recording artist who still racks up big numbers in sales. Taylor, fresh off the release of what would be a hit album in Gorilla, appeared in Youngstown on May 9, 1975 at the Beeghly Center. At this time Taylor was enjoying the success of the cover of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” which reached No. 5 on the pop charts. His wife at the time Carly Simon sang on that recording.

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Earth, Wind and Fire at South High

The South High School Fieldhouse was not a regularly used concert venue by any stretch of the imagination, but it did manage to snag a show by Earth, Wind and Fire on July 10, 1975. At this point in the band’s career they were quickly approaching the peak of their powers as the No. 1 single “Shining Star” vaulted them into orbit. Later that year, the band would release That’s The Way Of The World which would eventually reach No. 1 on the pop album charts.
WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: Here’s the band from a 1975 TV appearance.

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The King of the blues

B.B. King might be associated primarily with the blues, but he was an integral part of the shaping of rock ‘n’ roll’s feel and sound. On March 23, 1975, the 49-year-old King showed up with Lucille to play a gig at Stambaugh Auditorium. I’m fairly certain it wasn’t his first in Youngstown and it was definitely not his last. After all, the man has played more than 50,000 concerts the world over.

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