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Dead Boys, speaker salesmen

A 1977 performance by the Dead Boys at CBGBs is being used as the cornerstone of a new commercial spot for Sonos wireless speakers. It’s a short clip of “Sonic Reducer” taken from footage filmed for CBS’s 60 Minutes in the hey-day of punk. The show was later released on DVD as Live at CBGB’s 1977.

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Southside Johnny recorded live at Tomorrow Club

In case anyone who wasn’t around at the time wanted to get an idea of what the acoustics sounded like at the Tomorrow Club, I found a Southside Johnny and Asbury Jukes live recording from what I believe to be Sept. 18, 1977. Now, of course, this could be wrong as the show is labeled as December 1977. The historical compilation of shows I have only shows the band playing on Sept. 18, 1977 however. There’s a good chance this show could be later on down the line at the club, but for right now I’m leaning toward the Sept. 18 date (which just happens to be one day before the infamous Black Monday).

(I did have a link to download the show here, but the cyberlockers aren’t reliable anymore. So you’re out of luck for the time being.)

Setlist

Disc 1

1. This Time It’s For Real
2. Got To Get You Off My Mind
3. Without Love
4. Fannie Mae
5. I Can Tell
6. Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
7. Banter
8. She Got Me Where She Wants Me
9. Little By Little
10. Intro Mr. Popeye
11. It Ain’t The Meat [It’s The Motion]

Disc 2

1. I Choose To Sing The Blues
2. The Fever
3. I Don’t Want To Go Home
4. Havin’ A Party
5. You Don’t Know Like I Know
6. Intro to…
7. Stagger Lee

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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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A slice of Meat Loaf with a side of Tom Petty

If you want to talk about getting a lot of rock for your dollar, the Meat Loaf and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show on November 13, 1977 at the Tomorrow Club was one of those deals of a lifetime. For the price of $3 in advance and $4 at the door, your ticket granted you access to two multi-platinum artists (maybe not yet, but they would be).

Meat Loaf was just starting a tour to support Bat Out Of Hell released in October of 1977. It would take a while to garner momentum, but it went on to sell 14 million albums in the United States and millions more worldwide before it was all said and done.

Tom Petty and his band were still supporting their first album released a year earlier. Even at this young stage in their careers, though, the Heartbreakers had the hits “American Girl” and “Breakdown” in their repertoire.

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List of 1977 Tomorrow Club shows

As promised, here’s another annual list of shows at the Tomorrow Club. This one is from 1977. There’s a bunch of stuff from August missing, but other than that it’s pretty complete. Quality of acts really starts to pick up toward the end of the year with shows from bands such as Rush, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Meat Loaf and Cheap Trick.

List of 1977 Tomorrow Club Shows

P.S. These lists take a lot of time. I’m going to continue doing them, but it may take a few months before the next one (probably 1978) is finished.

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The guy with the robots in his video

I know Herbie Hancock had very little to do with rock music in 1977, but the guy would become well-known the world over for his video for the hip-hop influenced “Rockit” in 1983. At his February 13, 1977 show at the Beeghly Center he would play with fellow jazz great George Benson.

Here’s what most of us remember him for though:

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Let There Be Rock

Although AC/DC formed in 1974, it took three years before the band got around to touring the United States. In the summer of 1977, the band hit the club and theater circuit here in support of the Let There Be Rock album. Let There Be Rock was the first of the band’s albums to be made available for purchase in the United States. Several Australian-only releases (High Voltage, TNT and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap) preceded this one, yet the band was not playing a lot of the songs that would later become concert staples (most notably “Dirty Deeds” and “TNT”) on this tour.

The stop in Youngstown on August, 21, 1977 at the Tomorrow Club was the 18th date on the summer tour. The CBGB’s house band from 1975 to ’77 Mink Deville was actually given top billing in the ads that ran in the Vindicator in the days before the show.

AC/DC, made up of Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams, probably played a very brief set which included the songs “Live Wire”, “She’s Got Balls”, “Problem Child”, “The Jack”, “High Voltage”, “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Rocker”.

AC/DC would graduate to playing arenas the next year and would release three more albums with Bon Scott on vocals before his death on February 19, 1980.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: The very next day, WMMS recorded the concert at the Cleveland Agora. It was later released as the bootleg Burning Balls.

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