November 21, 1970 (Saturday)
War Memorial Auditorium
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Tom Evans with fan Connie HayesI went to a concert at the Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1970 mostly to see The Grass Roots. I was 16 years old at the time and my older sister, who was very convincing, was able to get us backstage. I had heard Badfinger's music and thought they sounded a lot like The Beatles, and after hearing them in perform, I fell in love with their music. After their performance, I met the band members and Tommy Evans started talking to me. Of course, I thought he was very handsome and I was intrigued like any teen would be. He asked me if I would like to sit down and talk, and I said, "yes". We walked up the stairway at the auditorium and sat down in the stairwell and talked for what seemed like a long time. I wish so much that I could remember every word of our conversation, but I can't. What I do remember is he asked me a lot of questions about myself. I felt like he was a little shy or introverted, not sure how to describe it but, it left an impression on me even after all these years. I had an opportunity to spend more time with him but, I was very young and inexperienced at the time. He was a gentleman. He had those black eyes that were a little sad it seemed. I remember thinking that one of his eyes looked a little crossed but I wasn't sure if it was. We had our picture taken together and I kept it all these years not really knowing why. Now, all these years later I am so thankful I did. I loved all of Badfinger's music but lost touch with them over the years. Only recently did my love for this group rekindle. I have been listening to their music and did some internet research to find out what happened to them and found out about the horrible fate that happened. I have been totally absorbed in every detail that I could find out about them. I would not take anything for the memory (however small) of spending time with such a great musician and songwriter.

Connie Hayes (Dec. 12, 2008)

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