May 1, 1971
San Jose Pavilion, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
San Jose, California, U.S.A.
My friend and I couldn't believe we were actually going to see Badfinger there. They
were the special guests between Tower of Power and Lee Michaels. This was Tower of
Power's home town and they got a rousing reception, but when Badfinger came on they
had all kinds of technical problems. For "We're For The Dark", there was
feedback on the acoustic guitar. The crowd started shouting 'Boogie! Boogie!' It
was only when they did a rock 'n' roll medley that they really got a reception. They
were great, but it was a difficult pairing.
Scott McCaughey (future member of the bands Young Fresh Fellows and REM)
from "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p.
My buddy Scott McCaughey and I saw Badfinger at The San Jose Pavilion, at the Santa
Clara County Fairgrounds, on May 1, 1971, w/ Lee Michaels headlining, Tower of Power,
and Badfinger opening! It was $4.00, and I have small flyer from the show.
I did remember that I did have the chance to see Badfinger
once. It was in San Jose. Perhaps around their 3rd album. They were the undercard
for Ten Years After. The crowd (lots of Hell Angels to avoid among the student and
hippie audience) were there mainly to hear "Going Home" to the annoyance
of that band, and to me because Badfinger's set was pretty short - 45-55 minutes?
But even with the poor acoustics, the band sounded great. Live, their double guitars
really cooked. Pete really impressed me. While Joey was the Rock guy and good, Pete
ripped out the licks with speed, and I guess in hindsight with "taste"
(melody & tunefulness?). I did get the BBC disc that's out, and it helped validate
the old memory banks. Still, it was the vocals and tunes that I have always been
into (like Crowded House) and the guys sounded fine, particularly in the acoustic
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