May 9, 1971 (Sunday)
Stroudsburg High School
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
My band (called Mass Confusion at the time) opened for them
in East Stroudsburg, PA in May of '71. The program I still have from the concert
doesn't have the date printed anywhere or the venue, but I know it was the high school
auditorium. I checked with the other guys in my band (we're still playing out regularly),
and they all concur that it was in May, and that Badfinger had just played on Long
Island the night before. My wife recollects that it was a Sunday as we couldn't stay
for the party that Peter invited her to because we had to drive back to Long Island
in time to go to work the next day.
I remember My Dark Hour, Feelin' Alright, Midnight Sun, No Matter What (brought the house down), Blodwyn (with a little spoken intro from Joey), I Can't Take It, and a medley of Rock 'N' Roll tunes. I'm sure there were more but I can't recall which ones they were. We wondered why they didn't do more of their own material instead of the covers they did, but they were great. Pete's voice was so powerful, it seemed like he didn't even need a mike!
Our remembrance of the gig was good with a couple of things we still sometimes bring up. We just can't forget when their bus pulled in and some guy got out wearing these Kelly Green shoes! I think he was one of the roadies. Later on, he approached my drummer to see if Mike could borrow a pair of drumsticks as they had no time to pick up spares. We're still waiting for Mike to return them!
The gig was a benefit for Monroe County Retarded Youth Services through P.A.R.C. I used to have a bootleg tape we made from the side of the stage but sadly, it was destroyed in a house fire in 1973.
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