February 3, 1972 (Thursday)
Paramount Theater
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

I used to work at the Paramount Theater (doing business as “The Woodrose Ballroom”) in the early '70s, and in January of 1972, I heard that the club had booked Apple Records band Badfinger to appear on February 3rd. Now on their 3rd U.S. tour, this would have been just four months after their appearance at Ravi Shankar/George Harrison’s all-star benefit concert for Bangladesh in NYC which I also attended. My boss at the Woodrose knew I was a massive fan of this band and let me work back stage for this show. I let them in as they arrived with their equipment and roadies at the stage door.  Also, I made sure any of their dressing room requests were in place. I hung out with the band most of all the non-performing time. They were such nice guys. As they arrived, I chatted with Pete Ham at length mostly, and also with drummer Mike Gibbins. Tom was friendly, but kept mostly to himself. Joey was the diva of the band. I sensed Tom was miffed with Joey about something. All the band members obliged me with nice autographs right after their sound check. They all signed my “No Dice” LP.

Badfinger were booked to headline with The Elves, and then BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive).  BTO didn’t show, so Badfinger instead opened the show at 7 PM, then The Elves performed. I think the band Pure Prairie League filled in for BTO, and once again Badfinger played closing the show.  All did short sets. I was over the moon to be able to hear and see them, my 2nd most favorite band in the world, perform a sound check and 2 live sets as well!!!

I watched the first show from the balcony (closed to the public) and taped the show on a small tape recorder in stereo.
 I recorded the show on a cassette from the house sound system. The tape's length meant that I had to stop between songs to get the most from the performances. The group played later in the evening at 9 PM and it was a longer set, which I did not get recorded. The tape is the complete 7:30 PM set minus introduction. No songs are missing at all!

Harold Montgomery

What I remember about Feb 3, 1972 concert was almost getting crushed against the front doors, really scared us. The show was great though.

Doug Delia

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