August 6, 1972
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.
I traveled to Buffalo, N.Y. in my first plane ride ever, and
stayed with a Beatles pen pal and her family. We attended the Sunday, August 6th
concert in the War Memorial Auditorium. I saw the band briefly at the airport, the
day before the show, with just time to say hello.
As they headed to the baggage claim, we looked for Pete, who was at the end of the entourage. Anxiously, I looked for the bracelet I'd asked him to wear after the Washington, D.C. concert two weeks earlier. Seeing me in the small group waiting on the opposite side of a glass, he smiled and raised his arm. "I'm still wearin' it!", he said, and I saw the silver on his wrist. My Buffalo friends did not understand, but that moment meant a lot to me.
During Badfinger's 1973 and 1974 tours, I had a few minutes to speak with Pete, and asked about the bracelet, which he had eventually stopped wearing. He said that he still had it. I believed him.
In 2002, I saw the "Without You" music video for the first time ever. I was moved when I saw the bangle on several closeup shots of Pete playing keyboard. I saw it again during the VH-1 "Behind the Music" program on Badfinger, which I also saw for the first time in 2002. I was very much moved by this. He had spoken the truth, which I valued. Pete's sincerity in receiving a teen's spontaneous gift showed me that he valued it and received it with the same sincerity with which it had been given.
My friend and I had seats so far from the stage that it seemed like Badfinger was performing in the next city. As I recall, there were many acts, and a lot of time was spent setting up and breaking down the sound equipment. The only non-Badfinger memory that I have from that show was Billy Preston's performance. He sang "That's The Way God Planned It, " which he performed at the "Concert for Bangla Desh" in New York a year earlier, and he did his "joy dance" during the instrumental portion, just as he'd done then. Billy had another popular song at the time, "Will It Go 'Round In Circles," which was another rocker. He wore his hair in a large Afro in those days. It waved as he did his dance.
Badfinger held their own and did a fan proud.
Debbie Randolph Harrison
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