November 27, 1982
Boston McGee's
Wallingford, Connecticut, U.S.A.

I did meet all the band members with the exception of Pete Ham. I talked to Tommy Evans on three occasions in the fall and winter of 1982 when he was on tour with Mike, Bob Jackson, Reed Kailing, and Donnie Dacus.

The first Badfinger gig I saw was in November of 1982 at a club called Boston Magees in Wallingford, Connecticut. The place was packed and the band got an ecstatic reaction from the crowd. I remember the encores were "Back In The USSR" and "Money (That's What I Want)". I had the songbooks for both Magic Christian Music and Straight Up and passed them backstage. Everyone signed their name (including the American replacement members).

I remember an audience member standing next to me at the Connecticut show saying that he had never seen anything like it before. He was clearly referring to the combination of the vocals which were in great shape, the musicianship, and the songs. The crowd honestly could not get enough of the band.

Marty Cocca

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