December 4, 1982
The Bitter End
Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
I saw Tommy's (and Mike's) Badfinger in the winter of 1982
at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. I knew about Pete's demise, but didn't know
that Joey wouldn't be there. It was a little odd hearing Tommy sing most of the leads,
and some strangers singing the others, but I loved it anyway. It was then that I
realized what a fabulous drummer Mike was...he didn't just play rhythms, but seemed
to play music with the drums...the most professional drummer I had seen up until
that point, and I had seen many.
This was a fine show. I remember the band included a guy from Chicago (the band)
and a guy from Beatlemania - an obvious Paul! This was a new world from the show
in '72. The audience was a professional oldies crowd. And I was glad afterwards that
Tom was still alive that night. The band was great, and this was a fine show. Although
Tom sang, the primary vocalist was the Beatlemania guy [Reed Kailing] who as a professionally
trained "Paul" clone was more than a competent Pete Ham. I thought this
concept worked well with Badfinger and I considered the show to be more than credible.
I do have tapes of the '82 Bitter End show - far audience tape. We sat to the side
of the band; the room is long and thin and the band plays there sitting facing sideways
to most of the audience so you are either on one side or the other, or very lucky
and got there very early.
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