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compiled by Tom Brennan
with assistance from Dan Matovina

created: February 24, 2001
last revised: July 22, 2017

Badfinger concerts
1971
compiled by Tom Brennan
with assistance from Dan Matovina

With no new single release from "No Dice" and no new album to promote, Badfinger were disppointed to be touring the U.S. again so quickly. They played the same songs as they had done at the end of the 1st U.S. tour because of not having enough time to rehearse new material, having spent all their time in England recording a new album, which wasn't intended to be released until their return to the U.K. Despite this, their playing remained tight and exciting.

One of the highlights of Badfinger's career was performing at the Concert For Bangla Desh on August 1st as back-up musicians. After finishing recording for their "Straight Up" album on October 7th, Badfinger toured the U.K.


1971 promo photos
Lifelines of Badfinger (from NME, February 6, 1971) [2.9MB pdf]

Songs known to have been played this year:

And Her Daddy's A Millionaire (at least once as a 2nd encore)
Better Days
Blodwyn
Feelin' Alright [sung by Tom, with Joey & Pete]
I Can't Take It
Johnny B. Goode [sung by Joey, with Tom]
Love Me Do
Lucille [sung by Pete & Tom]
Midnight Sun
My Dark Hour [sung by Tom, with Joey & Pete]
No Matter What
Rip It Up/Long Tall Sally [sung by Joey & Tom]
Rock Of All Ages
Suitcase
Watford John
We're For The Dark


U.S. Tour #2
roadies: Ian "Fergie" Ferguson, Nicky Bell, Tim Boyle:

March 5, 1971 (Friday)
Field House, University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.


[
announcement from The Collegian, March 2, 1971] thanks to Peggy Burneka
[ad from the Toledo Blade]
thanks to Peggy Burneka
[Toledo Blade concert announcement, March 5, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina

2 performances
with Dada



March 6, 1971 (Saturday)
Brogden Hall, New Hanover High School
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

with The Grass Roots; Goose Creek
McKendree Spring did not appear; Badfinger arrived late and performed last


March 7, 1971 (Sunday)
Civic Auditorium
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.

with The Grass Roots; McKendree Spring


March 9, 1971 (Tuesday)
Appalachian State College
Boone, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
[concert memories]

No Matter What [version 1]
Watford John
Feelin' Alright
We're For The Dark
Blodwyn
Suitcase
I Can't Take It
No Matter What [version 2]
Love Me Do/Lucille/Rip It Up-Long Tall Sally
Johnny B. Goode
(songs not in correct order and set list incomplete)


March 10, 1971 (Wednesday)
Erskine College
Due West, South Carolina, U.S.A.


March 13, 1971 (Saturday)
Virginia Theater
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A. -
thanks to Cary Caldwell

2 performances


March 18, 1971 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
unknown venue
Utica, New York, U.S.A.


March 19, 1971 (Friday)
East Town Ballroom
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

with Eric Burdon & War; Wishbone Ash
3 encores


March 20, 1971 (Saturday)
The Draft House
Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.


March 25, 1971 (Thursday)
Music Factory
Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
NEW


March 26, 1971 (Friday)
Dobyns-Bennett High School auditorium - thanks to Mark Lindamood
Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

with The Grass Roots, Hog Heaven thanks to Doug Christian


March 27, 1971 (Saturday)
Civic Auditorium
Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

[ticket stub]
thanks to Stephane Fremon
[concert photos (slides)] thanks to Charlie Moore

with The Grass Roots, Hog Heaven thanks to Charlie Moore


March 28, 1971 (Sunday)
Castaways Club
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.


April 1, 1971 (Thursday)
Robinson Auditorium
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.


[radio ad (from KAAY archives)]
thanks to Brad Howard

Note: This date is the most likely, but it has not been confirmed. It could also be April 15.


April 2, 1971 (Friday)
Foster Auditorium, University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
thanks to Paul Nyman


April 3, 1971 (Saturday) *CANCELLED* thanks to Dan Matovina
The County Hall
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. -
thanks to Debbie Harrison


April 3, 1971 (Saturday)
Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[
concert ad for tickets from Charlotte Observer] thanks to Greg

with The Grass Roots; Hog Heaven


April 5, 1971 (Monday)
L. C. Walker Arena
Muskegan, Michigan, U.S.A.

[concert review from The Grand Rapids Press, April 10, 1971] thanks to Paul Nyman


April 7, 1971 (Wednesday)
Cyrus Erie West
Elyria, Ohio, U.S.A.

[concert announcement from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 2, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina


April 8, 1971 (Thursday)
Sugar Shack
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

[mention in April 2, 1971 Columbus Dispatch "Eddietorials"]
thanks to Peggy Burneka
[review from April 9, 1971 Columbus Dispatch]
thanks to Peggy Burneka

encore:
Johnny B. Goode


April 9, 1971 (Friday)
Midland High School gymnasium
Midland, Michigan, U.S.A.


[concert memories]
[concert poster]
thanks to Michael O'Brien

I Can't Take It
Midnight Sun
Better Days
Blodwyn
We're For The Dark
Crimson Ship
Watford John
No Matter What
Love Me Do/Lucille/Rip It Up-Long Tall Sally
Rock Of All Ages
(set list not confirmed and not necessarily in this order) thanks to Bo White

with Third Power; Sunday Funnies


April 10, 1971 (Saturday)
Palladium (Punch's Club, run by Punch Andrews)
Birmingham, Michigan, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
thanks to Paul Nyman

with Third Power; Tea


April 11, 1971 (Saturday)
Sherwood Forest Auditorium (teen-oriented club)
Davison, Michigan, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
thanks to David R. Sherwood

with Ormandy; Big Red


April 13, 1971 (Tuesday)
Eastown Theatre
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.


April 14, 1971 (Wednesday)
Cow Palace, Fond du Lac County Fair Grounds
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

[concert flyer]



April 17, 1971 (Saturday)
Athletic Field, NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[concert ad from the NC Technician, April 01]
[concert ad from the NC Technician, April 09]
[concert ad from the NC Technician, April 14]
[concert article from the NC Technician, April 16]
[Yearbook page with photo, front stage view]
[Yearbook page with photo, rear stage view]
[concert review from the NC Technician, April 19]

Badfinger appeared at 2:00 PM for a crowd of nearly 6000.

with Sol, Dreams, Early Scruggs, Johnny Hartford, Shanti
Judy Collins cancelled due to strep throat


April 18, 1971 (Sunday)
Lyman Auditorium, Southern Connecticut State College
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

[ATI tour contract (dated March 18, 1971): page 1 | page 2]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ATI concert contract cover page, dated April 14, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ATI concert contract, dated March 18, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert memories]
[home movie taken after the concert by the manager of "Surprise" at his home] thanks to Nick Stargu

with Surprise thanks to Nick Stargu


April 19, 1971 (Monday)
Gloucester High School
Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


April 20, 1971 (Tuesday)
Memorial Auditorium
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

[concert poster]

with Leon Russell; Poco; Lee Michaels
promoted by Concerts West (Terry Bassett)


April 22, 1971 (Thursday)
Sam Houston Coliseum
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
[concert review from April 23 Houston Post]
thanks to Bill Thompson
[concert review from Houston Chronicle]
thanks to Bill Thompson
[color concert photos]
thanks to rockinhouston.com

with Leon Russell; Poco; Lee Michaels
promoted by Concerts West (Terry Bassett)


April 23, 1971 (Friday)
Civic Arena
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

with Leon Russell; Poco; Lee Michaels
promoted by Concerts West (Terry Bassett)


April 25, 1971 (Sunday) *CANCELLED*
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Texas Christian University campus
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.


[concert handbill, 8.5 x 11"] thanks to Dan Matovina
[
TCU Skiff concert announcement: April 16, 1971] thanks to Bill Thompson
[
TCU Skiff concert announcement: April 20, 1971] thanks to Bill Thompson
[ESP-TCU concert announcement] thanks to Bill Thompson
[
KFJZ concert announcement] thanks to Bill Thompson
[Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 25 concert announcement] thanks to Bill Thompson
[
Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 26 cancellation announcement] thanks to Bill Thompson

"Quad Fest" with Leon Russell; Poco; Lee Michaels
cancelled the day of the concert

promoted by Concerts West (Terry Bassett)


April 26, 1971 (Monday)
Memorial Hall
Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A.

[concert ad]
[concert memories] thanks to Ron Butler

[audience tape] thanks to Mark Woodin
My Dark Hour
Midnight Sun
Better Days
Blodwyn
We're For The Dark
Feelin' Alright
Suitcase
I Can't Take It
Name Of The Game
No Matter What
Love Me Do/Lucille/Rip It Up-Long Tall Sally
Roll Over Beethoven


April 27, 1971 (Tuesday)
Broncho Field House, Central State University
Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S.A.


April 28, 1971 (Wednesday)
Henry Leavitt Arena
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.


April 30, 1971 (Friday)
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

[ad from L.A. Times, April 25, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ad from L.A. Times, April 29, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert memories]
[concert review from L.A. Times, May 3, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert review from L.A. Free Press, May 14, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina

with Pollution

Pete: "...we've had a lot better nights than that particular night in Pasadena."
Tom: "...it was a bad night for us."
Tom: "We got there after travelling...we traveled from... Where was it?"
Pete: "...Wichita..."
Joey: "...Kansas..."
Pete: "...straight after the gig..."
Tom: "...Arizona desert, you know and got here six o'clock the day that we were playing... six o'clock in the morning, and we've been having a lot of trouble with our P.A.s and we couldn't use that, so the roadies were out all day trying to find a P.A. So, when we got to the gig about five, there's none of our equipment here; the roadies hadn't arrived."
Mike: "...Very shoddy, you know..."
Tom: "And the P.A. that they had wasn't any good, so we were in a bad mood. We knew that all these people were there watching us, so we got a little let down...It was like the first time we'd been in L.A. after hearing so much about it."
Pete: "The one good thing about Badfinger, with this group... is that we're not very good actors... and when we get it on, we get it on, and it's real and everybody knows about it and really dig us for it, but when it's bad, everybody knows that as well. We're not very good at hyping up a big show."
source: raw tape of Harold Bronson interview with Badfinger for Rolling Stone magazine, recorded May 3, 1971



May 1, 1971 (Saturday)
San Jose Pavilion, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
San Jose, California, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

[concert poster (beige)] thanks to Paul Nyman
[concert handbill (beige)]
thanks to Paul Nyman

[audience recording]
thanks to Drew Caldwell
My Dark Hour
Midnight Sun
Better Days
Blodwyn
Feelin' Alright
We're For The Dark
Suitcase
I Can't Take It
No Matter What
Love Me Do/Lucille/Rip It Up-Long Tall Sally

with Lee Michaels; Tower of Power


May 2, 1971 (Sunday)
Aquarius Club
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

[concert memories]


date not verified


May 5, 1971 (Wednesday)
- thanks to Dan Matovina
The Revelation
Kent, Ohio, U.S.A.

[concert announcement with promo photo, Scene Magazine, April 29-May 5 issue]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert poster]
thanks to Dan Matovina


May 6, 1971 (Thursday)
Salem State College
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


May 7, 1971 (Friday)
Rock Pile (Action House)
Island Park, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.

[ATI tour contract (dated March 11, 1971): page 1 | page 2]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ATI concert contract cover page, dated April 12, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ATI concert contract, dated March 11, 1971]
thanks to Dan Matovina


May 8, 1971 (Saturday)
Rock Pile (Action House)
Island Park, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.


May 9, 1971 (Sunday) *thanks to Tom Fontaine of http://www.rockandrollinvestments.com/
East Stroudsburg High School
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
[concert poster part 1] [concert poster part 2]
thanks to John Loeffler (of Mass Confusion)

My Dark Hour
Midnight Sun
Watford John
Blodwyn
Feelin' Alright
I Can't Take It
No Matter What
Love Me Do/LucilleRip It Up-Long Tall Sally
(set list incomplete and not necessarily in this order)
- thanks to John Loeffler and Lee Shafer

benefit for Monroe County Retarded Youth Services through P.A.R.C.
with Mass Confusion; Allison; Song; Lace Pavement


May 11, 1971 (Tuesday) *thanks to Tom Fontaine of http://www.rockandrollinvestments.com/
The Spot
Allegany, New York, U.S.A.


May 12, 1971 (Wednesday) *thanks to Tom Fontaine of http://www.rockandrollinvestments.com/
The Club
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.


May 13, 1971 (Thursday) *thanks to Tom Fontaine of http://www.rockandrollinvestments.com/
gym, St. Mary's College
St. Mary's City (Leonardtown), Maryland, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

with Crank


May 14, 1971 (Friday) *CANCELLED* - thanks to Dan Matovina
North Carolina State University
Cullowee, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Badfinger didn't go to this gig due to a mechanical problem with the tour bus


Wayne Christian Treiber (photographer): "The band were pretty much exhausted by this point... Their dates were all over the place. A lot of times, they had to drive straight through. They didn't get motels; they'd sleep on the bus and pick up food on the road. One time, the bus broke down and everybody had to push it off the road. Between the conditions, the booze, and the drugs, they weren't always together onstage. It was live rock 'n' roll and it had a life of its own, but it was schizoid compared to their records... They threw in 'Rock Of All Ages' once and it was incredible, but they didn't do it at the following shows. I asked Tommy why and he said, 'That's from the old Iveys days, we don't do it anymore.' But they'd do 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'Roll Over Beethoven' every night! I couldn't understand that... Another time, they went offstage with the audience screaming for a second encore. But none of the group would come out. Finally, Tom appears and starts singing a Little Richard song, all by himself. It was great; he was really getting into it. Then Mike comes out and it's bass and drums. Finally, the whole group comes out and is kicking ass. Then they went right into a killer version of The Iveys' number, 'Daddy's A Millionaire!' I was shocked!"
source: "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p. 131

[black & white photo, after pushing tour bus]
thanks to Dan Matovina, photographs by Wayne Christian Treiber


May 15, 1971 (Saturday) *thanks to Tom Fontaine of http://www.rockandrollinvestments.com/
The Other Eye
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.


May 16, 1971 (Sunday) *CANCELLED*
Continental Safari Club
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.


Australian Tour
Badfinger of course cancelled their slot due to sessions with George Harrison for "Straight Up". The Kinks went ahead with the scheduled dates below:
Badfinger and The Kinks in Australia 1971
thanks to Dave Emlen

May 29, 1971 (Saturday) *CANCELLED*
Festival Hall
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


May 31, 1971 (Monday) *CANCELLED*
Broadmeadow Basketball Stadium
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia



June 1, 1971 (Tuesday) *CANCELLED*
Canberra Theatre
Canberra, Australia Capitol Territory, Australia


June 2, 1971 (Wednesday) *CANCELLED*
no venue announced
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

cancelled prior to the start of the tour


June 3, 1971 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
Festival Hall
West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


June 4, 1971 (Friday) *CANCELLED*
Apollo Stadium
Richmond, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


June 5, 1971 (Saturday) *CANCELLED*
Beatty Park Aquatic Centre
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


June 6, 1971 (Sunday) *CANCELLED*
"Open Air Festival", Moore Park, Sydney Showgrounds
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia




CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH:

July 26, 1971 (Monday)
Nola Hall, 111 West 57th Street
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

informal rehearsal with George Harrison, Badfinger


July 27, 1971 (Tuesday)
Nola Hall, 111 West 57th Street
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

informal rehearsal with George Harrison, Badfinger


July 28, 1971 (Wednesday)
Nola Hall, 111 West 57th Street
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

arranging with George Harrison, Badfinger, Jim Horn & The Hollywood Horns


July 29, 1971 (Thursday)
Nola Hall, 111 West 57th Street
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Ringo arrives; first formal rehearsal


July 30, 1971 (Friday)
Nola Hall, 111 West 57th Street
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Leon Russell arrives


July 31, 1971 (Saturday)
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

final rehearsal with most of the attendees


August 1, 1971 (Sunday)
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

[movie poster]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[b&w photo of Jim Keltner, Ringo, Tom, Pete, and Joey]
thanks to Wayne Christian Treiber
[color DVD stills: Mike at rehearsals (close-up) | Mike at rehearsals (long shot) | Leon, Phil Spector, Tom, Pete, Joey at soundcheck | Tom, Pete, Joey during band intros (front view) | Tom, Pete, Joey during band intros (side view)]

Pete Ham and George Harrison perform Here Comes The Sun at The Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden (photo from LP booklet)

2 performances: audience tapes exist of both
Pete, Tom & Joey on acoustic guitars, Mike on percussion, except *

1st set (3:30 PM show):
Wah-Wah (George Harrison) [2nd part]
Something (George Harrison)
Awaiting On You All (George Harrison)
That's The Way God Planned It (Billy Preston)
It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
Beware Of Darkness (George Harrison & Leon Russell)
introduction of the band and Badfinger by George Harrison
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)
Jumping Jack Flash/Youngblood (Leon Russell)
Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison) [*Pete duets with George on acoustic guitars]
[Bob Dylan's set without Badfinger]
Hear Me Lord (George Harrison)
My Sweet Lord (George Harrison)
Bangla Desh (George Harrison)

2nd set (8:00 PM show):
Wah-Wah (George Harrison) [1st part]
My Sweet Lord (George Harrison)
Awaiting On You All (George Harrison)
That's The Way God Planned It (Billy Preston)
It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
Beware Of Darkness (George Harrison & Leon Russell)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)
Jumping Jack Flash/Youngblood (Leon Russell)
Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison) [*Pete duets with George on acoustic guitars]
[Bob Dylan's set without Badfinger]
introduction of the band and Badfinger by George Harrison
Something (George Harrison)
Bangla Desh (George Harrison)

performances in BOLD were commercially released on LPs and CDs
information from the book "Eight Arms To Hold You" by Chip Madinger & Mark Easter

Mike: "We were asked to do what we did on the All Things Must Pass album. All I did was shake a tambourine and hit a cowbell now and then. There was no need for me to be there, but it was cool just the same. What I would've liked is to have played the drums. George had asked me if I didn't mind if I didn't play. I said, 'No man, I'm only here for the beer.' He laughed at that."
source: "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p. 142


Here Comes The Sun:
Pete: "George just said he wanted to keep it simple. He told me to use a capo on it and what changes were important. Then I went back to the hotel and listened to the Abbey Road tape. We never rehearsed it -- no time!"
source: "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p. 142-143


Pete
: "It wasn't really rehearsed properly. It was just... George said that he'd like to do it about 4 days before. We never really got down to rehearsing it properly. So what it basically was... I had the tape and I saw him play it once and I just sorta got it down off that, and we had a quick little run-through before the show and we did it."
source: backstage interview, June 25, 1972, thanks to Dan Matovina


Badfinger participated in a post-Bangla Desh concert jam at Unganos Club in New York City including Keith Moon, Phil Spector, Eric Clapton and others
Mike: "It erupted into a jam session. The Who were there, Phil Spector sang 'Da Do Ron Ron,' Keith Moon played drums and trashed the place. Everybody was there."
source: "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p. 143




Iceland gig:

September 18, 1971 (Saturday)
Round House
Reykjavik, Iceland

this is the second time that foreign bands performed in Iceland; Led Zeppelin was the first

with Man; Writing On The Wall



U.K. tour #4 (promoting NO DICE):
[request for gigs (Melody Maker, Sep. 18 issue)]

October 15, 1971 (Friday)
Polytechnic College
Huddersfield, England, U.K.

with Colloseum


October 25, 1971 (Monday)
Top Rank Suite, Sheffield University
Sheffield, England, U.K.

with The Nashville Teens


October 30, 1971 (Saturday)
Kings College
London, England, U.K.


November 6, 1971 (Saturday)
Mecca Ballroom
Hull, England, U.K.


November 20, 1971 (Sunday)
DeLaSalle College
Manchester, England, U.K.


November 25, 1971 (Thursday)
Pandora's Club
Swansea, South Wales, U.K.

[concert ad]
thanks to Keith James


November 27, 1971 (Saturday)
Loughborough University
Loughborough, England, U.K.


December 9, 1971 (Thursday)
Sheffield Technical School (University of Sheffield)
Sheffield, England, U.K.


December 10, 1971 (Friday)
Trinity College Carmarthen
Carmarthen, South Wales, U.K.


December 30, 1971 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
Orchid
Purley, England, U.K.


[
concert ad from Melody Maker] thanks to Dan Matovina




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