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compiled by Tom Brennan
with assistance from Dan Matovina

created: February 24, 2001
last revised: January 18, 2016

Badfinger concerts
1973
compiled by Tom Brennan
with assistance from Dan Matovina

For Badfinger's 5th U.S. tour, it was expected that their planned LP "Ass" would be released in time for it to be promoted. Because of various logistic problems, they had just submitted the tapes to Apple before leaving England, only to have it rejected upon their return home. They did change their set list by performing songs they had just recorded, like "Blind Owl" and "Timeless" which would eventually be released on their last Apple LP at the end of the year. Acoustic guitars were dropped from their instrumentation set-up.

In August, they started performing a few songs in the U.K. ("Matted Spam" and "Love Is Easy") which had just been recorded for their first album "Badfinger" for Warner Brothers Records. That album wouldn't be released until early in the next year.

1973 promo photos

Songs known to have been played this year (U.S. tour #5 and U.K. gigs):

Baby Blue
Blind Owl
Constitution
Day After Day
I Can't Take It
Icicles
I'd Die, Babe
Long Tall Sally
Love Is Easy
Matted Spam
Midnight Sun
No Matter What
Perfection
Sometimes
Suitcase
Take It All
Timeless


U.S. Tour #5
tour manager: Danny Aharoni thanks to Dan Matovina
roadies: Ian "Fergie" Ferguson, Nicky Bell

Pete Ham, 1973


January 19, 1973 (Friday)
Aragon Ballroom
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

[concert announcement: Chicago Tribune, Jan. 19]
thanks to Vera Watson
[ticket] thanks to Paul Almond
[concert photo, incorrectly used for the "Day After Day - Live" Rykodisc CD]
[concert memories]

Timeless
Blind Owl
Perfection
I'd Die, Babe
No Matter What
(set list incomplete and not necessarily in this order)

with The Raspberries;
Amazing Blondel

Mike Gibbins returns to touring with Badfinger


January 20, 1973 (Saturday)
Convocation Center, Ohio University
Athens, Ohio, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
thanks to Rory Williams
[concert memories]
[ticket stub: front | back]
thanks to Paul Nyman

with Amazing Blondel; McKendree Spring


January 21, 1973 (Sunday)
Kiel Auditorium
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.

with Rare Earth; Chi Coltrane


January 24, 1973 (Wednesday)
McAlister Auditorium, Furman University thanks to Richard Scogin
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.

[concert memories]

with Amazing Blondel, REO Speedwagon


January 25, 1973 (Thursday)
College Field House, Morehead State University
Morehead, Kentucky, U.S.A.

[concert photocopies from Morehead State University archives]
thanks to Peggy Burneka and Dan Matovina

with Amazing Blondel, REO Speedwagon


January 26, 1973 (Friday)
Hanner Fieldhouse, Georgia Southern College
Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.A.

[concert poster]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert ticket]
thanks to Paul Nyman and Rick Davis

with Bloodrock; Amazing Blondel


January 27, 1973 (Saturday)
Pirates World Arena
Dania, Florida, U.S.A.

[unused tickets: ticket #000947, ticket #001700, ticket #002627]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[ticket stub: ticket #000792]
thanks to Michael Vulcano
[8.5 x 11 handbill]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[color copies of photos]
thanks to Michael Vulcano

with Chamber Brothers; Amazing Blondel


February 1, 1973 (Thursday)
Northern University
Ada, Ohio, U.S.A.


February 2, 1973 (Friday)
St. Joseph's Auditorium
Hazelton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.


February 3, 1973 (Saturday)
Calvert Hall College High School Gym thanks to Jim Considine
Towson, Maryland, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
[ticket stub]
thanks to Brian Mitchell
[concert photo] photo by Steve Considine, thanks to Jim Considine
[concert poster photo]
thanks to Jim Considine
[polaroid color photos by Steve Carter: Pete Ham 1 | Pete Ham 2 | Pete & Nicky Bell 1 | Pete & Nicky Bell 2 | Pete & Nicky Bell 3 | Pete & Joey 1 | Pete & Joey 2 | Bill Collins & Pete | Mike Gibbins | Tom & Fergie]

[audience tape]
thanks to Drew Caldwell and Dan Matovina
Day After Day
Midnight Sun
Blind Owl
Take It All
Sometimes
Suitcase
Timeless
I'd Die Babe
(set list incomplete)

with Amazing Blondel; Expressway



February 6, 1973 (Tuesday)
Coliseum, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.


February 7, 1973 (Wednesday)
Exhibition Hall, University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.

[ticket stub (1024, left half)] thanks to Scott Lee
[ticket stub (2005, right half)]
thanks to Rory Williams
[concert memories]

with Amazing Blondel, Poco (both didn't appear)
10,000 seat capacity


February 9, 1973 (Friday)
Frostburg State College
Frostburg, Maryland, U.S.A.

[Bud Becker t-shirt for roadies]
thanks to Bud Becker
[concert memories]

2 performances

Day After Day
Take It All
Timeless
Baby Blue
No Matter What
I Can't Take It
Long Tall Sally
(set list incomplete and not necessarily in this order)
thanks to Timmy Kunis


February 11, 1973 (Sunday)
Clarkson Gym, State University of New York (SUNY)
Potsdam, New York, U.S.A.

with John Sebastian and two comics


February 16, 1973 (Friday)
Terrace Ballroom
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.


February 17, 1973 (Saturday)
Boise State College Gym
Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.


February 18, 1973 (Sunday)
Aquarius Club
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


February 22, 1973 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
Animal Husbandry Building, Mississippi State University
Mississippi State (near Starkville), Mississippi, U.S.A.


February 23, 1973 (Friday)
Hara Arena
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
[red handbill]
[gold handbill]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[newspaper ad for concert]
thanks to Peggy Burneka
[ticket stub]
thanks to Peggy Burneka
[concert review from The Journal Herald, February 26, 1973]
thanks to Peggy Burneka

Baby Blue
Take It All
Day After Day
Long Tall Sally
(set list is incomplete)

with The Guess Who



February 24, 1973 (Saturday)
Thomas Johnson High School Gym
Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A.

[concert memories]
[concert poster]
thanks to Paul Nyman

Barry Richards live taping



U.K. gigs (1973, part 1)
roadies: Ian "Fergie" Ferguson, David "Tag" Hall, Barrie Evans

March 3, 1973 (Saturday)
Rag Ball, Reading University
Reading, England, U.K.

with Nazareth; Thin Lizzy


March 8, 1973 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
Leeds University
Leeds, England, U.K.

[concert ad from Leeds University Student Issue 55]

with Billy Preston


March 9, 1973 (Friday)
Salford University
Manchester, England, U.K.


March 10, 1973 (Saturday)
NE Essex Technical College
Colchester, England, U.K.

with Good Habit


March 14, 1973 (Wednesday)
Edge Hill College
Ormskirk, England, U.K.


March 16, 1973 (Friday)
Westfield College
Hampstead, England, U.K.

[concert ad from Melody Maker] thanks to Dan Matovina

Rag Ball (college event)
with Kingdom Come; Arthur Brown; Hookfoot; 3 other supporting acts


March 17, 1973 (Saturday)
unknown venue
Cambridge, England, U.K.


March 23, 1973 (Friday)
Bath University
Bath, England, U.K.

with Greenslade


April 14, 1973 (Saturday)
Dudley Technical College
Dudley, England, U.K.




European gigs

April 29, 1973 (Sunday)
Mannheim Eisstadion
Mannheim, Germany

[Klaus Holitzka concert poster, measures approx. 24" by 33"] thanks to Dan Matovina

Pop Festival with Fairport Convention; Spirit (U.S.A.); Flock; Atomic Rooster, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express; Manfred Mann's Earth Band; Chicken Shack; Hawkwind; Begars' Opera; Greenslade; Kalus Doldinger's Passport




U.K. gigs (1973, part 2)

August 15, 1973 (Wednesday) *CANCELLED*
projected starting date for three-month U.S. tour to support "Ass" LP; tour cancelled on July 18, 1973 due to "Ass" LP release date being delayed indefinitely by legal issues


August 22, 1973 (Wednesday)
Global Village
Charing Cross, London, England, U.K.


August 23, 1973 (Thursday)
Global Village
Charing Cross, London, England, U.K.


August 24, 1973 (Friday)
Hare Krishna Party
Elstree, England, U.K.

as a favor to George Harrison

Ian "Fergie" Ferguson (roadie): "The band used to get a lot of Hare Krishna followers because of the connection to George. He had bought this house for British Hare Krishnas, which was about thirty minutes north of London. Badfinger was asked to play for some benefit. The Hare Krishna movement in Britain was more of a druggy scene, a lot of hangers-on, and it was a madhouse when we got there. The place was packed, but it was totally unorganized and chaotic, just stoned hippies wandering around. The gig was a disaster."
source: "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger" by Dan Matovina, p. 228


August 29, 1973 (Wednesday) thanks to Dan Matovina
Global Village
Charing Cross, London, England, U.K.

with Joe Soap


September 2, 1973 (Sunday)
Roundhouse (Chalk Farm)
London, England, U.K.

[concert ad from Melody Maker] thanks to Dan Matovina

with Colin Blunstone (formerly of The Zombies); Good Habit; Blue; Willy Barrett; Travis



September 14, 1973 (Friday)
Lyceum
London, England, U.K.

bomb scare led to crowd being evacuated during Badfinger's set


September 15, 1973 (Saturday)
Golden Diamond
Sutton-In-Ashfield, England, U.K.


September 21, 1973 (Friday) *CANCELLED*
unknown location
Lafayette, Wolverhampton, England, U.K.


September 27, 1973 (Thursday) *CANCELLED*
Varsity Gymnasium, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.

[ticket] thanks to Chris Fonvielle
[t-shirt made for concert committee:
front/back] thanks to Chris Fonvielle, Wayne Rogers, and Paul Nyman

this was part of the cancelled U.S. tour scheduled to start on August 15

with Barnaby Bye; Heather


October 5, 1973 (Friday)
University of Salford
Salford, England, U.K.


October 6, 1973 (Saturday)
London College Of Printing
London, England, U.K.

[concert ad from Melody Maker (text only)]
thanks to Dan Matovina
[concert ad from Melody Maker (with artwork)]
thanks to Dan Matovina

Freshers Dance
with Blue Mink
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