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Just two weeks short of forty years ago, I attended my first concert. It was July 4, 1976 (US Bicentennial Celebration). I went with my friend Tom McKeon and his dad drove us from their beach house up to The Casino Arena in Asbury Park, NJ.
I wrote about it once before, a few years ago.
The headliner was Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Thin Lizzy was supposed to be the opening act. The late Phil Lynott was already sick, so Thin Lizzy canceled and Henry Gross filled in. Now, Shannon isn’t Jailbreak, but I remember it being a good set.
Blackmore, with the late Ronnie James Dio on vocals, put on a memorable show.
I still keep track of Ritchie Blackmore and consider the Ghost of a Rose album, one of my favorite records to listen to. Yesterday, I saw a post on his FB page for a concert that took place the night before in Gernamy. . . with Thin Lizzy opening.
Too bad Phil wasn’t there either.
Memories of “the good ‘ol days.