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Odd Double Bills

Post by sfpcc » Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:13 am

Can anyone out there think of some odd double bills they've heard of or seen? I can think of two:

About ten years ago 38 Special and Ziggy Marley played on the same bill at the Phoenix Center, (I can't remember the full name, it's in Pontiac.)

In 1978 The Jam Opened four dates for Blue Oyster Cult, (Be Bop Deluxe were also on some of those bills.)

In that same year Japan opened an English Tour for B.O.C.

Also in that same year The Ramones opened a few dates for Black Sabbath. On some dates it was Black Sabbath, Van Halen, and The Ramones.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by Vic Doucette » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:07 am

My first big rock show, circa 12/73 at Masonic Temple in Detroit, featured Strawbs, King Crimson, and Slade.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by theee » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:05 am

I would have loved to have seen The Jam in concert.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by sfpcc » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:12 pm

When I saw B.O.C in 1992, (awhile past the arena years) They played Todd's (yeah I know it used to be a gay bar.) The opening act was Psychofunkepus, a little remembered early 90's funk band. Despite the audiences apathy they were really good.

(after the show I sort of talked to the bass player who was tying his shoe. I said "good show" and he said "thanks." I didn't have the courage to ask him why wasn't he playing for his own audience?)

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by TC Talks » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:09 am

Pixies opening for U2 or Peter Murphy opening for Widepread Panic. Both were train wrecks. I never thought jam band hippies could heckle that well.

In general, comedians opening for rock acts is another weird combo.
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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by sfpcc » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:26 pm

[quote="TC Talks"]Pixies opening for U2 or Peter Murphy opening for Widepread Panic. Both were train wrecks. I never thought jam band hippies could heckle that well.

Listening to Bela Lugosi's Dead while high sound like a scary thing to do.

In general, comedians opening for rock acts is another weird combo.[/quote]

I read somewhere that before Welcome Back Kotter Gabe Kaplan opened for Dave Mason.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by TheForce » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:33 am

I thought it was interesting Kool & The Gang opening for Van Halen.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by sfpcc » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:31 pm

In 1994 The Melvins opened four dates for Rush.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by sfpcc » Fri May 12, 2017 12:38 pm

In 1982 U2 Opened roughly 7 dates for The J Giles Band.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by tc » Tue May 16, 2017 4:08 pm

I just watched a Jimi Hendrix bio on Netflix (Voodoo Child) and it showed him opening for The Monkees. It was pretty amusing (and a little disturbing) watching Jimi stroking the neck of his guitar between his legs while suggestively flicking his tongue in-and-out at the teen girls, who appeared to be quite surprised, yet intrigued by his performance. He was dropped from the bill after parents chaperoning their daughters complained that it wasn't appropriate for the young, mostly female audience.

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Re: Odd Double Bills

Post by tc » Tue May 16, 2017 4:10 pm

One more, I saw The MC5 open for Rush back in '77 at the Flint IMA Auditorium.

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