Do You Remember… 70′s Concerts
With the wrap up of the Earth, Wind, and Fire concert (which I opted to skip and now regret), SeventyTwoHi suggested a blog topic of concerts that we went to back in the day. SeventyTwoHi wrote:
I think the biggest one we had when I was at McKinley was Three Dog Night at the HIC for three nights. Opening act was a relatively new band with one or two hits on the charts: Chicago.
And every year, The Lettermen would come and sell out three shows. Do you think their style of music would make it today? I saw Elton John perform in a chicken suit. One half was red and the other half was green. He looked like a Christmas goose.
The first concert I ever attended was Bread. Managed to get third row seats on the aisle. They cost me $13.00. America was a good show, if only for the contact high. Missed Dionne Warwick, who hobbled onto the stage with crutches as she had slashed the bottom of her foot on coral at the Hilton Hawaiian Village earlier that day. Sha-Na-Na was a lot of fun . . .
Wow, that’s quite a good memory SeventyTwoHi!
Let’s see… I remember going to the Tower of Power concert back in the 70′s. Opening act: Doobie Brothers! Remember the Doobie Brothers? They had 2 drum sets.
I remember the Elton John concert too. Opening act was Kiki Dee. My friend and I loved this song by Kiki Dee that hardly anyone had heard of. It’s called Loving and Free. How can you not like it?
I too remember the Elton John concert. I remember him wearing his huge ELTON glasses that lit up with lights. I went to the concert on a double date with my good friend. He told me after the concert that if he wasn’t with a girl, he would’ve been rockin’ out in the aisles with everyone else. It was THAT good! In fact, I think that the Elton John concert was the best concert I ever attended.
Rod Stewart came in a close second. It was another get-up-and-dance concert – but alas – we were with girls so we had to behave. Rod Stewart rocked it.
I remember this one school night, my older brother asked me if I wanted to go to a concert with him. Oh yes! I jumped on the chance. It was a Moody Blues concert. Our seats were in the Loges, but when Tuesday Afternoon started playing, I felt like I was floating around the arena. Found a little burn hole on my silky shirt the next day.
The Carpenters. That was a wholesome concert. I remember Karen Carpenter going back for a costume change during the concert and coming back out with a denim pant suit with Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy stitched on each pants leg.
SeventyTwoHi mentioned America. I’m sure I went to the America concert as I was (and still am) a big fan of America. But I don’t remember it. Maybe it was too mellow?
I remember when Honk (from the Five Summer Stories surf movie) played a concert. My friend and I went to that one which was held at UH’s Andrews Outdoor Amphitheater. We’re sitting there on the concrete bleachers – mostly waiting for them to play Pipeline Sequence – and we notice that there were B-52 cockroaches also sitting with us on the bleachers. Okay, they were more like scampering around, but it was pretty nasty. I think that was my first and last concert at Andrews.
Here’s a story about a concert that I went to in the early 80′s. It was a Ted Nugent concert. We were cruising, watching this madman rocking out the arena when – in the middle of a song – he takes off his guitar, puts it in the stand, then jumps off the stage into the crowd. Everyone was cheering and screaming until the band stopped playing and the house lights went on. The security helped Ted back on the stage where he was pointing out someone to security. While this guy was getting escorted out, Ted Nugent starts telling everyone “When someone continuously spits at me, I will jump off this stage and kick his ass!“. The audience went nuts! And the professional performer that Ted Nugent is, continued on to play a kick-ass concert. Get it? Kick. Ass.
Thanks again to SeventyTwoHi for the great blog topic! What concerts do you remember attending at the HIC? Or maybe at the Waikiki Shell? Or even cockroach infested Andrew’s Outdoor Amphitheater? Remember how part of going to a concert was walking around the HIC and bumping into people you knew? Some with bloodshot, glassy eyes – you know, from surfing all day (wink, wink). Or the chicks dressed super hot. And remember when we were finally old enough to stand in the alcoholic beverages line? Share your concert memories with us. Or if you went to Saturday’s EW&F concert, share that night with us.
And since you had such a blast going to the EW&F concert with your friends that you hadn’t see in ages – and promised that you’d get together again real soon – get them together for a night of 70′s music to dance to. This last performance by The Calientes will be Epic! You don’t want to miss it. And it’s a good excuse to get together with your friends again!
Call Russell Shiroma @ 224-9224 to reserve your seats now!