Jim McGuinn has the 12-string going at the old London Arena. All these amazing photos are courtesy of Valerie Chapman
A baby-faced David Crosby, left, & Jim McGuinn during The Byrds’ set
Chris Hillman, left, holds his bass like nobody else. Is David Crosby tuning mid-song? Love McGuinn’s shades.
George Olliver works the mic, Dom (or Don) Troiano plays guitar as the Rogues steal the show. Who is on bass and organ?
The London Set open the show . . . & JBNBlog doesn’t know who these guys are. Can anybody help?
I saw the Byrds ******
Talked to Dick Williams
– June 21, 1966
Bought Whiter Shade of Pale & Orange Skies
– June 21, 1967
Bought Between the Buttons
Party till 2.
– June 21, 1968
Ah, The Byrds. At the old London Arena on Bathurst St. Thanks to Valerie Chapman, ace #ldnont music fan, JBNBlog can share these amazing photos.
Here is a quick #ldnont history mystery: Who are the guys in the London Set. Opened the show that night 46 years ago today. Did well. For the usual prizes, who are they? Any help greatly appreciated.
I have written about this concert many times but it really has been important to me . . . first big rock show . . . one of the best bands ever headlining . . . the Rogues (or were they still the Five Rogues then?) stealing the show & embarrassing me with their incredible R&B/soul routines . . . they became the Mandala a bit later.
The Byrds. The Byrds. The Byrds. Six stars — & four rock & roll Hall of Famers on stage. With Valerie’s photos to study, it’s clear Jim (or was he already Roger?) McGuinn is on a riser. Ego? I am the leader, love me more? Or an optical illusion? Is David Crosby really tuning mid-song? Chris Hillman plays bass, holding it the way he might have held the mandolin in those bluegrass groups he was in before The Byrds.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are no pix of drummer Michael Clarke who was always in the band as much for his great looks as for his beat. (Is it sexist to say that?)
All these years later, The Byrds are still at the top of the JBNBlog hit parade.
Among the many Byrdsmoment which stir me now are the transition on Younger than Yesterday from Mind Gardens (Crosby at his spaciest) to the steady-as-she-goes McGuinn intro to My Back Pages. Maybe not their biggest hit, but a great great performance of a Dylansong. Auteured by The Byrds.
“Quite clear, no doubt, somehow . . . ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”
*An occasional series based on a v. cryptic diary kept as a pen&ink forerunner to JBNBlog during the late 1960s, when our family lived in London, Stratford (parts of summers of 1966 & 1967), Victoria, B.C. (July 4, 1968-July 4, 1969) and then London again until June, 1970 when I was in Grade 13.