WHISKY A-GO-GO SHOW LIST 1971-1975
Latest Update: July 17, 2010
Whisky-A-Go-Go Show List 1966-1970
The Whisky A Go-Go, 8901 Sunset Blvd at Clark, West Hollywood, CA
The bulk of our research has been focused on identifying performers at The Whisky A-Go-Go from 1966 through 1969. The list of performers, with comments, can be seen on our main Whisky page. However, thanks to the awesomeness of Marc Skobac, we have a list of advertised shows for most of 1971 through early 1975, when the Whisky changed format. The shows are listed here without comment, except when there is one. This list is mostly compiled from advertisements. As always with the Whisky, last minute additions and cancellations were common, so some listings here will not conform with known information about a band’s career.
Also, I believe that the Whisky was open every night, with live music playing almost continuously, so lesser known bands were regularly playing at the club, even if they were not advertised. In particular, when only one act is listed, I have every reason to assume that at least one other band was also playing that night. For nights when no act was advertised, I have assumed that the club was open and someone was playing, but I have no current information about the performers. Anyone with corrections, insights, additions or memories (real or imagined) is encouraged to contact us.
For additional updates, see the Rock Prosopography 101 Blog and look for the tag “Whisky.”
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January 1-4, 1971: Flying Burrito Brothers, Fanny
Fanny was not the first all-women rock band by any means, but they were the first to get much attention from the serious rock press.
January 5-10, 1971: Damnation of Adam Blessing
January 13-17, 1971: Blues Image, Elliot Randall
January 20-24, 1971: Bloodrock, Elliot Randall, Sweet Pain
January 27-30, 1971: If
January 31, 1971: Allman Brothers, If
Although the Allman Brothers could probably have played a larger place than the Whisky, Duane and Gregg Allman had played the venue many times when they were in The Hour Glass, and Duane was good friends with owner Elmer Valentine.
February 1-3, 1971: Allman Brothers
February 4-7, 1971: Gypsy, Pollution
February 8-11, 1971: BB King, Crabby Appleton
February 12-14, 1971: Crabby Appleton, Smokestack Lightnin
February 15-18, 1971: Pollution
Fleetwood Mac were billed as headliners, but Jeremy Spencer abruptly disappeared and the band cancelled their Whisky gigs.
February 19-20, 1971: Hugh Masekela, Pollution
February 24-28, 1971: Keef Hartley Band, American Eagle, Redeye
March 5-7, 1971: Wishbone Ash, Ned
March 10-14, 1971: Dada & Melting Pot
Dada was a 10-piece English R&B group featuring Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks on vocals.
March 16, 1971: Fanny
March 17, 1971: Sugarloaf, Flame, Fanny
March 18-21, 1971: Sugarloaf, Flame
March 22-23, 1971: John Mayall, Randall’s Island
March 24, 1971: Randall’s Island
March 25-28, 1971: Elvin Bishop, Tower of Power
Both of these groups were on Bill Graham’s short-lived Fillmore label, an Epic subsidiary.
March 29-30, 1971: Sha Na Na, Fanny
March 31-April 4, 1971: J Geils Band, Dreams
Dreams was an exceptional jazz-rock band that featured John Abercrombie (lead guitar), both Brecker Brothers and drummer Billy Cobham. A very underrated group.
April 6, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas
April 7-11, 1971: If, Uriah Heep
This was the tale end of Uriah Heep’s first American tour. The Uriah Heep site has them playing all the way through April 16 (a Friday), which is certainly possible. This list is mostly from ads, and bookings were changed all the time, particularly for an opening act like Uriah Heep.
April 12-13, 1971: Beach Boys, Flash
April 14-18, 1971: Hugh Masekela
April 19-20, 1971: Help
April 21, 1971: Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes, Brownsville Station
April ?, 1971-Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night was huge by this time, and any appearance at the Whisky would have been a promotional gig that could not have been advertised.
April 26-27, 1971: Fanny
April 28, 1971: Trapeze, Southwind
May 2, 1971: Medusa
May 4-8, 1971: Humble Pie, Jo Jo Gunne
Only the May 4 gig was played. A fire closed The Whisky for about six weeks.
May 9, 1971: Mothers of Invention, Crowbar (Cancelled due to fire)
May 12. 1971: Sweathog (Cancelled due to fire)
May 15, 1971: Hugh Masekela (Cancelled due to fire)
May 16, 1971: T Rex (Cancelled due to fire)
Marc Bolan and T. Rex were a band that would have benefited from a debut at The Whisky. T. Rex never managed to match their English popularity in the States.
June 23-27, 1971: Long John Baldry, Savage Chance
The Whisky reopened. Presumably, no one tried to lay no boogie woogie on the King of Rock and Roll.
June 28, 1971: Yes, Fat Chance
June 30-July 4, 1971: Ides of March, Rita Coolidge
July ?, 1971: Jackie Lomax, Grin
July 14-17, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas, Help
July 20-25, 1971: Sweathog, Crowbar
Crowbar was a highly regarded Canadian group, featuring some members who had formerly been in Mandala, who had played The Whisky in November, 1966.
July 28-31, 1971: War, Jimmy Witherspoon, Uncle Tom
August 1, 1971: War, Jimmy Witherspoon, Uncle Tom
August 2-3, 1971: Fanny, Poe
August 4-8, 1971: Elvin Bishop, Daddy Cool
August 9, 1971: Chase, Daddy Cool
August 12-15, 1971: Quicksilver Messenger Service
August 16, 1971: Buddy Miles, Osibisa
August 17-19, 1971: Osibisa, Stoneface
August 20-24, 1971: PG&E, Buoys (23-24)
August 25-28, 1971: Wishbone Ash, Help
September 1-5, 1971: Tony Joe White, The Ides of March
September 6-7, 1971: Little Richard
September 8-12, 1971: Hook Foot, Mama Lion
Mama Lion featured singer Lynn Carey, and the cover of their first album is quite legendary.
September 15-19, 1971: Freddy King, Bronco
September 21-25, 1971: Black Oak Arkansas, Max
September 26-28, 1971: Buddy Miles
September 29-30, 1971: Tucky Buzzard, Madura
October 1& 3, 1971-Tucky Buzzard, Madura
October 2, 1971: Allman Brothers, Tucky Buzzard, Madura
The Allmans were riding high behind their classic album Live At Fillmore East, and must have played The Whisky simply for old times sake. Well that they did, as Duane would die in a motorcycle accident on October 29.
October 5, 1971: Black Sabbath
October 6-10, 1971: Edgar Winter and White Trash featuring Jerry La Croix
Edgar Winter’s sets were recorded.
October 11, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon
Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon were performing and recording together.
October 13-17, 1971: Rory Gallagher, Little Feat
Boomerang may have replaced Little Feat.
October 28-31, 1971 Gypsy, Crowfoot
November 3, 1971: Yes, Ten Years After, Mary Wells
There’s something a bit odd about this—Ten Years After was headlining The LA Forum on November 10, so its odd they played the Whisky. Either this was a billing mistake, or perhaps it was Genya Ravan’s Ten Wheel Drive. In any case, it’s hard to think of a more inappropriate pairing than Mary Wells (“My Guy”) and Yes, much less Mary Wells, Yes and Ten Years After.
November 4-7, 1971: Yes, Ten Years After
November 8, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon
November 10-14, 1971: Mama Lion, Freedom
November 15, 1971: Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon
November 17-21, 1971: Jackie Lomax, Ruth Copeland
November 24-27, 1971: Earthquake, Crowbar
Earthquake was a Berkeley band, together in one form or another (mainly as Purple Earthquake) since 1966, which had been signed by A&M. In the 1970s they got themselves some Rodney Bingenheimer haircuts and released several albums on the Berserkley label.
November 28, 1971: Curved Air, Earthquake
November 29, 1971: The Stampeders
The Stampeders were a Canadian band from Calgary, Alberta. They were actually a fairly hard rocking trio, ironic since they had a Gold Record with the countryish “Sweet City Woman.” The implication from a photograph at the top of the page is that they may well have played both November 28 and 29 with Curved Air.
November 30-December 1, 3 1971: Crabby Appleton, Audience
December 4-5, 1971: Crabby Appleton, Audience, Bell And Arc
December 8-12, 1971: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke
December 15, 1971: Bull Angus
December 16-19, 1971: Atomic Rooster, Bull Angus
December 20, 1971: Pollution
December 21-22, 1971: Sweathog
December 23-27, 1971: Fanny, Allan Parker
January ?, 1972: Flamin' Groovies
January 6-7, 1972: Arthur Lee
January 8, 1972: Buddy Miles
January 12-16, 1972: Eric Mercury, Pure Food and Drug Act
Eric Mercury was a singer from Toronto. Pure Food and Drug Act was a largely instrumental band featuring Harvey Mandel and Sugarcane Harris.
January 20-23, 1972: LaBelle, Allan Parker
January 24-25, 1972: BB King
January 26-29, 1972: Freddie King, Nitzinger
February 2-6, 1972: Uriah Heep, Manna
February ?, 1972: Superchief
February 9, 1972: Sod, Jake Jones
February 10-13, 1972: Jo Jo Gunne, Sod
February 16-20, 1972: Alex Taylor, Malo
February 21-23, 1972: Badfinger
February 24-27, 1972: Pot Liquor Alex Richman
February 28, 1972: Spirit
This would have been the version of Spirit that recorded the album Feedback. John and Al Staehely played guitar and bass and sang, and old hands John Locke (piano) and Ed Cassidy (drums) remained on board.
We are missing some shows from early March.
March 15-18, 1972: Al Kooper, Joshua
March 22-26, 1972: ZZ Top, Home
March 27-28, 1972: Mahavishnu Orchestra
March 29-April 2, 1972: Tony Joe White, NRBQ
April 5-8, 1972: Merry Clayton, Nazareth
Merry Clayton’s sets were recorded.
April 10-11, 1972: Jerry LaCroix, White Trash
April 12-15, 1972: Cold Blood, 8th Day
April 19-22, 1972: Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, Ruby Jones
April 24-25, 1972: Tim Rose, Shanti
April 26-30, 1972: Tower of Power, Atlanta Rhythm Section
May 1-2, 1972: Max Ayne, Alex Harvey
May 3-7, 1972: Osibisa, Little Feat
May 10-13, 1972: Climax Blues Band, Xit
May 17-20, 1972: Pure Food and Drug Act, Wilderness Road
May 21-23, 1972: Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock was beginning the process of transcending his jazz following. His exceptional sextet featured Benny Maupin (tenor), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Buster Williams (bass) and Billy Hart (drums), as well as Hancock on electric piano. They would have been supporting his album Mwandishi.
May 24-28, 1972: Ronnie Milsap, Alex Nichman
June 1-4, 1972: Fanny, Sod
June 7-11, 1972: Flash Cadillac, El Chicano
June 14-17, 1972: Mahavishnu Orchestra
June 18-20, 1972: Swallow, Dennis Geyer Band
Dennis Geyer had been in AB Skhy (but then of course everybody knows that).
June 21-26, 1972: Strawbs, Michael Murphy
July 5-8, 1972: Earthquake, Jade Warrior
July 10, 1972: John Mayall, Chico Hamilton
John Mayall was recording live. This was probably his jazz-blues fusion line-up with Freddie Robinson on guitar, Clifford Solomon on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Victor Gaskin on bass and Keef Hartley on drums. Surviving tapes reveal an excellent, underrated band, with most of Mayall’s excesses subdued or pushed aside.
July 12-15, 1972: Merry Clayton, Elijah
July 16-18, 1972: Arthur Lee, Chico Hamilton
July 19-22, 1972: Ramatam, Little Feat
Ramatam featured guitarist April Lawton. Although their two albums are underproduced and unmemorable, everyone who saw Ramatam was absolutely floored by Lawton’s playing. She left the rock business to become a graphic artist, however, and took a pass on the opportunity to become rock’s first woman guitar hero.
July 24-25, 1972: Looking Glass
All the sailors say “Brandy, you’re a fine girl” and you know the rest.
July 26-30, 1972: Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids, Eric Quincy Tate
August 2-6, 1972: Stoneground, Rastus
August 7, 1972: Flo and Eddie, Yellowstone
Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan had played The Whisky many times in The Turtles, but were apparently unable to record or perform under their own names due to pending litigation. They had been touring with Frank Zappa, but when a crazed fan injured Zappa (Ross can recall this story sometime as he was there), Mark and Howard took their Noms du Zappa and some former Mothers and put together their own band.
August 8-12, 1972: Seatrain, Redwing
August 13, 1972: Buddy Miles
August 16-20, 1972: Flash, Elijah
August ?, 1972: Bloodstone
August ?, 1972: Foghat, Christopher Milk
August 24-27, 1972: Jerry LaCroix, White Trash, Rastus
August 31-September 4, 1972: Stevie Wonder, Little Feat
This is a double bill to think about.
September 6-10, 1972: Freddie King, Silverhead
Silverhead featured lead singer Michael Des Barres.
September ?, 1972: Stinky Felix
September ?, 1972: Hookfoot
September 13-17, 1972: Bulldog, Jerry Williams
September 18-20, 1972: Captain Beyond
September 21-24, 1972: Birtha, Finnegan & Wood
Birtha was another “all-girl” band.
September 25-26, 1972: Pilot
Pilot are not to be confused with the Scottish band Pilot (who had a hit with “Its Magic”) but the Blue Cheer spinoff with Bruce Stephens and Leigh Stevens.
September 27-October 1, 1972: Manna, Macondo
October 4-8, 1972: Rory Gallagher, Boone’s Farm
Boone’s Farm replaced Little Feat.
October 11-15, 1972: Albert King Review
October 18-22, 1972: Lighthouse, Macondo
Macondo replaced Stereo Dimension.
October 25-28, 1972: Dr. John, with the Meters & Joe Hicks
November 1-5, 1972-Merry Clayton, Wet Willie
November 8-12, 1972: Tower of Power
November 13-14, 1972: Little Richard
November 15-18, 1972: Sylvester & The Hot Band, Hemlock featuring Miller Anderson
Hemlock had one really good album, but I’m the only person I know who ever owned it.
November 22-26, 1972: The Fabulous Rhinestones, Mom’s Apple Pie
Corry's note to himself: Insert Mom’s Apple Pie joke here.
November 27-28, 1972: Elephant’s Memory
November 29-December 3, 1972: Manfred Mann
This would have been the excellent Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, touring behind their debut album, with Mick Rogers on guitar and vocals.
December 6-7, 1972: Steely Dan, Woodpecker
The original Steely Dan were very pop-friendly, and the song “Do It Again” was climbing the charts at this time. Donald Fagen was still not comfortable singing on stage, and David Palmer handled lead vocals, apparently even on songs sung by Fagen in the studio.
December 8-10, 1972: Buddy Miles, Steely Dan
December 13-17, 1972: Johnny Nash, Dakila
December 18, 1972: Weather Report
December 19, 1972: Roxy Music
Roxy Music was quite unknown in the United States at this time. Brian Eno was still a touring member of the band.
December 20-24, 1972: Malo
December 27-31, 1972: Fanny, Elf
Elf was a New York State band that featured Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals. Dio and most of the band members would go on to join Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow a few years later.
January 4-7, 1973: Nitzinger, Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils
January 10-14, 1973: Sylvester & The Hot Band, Glenco
January 17-21, 1973: Ruben & The Jets, Elijah
Ruben and The Jets was a Doo-Wop/R&B group led by Ruben Guevara. He adopted the name of Frank Zappa’s fictional 1968 band, and in 1973 Zappa produced the band’s first album for Mercury. The band is referenced during the final scene of Up in Smoke, in which Cheech Marin's character, Pedro De Pacas comments that Alice Bowie, the punk rock band that he and Tommy Chong's Anthony "Man" Stoner character led in the film, will be "bigger than Ruben and the Jets". Guevara appears in the film as Tom, a trumpet player for the band
January 24-28, 1973: Bobby Womack
January 29-30, 1973: Sparks, Stepson
February 1-4, 1973: Bar-Kays, Joe Hicks
February ?, 1973: Fanny
February 7-11, 1973: Joe Walsh Barnstorm, Black Kangaroo
Black Kangaroo featured guitarist Peter Kaukonen (Jorma’s brother), who had an album on Grunt/RCA.
February 14-19, 1973: Flo & Eddie, Little Feat
February 21-24, 1973: Weather Report
February 28-March 4, 1973: Bloodrock, Skylark (28th), Stepson (1-4th)
March 7-11, 1973: Al Kooper, Andy Bown
March 12-13, 1973: Buddy Miles
March 14-18, 1973: Silverhead Stepson
March 22-25, 1973: Full Moon, Freddie Henchie and the Soulsters
March 26-27, 1973: Tranquility, Charlie Dawg
March 28-April 1, 1973: Tower of Power, Alice Stuart
April 2-4, 1973 Focus
Who could forget the strange marriage of yodelling and progressive rock on Focus’s then-current hit Hocus Pocus? The Dutch quartet were at the height of their popularity throughout Europe and working on a growing market in the US. After they eventually split, with guitarist Jan Akkerman leaving on the eve of a UK tour, keyboardist and flautist Thijs van Leer and Akkerman himself had reasonably successful sol careers.
April 5-8, 1973: Cold Blood, Jon Hiseman’s Tempest
April 9-10, 1973: Sam Russell , Rory Gallagher (10th only)
April 11-15, 1973: Freddie King, Lee Pickens
April 18-22, 1973: Pretty Things
April 25-29, 1973: If, Natural Act
April 30-May 1, 1973: Steely Dan
May 2-6, 1973: Status Quo, Topaz
May 9-13, 1973: Rory Gallagher
May 16-21, 1973: Chambers Brothers, Jimmy Rogers
May 23-27, 1973: Muddy Waters
May 30-June 3, 1973: Climax Blues Band
June 6-10, 1973: Stoneground, Larry Coryell
June 13-17, 1973: Mandrill, Genya Ravan
June 20-24, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges, Rufus
Rufus featured lead singer Chaka Khan. Their first album on ABC was released around this time.
June 25, 1973: Foghat
June 27-July 1: Azteca
Azteca was a 15-piece Latin Rock supergroup from San Francisco, with 4 vocalists, a horn section and an army of percussionists anchoring a monster rhythm section (Paul Jackson and Lenny White). They were supposedly sensational live, but the giant band was impossible to keep together on the road.
July 4-8, 1973: Sylvester and the Hot Band, Hoodoo Rhythm Devils
July 11-15, 1973: Bachman Turner Overdrive, Edwin Starr
July 18-24, 1973: Weather Report, Loleatta Holloway
July 22-24, 1973: Robin Trower, Funkadelic
July 25-28, 1973: Earth Quake
July 30-31, 1973: Tierra, Chris Demarco
August 1-5, 1973: Bar-Kays, Joe Hicks
August 8-12, 1973: Brian Auger, Charlie Daniels
August 13-14, 1973: Bonnie Bramlett
August 15-19, 1973: Malo, Roy Ayers
August 22-26, 1973-Bloodstone, Section
August 29-September 3: New York Dolls, White Raven (1st thru 3rd)
September 5, 1973: John Ussery, Doctor Bop and the Headliners
September 6-9, 1973: Doctor Bop and the Headliners, White Raven
September 12-16, 1973: Captain Beyond, Orphan
September 15-17, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges
September 19-23, 1973: Funkadelic, Bang
On September 23, 1973, Elmer Valentine and Lou Adler, two of the original partners in the Whisky A-Go-Go, opened the Roxy Theatre just up the road at 9009 W. Sunset Blvd. The glamorous Roxy immediately became the prestige nightclub for bands to play in Los Angeles, just as the Whisky had been several years earlier. In early 1974, the stage show of Rocky Horror Picture Show runs for several months (it was not yet a movie), but the Roxy started to become a preferable site for record company showcases. Although a number of good acts still played the Whisky, it was no longer the prestige stop it had been the previous decade.
September 26, 1973: Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters
September 27,1973: Steely Dan
September 28-30, 1973: Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters, Jimmy Rogers
October 3-7, 1973: Lee Pickens Group, Chris DeMarco
October 10-14, 1973: Dramatics, Joe Hicks
October 17-21, 1973: Iggy and the Stooges
October 24-28, 1973: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Babe Ruth
October 29-31, 1973: Robin Trower, Birtha
November 1-4, 1973: Edwin Starr, Birtha
November 7-11, 1973: Dixie Hummingbirds, Bobby Blue Bland
November 12-13, 1973: Buddy Miles, Orleans
November 14-18, 1973: Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Orleans
November 21-25, 1973: Average White Band, Climax Blues Band
November 28-December 2, 1973: Fabulous Rhinestones
December 3-4, 1973: Aerosmith
December 5-9, 1973: Bloodrock, Back Door (7th-9th)
December 12-16, 1973: Funkadelic, Graham Central Station
December 19-23, 1973: Average White Band, Richard Green
December 26-31, 1973: Fanny, The Hollywood Stars
January 3-6, 1974: Airto and Fingers, The New Stoneground
January 9-13, 1974: Joe Hicks, The Team, Painter
January 16-20, 1974: Bloodstone
January 23-27, 1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Graham Central Station
February 6-10, 1974: Status Quo, Hot Dogs
February 11, 1974: Johnny Rivers
February 14-16, 1974: Bobby Womack
February 20-24, 1974: Silverhead
February 27-March 3, 1974: Marty Balin and Bodacious
Bodacious was an outgrowth of the Balin-produced band Grootna.
March 6-10, 1974: Sam The Sham
March 13-16, 1974: Malo
March 20-24, 1974: Delaney Bramlett
April 3-4, 1974: Captain Beefheart
April 5-7, 1974: Bobby Blue Bland, Masterfleet
April 10-13, 1974: Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express
April 16-21, 1974: Kool and The Gang
April 24-28, 1974: Roy Ayers
April 29-May 1, 1974: Suzi Quatro
May 2-4, 1974: Kathi McDonald, Rufus
May 8-12, 1974: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
May 15-19, 1974: Lighthouse, Link Wray
May 20, 1974: Chase
May 21, 1974: Chase, Bobby Hunt, Bob Welch
May 22-25, 1974: El Chicano, Tribe
May 27-28, 1974: Sunbird, Silverstar
May 29-June 2-Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, Cheryl Delcher
June 5-9, 1974: Rick Springfield
June 11-16, 1974: Sylvers, Rodney Winfield
June 17-18, 1974; Ray Manzarek
June 19-23, 1974: Sapo, Unzanba
June 26-30, 1974: Rufus, Pez Band
July 3-7, 1974: Ray Manzarek and Golden Scarab, Slamm Hammer
July 10-14, 1974: Smoke and the Lakeside Exp.
July 16-21, 1974: PFM
PFM was an Italian progressive rock band signed to Manticore (ELP’s label). Pete Sinfield wrote their English lyrics. PFM stood for Premiate Forneri Marconi (“Award Winning Marconi Bakery”).
July 24-28, 1974: El Chicano, Tribe
August 5, 1974: Rory Gallagher, Electric Flag, Sensational Alex Harvey Band
The Electric Flag had reformed, and did a short tour in anticipation of their new Atlantic album The Band Kept Playing (not released until November 1974). Assuming that Mike Bloomfield actually made this gig—always an open question—the lineup would have been Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Roger Troy (bass), Buddy Miles and a horn section.
August 8-11, 1974: Honk, Jeffrey Comanur
August 14-18, 1974: Chris Jagger, the Valentine Vox
Mick Jagger’s younger brother made a brief stab at rock stardom.
August 21-25, 1974: Ian Lloyd & Stories
August 28-September 1, 1974: Bloodstone
September 4-8, 1974: Dick Dale and his Deltones, Mudcrutch
Mudcrutch was a Florida band on Shelter Records that included bassist Tom Petty.
September 11-15, 1974: Isis
September 17-22, 1974: Love Machine
October 2-6, 1974: Fresh Start, Atlanta Rhythm Section
October 9-13, 1974: Gentle Giant, Harvey Mandel
October 14-20, 1974: Delaney Bramlett
October 23-27,1974: The Young Hearts, Gino Vanelli
October 31-November 3, 1974: David Ruffin
November 5-8, 1974: Caravan
November 13-17, 1974: Fancy
November 20-24, 1974: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Stuart Getz & The Wonderama Band
November 27, 1974: Rush, Rory Gallagher
December 13-15, 1974: Bloodstone
December 18-22, 1974: James Montgomery, Good Rats
December 23-25, 1974: Blue Cheer
This booking is utterly mysterious. Blue Cheer had broken up at least two years earlier, to my knowledge, and in any case the final version of the band (led by Gary Yoder and the late Dickie Peterson) was largely a studio aggregation. Furthermore, Blue Cheer did have mythic status with rock critics, mainly for sheer volume, so any band who came upon the name innocently would soon be set right.
December 26-31, 1974: Stray Dog, Rock Doctor
Stray Dog, another Manticore act, was a blues rock band from Texas via London. The lead guitarist was Snuffy Walden, who is now much better known for scoring TV soundtracks. He wrote the music for thirtysomething, Roseanne and The West Wing, among many others.
January 2-5, 1975: El Chicano, Unzamba
January 6-7, 1975: Tommy Bolin
January 15-19, 1975: Bobby Bland
January 22-26, 1975: Charles Wright, Carl Carlton
January 27-28, 1975: -John Mayall
January 30-February 2, 1975: Johnny Otis Show, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson
February 7-9, 1975: Syl Johnson
Shortly after this, the Whisky closed for remodelling. Elmer Valentine still owned the club, but he booked most of the live music acts at the nearby Roxy, considerably larger (at 500 seats) and nicer than the Whisky. When the Whisky reopened in early Summer 1975, it mainly presented “cabaret” acts, albeit with names like The Cycle Sluts. In late, 1976, The Whisky began presenting live music again, mainly Los Angeles punk and New Wave bands. In the 1980s, the Whisky became the principal venue for Metal bands on their way to stardom (and, of course, shameful degradation). Although Valentine (1923-2008) long since sold his interests, the Whisky A-Go-Go remains open for music to this day.
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