jprichva saidFifth Dimension, 1972, Pine Knob Music Theater
Bette Midler, 1972, Masonic Auditorium, Detroit
Wow, that was early Midler. Was she still with Barry Manilow? I caught the live TV performance that made her career on Carson's Tonight Show
, as she herself states it did. She truly brought the house down, a legendary performance. I really like her.
My first big concert was John Denver in NYC's Madison Square Garden, either in 1976 or 77, I can't recall. I was wearing coveralls, which enjoyed a short fad back then, just the thing for a Denver concert.
And wore them to an executive corporate board meeting at CBS, Inc, a couple of hours earlier at "Black Rock," which got some shocked takes from the suits. But despite looking like a farmer I gutted the Vice President for Shareholder Relations, over an incompetent annual shareholder report he was about to publish, that we were reviewing.
The head of CBS Press Relations later told me it was the most ruthless but skillful thing in a boardroom he had ever seen in his career. I should have stayed with CBS, instead of continuing my Army career and moving to Germany. One of my many mistakes.
Strangely, I saw Denver again barely a year later in West Berlin, Germany, of all places.