FART AT PLAY !
15.01.71 DETROIT michigan usa EASTOWN
saturday 16.01.71 DETROIT michigan usa EASTOWN THEATER
MEMORY - eight PICTURES
GARY GRAIN - detroit - by email
[starts with the usual flattering compliments on my electricity which make me blush... - teejo]
I've got "Lick My Decals Off, Baby" in my automobile cassette player right now and I enjoy it every bit as much as I did when it came out in 1970. The band I joined in 1971 (I'm a vocalist) lost my telephone number after I auditioned and placed an ad looking for me as: Singer into Captain Beefheart, please call back. Yes, I got the gig.
I saw Captain Beefheart in 1971 and 1972. I took lots of photos from the orchestra pit with a rather inexpensive camera in 1971 and a couple of the photos still survive. Ry Cooder opened. Cool!
The Captain opened for the Kinks in 1972 (weird billing) and Ray Davies - do I have the right one? - seemed drunk as hell (throwing empty beercans at the audience). Mr. Van Vliet seemed rather ill at ease at this gig, if I remember correctly [yeah, that's about right - teejo].
The local radio station used to play "Diddy Wah Diddy" back when it came out in 1966. That was my first pleasant exposure and I've been a fan ever since...
[ends with the usual flattering encouragements which make me blush... - teejo]
on guitar and hair ELLIOT INGBER winged eel fingerling (2x)
setting his drums JOHN FRENCH drumbo
vague BILL HARKLEROAD zoot horn rollo (2x)
on clarinet DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart
on two guitars MARK BOSTON rockette morton with authenticity proof
DON VAN VLIET and MARK BOSTON captain beefheart and rockette morton
on vocals and illustrated lyrics book DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart
and a left-over bonus:
cap, tie and stick only ART TRIPP ed marimba
click clack to the power station, the news or the other CONCERTS
captain beefheart electricity
as felt by teejo