Bald Heads in the Audience.

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I had been feeling envious of those who were able to attend Macworld until I read the post by Jess. She was a little disappointed by the crowd. Old folks in their late 30′s listening to old people music. Talk about being out of place, I would have been mingling with people my son’s age.

Old as I am, I was still pleased to receive an iPod 30GB for Christmas. With my feeble non-geek mind I somehow managed to get the newfangled gizmo loaded up with tunes from local San Jose and San Francisco bands of the 60s like The Chocolate Watchband, Janis Joplin (Big Brother), Jefferson Airplane, The Doobie Brothers, Moby Grape, Grateful Dead, Country Joe & the Fish, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In the1960s the San Francisco Bay Area music scene was an electric, wondrous and psychedelic experience. Jess–you would have loved it too.

The first time I heard “Tower of Power” preform it was in a bowling alley in Fremont.
Now they will be at The Fillmore–Saturday, January 20. Beware, for there will be a lot of bald heads in the audience.

4 Comments so far

  1. TinMan (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    Bald heads at rock shows are pretty commonplace these days. Rock-and-roll is old enough that current acts are attracting older audience members, simply because the new music reminds them of stuff they grew up hearing when they were young.

    Thus, you’ll get Soul II Soul fans at Gnarls Barkley concerts and Duran Duran fans at Shiny Toy Guns concerts. Heck, Kurt Cobain would have turned forty next month, making him an official Old Fart and Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) will be 45 later this year.

    Of course, it works the other way around. Today, you’ll see teens at New Order concerts. An 18-year-old was born six years after “Blue Monday” was released.

    If you really want to see a bunch of bald heads, try a Sunday matinee at the SF Opera.


  2. Not Bald Yet (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    kudos for speaking up for those that have shoes & albums older than some of these supposedly “San Francisco” posters


  3. Liz Henry (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
  4. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    My cousin Marlyn was the girl singer with Tower of Power one night at a bowling alley in Fremont. She knew one of the guys, and they let her sing a set with them, and I got to give advice. Marlyn got around she also “dated” the Hell’s Angels biker that killed a fan at the infamous Rolling Stones Altamont concert.┬áNever a dull moment.

    I do have a story to share about pink and cream IBM system/360 standard assembler cards.



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