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Watch: Original 1973 version of “Rock Candy” by Montrose

I looked and looked but could not find an early version of “Rock Candy” by Montrose performed LIVE. I found videos of Sammy Hagar without Montrose, and Montrose without Sammy Hagar, but nothing with the full band from the early 70’s. It may be out there–I’ll keep looking–but in the mean time, if you have a taste for a great Montrose song, sink your teeth into this modern take on…

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WATCH: Vanilla Fudge’s psychedelic version of “You Keep Me Hanging On” LIVE – Ray Anthony Show, 1968

Okay, so first off this breaks one of our format rules about “nothing before 1970.”  Second, the audio on this is not very good, probably because it’s from an old TV show and not a LIVE performance. But even with those strikes against it, after watching this video several times I just had to bring it to you. It’s just so … weird! And not in a “stoned William Shatner…

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WATCH: The Osmonds – “One Bad Apple” – LIVE TV Performance On “Beat-Club”

Who doesn’t know who the Osmonds are? Even if you’re not a fan of their music, they seemed to be everywhere during the 70’s (TV, radio, live performances) and little sister Marie still hawks some weight loss plan on TV commercials to this dayu.  The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet in the 60’s consisting of older brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay and were later joined by younger siblings…

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WATCH: Montrose performs “Bad Motor Scooter” LIVE – 1974 w. Sammy Hagar

What a great live performance! For those who aren’t familiar with the band, Montrose was a California-based band formed in early 1973 and which originally featured Ronnie Montrose on guitar, future Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar, bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. Their self-titled debut album, produced by Ted Templeman, was released on Warner Bros in late 1973, and while it was not a big seller at the time…

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WATCH: “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter – LIVE – 1975

Another song “we love to hate.” I can remember mocking this song ENDLESSLY with my friends in high school when this came out in 1975. We hated it then, and we still hate it today. But you, well you may love it. I doubt that, but anything is possible these days! Here’s a little background on the song from Wikipedia: “I’m Not Lisa” is a country song recorded and written…

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WATCH: Linda Ronstadt nails “Long, Long Time” LIVE on The Midnight Special PILOT in 1972

I watched a number of videos of Linda Ronstadt performing live back in the day before finding this one, and the one thing I can tell you is she nails it EVERY time. Each one made me stop, listen, and be stunned again by her enormous talent.  Unlike a lot of today’s female performers, Ronstadt’s voice is as clear and strong live as it is recorded. Many times it would…

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WATCH: Firefall performs “Strange Way” – 1978

This is about as close as I’ve been able to find to a LIVE performance of this song after quite a bit of searching.  At least they’re pretending like it’s live, so there you go. Here’s more on the band from Wikipedia: Firefall is a rock band that formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. It was founded by Rick Roberts, who had been in the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Jock…

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WATCH: Very Early J. Geils Band LIVE @Boston’s Orpheum Theater 1972 – “Floyd’s Hotel” + “Hard Drivin’ Man”

Most of us are familiar with the J. Geils Band from their radio hits in the early 80’s, including: “Love Stinks” (which reached #38 in 1980), “Freeze-Frame” (which reached #4 in the Billboard Top 200 in 1981), and “Centerfold” (which reached #1 in the United States in early 1982). What you may not know is that the band got its start in WAY back in 1968, in Worcester, Massachusetts, under…

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WATCH: Mashup – James Brown & Led Zeppelin “Whole Lotta Sex Machine”

You know, I’ve watched a number of these classic rock mashups over the years and, while I appreciate the effort that goes into coming up with them and then creating them, they don’t awlays work. Usually you can tell within the first 30 seconds if one these will work … and this one does! We have James Brown and his classic “Sex Machine” meshed with Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”…

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WATCH: Boston – “More Than a Feeling” LIVE @Giants Stadium – June, 17, 1979

Did you miss out seeing Boston LIVE back in the day? Yeah, me too. The great thing today though, is that you can find these great videos of concerts from back in the day, including this performance by Boston at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ in June of 1979.  The music is great, but I’m not a huge fan of them switching back and forth between some handheld color…

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