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fri 15 january 1971 usa DETROIT mi EASTOWN THEATRE
sat 16 january 1971 usa DETROIT mi EASTOWN THEATRE



MEMORY

GARY GRAIN - detroit - 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.

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...

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].

[ends with the usual flattering encouragements which make me blush... - teejo]


COLOUR PICTURES
by GARY GRAIN

 
warm-up bonus:
captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - art tripp / ed marimba - picture by gary grain
ART TRIPP ed marimba
cap, tie and MARIMBA stick only

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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - elliot ingber / winged eel fingerling - picture by gary grain
captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - elliot ingber / winged eel fingerling - picture by gary grain
ELLIOT INGBER winged eel fingerling

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outtake from a technical discussion in march 2000:
  Rick Snyder: The curvy, conga-inspired and BRIGHT ORANGE(!) drumset that I saw Mr. Drumbo assault was manufactured by GON BOPS. They were *not necessarily* custom made - as I remember seeing ads in musician mags for their sets, though not too many people apparently took them up on utilizing them. I thought that they looked (and even sounded) fabulous....
Bob Jennings:
I forgot about the s-shaped cymbal stands. It was a very impressive set. An orange set would be so cool!

captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - john french / drumbo - picture by gary grain
JOHN FRENCH drumbo setting his set
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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - bill harkleroad / zoot horn rollo - picture by gary grain

captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - bill harkleroad / zoot horn rollo - picture by gary grain
BILL HARKLEROAD zoot horn rollo

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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - don van vliet - picture by gary grain
DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart

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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - mark boston / rockette morton - picture by gary grain
MARK BOSTON rockette morton
MIND THE AUTHENTICITY PROOF !

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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - don van vliet, mark boston / rockette morton - picture by gary grain

DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart - MARK BOSTON rockette morton


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captain beefheart live detroit, usa, eastown theater concert 15 or 16 january 1971 - don van vliet - picture by gary grain
DON VAN VLIET captain beefheart

mind the illustrated lyrics book!

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pictures by GARY GRAIN
which means it may not be published in whatever way without his permission
if you have plans to use it you can email me to get in touch with him

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[completed 110400]


facts provided by theo tieman 1995-2000


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