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Rock ‘n Roll Time Machine

A couple of weeks ago the New England Sports Fan Friend and I came up with a terrific invention: The Rock ‘n Roll Time Machine.

This time machine has one purpose: It permits the user to travel back in time to attend the rock concert of their choice. So if you’re like me, and you wish you could have seen some of the greatest bands in rock and roll history when they were actually in their prime, the Rock ‘n Roll Time Machine can make your dreams come true. Of course, the New England Sports Fan Friend and I discussed which band we’d most like to travel back in time to see.

For the most part, we were in agreement: The band we’d most like to see is Led Zeppelin. Now, Led Zeppelin is not my favorite band, although every time I listen to them or hear them on the radio I’m impressed by how great they sound. They never sound dated to me, and if I didn’t know anything about them and had never heard them before I’d probably think they were some terrific new artist, taking the world by storm. Anyway, research suggests that Led Zeppelin’s 1972 North American Tour would be a great tour to catch; the band played songs from the as-yet-to-be released album “Houses of the Holy,” as well as now-classic songs such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll.”

The New England Sports Fan Friend and I also felt that the Rolling Stones circa 1969 would be a great band to catch, and that Bob Marley and the Wailers would also be great to see, although I’m not sure which particular tour would be the best. I mentioned the Beatles, but we had mixed feelings about what the Beatles would have been like live: Would you have been able to hear anything over the sound of screaming girls? Of course, they were the Beatles — even if they weren’t really known for their live performances, they were still one of the greatest bands in the history of the universe. And I’d also like to see Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock, Bob Dylan go electric at the Newport Folk Festival and Simon & Garfunkel’s concert in Central Park in 1981.

Other artists I wouldn’t mind seeing via The Rock ‘n Roll Time Machine:

Michael Jackson, the “Bad” world tour
The Replacements, anytime
Nirvana, anytime
U2, after the release of “War”

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July 1, 2013
5:37 p.m.

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The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl
The Monteray Pop Festival
Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric.

July 2, 2013
10:38 a.m.

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The band most noted for it's live shows were the Tubes in the late 70s and early 80s. Once seen it's never forgotten. With a crew of 30 roadies, actors, dancers and a brilliant ensemble of seven talented musicians along with the visionary genius of Michael Cotton as the band's creative director, the Tubes deserve Hall of Fame recognition for their stunning live performances on those early tours. My friend in Atlanta who caught an early Tubes tour summed up the experience best with this comment, "I haven't seen anything like it, before or since." A good choice for your Rock 'N Roll Time Machine. The fact that such accolades have eluded the Tubes throughout their career is proof that they have been criminally underrated by the music critics and the public at large.

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