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Venue: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Date: July 10, 1977
Tour: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws concert
Members Of The Band
Burke Shelley (Bass and Vocals)
Tony Bourge (Guitar and Vocals)
Steve Williams (Drums, Vocals)
Myf Isaac (Guitar)
Comments: Exact set list unknown. This was an interesting concert for a lot of reasons, not the least of which being a large group of us gathered in Nathan Phillips Square for a concert put on by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. While the outskirts of the crowd were patrolled by police, none infringed upon the crowd who were just about as mellow as a crowd could get. This was helped by the fact that what seemed like a constant supply of joints were passed around. So there we were, sitting there, toking on a number, listening to rock ‘n’ roll all the while keeping a bleary eye on Toronto’s finest who seemed more bemused than actually put off. Seems they knew what to expect in advance so as long as we behaved, they turned a blind eye.
To the best of my recollection, this was the one and only NORML event held in Toronto. I had found out about Budge through a freebie that Mike at Star Records had given me the year before; Budgie’s then latest release Bandolier. The fact that such a hard driving band had been picked for such a stoned crowd still seems incongruent at best, yet everyone seemed to enjoy the show. I was especially happy to have them play my favorite tracks from Bandolier; Breaking All The House Rules and Napoleon Bona-Part One and Napoleon Bona-Part Two.
Who Do You Want For Your Love