Rock ‘N’ Roll Weekend
Make It Last > Reckless
Turn Up The Music
I’ve Done Everything For You
Bad Motor Scooter
Comments: Exact set list unknown -- Blew Boston off the stage
Venue: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto ON
Date: August 21, 1978
Tour: Don’t Look Back
Members Of The Band:
Tom Sholtz (Guitar, Organ and Vocals)
Brad Delp (Vocals and Guitar)
Sib Hasham (Drums and Vocals)
Barry Geudreau (Guitar and Vocals)
Fran Sheehan (Bass)
Comments: Over the years I have probably been a little to harsh on this show or, more specifically, the headliners to this show. That would be Boston. Looking back, I believe this had more to do with how good the opening act, Sammy Hagar, was and not how bad Boston were. At the time of this concert I was working in the record department at the now defunct Eaton’s department store. When someone bought an album that skipped, they would return it and either get a new copy or a refund. The “defective” LP was returned to the companies supplier for a credit. If an album looked interesting, I would record it before sending it back.
One such album was a live offering called All Night Long, by one Sammy Hagar. This was right near the beginning of my love for live music, so I was all over this release like nobodies business. What can I say, it was fantastic.
So, when my buddy and I headed to Maple Leaf Gardens I was excited to see if Mr. Hagar and company could pull it off in a live setting. They did, and more. The energy level was so high it was incredible. When Sammy sat on the edge of the stage with his feet dangling into the pit and a lap steel guitar on his, well, lap before ripping into the Montrose classic Bad Motor Scooter. Woah Mama. It was Katie bar the door time.
In contrast, Boston came on and played a very good if unremarkable set. And short, did I mention short? I think they were on and off again in 80 minutes, including encore break. Musically they sounded fine, with the late great Brad Delp providing those higher than high notes from somewhere deep in his soul. A faux pipe organ rose from the back of the stage for Tom Sholtz’s solo during the song Smokin’; it was all good, just unremarkable.
So, while I’m willing to cut Boston some long overdue slack, Sammy Hagar still blew them off the stage.
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