OK, yesterday we got a press release from concert promoter Robert Millis of Millis-Robbins Productions. It read, in part:
“Question: Has a sitting member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever performed in a Saratoga Springs night club?
And that got us to thinking… No Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has played a Saratoga nightclub before? Really?
Well, let’s see now. Of course, Bob Dylan famously played at Caffe Lena, but that was long before he was inducted in 1988. And Rick Danko of the Band played at Caffe Lena, too, but actually, the Caffe isn’t really a nightclub, so we won’t count that one, either. We recall Jorma Kaukonen playing at Aiko’s back in 1989, but he wasn’t inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame until 1996. And we remember Garry Tallent of Springsteen’s E Street Band playing bass with the Delevantes at the Metro, but that was a couple of years before his 1999 induction.
Then it hit us. Ah, yes, indeed, there has been at least one sitting member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame who has played at a Saratoga Springs nightclub.
NOTE: We’re not talking about someone who dropped by a Spa City nightclub to jam after playing a gig at SPAC. We’re talking about someone who was actually booked and advertised as performing.