Flashback: Billy Joel, 40 Years Ago

December 7th, 2009, 11:34 am by Greg

In case you hadn’t heard, tonight’s scheduled Billy Joel-Elton John Face 2 Face tour concert has been postponed again. (The new attempted date for the concert at the Times Union Center in Albany is Thursday, March 11.) But at least the announcement was made two weeks ago.

And that’s probably a good thing, because the concert would have been postponed at the last minute anyway given the overdose and susequent hospitaliztion of Joel’s 23-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel in NYC on Saturday.


Just in case you’re jonesin’ for Joel, here’s a little something special for ya. We dug deep into the vast Nippertown Research Department, Deep Storage Facility to uncover this primo publicity photo of Joel and his bandmates when he made his Capital Region debut at the old and long gone but certainly not forgotten Aerodrome in Schenectady – 40 years ago.

We especially dig those crazy pants, Billy…

(photo courtesy of Fred Baye's Aerodrome archive)

(photo courtesy of Fred Baye's Aerodrome archive)


On This Day: Velvet Underground in Schenectady!

September 25th, 2009, 12:05 pm by Greg

The Velvet Underground and Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico

Oh, indeed!

In his book, “White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day by Day” (recently published by Jawbone Press), noted rock writer and historian Richie Unterberger writes the following entry for Friday, September 26, 1969:

Aerodrome, Schenectady, NY
One of the Velvet Underground’s most obscure concerts takes place tonight at this club in upstate New York, as advertised in the Troy Record. Although the modest-sized town of Schenectady – about 15 miles from the state capital, Albany – is hardly a musical hotspot, the Aerodrome plays host to shows by many big-name acts of the period, including the Doors, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin.

8/20/69: Led Zep rocks Schenectady!

August 20th, 2009, 11:19 am by Greg

robertPlantRobert Plant – the former Led Zeppelin swaggering frontman and current Grammy-laden singing partner of Alison Krauss is celebrating his 61st birthday today.

Plant didn’t invent rock & roll superstardom, but he seemed to perfect it during his glory days with Led Zeppelin. We think of him as the golden, globe-trotting god, so it might come as something of a shock to realize that 40 years ago, Robert Plant didn’t celebrate his 21st birthday in some swinging hot spot like London or Los Angeles or some exotic castle in Kashmir.

No, back in 1969 Plant celebrated his 21st birthday in … Schenectady.

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