Going to a rock concert in 1973, and going to the theater that same year, contained the same kind of excitement and drama. The Who's Quadrophenia tour of 1973, contained the elements of romance and rebellion. These themes can be found in the film West Side Story. Quadrophenia featured classic songs like "Love Reign Over Me" and "Won't Get Fooled Again". I love these two songs. In fact, I hear the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" every week as the theme song to the television show CSI. I also learned that eleven people lost their lives at a Who concert in Ohio. I can't even fathom an element of violence and death at a concert, but this really happened forty years ago.
I am a big fan of Led Zeppelin. They embarked on a tour called Houses of the Holy in 1973 to promote the album of the same title. Houses of The Holy featured the classic songs "Dyer Maker" and "Whole Lotta Love". I listen to these song regularly on classic rock radio stations. Led Zeppelin borrowed elements of blues and soul to create their own unique sound. I am surprised to learn that two of Led Zeppelin's influences include 1950's teen heart throb Ricky Nelson and the soulful James Brown. Dyer Maker and Rick Nelson's Poor Little Fool have the same kind of bluesy tone. Alice Cooper embarked on a tour called Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. His concerts featured Alice getting his head theatrically severed in each show by a guillotine and live snakes. Cooper had a problem with alcohol in the early seventies. Yet, he still managed to put on a great show every night for an entire year. His hits include the song "School's Out", "I'm Eighteen" and a cover of a Judy Collins song entitled "Hello Hooray". It is interesting to hear Alice Cooper's rock version of the song, and as a contrast, to listen to Judy Collins' folk version of the same song. I like both versions of the song. I did not know much about the music of Alice Cooper before reading this book, but I am a fan of his music now. His music seems to be all about celebrating different aspects of life He sings about turning eighteen and being free and out of school. A concert ticket in 1973 cost around six or seven dollars, so I am amazed that each of the concert tours earned millions of dollars individually. I usually pay fifty or sixty dollars for one ticket today. I really enjoy this book. I am motivated to listen to all of the songs by The Who, Led Zeppelin and Alice Cooper now.
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