LIVE AID: Great Moments In Philly Concert History


This is an open call for your two cents. 215 Magazine has asked us to pen a piece about the most notable moments in the last 50 years of Philly concert history — both the best of the best and the worst of the worst — and we’d like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Drop us a line at and let us know the 10 best (and/or worst) concerts you have attended in the 215, all genres apply and no venue is too big or too small. Please include a phone number as we may want to get a quote or two and some pertinent details. Rock on!

RELATED: Although various issues of the album date the recordings, at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia (actually Upper Darby), from 11-12 July or 12-15 July, 1974, a more recent estimate suggests they took place over 8-12 July. Capturing the music on tape was itself problematic; most of the backing vocals, as well as the saxophone, needed to bowie_800_1.jpgbe overdubbed in the studio later (a fact noted on the original album sleeve as well as the reissue) due to the fact that the performers were often off-mike. Perhaps more saliently, the Tower Theater concerts gave rise to a backstage revolt by Bowie’s touring band. Having been informed on short notice that the concerts would be professionally recorded for official release, and that Bowie’s management intended to pay them only the standard union fee required for a live recording (a mere $70), the band confronted Bowie an hour before the first show and refused to take the stage unless they received a more reasonable $5,000 fee per member. Though Bowie acceded to their demands, several members of the band (including Mike Garson and Herbie Flowers) have since remarked that the tension of this confrontation was audible in the stilted performances found on the live album. MORE

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