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I saw the band at Blossom Music Center, Akron Ohio In July of '69. They were late getting to the center I'm sure because of it's isolation. Many people left, unfortunates all of them. I was sure glad I stayed!!!!!! They were incredible to say the least. My friend and I pronounced them the greatest rock musicians in the world. I have not seen a comparable performance and I've seen many of the greatest(hendrix, zeppelin, etc.) None of them could match the skill and ferocity they displayed. I still think about that night no shit, and I'm relly grateful for this websight. Thanks Fudge for providing the sountrack to my adolescence.


**I saw the band at Blossom Music Center, Akron Ohio In July of '69.**

Hi Gary,

Let me join Bill in welcoming you to the forum. I have met few people who would contradict your statement about a live Vanilla Fudge performance. Some bands might come somewhat close to equalling the energy, but none could even think about equalling the energy plus the emotion and dynamics!

Am I correct in saying that after seeing a live Fudge performance, your energy level was twice as high listening to the albums after that? It was never the same again for me(thankfully)! You could relive those concerts again and again. No live performances by any band are more vivid in my memory; even thirty years later. I am not here to patronize Vanilla Fudge, so I'll say the only live show that I remember that comes close, and I've seen a lot, was James Brown. Lot's of bands are exciting, vibrant, oh, the list of adjectives could go on and on. The one I like to use, as simple as it sounds, is moving. I enjoy music that hits me hard, right in the emotions. Actually, I am quite surprised that Vanilla Fudge never covered James Brown. Many of his songs had the Vanilla Fudge formula of "hurtin'" lyrics.

Thanks for your story and let's hear some more!

Pete


Hi Gary,

Great story and welcome!

July '69 was also the same month the Fudge participated in the Seattle Pops Festival with Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Ten Years After etc. It was a time when the Fudge had begun to forge a much harder rock sound. In September, their last LP, "Rock & Roll" would be recorded. It must have been an incredible concert you attended! Can you remember who opened for the Fudge when you saw them at the Blossom Music Center, in Akron? Best Regards, Bill


Tom,

True! The Fudge were a band that had to be experienced live. I think one of the main reasons a live performance was never disappointing is that they did not use a lot of overdubbing techniques in the studio. Their albums were recorded with their four instruments and four vocals. They could easily reproduce live what they did in the studio, plus the benefit of sharing the greater emotion of the live show. Once you had attended a Fudge concert, you could relive that live show again and again just by closing your eyes and listening to the albums again!

Pete


Hi Pete!

I think one of the main reasons a live performance was never disappointing is that they did not use a lot of overdubbing techniques in the studio. Their albums were recorded with their four instruments and four vocals. They could easily reproduce live what they did in the studio, plus the benefit of sharing the greater emotion of the live show. Once you had attended a Fudge concert, you could relive that live show again and again just by closing your eyes and listening to the albums again! <>Bingo! On the Radio Interview with Tim Bogert & Mark Stein they demurely observed ( in their usual style) that "You Keep Me Hangin' On", which has been playing for nearly thirty years, was recorded in one take!!!! Peace, Bill


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