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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - NYE with Blues Brothers (1978) & Hendrix/Band of Gypsies (1969)
January 3, 2022 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - NYE with Blues Brothers (1978) & Hendrix/Band of Gypsies (1969)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

Another year has come and gone. And what have we to show for it? A few new masks, a few new variants? Some new "variants". How did you spend this past year? What are you looking forward to in the next year? The midterm elections? Woo hoo! ugh.
Let's step back to two classic New Years Eve shows that deserve your ears.

Starting off is an excellent, albeit too short lived blues band: The Blues Brothers, featuring "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues, aka: John Belushi and Dan Ackroid of the Not Read For Primetime Players, from the original cast of Saturday Night Live. I have serious history with this band. My dad bought their debut LP, "Briefcase Full of Blues" when it came out in 1978, and I quickly absconded with it. It is one of the few records that I have literally played to its demise. I replaced it a few years back, but lovingly kept the original. I should frame that in 2022.

It was the Blues Brothers that started my on my love affair with cover tunes, and digging for the originals. This show is from December 31, 1978 at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, opening for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland. It was a legendary night all around. This recording is an excellent Betty Board, recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. It is so much fun. Research this band to get to know more about how they came to be.

Lineage: Master SBD Reel > Beta tape > Beta VCR > PCM

The headliner tonight is the one and only Jimi Hendrix with the Band of Gypsies, recorded live December 31, 1969 at the fabled Fillmore East, in New York City. This is the second set from that night, and you can now find this officially released, and you should go grab it. It consists of four sets spread across two nights: December 31st, and January 1st, featuring Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Billy Cox on bass, Buddy Miles on drums and vocals. This is going to take you somewhere you prefer to be.
Lineage: Soundboard

Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.


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