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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - The Blasters (1982) and Toots and the Maytals (1978)
May 30, 2022 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - The Blasters (1982) and Toots and the Maytals (1978)
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

When I think of the many shows rock impresario Bill Graham put together at the fabled Fillmore's, I always wondered what was going through his mind when he put a few of these together. Miles Davis opening for the Grateful Dead. Bo Diddley and Jefferson Airplane.
Tonight it's a dream show of mine: The Blasters and Toots and the Maytals.

Hot damn, I would have loved to have been to both of these shows. I actually have a very strong memory of seeing The Blasters on local cable access TV when I was living in El Toro, CA in between early 1981 and late 1982. I was between the ages of 10 - 12, and I can assure you it made a huge impact on my life, seeing those rockabilly studs on the stage. Dave Alvin looked like he was fucking the audience every time he slid that Tele between his open legs. And that HAIR!

Tonight I have such an amazing set from them I should be arrested. Check out The Blasters, March 27, 1982, live in their own backyard at The Roxy in Hollywood. I'm not 100% certain of the lineage but I do know it's a soundboard source. Get ready boogie.

Our headliner tonight is the one and only Toots and the Maytals, captured live at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, February 7, 1978. This was one hell of a tour. I have a few shows from it, and each is as good as the previous.
The thing I love about Toots is his ability to work the room. Seeing him live performing 54-46 Was My Number must have been pure magic. I know you're going to dig this.

Lineage: Low gen. soundboard reel

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