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August 29, 2021

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hollyroller@gmail.com

Unless I come to this venue to see a band that I like, nothing is worse than attempting to eat dinner, converse with your company, and try not to complain-to anyone. Lasky got out of there just in "time."

Joe

Here is a trip down memory lane for those who like live music. The Circle Star was a fun venue with an oddball collection of artists as this podcast notes:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/podcasts/article/Listen-A-final-trip-back-to-the-Circle-Star-16399603.php

Paloma Ave

At Circle Star, in 1974, the opening act was Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. Next up was Tommy James and the Shondells. The featured act was Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Oh what a night!

MBGA

Opening: Tom Waits
Main: Frank Zappa

Joe

I'm not sure how many times Zappa played the Circle Star, but I saw him there on his birthday. I remember a dozen guys had bought seats in a row and at one point they all stood up and took off their shirts. They had painted "Happy Bday FZ" on their chests. Frank had been in a bad mood complaining about how bad the electrical ground was on stage (imagine that, a rotating stage with weak ground!). When he saw the chests, he smiled, said "all right, thank you" and things got better. That would have been '82, '83 or maybe '84.

MBGA

Looking it up it appears that he played there in '74 and '84. I saw him there in '74, and noticing the dates for those shows it could have been on my birthday. Things are a bit vague at this point.

Paloma Ave

Does anyone remember a music venue in the 1960's, here in Burlingame, called the "Y"?

If so, where was it located?

Thanks.

Bruce should know.

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