For a restaurant job it was OK but both me & my brother Roy worked there and part of the perks was some of the bartenders there would let us get drunk on nickel beers (if ordered from the restaurant) while the bar was open and if we had to breakdown a banquet room that had a portable beer keg we would pump off a gallon or 2 to enjoy after work!
At the time I was driving my 2nd car I owned a 1964 Chevy Malibu SS that I would have to start by kick starting by dropping the Powerglide transmission in low once it built up a little speed. It was a bondo buggy but I still loved it!
One of my co-workers who was a cook named Randy & his g/f (I can't remember her name but we will go with "Suzy" to stay with the theme of the blog) and their friend & co-worker nicknamed Fergie (her last name was Ferguson) had decided that since my 18th birthday was coming up they decided that they would celebrate it with me. Little did I know I was going but it would end up at The Knoxville Civic Coliseum four days later I would be taken for a ride in the back seat of Randy's Capri (with the side window busted out)
and taken downtown to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.......
to see THE AMAZING BLUE ÖYSTER CULT along with ANGEL & SAMMY HAGAR!
Of course it is said that if you can remember the '70's then you wasn't there holds true for most of the evening as I do know I was drinking & smoking that "Evil Weed" (and might have even had some Vitamin A on the side!) but I do remember that Sammy Hagar did have an leg injury that did not stop him from performing (I think that the local promoters had him billed as Montrose but I could be wrong)...... that Angel was all dressed it white and had the pretty hair that Frank Zappa would make famous with his song "Punky's Whips" and they was promoted by Casablanca Records as being the positive image in contrast to the negative image of KISS was portraying.
I do remember being on the floor for Blue Öyster Cult pretty well much under the big mirror ball hanging in the center of the arena. (of course it was general admission & smoke filled!)
And then the lights went down and through the pa came the following words.....
"HELLO KNOXVILLE! FROM NEW YORK CITY THE AMAZING BLUE ÖYSTER CULT!"
The Stoned Age
So now as I prepare to do a couple of Blue Öyster Cult shows in Nashville & Columbus we both have something in common.....
"ON THE ROAD FOREVER!"