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Debbie KL

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My first BBs concert was in Kansas City on July 12, 1964 at Municipal Auditorium.  My first "live" view of a real BB was when we were all lined up in the enormous hallway, waiting to be let in and saw on of the doors open a bit. Out popped the heads of Brian and Mike surveying the crowd with huge grins on their faces.  Of course, a scream went up when the fans noticed.  

A few minutes later, we heard more screaming and saw Dennis running down the stairs to the parking garage level trailed by screaming teen fans in hot pursuit. It became even more surreal when we heard the screams approaching, maybe 3 minutes later and saw Dennis running down the hallway at the bottom of the stairs with the girls still in hot pursuit.  Frankly, it was really funny and I think Dennis must have viewed it as sport since he pretty much put himself in that position.

This makes me think of Brian's "I Guess You Had to Be There" discussion with Kacey Musgraves.  It's pretty hard to imagine in our current times what a rush it must have been with these guys who were ages 18-23 experiencing that kind of attention.

The show was spectacular, of course.  People seem to forget that while Brian wasn't the emcee, he was very actively bantering with Mike during those years. He was handsome as hell, sang like that and had this sweet likability onstage.  He was equally popular with the fans to Denny.  Denny was the sex symbol, Brian was the tall, dark handsome one.

Regarding the songs, they were doing all of their hits, and "I Get Around" I believe was in the midst of its 6-week place at #1 in the charts.  They were clearly on a high at that point.  They also did "Long Tall Texan," "Louie, Louie" - pretty much the set list you heard for the Concert album and the recently released McCormick Place (Arie Crowne Theater) Chicago recordings from March of 1965.  

I was lucky enough to go to those shows as well.  It was nice when you and your best BB fan friend both had dads working for TWA, so we could just hop a plane and fly to Chicago for the evening.  We were only 13, so her dad accompanied us in a limousine through his TWA connections in Chicago, so we got to park next to the band's limousine.  We had no idea how lucky we were.  That was after Brian retired from touring (I believe in Dec 64?), but he still performed at this amazing pair of gigs in Chicago.

In '64 in Kansas City, the BBs all stayed for awhile behind the stage with a little waist-high partition and autographed the tour programs.  I got Al's and Denny's autographs, but by the time I got near to Brian, they had finished signing.  In Chicago there was a cafeteria at McCormick Place and we were able to, once again, get Dennis's and Al's autographs as they were there eating before the show.  It was a different place and time, boys and girls.




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Really awesome to hear of this early stuff - especially when the first time I saw "them" was .. er .. this year.  [smile]

Loved the story about Denny, he must have just loved that.

And have to agree, Brian was the tall and handsome one.  I've always wondered why the girls loved Denny more.  I guess Brian was just a bit shy?



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Debbie KL

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Thanks, Bonnie...this year first seeing Brian isn't bad either.  You get to be young and gorgeous now for those events, so that's a real plus and shows that there are a lot of people at Brian's shows who aren't in my age group.

It really is hard to describe those old "screamie-teenie" days, but it was a sort of energy that must have really fired up the band.  I'm glad you're there to add some of that energy now.
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I forgot to mention one thing.  Since I was a teeny fan whose favorite was Brian, I noticed that he went back to the drums as Dennis sang "Wanderer."  I swear I saw it.  I don't know how "into it" he was, but he was playing.  Friends told me that when they asked him later, he said he didn't remember it at all.  I'm saying he played the drums in '64 when Dennis sang "Wanderer" - does anyone else remember this?
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Love hearing/reading this. You always see the clips of Dennis singing away while playing (Do You Wanna Dance) and I did not know that Brian was a drummer, but based upon his piano style and bass playing he has the rhythm built in. Nice share, Debbie.


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Debbie KL

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Love hearing/reading this. You always see the clips of Dennis singing away while playing (Do You Wanna Dance) and I did not know that Brian was a drummer, but based upon his piano style and bass playing he has the rhythm built in. Nice share, Debbie.


Al, Brian doesn't seem to remember being a drummer either, but I'd swear to it.  Possibly he was just playing around, but it worked - okay, I was a 12-13 year old female with a crush who pretty much watched him the whole time at the show, and he was playing!
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Crazy "teeny bopper" days...SO MUCH ENERGY!

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Debbie, I have to believe that he can play. Sometimes our memory gets fuzzy but more often than not, thinks are etched. I've never seen an image of Dennis from that time front and center though.

Go find the Zuma Beach article with image of Brian on drums (I tried to post it). Interesting article as well. - from 1967.

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Al, I'm guessing Brian just felt like it that night in Kansas City so many years ago, so I sort of understand why he wouldn't necessarily remember.  Of course, I think he told friends that he didn't remember how to play base live on their songs anymore, but after that many of us have seen him do it sometime over the past 10-12 years.  You have to catch Brian in the right moment, I'm thinking.
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Your memory of Brian playing the drums while Dennis sang is correct. Remember reading that in more than one place some time back. I'll see if I can find the specific reference(s).
Oh, to have seen them back then!

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