Willie Nelson's concerts on June 29th and 30th in 1974 at The Texas Opry House were Willie and his band at their finest. Showcasing the full range of material from classics written a decade before like Crazy, to his then-current hits like Whiskey River, the concerts represent Willie his giving the "high-sign" to Nashville and embracing his new musical home in Austin.
In December 1974, Rush recorded their second album Fly by Night with their new drummer, Neil Peart. With the addition of The Professor, "suddenly, it was a very different band" said Geddy Lee. "Once we had Neil with us, so much changed in the way we wrote music and the way we presented it. And from that point on, it felt like we could do anything..." Alex Lifeson agreed, "in many ways, the second album felt like a new start for the band."
MÖTLEY CRÜE's short-lived tour opening for KISS in early 1983 was the band's first real opportunity to play on big stages on the West Coast. KISS was undoubtedly a tough act to open for, as they had already reached the heights as one of the world's biggest bands and arguably the most spectacular concert attraction to date in rock history. But MÖTLEY CRÜE didn't see it that way, as bassist Nikki Sixx explained. "I guess you could kind of look at it as a young band that was so hungry and so in its zone and we had yet to...