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Killing the Headliner!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I was wondering has anyone ever seen an up and coming band or act just blow away the established headliner? I know of 3:
    1) A then unknown Zapp went before Bootsy on the PFunk tour, and promptly blew him away. They were kicked off the tour the following week, however; he and George Clinton put together a headlining tour for them.

    2) Kool and the Gang ripped James Brown :eek: a new one once in '71 or '72. They never played with him again.

    3) Prince once ended a tour early, because The Time, in his words, "was consistantly kicking my ass night in and night out." He killed the tour, and put together a better band.
  2. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    I love how during the Pyromania days Def Leppard was opening for Billy Squire. People left after Def Leppard's set.
  3. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    Don't you love it even better when your band beats the headliner? LOVE IT!
  4. I was at an Athlete gig with Snow Patrol supporting before they became "big" in England and Snow Patrol were definately better on that night, although Athlete were still outstanding.
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Oh yeah! We've done it about 4 times. I'm talking national acts! Rumor has it that we were the reason the American Hi Fi dropped off of the tour.
  6. Hendrix opening for the Monkees.
    King Crimson opening for the Stones.
  7. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    In Jackson, Miss., in the '70's, I saw Graham Central Station open for Earth, Wind and Fire. It was amusing. EWF had to go to the Phillip Bailey Ballads and appeal to th Ladies, 'cause Graham ripped that stadium a new one!
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I once saw Faith No More rip Billy Idol a new one.
  9. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    Peter Frampton just kicked Journey's ass here once.

    Last year, I took my wife to see Alicia and Beyonce - I hung out with the guys from Alicia's band the night before, so i'm biased...but I thought Alicia's band just killed Beyonce's band, BUT Beyonce's music seems more popish compared to Alicia's - Kern's doing a great job right now with Destiny's Child as well....



    BTW, Chuck', a band in town opened up for us a couple of months ago - one of the guys was wearing an El Pus shirt - I wanted to track him down, but had to go on. :(
  10. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I saw Santana open for the Stones in 81. I love the Stones, but Santana completely outplayed them.
  11. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    There's that story about Grand Funk Railroad blowing Zeppelin off the stage during one of the summer tours of '69.
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yes! I saw U2 , in Brighton , when they had only released one album and single. They were supported by a local Brighton band called "Midnight & the Lemon Boys" who were quite established with a large local fan base.

    So the support band sounded great - got huge applause and encores.

    U2 sounded horrible had few songs to play and were met with murmurs - Bono - clever guy - brought the support band back for an encore onstage with U2 and woke the crowd up! :)
  13. I know of a Boston-area band called Angry Salad that was on tour with live (iirc) and they were booted off the tour for getting better response...

  14. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    Back in the 80's I saw Saga open for Pat Benetar in New Orleans, and half the crowd walked out because her band was so sloppy...of course, Saga was a pretty tight band...I doubt many would want to have followed them back then.

    Also, Allan Holdsworth and Ronnie Montrose toured together in '88, and Holdsworth opened for Montrose...which I thought was hysterically funny...could you imagine having to go on after that? I talked to Jimmy Johnson and one of Allan's road crew after the show (and YES, I left after Allan, because Montrose was awful...), they said the reason they went on first was so Allan could get out of the building before Montrose played...

  15. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    I saw Van Halen open for Sabbath on the Never Say Die tour. VH ruled, and I'm a huge Sabbath fan.
  16. John Cafferty puked in the back of my dad's car once.

    Hey Woodchuck, a kid I know was wearing a El Pus shirt today!
  17. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    The original Mahavishnu Orchestra destroyed plenty of the bands they opened for. The show I saw had T-Rex as the headliner...go figure. I read an interview with someone from The New Riders of the Purple Sage talking about having to follow MO, it's a great read.

    Miles Davis soemtimes used to insist on playing first although he was the headliner. Sloppy seconds, anyone? :cool:
  18. LOL :p
  19. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I believe the young Metallica once destroyed Venom..
  20. mike sancho

    mike sancho SANCH

    Feb 10, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    I saw Humble Pie when Frampton was in the band absolutely destroy Grand Funk at Shea Stadium a veery long time ago.