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Thursday, January 26, 2006 6:30-9:00pm (Winterland)

Let There Be Rock (Live) - AC/DC [Live]
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
In The Evening - Led Zeppelin
Darlene - Led Zeppelin
Night Flight - Led Zeppelin
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Live at Winterland 1968

Manic Depression
Sunshine Of Your Love
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Killing Floor
Tax Free
Foxey Lady
Hey Joe
Purple Haze
Wild Thing

Long Legs (Live) - Alvin Lee [Live in Vienna]
I May Be Wrong, But I Won't Be Wrong Always (Live) - Ten Years After Now
Bad Blood (Live) - Ten Years After Now
Island Jam - David Gilmour
Please Don't Judas Me - Nazareth
Let's Live For Today - The Grass Roots

Notes: The Winterland Ballroom was a fantastic venue for rock acts in San Francisco in the late 60's, and I believe it was set up by Bill Graham, of the Fillmore West, also in San Francisco. I had recently discovered and acquired a highly rated bootleg of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, recorded at Winterland in 1968. Considering the season, a live show from a venue called 'Winterland' seemed like the perfect way to open up the semester!

As for the show slot, I finally grabbed back that extra half hour. During the previous year, I remember grappling with myself about the question of whether to go for a two or a two and a half hour show. Ultimately, I decided that with a two hour show, you've got less time, but then that forces you to pick the cream of the crop, in terms of the songs you want to play on a given show, so the quality of the show naturally goes up, and there's less chance of filler. Also, it was hard enough to get a good time slot, and a lot of times there just wouldn't be room for that extra half hour because people tended to take 2-hour slots mostly. Well, this was my final semester, and during show picks, the opportunity presented itself, so I grabbed up that extra half hour, figuring that I'd have plenty of material to fill it with. And I was right.

Let There Be Rock seemed like a great first song to open the show, especially the wicked live version that I had. In fact, it wasn't entirely my idea to use that song to open up a radio program. There used to be a classic rock station in Pittsburgh, that I listened to religiously in my senior year of high school, but it has since changed formats and is now of absolutely no interest to me, unfortunately. The station went through a gradual period of change, and much to my dismay, they quite boldly lied to their listeners. At first, they announced that a change was coming, and the loyal listeners were worried that it would be a change for the worse. During the period of a few weeks preceding the expected date of change, some unusual programming was played on the station, some of which was very interesting, and some of which was very unsettling. When the date of the big change finally came, the station opened their new format with the song Let There Be Rock by AC/DC. I thought it was a great choice of a song, and not only that, but a great song itself, and one you don't hear very often. In fact, a caller whose call was played on the air said that he was an AC/DC fan and had never even heard that song, but liked it. Immediately, I had high hopes for the new format, but after that first song, it appeared that there was really no format change at all. There were some new DJ's and some new programming, but largely the station was the same as it ever was. The listeners were very relieved, but after a while longer, and with no warning, the real change came and the station totally forsook its roots and became a variety station which to this day I never have again listened to. Anyhow, I was inspired by that one moment when they played Let There Be Rock, so I kind of ripped off their idea and used it for my show. My show is much better than that station ever was anyway, so who cares.

David Gilmour had recently announced that he was working on a new solo album (On An Island), and had released the track 'Island Jam' (which does not ultimately appear on the album) on his website, so I played that on my show with an announcement of that project. As fate would have it, I'd end up seeing David Gilmour later that Spring on his limited tour in support of the new album.

I would also end up seeing Ten Years After (twice in one week, in fact) that Spring. To my utter surprise, I learned that Ten Years After had been booked in the US, and so I snatched up tickets right away. Apparently, they were touring again, though without their frontman Alvin Lee (they had an able replacement in Joe Gooch). In anticipation of that experience, I played some tracks from the new Ten Years After, as well as a great track from an Alvin Lee live album to round it out.