Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
In 1975, if you wanted great seats for a show in L.A. you camped out for a few days at the Forum. So when the 1975 tour was announced we were ready. We loaded our cars and got there a few days ahead of the on sale date. Back in the Stone age (pun fully intended), they actually sold the best seats at the ticket windows. Top price was $12.50. All you had to do was be crazy enough to spend a few days and nights at the Forum.
When the big morning came, we were first in line at three ticket windows. And we snagged front row seats for three shows. I'm 95% sure it was opening night, the middle night (L.A. Friday Night!) and closing night. They played five nights in a row back then. Maybe they took drugs.
I was a little confused with one of my sets of tickets. The two seats were in different sections. When I asked why, I was told that these were front row, dead center. Holy shit!
I was determined to sneak my camera in for these shows. Somehow I got my Honeywell Pentax H1a with a big clunky Vivitar 85-205 zoom lens in the building all three nights. Thankfully, they never confiscated my film. Five years ago, I found a few of the slides, made rough digital copies and I posted a couple of them here.
A few days ago, I stumbled upon the mother lode! I found my pix from second row 1972 and all my pix from 1975. (Plus Led Zep, The Who, and others) And with good image transfer equipment, I was able to convert decent quality digital images from my original Ektachrome slides.
Of course, many of the pix were bad for various reasons, but I did get some really good shots. When you check them out, I think you'll agree.
I also did six "then and now" pix with comparisons to some similar pix I took from the pit at the Glendale show last year.
Rather than making this a huge long post, you can see them at this gallery here:
When you go there, click the link for slideshow to see larger images. I suggest that you also click the link for Options, then select the slowest speed, so you can go through them at your own pace.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020-08-13 23:38 by bv.