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Pix from front row LA 1975
Posted by: vibrolux ()
Date: August 12, 2020 21:22

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:

[stonesjuly1975laforum.shutterfly.com]#

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.

Enjoy!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020-08-13 23:38 by bv.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: GasLightStreet ()
Date: August 12, 2020 21:33

LOL those are awesome. Wow they were ridiculous!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: August 12, 2020 21:43

great stuff vibrolux ... thanks for sharing ...



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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: cyclist ()
Date: August 12, 2020 21:58

Astonishing! Thanks for sharing these.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: August 12, 2020 21:58

Really great pictures vibrolux thanks for posting

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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Date: August 12, 2020 22:04

Awesome pics! thumbs up

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:15

Terrific, thanks!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: schwonek ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:20

Awesome! Even with Bobby Keys! Magic pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: dmay ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:34

Thanks. Nice photos. Isn't this the tour where Mick rode the giant penis and/or swung out over the crowd? It was at the long gone Cap Centre in Largo, Maryland, we saw the show that featured one or both of these events and I believe it was 1975.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: steffialicia ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:36

Omg just fabulous!!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: padre69 ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:39

Wow! Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: vibrolux ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:40

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dmay
Thanks. Nice photos. Isn't this the tour where Mick rode the giant penis and/or swung out over the crowd? It was at the long gone Cap Centre in Largo, Maryland, we saw the show that featured one or both of these events and I believe it was 1975.

Yes, but not in L.A. I guess they couldn't do that, so they switched it out to a giant inflatable finger for the L.A. run.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: August 12, 2020 22:59

Amazing!!

I was there at the Forum for three shows...you captured some of the excitement and brought back a lot of memories.

Thank you!


Love the "then and now" section. Really outstanding work.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: peoplewitheyes ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:02

Oh how they looked so cool!

Thank you for sharing - Amazing!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: ChrisL ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:03

Awesome! Thanks for sharing those. Feel free to post some more!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:12



Great shot .......



ROCKMAN

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: Hairball ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:32

Wow, they're all incredible. thumbs up

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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: NICOS ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:35

I love this one.........................(picture by Mark Seidman)



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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: MisterDDDD ()
Date: August 12, 2020 23:50

Great shots!!

The Keith and Bobby shot is awesome!
Nicely done.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: GJV ()
Date: August 13, 2020 00:04

Wow! Thank you for showing these beautifull pictures. Realy a marvelous job!

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: DaveG ()
Date: August 13, 2020 00:22

Brilliant pics, and a great story! I spent the night in line at the Forum for the November, 1969 show but sure didn’t get front row.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: vibrolux ()
Date: August 13, 2020 00:32

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DaveG
Brilliant pics, and a great story! I spent the night in line at the Forum for the November, 1969 show but sure didn’t get front row.

Hi Dave, I was also there in 1969. I was 15. We went to the late show. (Yeah, two shows in one night in those days. Wow.) As you may recall, both shows ran very late.

There wasn't much in the way of security back then. Our seats were in the Collonade (aka, the upper bowl). When the show started, we left our seats and headed for the floor. No one stopped us. I spent the show right in front of Keith's side. No camera for that one. Damn.

The guy who drove me and my friends had to leave. We stayed. Some nice stranger drove me and my friend to West L.A. I got home at 5:30AM. My parents were pissed!!! But that's how it all started for me.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: August 13, 2020 00:58

Great story and shots, some unique !
I don't recall to have seen any pictures of ladies on stage during HTW for the whole tour 1975 thumbs up

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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: CaptainCorella ()
Date: August 13, 2020 01:00

The band must have sounded really strange without their Bass player. How did they manage?

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Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: crawdaddy ()
Date: August 13, 2020 01:02

Really great stuff there vibrolux. smileys with beer

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: vibrolux ()
Date: August 13, 2020 01:06

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CaptainCorella
The band must have sounded really strange without their Bass player. How did they manage?

I guess someone's got to be a wise guy. Could have been me if it wasn't my post.

I've got about 10 of Wyman, but as you may recall, he was pretty much a statue onstage, so the pix with him didn't make the top 20. Although his outfits were pretty funny back then.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: vibrolux ()
Date: August 13, 2020 01:10

Quote
Honestman
Great story and shots, some unique !
I don't recall to have seen any pictures of ladies on stage during HTW for the whole tour 1975 thumbs up

I'm 99% sure that was Sympathy. I remember they had a procession of dancers and percussion players. You can see Charlie grinning at one of the percussion guys going by in the picture.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: August 13, 2020 01:57

Great stuff, vibrolux. Love the b & w. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: exilestones ()
Date: August 13, 2020 02:06

thumbs up

Re: Just found 200 pix from front row LA 1975 - Here are the best 25
Posted by: cmc ()
Date: August 13, 2020 02:10

Phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!

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