I saw so many great shows at the Syria Mosque that it is hard to remember I also saw a lot of great shows at The Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Jethro Tull, The Who, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Traffic just to name a few. This was the first time I saw the Grateful Dead.
On September 23 1973 I saw the Grateful Dead perform for the first time. They played at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. You can hear the concert here if you attended the show or are just interested.
They were for a long time one of my favorite bands and I have seen them play a number of times in a variety of venues. This first show was special though not only because of the band but because of the venue.
It was 1973 and I only had one lens for my new Nikon F3 camera. We were sitting in the stands at a rock festival at the University of Pittsburgh stadium when I noticed Dino Valenti from Quicksilver Messenger Service sitting in the stands right behind me. They were scheduled to go on later in the day and were watching and listening to Billy Preston as we were. I turned and snapped this picture which was the first photojournalistic image I ever took. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
Ian Anderson is currently touring again. He is without a doubt the best rock and roll flutist ever and a great songwriter and singer. I am sure his new show is wonderful and worth seeing but don’t think it can match Jethro Tull playing “As Thick as A Brick” in 1973. This shot was taken at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. You can purchase a print of this image at my commercial site by clicking here.
I don’t have many images that have survived from back in the day. This was taken at a Grateful Dead concert in 1973 at the Pittsburgh Civiv Arena. It’s not for sale because the quality isn’t good enough. However I thought that some of you would want to see it anyhow.
Grateful Dead at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena in 1973
Sal Marquez played horns and sang vocals on a couple of Frank Zappa albums in the 1970’s and has had a successful career as a solo artist. He sang the vocals on “Dirty Love” and toured with Zappa in 1973. This shot was taken at a show in the Syria Masque in Pittsburgh in 1973. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial gallery by clicking here.
Don van Vilet grew up with Frank Zappa in southern California. He was an amazing vocal talent and for decades known best as Captain Beefheart. He was also a consummate painter and artist. This wasn’t something he started later in life, he began painting in high school and exhibiting as early as the 1960’s. This photograph was taken during a concert in Pittsburgh’s Syria Masque in 1973. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.