December 21, 2014 – 5:16 am

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Devore, CA 1982 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the US Festival, Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA; September 4, 1982. Fairly to very good audience recording.

According to Americana: The Kinks, The Road And The Perfect Riff, by Ray Davies:

The apogee of the Kinks’ resurgence was at the US Festival in San Bernardino in 1982. Davies was between albums and was uninterested in performing at the gig. He and Bill Graham settled the matter with a verbal promise that the band would go on at dusk and be the first band of the day to use lights. When Graham tried to shift their start time earlier, Davies clung to the promise. The consequent delay whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and the band performed with aplomb. Graham was fuming, but later offered to promote the band any time they came back to the west coast.

Thanks to flashback17 for sharing the show at Dime.

flashback17 noted:

This show is a must have! The energy is off the scales!

Davies: “I’m on a low budget. What did you say?” (He points the microphone at the crowd.)
Crowd: “LOW BUDGET !!”
Davies: (visibly impressed if not a little frightened) “You don’t have to shout.”

I was lucky to have worked two weeks at the 1st US Festival in 1982, although I wasn’t backstage at the time The Kinks were going on, the story was… Ray Davies was with Chrissie Hynde in his dressing room trailer and would not come out or talk to the stage director, until just before they went on, about 25 minutes late. Bill Graham went through the roof and was threatening to drop them from the lineup (obviously BS). They did go on, but Bill Graham tried to throw them off stage when their assigned time was used up. You can hear that didn’t go very well, they stopped the song, and then spent the rest of the set taunting Bill Graham… Bill Graham comes out to call for an encore, his voice rough from yelling backstage.

Chrissie and Ray’s daughter, Natalie Ray Hynde, was born four months later, January 1983.
The Pretenders played the 1983 US Festival on May 30, 1983.

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Mics: Sennheiser 2002 Binaural headset
Deck: Sony TCD5M Pro Cassette
Source: 1st Gen Cassette
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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 102. Around the Dial 5:05 (8.5MB)
Track 103. The Hard Way 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 104. Where Have All the Good Times Gone 2:34 (4.3MB)
Track 105. Catch Me Now I’m Falling 3:23 (7.6MB)
Track 106. The Destroyer 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 107. Yo-Yo 6:35 (11.1MB)
Track 108. Lola 8:00 (13.4MB)
Track 109. Entertainment 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 110. Low Budget 5:05 (8.6MB)
Track 111. Back to Front 4:53 (8.2MB)
50 mins

Disc 2:
Track 201. Art Lover 4:53 (8.2MB)
Track 202. Celluloid Heroes 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 203. Come On Now 2:45 (4.6MB)
Track 204. A Gallon of Gas 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 205. Till the End of the Day 2:35 (4.3MB)
Track 206. Bernadette 2:14 (3.7MB)
Track 207. All Day and All of the Night 6:10 (10.4MB)
Track 208. Pressure 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 209. You Really Got Me 3:32 (5.9MB)
36 mins

Ray Davies - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Dave Davies - guitar, backing vocals
Ian Gibbons - keyboards, backing vocals
Jim Rodford - bass, backing vocals
Mick Avory - drums

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  1. 20 Responses to “THE KINKS - US FESTIVAL, DEVORE 1982”

  2. I attended this show and remember it as a monumental day. During the height of the afternoon the temperature peaked at 113 degrees! The Goodyear blimp was cruising around and every now and then, seemingly magically, there would be shade and it seemed to drop the temp by 10 or 20 degrees…then the blimp moved on and the temp spiked back toward insanity! There was a beer gardens at the top of one of the hills (to the left as you enter and up the hill) and there was a mighty business going on there. There were also all sorts of illegal goodies being passed around…the smoky variety and god knows what else. The Kinks were then, and remain today one of my all-time favorite bands and that day they did NOT disappoint! I believe I even recall when he called out Low Budget and the audience responded so loudly that it must have blown Ray’s hair back! The Kinks were simply great and the only band that day/night that could reach them was the Pat Benatar band…they kicked serious ass! However, by that time, all I could do was lay flat on the grass and watch the stars (although the smog probably made that a false claim!) I vividly remember Pat and band, but only the music cause I was down for the count. One other fond memory was earlier in the day, between acts, walking around. As we walked lo and behold a young woman walked toward us, sans clothing…completely nude. She walked by like she was in Central Park…totally casual and feeling no shame. And that was appropriate because had NOTHING to be ashamed about. She was beautiful…and so it went at the first US Festival.

    By Matt Gibbons on Dec 21, 2014

  3. Was there also. Remember more of the activities before and after then when the Kinks came on… I do believe me and my buddy saw that same exact same young woman. Hadn’t seen such things at shows back East before, nope.

    The first day of Us Festival people weren’t allowed to bring in their sleeping bags. What to do? We ended up stashing them in the woods outside the front gate. Of course, we never saw them again–they changed the rule the next day but that didn’t help us at all.

    By Formosa Coweater on Dec 21, 2014

  4. Now THIS is Brit-pop that the guys were mentioning earlier as saving Rock’n'Roll after the plethora of Bobbies! (Vee etc) personally I always favo(u)red American music (especially that of colour) but hey maybe that’s what we do. Grass is always greener etc etc and the exotic is always more exciting . . . Ray and Dave Davies were always something of an institution though. Ray a borderline genius at writing the British pop song Waterloo Sunset, Days, Dedicated Follower ect none of which are here instead you have his rockers You Really Got Me, All Day etc but Lola? I’ll pass on that but we all need a silly pop ‘hit’ I guess.
    THanks Big O!

    By swappers on Dec 21, 2014

  5. i snapped a photo of chrissie and natalie in her arms outside a new york hotel called the berkshire on 52nd st near madison ave a few months after she was born i guess it was. perhaps it was a full year. i dont recall the exact date but there was another ‘collector’ there on the east side of the doorway named judy who took a pic with a sureshot very quickly and as chrissie turned away not wanting the pic i presume to be taken i was on the west side of the doorway waiting for her to come out. i dont know if judy expected the daughter to be in tow or not.. i certainly didnt and had no idea there even was a child or whose it was or anything about that. i was only interested in a pic of chrissie since i was a pretenders fan and i took pics. in any event i snapped a pic and just before i did chrissie yelled at judy as she turned towards me.. dont take pics of my baby!! i was shocked and surprised at this reaction and said wow.. who knew. and left. as i did. a slew of her people ran out of the hotel and attacked me and assaulted me trying to get my camera and break it etc. they musta known what i had thinking i was going to sell it or something. i had no intention of this since i had no idea what i had. upon realizing this i went to associated press and as it turned out they couldnt give a shit either. they said its not mick jaggers kid or something of that importance so they didnt care but they developed the film and said good shot anyway tho.
    a bunch of yrs later.. maybe 4-6 or so maybe 7 even. i dont recall for sure.. i was at nbc studios for whoever was showing up that day probably for rehearsals for snl or letterman or conan if he was there yet.. i dont recall.. but jim kerr of the simple minds was there.. and while i didnt remember him as being one of the attackers outside the hotel years earlier he evidently remembered me. and he said to me.. youre the one who took that pic of natalie. i didnt even know her name til that day in fact. that was the day i learned it. from him!!! i actually had no clue what he was talking about. i finally put 2 and 2 together. but not til hours later when i got home. it isnt even his kid. but i guess its kinda his step kid.
    30 yrs later i saw natalie was in rolling stone magazine as having gotten into some sort of trouble with drugs. guess that was last year. i may have linked that article on a page here when this site had a pretenders posting. that was my biggest story related to jim kerr/chrissie hynde haha.

    By darth on Dec 22, 2014

  6. Gee, darth, that sounds like a neat pic. Perhaps you could share it with us…

    By Willis on Dec 22, 2014

  7. learn to pay attn when i talk. er type. we’ve gone over this. i know.. now u can say oh yeah i forgot.

    By darth on Dec 22, 2014

  8. “i went to associated press and as it turned out they couldnt give a shit either.”

    i feel the same way.

    By barth on Dec 22, 2014

  9. attacked me and assaulted me

    what did judge judy say?

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 22, 2014

  10. no one cares glen…!

    I concur with Barth & ap…

    no one gives a shit about your stories or your pics…

    By Jerry's Finger on Dec 22, 2014

  11. you are so full of it darth please stop annoying everyone with your rock and roll fairy tales.
    And, assaulted??? you`d be suing so fast for money it wouldn`t be funny.

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 22, 2014

  12. i was 23 or 24 and very scared and didnt know what to do or who to call and i had no witnesses or any serious bodily injury to prove to the police. i was very shaken up. they got nothing from me. not the camera or film of course.
    as for any of u giving a shit.. it doesnt matter.. i didnt offer u the pic in order to get it published. in the business of celeb photography u take the pics first and worry about the value later. altho i didnt take it for that purpose.
    the only reason i mentioned this was a mention of natalie’s name way up top.

    By darth on Dec 22, 2014

  13. the only believable part is him being rejected by the associated press…

    recognized 4-7 years later by one of the possible attackers…
    probably because he was still wearing the very same pizza sauce stained yoda t-shirt…

    By barth on Dec 22, 2014

  14. “i had no witnesses”

    yes u did-

    “there was another ‘collector’ there on the east side of the doorway named judy who took a pic with a sureshot”

    By barth on Dec 22, 2014

  15. she was gone by the time this happened. soon as she took her shot she turned towards madison and ran off. then chrissie turned towards me and i snapped my shot and chrissie then turned back into the hotel and i turned towards 5th ave and walked slowly west. half way up the block near the japanese place that is on that block but just before it there is some sort of short alley way with a garage parking space is where the attack began. maybe 60 or 70 feet before the avenue. this is over 30 yrs ago by now anyway. but i didnt think to look for witnesses im sure. if i did i didnt see anyone around. besides judy was a very psychotic woman who would have never gotten involved. she wore winter clothing in the summer and was always completely covered up with nearly nothing showing. cept fingers and the smallest amount of face like her chin and cheeks. even if i had to i would never have depended on her. she was a lunatic. in the 80s and early 90s she was always around collecting autographs and taking photos but she rarely talked to anyone.

    By darth on Dec 22, 2014

  16. u must be referring to the alley and parking garage that dont exist today when i use google maps and walk up and down 52nd street between 5th avenue and madison where the omni berkshire place is located…

    but of course they were there 30 years ago when u were attacked in mid town manhattan in broad daylight and there was no one around only a short walk to radio city rockefeller center moma st. patricks cathedral park avenue

    and judy is the psychotic one…

    By barth on Dec 22, 2014

  17. just after the bar that is part of the hotel theres a small garage loading zone then after that theres japanese business maybe art house of some sort. after that i dont recall what is there.
    the street isnt a very busy street other than the hotel and it was never a very busy hotel. i dont know how it appears now but the loading garage area is just 20-25 feet long if that.. and before the japanese business which is not much more than a doorway and window off to the side. its red along the inside of the doorway which was set in slightly. in the early 80s i took a pic of ray manzarek standing in that doorway.

    By darth on Dec 22, 2014

  18. you sure retain a lot of info for a witness and i`ll bet most of it is in your mind.You label a woman a psychotic lunatic because she wears more clothing and doesn`t talk much , none of this would stand up in a court darth .you seem to have a story for everything and the key word is story.

    By dropkick sarge on Dec 22, 2014

  19. darth do you want me to tell you how to get backstage for photos?

    By blues allah on Dec 22, 2014

  20. These posts were really promising with the recollections from Matt and Formosa, and the comments from swappers as well. Then somebody dropped a deuce in the punchbowl and downhill it all went.

    Anybody want to comment on the music? The Kinks are Kriminally underrated in my opinion. I know the 80’s material is hit or miss, but judging by the couple of tracks I’ve gotten to listen to so far, this is a pretty good show.

    Having said all that, thanks Big O. Thanks for providing the music, and for putting up with everything else.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 22, 2014

  21. I was at the show, they came on just as the sun was getting ready to set and the music bounced off of the hill behind us. I wish there was video available for this. It was awesome .

    By Russ Cobleigh on Apr 3, 2016

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