July 23, 2020 – 5:47 am

Our costs will always be there. So readers who can donate towards the cost of the site, please open a Skrill account. Readers who wish to contribute to BigO will now have to use Skrill (click  here). We are no longer able to use PayPal to receive donations. Register an account at Skrill. To make a payment, use this e-mail address as recipient’s e-mail address in Skrill: mail2[at] Looking forward to hearing from you.

+ + + + +

To reduce spamming, the BigO website is going through Cloudflare. What it does is scan your browser to ensure the visitor is not a spam. Do not be alarmed as this usually takes only a few seconds.  Email us if you still have difficulty accessing the BigO site; or playing or downloading the tracks. If you know a better way of reducing spam, do let us know.

+ + + + +

Click on the panels for a better view or to download jpg artwork.

Costa Mesa 1990 [Mike Millard Original Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 25. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; March 3, 1990. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Mike Millard; Rob, Jim R; Barry G; JEMS; BK; and mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

+ + + + +

Known Flaws: cut/tape change at the start of “Refugee”

Intro to the Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Series

Welcome to JEMS’ Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone series presenting recordings made by legendary taper Mike Millard, AKA Mike the MICrophone, best known for his masters of Led Zeppelin done in and around Los Angeles circa 1975-77.

Until this year, the Lost and Found series presented fresh transfers of previously unavailable first-generation copies made by Mike himself for friends like Stan Gutoski of JEMS, Jim R and Barry G. These sources were upgrades to circulating copies and in most instances marked the only time verified first generation Millard sources had been directly digitized in the torrent era.

That all changed with the discovery of many of Mike Millard’s original master tapes.

Yes, you read that correctly, Mike Millard’s master cassettes, long rumored to be destroyed or lost, have been found. Not all of them but many, and with them a much more complete picture has emerged of what Millard recorded between his first show in late 1973 and his last in early 1992.

The reason the rediscovery of his master tapes is such a revelation is that we’ve been told for decades they were gone. Internet myths suggest Millard destroyed his master tapes before taking his own life, an imprudent detail likely concocted based on the assumption that because his master tapes never surfaced and Mike’s mental state was troubled he would do something rash WITH HIS LIFE’S WORK. There’s also a version of the story where Mike’s family dumps the tapes after he dies. Why would they do that?

The truth is Mike’s masters remained in his bedroom for many years after his death in 1994. We know at least a few of Millard’s friends and acquaintances contacted his mother Lia inquiring about the tapes at the time to no avail. But in the early 2000s, longtime Millard friend Rob S was the one she knew and trusted enough to preserve Mike’s work.

+ + + + +

Here is Rob’s account of how Millard’s master tapes were saved:

After Mike left us, I visited his mom Lia occasionally, usually around the holidays. She’d talk about the grandkids and show me pictures. She had no one to help out around the house so I did some minor improvements like fixing a kitchen shelf that collapsed and another time a gate that hadn’t worked for years.

After a few visits, I explained to Lia how the tapes were metal, up to 25 years old already and would eventually deteriorate. She agreed to let me take the tapes and make copies. We went into Mike’s bedroom and it was exactly like I remembered it when I was there years before. I loaded up every tape I could find and went to work copying them. Oldest first, some requiring “surgery.”

Months later when I was done copying, I compared what I had copied to a list Mike had compiled of his masters and realized there were many shows missing. I returned the tapes and asked Lia if we could see if there were any more somewhere else in the house. We went into a back bedroom and found a bunch of boxes filled with more original master tapes. I loaded them up, thanked Lia and left. This was the last time I would see her. I copied the rest of the tapes and stored the masters in a cool dry place until late last year when Jim R. reached out. We had known each other through Mike. After speaking with Jim and later BK who had tracked him down, I knew their partnership was the “right way” to get this music out to everyone who wanted it. I’m sure Mike would agree.

+ + + + +

Initially, Rob copied a large batch of Millard’s master cassettes to DAT and returned them to the house. The second time around, he was given a large portion of the cassette collection, different from what he had copied to DAT.

The first round of DAT transfers features some of Millard’s most famous recordings of Led Zeppelin, ELP, the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull. The second traunch of actual cassette masters includes his captures of Yes, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Rush and Pink Floyd.

As exciting as it is to access Millard’s masters of the shows we know and love, there are many new recordings in both batches from artists like Elton John, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Eric Clapton, The Who, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns N’ Roses, Linda Ronstadt, David Bowie, the Moody Blues, U2 and more.

Even with an information gap in the mid ‘80s (when Millard was surely taping but there is no tape or written evidence as to what he captured), we have confirmed nearly 300 shows Millard did record. Of those, there are master cassettes for approximately 100 shows, DATs off masters of another 75 and first generation analog copies for 30-35. Collectively, that nearly quadruples the number of extant Millard recordings.

+ + + + +

Tom Petty - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA; March 3, 1990

We extend our series with a cracking capture of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on tour supporting Petty’s first solo album, Full Moon Fever, released in the Spring of 1989. This show came near the end of the run, and as such benefits from some loosening of the set list. The show is several songs longer than the one at the Forum two nights earlier (though to be fair that show boasted guest appearances by Bob Dylan AND Bruce Springsteen, though unfortunately it would not appear Millard was there to capture it). Costa Mesa gets its own special friend dropping in, Roger McGuinn, who joins for a fine mini Byrds set of “Mr Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Eight Miles High.”

The Heartbreakers get their share of the spotlight too, with drummer Stan Lynch singing “Down The Road Apiece,” while keyboard player Benmont Tench shines in his instrumental “Ben’s Boogie.” Also making a rare appearance is “What Are You Doin’ In My Life,” played for the first time since the early ’80s. The rest of the set is no slouch either, with Petty in fine voice and the band in great form if perhaps slightly road weary by the end of a long night.

The same can be said for Millard, who, as Jim R points out, was recording from his sweet spot at the Pac Amp, Row CC, Seat 38, three rows behind the pit in front of section 2. Like the previously posted Linda Ronstadt recording from the same venue seven months later, Mike gets an incredible pull on his home court, with a rich, deep, full-fidelity recording.

Neither Jim nor Rob attended the show with Mike, so we’ll just have to let his amazing audio provide all the color and memories. Mike’s cassettes are labeled in the standard method he favored in this period with straightforward lettering of the band and his bubble writing name logo.

+ + + + +

JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R and Barry G to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself. I recently saw a post in which someone wondered where Millard placed his microphones. The answer of course was in his hat, which allowed him to stand up and sit down when needed and not lose his angle of attack on the PA. He kept his hair just long enough to cover the wires coming out the back and down his neck. Millard may have been one of the first, but the hat method was used by other great tapers including our own Jared Houser of JEMS, who used a Kangol for this purpose over the last 20-25 years of his taping career.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept these precious tapes under wraps for two decades, but once Rob learned of our methods and stewardship, he agreed to contribute the Millard DATs and cassettes to the program.

Our series would not happen without the support of our post-production lead mjk5510, who always answers the call and never says no. His love of the music and our preservation work runs as deep as mine does.

In these unprecedented times we will attempt to accelerate our release schedule to put more music in your hands and ears while we are bunkered in. Please stay positive, help your neighbors, help strangers and let’s get to the other side of this intact. Better still, make a donation to a food bank or other key support organization helping out those who are struggling even more than you are to get by.

Lastly, cheers to the late, great Mike the MICrophone. His work never ceases to impress. May he rest in peace.


+ + + + +

AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
JEMS 2020 Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Nakamichi RX- 505 (azimuth adjustment; Dolby On) > Sound Devices USBPre 2 > Audacity 2.0 capture > iZotope RX6 > iZotope Ozone 6 > MBIT+ resample to 1644 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later.

Kindly email us if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files. Also email us if you have any rarities you’d like to share with our readers.

Disc 1
Track 101. Love Is A Long Road 5:00
Track 102. A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own 4:07
Track 103. Breakdown 5:55
Track 104. I Won’t Back Down 3:46
Track 105. Free Fallin 6:46
Track 106. Down The Road Apiece (Will Bradley Trio cover, sung by Stan Lynch) 2:20
Track 107. Lonely Weekends 3:42
Track 108. Ben’s Boogie 2:38
Track 109. Instrumental Intro 3:01
Track 110. Don’t Come Around Here No More 7:38
Track 111. A Face In The Crowd 4:59
Track 112. Listen To Her Heart 4:01
Track 113. Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman cover) 5:10
Track 114. Alright For Now 2:01
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Yer So Bad 3:35
Track 202. Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan cover with Roger McGuinn) 2:35
Track 203. Turn Turn Turn (Pete Seeger/The Byrds cover with Roger McGuinn) 3:53
Track 204. Eight Miles High (The Byrds cover with Roger McGuinn) 5:04
Track 205. You Got Lucky 4:22
Track 206. Rebels 5:02
Track 207. What Are You Doin’ In My Life 3:27
Track 208. Refugee 5:12
Track 209. Runnin’ Down A Dream 7:30
Track 210. The Waiting 6:36
Track 211. Straight Into Darkness 4:52
Track 212. How Many More Days 4:21
Track 213. Don’t Do Me Like That 3:05
Track 214. Even The Losers 4:57
65 mins

Click here to order Tom Petty releases.

  1. 45 Responses to “TOM PETTY - COSTA MESA 1990 [MILLARD]”

  2. Who is this bimbo?

    By Smashmouth on Jul 23, 2020

  3. The Washington Redskins have changed their name to The Rumplstiltskins. That’s it for me. No more sports.

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  4. Rumor has it that I’m thinking about this man’s penis.

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  5. Twernt me above, nuther fake in a blog of fakes

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  6. Rumor has it Tom had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  7. Rumor has it Stan Lynch the drummer gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  8. Rumor has it the rest of the band had or gots Lil Uns too

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  9. I fucked Tom Petty and the rest of the Heartbreakers back in 1985 , during the Southern Accents tour , and again in 86 when they were Bob Dylan’s backing band . Tom had a very small Coc as did most of the band members. Stan Lynch was indeed enormous though , a good 12 inches and very thick . Tom was so nice and sweet , so I tried to pretend his size wasn’t a disappointment. It was though.

    By Bebe on Jul 23, 2020

  10. Bob Dylan and I fucked so many times over the years . He had a Giant Coc . The first time was during his 1974 tour with the band , another group of humongous Cocs . Robbie Robertson nicknamed his Annoconda.

    By Bebe on Jul 23, 2020

  11. Bebe, stop teasing me. your driving me crazy bout all the man meat you sucked and fucked

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  12. I agree with my homie Derriere. Please stop torturing us Bebe. Its not fair. we are out of the closet and your not helping.poo poo

    By Billy on Jul 23, 2020

  13. we would love to have your leftovers

    By Billy on Jul 23, 2020

  14. i emptied a condom full of cum into my mouth and kissed mark. we were cum kissing

    By Billy on Jul 23, 2020

  15. Yeah, you’re not helping poo poo.

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  16. Derrick you can take my turn in the barrel this week. I got to go to the clinic for more penicillin shots. I got another dose. Darn this syphilis. If you can’t cure it, share it.

    By Bebe on Jul 23, 2020

  17. Tom was hung like a tootsie roll . Small , very small . So disappointing. The rest of the band also had teenie weenies , except Stan who was hung like a horse . Most drummers I knew had horse Dics .

    By Pam Des Barris on Jul 23, 2020

  18. Size Matters . Please stop ruining our images of these rock stars . Now when I hear Tom Petty , I’ll think small penis .

    By Amy on Jul 23, 2020

  19. It’s not the size of the ship . It’s the motion of the ocean . It’s how you wiggle the worm .

    By Amber on Jul 23, 2020

  20. Wiggle the worm ? Why settle for a worm when you can have a boa constrictor? That’s why I usually only fuck black guys . Most of them are like that . In fact I’ve never been with a black dude who was under 10 . Some are twice that size . Just last week I screwed this black dude who had a prick that went past his knees .

    By Rhonda on Jul 23, 2020

  21. Hey Anti / DD , triple h , gotta grab this one dudes . Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was a awesome band and is on fuckin fire here . Rebels especially rocks big time . This was when Petty still flew the confederate flag at his shows I think . Before the motherfuckin PC police got him to apologize for it . Really miss Petty . The dude was a throwback to the 60s and 70s. Band was great too . Mike Campbell is a great guitar player .

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  22. Been working lately so I ain’t been here this week . See the motherfuckin, Dic suckin coon and hi Yeller lovin Jew bastard name hijackers is still doin their usual queer bullshit

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  23. Fuck , this U L E little queer bastard just says the same shit over and over . Now he’s got name hijackers doin the same shit . All he and them talk bout is Dics

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  24. The little faggot needs to be tied up and have several coons give it to him up the ass if he like Dics so fuckin much

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  25. When I say working what I mean is just gettin out of bed and then loungin around my house.

    By Derrick on Jul 23, 2020

  26. Damn Derrick, all the hotties made comments bout this guy. Was never a Tom Petty fan. Always a big zeppelin jimmmy page fan. Wheres Lori Maddox and Sable. I heard these 2 were real close Bebe, Pamela

    By David Duke on Jul 23, 2020

  27. Pam, Amber, Amy and the rest of you..please teach me how to give great head. Bebe wont teach me. Im learning to be a sissy and wants to learn how to please a well hung stud

    By Billy on Jul 23, 2020

  28. yes ladies. rumor has it that i cant suck a big dic k. can one of you give me tips on how to give head. I loves hanging out in bathrooms at bus stations

    By U L E on Jul 23, 2020

  29. Thank you Big O Amigos. The tunes might help a Thompson weekend.
    Respectfully, James

    By James Smith on Jul 23, 2020

  30. Damn Derrick, your taint tastes like shit! Don’t you know how to whip your fat ass properly??

    By David Duke on Jul 24, 2020

  31. I thought I have crabs but they turned out to be lobsters.

    By Rhonda on Jul 24, 2020

  32. Rhonda your syphilitic brain is hallucinating. Been there, doing that.

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2020

  33. DD , love Led Zep , Sabbath, Purple , Floyd , Cactus , but still love Tom Petty too . Don’t care for Springsteen and Mellancamp though

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2020

  34. Except for Little Pink Houses. I like that one. After all I’m in construction.

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2020

  35. Derrick, can you name even one song by Cactus?

    By David Duke on Jul 24, 2020

  36. DD, I liked Cactus version of Little Pink Houses.

    By Derrick on Jul 24, 2020

  37. Derrick, the queer jew hijackers our names again. Bunch of pathetic loser pussies. Gots to be mark, harmon the hardon billy or one of those drag queens. Only comment I made was the led zep jimmy page comment. Anything else after this are the queers. We now have the Squad and The Queers. Over n out.

    By David Duke on Jul 24, 2020

  38. Cause I know about queers. And I know about name stealing. Where do you think I got David Duke. My real name is Salmon Patty. So Roger Wilco, Over & Out.

    By David Duke on Jul 24, 2020

  39. At least this was still a “fresh” setlist.

    The old geezers still touring are only playing their radio friendly crap and it’s getting boring!

    The Stones have put out THIRTY frigging studio albums and the last onem was cover songs older than they are! They barely play anything from the 90s or younger than the old farts in the audience that pay ridiculous ticket prices.


    By Sumdh Umfuq on Jul 24, 2020

  40. I have nothing to say on the matter.

    By HHH on Jul 24, 2020

  41. Also The Faces

    By Adam on Jul 24, 2020

  42. The Washington Redskins have changed their name to The WrinkledForeskins

    By Poontangular Taffy on Jul 25, 2020

  43. I need a crash course in art of giving great head. Pam, Bebe anyone please

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  44. Adam, the Faces suck and rod the mod takes it up the hershey poop chute

    By Derrick on Jul 25, 2020

  45. David Duck, your mother sucks co¢ks in hell. I know because I’m there right now watching her suck off a 10″ black buck. She has a vodka bottle stuck up her ass, too.

    By THE DEAD ANTICHRIST on Jul 26, 2020

  46. Black dudes in hell are only 10″ tall?

    By Derrick on Jul 26, 2020

Post a Comment