July 15, 2013 – 4:58 am

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Detroit 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Ford Auditorium, Detroit, MI; October 5, 1976. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to JEMS for taping the show; Mike Ziegler for the transfer; and weedwacker67, johnny39 and purps69 for sharing the show and keeping it alive on the net.

Uploader’s notes:

JEMS master recording. This is an excellent sounding recording. This show captures Tommy Bolin touring in support of his second and final solo album, Private Eyes. Also on the bill this night were The Michael Stanley Band and Paris. This tour lasted only one more month before Tommy Bolin died on December 4, 1976. [He was only 25.]

Here is a Tommy story from FLashfan posted at Dime. Our guess is that many of you would have yours.

During my Army service, I was stationed in El Paso, TX from 1975-1978. I became good friends with my fellow GI Jeff. We hung out together all the time, and Jeff’s uncle Bert was the union steward for the local theater workers. Bert would allow us to help during load-ins and load-outs for most of the concerts that came to town. Most of the time we worked for free, but we did get passes as part of the crew. Occasionally we even got paid.

One of the shows we worked was Deep Purple, supported by Nazareth. Purple was touring for the “Come Taste The Band” album, and the band arrived at the Coliseum for their soundcheck while we were making the final adjustments on the lights. While they waited for the final touches to be completed, the band members chatted with us. Jon Lord played some neat classical riffs on his keyboards, while Tommy sat on a folding chair and ripped off lick after lick in counterpoint to Jon’s keys. Usually the crew would head out for dinner during the soundcheck, but almost everyone stayed around for this one. The band only needed about five minutes to get in tune, and then they played about 40 minutes for us. Surprisingly, they didn’t play any Purple stuff. I can’t recall everything they played, but the last 2 songs they played were awesome versions of Roll Over, Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode.

After the soundcheck, the band retired to their dressing room, except for Tommy. He hung around for about 10 minutes, chatting with us some more. One of the crew was a budding guitar player, and when Tommy heard him mention it, he asked if the guy wanted to jam. The crew guy only knew a few chords, but Tommy handed him one of his spare guitars, showed him a couple of quick tricks, and they played a short version of Smoke On The Water together.

We all know that Tommy was already abusing alcohol and drugs at that time, but you’d never know it from the way he played that night. It was an amazing show, and Tommy had a big grin on his face all night. Nazareth kicked ass as well.

Tommy came down from the dressing room after the concert, and I had a few minutes to talk with Tommy while the roadies were breaking down the gear. He was very gracious…

Picture by Bob Ferbrache, posted at - Thanks!

Lineage: ANA(M) > WAV [96kHz/24bit] > WAV [44.1kHz/16bit] > FLAC [Level 8]
Transfer: Nakamichi CR-7A > PreSonus FireStudio Project > Adobe Audition 3.0 > Cdwave editor > FLAC frontend 1.7.1
Taping Gear: Advent Dynamic Microphone MDC-1 > Sony TC-153SD

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Teaser (10.9MB)
Track 02. People, People (12.0MB)
Track 03. You Told Me You Loved Me (8.1MB)
Track 04. Wild Dogs (20.5MB)
Track 05. Shake The Devil (7.4MB)
Track 06. Post Toastee (slight cut towards end) (21.2MB)
Track 07. Homeward Strut (15.6MB)

Tommy Bolin - guitar, lead vocals
Mark Stein - keyboards
Jimmy Haslip - bass
Johnnie Bolin - drums
Norma Jean Bell - saxophone, percussion

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  1. 9 Responses to “TOMMY BOLIN - DETROIT 1976”

  2. This one looks great! Thanks for posting!!

    By Tom on Jul 15, 2013

  3. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Jul 15, 2013

  4. urrrrgh arrrhhh bolin good…urrrgh…

    By zombie willie on Jul 16, 2013

  5. Saw Purple on that tour as well. Thanks for the the story about Tommy, it was nice to hear. It was a shame his time was so short.

    By drkrick on Jul 16, 2013

  6. Thanks… can someone define JEMS ? I see that name as a taper / remasterer all over the place.. it can’t be one person ?

    By Woodstock on Jul 16, 2013

  7. I haven’t listened yet, but it’s funny to read that this is a “very good audience recording”, since Ford Auditorium’s acoustics were famously terrible. It was actually built for the symphony, who left the building as soon as they could rehab their original 1919 concert hall. Ford Auditorium was finally demolished a year ago or so.

    By Motorvilleboy on Jul 18, 2013

  8. Truly one of the greatest guitarist/songwriters to strap on and pen. His memory is kept alive by his bro Jhonnie Bolin at Ton of music and rarities. Long Live the Memory of a great Man and musician.

    By popac on Jul 18, 2013

  9. hey bigo, thanks! i’m a little late getting this show.

    we were listening to private eyes on the way to montgomery, al sunday. we went to see gov’t mule at montgomery performing arts centre. killer show!!! try to catch them. i’ve seen them twice before here in b’ham, al at city stages 2005 and opening for ted nugent and zz top at oak mountain amphitheatre in 2003. i looked for russian assassin and didn’t see him.

    is the only tommy bolin deep purple show the one from jakarta you offered? i’d love to have one from that’s good quality from come taste the band. we played it on the way home. glenn hughes rules!


    By Ed Saad on Feb 12, 2014

  10. The links are dead
    Pls re-upload thanks

    By Johny oetomo on Feb 12, 2020

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