STYX - LONG BEACH 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]

May 6, 2021 – 4:37 am

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STYX
Long Beach 1978 [Mike Millard Master Tapes via JEMS, 2CD]

The Lost and Found Mike the MICrophone Tapes Volume 78. Live at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; January 27, 1978. Very good audience recording.

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

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Known Faults:
- Born For Adventure: end cut

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 2020, 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, Bill C. 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.

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Styx - Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA; January 1927, 1978

Following suit after last week’s Volume 77 - Led Zeppelin ‘77, we move to Volume 78 - 1978, and what some might call the sublime to the ridiculous.

Styx was not one of Mike Millard’s favorite bands. It was not one of Jim’s favorite bands. But they recorded this show anyway for reasons Jim amusingly outlines below. We also have some POV from Rob that is worth sharing.

Though Styx may not have Rock and Roll Hall of Fame credibility, they certainly had their moment. As a child of the ’70s and an avid listener to FM rock radio growing up, I turn out to be quite familiar with many of the songs in this set despite not owning a single Styx album. There was no bigger song among the sixth grade girls at my elementary school than “Come Sail Away.”

Listening to Styx’s performance in preparing this show, I was struck by both how well they play their material and how cliche they are as rock band, especially the between-song patter. I also know major tapers didn’t touch groups like Styx, so to have a high-quality audience recording of the band in their prime is going to be exciting for some of you. No judgement here, though maybe a bit of good natured ribbing.

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Rob had a few thoughts on this subject:

“Thank God Mike didn’t devote his life to recording _____ (Styx in this case). Imagine the later tours: instead of ARMS and Robert Plant shows, we could have all those Damn Yankees and Dennis DeYoung solo tours to listen to. My finger cannot hit the OFF button fast enough when the opening strains of “Babe I’m Leaving” escape my truck radio speakers (almost as quick as the warcrime that is the “Kars for Kids” commercial, if you are unlucky enough to know that one). Fortunately, I veered off into the Dead in the late ’70s, so I wasn’t too affected. I’ll admit to owning Grand Illusion, but Mr Roboto was the death nell for me and these guys.

My understanding is that Styx’s sound system was supposed to be unbelievable, per my friends like Deb. I missed this show, but did see them later in October 1978 with The Cars as the opener. When we were leaving The Forum, Deb got hit by a car crossing Manchester and we spent a few hours in the hospital. Shocker: Alcohol was present.”

Not sure how we made it to 25.

Here’s what Jim R recalled about why he and Mike saw Styx at the Long Beach Arena:

“True confession time: I went to the 1/27/78 Styx concert with Mike. I found the ticket stub confirming it. On the back it says we sat 10th row. The front says Balcony.

What I recall is a ticket scalper friend named Tony Peters was a big fan of Styx and wanted Mike to tape it for him. Tony had recently opened a storefront and had a few security guards in his hip pocket. Therefore, it would be prudent to stay on Tony’s good side. Mike told Tony we were not fans and did not plan to go. The only way we would go was with free tickets for both of us.

Tony being cheap only wanted to get Mike a single ticket, but Mike insisted on two since he needed my help. Lucky me. The balcony tickets got us in the door and Tony’s security friends moved us up to the 10th row. What I remember about the show was the main guy in the band had this “look at me I’m a rockstar” body language the entire night. Kind of a turn off. I did not take pictures. A side note regarding Tony Peters: We always called him Peters, he hated that and asked several times for us to call him Tony. So naturally, just to be ornery, we continued to call him Peters. Just to bug him a bit. Mike and I got a chuckle out of it.”

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JEMS is proud to partner with Rob, Jim R, Ed F, Barry G and many others to release Millard’s historic recordings and to help set the record straight about the man himself.

We can’t thank Rob enough for reconnecting with Jim and putting his trust in our Millard reissue campaign. He kept Mike’s 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 releases would not be nearly as compelling without Jim’s memories, photos and other background contributions. As many of you have noted, the stories offer an entertaining complement to Mike’s incredible audio documents.

Styx was pitch-approved by our pal Professor Goody and mjk5510 overlooked his personal feelings about the band to take this one over the finish line. Thank you to both of them.

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

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
AKG 451E Microphones (CK-1 cardioid capsules) > Nakamichi 550 Cassette Recorder
Transfer: Mike Millard Master Cassettes > Yamaha KX-W592 Cassette Deck > Sony R-500 DAT > Analog Master DAT Clone > Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 > Sound Forge Audio Studio 13.0 capture > Adobe Audition > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Disc 1
Track 101. The Grand Illusion 6:07
Track 102. Lorelei 6:10
Track 103. Mademoiselle 5:01
Track 104. Fooling Yourself 5:34
Track 105. Suite Madame Blue 9:26
Track 106. Crystal Ball 6:37
Track 107. Light Up 5:45
45 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Lady 4:51
Track 202. Man In The Wilderness 6:48
Track 203. Come Sail Away 9:26
Track 204. Midnight Ride 12:17
Track 205. Miss America 7:05
Track 206. Born For Adventure 6:42
48 mins

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  1. 47 Responses to “STYX - LONG BEACH 1978 [MILLARD TAPE]”

  2. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By John on May 6, 2021

  3. Rumor has it this was a band of Lil Uns and Average Uns

    By U L E on May 6, 2021

  4. I got a styx up my ass the size of a baseball bat.

    Feels good too.

    By U L E on May 6, 2021

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    By U L E on May 6, 2021

  6. Rumour has it that some of us who frequent this site, dig the music, the rest are retarded, anal fixated morons.

    Have a nice day chaps!

    Thanks for the sounds Big O!

    By Tony Blair War Criminal on May 6, 2021

  7. Since I had no “Pick Up Styx” in my collection, why not get the best live version there is? Thanks everyone, esp. Mike Millard, even though not to everyone’s liking, their songs were part of what I grew up listening to on KHJ 930 AM Boss Radio with Real Don Steele, Robert W. Morgan, Charlie Van Dyke, etc.

    By ScarRad on May 6, 2021

  8. Meh

    By Rick B on May 6, 2021

  9. One of my favorite bands records parodies, so I could imagine them doing “The Grand Delusion”, “Drooling On Yourself”, Crystal Crawl”, “Come Flail Away” and of course, close with “Bored Misadventure” .

    By ScarRad on May 6, 2021

  10. Last two twernt me, both fakes .First one only was me

    By U L E on May 6, 2021

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    By Corey Moron on May 6, 2021

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    Loser.

    By Corey Moron on May 6, 2021

  13. I am queer. All my posts are queer.

    By U L E on May 6, 2021

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    By HHH on May 6, 2021

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    By U L E on May 6, 2021

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    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  18. DD , triple h , that Corey Dic sucker should get what that guy got on the sidewalk by Ed Norton in American History X

    By Derrick on May 7, 2021

  19. derrick, either that or give him what Roy Scheder got by Zell in Marathon Man

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  20. put that niggers mouth on the curb and then stomp him. broke his jaw. how bout give hebrew mark what they did to edward norton in priso in the shower

    By DD on May 7, 2021

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    By DD on May 7, 2021

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    Give it to me NOW!!!

    By Derrick on May 7, 2021

  23. Jerkoff Corey M is pissed HA HA HA HA HA!!

    By Corey Moron on May 7, 2021

  24. I want what Ned Beatty got in Deliverance! SQUEEEEEE!! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  25. I do reacharounds now while i eat out guys asses.

    I fucking LOVE to get a handful of hot jizz while I’m toungueing some dude’s butthole!

    By DD on May 7, 2021

  26. Hey Derrick, what about Officer Chauvin’s application for a retrial?

    By Brian Griffin on May 7, 2021

  27. Fuck off Brian . You need to get what Joe Pesci got

    By Derrick on May 7, 2021

  28. No one takes Mark the name stealer seriously.

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  29. Derick Chauvin , American hero should be given a new trial. In fact he should be set free immediately, given huge settlement, a public apology and given his old job back with a huge raise. We need brave cops like Officer Chauvin administering the knee of justice to these gorillas.

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  30. The trial was a farce , a witch hunt . No way Chauvin got a fair trial. A black ape juror marches in a black lives matter event with a get off our necks t shirt. Several jurors said they were scared for their safety if an innocent verdict were reached. Minneapolis would have burned . The trial should have been moved . Let’s hope Eric Nelson works magic and gets this brave American a new trial and an innocent verdict.

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  31. On a similar subject and Atlanta civil service board has reinstated another brave American hero cop . Garrett Rolfe who shot black ape Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot . Rolfe still faces possible criminal charges , but this is hopefully a big step to his being aquitted of all charges .

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  32. Brooks is the stupid gorilla who instead of allowing himself to be arrested, resisted arrest , fought with the cops , grabbed a cops taser and fired at him . Officer Rolfe fired back and eliminated that violent ape before he could harm anyone else

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  33. I shit my pants 3 hours ago and it still feels good!

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  34. I’m a jerkoff.

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  35. My life is a fucking farce.

    By HHH on May 7, 2021

  36. H- I ate a gorilla’s ass once. A real live zoo gorilla. It was on sedatives, so it probably didn’t even feel my probing tongue.

    By DD on May 7, 2021

  37. H- You’re a jerkoff?? I could have told you that years ago!

    By DD on May 7, 2021

  38. I heard about both events . Chauvin and that Atlanta cop Rolf. Chauvin was more obvious. He was definitely trying to kill nigger Floyd . Good for him , but maybe he shouldn’t have had that gleeful look on his face while he was kneeling on that niggers neck . Think that’s what the jury saw .Rolf was just doing his job . Nigger Brooks was fighting then fired the taser he stole from the other cop. Rolf took him out . Floyd and Brooks , two less nigger pieces of shit on this planet .

    By Nelson on May 7, 2021

  39. Didn’t George Floyd stick a gun in a pregnant woman’s stomach, punch her in the stomach too ? All these niggers killed by the cops got what was coming.

    By Nelson on May 7, 2021

  40. Styx is right . All pencil dics . Every single one of them . I was actually at this show and went backstage afterwards. None were larger than a hot dog weenie . I felt nothing at all nothing!!! . I dug their music , and they were all very nice , but oh my god was I disappointed in their sizes .

    By Pam Des Barris on May 7, 2021

  41. Pam used to suck on my big ten inch . ( Record ) ?

    By Steven Tyler on May 7, 2021

  42. Amazing, very hard to find quality tapes of these guys, and love them or not, they put on a killer show. My tastes may have moved on - but I can’t wait to hear what Mike the Mic does with one of my early favourite bands in their prime with all key members accounted for. Thank you Big O and Mike - wherever you are!

    By Atlas on May 8, 2021

  43. Can I suck your big 10 incher Stevie Tyler

    By Corey Moron on May 8, 2021

  44. i wanna suck off everyone on Big O. Im a sissy. Piss on me, spank me, drip hot wax on my tiny nuts

    By Corey Moron on May 8, 2021

  45. Start with me.

    By U L E on May 8, 2021

  46. Im next

    By swappers on May 8, 2021

  47. I want my binky sucked

    By Derrick on May 8, 2021

  48. Derrick you are a сock sucking piece of shit. Your little two inch diсk isn’t with a diddle. But your momma used to suck it when you were a baby. She was hoping your pathetic little diсk might get just a little bigger. And of course she was wrong.

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 18, 2021

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