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Carpenters Concert Schedule

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Rick-An Ordinary Fool, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. I'm having an "If only" moment seeing that they were booked for a week-long engagement at the Westchester Premier Theatre (NY) in August 1975. This venue was less than five miles from my house, but I wasn't a Carpenters fan at the time. Its one of those things that makes me wish I could do my life over. As the man says in It's a Wonderful Life: "Youth is wasted on all the wrong people!"
     
  2. At the same time, I wonder if the Westchester Premier Theatre dates even came off. By late August, Karen was weeks away from being hospitalized. If they did perform, I imagine Karen wasn't looking very good.
     
  3. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    Here's "Only Yesterday" from Valley Forge Music Fair on April 22, 1975:

     
  4. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^Thanks, Harry.
    This is one of my favorite full performances of Only Yesterday (both verses complete).
    That has to be a difficult song to perform live.
    Also, nice to hear Richard (4:15) say this:
    "It's nice to be back out on the road....it's nice to be back performing."
     
  5. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    The way Richard arranged the end of the tune is interesting. He would use that same tag on "(Want You) Back in My Life Again)".

    Ed
     
  6. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

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    I love this live version. Karen’s voice sounds so deep and rich. The higher vocals (I’m assuming are the guys?) kinda pale in comparison to Karen’s rich solid vocals. Even on a live version she is magical in her phrasing.
     
  7. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    I had posted that one a year or so ago, and then when I listened to it posting it this morning, it was really running slow. Somewhere in a transfer from tape, some machine was running slow.

    Anyway, I was appalled when I listened to it and decided to re-do it and get it up to proper speed. This time I tacked on the verbal banter afterward.
     
  8. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

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    I thought something was diffferent, I like the banter...you know I have to ask with the cueing of the next song at the end...is there more? Ha
     
  9. Love the verbal banter! Thanks for that!
     
  10. I attended the October 24 1973 concert in London, Ontario with my Dad. It was the city arena (seats about 5,000) and we had floor seats about 20 rows back. It was my first live concert and a total surprise till we pulled up to parking lot. It wasn't my Dad's type of music (old country & western was) but he and Mom knew how much I would appreciate it after looking after her through a major illness the year before. I only remember floating on every note...
     
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  11. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^Welcome to the forum!:)
     
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  12. Joeyesterday

    Joeyesterday Active Member

    I was at the 1971 and 1973 concerts in Nashville and my wife remembers seeing them at the University of Missouri in 1972. I did see Richard in 1998 in Nashville along with John Bettis, Joe Osborn, and James Griffin (Singing For All We Know). JG, of bread, was on of the cowriters. The 71 concert was great and the 73 (Brown Album tour) was all the hits of course. Karen's voice was perfect.
    I would like another live concert album for the 50th.
     
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  13. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Some of these shows and tours didn’t eventuate, as you’d be aware.
     
  14. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

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    I’m sure a lot of these dates didn’t materialize yet from the looks of this one can see just how grueling their touring schedule really became.
     
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  15. GDB2LV

    GDB2LV Active Member

    I was lucky to see them 6 times in concert.
    1. Bakersfield, Ca. 5/23. I believe Carl Ballentine opened, from tv show McHale’s Navy-comedy magic.
    2. Hollywood Bowl 9/6/74 Gilbert O’Sullivan Opening act. Best of all shows. First time to hear Warsaw Concerto.
    3. Sahara Tahoe 1/75 Skiles & Henderson comedy skits.
    4. Sahara Tahoe 1/76 same opening act. Richard drives motor cycle on stage for Leader of the Pack. Karen with giant falsies on.
    5. Selland Arena 5/29/76. Helen Reddy opening act. Fund raiser, Jerry Brown for president.
    6. The Terrace Theater @CSLB Christmas Concert
    12/3/78. Cal State Long Beach Choir opening and on stage during their portion of the show as well. Not enough though.
    Then Richard's Christmas concert in Garden Grove....
     
  16. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^ That is indeed impressive! I wish I could've seen them once.
     
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  17. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

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    Wow that is impressive and I'm envious. Did you have any fond memories of any of those concert in particular? What was it like to have attended the Winter Festival Long Beach Christmas Concert at The Terrace Theater? There is audio on u tube but it must have been surreal to hear MCD live.
     
  18. GDB2LV

    GDB2LV Active Member

    It was exciting, especially since it had been a couple of years since I last saw them perform. Karen wore a light blue winter gown with feathers on the sleeves and neckline. There was a polite gasp from the crowd though when she walked out on stage at maybe 90lbs. Her wrists were so tiny, but she sounded better than ever. I recorded it too, but the audio is really bad. I have know idea where’s that cassette is anymore.
    The Hollywood Bowl Concert was the best with 20,000 seats and a full symphony orchestra behind them. I remember hearing a playback of GDBY2LV from backstage as we were leaving the walkway to the parking lots. The first show was the most exciting since it was the first time being in the same auditorium as them. That’s when Karen brought local kids on stage to perform “Sing” with them in the show.
     
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  19. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    Which brings up the "Carpenters Anomaly":

    To date, no-one who sang in the children's choirs all over the world has ever come forth to claim that they did that. Where are all of those former kids?
     
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  20. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights Thread Starter

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    Right....not a one...but just know this...

    "we are your friends"
     
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  21. GDB2LV

    GDB2LV Active Member

    I know one who is about 56 now. His name is Rick, my friends nephew. They chose his grade school choir from Jefferson Elementary to do “Sing” They got to rehearse during the afternoon the day of the concert here.
     
  22. GDB2LV

    GDB2LV Active Member

    Not sure he would admit it now though. You’re right Harry.
     
  23. Whenever any reference is made to Karen’s and Richard’s performance(s) of “Yesterday Once More”, I easily recall having learned that during one of several interviews that Richard Carpenter had given, since Karen’s passing, he had opined his quite “fond” recollection of Karen’s performance of “Yesterday Once More.” . . . Respectfully, Michael
     
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