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In Reply to: can you double check this, my understanding, taken directly from a member posted by Duilawyer on February 22, 2007 at 11:48:22:
... presumed themselves to be co-headliners (sort of like the guy who holds up a sign behind a news anchor claiming to have made a statement on the evening news). At any rate, even the suggestion that the Beach Boys co-headlined that 70,000+ Texas Stadium concert in '74 would've been a real stretch, whether stated by a press agent or member of the group, because by that time Mike Love & Co's drawing power had declined measurably. Just about EVERYONE in attendance was there to see CSN&Y (who, in the last days of the Vietnam War were at their apex as America's premiere anti-war rock group).
Member of the BB has dinner with yours truly. He mentions they have just signed to play with Chicago, who was HOT. I say "Wow, you guys opening for Chicago, that's great!!". He says, "No Chicago opens for us". I said that is impossible, I believe "Hard to Say You're Sorry" was the on the raio, or might have been "Wishing you where Here", and Beach Boys had no hits for at least five years. We bet $100(?). Newspaper comes out on Sunday, Chicago opening for the Beach Boys. I pay up, and ask "How did you know, how could that happen?"
... to be the top of the bill despite not playing last if you stick yer neck out and say it was because of allowing people to get home for work the next day/public transport/etc.
Its a dirty trick.
The other thing is just to say you played in front of 70,000 without mentioning the crowd had come for another act.
That's an excellent point; besides, there would've been an almost empty stadium in '74 if the Beach Boys had been the headliner; it was NOT their time, it was CSN&Y's. BTW, the Beach Boy's played less than an hour; CSN&Y did a variety of configurations (4 piece, duo & solo) and played for over two friggin' hours. The crowd was their's that summer.
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