1969-11-20 Center (The), Richmond, VA

Scheduled: 21:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

Info & Setlist | Venue

No other set details known. One show, with Steel Mill headlining and Mercy Flight opening for them for the first time (as substitutes for the billed Morning Disaster, who cancelled). Held indoors at the University's 'Center'. The partial setlist listed is thanks to the recollections of attendees. Truxton Fulton sent his recollections: "I remember playing the Free U in the fall of 69, my freshman year at VCU. The name of my group was The American Band. Steel Mill was there. Morning Disaster may have been there too. I think we were a late addition and didn't make the poster. I played keyboard and bass piano (a la The Doors). This was the American Band's first gig and to the best I can remember, it's only gig. The other guys were from my hometown of Danville but after living in Richmond a while I pretty much got integrated with the the local musician set there. The guy running the Free U was a friendly guy named Russ Clem. I was very happy to use Steel Mill's Hammond B3 and I remember being very impressed with that keyboard guy - kind of on the chubby side, played great. They did a lot of songs I wasn't familiar with at the time: "The War Is Over", "Go down Moses, Go down David…" Run, Shaker Life, "Sweet Melinda", they did a version of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" which I hadn't heard at the time. They had just changed their name and Bruce explained that the name change was needless because the other Child had broken up. One thing that really impressed me was that when another band played, Bruce would be right off stage, really digging the other band's music. I thought that was very cool; they were, after all, the regional stars at the time. -and they sounded great; They had quite a following there in Richmond." It is unknown if Richie Haven's "Run, Shaker Life" is a single song or part of a medley, as at the Virginia Commonwealth University in May 1970. The set also includes the only known performance of The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want".



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