1971-05-15 Newark State College, Union, NJ

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Scheduled: 11:00 – 18:00 Local Start Time ??:?? / End Time ??:??

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The second (and final) performance of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom at the first annual "Ernie the Chickin' Festival", an excuse for an all-day, outdoor party extravaganza featuring several local bands including Sunny Jim and Odin. The show opens with the Bob Dylan-penned "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry", sometimes incorrectly labelled "Group Therapy". Steven Van Zandt can be heard jokingly warning the campus ambulances (who were parked nearby) to get ready as Bruce opens the show with some screeching guitar! It was long thought that this statement was made by Kevin "Bird" Connair, but Albee Tellone has confirmed that Connair was not at this show. "Last Night In Texas" is a rewrite of Sonny Boy Williamson II's "One Way Out"; "Zoom Theme" is a rewrite of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band". "Lady Of Boston" includes an interpolated section of The Rolling Stones' "One More Try". J.D. Woofer, Tinker West's dog, is present. Although we can never be absolutely certain, it is probably J.D. who can be heard barking during the acoustic "Look Towards the Land". Albee Tellone has recounted that the band tried to get him to roll over during the 'roll over' refrain in "Jambalaya (Roll Over)". It didn't work.

I was a "Zoomette" for two gigs with "Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom", Bruce's interim band. It was a fun and joyous, somewhat organized, free-for-all! My memory of the Sunshine Inn was a large, rectangular room with concrete floors and square support pillars and a free-standing stage to one side. There was standing room only and lots of people dancing. The next day we went out to Newark for an outside performance. I still have the short, butterfly, hippie dress I wore that day and I bring it out occasionally for Gross National Product, my high school band, reunion concerts.
© Jeannie Clark Fisher

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