Leslie West's Wild West Show
Toronto, Varsity Stadium
12 July 1973
- Support act for headliner Humble Pie -
*In memory of Lez West*
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mp3 audio sample in comments.
Four colour cover artwork included (PDF). Kind comments ALWAYS welcome!
1. NEVER IN MY LIFE
2. LOVE IS WORTH THE BLUES
3. THE DOCTOR
4. I FOUND A LOVE *
5. SUMMERTIME BLUES *
6. GUITAR SOLO
7. MISSISSIPPI QUEEN ~
8. WHY DONTCHA I ~
9. DIRTY SHOES BLUES ~
10. WHY DONTCHA II
11. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN *
12. YOU GOTTA TELL HER **
TOTAL: 67:06 min.
* feat. Mitch Ryder on vocals
** Mitch Ryder Band encore: New York, Central Park, Wollman Skating Rink �Schaefer Music Festival� - 6 August 1973; w/Leslie West guesting.
Leslie West (+) � guitar & vocals
Peter Baron � guitar
Mitch Ryder � vocals
Tom Robb (+) � bass
Corky Laing � drums
Info on the band & show:
Despite Jack Bruce failing to take part in West, Bruce & Laing�s tour to promote their new, 2nd studio album �Whatever Turns You On�, Lez & Corky were keen to honour their tour obligations. For that, they recruited the late fellow New Yorker Tom Robb (+ 6 March 2006) on bass, ex of Holy Smoke (a band fronted by gospel-rock singer Mylon Lefevre) and on 2nd guitar, then 17 year-old Peter Baron, also hailing from NYC. And since their manager Bud Prager had just bought Mitch Ryder out of his disadvantageous contract, they had him guest on vocals for a few tracks. Nice idea, I�d say. The whole thing went by the very apt name of �Leslie West�s Wild West Show� though they also played some shows still being billed as West, Bruce & Laing. The Wild West Show supported Humble Pie at Toronto�s famed, long-demolished Varsity Stadium, though uncredited on the ticket (as depicted in the cover artwork), so they may have well been a late addition.
The bonus track:
It seems that Mitch Ryder took along his own band to support The Wild West Show for their tour, at least on some occasions. This number, �You Gotta Tell Her� is actually from his band�s set on 6 August 1973 at the Schaefer Music Festival in NYC�s Central Park where the Wild West Show headlined. It clearly features Lez West on a - long and searing � guitar solo! Mind that at that time it was not for a member of a headlining act to join a support act! Maybe Lez wanted to return Mitch�s vocal favours along the tour on this special occasion which most likely was the Wild West Show's last concert!
Mitch Ryder once stated in an interview that he felt the Wild West Show were a great band but their management (i.e. Prager) fluffed it completely so they couldn�t but break after their tour and without any recordings. At least, on the long run their break-up made way for the late 1973 to December 1974 Mountain reunion. The set list comes with three WB&L numbers which sure was only fair to the audiences as a large part surely were expecting to see that band.
And if you feel like checking out Mountain's touring history, I can most highly recommend fellow Dimer Greg Vick's excellent website: http://tourarchive.weebly.com/
If you have any more info, corrections, additions, ticket stubs, posters, ads, newspaper articles or whatever for the listed shows, please contact Greg instantly. And if you happen to have uncirculated shows, please share them here - and probably elsewhere.
Thanks to elegymart and to Dave H.
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Uploaded to Dimeadozen by DocDondy on 11 January 2021.
Lez ahoy - and RIP!