In rock 'n' roll history there are moments that define when everything went to the stars and when everything went to hell. Woodstock, stars. Altamont, hell. Isle of Wight, stars. Cincinnati, hell. But before any of those happened, there was the first rock concert, in Cleveland, Ohio, 60 years ago. The Moondog Coronation Ball was its name.
The scathingly notorious musicians that night:
Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers
Tiny Grimes and his Rockin' Highlanders
Pretty scary stuff, eh?
Every rock 'n' roller has heard of the event, but not everyone has heard the whole story.
Here is the story, better than I could ever tell it.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that it's Carl Palmer's birthday. May your skin always be tight, Carl. Happy 62~
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