I didn't take a photo of the ad - actually it was an ad - not a flyer on the wall. I took careful notes from the flyers on the wall and copied them into my notebook for shows I didn't know about. (some of the stuff on the wall is flyers that had been in circulation).Seabean wrote:At the Van Halen Museum there is an ad for 8/1/77 for VH at Magic Mountain
Is there someplace online where we can see this flyer?
I trust Kat's photo dates
No offense to Kat, but I'm not there yet. What puts doubt in my mind about the MM photo is the fact that Dave and Ed are wearing the exact same clothes as in the Whisky photos and standing in front of a curtain very similar to what the Whisky had at the time (see Ramones Oct 77 photo). IMHO that supposed MM photo is from the Whisky fall 77 gig.
I also have my doubts about the "backstage spatnetz" photo being from summer '77. The only other place you see that shirt is on the album shots (LP jr and inner sleeve "sweat" photo), and it's generally considered that those pics were taken (Elliot Gilbert?) around the time of the New years eve gig at the Whisky. No offense, guys.
Here's the info, from my Excel sheet of club days dates:
8/1/77 Valencia, CA Magic Mountain - Swan Featuring Bob James, Hollywood Stars, Emerald City, and Van Halen - From Doug Anderson's Collection - Billed as "New Wave Rock Concert"
I can 100% guarantee the ad was legit. I've looked at more vintage newspaper ads than I care to admit from doing research for Van Halen Rising. I saw it with my own eyes, and if you know the bands that played w/VH in 1977 at the Starwood, you'll recognize the other bands on bill. (Swan is featured in the 77 fanzine with VH that has the 10/15 flyer pixs). What this fixes in my mind is VH was gigging at Magic Mountain in August 1977, and as I already mentioned, Tom their soundman said they played there a few times that summer around the same time.
I believe the Kat dates are accurate. She says she wrote the date of the photos on the back of them. Could she have mis-dated them? Could she have made up the dates? Maybe, but I don't think so. She's saved all of these pictures all of these years, and clearly, if you've interacted with her on FB, she's no rock party casualty burnout. She's 100% with it and lucid.