And as part of the ‘MULTI COLOURED VINYL’ sticker series:
When Genesis revisited Chicago on their extended “…And Then There Were Three” Tour, it was decided to play at a smaller venue with better acoustics and the Uptown Theatre was chosen. Local radio station WXRT received permission to record the show for broadcast, one of only three radio recordings made during this tour.
Complete set list:
|02||Eleventh Earl Of Mar||
|03||In The Cage||
|05||Dancing With The Moonlit Knight||
|06||The Musical Box (Closing Section)||
|08||Deep In The Motherlode||
|09||One For The Vine||
|11||Say It’s Alright Joe||
|12||The Lady Lies||
|13||Romeo & Juliet Story||
|14||The Cinema Show / … In That Quiet Earth||
|16||Follow You, Follow Me||
|17||Dance On A Volcano||
|20||I Know What I Like||
|21||After Show Interview With Phil||
“The Uptown had been showing second-run movies when Jam began booking rock shows there. The list of performers is impressive: The Grateful Dead for six three-night stands between 1978 and 1981; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for three shows in 1978 and 1980; Bob Marley and the Wailers for dates in […] 1978 and 1979; Frank Zappa for four visits (and five shows) between 1977 and 1981; Cheap Trick opening for the Kinks in 1977; Genesis and Peter Gabriel playing six days apart in October 1978; and Prince opening for Rick James in early 1980 and headlining later that year.
Even now, one of the well-worn seat backs in the dusty auditorium boasts a Grateful Dead bumper sticker that reads, “Warning, I Brake for Hallucinations.” In the oval ladies lounge, these words remain scrawled: “Springsteen is God.”
But the rock bookings and movie screenings couldn’t keep the theater — owned by the Plitt movie theater chain and, for much of Jam’s time there, a local theater operator named Rene Rabiela — from falling into disrepair and eventual insolvency. The heat was shut off, and in winter 1982 the pipes burst, flooding the basement and causing extensive damage to ceilings, walls and staircases that has yet to be repaired.” [Chicago Tribune, October 11, 2011]
This Slipped Disc bootleg seems to be the only vinyl bootleg pressed from an Uptown Theater performance but it certainly helped establish a place in bootleg history for this grand old theater.
Other recordings made at the Uptown:
– HAWKWIND – Uptown Theater,Chicago,Il. November 26,1973 incomplete aud. recording Vg+
– MARSHALL TUCKER BAND – May 5 1977 Uptown Theater Chicago (FM)
– GRATEFUL DEAD – Feb 1, 1978 ***SOUNDBOARD***
– GRATEFUL DEAD – 1978-05-16&17
– BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – September 6, 1978
– FRANK ZAPPA—– SEPTEMBER 29th 1978
– GRATEFUL DEAD – November 18, 1978 * SBD *
– BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – 1979-11-13 VIDEO
– GRATEFUL DEAD 1979-12-03/04/05 [SBD]
– BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1980-10-11
– KANSAS – 1980-10-28 *FM* [1 song has now seen an official release]
– FRANK ZAPPA—– NOVEMBER 28 + 29TH 1980
– GRATEFUL DEAD – 2-26/27/28-81
– JERRY GARCIA BAND 1981-11-17 Early and Late Show
Concerts at the Uptown:
Hawkwind – 26 November1973
The Tubes – 31 October 1975
Bay City Rollers – 27 August 1976 Concert announcement in the Daily Herald from that day:
Boston w. Jim Peterik – 3 October 1976
Peter Gabriel – 11 March 1977
Utopia – 18 March 1977
Procol Harum – 1 May 1977
Marshall Tucker Band – 5 May 1977
Foreigner – 14 May 1977
Foreigner – 30 September 1977
Thin Lizzy – 5 November 1977 http://www.thinlizzyguide.com/tours/dates/1977/771105.htm
Gentle Giant – 20 November 1977
The Ramones – 20 January 1978
Grateful Dead – 30, 31 January + 1 February 1978
Grateful Dead – 17 May 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers – 27 May 1978
Photo taken by Paul Natkin for the Chicago Tribune
Bruce Springsteen – 6 September 1978
Frank Zappa – 29 September 1978
Genesis – 13, 14 October 1978
Peter Gabriel – 19 October 1978
A video of photos taken at this concert can be found here [just ignore the soundtrack, which was recorded in Nov./Dec. of 1982]
The 14 December ’78 edition of Rolling Stone ran a concert review of the Genesis & Peter Gabriel shows at the Uptown:
Utopia – 5 January 1979
Roxy Music – 6 April 1979
The Allman Brothers Band – 23, 24 May 1979
Bob Marley & The Wailers – 13 November 1979
Grateful Dead – 3-5 December 1979
Rick James w. Prince – 28, 29 February 1980
Peter Gabriel – 26 June 1980
“I was a high school senior in June of 1980. Tom, Dave, and I had scored tickets to see Peter Gabriel at the Uptown Theater. This was the “Melt” tour; the show would feature the recently released third solo album.
We arrived at the Uptown Theater and climbed a wide, carpeted staircase to reach our first row, first balcony seats. At the far end of the first balcony lobby was a small bar tended by a waiter with a vest and bow tie. Deciding to take the risk, I approached and ordered three beers. The beers were poured. I paid. I brought them to our seats. I repeated this process several times. We were ecstatic: Uptown Theater, first row, first balcony, bouncing beers and waiting to see Peter Gabriel.
So I’m in the aisle seat. The house lights go off and there’s that magical anticipation: nothing but the red lights on the amps shining into the darkness.
At this point, a strange character walks down the balcony stairs and stands right next to me. His head is shaved, completely bald. He’s wearing a dark blue sweatsuit with white stripes down each sleeve. I remember thinking, Peter Gabriel can bring out some weird dudes. Then out of nowhere comes an incredibly bright blast of light. I look to my left, and this bald guy is waving a massive hand-held spotlight. He’s spraying the theater with this light. Almost immediately, I noticed other people throughout the theater dressed in the same sweatsuits doing the same with their spotlights.
I turn back to my left to take a closer look at this bald guy. He looks directly at me. He points the beam upward to illuminate his face.
It’s Peter Gabriel.
I leap out of my seat. “It’s Peter Gabriel! You’re Peter Gabriel!” I’m grabbing for Dave and Tom jumping up and down and then I put each one of my hands on each one of Peter Gabriel’s shoulders. The only thing I can say is, “You’re Peter Gabriel! You’re Peter Gabriel!” over and over. He stares at me, expressionless, then slowly, deliberately, starts walking backward out of my reach and back up the balcony stairs.
Meanwhile, all the other beams are making their way to the stage. It’s the band; each member has been positioned around the theater.
The show was fantastic. This was the first tour that included “Biko,” the entire theater was bellowing out the chorus to the song. I remember reading a later quote from Peter Gabriel saying that the Uptown Theater reaction to Biko had brought tears to his eyes.” [by Mike Landreth]
Grateful Dead – 19-21 August 1980
The Kinks w. Angel City – 17 September 1980
Bruce Springsteen – 10, 11 October 1980
Kansas – 28, 29 October 1980
Frank Zappa – 28, 29 November 1980
Prince – 26 December 1980
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – 17 January 1981
Grateful Dead – 26-28 February 1981
Alice Cooper – 5 August 1981
Jerry Garcia Band – 17 November 1981
Frank Zappa – 27 November 1981
J. Geils Band w. Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – 19 December 1981