Category: correction

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Los Angeles 1970 to record Fun House, by Ed Caraeff, via John Varvatos in Vanity Fair

Elton John at Carnegie Hall, November 1972, by Bob Gruen.

(While the source for this calls it 1971, and I first posted as such, it is in fact 1972.)


Queen live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, 24th December 1975, because that’s EXACTLY how you’re supposed to dress for Christmas Eve.

@classicrockwlw​ sent me a comment observing that these aren’t the outfits from Hammersmith, and of course they’re not! I can only blame it on taking Google’s word for this in my early days of posting Queen, and my hurry to make a joke in a caption. 

(And I do hope that this is how you’re dressing for Christmas Eve!)

I still haven’t been able to track down exact details, but I’ve at least found what appears to be the photo’s origin, an article in Circus Magazine with the title, “Queen Swings Both Ways”, a reference to the mix of lighter and heavier music on their latest album, A Night At The Opera.


The quote is from Brian, who’s the only member of the band interviewed for this article. It’s a great read about the making of A Night At The Opera, how it felt to them in the days following its release in the context of their previous work, and what it might mean for their future. 

“Sometimes I feel that Freddie and I are going in different directions, but then he’ll come up ‘with something and I’ll think, ‘My God — we do think alike.’ When I’m working on one of his things I can tune in very easily to what guitar part he wants, and vice-versa. In terms of what we’re trying to do in songs, we are moving in different directions, but I think that could be a good thing.”

Head over to the invaluable Queen Archive to read the rest, here.

Do note though that the issue date listed there is impossible. They say April 1975, but Opera wasn’t released until November, and there are references to the American tour in January-March 1976, so it’s possible that this was in fact from the April 1976 issue. Circus’s online archive is notoriously spotty, though, so I’m still working on nailing that down.

Early 1976 makes sense, because Brian mentions that Queen changed their shows following the release of Opera.  He also describes meeting Jimmy Page after one of Led Zeppelin’s shows at Earls Court (May 1975), talks about Freddie having produced a single for singer Eddie Howells (August 1975) before the fall tour, and the author (Jon Tiven) makes specific reference to “Mercury donning short-shorts to add a bit of the hairy leg to Queen’s otherwise pristine presentation.” The earliest appearance of short-shorts onstage that I’ve found is February 5, 1976 at New York’s Beacon Theatre, here via


For what it’s worth, we do have photos of Fred in shorts from 1975, but not on stage. I’m thinking of the fabulous red nuthuggers he wore while lounging at Ridge Farm that summer, where we also saw Deacy wearing the same shirt seen in the top photo. Indeed, both are prominently on display on the picture sleeve of the “You’re My Best Friend” single, which you can see accompanying my essay about it here.

As I tried to get more information about this photo (alas, nothing more yet), I did come across another wonderful photo from the same article! Many thanks to Aley Crooker Martin whose scan includes some text from the article, further helping secure the original photo’s provenance. 

It really is delicious, so when I get a chance, I’ll give it a proper edit for posting on its own:


I’m still a very long way from sorting this all out, so if any others have you more details, get in touch! And thanks again to @classicrockwlw for getting me to take another look!

Iggy Pop, the original Leper Messiah! Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, June 23 1970, by Thomas Copi.


Jimmy Page in the Zoso Sweater, playing guitar with a bow at the Electric Magic shows, days after the release of Led Zeppelin IV, November 1971.

(New to me, this one, and I’m freaking out!)

Thanks so much for the correction, friend! This certainly explains why I hadn’t seen it before! 

So let’s have a little love for Jimmy Sakurai, formerly of LedZep Again, and now on his own as MR. JIMMY: Led Zeppelin Revival, and a regular guest with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (with whom he’s on tour as I write this in December 2018).

I gotta tell ya, he looks amazing. A couple from his gallery at mrjimmyledzeppelinrevival:

Plus this delightful pic from Jimmy Sakurai’s official Twitter, courtesy of Ross Halfin:

After seeing the breadth of these costumes, and the way Jimmy Sakurai carries himself when he’s playing, I feel a little less silly for not noticing that it wasn’t Pagey in my original post. DANG YALL

Plus, check this FANTASTIC phone video of MR. JIMMY at Whisky A Go Go in 2017! If you’ve ever wondered what the tribute band thing is all about, here’s a fine place to start. He not only nails the basics of “Heartbreaker” as you’d hear it on the record, but he adds a lot of the flavor of a typical Jimmy Page stage performance from 1969, say, at this very venue:

So there ya go! Much love and many apologies to J. Sakurai, with thanks to @rock6880 for setting my feet on the path of righteousness!

And seriously, y’all need to dig into MR. JIMMY, who’s playing his ass off these days, quite likely gigging near you. And my Los Angeleno peeps, no excuses for missing out on his return to The Whisky in Feb!



George Harrison in the studio with his Epiphone Casino, March 3 1967, via

EPIC clarification in the comments, via @thehague1966: 
“That is Paul’s Epiphone Casino… note strings and strap button location! George likely has cheeky grin due playing w/ strings reversed! 😊”

Thanks for pointing that out! Paul had bought his Casino in 1964, and John and George bought theirs not long after, making it the only guitar that all three owned! Sgt. Pepper was virtually an all-Casino enterprise; other tracks with a notable Casino presence include “Another Girl,” “The Night Before,” “Drive My Car,” “Taxman,” “Revolution,” “Get Back,” and “The End.” More here.

Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin 1972, Montreux, by Barrie Wentzell




Roger Waters, David Gilmour: Pink Floyd

These pictures are cute, but the story behind them is even cuter:

When they went to Japan in ‘72, Rick bought a fancy camera. He didn’t really know how to work it, and these are two of the first pictures he took! 🙂

I didn’t know that story! I love it! But I think 1971? That was the year of their first trip to Japan, and there are actually a number of pictures of Rick in Japan that year with a camera. Here are two faves:


Note in this second one that he’s carrying the current issue of Japan’s Music Life Magazine, August 1971.

Pink Floyd did indeed go back to Japan in 1972 of course, but by then, Rick had shaved his beard. In fact, he shaved it in late 1971, and you can see him both ways in Live at Pompeii – the October ‘71 footage in Pompeii itself: beard; studio footage from Paris, December ‘71: clean shaven. Great pic of ‘72 Rick in Japan here via @pinkfloyded that I’ll reblog separately in a bit:


Even though I suspected the pictures of David and Roger in the original post are from 1971, I was never positive…but if Rick took them in Japan with a new camera, maybe so!

In any case, thank you for telling us that Rick took them! It’s easy to forget the pleasure that they took in each other’s company, not just Roger and David, but especially Roger and Rick, who I’m very glad reconciled before Rick’s passing.

Anyway, this is a glimpse of what I go through in trying to source everything I post – not just sourcing the photo, but gathering all the details of what it’s showing. Sometimes I give up and just go with what I’ve got, so every clue and correction that anyone can send along to help me fill in the details is precious to me.

Bonus points when the story is adorable. LOL

Thanks again!



P. P. Arnold

The pic right above my text is from a set that @soundsof71 posted on Tina Turner and Janis Joplin. Shout out to @spacebass01 for identifying P. P. Arnold as the woman in the white dress in the pic. I hadn’t heard of her before!

She is one lady who has lived. 🤘🏽❤️ According to what I’ve read on the web, she grew up in Watts singing gospel music, and at 17 had an opportunity to try out for the Ike and Tina Turner Review. She got the part and fled from her husband to go on the road with Ike and Tina after an abusive incident on the night of the audition, leaving her 2 children with her parents. (She acknowledged having witnessed Tina Turner in a similar abusive situation and her conflicting thoughts about it in an excellent interview here.)

With the encouragement of Mick Jagger, she left the Turners to stay in London and start a solo career.

She became pretty popular in the UK and worked with a bunch of different artists.

Here she is with Alexis Korner and Julie Felix at a protest rally:

Here she is with Rod Stewart and B. P. Fallon:

Here she is performing with the Small Faces:

She made an album with Eric Clapton and Barry Gibb in the late 60s, but it was shelved when her record label folded. It wasn’t released until 2017, after Arnold had spent the last few decades singing backup and performing in musicals.

(Source: The Guardian)

Next up for her is a new album and an autobiography. (May I also suggest a biopic to anyone with funds who is reading this? 😎😁 I think her story would make an awesome movie.)

Update: the earlier pic identifying P. P. Arnold with The Rolling Stones was actually showing Cleo Sylvestre, according to the woman herself. (See her post below, with an even bigger mistake… 😂😂😂). Thank you for pointing this out, @princeofforests ! (PS, Ms. Sylvestre’s tweet is from June 2017. Nice to know she kept performing! I’ll look into her next.)

Thanks for the original post, and to everyone who’s added to it! #legends

Iggy Pop, the original Leper Messiah! Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, June 23 1970, by Thomas Copi.