The Cockroaches (Rolling Stones)- Live At The El Mocambo
If you're a serious music fan, seeing a high profile band at a smaller (than usual) venue can be the ultimate concert experience. Instead of relying on the jumbo screen to see what the members of the band look like, a small club concert allows you to be up close and personal with the band. Often a band will play a smaller venue as a preview of new material (similar to Stars pre-Five Ghosts tour) or the band wants to get back to their "roots" and in the case of the Cockroaches, looking for an unprepossessing venue to record and they use a pseudonym name to hide the fact they are the Rolling Stones.
On March 4th and 5th, 1977, the Rolling Stones played their first live club date in 14 years, as they played at the legendary El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada. The show was recorded and four songs were included on side 3 for their live album, Love You Live. The intention was to play a set of classic blues and R&B covers, similar to their early days. I believe this Toronto trip also led to Keith Richards Canadian drug possession charges, which led to all kinds of legal problems. The songs that are included in this post are from March 4th or 5th, with the last 4 songs, the versions (that's why the sound quality is much better) that appeared on Love You Live. I'm guessing the other versions of the same songs are from the "other" night.
Other big-name bands have recorded and played the El Mocambo over the years including, U2, The Police, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blondie, Queens Of The Stone Age and, up next...The Jam!
1 - Worried About You 2 - Crackin' Up 3 - Let's Spend The Night Together 4 - Route 66 5 - Hand Of Fate 6 - Around And Around 7 - Crazy Mama 8 - Little Red Rooster 9 - Dance Little Sister 10 - Route 66 11 - Mannish Boy 12 - Crackin' Up 13. Little Red Rooster 14 - Around And Around