Monday, September 18, 2006

The Swing Auditorium At My House

Nice night out tonight, so Viv and I are sitting in the front yard of our estate watching the bats fly around when Do shows up with a truck full of surprises. She has an old windshield for Viv. Viv is going to do something artsy with it. And she has two sizeable pieces of the Swing Auditorium for me!

The Swing Auditorium was a barn of a place on the Orange Show grounds in beautiful San Bernardino. Elvis played there a few times, the Rolling Stones played their first American gig there. I was once tear gasssed there after a Hendrix concert. I also saw the Doors, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge, Ball n' Jack , Soft Machine, Thee Caretakers and others. A band I was in once opened for Eric Burdon at the Swing. Brother A Bomb and I saw many a Roller Derby match there as well.

About 10 years ago, the guy who owned Don Jose's bad mexican restaurants crashed his little airplane into the roof of the poor Swing, killing himself and the Swing. The wreckage ended up in Do's back forty and has sat there for years. Do and her hub were married on a hunk of the wooden stage.

And tonight, I am in refrigerator heaven because what's left of the Swing is in my front yard. Maybe I will make a miniature Swing out of the pieces and get little bobble heads of the rock stars I saw there and recreate the concerts with the bobble heads. The big finish would be all the bobble head rock stars on stage at once jamming in an All Star Bobblehead Jam Session. It could be telecast on Pay Per View!

I am blessed.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea who opened for The Doors at the Swing at the Dec. 16, 1967 concert?

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Bianca said...

I am also looking for the band who opened for the Doors on Dec. 16, 1967.

A picture is needed.

12:43 PM  

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