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****GENTLE GIANT****

****LIVE AUDIO RECORDINGS****

 

(compiled by Jack Skelly)

 

This page lists all of the band’s live audio recordings that I have ever heard of, up to this point.

 

Maybe you know of more.

 

If you do know of any others, please write and let me know!!

 

JAskelly@aol.com

 

AUD  -  an audience recording made by someone at the concert

SB  -  a soundboard recording made at a concert or in a studio

RADIO  -  a recording made from an AM or FM radio broadcast

 

 

PART   A .

THESE ARE LIVE RECORDINGS AVAILABLE TO TRADERS AND COLLECTORS.  OF COURSE, SOME ARE MORE COMMON THAN OTHERS.

 

Apr. 7, 1971               AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle                                     the only known available unreleased show to have Martin Smith on drums.  It includes Giant and Why Not?, as well as the only known recording of Martin’s original drum solo during Nothing At All.

 

July ?, 1971               AUD           Novara, Italy                                                                         just a short 10 minute recording with two partial songs.  The venue is unknown and the date is unconfirmed.  Although the tape has always been attributed to Novara, there’s no way to verify that.

 

Sep. 5, 1971              AUD           Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle                                                 a 30 minute tape, though it appears to be a complete opening set

 

Jan. 21, 1972             AUD           Essen, Germany - Grugahalle                                              first of several known tapes from the band’s successful tour with Jethro Tull.  A common GG bootleg called GARGANTUA is of this show, although the bootleg incorrectly lists a date of 1971 and even incorrectly lists Martin as the drummer when it is really Malcolm Mortimore.  There is actually a slightly longer version around of this recording than what appears on the bootleg.

 

Jan. 22, 1972             AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle Messgelande                       This tape sometimes appears on trade lists as being from Offenbach, Germany on May 12, 1972.               

 

Jan. 24, 1972             AUD           Vienna, Austria - Konserthaus                                             Only the last three songs of the set are on this recording.  At the time, Giant closed their shows with a small excerpt from the National Anthem of whatever country they were in at the time.  This tape includes the only known recording of the Austrian National Anthem.

 

Jan. 30, 1972             AUD           Bern, Switzerland - Festhalle                                               an afternoon performance.  It includes a short bit of the Swiss National Anthem, unavailable elsewhere.

 

Feb. 1, 1972              AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

Feb. 2, 1972              AUD           Bologna, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport (late show)                  This tape includes a snippet of the Italian National Anthem.

 

Feb. 5, 1972              AUD           Novara, Itally - Palasport                                                      This tape, comprising the full six song set played that night, is often listed as being from Varese, Italy on Feb. 4, but the listing of Novara on Feb. 5 is correct.  The band opened with Giant and ended with another performance of the Italian National Anthem.

 

Apr. 28, 1972             AUD           Cheltenham, England - Town Hall                                        This is from John Weather’s first tour with the band, when they opened for a Jimi Hendrix film.  It’s also the only known tape to include the song Schooldays.  The actual location is still in doubt about this tape.

 

May 12, 1972             AUD           Offenbach, Germany - Stadthalle                                         This one includes the earliest known version of Peel the Paint, as well as a slightly longer excerpt from the West German National Anthem than appears on earlier tapes.

 

May 13, 1972             AUD           Kronau, Germany - Grosse Mehrzweckhalle                        again includes the longer version of the West German National Anthem

 

Aug. 8, 1972              RADIO       London, England - BBC Studio Session                               This is the only known BBC Session of the band’s to surface so far that has not been officially released.  The BBC’s master tape is apparently lost, but a forward thinking UK fan recorded the session off the radio.  This tape is of very high quality.

 

Sep. 15, 1972            AUD           Los Angeles, California - Hollywood Bowl                          an infamous tape of Giant on their first U.S. tour opening for Black Sabbath.  The crowd treated the band poorly, as can be heard on the tape.

 

Oct. 7, 1972               AUD           Montreal, Quebec - University Sports Center

 

Oct. 14, 1972             AUD           Rochester, New York - Rochester War Memorial                 taken from the group’s second successful tour with Jethro Tull

 

Nov. 13, 1972            AUD           New York, New York - Madison Square Garden                   also from the second tour with Jethro Tull

 

Dec. 10, 1972            AUD           Paignton, England - Festival Hall

 

Dec. 30, 1972            AUD           Bologna, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

Jan. 2, 1973               AUD           Genova, Italy - Teatro Alcione                                              Often, the year on this one is incorrectly given as 1974.

 

Jan. 5, 1973               AUD           Vicenza, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport                                      the last known recording to include Phil Shulman

 

Mar. 16, 1973            AUD           New York, New York - Felt Forum                                        only the last half of the set

 

Mar. 18, 1973            AUD           Allentown, Pennsylvania - Fairgrounds

 

Mar. 22, 1973            AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Palais Montcalm                              Incomplete tapes of both the Quebec City shows exist, though there is no way to tell which tape is which.

 

Mar. 23, 1973            AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Palais Montcalm                              This is, of course, the second Quebec City show and is again incomplete.

 

Mar. 24, 1973            AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Centre Sportif de l'Universite de Montreal                        This one’s the only complete headlining show from the band’s 1973 Canadian tour.

 

Apr. 3, 1973               AUD           Fort Wayne, Indiana - The Lantern

 

Sep. 17, 1973            AUD           Plymouth, England - Guildhall                                             This particular tape includes the only known live recording of an extended Kerry Minnear keyboard solo.  It appears in the middle of the group’s brand new medley, Excerpts From Octopus, but was apparently dropped from the set right away.  This keyboard solo, has, however, been released in the SCRAPING THE BARRELL box set.

 

Sep. 22, 1973            AUD           Manchester, England - Stoneground

 

Oct. 17, 1973             AUD           Treviso, Italy - Teatro Garabaldi

 

Oct. 20, 1973             AUD           Genova, Italy - Teatro Alcione

 

Oct. 21, 1973             AUD           Travagliato, Italy - Supertivoli

 

Oct. 29, 1973             AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle

 

Nov. 16, 1973            RADIO       Golder’s Green, England - Hippodrome                               This is the BBC “In Concert” recording officially released on the OUT OF THE FIRE CD.  However, although that CD does not include all of the announcer’s narrations, a high quality tape circulates that does.

 

Mar. 14, 1974            AUD           Plymouth, England – Guildhall

 

Mar. 19, 1974            AUD           Watford, England - Town Hall

 

Apr. 5, 1974               AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle                                 The Alucard release of IN A GLASS HOUSE includes, as a bonus track, one song taken from this tape.

 

Apr. 8, 1974               AUD           St. Gallen, Switzerland - Kongresshaus Schutzengarten

 

Oct. 9, 1974               AUD           West Hollywood, California - Whisky a Go Go                     The band played five consecutive nights at this nightclub.  This tape is from the first night.

 

Oct. 10, 1974             RADIO       West Hollywood, California - Aquarius Theater                   During their five night stay at the Whisky a Go Go, Giant was filmed in nearby West Hollywood for the ABC-TC “Wide World In Concert” program.  Their performance of Excerpts from Octopus filmed there was eventually broadcast on Jan. 3, 1975.  A number of radio stations simulcast the audio portion of that performance and recordings of that radio simulcast trade among collectors.

 

Oct. 23, 1974             AUD           Parsipanny, New Jersey - Joint In the Woods

 

Nov. 1, 1974              AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music                            GG played many times at this popular New York City venue and this is the first one recorded.

 

Nov. 4, 1974              AUD           Detroit, Michigan - Cobo Hall

 

Nov. 6, 1974              AUD           Flint, Michigan - I.M.A. Auditorium

 

Nov. 6, 1974              AUD           Flint, Michigan - I.M.A. Auditorium                                      There also exists a brief portion of the soundcheck from the above listed show.

 

Nov. 21, 1974            AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Stadtcasino

 

Nov. 26, 1974            SB              Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

Nov. 28, 1974            AUD           Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

Jan. 18, 1975             RADIO       New York, New York - Academy of Music                            GG played two shows at the Academy on this date and this tape is from the “King Biscuit Flower Hour” radio program which broadcast about 15 minutes of the evening’s material on Sep. 28, 1975.  This broadcast includes Cogs In Cogs which does not appear on the official KING BISCUIT PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT release, taken from the same pair of concerts.  Which of the two shows this broadcast was taken from is not entirely clear.

 

Jan. 18, 1975             SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music                            What appears to be a more complete performance has recently surfaced, although it could be the first show, the second show, or a composite of both.  It includes all the material on the official KING BISCUIT PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT release plus the opening number, Cogs In Cogs.  However, it is not the same version of that song that was broadcast as part of the above listing, obviously coming from the other of the day’s two performances.  This particular version of Cogs In Cogs can only be found on this newer recording.

 

Jan. 24, 1975             AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Convocation Hall

 

Jan. 24, 1975             AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Convocation Hall                                    There is also a brief section of the soundcheck available from this same night, recorded by someone else.  It includes segments of So Sincere and, surprisingly, No God’s a Man, a number never played live before an audience.

 

 

Jan. 27, 1975             RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora                                                       recorded by Cleveland’s WMMS Radio.  It was broadcast, in edited form, on Jan. 29 and recordings of that hour long broadcast circulate.

 

Feb. 13, 1975             RADIO       West Hollywood, California - Capitol Studios                      While in southern California, GG slipped into Capitol Studios to record a number of songs currently in their live set.  Sometime in March, an edited version of this session was broadcast as part of a longer “Gentle Giant Special” on Los Angeles’ KMET Radio.  This broadcast has been heavily bootlegged under various titles, included the erroneously named Santa Monica Freeway.  The band did play a gig in Santa Monica later this same evening, but this recording is not of that gig.

 

Feb. 17, 1975             AUD           Chicago, Illinois - Auditorium Theater

 

June 21, 1975            AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle

 

July 20, 1975             RADIO       Rock Around the World Broadcast                                      This is an American broadcast of a small portion of the London “In Concert” BBC broadcast from Nov. 16, 1973.  However, it includes a small bit of music not aired during the original 1973 broadcast and not included on OUT OF THE FIRE.

                                                  

Aug. 16, 1975            AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Boston Garden                             On this tape, the band played a short excerpt of Plain Truth as an intro to the song Free Hand.

 

Aug. 23, 1975            AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall

 

Sep. 24, 1975            AUD           Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrunderthalle

 

Oct. 3, 1975               AUD           White Plains, New York - Music Hall                                    The exact location of this recording has not been confirmed.

 

Oct. 4, 1975               AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Orpheum Theatre

 

Oct. 7, 1975               RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Ultrasonic Studios                         another show that’s been heavily bootlegged through the years.  This one has, at times, been incorrectly listed as being from Baltimore.  The band played in front of a studio audience and the entire show was broadcast live over New York City’s WLIR Radio.  This entire 70 minute performance is available to collectors.  Three songs from this studio concert were also broadcast in England on July 14, 1976 on “BBC Rock Hour”.

 

Oct. 9, 1975               AUD           Waterbury, Connecticut - Palace Theater

 

Oct. 10, 1975             AUD           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Spectrum                                surprisingly good quality for an audience recording

 

Oct. 11, 1975             AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music                            mostly complete

 

Oct. 11, 1975             AUD           New York, New York - Academy of Music                            There exists a second source of this show which is incomplete but includes a few small bits not found on the previously listed tape.

 

Oct. 18, 1975             AUD           Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverfront Coliseum

 

Oct. 22, 1975             AUD           St. Louis, Missouri - Opera House

 

Oct. 28, 1975             AUD           Berkeley, California - Community Theater

 

Nov. 2, 1975              AUD           San Diego, California - Civic Center

 

Nov. 12, 1975            RADIO       Stockholm, Sweden - Studentkaren                                     This was recorded by Sweden’s Radio 3 and then broadcast, in edited form, probably a few days later.  Copies of this broadcast floating around among collectors have just a fraction more applause and band chatter than appear on the official LIVE IN STOCKHOLM ‘75 release.

 

Nov. 17, 1975            AUD           Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle

 

Nov. 27, 1975            AUD           Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus

 

Nov. 29, 1975            RADIO       Paris, France - Olympia                                                        Little is known about this tape which is of a French AM radio broadcast.  All known copies are about 30 minutes long and have numerous cuts and edits.  It is not known if the performance was broadcast live or at a later date, nor is it known if a tape of the complete performance exists.  A French announcer’s voice appears at spots during the broadcast.

 

June 5, 1976              AUD           Rimini, Italy - L’Altro Mondo

 

June 18, 1976            AUD           New York, New York - Central Park - Wollman Rink            Giant appeared as part of New York’s annual “Schaeffer Music Festival”.

 

July 3, 1976               AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall                  The band’s LIVE AT THE BICENTENNIAL CD encompasses the entire main set of this concert, as broadcast live by New York’s WLIR Radio, but neither that broadcast nor the subsequent CD contain any encore material.  However, a partial audience recording of the concert has also surfaced.  Amazingly, it’s missing the entire main set but it does include all of the encore material, including the two final surprise songs, In the Midnight Hour and Happy Birthday.  The final song was, of course, dedicated to the USA on the occasion of its Bicentennial.

 

July 5, 1976               AUD           Elyria, Ohio - The Joker

 

July 7, 1976               RADIO       Chicago, Illinois - Riviera Theatre                                        The first 50 minutes or so of GG’s set appear on this radio broadcast, aired over Chicago’s WXRT Radio.  It’s not known if the rest of the concert was recorded.

 

July 16, 1976             AUD           Santa Barbara, California - Arlington Theater

 

July 18, 1976             AUD           San Diego, California - Balboa Stadium

 

July 22, 1976             AUD           Vancouver, British Columbia - Pacific Coliseum

 

Sep. 17, 1976            AUD           Gothenburg, Sweden - Konserthuset

 

Sep. 19, 1976            AUD           Lund, Sweden - Olympen-Sparta

 

Feb. 20, 1977             AUD           Quebec City, Quebec - Centre des Congress                       This is the first of several known recordings from the group’s Feb. - Mar. 1977 tour of North America, during which they premiered four new songs which had not yet been recorded.  The four songs eventually saw release on THE MISSING PIECE later in the year.

 

Feb. 22, 1977             AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Maple Leaf Gardens

 

Feb. 25, 1977             AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Orpheum Theater

 

Feb. 26, 1977             AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater

 

Feb. 27, 1977             AUD           New York, New York - Avery Fisher Music Hall

 

Feb. 28, 1977             AUD           Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall

 

Mar. 6, 1977              AUD           Detroit, Michigan - Ford Auditorium

 

Mar. 19, 1977            AUD           Dallas, Texas - Electric Ballroom                                         This is only a 5 minute section of the band’s soundcheck before the concert.  On the tape, they run through two incomplete takes of For Nobody.  It is unknown whether a longer recording of the soundcheck, or the concert itself for that matter, exist.

 

Mar. 30, 1977            AUD           San Diego, California - Golden Hall

 

Mar. 31, 1977            AUD           Los Angeles, California - Shrine Auditorium                       This recording contains In the Midnight Hour played as a second encore.

 

Oct. 5, 1977               AUD           Heidelberg, Germany - Stadthalle

 

Oct. 8, 1977               AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Mustermesse Riehenring

 

Oct. 29, 1977             AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater                       Not all copies are complete but the full show, including encores, is available.

 

Nov. 1, 1977              AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Forum

 

Nov. 5, 1977              AUD           New York, New York - Palladium                                         The Palladium is actually the venue originally known as the Academy of Music.

 

Nov. 5, 1977              AUD           New York, New York - Palladium                                         a second tape, taken from a different source.  It includes all of John’s humorous introduction to Funny Ways, some of which is missing from the tape in the previous listing.

 

Nov. 8, 1977              AUD           New Haven, Connecticut - Yale University - Woolsley Hall

 

Nov. 10, 1977            SB              Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia - Louie’s Rock City               This is an incomplete recording, recorded directly from this club’s mixing board, probably by an employee of the club.

 

Nov. 10, 1977            AUD           Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia - Louie’s Rock City               This is a second tape of the show listed above, this time recorded by a member of the audience.  It is also incomplete but, although fairly short, it includes a little music not heard on the mixing board recording.

 

Nov. 12, 1977            AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club                               The band played three consecutive nights at the Boston club.  This tape is from the second night.

 

Nov. 13, 1977            AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club                               taken from the band’s third of three consecutive nights at this club

 

Nov. 15, 1977            RADIO       Cleveland, Ohio - Agora                                                       Cleveland’s WMMS Radio recorded this concert and broadcast an edited version a few days later.  This edited version is about 55 minutes long.

 

Nov. 15, 1977            AUD           Cleveland, Ohio - Agora                                                       In addition to the edited radio broadcast listed above, a recording of the entire concert is also available, recorded by a member of the audience.

 

May 8, 1980               AUD           Syracuse, New York - Stage East                                         the earliest known tape from the CIVILIAN tour

 

May 13, 1980             AUD           Cleveland, Ohio - Agora

 

May 16, 1980             AUD           Upper Darby, Pennsylvania - Tower Theater                      

 

May 18, 1980             RADIO       New Haven, Connecticut - Toad’s Place                              broadcast live over WPLR Radio in New Haven

 

May 22, 1980             AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club (early show)                      Giant played two shows on this date in Boston.  A high quality show exists of the early show.

 

May 24, 1980             RADIO       Hempstead, New York - Calderone Concert Hall                  another live radio broadcast, this time aired over New York City’s WLIR

 

May 25, 1980             AUD           Owings Mills, Maryland - Painter’s Mill

 

May 29, 1980             RADIO       Atlanta, Georgia - Agora                                                      broadcast live over WKLS Radio in Atlanta

 

June 8, 1980              RADIO       Denver, Colorado - Rainbow Music Hall                              This concert was professionally recorded by a local audio company and about an hour of it was broadcast over Denver’s KAZY Radio starting at midnight the next morning of June 9.  The full 60 minute broadcast is available to collectors.

 

June 13, 1980            AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (early show)            Giant played three nights at this famous nightclub.  Each night, they put on two shows, for a total of six concerts.  June 13 was their first night at the Roxy.

 

June 14, 1980            AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (early show)

 

June 14, 1980            AUD           West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)

 

June 16, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California - The Roxy (late show)            A roadie for the band recorded, direct from the house mixing desk, Gentle Giant’s very last performance, the late show from their third night at the Roxy.  Copies of this tape circulating around are mixed differently and are slightly longer than the version released officially on the LAST STEPS CD.

 

 

PART   B .

THESE ARE PRIVATELY HELD RECORDINGS NOT AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.  SOME ARE HELD BY BAND MEMBERS OR THE ORIGINAL TAPERS WHO ARE NOT COMFORTABLE DISTRIBUTING THEM.

 

Sep. 8, 1972              SB              New Orleans, Louisiana - Municipal Auditorium                  Although one track from this concert has seen official release, the remainder of the recording resides with the band.

 

Apr. 5, 1974               AUD           Munster, Germany - Munsterlandhalle                                 This is a second, totally different recording than the available one listed in Part A. Although a few minutes of it appear on the GG AT THE GG DVD, the rest is now believed to reside with members of the band.

 

Nov. 22, 1974            AUD           St. Gallen, Switzerland - Kongresshaus Schutzengarten

 

Jan. 18, 1975             SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music (early show)                   King Biscuit recorded this concert but it is not clear how much of it, if any, was included in their Gentle Giant radio broadcast of Sep. 28, 1975.  Likewise, the KING BISCUIT PRESENTS GENTLE GIANT CD and the more recently discovered soundboard recording from this date may or may not contain some music taken from this show.  It is difficult to piece together what is available but, whatever the case, the master tape of this complete early performance is believed to still exist.

 

Jan. 18, 1975             SB              New York, New York - Academy of Music (late show)                     The same problems described in the above listing hold true for this performance, as well.  The master tape of this late show is also believed to still exist.

 

Jan. 29, 1975             AUD           Utica, New York - Utica Memorial Auditorium

 

Feb. 13, 1975             SB              West Hollywood, California - Capitol Studios                      This heavily bootlegged studio recording was described in Part A.  However, what appear to be the original master recordings of this performance have allegedly been located.  They include songs not included on any bootlegs or tapes of the session that are trading among collectors.  These more complete tapes are not yet available to the public and there’s only a slim chance they ever will be.

 

Nov. 24, 1975            AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Mustermesse Reihenring

 

Sep. 23, 1976            SB              Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle                                     This is the first of four concerts the band recorded to provide material for a planned live album.  Much of the music has been released on PLAYING THE FOOL or as bonus tracks on other official releases, though more remains unreleased.

 

Sep. 25, 1976            SB              Munich, Germany - Circus Krone Building                          the second concert recorded by the band for their planned live album.  So far, only one track has been released, appearing on PLAYING THE FOOL, while the rest of the concert is still unreleased.

 

Sep. 30, 1976            AUD           Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus

 

Oct. 1, 1976               AUD           Neuchatel, Switzerland - Temple du Bas                                                    

 

Oct. 5, 1976               SB              Paris, France - Pavillon de Paris                                          the third concert recorded by the band for their planned live album.  Several songs from this night appear on PLAYING THE FOOL but most of the music is unreleased.

 

Oct. 7, 1976               SB              Brussels Belgium - Cirque Royal                                         the fourth and final concert recorded by the band for their planned live album.  Only two songs from this appear on PLAYING THE FOOL including, of course, Breakdown in Brussels.  The rest of the show is still unreleased.

 

Oct. 8, 1977               AUD           Basel, Switzerland - Mustermesse Riehenring                    One version of this, listed in Part A, is trading among collectors.  However, another version of higher quality, was taped by someone else in the audience and is not available to collectors.

 

Nov. 18, 1977            SB              Chester, Pennsylvania - Widener University - Schwartz Physical Education Center             a soundboard recording currently held by a band member

 

June 13, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)                       As explained in Part A, GG played six concerts in three nights at this nightclub in 1980.  Recordings of four of these concerts are available to collectors already.  However, the Roxy’s sound man professionally recorded all six shows.  He has not made any of these recordings available.

 

June 13, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)             professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

June 14, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

June 14, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)             professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

June 16, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (early show)            professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man

 

June 16, 1980            SB              West Hollywood, California -The Roxy (late show)             professionally recorded by the Roxy’s sound man.  This is not the same soundboard tape used to create the official LAST STEPS CD.  It is supposedly of higher quality.

 

 

PART   C .

THESE ARE RECORDINGS THAT ARE RUMORED TO EXIST.  I CANNOT VERIFY THE EXISTENCE OF ANY OF THESE.  SOME ARE PROBABLY UNFOUNDED RUMORS, BUT I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN AT LEAST SOME OF THESE RECORDINGS ARE REAL.

 

???                            AUD           Southampton, England                                                         A fan is said to have recorded Giant once in a small Southampton club in 1970 or 1971.

 

Feb. 26, 1971             AUD           London, England - Horseshoe Pub

 

Apr. 2, 1971               AUD           Hannover, Germany - Multonne

 

Apr. 24, 1972             AUD           Glasgow, Scotland - City Hall

 

Jan. 3, 1973               AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport                                         definitely not a reliable rumor

 

Apr. 8, 1973               AUD           Hampton, Virginia - Hampton Roads Coliseum                   

 

Oct. 13, 1973             AUD           Rome, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

Oct. ?, 1973               AUD           Heidelberg, Germany                                                           The date of this rumored tape could possibly have been June or July of 1973, instead of October.  The venue is not known.

 

Mar. 20, 1974            AUD           Bedworth, England - City Hall

 

Oct. 19. 1974             AUD           Marietta, Ohio - Marietta College                                        

 

???                            AUD           Torquay, England                                                                 A tape of a Torquay gig may exist from sometime in the 1970’s, although the specific date or even the year are not known.  The tape was allegedly recorded at either Pavilion Theatre or the Torquay Town Hall.

 

Feb. ?, 1975              RADIO       San Francisco, California - Winterland                                Giant played here on Feb. 14 and 15.  Possibly, some of the band’s performance on one of those nights was broadcast over the city’s KSAN Radio.

 

Oct. 1, 1975               AUD           Largo, Maryland - Capitol Center

 

May 31, 1976             AUD           Torino, Italy - Palazzo dello Sport

 

June 27, 1976            AUD           Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall                                            Although the master of this recording is missing, copies may very well still exist.

 

June 28, 1976            AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Place des Nations

 

Feb. 23, 1977             AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Montreal Forum

 

June 15, 1980            AUD           San Francisco, California - Old Waldorf Hotel                     Rumors of this tape’s existence have surfaced a couple of times, but they are probably false.

 

 

PART   D.

THESE ARE RECORDINGS THAT APPARENTLY ONCE EXISTED BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, ARE NOW PRESUMED LOST.

 

Apr. 5, 1971               AUD           Munich, Germany - Circus Krone Building                          from the band’s first real European tour, opening for Colloseum

 

Jan. 21, 1972             AUD           Essen, Germany - Grugahalle                                              recorded by a different source than the one listed in Part A.  This tape deteriorated and is no longer usable.

 

June 13, 1972            RADIO       London, England - BBC Radio Session                                The BBC no longer possesses the master tape of this session.  However, a fan recorded it off the radio and kept the tape for quite a while before finally losing it.  The tape included the song Three Friends.

 

Mar. 4, 1973              AUD           Winchester, England - King Alfred’s College                       This was only Giant’s first or second gig as a five-piece band, Phil having recently departed.  A poor quality reel-to-reel tape recorded right in front of the speakers no longer exists.

 

Mar. 4, 1973              AUD           Winchester, England - King Alfred’s College                       Amazingly, a second recording of this gig, recorded on cassette, is also believed lost.

 

Mar. 16, 1973            AUD           New York, New York - Felt Forum                                        Unlike the partial recording listed in Part A, this missing tape was of the band’s complete set.

 

Oct. ?. 1973               AUD           Padova, Italy

 

May 5, 1974               AUD           Breda, Netherlands - Turfschip

 

Aug. 30, 1975            AUD           Montreal, Quebec - Autostade

 

Nov. 12, 1975            SB              Stockholm, Sweden - Studentkaren                                     As explained in Part A, a portion of this concert was broadcast over Swedish Radio.  The original producer of that broadcast has tried unsuccessfully to locate the remaining unaired portions of the show and now believes they no longer exist.

 

May 7, 1980               AUD           Rensselaer, New York - Hullabaloo

 

May 22, 1980             AUD           Boston, Massachusetts - Paradise Club (late show)                        A recording of this was made but was later stolen, so it is now missing.

 

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