There were a three critical days in my life that truly defined what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
These three momentous occasions changed not only my life, but the lives of many professional musicians who will be relating stories on this page.
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Since my father was a musician it wasn’t a matter of if I wanted to be involved in music but WHEN. In 1968 I went to my first rock concert- at the Filmore East. I was 14 years old. The place was filled with pot smoke, the lights and projections were totally psychedelic and overwhelming; I had never seen ANYTHING like this before in my life. As you know, the Fillmore was famous for having 3 acts a night of almost any genre on the same bill. This particular night the “Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation” with a very young Aynsley Dunbar on drums was the opener. They were followed by “Spirit” with Randy California. The headliners “Creedence Clearwater Revival.” It was a life-changing moment for a 14 year old kid. I knew then and there that I would be a musician. I never looked back on that decision. I visited the Fillmore many times before it closed, sometimes skipping school to do so, just to hang out in the East Village. I saw Emerson, Lake and Palmer there, Small Faces with Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath with Ozzy, Edgar Winter’s White Trash and many others. I would never have known about some of the bands that played there had it not been for Bill Graham’s genius- Curved Air (with Stewart Copland), The Flock (with Jerry Goodman on violin)…etc. There was never a more creative entrepreneur than bill Graham. Fortunately I got to meet him a couple of times after I myself became a professional bass player and did gigs for his agency. Many have tried to copy his methods, no one has succeeded. It was a time and place that will never exist again. Mike Visceglia is the bassist for Suzanne Vega. Check out his website at www.mikevisceglia.com