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'First Annual London Rock'n'Roll Revival'
5 Saturday /
(60000 people attending)
DAY AT WEMBLEY BY
. . . historic
. . . because it showed us all that, whatever the slogans run like, rock'n'roll
is dead, or at least living only in suspended animation. It was a gas
to see the old greats working again, and billed together as well, but
the very way the concert was set up shows that it's not going to happen
again. Four years of talking, the most elaborate sound arrangement especially
imported (and none too clear for all that), a huge stadium well-equiped
for handling large numbers of people, elaborate and extensive publicity
and certainly the biggest names in Rock'n'Roll. So how come only forty-odd
thousand turned out?
ROCK FESTIVAL SPECIAL
. . . Some hipsters
felt that apart from good old Bill Haley, the MC5 were the only band to
try and capture the feel of rock'n'roll, yet they shared the booing stakes
with that incredible blundered - Little Richard. Severely limited on time,
as were most of the acts, the MC5 did try to communicate with the audience
of traditional rock lovers, but the lead singer, Wayne Cramer [sic]
got pelted with beer cans for his pains.
RECORD MIRROR did not make any comment on the MC5 appearance in its concert report.
RICHARD, MC5 SHARE BOOS BY JULIAN MOSELEY
. . . Detroit's
MC5, not a rock & roll band by any stretch of the imagination, was
applauded with a hail of Coke cans and wine bottles from the crowd of
50,000. Real 1957 stuff. With Teds and Rockers you either play it their
way, or not at all.