The GoG0s participated in a Battle of the Bands at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Saturday July 28th, 1979.
Santa Monica Civic AuditoriumThe Santa Monica Civic Auditorium opened June 15, 1958. The $2,900,000 multi-purpose auditorium is located at Pico and Main Street in the city of Santa Monica. It was designed by Welton Becket & Associates and built by C.L. Pect and Millie & Severson.
A distinguishing architectural characteristic are its five 72-foot concrete masts that connect with the entrance canopy. The entire entrance facade is composed of a delicate cast-concrete grill.
1958 photo: L.A. Examiner - USC photo archives
The Civic featured hydraulic jacks which could tilt the main floor for use as a theater, dance floor or a basketball court. The massive hydraulic lifters could tilt the floor from a flat surface into a sloping theater that dipped 4 feet at its lowest depth.
There is a circular snack bar in the auditorium lobby.
1958 photo: L.A. Examiner - USC photo archives
The auditorium was designed for the staging of symphonies, dramatic productions, operas, concerts, sporting events, boxing, conventions, trade shows, antique shows, dog and cat shows, auto shows, banquets, fundraisers, roller derbies, lectures, religious services and dances.
In it's early years, the Civic was the home to the Academy Awards ceremonies, the Harlem Globetrotters and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Civic could accommodated 2,750 spectators. In 1958 it was the second largest stage in Southern California. At this time there was no Sports Arena, no Forum, no Music Center and no rock 'n' roll. Over the years its capacity grew to about 3,200.
2008 photo: tlc
2008 photo: tlc
Sampling of Civic Shows (1962 - 1979)
John Raitt, Jane Morgan MARCH 10Odetta MARCH 16The Weavers APRIL 12Joan Baez APRIL 14Clancy Brothers MAY 8Bud & Travis OCTOBER 6Dave Brubeck Quartet NOVEMBER 3Hoyt Axton, Oscar Brand NOVEMBER 30Limeliters DECEMBER 14 (8 pm & 10:45 pm shows)
Ella Fitzgerald JANUARY 4Allan Sherman, Harpo Marx JANUARY 18Limeliters JANUARY 19Bob Newhart FEBRUARY 10Peter, Paul and Mary FEBRUARY 8New Christy Minstrels MARCH 22Ray Conniff MAY 3Hootenanny '63 SEPTEMBER 6Nancy Wilson, Morey Amsterdam SEPTEMBER 21The Clancy Brothers OCTOBER 5Hootenanny '63 OCTOBER 19The Weavers NOVEMBER 9Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie NOVEMBER 25Feature-length surfing movies were shown December 26, 27, 28.Surfing exhibitions sponsored by Surf Guide magazine and KRLA radio
In 1963 The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was rated 10th largest in California and gross revenues were 5th in the state.
Hootenanny '64 JANUARY 31Chad Mitchell Trio FEBRUARY 7Bob Dylan FEBRUARY 29Smothers Brothers APRIL 2Hootenanny '64 APRIL 18Dave Brubeck Quartet MAY 1Clancy Brothers OCTOBER 24Bud and Travis NOVEMBER 21Joan Baez DECEMBER 11T.A.M.I Show (Teenage Awards Music International) filmProduced by Electronovision w/ Screen Entertainment Co.Starring: Jan & Dean, chuck Berry, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, The Beach Boys, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, The Supremes, The Barbarians, James Brown & the Flames, The Rolling Stones.1965
The Brothers Four JANUARY 23Dave Bruebeck, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass FEBRUARY 27 (premiere concert)Chuck Berry FEBRUARY 26The Chad Mitchell Trio MARCH 6Bob Dylan MARCH 27Clancy Brothers MAY 14Roger Miller, Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass MAY 28Pete Seeger JUNE 11Chad & Jeremy, Dick & Deedee JUNE 19 (1st American appearance)movie: Endless Summer JULY 8 thru 14Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle Orchestra SEPTEMBER 11Bill Cosby OCTOBER 8Bob Dylan DECEMBER 19
Liberace JANUARY 29Peter, Paul & Mary MARCH 26Pete Seeger JUNE 3Kingston Trio NOVEMBER 25Sergio Mendez and Brazil '66 NOVEMBER 12Joan Baez DECEMBER 16 (two shows 7:30 and 10 pm)
Peter, Paul & Mary MARCH 3 & 4Judy Collins APRIL 14Allen Ginsberg the Fugs APRIL 21Don Ho APRIL 22 (two shows 8 & 10pm)Sergio Mendez and Brasil '66 MAY 10The Doors w/ Iron Butterfly JULY 3Yardbirds w/ Moby Grape, Captain Beefheart JULY 22The Seekers OCTOBER 7Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Steve Allen, Shelly Manne OCTOBER 18Judy Collins NOVEMBER 17Buffalo Springfield DECEMBER 9Phil Ochs DECEMBER 16Ray Charles DECEMBER 29
Peter, Paul and Mary FEBRUARY 16 & 17Cream , Electric Prunes, Steppenwolf FEBRUARY 23Buffy Sainte-Marie APRIL 26Tiny Tim JUNE 7Peter Seeger OCTOBER 14Johnny Rivers DECEMBER 27
Peter Paul & Mary FEBRUARY 22 & 23Dave Brubeck Quartet, Gerry Mulligan MARCH 22Creedence Clearwater Revival APRIL 18Judy Collins MAY 2Gary Puckett & Union Gap, The Sunshine Co. Steve Martin JUNE 14Bobby Darin JUNE 27Gary Puckett and the Union GapJethro Tull NOVEMBER 26Blood, Sweat & Tears NOVEMBER 23
The Santa Monica Civic had a reputation for providing orderly performances. From 1969 to 1979 it was managed by Jeremy Ferris. Ferris credits the the Auditorium's success as a rock venue due to good business practices. The Civic maintained control (rather than the promoter) over the selling of tickets to performances. Basically, the auditorium would put money into a trust account. This money would be available for refunds or for the writing of checks to the artist on the first business day after a performance. The house also handled its own security detail. The auditorium had a policy of hiring college age guards who related to the audiences and enjoyed the concert themselves. Also, bands liked the fact that it was located outside Los Angeles Police Department jurisdiction. (source: L.A. Times)
Judy Collins FEBRUARY 14the Youngbloods JANUARY 31Santana, Elvin Bishop FEBRUARY 28Delaney & Bonnie, Dave Mason MARCH 1The Grateful Dead MARCH 7Jose Feliciano MARCH 20Neil Young & Crazy Horse MARCH 28John Sebastian APRIL 11Joe Cocker, Leon Russell APRIL 18Pink Floyd MAY 1Captain Beefheart JUNE 26Ray Charles JULY 2Traffic JULY 5Bill Cosby JULY 10Procol Harum JULY 31Pink Floyd OCTOBER 23Rod Stewart and Small Faces OCTOBER 30Elton John, Odetta NOVEMBER 15Eric Clapton NOVEMBER 20The Byrds DECEMBER 27
The Carpenters, Seals & Croft JANUARY 16Dave Mason & Cass Elliot JANUARY 10Poco, Spencer Davis JANUARY 15Van Morrison JANUARY 29 & 30The Beach Boys FEBRUARY 20Bee Gees FEBRUARY 19Mountain MARCH 6Richie Havens MARCH 14Johnny Winter MARCH 28Badfinger APRIL 2Johnny Winter APRIL 5The Kinks APRIL 7The Youngbloods APRIL 9Gordon Lightfoot APRIL 13Bread MAY 21Cat Stevens JULY 1Buddy Miles JULY 18Procol Harum AUGUST 10 & 11Taj MahalCanned Heat, John Lee Hooker AUGUST 4Judy Collins AUGUST 27Poco OCTOBER 1Melanie NOVEMBER 8Pete Seeger DECEMBER 10The Guess Who NOVEMBER 27
Seals and Croft JANUARY 23Cheech & Chong FEBRUARY 5James Gang FEBRUARY 10Laura Nyro and John Prine MARCH 3 & 4Emerson, Lake & Palmer MARCH 23Humble Pie APRIL 22Van Morrison APRIL 27 & 28Mark Alman MAY 7Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks MAY 27Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie JUNE 2Cheech & Chong June 16Procol Harem, The Eagles JULY 2 & 3Dave Mason, J.D. SOUTHER JULY 7The Kinks, Taj Mahal AUGUST 29Guess WhoT Rex, The Doobie Brothers OCTOBER 14David Bowie OCTOBER 20 & 21The Hollies, Billy Preson NOVEMBER 22Paul Simon NOVEMBER 24-26J. Geils Band OCTOBER 8Procol Harem NOVEMBER 12Loggins & Messina DECEMBER 16
Starting in 1973, the auditorium scheduled was heavy on rock concerts.
Traffic, Free JANUARY 27Edgar Winter FEBRUARY 2Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield MARCH 13The Association MARCH 18Helen Reddy MARCH 18The Bee Gees MARCH 29Helen Reddy, Mac Davis APRIL 6Foghat APRIL 7Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band APRIL 13Limelighters March 30John Mayall Dr. Hook APRIL 7Rick Nelson APRIL 13Kris Dristofferson, Rita Coolidge APRIL 18Lou Reed APRIL 20J. Geils Band APRIL 26Crusaders APRIL 27Slade MAY 3Paul Simon MAY 19the Eagles JUNE 21Van Morrison JUNE 29Focus, Joe Walsh JULY 1Electric Light Orchestra JULY 12Judy Collins AUGUST 18Focus, Little Feat AUGUST 31Steely Dan SEPTEMBER 2King Crimson OCTOBER 15Arlo Gultho NOVEMBER 16Jim Croce NOVEMBER 24Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop DECEMBER 8T. Rex
Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt JANUARY 11Billy Preston JANUARY 12Dave Mason JANUARY 26 (8pm & 11pm)John PrineNew York Dolls MARCH 16Genesis MARCH 22Mott the Hoople APRIL 12Grace Slick, Jefferson Starship APRIL 18Electric Light Orchestra and Elvin Biship MAY 4Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd MAY 20Blue Oyster Cult, Queen JUNE 7The Eagles JUNE 8 (two shows 7:30 & 11 pm)Steely Dan, KiKi Dee Band JULY 3Grand Central Station JULY 20Bruce Springsteen and Dr. John JULY 25Rory Gallagher JULY 26Frank Zappa AUGUST 16Tower of Power AUGUST 23Souther, Hillman and Furay Band AUGUST 30Electric Flag, Moby Grape OCTOBER 4Jackson Brown SEPTEMBER 28 & 29The Average White Band, Billy Cobham OCTOBER 17Arlo Guthrie OCTOBER 19Joe Cocker, Focus OCTOBER 13Jose Feliciano OCTOBER 18Hot Tuna and Journey OCTOBER 26New Riders of Purple Sage NOVEMBER 22Donovan DECEMBER 13Comander Cody, Waylon Jennings DECEMBER 14Lou Reed, Hall & Oats NOVEMBER 24Kinks DECEMBER 10J.J. Cale, Dicky Betts DECEMBER 11Marshall Tucker Band, Little Feat DECEMBER 16Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
At this time rock/pop music seemed to have run its course. Rock had become tired and conventional. It encompassed: supergroups, easy listening, jazz rock, glitter rock, country rock, heavy metal, singer-songwriter and pop rock segments in music.Frustrated young people were starved for a music they could call their own. They wanted new music for a new generation.The New York Dolls emerged and represented a promising change in music direction. Other such artist included David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Suzi Quatro were blazing a new direction in music.
Kiss and Jo Jo Gunne FEBRUARY 1Roxy Music MARCH 7Jesse Colin Young MARCH 15Labelle MARCH 21Queen, Mahogany Rush MARCH 29Styx APRIL 3Average White Band APRIL 15Lynyrd Skynyrd APRIL 21Santana APRIL 1Herbie Hancock APRIL 23Sparks MAY 3John Prine MAY 4Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter May 16John Mayall JUNE 4the Tubes AUGUST 2Sweet SEPTEMBER 13Donovan SEPTEMBER 27Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws OCTOBER 13Paul Simon NOVEMBER 20 & 21Jerry Jeff Walker and Roger McGuinn OCTOBER 4Bonnie Raitt and Tom Waits OCTOBER 17Strawbs OCTOBER 31Harry Chapin NOVEMBER 8Rory Gallagher NOVEMBER 1710cc NOVEMBER 26Leo Sayer NOVEMBER 28Sparks DECEMBER 3 & 4Comander Cody DECEMBER 16
In 1976 rock 'n' roll was a big business. Wolf & Rissmiller and Pacific Presentations were one of Southern California's main rock concert promotion organizations. Typically, they would start acts at a small capacity venue such as the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Then, if the response was good, they would move them up to either the larger Shrine Auditorium or Anaheim Convention Center - and then the Long Beach Arena or the Inglewood Forum. Ultimately, the most popular bands would perform high capacity, stadium seating, outdoor venues such as baseball and football stadiums.Consequently, in 1975- on the Santa Monica Civic started to lose acts to bigger houses that made more profits and could offer more money to performers.Artist such as David Bowie, Cat Stevens, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Eagles, Chicago, the Beach Boys, Moody Blues, Areosmith, ZZ top and Kiss could easily sell out large arenas.However, artist would want to return to the Civic Auditorium and play for less money because of its historic reputation and its more intimate surroundings.
Kinks, Pretty Things FEBRUARY 9 & 10Bob Marley and the WailersJanis Ian MARCH 6Dan Fogelberg MARCH 7Queen, Cate Brothers MARCH 9, 10 & 11Supertramp MARCH 31 & APRIL 1Golden Earring APRIL 9Ted Nugent, Status Quo APRIL 27Laura Nyro MAY 9Elvin Bishop, Tim Weisberg MAY 15Boz Scaggs, Fools Gold MAY 25Bob Marley & Wailers MAY 27Steve Miller Band JUNE 29Pete Seeger, Odetta, Arlo GuthrieBruce Springsteen (first time he headlined locally) SEPTEMBER 29 & 30Firefall, Spirit AUGUST 28Starz, the Quick (Kim Fowley affiliated bands appear free, co-sponsored by KWST-FM) SEPTEMBER 8Crusader SEPTEMBER 25Poco, Silver SEPTEMBER 26Richie Furay Band OCTOBER 7Tower of Power, Al Jaureau OCTOBER 8 & 9Hall & Oates OCTOBER 15Bob Seger and Silver Bullet Band NOVEMBER 4Chuck Mangione NOVEMBER 9Tommy Bolin (of Deep Purple) OCTOBER 24 (Bolin Died Dec. 4)Journey, The Earl Slick Band NOVEMBER 11Patti Smith NOVEMBER 10Labelle NOVEMBER 12Jerry Jeff Walker NOVEMBER 21Lou Reed NOVEMBER 25Todd Rundgren's Utopia NOVEMBER 28Chieftains DECEMBER 6BostonThe Ramones, Sparks, Flo & Eddie DECEMBER 31
Bay City Rollers JANUARY 7Al Stewart JANUARY 13Kansas JANUARY 14Herbie Hancock, John Klemmer JANUARY 16Kinks FEBRUARY 17 & 18Angel FEBRUARY 19Billy Joel FEBRUARY 20Journey, Styx MARCH 5Janis Ian MARCH 11The Runaways, Queens of Noise APRIL 1Todd Rundgren APRIL 7Sammy Hagar APRIL 13Iggy Pop, Blondie APRIL 15Jean Luc Ponty APRIL 16Marshall Tucker Bank APRIL 18 & 19Dickey Betts MAY 9Jimmy Buffett MAY 16Gary Wright MAY 26Crusaders JUNE 17Bryan Ferry JUNE 12Poco JULY 22Surf Film JULY 29Ronnie Laws, Sons of Champlin JULY 30Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker AUGUST 5 & 6Styx, Mink DeVille AUGUST 13Maynard Ferguson AUGUST 14Roy Orbinson AUGUST 18Be Bop deluxe, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers SEPTEMBER 14 & 15Thin Lizzy, Graham Parker SEPTEMBER 29Rush & UFO OCTOBER 1Billy Joel OCTOBER 8The OutlawsAl Jarreau OCTOBER 30Dave Brubeck Quartet NOVEMBER 14Phoebe Snow NOVEMBER 15Iggy Pop NOVEMBER 18Firefall NOVEMBER 25Commaner Cody NOVEMBER 26The Babys, Piper NOVEMBER 30Tower of Power DECEMBER 27Chuck Berry DECEMBER 29Devo, Mink DeVille DECEMBER 31
Lynyrd Skynyrd JANUARY 15The Ramones, The Runaways JANUARY 27Detective FEBRUARY 16The Charlie Daniels Band FEBRUARY 19Nazareth MARCH 7Aerosmith APRIL 7 & 8Patti Smith, The Zippers MAY 12Elvis Costello, Mink DeVille - Nick Lowe MAY 30Tom Petty JUNE 5Joan Baez, Harry Chapin, Peter Yarrow JUNE 7Angel, Quiet Riot JUNE 27
Cheap Trick JULY 21Village People JULY 7Tony Bennett JULY 15Meat Loaf JULY 25Atlanta Rhythm Section AUGUST 24Al Stewart OCTOBER 4Hall & Oats, City Boy NOVEMBER 5Blondie NOVEMBER 21Al Jarreau NOVEMBER 15
The Clash, Bo Diddley FEBRUARY 9Nazareth, Legs Diamond FEBRUARY 27The Lettermen MARCH 2Ambrosia MARCH 10Judy Collins MARCH 17Disco Dance Marathon FEBRUARY 17 (w/ Eric Estrada)Pointer Sisters MAY 1Police MAY 17Triumph, Missouri JUNE 8One Truth Band, John McLaughlin JUNE 18Graham Parker & The Rumor JUNE 20Devo JULY 1 (two shows)Graham Parker JUNE 23Stehanie Mills JULY 7Ian Hunter Band, John Hiatt JULY 8The Buzzcocks, Gang of Four SEPTEMBER 12Nick Gilder SEPTEMBER 18J. J. Cale OCTOBER 12Judas Priest OCTOBER 23Joe Jackson NOVEMBER 9Bob Dylan NOVEMBER 18The Babys, The Beat DECEMBER 21