The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #153787   Message #3604658
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
25-Feb-14 - 06:58 AM
Thread Name: Any Gene Clark fans here?
Subject: RE: Any Gene Clark fans here?
I saw Gene Clark only once, back in the 70's, in the Apollo in Glasgow, on stage along with his record producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye . He was doing the opening set for Roger McGuinn, and the best I could say of his performance that night is that it was embarrassing.

I am well aware that Gene Clark was arguably the most talented member of the Byrds, but that particular set was excruciatingly awful. He had obviously consumed a skinful prior to going on stage, and believe me it showed, both in his singing and his playing, as well as in his stage demeanour.

Roger McGuinn, OTOH, turned in an absolutely stellar performance, helped in no small measure by having a very young Rick Vito playing Telecaster in his small backing band.