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Illinois Speed Press Gig Dates
(found so far)

(with great assistance from my friends, Stu Rosenberg and Jerry Fuentes)


Link here for various flyers drawn by Gordon McClelland:
Gordon McClelland ISP Flyers

1968
April 19,Bakersfield College,Bakersfield, CA, Campus Center, w/The Standells
April 28,Valley Music Center, Woodland Hills, CA, w/The Buffalo Springfield, The Hammilton Street Car
May 3, 4, 5, The Cheetah, Venice, CA, w/Hamilton Camp, The Hook, Melbourne on the May 5th
May 29-June 2, Whiskey A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA, w/Spirit, Sunset Strip
June 18,Kaleidoscope, Hollywood, CA, on Thursdays Only, Summer Schedule 1968
June 27-30,Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, CA., Phantasmagoria Benefit for The Black Congress, KPFK radio Station & LA Free Clinic, w/Johnny Rivers, Grassroots, The New Breed, etc......
June 28 & 29,Kaleidoscope, Hollywood, CA, w/ Electric Flag, Smokestack Lightning
July 3-7, Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA., w/Tim Buckley, Sunset Strip
July 16-18,Filmore West, San Francisco, CA, w/Big Brother & The Holding Co., Richie Havens, Janis Joplin, Sly & the Family Stone, Jeff Beck Group
July 22-28,END OF COLE AVE. CLUB, 4926 COLE AVE DALLAS, TEXAS (unconfirmed, based on notation on flyer for previous week's entertainment))
August 3-4,Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, CA, 1st Annual Newport Pop Festival, w/The Byrds, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Lovin/ Spoonful, etc........
August 9-11,Torrance at "The Bank", CA, weekend summer show, w/Pacific Gas and Electric (last tour), Sons of Champlin,Freedom Highway
August 13-18,The Bank, Torrance, CA., w/Pacific Gas & Electric, Sons of Champlin, Freedom Highway
August ?,The Cheetah , Venice, CA., Summer Celebration, w/Mitch Roman, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sherwood, Fields, Sweetwater
September 13-15,Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL, w/The Lemon Pipers
September 22,The Chain Reaction , Chicago, IL, w/?
October 13-16,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA, w/ Initial Shock, Sunset Strip
October 17-20,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA, w/Lee Michaels
October 25,California State University, Fullerton, CA, Commons West Side of the Campus, w/Stack, Great brain Robbery
November 7,Veterans Coliseum , Phoenix, AZ, w/Sweetwater, Albert King and The Doors
November 16,Claremont's Men's College, Claremont, CA, McKenna Auditorium, w/Dust
December 13,L. A. Valley College, Van Nuys, CA, Women's Gym, w/Electric Chair
December 13,L. A. Valley College, Van Nuys, CA, Women's Gym, w/Electric Chair
December 17-22, Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA, w/Terry Reid, Sunset Strip ( review of this show is on the Los Angeles Times by Pete Johnson.....ISP did not receive a favorable one!)
December 31,Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum Phoenix, AZ, w/Steppenwolf

1969
January 9-19,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA., w/Tim Hardin, Sunset Strip
January 22-26,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA., w/Lothar & Hand People, Sunset Strip
January 28-Feb 2,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA., w/Bonnie & Delany (Original ad had Taj Mahal but ISP played)
February 23,California State University, Fullerton Fullerton,CA., w/Spirit
February 26-Mar 2,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA., w/It's A Beautiful Day, Sunset Strip.
March 5-9,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA., w/Slim Harpo, Sunset Strip.
March 15, Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills,CA., w/Taj Mahal, Dillard & Clark (A benefit concert )
March 22,Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, w/Smokestack Lightin', (plus they show a film of The Cream Farewell Performance Concert at Royal Albert Hall)
March 23,Santa Monica Civic Auditorium , Santa Monica,CA., same as above at Anaheim Convention Center
March 31,The Aquarius Theatre, Hollywood,CA, w/Chicago Transit Authority, Red Beans & Rice, Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Linda Ronstadt, Jethro Tull, Murray Roman, Compere, Buddy Miles, Southwind, Dillard & Clark & Sawaba Africa Dance Theatre & Surprise Super Stars. (A Benefit for The L.A. Free Clinic)
April 11-12,White Room, Buena Park,CA., w/POCO billed as POGO
April 20,The Cheetah , Venice, CA, w/Black Pearl, Mealnie, Blues Image, Fields, Fraternity of Man, etc.....( Free Show that had the LAPD smashed the show and close it down)
April 25,Claremont College "Wash Out" Claremont, CA, w/Albert Collins, Lightin' Hopkins, Roxy, etc......
May 2-3,White Room , Buena Park, CA, w/?
May 8-11,Whiskey-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood,CA, w/Chicago Transit Authority, Hugh Maskela & Big Black
May 15,The Experience, West Hollywood,CA, w/Linn Country, Sunset Strip, C.K. Strong
May 16,Grande Ballroom , Detroit, MI , LED ZEPPELIN, SPIRIT. This show was originally to be in the Olympia Stadium
May 23 -24,Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Il, w/Led Zepplin & Pacific Gas & Electric
May 25,Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Il
May 29 -31,The Ark (formerly Bost Tea Party), 15 Lansdowne St, Boston.
June 6-7 Eastown Theater Show, Detroit, MI, w/MC5 & The Stoogies
June 27-29,The Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA
July 4-5,Rose Palace, Pasadena,CA., w/Ike & Tina Turner, Dragonwick
July 10,The Experience, West Hollywood, w/Charity, Sunset Strip
July 11-12,The Experience, West Hollywood, w/Charity, Sunset Strip, Murray Roman
July 17,Third Eye, Palos Verdes,CA, w/Asch, Mojave Honey, Charity (Benefit for Free Clinic)
July 19,Santa Ana Stadium, Santa Ana, CA, w/Lee Michaels, Rainbow, Big Foot
July 22-27,The End of Cole Ave (night club), Dallas, TX.
August 13,Evansville, In, Evansville Pop Festival , Mesker Amphitheater, w/Canned Heat, Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Silverheels, Jamie Lyons, Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys, The Litter
August 30,Midwest Rock Festival Milwaukee Phase II , w/Bethlehem Boogie Band, The Serfs, Taj Mahal, Howlin Wolf, Cat Mother, Soup, Clayton Fletcher, Elyse Weinberg, Illinois Speed Press, Mother Earth), Bloomsberry People & Chuck Berry.
September 25-28,The End of Cole Ave., Dallas, TX.

John Kelly, road manager for the band:
"I remember the Evansville gig (for which we were never paid). Vern, Rob, and I rode down there from the north side of Chicago in the back of a U-haul truck, drinking in the lushness of southern Indiana in reverse, The gig was the Indiana Pop Festival (remember those) and it was sparsely attended which is why we got stiffed. We were competing against a NASCAR event or something like it. The motels and hotels were sold out for 40 miles around unbeknownst to me. We wound up at a bed and breakfast 1969 style which means just this side of the Black Hole of Calcutta. Ah, those were the days."

1970
February 20-22,The Golden Bear , Huntington Beach, CA, w/Bernie Pearl Band
February 24-March 1,The Brass Ring, Sherman Oaks, CA., w/Blues Image
March 12, PNE Gardens, Vancouver, Canada, w/Chicago
March 13,Eagles Auditorium , Seatlle,WA, w/Chicago
March 15,International Sports Arena San Diego,CA, w/Paul Butterfield & Fever Tree
March 28-29,Awarehouse, New Orleans,LA, w/Grand Funk Railroad
April 3 & 4,Five Stages, Chicago, IL, w/The Litter & Wilderness Road (2 shows each day)
April 10-11, The Scene, Milwaukee, WI, w/Rastus (see review notes)
April 24, Sound Storm, York Farm Poynette, Wisconsin, WI, w/The Grateful Dead, Baby Huey.etc.
May 5,KRNT Theatre, Des Moines, IA, w/Chicago
May 10, Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN,w/Chicago
May 11, KRNT Theater, Des Moines,Iowa, w/Chicago
May 17, Dane County Coliseum, Madison, WI, w/Chicago
May 22, Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio, w/Chicago
May 23Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, w/Chicago
June 9-14, The Brass Ring, Sherman Oaks, CA, w/Blue Rose Band
June 24-25, Fillmore East, New York,NY, w/10 Years After & Catfish
July 1-4,Unganos, New York,NY, w/Punch & Third Eye
July 16,Cashman Field , Las Vegas,NV, w/Janis Joplin, B.B. King, The Youngbloods, Joe & The Fish etc (Note: Cancelled by the City of Las Vegas)
July 17University of Texas, El Paso, TX, Outdoor Show held opposite the Administration Building
July 18,Summer Music Festival, Soldiers Field, Chicago,IL, w/Chicago, The Band, Leon Russell etc
July 19, Parade Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, w/Sly & Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Richie Havens
July 31,Rock Festival, Galena, IL, w/Poco, Flying Burritos Bros, Youngbloods, Hot Tuna, Everly Bros, Grateful Dead etc
August 12,Loretto-Hilton Theatre at Webster College, St. Louis. Tickets $3.00 in advance and $3.50 at the door (from Todd kromer@centurytel.net)
August 14,Panther Hall, Ft Worth, TX, w/ Heaven & Earth (see review notes)
August 15, 1970,Dallas, TX, w/Heaven & Earth, sponsored by radio station KFAD
August 17-23,Whiskey A Go Go, Sunset Strip, West Hollywood,CA, w/Little Richard
September 11-12,The Brass Ring, Sherman Oaks,CA, w/Pollution
September 19,Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, CA, w/Chicago
October 1,C.U. Fieldhouse, University of Colorado Denver, Co.
October 13,Capitol Theatre, Passaic,NJ, w/Chicago

1971
January 8, Long Beach Auditorium, Exhibition Hall, Long Beach,CA, w/Sweet Marie & Timber. (After Paul left the group there were still commitments to be filled so ISP played on for several months without Paul).

Further links to Paul's musical history -

Beginnings--- Capitols--- Mus-twangs--- Starfires--- Carol Vega & Trio--- Gentrys--- Rovin' Kind--- Rovin' Kind Gig Dates--- Illinois Speed Press--- Illinois Speed Press Gig Dates--- Poco & Beyond--- The Players--- Joseph Schwantner--- Chuck Edelhofer--- Keith Anderson--- Gerald (Jerry) Urban--- Guy Franchot (Frenchy) Germany--- Walter (Buddy) Riley--- Carol Vega--- Johnny Moore--- Vern Johnson--- Frank Bartell (Bortoli)--- Mike Anthony (Harry Baikauskas)--- Fred Page (Pappalardo)--- Rob Lewine--- Bobby Simms--- Barney Pip--- John Uribe--- Kal David--- Jim Jarosz--- Ronnie Laas---

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