Tuesday, February 8, 2011


This is one of those crazy concert stories. It was February 19th, 1987, and Taj Mahal was playing with Jessie Ed Davis at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. That would have been a good show, but then some people jumped on stage. Normally, you don't want people from the audience jumping on stage, but if they happen to be George Harrison, Bob Dylan and John Fogerty you let them do whatever the hell they want. On this lucky night, the audience was in for a treat as the band played a string of unrehearsed rock and roll oldies. Somebody in the audience had a movie camera. The production values may be low, but the spirits are high. You shoulda been there.

Top clip: Taj Mahal and George Harrison sing "Matchbox" with all-star back-up. Bottom: John Fogerty sings "Blue Suede Shoes" and, at Dylan's request, "Proud Mary." Because of a lawsuit, Fogerty hadn't played this song for years.

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