Yardbirds 1966

The Yardbirds are mainly known for having 3 of the finest British guitarists of all time in their line-up at one time or another. Following Eric Clapton’s decision to quit the band [March ’65], Jeff Beck joined and took over lead guitar duties. He was shortly joined by Jimmy Page (who later formed Led Zeppelin from the remnants of The Yardbirds in 1968) initially on bass guitar and subsequently for a short period played lead guitar alongside Beck.

In 1965, The Yardbirds played at the Wick Assembly Rooms [formerly a victorian school] which hosted a bevy of talented musicians, primarily thanks to Elgin promoter, Albert Bonici. Jeff Beck is quoted as saying that the Assembly Rooms was the finest he had played because of it’s excellent accoustics. “Jeff Beck was the guitarist. Clapton was not there but Jimmy Page was the roadie. How do I know? I was in the support band, The Aktual Fakts. The bass player is now a record producer, the singer is dead and, as far as I know the other two are still playing, Chris Dreja and Jim Macartney. Amazing music.”

In 1966, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were included in the Yardbirds when they performed at Elgin Town Hall July 7, 1966. Earlier in the year they performed on the Moody Blues tour though The Moody Blues did a gig with The Copycats at the Two Red Shoes, Elgin on July 21st.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkPjQR5QCek  http://www.seastwood.com/backup310/music/beck/yardbirds.asp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AF8yMx9SvE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn6cxaKRwtk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clapton

They were no strangers to Scotland as the group [including Eric Clapton] performed early gigs in 1964 and ’65 though Eric left the band in July 1967 after a bad night at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom. Eric Clapton said that their Elgin gig was the “last time I played with the Yardbirds and it was rough. They just came to fight… not to watch us and they’d boo you off stage. It upsets me very much when you get that kind of audience.”
July 18, 1964 2nd Scottish Jazz & Blues Festival, Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland
September 28, 1964 Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
September 29, 1964 ABC Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 30, 1964 Odeon Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
March 30, 1965 Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland
May 21, 1965 Raith Ballroom, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
May 22, 1965 City Hall, Perth, Scotland
May 23, 1965 Top 10 Club, Palais, Dundee, Scotland
May 24, 1965 Assembly Rooms, Wick, Scotland
May 25, 1965 Locarno Ballroom, Montrose, Scotland
May 27, 1965 Paisley Ice Rink, Glasgow, Scotland
May 30, 1965 New Hall, Newtongrange, Scotland
May 31, 1965 Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland (cancelled)
July 21, 1965 Kinema Ballroom, Dunfermline, Scotland

My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 SCOTBEAT.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference https://scotbeat.wordpress.com when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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