Contributed by: David Tinker
Saturday, 14th July, 1979
Music Hall, Houston, Texas
The set list from the Dallas show of 12 July 1979 looks similar to this show, except for one special extra. Someone near the front row shouted out something like, "Play Muswell Hillbilly!" Ray heard it, and to the delight of the crowd, the Kinks played it. That was played somewhere in the first half of the list.
It was my first real rock concert, and I remember much of it like it was yesterday. I was 13 years old and went with my 3 older brothers, ages 17, 20, and 22, as well as some of their friends. There was a strange, ragged white sheet hanging near the back of the stage. My best guess on why it was hung there was that it symbolized being on a "Low Budget". I also remember that Ray got off the stage a couple of times to walk down the aisles and shake hands. I was about 20 rows back, so I didn't have a chance to shake his hand.
We had a pre-Kinks concert party with our group. I remember that we played Kinks records, but I especially remember Celluloid Heroes being played at the party. I think it was the first time I had heard it.
I also saw the Kinks on April 13, 1983 at the Houston Summit, and in (I think, April) 1985 at the Austin Coliseum. I have a set list somewhere for the 1983 concert. I'll share that when I find it again.
The opening band on that night in 1979 was really bad: Herman Brood and his Wild Romance. Possibly a Dutch band? I think Herman was very high on drugs and could not keep it together for the concert.
The last pre-concert song played from record by the sound crew was "I fought the Law the Law Won".
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