Journey, The Eagles, Billy Joel Among Opening Acts that Became Big Hits

Oh, those opening acts! How many times have we attended marquee concerts and years later we find out the lead-in acts (that we paid little attention) were actually the main event?

billyjoelAlso, some of those opening acts that didn’t upstage the center attraction in years to come were still pretty good. If you attended a concert that falls into one of these categories, I would love to know the details. Following are a few of the more well known examples….

The Beatles had a good many opening acts that included all-star performers such as Jackie DeShannon; Jay and the Americans; The Cyrkle (“Red Rubber Ball“); The Chiffons (“He’s So Fine“); The Righteous Brothers (1964); Bobby Hebb (“Sunny“); and Tommy Roe, just to name a few.

Themenpaket Rock & Pop: The Beatles - 50 Jahre "Love Me Do"Here’s a great Opening Act Trivia question: In the Beatles’ final concert (August 29, 1966) who was the primary opening act?

The list is unending of other famous entertainers who lit up the stage preparing for the stars to appear. Here’s a small sampling:

  • Tina Turner for Lionel Richie (1984)
  • Kansas for Bad Company
  • Journey for ELO
  • Billy Joel for Badfinger
  • Bob Seger for KISS
  • The Eagles for Procol Harum
  • Bruce Springsteen for Anne Murray
  • Whole Oates (later Hall and Oates) for The James Gang
  • Elton John for Derek & The Dominos
  • The Doors for Them
  • Jimmy Buffet for Loggins & Messina
  • Joe Cocker for The Who
  • Linda Rondstadt for Quicksilver
  • Sonny & Cher for Pat Boone

For those concerts that included such future stars, you can say that the admission was well worth the price of the ticket.

The Eagles
The Eagles

If you’re still struggling with the trivia question from above, the answer is The Ronettes! The Beatles took the stage at 9:27 pm in San Francisco and sang the following 11 hits: “Rock And Roll Music”; “She’s A Woman”; “If I Needed Someone”;”Day Tripper”; “Baby’s In Black”; “I Feel Fine”; “Yesterday”; “I Wanna Be Your Man”; “Nowhere Man”; “Paperback Writer”; and “Long Tall Sally”.

(Trivia answer courtesy of Steve Hoffman Music Forums)

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  1. I was at the Badfinger Concert in Woodland hills, CA when Billy Joel (who?) opened for them. A group of us from Canoga Park High School went because Nancy C.’s brother was the light man for Billy Joel and she got us ticktes from him. The concert was in a small auditorium where the band played on a circular, rotating floor. It rotated in circles around the audience. Billy Rocked the place down and then we got to see the headliner Badfinger! Good times and thank you once again Namcy C. John G.

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