The purpose of this page is to try and document all the known performances of The Soft White Underbelly, Stalk Forrest Group, as well those that occurred in the immediate aftermath of their transition into Blue Oyster Cult.Straight from the start, I can say that this is an impossible task to do with any sort of precision because nobody was taking notes back then.So no one all night really listened to the music at all.Lauren Bacall was there with her husband Jason Robards who was falling down drunk. Jeff rightly characterized the party as elitist and decadent, too true. At the party was Penelope Tree who was their daughter, our age, who was a famous high fashion model at the time.They (The Soft White Underbelly) played once at the Coach House in Stony Brook in a low-ceilinged room, one of whose walls bore an advertisement for "The Soft White Underbelly: a classic rock quintet." Therefore, I'm placing this gig before Les joined - maybe January 1968?I'm also placing it before the next few gigs with because Jeff Richards tells me he didn't play this gig, and I want to group the shows he did play together in a contiguous block...
The task now comes of trying to slot the vague memories of such and such a gig into the actual timeline of known dateable gigs and events... Eddie borrowed the SWU's amps when came time for our Stony Brook gym concert.
Here are some recent (Jan 2015) Facebook posts on the subject: This is an interesting ad.
When Albert called me up in the middle of the night in August of '70 asking me to join the band he said "you gotta come right away because we're opening a tour for Led Zeppelin!
" Of course I said I'll get there as soon as I finish my last production at the Vineyard Players. So I drove through the wickedest Labor Day traffic I've ever seen from Martha's Vineyard to Great Neck LI.
I got to the house and I said I'm ready for Zeppelin.