America and Poco Newcastle Odeon 1975

America and Poco Newcastle Odeon 1975
This was a pretty cool line up, and was my fist time seeing both bands. I knew a lot of stuff by America, but nothing by Poco. I went along with my friend Ian, as I recall. America had previously toured as support for Family in 1971, but the gig was the same night as Led Zeppelin played Sunderland Locarno (theres a gig I must report on), so I didn’t go. So when they returned to Newcastle for this gig at the Odeon I made sure that I attended. The Odeon is now sadly closed, but was an important venue for gigs in the North East in the early 70s. It was a little bigger than the City Hall, with a capacity of around 3,000, and I saw a few bands play there: Humble Pie, King Crimson, Black Sabbath, ELP, The Faces and The Who come straight to mind. BY the mid 70s it had sadly been converted to a multi-screen cinema, and the capacity reduced. I am pretty sure that this was the case for this gig. I recall both bands being really good that night. Typical America set list from 1975: Tin Man; Muskrat Love; Baby It’s Up to You; Moon Song; Old Man Took; To Each His Own; Lonely People; I Need You; Don’t Cross The River; Ventura Highway; Only In Your Heart; Woman Tonight; The Story of a Teenager; Half a Man; Company; Hollywood; Sister Golden Hair; Encore: Sandman; A Horse With No Name. I also googled and found a Poco setlist from 1974: Blue Water; Fool’s Gold; Rocky Mt. Breakdown; Bad Weather; Hoedown; Railroad Days; Ride the Country; Faith in the Families; Angel; Drivin’ Wheel; I Guess You Made It; Restrain; A Right Along; C’Mon. My friend John, who was also at this gig, has just emailed me to remind me that America/Poco played “Don’t Cross the River if you can’t swim the tide” with both bands on stage as the final number.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Allan Orrick on March 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I was at this gig. You are right in thinking that the venue had been changed into a multi-screen cinema, and so the “back stalls” were in-accessable.
    I remember that America were amazing and one of the best bands I had (and still have) seen, but on the night they were blown off the stage by Poco who were just astounding.
    Co-incidentally, saw America at a casino in Coachella CA, a fortnight ago, and they were still great with a greatest hits plus songs from their new “covers” album.

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    • Posted by Terry Hackett on March 21, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      I was at this gig too. It was a great night, except for a drunk in the audience who kept shouting out ‘Quo! Rossi!’ Thankfully the same guy stayed away the second and last time I saw America at The Sage, Gateshead.

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  2. Posted by John wardle on February 10, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I was there so thanks for the reminder of a great night. And Allan is right – Poco did have the edge

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