This mostly-forgotten, Beach-Boys-in-flannel-shirts tribute to the North Star State debuted at number 98 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on May 10, 1975. It stayed on the national charts for five weeks, getting as high as 88. Northern Light was not a band as such—it was basically a group of local musicians who came together in the old Sound 80 studios in Minneapolis to create a home-grown version of the California Sound. (The group’s front man, David Sandler, had worked closely with the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.) By the way: That loon you hear at the beginning of the record? It was recorded in Wisconsin.
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Jimi Hendrix, St. Paul, MN, 1970
Hendrix played St. Paul on May 3, 1970, but there seems to be some confusion about the venue. Nearly every reference you’ll find on the Internet says the concert took place at the St. Paul Civic Center. Just one problem: the Civic Center didn’t open until 1973. So where did he play? Most likely the St. Paul Auditorium. A review of Hendrix’s “Band of Gypsys” album in the May 1, 1970, Minnesota Daily indicates he was scheduled to appear at the Auditorium that weekend. Let the revision of Hendrix history commence!
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Prince, For You (1978) and The Suburbs, The Suburbs (1978)
Both these debut recordings were released on April 17, 1978. Some days are just better than others…
Led Zeppelin, Met Center, Bloomington, MN, 1977
In a rare feat, rock gods John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin played both sides of the river on consecutive nights in April 1977. (Minneapolis Tribune critic Michael Anthony claimed that only one other act, the anti-Zep “Up With People,” had ever bothered to try.) Zeppelin played the Met Center on April 12, and the St. Paul Civic Center on April 13. The Met Center show got off to a rocky start when the band showed up 75 minutes late. The official explanation: the boys’ private plane was delayed by bad weather. So don’t even try to suggest that it had anything to do with illicit substances…
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