Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Band

The legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was never in question, but an overlooked aspect of the show is the three-piece house band, fronted with John Costa’s colorful piano, Carl McVickie Jr on bass, and drummer Bobby Rawsthorne, who provided the show’s recognizable soundtrack.

A show that provided many firsts growing up, Fred Rogers takes us backstage to introduce what was for many, their first favorite jazz group.

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James Brown – Soul Train Performances

Most concert historians point to the Apollo performance, and understandably so, but James Brown delivered some electrifying performances on Soul Train more than a few times.

Here’s a near 45-minute compilation of every performance. Featuring live renditions of Hot Pants, Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine, Get On The Good Foot, Soul Power, Make It Funky, Cold Sweat, Try Me, Please Please, Please, Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud, Super Bad, Papa Don’t Take No Mess, My Thang , Hell, The Payback, and a bonus performance of Damn Right I’m Somebody by Fred Wesley and the JB’s

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Thin Lizzy’s Last Recorded Concert

Admittedly something I ordinarily listen to anyway but in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, sharing this felt timely. In this video we get the last known video recording of Irish rock group Thin Lizzy, fronted by Phil Lynott, one of the most underrated front men in rock, and an astounding bassist to go along with it. Thin Lizzy also holds the privilege of one of the few decent two electric guitar rock lineups, a move typically to counteract that no one guitarist was good enough; clearly not a problem here.

(Ed. Note – the music starts around the 3:15 mark)

This video, filmed appropriately in the band’s hometown of Dublin in 1983, features the lineup of Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Brian Robertson, and Scott Gorham in the band’s last known live recording.

Setlist:

1) Thunder And Lightning
2) Baby Please Don’t Go
3) Angel Of Death
4) Are You Ready
5) Cold Sweat
6) The Sun Goes Down
7) Emerald
8) Still In Love With You
9) Rosalie
10) Dancing In The Moonlight
11) Whiskey In The Jar

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Whitesnake (The Vai Years)

Remembering that brief moment when Steve Vai performed with Whitesnake, and let’s not be unfair here, there was a period David Coverdale managed to get Aynsley Dunbar on the payroll as well. Still, none of that is an excuse for 7-string electric guitars and this many people wearing leather pants.

Anyway, enjoy this clip of Steve Vai being Steve Vai during a solid rendition of the oft-overlooked Whitesnake classic “Still of the Night

From the Live at Donnington in 1990 DVD

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