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Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: The Sicilian ()
Date: December 20, 2008 04:46

An interesting read in a wiki article to refresh our memories of the 16 year tenure of Boston Mayor Kevin White and rock music:

In 1972, the Rolling Stones were scheduled to perform at the Garden, but did not arrive, due to their being detained by police after a drug bust in Providence, where they'd appeared the previous evening. Fearful that angry Stones fans (already in the Garden awaiting the show) would riot, then-mayor Kevin H. White flew to Providence to bail the band out of jail and deliver them to the Garden to play their set. [1] The band had also played at the venue in 1969 and for the last time in 1975.

In 1973, The Who were scheduled to perform at the Garden, but almost didn't perform, due to the band being detained by police after destroying a hotel room in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where they'd appeared the previous evening. The band was eventually released from jail and managed to arrive at the Garden in time for their show and took out their frustrations on being arrested the night before by delivering a blistering performance and attacked the Montreal police and dedicated "Won't Get Fooled Again" to the Montreal police and Who drummer Keith Moon (for the rest of the Quadrophenia tour) changed one of the lyrics to the song "Bell Boy" from "remember the gaff where the doors we smashed" to "remember Montreal at the hotel we trashed" or variations of the band being arrested. Almost three years later in March 1976, Keith Moon collapsed at his drum kit during the second song "Substitute" after downing muscle relaxers and brandy before the show. The band had to reschedule the performance for early April and the rescheduled performance turned out to be one of The Who's best performances. The Who's last performance at the Garden was in December 1979 on their first tour following Keith Moon's death. That performance was almost cancelled as a result of the death of a number of fans at a Who show in Ohio the previous week as a result of the crush of fans trying to get in early for a general admission show. The Boston City counsel held a televised hearing on the issue of whether to allow the show to go forward and ultimately decided to permit it because there was no general admission seating in Boston. The show was marred by a fan throwing a fire cracker on stage, causing Pete Townsend to scream obscenities in the general direction of the source before getting on with the tension filled show.

In 1975, English rock band Led Zeppelin were banned from performing at the Boston Garden after concert fans were allowed in the lobby due to sub-freezing temperatures while waiting for tickets to go on sale for a Zeppelin show. Turning on the generosity of their hosts, some of the fans rioted, broke into the Garden and trashed the seating area, the ice, and most of the refreshment stands, leading then-mayor White to cancel the upcoming show and ban the group for five years. A year later, KISS was banned from performing at the Garden as well because the band refused to comply with the venue's no pyrotechnic policy after fire marshals had watched their flamethrowers hit the ceiling at the Orpheum.

English progressive rock band Pink Floyd were the first band to perform at the Boston Garden with a stage set that cost over $1 million on their 1977 Animals tour (they first played there in 1975 on the band's Wish You Were Here tour). According to Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason's book Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, Pink Floyd almost got banned from the Boston Garden after their 1977 performances because the band, unknown to the venue's owners, used pyrotechnics during their performance (the exploding pig for Pigs (Three Different Ones) and firework displays on Sheep and Money). However, the band's road crew outsmarted the fire marshals by removing the pyro props quickly after they used them in the shows to prevent the band from being banned and also according to Mason's book since their manager had an Irish name (Steve O'Rourke), the band escaped being arrested. The band would not play the venue again opting for the Providence Civic Center and Foxboro Stadium on their 1987/1988 and 1994 tours respectively.

Fellow English progressive rock band Jethro Tull performed at the Boston Garden as a headlining act more times than any other rock band with 15 headlining performances between 1971 and 1980.

American rock band Grateful Dead performed at the Boston Garden more times than any other band with 24 performances from 1970 to 1994 (as an opener or middle of bill or headliner), and were intended to be the last band to play the Garden, with six shows scheduled for September 1995, which were cancelled due to the death of Jerry Garcia on August 9, 1995. The Dead were banned from the Garden for a number of years because they were caught grilling lobsters on a fire escape before a performance. The Grateful Dead have released Dick's Picks Volumes 12 & 17 from performances at the Garden on 6–28–1974 and 9–25–1991.

James Brown played a notable show at the Garden the night that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead. Only a few thousand people attended the show, because the concert was broadcast on every TV station in town, and Brown's words and mere presence has been credited with helping to keep the peace in Boston while other cities were erupting in riots.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: aerostone ()
Date: December 20, 2008 05:12

The Garden is a classic... likely the greatest and most historical venue in all of history

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: NorthShoreBlues2 ()
Date: December 20, 2008 06:11

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aerostone
The Garden is a classic... likely the greatest and most historical venue in all of history

Thank you, but ummm no. That distinction "greatest and most historical venue" belongs to Madison Square Garden. I'm actually from Boston and it pains me to say it but its true.

My first show at Boston Garden was the grateful dead in '87 or '88
pearl jam in 1994, and the last time i was in the garden was for the grateful dead in '94.



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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: December 20, 2008 06:38

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The Sicilian
...in March 1976, Keith Moon collapsed at his drum kit during the second song "Substitute" after downing muscle relaxers and brandy before the show. The band had to reschedule the performance for early April and the rescheduled performance turned out to be one of The Who's best performances...


I was there (both times)...

Re: the Department of Historical Accuracy
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: December 20, 2008 13:33

>> ... due to their being detained by police after a drug bust in Providence, where they'd appeared the previous evening. <<

smile: is this a contest to see how many historical errors can fit into 20 words or less?

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: vudicus ()
Date: December 20, 2008 14:22

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schillid
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The Sicilian
...in March 1976, Keith Moon collapsed at his drum kit during the second song "Substitute" after downing muscle relaxers and brandy before the show. The band had to reschedule the performance for early April and the rescheduled performance turned out to be one of The Who's best performances...


I was there (both times)...

Please share any memories you have of these shows!
You can't just say "I was there" and leave us all drooling like that! grinning smiley

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: schillid ()
Date: December 20, 2008 15:13

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vudicus
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schillid
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The Sicilian
...in March 1976, Keith Moon collapsed at his drum kit during the second song "Substitute" after downing muscle relaxers and brandy before the show. The band had to reschedule the performance for early April and the rescheduled performance turned out to be one of The Who's best performances...

I was there (both times)...

Please share any memories you have of these shows!
You can't just say "I was there" and leave us all drooling like that! grinning smiley




I had hitch-hiked (remember that?) in the snow (!) without a ticket (!) from Providence, RI (!) With only a few dollars in my pocket, I made it to Boston. On the way there, I thought about the Who... particularly Keith Moon, who was always unpredictable. As I rode in some stranger's car, I thought about an article that I had read recently, about Keith Moon having passed out at a show. They had finished the concert with a drummer from the audience! That must have been something, I thought. I daydreamed about my good friend, a drummer and Who fan who lived in Boston. What if Moon passed out again? And suppose that my friend got to play with the WHO?

Well... it didn't all happen exactly like I'd imagined...

I was able to buy a ticket from a scalper, $20 for an $8 ticket . The Who came on... and something was obviously wrong from the start. They got through the first song. They tried a second one, after which Pete announced that they had to go backstage for a bit. Keith wasn't feeling well, he explained.

The Who left. The house lights came on... and the confused audience grew restless. Finally after about 20 minutes, Daltrey appeared. Daltrey spoke, apologizing that Moon was very sick and unable to perform. He promised that they'd come back and make it up. Many in the crowd booed. If that's how you you feel, then we won't come back, he said. The crowd fell quiet, and Daltrey at that moment looked like Tommy... as he apologized one last time and left the stage.

After Daltrey left for the second time, people were just shocked. The concert was over. We were instructed by an announcement to hold onto our ticket stubs, and they would be honored at a re-scheduled show. (And what if there's no re-scheduled show? I wondered? They'll refund the face value on the ticket, which for me was $8. Since I had spent $20, I'd be out $12! I was angry about that... $12 was a lot of money to me back then.)

I had an idea: I thought that I would look for ticket stubs on the ground! They'd be very valuable! I had a few hours to kill until the bus back to Providence, so what the hell. So I scoured the filthy floor of the Boston Garden, looking for ticket stubs, without any luck. Many people had the same idea, it seemed. Even ushers... they were emptying trash cans looking for stubs. So much for that idea.

But later on, after the Garden had mostly emptied out, I was still hanging around. I stood alone in front of the stage, which had drapery hanging from the edge. I quickly ducked behind the curtain, unobserved. I was under the stage, and I walked towards the backstage area. I walked briskly past one or two guys behind the stage. They didn't stop me.

I wandered the hall backstage at the Boston Garden. I hoping to see the Who... but they probably had already gone back to their hotel (or to the hospital...). I came to a door marked "Hospitality Room," which I pushed open cautiously. There was no one inside. But there was a lavish spread of food, which must have been for the band, who were obviously gone. Well, I felt particularly ripped off, what with the $20-$8 thing. Plus I WAS feeling hungry. And why should all this perfectly good food go to waste? So I helped myself. I was stuffing my face as two women came in... that's when I left the room.

I was walking down the hall eating a chicken wing, when I heard "Hey! You!" "Me?" I said, belching as I turned around and saw two guys. "Yeah. Let's see your backstage pass," one of them said. "My pass. Yes. Well..." I stammered. And they threw me out a side door into the snow.

A few weeks weeks later, they announced that the Who would return to Boston. I went to the local art supply store, and purchased some heavy paper that matched my ticket stub in color, weight, and texture. I then meticulously copied my stub... by tracing it on a light box. I was learning so much at art school! I was able to redeem both the real and the fake tickets (separtely, of course!) at the box office for new tickets! Two for the price of one!

The Who came back and played GREAT a few months later.

(Preceding is true...)



(And here are some made-up embellishments to the story)

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I drew the fake ticket to read "Section 1, Row 1, Seat 1", and it was exchanged for that very same seat. At the new show, I surveyed the view of the Garden from my new seat. Much better! I couldn't wait for the show to start! The lights went dark... But before the Who took the stage. An usher with a flashlight came over to me. A female usher I could tell, but I could not see her face. "Come with me," she demanded.


It turned out that she was not a real "usher". But I can tell you that she was a real woman. We shared the seat, with her comfortably (if you know what I mean!) on my lap. Touch me, Feel me, indeed.

As the show ended, she blew this weird blue smoke towards my face. I blanked out... When I awoke, I was back in the snow next to the Boston Garden...

So I headed toward the bus station. After some confusion, I found the right bus and got on. I noticed that the driver was dressed up in a magician's tux. He had people put their tickets and money into his top hat. I had board The Magic Bus!
Even though it was after midnight, the bus was nearly full. It was very dark, but I could make out one empty seat near the back of the bus. There was a woman sitting in the next seat. I sat down, and I realized that the woman in the next seat was the fake usher from the concert. "Who are you?" I asked her.

I woke up in a Soho doorway....


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Re: the Department of Historical Accuracy
Posted by: open-g ()
Date: December 20, 2008 15:19

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with sssoul
>> ... due to their being detained by police after a drug bust in Providence, where they'd appeared the previous evening. <<

smile: is this a contest to see how many historical errors can fit into 20 words or less?

Let's see:

The previous evening the Stones appeared in Montreal Forum - not Providence.
because of fog their plane had to land in Warwick, Rhode Island - not Providence.
a photographer of the Providence-Journal-Bulletin was trespassing, trying to snap pics and got belted on the legs by Keith -
which resulted in the arrest of Mick, Keith, Marshall Chess, Robert Frank and Stan Moore.
So not a drug bust.

the mayor Kevin H. White didn't fly to Providence, but phoned the gouverner of Rhode Island...
so he didn't bail the band out of jail to deliver them to the Garden single handedly, like it makes belief in the wiki.

uh, well, what's to say about wikipedia? their second name is doh' I think.
any more?



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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: mickschix ()
Date: December 20, 2008 20:03

The reason Keith was tossed in jail at the Warwick RI. airport prior to the Boston Garden show ( and Mick with him) was not a drug incident rather a temper tantrum on Keith's part. Keith was pissed at a photographer and went after the guy, a skuffle ensued, and the cops tossed Keith and Mick in jail. Kevin White called the authorities in Rhode Island because he KNEW fans would destroy the Garden if the show did not go on; he ordered a police escort for the Stones once Mick and Keith were released after 1AM the next morning, and the show went on after 2AM. I know all of this because I had tickets for their second show. I was freaked out! I thought that I'd lost my chance to see the Stones, my first time!! I was physically sick over the arrest and stayed glued to channel 4 Boston until their release which was announced on late night television. Ah yes, the good ole days!

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: barbequebob ()
Date: December 21, 2008 02:32

Just to clarify one minor fact. The "Providence" Airport is technically in Warwick,RI a few miles outside of Providence. There is only one airport. It is known officially as T.F. Green Airport.

The following is in its Wikipedia entry.

"Trivia

The Rolling Stones were arrested here in 1972 after assaulting a photographer, and were brought to the Warwick police station. Their flight could not land in Boston, where they had a concert, due to fog. They were processed quickly to avoid a riot at the concert site.[14] "

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: December 21, 2008 14:08

the Boston Garden article now has it righter as well ...

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: TullMan ()
Date: February 25, 2009 19:57

"...in March 1976, Keith Moon collapsed at his drum kit during the second song "Substitute" after downing muscle relaxers and brandy before the show. The band had to reschedule the performance for early April and the rescheduled performance turned out to be one of The Who's best performances."

I was also at BOTH of these performances. The night Keith Moon passed out and fell off his drum stool the fans were vehement when Daltrey returned to the stage a few minutes later to announce the show would not go on.
It got so out of control that a set of wooden chairs from the upper balcony was thrown to the floor below as the crowd was leaving. Soon after that, a set of wooden chairs was set on fire! It was as if people started crawling onto of each other to get out of the building at that point.

What a night! ...and yes, what a phenomenal return performance on, of all dates, April 1, 1976!! We didn't get fooled again!

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: saturn57 ()
Date: February 26, 2009 06:34

My first Stones concert was at the garden in 1975. I also saw The Faces sometime in 1974 at the garden, I can't remember the date though.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: February 26, 2009 06:57

Mayor Kevin White can be seen in the DVD "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" about the show James did the night after Martin Luther King was assassinated.

This documentary describes how city officials broadcast Brown's show live on the local PBS station, and in doing so were able to spare the town of the rioting that set most major cities ablaze across the U.S.

Because people stayed home to watch James.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: February 26, 2009 08:41

Love these posts.
When you grow up in LA, a trip to Boston is a major excursion. Boston, that place you read about in books!

I fell in love with the Boston Garden and was always happy to go to any gig in the city. So many good bands, clubs, Legal Seafood and meeting terrific enthusiastic people at every show. Would love to see The Stones play a Boston show. NOT a stadium.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: Joehead ()
Date: March 6, 2009 20:09

Mayor Kevin White declared July 23, 1982 as "QUEEN DAY" in Boston due to their performance at the Garden on that day. Mark Parento from WBCN came out with a proclamation and read it on stage before Queen went on, the show was awesome and Queen were on fire that night!



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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.ZEPPELIN BAN IN BOSTON 1975!
Posted by: Paneeks ()
Date: March 18, 2009 23:58

[MAYOR WHITE!!!! {Arggggggg}
I also waited for the Led Zeppelin Petition that I and about 4500 other Zeppelin die-hards to come back from the Mayor in 1977. We asked for Zeppelin to be pardoned and for the ban to be lifted so that we could see them perform in the Boston Garden in 1977. But, being a Mayor {in the lamest terms} and not a people's person, he said "No way, I said they were not allowed in Boston until 1980/81".
We all knew that John 'Bonzo' Bohnam passed away on September 25, 1980, so that so-called BAN left us with only a dream of seeing them in Boston, not a sweet memory.
I didn't let this go. Years later, lets say around 1998 or so, I saw the white haired Ex-Mayor shopping in the old Stop and Shop in Charles River Park. As I was checking out my groceries, I waited for my chance to lunge at his jugular. As I was walking out and he was right in front of me I called out to him and he turned around, looked at me with a smile and said "can I help you"? I then told him that I still was a huge Led Zeppelin fan and reminded him of the lame ban that he took out on the band in 1975. I also reminded him that because of that ban, I never got a chance to see my favorite ban in Boston, {I didn't tell him that I did see them at Madison Square Garden in NYC in June of 1977 but, why waste my breath} He thought about what I said and believe it or not, he also told me that "I was not the only person to remind him of that mishap." {more like a mistake Mayor} He was also aware that they had disbanned a awile back but, no apologies? Just a smile and a few words about "you Led Zeppelin fans really stick together and take things to heart."
I didn't want to keep pressing him because whats done is done. But why couldn't he have banned Kiss or AC/DC, why Led Zeppelin?
Thats all I have from the Led Zeppelin 1973 show at the Garden is a ticket stub. It was the last time they played in Boston and I was only 12 and was told that I was too young to go! I should have went against my parents good wishes. I mean think about it, if I did run away to go to the show in 1973, I wouldn't have rally cared as much in what the Ex-Mayor did in 1975, right?
Kids, do not procrastinate! GO FOR IT!!!



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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: lagunacat ()
Date: October 19, 2010 04:56

I snapped this photo of Mayor White around 11pm that infamous night pleading for calm and assuring the restless crowd that The Stones were on their way.

Mayor Kevin White

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: melvin ()
Date: October 19, 2010 18:40

I saw the Stones at the Boston Garden in 1969. It was the first show of the night. They just finished their 3 shows in NYC, Boston was their next stop and they were amazing. When the Stones returned in 1972, I saw them again, the second night, not the show that was held up by the police in RI. They were even better than the 1969 show. I also saw them in 1999 and opening night of the Licks tour in 2002.
The sound there was awful, by the way.
I was at the make up show the who played that was mentioned above. Also saw, Zep in 69, 70 and 73.
Tull in 73 to name a few shows I saw at the Garden.
the new Garden is a better place to see a show.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: bernardanderson ()
Date: October 19, 2010 19:33

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aerostone
The Garden is a classic... likely the greatest and most historical venue in all of history
hmm... more so than the Colosseum in Rome? i doubt that.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: pmk251 ()
Date: October 19, 2010 20:16

Authority figures were not always popular at the time, but I think the band (Jagger) was properly gracious when he expressed his gratitute for the Mayor's efforts.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: batcave ()
Date: October 19, 2010 22:05

Bobby Orr played at the Boston Garden
Bill Russell played at the Boston Garden

Everything else comes after that.....

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: JuanTCB ()
Date: October 19, 2010 22:31

I think I only saw 3 shows at the old Garden - R.E.M. in '89, The Cult in '90 (two metal chicks right in front of me got into a fistfight - watching the old Garden ushers break up that tangle of hairspray and fringed acid-wash was a sight to see), and the Dead in '93.

I dig the new Garden (R.E.M. in '95 and Stones in '99 and '02) but it can't come close to the original character-wise.

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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: October 19, 2010 22:36

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bernardanderson
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aerostone
The Garden is a classic... likely the greatest and most historical venue in all of history
hmm... more so than the Colosseum in Rome? i doubt that.

LOL.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: The Sicilian ()
Date: January 28, 2012 20:47

Just read that Boston Mayor Kevin White has died on Friday 1/27/2012 at the age of 82.

BOSTON — Former Mayor Kevin H. White, who led the city for 16 years including racially turbulent times in the 1970s and was credited with putting it on a path to prosperity, died Friday, a family spokesman said. He was 82.

White, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, died peacefully at his Boston home surrounded by his family, spokesman and friend George Regan said.

"He was a man who built Boston into the world-class city it is today," said Regan, who called his loss "devastating."

White, a white Irish Catholic from a family of politicians, is credited with revitalizing Boston's downtown and seeing the city through court-ordered busing, but he ended his four-term tenure in 1983 under a cloud of ethics suspicions.

White, a Democrat, was elected Massachusetts secretary of state three times before running for mayor for the first time in 1967 against antibusing activist Louise Day Hicks. He defeated her with support from the black community and liberals.

After losing a 1970 bid for governor, White was re-elected mayor in 1971, again defeating Hicks. He won again narrowly in 1975 and 1979.

White was considered as a vice presidential running mate to South Dakota U.S. Sen. George McGovern in 1972 but was passed over for Missouri U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who was later shunted aside for R. Sargent Shriver Jr.

After U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity ordered busing to desegregate public schools in 1974, White protected schoolchildren from violence with federal and state assistance during the period of crisis and in 1976 led a march of 30,000 to protest racial violence.

White was never totally comfortable with busing, however, and called Garrity's plan "too severe."

Once, when the Rolling Stones were arrested on the way to Boston, the mayor released them into his own custody.

"The Stones have been busted, but I have sprung them!" he told an audience at Boston Garden.


While mayor in 1970, White had major surgery to remove two-thirds of his stomach. He suffered a heart attack in 2001 while at a Florida restaurant and spent several days in a hospital when he had a pacemaker implanted.

He's survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathyrn Galvin White, five children and several grandchildren.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: January 28, 2012 20:57


Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: memphiscats ()
Date: January 28, 2012 21:04

Thanks for sharing this...I lived around the corner from Mr. Mayor for several years - ha - he had the traffic redirected on Charles Street so it wouldn't be as annoying...RIP Kevin White!

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: plqmule ()
Date: January 28, 2012 23:29

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NorthShoreBlues2
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aerostone
The Garden is a classic... likely the greatest and most historical venue in all of history

Thank you, but ummm no. That distinction "greatest and most historical venue" belongs to Madison Square Garden. I'm actually from Boston and it pains me to say it but its true.

My first show at Boston Garden was the grateful dead in '87 or '88
pearl jam in 1994, and the last time i was in the garden was for the grateful dead in '94.


The Grateful Dead played Worcester Ma. in 87, 88 not Boston.

The Dead played the Garden 24 times.

04-02-73 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
06-28-74 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
05-07-77 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
05-12-80 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
03-12-81 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-18-82 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-20-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-21-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-22-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-24-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-25-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-26-91 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-24-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-25-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-26-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-28-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-29-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
09-30-93 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma.
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Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: memphiscats ()
Date: January 29, 2012 01:12

Hey guys,

I spent 20 years in Boston - I'm in Memphis now - originally from Toronto.

Frankly, no offense - but I think the Garden kind of sucked as a music venue - I saw a few bands there over the years & a lot of Celtics and Bruins games too - I think it was much better for sports than it was for music. Saw the Kinks in Worcester a - can't remember the year - sometime in the early 80s - sorry - too many brain cells ago - At least I think it was Worcester...or as my hubby would say "WooSTAH." Saw Jerry Garcia at the Cape Cod Coliseum (now that's a venue that does not live up to its name).

Ok I'll shut up now.

Re: Boston Mayor Kevin White, the Boston Garden, the good, the banned, and the ugly.
Posted by: plqmule ()
Date: January 29, 2012 01:21

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memphiscats
Hey guys,

I spent 20 years in Boston - I'm in Memphis now - originally from Toronto.

Frankly, no offense - but I think the Garden kind of sucked as a music venue - I saw a few bands there over the years & a lot of Celtics and Bruins games too - I think it was much better for sports than it was for music. Saw the Kinks in Worcester a - can't remember the year - sometime in the early 80s - sorry - too many brain cells ago - At least I think it was Worcester...or as my hubby would say "WooSTAH." Saw Jerry Garcia at the Cape Cod Coliseum (now that's a venue that does not live up to its name).

Ok I'll shut up now.

The Cape Cod Coliseum, what a sweat box. It's a Christmas Tree Shop warehouse now. Don't miss it at all.

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