Remember 1975? Me neither, even though I did live through it. But I'll tell you one American institution that surely remembers that particular year, the U.S. concert industry. And here's why: If you average out the year of peak popularity for seven of the biggest acts playing on various Triangle stages over the coming week, it comes to...1975. That's right, 37 long years ago. For more particulars, see this story in Friday's paper.
You have to give avant-country singer Jim White credit: He ain't afraid to cop to his pleasures, guilty and otherwise. So it is that the most recent entry on White's excellent blog is an essay in which he confesses his long-ago love for the music of...Dan Fogelberg?
"Hey, you can't be real snobby," White said in a recent interview. "We all have to admit where we came from. So rather than duck it, own up to it and say, 'Yeah, I fell for that and there's good in it.' His first album had some gorgeous songs, even though it all went horribly wrong somewhere along the way. Patterson Hood and I were talking about Chicago recently, how they really were a great band until they put pretty boy Peter Cetera up there with the ballads. Same kinda thing. Some record-company guy wanted to make Dan Fogelberg America's new Fabio. And they did. I guess he just went with it."
For lots more, plus details on White's Triangle show, see the preview in Friday's paper.