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from Zani: a brief history of "groupies" +Almost famous

MILAN - Latest news, all the big names for Milano Jazzin' Festival in July announced: the Beatles' Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Burt Bacharach, Ben Harper, Lou Reed, Duran Duran, Guns n' Roses' Slash, Skunk Anansie, Cyndi Lauper girls just wanna have fun lol, Arcade Fire, George Benson, Paul Simon, etc. (we have been in 2009 with Ennio Morricone and in 2010 with Paolo Nutini, Mark Knopfler, etc.).
Today's also Bob Marley 30th anniversary, I posted something here (Milan San Siro stadium concert with 100,000 people +bootleg).

Another article from Zani, and more about groupies as in a post some months ago when I was writing about my Liam Gallagher's tambourine.
In the past I've known some Oasis groupies who knew the Gallaghers, but they were doing just stupid things as following them everywhere, as stalkers. You know, I've never been interested in sex with Oasis lol, as groupies are, but the good thing was that Oasis sometimes gave them rare stuff as gift, so I could have or copy some. Well, today some of that material is not so rare as it used to be. A similar episode told in this article happened to me a few time ago: outside our house there were scaffoldings for some works the house needed, and two girls climbed on them and they were outside my bathroom window while I was having a bath, and when I realized they were watching, they didn't go away LOL.
When I think about groupies, I remember the film Almost Famous (with "Penny Lane"), I felt identified myself with the protagonist (he was meeting musicians and writing about music, today he would have a blog :), and I liked the movie for the soundtrack too, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, The Who, The Beach Boys, etc. and one of my favourites, The rain song.
The term “groupie” has its etymology in (musical) groups and describes a person (usually a female) who seeks sexual and/or emotional intimacy with a celebrity, or other authority figure (or other music-related person, webmasters, biggest fans, guru, so that's Marco, lol).
Attraction to celebrity is immense, has a long history and was no less apparent during the 1950s and 1960s when groupies themselves made themselves sexually available to pop stars. During the 1960s, the decadent lifestyle of many stars became publicly known, aided by the growth of the underground rock press, which documented these excesses in an exploitative fashion. The distinction has been made between fans wanting a brief sexual encounter and groupies, or road wives, who travelled with musicians for extended periods of time sharing the social life of their object of their desire. In the case of the former, the Grade A Groupie would submit only to their object of desire i.e. lead singer, whereas a group follower was much more promiscuous.
One particular attraction that groupies had was that they often came with supplies of illicit substances. This circumvented the need for the performers carrying illegal drugs across the borders. Groupies would use drugs as an incentive to get to the objects of their desire and by the 1970s, the favoured groupies had the best drugs. Access to band members was not always easy and many groupies would work their way from favouring the road crew, then the band management before eventually pleasuring the group members themselves [can I just say in one word: bitches, lol]. Competition was fierce and many girls became career groupies, pandering to every possible sexual whim in order to court the world’s top musicians.
The majority of these were status seekers, hoping to be seen in the blaze of the paparazzi on the arm of a well-known musician. US groupies seemed to enjoy the greatest notoriety, with Miss Pamela (aka Pamela Des Barres, born Pamela Ann Miller), Cynthia Albritton (aka Cynthia Plaster Caster) and Penny Lane and The Flying Garter Girls being the best known.
Miss Pamela had alleged indiscretions with Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet), Frank Zappa, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, The Byrds, Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Nick St Nicholas, Noel Redding [at first I read Noel Gallagher :], Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and many others. Cynthia Albritton is an artist and started collecting plaster of paris casts of penises [!] that belonged to rock stars. It was a gimic that started with Paul Revere and the Radiers. By the time they perfected the technique, Jimi Hendrix had his “Hampton Wicks” captured in gypsum, and the rest is, as they say, history. The usual routine was that the sitter got a blow job and while in full erection, Cynthia would cast their member. Notables to be immortalised include Jeff Beck, Led Zepplin’s John Bonham, Richard Cole and Robert Plant, Noel Redding, Chris Connolly, Keith Moon, Jello Biafra and Ritchie Blackmore. Later, Frank Zappa became Cynthia’s patron as an artist and her celebrity grew. The Flying Garter Girls (Marvelous Meg, Sex Sandy, The Real Camille, Caroline Can-Can and Penny Laine) were from Portland, Oregon. They started in 1972 and soon became the “Ultimate in Entertainment for Entertainers”. Over the years, there have been many songs dedicated to groupies: Cynthia Albritton alone has inspired four songs, two from Kiss i.e. Plaster Caster and Love Gun, with 10CC (The Hospital Song) and Jim Croce (Five Short Minutes) also writing songs in her honour. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window is reference to the day a few “Apple Scruffs” climbed into Paul McCartney's house via an upstairs bathroom window and raided his closet for a pair of pants, which they took turns to wear. The "Apple Scruffs" were a group of teenage girls who stocked The Beatles' outside Apple Corps offices. In George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass (named by Beady Eye recently), reference is also made to the Apple Scruffs. Despite the debauchery that went on behind the scenes, there was little reference to sexual proclivities in the lyrics of most pop and rock songs, but all that seemed to change with the new order of hip hop and rap. As the old rockers cleaned up their acts, the young fry got down and dirty.


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2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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