Yesterday’s video from the “Tribute to George” got me thinking. What are among the best “supergroup” concert performances. A supergroup is the combination of a whole bunch of talented musicians. I have said this on many occasions, but the number one performance by a supergroup has got to be the one-night two-song performance by the Dirty Mac, a band put together by John Lennon for the The Rolling Stone TV special entitled “The Rolling Stones Rock N’ Roll Circus.”
Never heard of the show? The footage of the December 11 concert/show was not released until 1996. The Rolling Stones were upstaged by the Who and were never too happy about that.
The year was 1968. The crowd was adorned in yellow ponchos and colorful hats. John Lennon was there (without the Beatles – but with Yoko) and, for the first time without the Beatles – he performed. His accompanying musicians.
Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell. They performed two songs. The first was a version of the Lennon penned blues hit off the White Album, “Yer Blues.” The second was a weird track called “Whole Lotta Yoko” which featured free-form improv and Yoko’s voice. Don’t worry, I’m not posting that video.
John Lennon. Eric Clapton. Keith Richards. Mitch Mitchell. Sigh. If they only would have recorded an album. The Dirty Mac (a play on Fleetwood Mac’s name) is often forgotten, but this one song is better than what most bands ever accomplish.