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Allman Brothers, Wet Willie: Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio

Richard Riegel, Phonograph Record, March 1973

DON'T KNOW how it is up in those choice stageside seats you pro critics reputedly get your asses greased with, but auditing a rock concert from the dismal reaches of Row HH is a pretty strenuous business these days. (And I ain't talking about boogieing in the aisles, either.) Nope, today's prole for a night audiences are beginning to rival those of Shakespeare's Globe for general rowdiness and hi-jinx. Take several thousand Midwestern, affluent late teens, bluejean'd and suburbanized, touched with smatterings of Abbie Hoffman's cry for Free Music and everybody's post-Cream adulation for The Superstar, put them in an imbecilic hockey arena like Cincinnati Gardens, douse the house lights, and you get Jann Wenner's Little Acre, Altamont in a Test Tube.

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