Summer Magic Music Fest with The Guess Who and Buffalo Springfield Revisited: 5/31/1987

This show was very forgettable. It was basically one of those oldies concerts that was hosted by Magic 102.7, which was the South Florida oldies station in the 80’s. The Guess Who was cool, since they did have Burton Cummings still singing with them, but Buffalo Springfield Revisited was basically a Buffalo Springfield cover band that I think might have had the bass player and drummer from the original band with them. But how a band could even have the audacity to use that name and not have Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, or Neil Young in there is beyond my comprehension.

I think there might have been one or two other bands there, but my memory of this show is cloudy. It was basically just a day hanging out by the water and enjoying a summer day in Miami while hearing some live music.

Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws: 10/18/1987

The Miami Marine Stadium was located on Key Biscayne. It was a floating stage where people could pull up in a boat, sit in crappy bleachers, or tread water to watch a show. But it was a fun place to catch a concert and usually they would have a few decent bands performing together for a cheap price, like this one: John Kay & Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws, all for a whopping $15.

I went with a group of friends and we hung out in the stands. The details of the show are kind of fuzzy at best (I’m sure it was the Miami heat). I vaguely remember the Outlaws jammin’ on “Green Grass and High Tides.” I also have some dim images of Foghat playing their usual hits. But the one thing that really stands out for me about this show was Steppenwolf playing “Monster.” Hands down, this is my favorite Steppenwolf tune.  They also played all the hits you’d expect: “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born to be Wild,” “The Pusher,” and so on. Fun times!

“Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound
Take you away”

(from Magic Carpet Ride)