This is where it all began for the quartet dubbed “The American Led Zeppelin” – on a 1970 bill that also included The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Grateful Dead and Steve Miller Band. Vocalist Rusty Day, guitarist Jim McCarty, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, collectively known as Cactus, made their auspicious debut at their first-ever public performance that night. Fortunately, this breathtaking and historic show was captured on tape and has now been unearthed from the archives and released on all formats!
The Birth Of Cactus 1970 finds the freshly minted quartet tearing up some of the key tracks from their landmark debut album, including “Parchman Farm,” “Feel So Good” and “No Need To Worry,” along with fiery blues numbers. The performances are not only extremely confident, but also fluid and dynamic as each member locks into the groove and rides it relentlessly.
Drummer Carmine Appice said this about the recording of the gig: “I remember doing that first gig, hanging out with Hendrix who was a friend of Cactus. We went on stage and the energy level was out of this world! All the songs kicked ass. We were so excited to launch Cactus and this show helped. The crowd was great and we did ROCK!!”
The Birth Of Cactus 1970 will be available on digipak CD and PURPLE vinyl everywhere on January 21!
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