DescriptionThe Allman Brothers Band (w/Duane on Guitar) and Chicago 1970 Philadelphia Concert Poster. A vintage window card made out of card stock (thicker than paper, thinner than cardboard) for two hugely famous American rock bands in concert 50 years ago. Both Chicago and the Allman Bros. would have a star member die prematurely in the 1970's, but would still carry on successfully for decades afterwards.
The Allman Bros. Band is the biggest collectible draw here, especially since guitarist extraordinaire Duane Allman was still very much alive and kicking. Mid-summer 1970 found the boys from Macon, Georgia touring in support of their first album, The Allman Brothers Band, with a classic Side Two comprised of "Every Hungry Woman," "Dreams" and "Whipping Post." The hungry band played over 300 dates this year, touring in small vans with cramped quarters. Their debut album had reached only #188 on Billboard's album chart, so they were scratching out a living as road warriors.
But any ABB concert poster with Duane Allman still alive is considered a major collector's item, as they're very limited in number.
Chicago was sitting on top of the world, and this concert poster, having pared their name down from Chicago Transit Authority the previous year. Chicago II was riding high on the charts, and their hit single "25 or 6 to 4" had just entered the Top 20 of Billboard's singles chart, on its way to a #4 peak the following month. The poster's main graphic consists of a stylized, colorized photo of Chicago's trombonist, James Pankow.
The bill was rounded out by local Philadelphia group Edison Electric Band, featuring bass player Freebo, who would go on to play in Bonnie Raitt's band for many years.
Measures 15" x 22" and in Good condition due to tack holes, toning, small paper missing in upper right corner, creases in all the white margins and especially in the corner areas, and a significant blue smudge line through the ticket info. On the verso, upwards of 10 tape lifts. COA from Heritage Auctions.
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