Dennis Elsas: Meadowlands Memories
Dennis Elsas and Todd Rundgren at 1976's Music at the Meadowlands on June 17, 1979 (photo courtesy of the author)
Are your band T-shirts a part of your pandemic work/weekend/constant wardrobe? In our new "Concert TBTee" series every Thursday, we're asking the FUV airstaff to dig through their drawers for the concert and band T-shirts that mean the most to them and why.
The story here is more about the day I wore this T-shirt and not that much about the artist. I'm catching up with Todd Rundgren on June 17, 1979 at Giants Stadium. He's part of the concert line-up for a show billed as "Music at the Meadowlands" along with Boston, the Outlaws, and Poco performing in front of 55,000 plus people.
To the best of my knowledge, Murray McLaughlin did not attend the concert, but he had released a fine album called Boulevard a few years earlier and appeared at the Bottom Line in 1977. So why wear this T-shirt on that day? I guess I liked the way it fit and looked (light blue as I remember) and I was going on stage to introduce Boston. Makes sense? No, but it was a fun day, I felt good, and you can hear my intro to Boston here.
Another T-shirt I still wish I had? The original Dark Side of the Moon album shirt which was not sold, but was sent to me as a promotion for the then-new Pink Floyd album. I wore it until the prism's colors flaked off!