Stax 67 Astoria gig: were you there?

by Modculture 9 October, 2008

In early 1967 the Stax/Volt Live Revue toured Europe, stopping at the Finsbury Park Astoria on March 17th. Were you there? If so Radio 2 would like your help.Otis_live

As Gemma Newby explains, Radio 2 are making a series called Wish You Were There?, ‘taking musicians back to a gig in history they would have loved to have been at. With stories from fans, journalists, producers and house staff who were present on that night we’ll build a picture of what it would have been like to have witnessed a concert that was groundbreaking for its musical style, the success it brought Stax, the catapult of Otis Redding on the international stage, and for contributing to the breaking of social and racial boundaries’.

If you wish to share your memories of the Astoria show you can email Gemma at [email protected]

Back in the day Otis Redding released the LP Live In Europe, which featured his Astoria performance. It has been recently reissued and expanded upon on CD as Live In London and Paris, but there is no news of an official UK release date as yet. However the album is available on import from Amazon here.

  • tony slater

    I saw this show at the Nelson Imperial Ballroom.