The June 17th Capital Times profiled the 48 year old Dane County Coliseum and pointed out the building hosted five concerts last year. It hosted that many in one month of 1977, and what variety: Todd Rundgren, Thin Lizzy, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Johnny Cash and America.
My friend and Madison radio legend Jonathan Little was probably at those shows, either in the audience or introducing them on stage. Not only does he love concerts, Jonathan was the guy deciding what songs we’d hear on WISM, so visiting musicians treated him like a V.I.P.
Among Jonathan’s experiences: a backstage chat with Roger Daltrey before introducing “The Who.” Trying to converse with a tipsy Janis Joplin. Introducing John Denver to a group of excited WISM listeners. Being called to the stage by Harry Chapin for a duet.
I’ve invited Jonathan to share some of his stories on Magic 98 on July 4th, when we’ll stage an all day “live in concert” Saturday at the 70s from 9AM until 9PM.