A local band called the “Nighthawks” who used to battle George Thorogood and the Destroyers at local pubs in MD/DE opened the show and featured a guitarist named Jim Thackery who left the stage and walked into the crowd all over the arena which drew a huge ovation. Gregg opened the show by acknowledging the band “Nighthawks” (a band rumored that he was interested in joining in those days, hanging out in Bethesda, MD) and giving them a clapping ovation.
ABB played a lot of new material with most of Gregg’s vocal’s in the first part of the set and finished up with a fury of instrumentals, ala “Madness of the West.” By this time, Dangerous Tan Toler was far more integrated into the band and his interplay with Dickey was starting to blossom. Nevertheless, Dickey just wailed away, not to be out done by that Yank (Thackery) and belted out the A chords whereby the crowd was just mesmerized. Not quite a sellout but Cap Centre mostly filled.
I’m not 100% positive, however, I think I was there for the 1980 show, and the opening act was a local band called the “Nighthawks” (who used to do battle with George Thorogood & Delaware Destroyers in local pubs) which at one time Gregg Allman according to RollingStone Magazine was possibly going to join. The guitarist for both bands carried the show as Dickey was incredible and the Nighthawks countered with Jim Thackery (who is no longer with the Hawks/ his own band Assassin’s) who left the stage and took the guitar out into the crowd for a huge response. The Brothers played mostly new material for the first set and the second set was mostly instrumental jams with Dickey soaring with his guitar licks.
THERE WAS ALSO A 9/11/75 SHOW AT THE CAP CENTER IN LARGO, MD.
I HAVE THE TICKET STUB TO PROVE IT. MORE NOTEABLE THAN THIS ADDITIONAL DATE, IS THAT MUDDY WATERS WARMED UP FOR THE BROS ON SEVERAL DATES THIS TOUR AND THIS NIGHT WAS ONE OF THE