With the exception of the Go Go's, Erik Himmelsbach's androcentric list of SoCal's "most remarkable shows" ("What, No Depeche Mode?" So SoCal, June 13) excluded some great female performances.
Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company closing a daylong festival at the Rose Bowl in the summer of '68; Laura Nyro's first gig at the Troubadour in October '69; Joni Mitchell on a bill at Pauley Pavilion with Frank Zappa and the L.A. Philharmonic (early '70s); Patti Smith at the Roxy (mid-'70s); the Pretenders at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (early '80s), and Aretha Franklin backed by King Curtis at the National Assn. of Record Manufacturers (NARM) convention in 1971--a recorded show that would later be released on the "Live at the Fillmore East" album.
Let's hear it for the gals!
Erik, you knew this one was coming: Depeche Mode, Rose Bowl, June 18, 1988. Enough said!