Posted December 11, 2014 by Tim Stout in Classic Shows

The Byrds, Bill Withers // 11-11-71 // The New Rock & Roll Circus

Poster19711111RockAndRollCircusAs if The Byrds and Bill Withers on the same bill isn’t strange enough, the location of this show (according to the poster): 171st & Division is enough to tickle my curiosity bone.

The venue is listed as The New Rock & Roll circus, which a simple Google search brings up little information on.  One site that does come up mentioning this show is a site called PosterGeist.com, which supposedly sells old vintage posters, including this one here, and includes this little nugget of information about this show:

…this show was rescheduled for another location later.

Regardless of where this show took place, I would have liked to have been there because even though my favorite Byrd of all time, Gram Parsons, was no longer with the group, it does catch The Byrds during a time where their lineup was very strong, featuring the guitar work of Clarence White.  Also in the band was Roger McGuinn (the only founding member), Gene Parsons (no relation to Gram) and Skip Battin.

According to Wikipedia:

Battin’s recruitment marked the last personnel change to the group for almost three years and as a result, the McGuinn–White–Parsons–Battin line-up became the most stable and longest-lived of any configuration of the Byrds.

As for Bill Withers, the man is a legend of the era, whose classic cuts include “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and  so many other soul and R&B hits of the time.

Though we obviously don’t have any footage from this concert, below are a couple of videos that give a good idea of what each group was all about in that era. Enjoy!

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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