October 29, 1975

Duffy's Tavern

Hamilton, ON

Setlist Included:

Here Among The Cats, Research (at Beach Resorts), Peaches en Regalia, Anna Leah, Blowing The Blues Away, Mash Moon In Hawaii, Marmalade Mama, Let Your Man Fly, Lady Let Me In, Only Your Nose Knows, Lip Service, Lily, Beyond The Moon, Toronto Tontos, Here Among The Cats, Summer's Up, Hangover, Coming Off The Moon, Hot Spots, Do You Or Don't You Want To Know, Howdy Doody Boogie


This setlist is of one of these four nights (but not the final night, as the setlist is taken from a recording where Kim says "we'll be here tomorrow" at the end of the gig). Here Among The Cats was played twice.

They had plenty of original material by this point, so the cover tunes were being phased out in favour of their own. Jethro Tull's Aqualung was the second last to go, followed by Frank Zappa's Peaches en Regalia.

By this time, nearly the entire first album had been written (and recorded) and was being performed live, as well as plenty of material that would end up on later albums. Lip Service is particularly interesting during this era, as it sounds more like a disco song (Mike Tilka dedicates it to Average White Band on this night).

Mike Tilka did the bulk of the between song banter in the early days, and on many nights he'd reveal that Marmalade Mama was about a prostitute in Toronto. It's one of the first songs Kim Mitchell and Pye Dubois wrote together.

These early versions of Let Your Man Fly have Terry Watkinson and Mike Tilka sharing lead vocals in the verses (Kim never sang the song live). Terry's songs Lady Let Me In and Do You Or Don't You Want To Know are featured in the show around this time, and contain lyrics that would eventually end up in Let Go The Line and Charmonium.

The version of Beyond The Moon played in the early years is much more embryonic. The lyrics are there, but the soaring coda is not. Instead the band just jam over the main progression again.

The intro to Summer's Up isn't in the arrangement yet. The song begins with the first verse.

Kim has said Anna Leah was the second song he ever wrote, and he even wrote the lyrics, which is a rarity. Lily, from the debut Max Webster LP, is the only published song in Kim's extensive canon where he is credited as lyricist.

According to Paul Kersey, Lily was nearly a half hour long when it was first written, no doubt inspired by progressive rock bands like Jethro Tull and Yes. Bit by bit many of the sections would be cut, eventually resulting in the seven and a half minute version heard on the album and at this show.


Kim Mitchell - Vocals/Guitar
Mike Tilka - Bass
Paul Kersey - Drums
Terry Watkinson - Keyboards