Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert

From the official Don Kirshner website:

In 1972, ABC Television hired song publisher Don Kirshner as an executive producer and consultant for their new “In Concert” music series which ran every other week in The Dick Cavett Show slot. The show, featuring acts like Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and The Steve Miller Band, was highly successful, even occasionally topping NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  The following year, Kirshner left “In Concert” to launch his own syndicated weekly rock program, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.”  On September 27, 1973, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” premiered featuring The Rolling Stones first American television performance in over four years.

Unlike TV music shows, such as “American Bandstand,” performances on “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” were not lip-synched in a studio.  Instead, “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” featured raw, full-length performances in a live concert or club setting.

“Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” featured legendary performances by popular acts such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Eagles, B.B. King, The Police, The Sex Pistols, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sly & the Family Stone, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, KISS, The Ramones, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, the Eagles, ABBA, Prince, Bob Marley, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, David Bowie and countless others.  The show also included a comedy segment that promoted the careers of many legendary comics including Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Billy Crystal and David Letterman.

List of all performers who appeared on the show

Black Sabbath performing on the show 1975

The Raspberries performing on the show 1972


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