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    Default When exactly were the 1st 3 VH1 promo vids shot?

    My first post here, after much lurking!

    Searching youtube, you can see that the vids for YRGM, RWtD, and Jamie's Crying were probably all shot on the same day, since they're all wearing the same clothes, and the set looks the same throughout:





    Now, we know that VH1 was recorded in late Dec '77, and released in early Feb '78. But does anyone know exactly when these 3 "promo" vids were shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexiglass View Post
    My first post here, after much lurking!

    Searching youtube, you can see that the vids for YRGM, RWtD, and Jamie's Crying were probably all shot on the same day, since they're all wearing the same clothes, and the set looks the same throughout:





    Now, we know that VH1 was recorded in late Dec '77, and released in early Feb '78. But does anyone know exactly when these 3 "promo" vids were shot?
    I think they were shot a long time ago, but don't quote me on that.
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    Not sure of the specific date, but I believe they were filmed at the Whisky A Go-Go, probably in late 77 or very early 78.

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    The answer is probably at the VHEncyclpedia. I'll check it out later.
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    Here's a link to the music video database.
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    Thanks - that mvdbase has YRGM airing first in 1/78 and RWtD in 5/78 - which would have been about the time these would have been released as singles - but is that accurate or are they using the singles release date and assuming the videos coincided? Maybe the videos came later? This was a few years before the MTV era.

    I'm curious what the VHencyclopedia might say.

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    I just thought I'd bump this, since a few months have gone by, and there may be different people here. Anyone know exactly when these "videos" were shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanBlu View Post
    Not sure of the specific date, but I believe they were filmed at the Whisky A Go-Go, probably in late 77 or very early 78.
    I always thought they were filmed in the basement of Dave's house, which was his Dad's at the time. If you check out the videos, during YRGM I think, you can even see the staircase from the main floor down to the basement in the background, with the grey basement paint and everything. Maybe I'm imagining it, I need to go and check out the videos again, but I remember seeing that and I remember Dave saying something about filming those in the basement of his house.

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    Well, I have seen stories that they did in fact rehearse in Dave's parents basement, and at about :29 in YRGM you can see the stairs off to the left. That's a pretty high ceiling for a basement, but I guess with enough smoke & lights and dark edges it's possible to make it look like anything (the cover shot of KISS Alive! was done in a warehouse with nothing behind the band) They had most of Jan '78 off, could it have been done then?

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    I'm tellin' ya; the Whisky, all at the same time.

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    Yea, watching RWTD that seems waaay too big to be a basement... maybe those steps go up to a dressing room or the lighting rigging.

    If it's the Whiskey, and looking at the VH tour dates page, they played the Whiskey on 12/30-31/77 just after they recorded VH1, and then again on 2/28/78 just before they went on tour. So maybe it's plausable they filmed while their gear was set up at one of those 2 stands?

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    Yea, watching RWTD that seems waaay too big to be a basement
    Well, there's another thread on here about the houses they grew up in, and someone said Dave's house was like a block long. So maybe his basement was that big.

    Not that I'm saying the vids were done there, just that you can't rule it out based on size.

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    No way it was the basement. I have these on DVD at home, the videos are clear as day. They have a light rig above them, they are on a stage there is just no way it is in a basement. People don't have basements with 20 foot ceilings.
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    Just to put this old discussion to bed, here's a picture on the back of a VH bootleg from the 1977 New Years eve gig at the Whiskey:




    Eddie and Dave are wearing the same shirts as in the RWTD and YRGM vids, so I would guess they recorded the vids about the time of the soundcheck when they were set up for this show?

    Does anyone see anything else in this pic that coincides with the videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexiglass View Post
    Just to put this old discussion to bed, here's a picture on the back of a VH bootleg from the 1977 New Years eve gig at the Whiskey:




    Eddie and Dave are wearing the same shirts as in the RWTD and YRGM vids, so I would guess they recorded the vids about the time of the soundcheck when they were set up for this show?

    Does anyone see anything else in this pic that coincides with the videos?
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