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Missing Persons at Knott's
Judy with Jean Pierre Rampal


missing personsAugust 20, 1981

"The band originally started because Warren and Dale and I hung out together a lot. This was when I was with U.K. and they were with Zappa. People said we looked like a band."
- Terry Bozzio on Missing Persons  

great buildingsGreat Buildings

Just back from a triumphant shows in Boston and at the Ritz in New York, Missing Persons played Knott's Berry Farm's end of summer vacation blast.

While Missing Persons was relegated to the secondary, outdoor stage, Great Buildings was performing their show in the large theatrical arena. But people were leaving the 'Buildings' show as quickly as they filed in, only a loyal few cared about the dying throws of this local new wave dinosaur. dale bozzio

The crowd that assembled for Missing Persons' first set, however, was much larger than the management of the park had expected.

The crowd was wild for Missing Persons to begin, booing off KLOS's DJ host Joe Reilly, (KLOS doesn't play Missing Persons), and chanting for the start of the show.

  warren Lead singer Dale Bozzio was lackluster when the band started the first number, 'Mental Hopscotch', but by the second number the band really kicked in and the crowd was cheering and dancing frantically.

A lot of punks were in attendance here, and this is the first time I've seen slam dancing at a Person's show. The audience was a seething, bouncing, gyrating pit of teenagers, all of them due back in school the next day.

chuck wild But the slam dancing made the park management nervous, (they had already vetoed Dale's original outfit as too sexy), and crowds to the second show in the evening were even bigger than the late afternoon crowd. Security was now a problem from the park's standpoint.

This led the park management to tell the group to stop the show half way into the set.

Dale asked, from the stage, for permission to do just one more number, a slow song, just to calm everyone down. The park officials agreed and she then launched into 'Action Reaction', the band's fastest number and the crowd went nuts.

Dale BozzioThe next time I saw the band, they were riding the roller coaster and Dale was eating cotton candy and signing autographs, so I guess the park survived.

And now, Judy Zee and her eloquent elucidations- (as opposed to harrowing hallucinations, I guess).

Flutist Supreme

Judy Zee

Jean Pierre Rampal

Enough of this one-mindedness! Rock, rock, rock- from what 'cha hear around here, you'd think it was the only music in existence!

So, yours truly and Punkasso traversed out to the Hollywood Bowl to catch the wispy classical sounds of Jean Pierre Rampal and pianist/harpsichordist John Steele Ritter. We had no idea what we were in for, just a pair of tickets to a Wednesday night concert- off we went into the wild blue nighttime yonder!

The night air was refreshing as we sped across the freeways, destination Hollywood Bowl. Surprisingly, there were loads of cars in the parking lot, for a classical concert no less. We rolled up the sidewalks with the ever-converging crowd on this warm, breezy night, and it felt quite nice. These concert goers were peaceful, fun-loving but basically quiet natured types and the atmosphere was quite pleasing.

These two virtuosos played pieces by Handel, Le Clair, Vivaldi, and Bach during the first set. The Bach pieces were wonderful, they played 'Sonata in E Flat', 'Allegro Moderato', 'Siciliano Allegro', all played with true elegance.

The audience was a bit stiff, tho- mostly it seemed their only place was to try to clap at the right interludes. Personally, I don't think that's the finest way to enjoy music, but that's how they took it. It would be interesting to see such music experimentally enjoyed. To see people not hesitate to move or dance!

Well, not on this occasion. (Its the culture that dictates these things, its not the audiences fault.) J.P. Rampal's pere was a flute teacher at the Conservatory of Marseille, no wonder his technique is so refined. In 1946, after the liberation of Paris, JP Rampal began touring. This concert that we attended on August 5th, 1981 is the 9th consecutive year he has played at the bowl. We were part of an event, I suppose.

Monsieur Rampal et M. Ritter apres intermission, returned to play duets by Moscheles and Hummel, some very playful melodies, well defined with unpredictable harmonies. M Rampal spent much of this time in the high treble range, and the pianist/harpsichordist started showing his chops- delicate and gentle manipulations of music through the keys.

Monsieur Rampal will be playing at the Music Center with the LA Philharmonic for the first time this spring, so if you're looking for a change of pace, an amusing and enjoyable break from the rock circuit, perhaps you should check it out.

How can I say 'rock on' this time?

missing persons/ Dale Bozzio

From the found archives of The Billy Eye and Judy Zee articles from Data-Boy Magazine / 1980-85.

Terry Bozzio

Dale Bozzio

These original Data-Boy Music columns have been collected in a book with LOTS of new material and photos - it's the story of Data-Boy magazine and the LA Punk / Post-Punk scene. The story presented is a lot more complete!

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