The Tim Buckley Archives

Tim Buckley -- A Chronology, 1971-1973

By Robert Niemi


January 11: Headlines at the Olde Cellar in Vancouver, B.C. (band consists of Tim, Buzz & Bunk Gardner, Maury Baker, and John Balkin);

January 17: plays Western Washington State College, Bellingham, WA.

Depressed by the commercial failure of Starsailor, retreats into alcohol, barbituates, and heroin; band breaks up for lack of work; injoined not to perform, Buckley books himself "under the table" at local clubs in Orange County;

As music career wanes, gives up house in Laguna and lives at Carroll Ballard’s apartment on Second Street, Santa Monica, for a few months, then moves to a $200-a-month apartment at 828 Venezia St. in Venice;begins writing film scripts with old friend, Dan Gordon; acts in Victor Stoloff's unreleased cult film, Why?, starring O.J. Simpson, Tim, and Linda Gillen.


Spring: plays In The Alley, San Diego; moves to a new apartment at The Ocean Aire Terrace (2311 3rd St., Santa Monica).

Summer: signs with Warner Brothers*.

June: records seventh album, Greetings From L.A. (released in October to good reviews).

August 10-12: plays 3-night engagement at Max’s Kansas City, NYC.

August 22-27: plays a six-night engagement at The Boarding House (960 Bush St., San
Francisco); Alex Dmochowski on bass.

September 6: Frank Zappa performs Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat [The Soldier’s Tale] at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Lukas Foss); Zappa narrates; Ernest Fleischmann recites the part of the devil and Tim Buckley recites the part of the soldier.

September 19-20: plays The Mainpoint (Haverford, PA).

September 22-23: opens for the Mothers of Invention at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden (7th Avenue, NYC).

Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black talks about Tim and The Mothers fans

October 27: opens for the Mothers of Invention at the Forum (Montreal, Quebec); Curtis Mayfield on the bill.

October 31: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Capitol Theatre (Monroe St., Passaic, NJ).

November 3: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Syria Mosque (Richmond, VA).

November 4: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Park Center Arena (Charlotte, NC).

November 5: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Township Auditorium (Columbia, SC).

November 7: opens for the Mothers of Invention at Long Island Arena (Commack, NY).

November 10: opens for the Mothers of Invention Irvine Auditorium (Philadelphia, PA)

November 11: opens for the Mothers of Invention at D.A.R. Constitution Hall (Washington,

December 9: opens for the Mothers of invention at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

(*Following the release of Greetings from LA, Tim signed with manager Herb Cohen's Discreet Records in September, 1973)


March 23: plays Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago).

April 8: plays Max's Kansas City (NYC; Martin Mull opens.

April 28: plays Troubadour (LA); Colin Blunstone opens.

Summer: records eighth album, Sefronia (which is released in November).

June 5: plays Smiling Dog Saloon (W. 25th and Woodbridge, Cleveland, Ohio).

August 7-8: plays The Mainpoint (Haverford, PA).

August 21-25: plays The Egress Lounge (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

October 14: plays Primo Showbar (217 Ashley St., Ann Arbor, MI).

November: plays concert in Pittsfield, MA.

November 19-21: plays Commodore Ballroom (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

November 22-25: plays The Mainpoint (Haverford, PA).

November 27: records a live date at Long Island’s Ultrasonic Studios for WLIR; Tim’s band consists of Joe Falsia on lead guitar, Bernie Mysior on bass, Buddy Helm on drums,andMark Tiernan on keyboards.

December 29: headlines at Max’s Kansas City (213 Park Ave., NYC); Kathy Dalton opens.


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