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Quicksilver Messenger Service – Dino Valenti’s Stage Used Tambourine From the Fillmore East

A tambourine used by Quicksilver Messenger Service singer Dino Valenti on April 4, 1970 at the Fillmore East, and thrown to a fan; and a concert program from the show.

Excerpts from the letter of authenticity of music critic and label executive Alan Edwards tell the story best (read the whole letter, below–it’s hysterical)–

“..my girlfriend and I would up in the third row for the Quicksilver/Van Morrison/Brinsley Schwartz bill (4/4/70). During Quicksilver’s set, Dino Valenti was in full horndog/greaseball mode, wearing a sleeveless  leather vest (as I recall), rolling his shoulders in a manner he considered macho, and ogling all of the girls in the first few rows. He fixated on a girl sitting directly behind me, very obviously with her boyfriend, and climbed over the first few rows to try to get a kiss (unsuccessfully, as I recall.) After he returned to stage, he threw a tambourine to the object of his affection, but his aim was off and I caught the instrument. Fighting my worst instincts (to keep it as a souvenir), I turned and handed the girl the tambourine. Dino was watching from the stage, grabbed another tambourine he had been using (with the price tag still on it) and threw it directly to me as a ‘thank you.’ ”

The concert, which featured the six-piece QMS line-up (with Dino, John Cippolina, Gary Duncan, David Freiburg, Nicky Hopkins and Greg Elmore), was a scorcher, and the tambourine as a reward for chivalry was a bonus.”

With Recordmecca’s lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and Alan Edwards’ letter of provenance. (The price, still present on a piece of tape, faded long ago.)

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