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Fake Poster, 13 February 1966

Some time ago a group of enterprising individuals thought it a good idea to create a mock poster advertising a made-up concert starring many famous and marketable artists on the same bill. A "souvenir" with wide appeal! Every now and then someone buys this poster and wonders whether it really is what it appears to be. 

Originally compiled: October 24, 1998
Last revised: October 24, 1998

Subject: Re: Concert Poster
From: John Howells (
Date: 26 Jan 1998

"Monte L. Rogneby" ( writes:

I recently purchased a reproduction concert poster which says advertised a Dylan concert for Feb 13, 1966. Included in the program is Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Fleetwood Mac. The location is listed as the Centrum, Worcester, Mass.

The poster was advertised as a reproduction. Can any one tell me whether Dylan really performed in Worcester on Feb 13, 1966 with the listed acts? Seems to me that its a made up poster.

This comes up every now and then. Here are the reasons why it's a fake:

1) In 1966 Led Zeppelin didn't exist. In fact, I'm even sure that Jimmy Page had even joined the Yardbirds yet. Anybody know what Plant, Jones, and Bonham were doing in 1966?

2) In 1966 Eric Clapton was a member of Cream, so it's unlikely that he would have played anywhere under his own name yet. He did briefly form a group called "Eric Clapton's Powerhouse" with Steve Winwood and others, but it's not clear that he ever played any gigs under that name.

3) In 1966 Jimi Hendrix certainly was starting to make a name for himself in England, but he wouldn't become a significant concert attraction in the US until after the Monterey Pop Festival in the summer of 1967. Anyway, he didn't bill himself as "Jimi Hendrix". It was always "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" until the breakup of that band.

4) In 1966 Fleetwood Mac didn't exist. Founder Peter Green was still a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, along with (at various times) Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac didn't make their live debut until sometime in 1967. I don't believe they even appeared in the US until 1969.

5) Ironically, the only one who could have actually played this venue was Bob Dylan, but he didn't. On February 13, 1966 he played in Norfolk, Virginia.


John Howells

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