First Line-Up:

  • Bob Hite - vocals, harp
  • Alan Wilson - bottleneck guitar, harp, vocals
  • Mike Perlowin - lead guitar
  • Stuart Brotman - bass
  • Keith Sawyer - drums

Perlowin and Sawyer dropped out within a few days, so guitarist Kenny Edwards (a friend of Wilson) stepped in to replace Perlowin, and Ron Holmes agreed to sit in on drums until they could find a permanent drummer. Henry Vestine (who had been expelled from Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention for excessive drug use), asked if he could join the band and was accepted while still keeping Edwards on temporarily. Soon Edwards departed (he went on to form the Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt) and at the same time Frank Cook came in to replace Holmes as their permanent drummer. Cook already had substantial professional experience, having performed with such jazz luminaries as bassist Charlie Haden, trumpeter Chet Baker, and pianist Elmo Hope and had also collaborated with black soul/pop artists such as Shirley Ellis and Dobie Gray.

The line-up of Hite, Wilson, Cook, Vestine, and Brotman recorded the band's first (unreleased) album in 1966 produced by Johnny Otis; but the record was not actually released until 1970 when it appeared as Vintage Heat, released by Janus Records.

Over a summer hiatus in 1966 Stuart Brotman effectively left Canned Heat after he had signed a contract for a long engagement in Fresno with an Armenian belly-dance revue. Canned Heat had contacted Brotman, touting a recording contract which had to be signed the next day, but Brotman was unable to make the signing on short notice. Brotman would go on to join the world-music band Kaleidoscope with David Lindley, replacing Chris Darrow. Replacing Brotman in Canned Heat was Mark Andes, who lasted only a couple of months before he returned to his former colleagues in the Red Roosters, who adopted the new name Spirits Rebellious, later shortened to Spirit.

After joining up with managers Skip Taylor and John Hartmann, Canned Heat finally found a permanent bassist in Larry Taylor, who joined in March 1967. He was a former member of The Moondogs and the brother of Ventures' drummer, Mel Taylor, and already had experience backing Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry in concert, and recording studio sessions for The Monkees.

In this format (Hite, Wilson, Vestine, Taylor, Cook) the band started recording in April 1967 for Liberty Records with Calvin Carter who had been the head of A&R for Vee Jay Records and had recorded such bluesmen as Jimmy Reed & John Lee Hooker. They recorded "Rollin' and Tumblin'" backed with "Bullfrog Blues" became Canned Heat's first single. The first official album, Canned Heat, was released three months later in July 1967.

Soon after Frank Cook was replaced with Adolfo de la Parra, who had been playing the drums in Bluesberry Jam (the band which evolved into Pacific Gas & Electric). As an official member of Canned Heat, de la Parra played his first gig on December 1, 1967, at the Long Beach Auditorium. This began what is regarded as the classic and perhaps best known Canned Heat lineup, which recorded some of the band's most famous and well-regarded songs. During this "classic" period, Skip Taylor and John Hartmann introduced the use of band member nicknames:

Line-up: August 1967 - August 1969

  • Bob (The Bear) Hite - vocals, harp
  • Alan (Blind Owl) Wilson - guitar, harp, vocals
  • Henry (Sunflower) Vestine - guitar
  • Larry (The Mole) Taylor - bass
  • Adolfo (Fito) De La Parra - drums


UNNAMED "ACUSTIC" REHEARSAL BLUES BAND (NOV 1965 (only one rehearsal)) 1) Alan 'Al' Wilson (aka Guru, aka Blind Owl) harmonica 2) Robert 'Bob' Hite Jr. (aka Big Bob Hite, aka The Bear) trumpet, jug 3) Michael 'Mike' Perlowin acoustic guitar 5) John Aloysius Fahey acoustic guitar

UNNAMED "ELECTRIC" REHEARSAL BLUES BAND (NOV 1965 - DEC 1965 (only a couple of rehearsals)) 1) Al Wilson vocals, harmonica, tambura, flute, piano, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, bottleneck guitar 2) Bob Hite lead vocals 3) Mike Perlowin lead guitar 4) Keith Sawyer drums 5) Stuart Alan 'Stu' Brotman bass

CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #1 (DEC 1965 - JAN 1966) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Stu Brotman 4) Kenneth Michael 'Kenny' Edwards lead guitar 5) Ron Holmes drums

January 1966 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA (The band played there two nights in a row (supposedly their public debut). On the second day blues guitarist Henry Vestine was in the audience and he was so impressed that two days later he left The Mothers and joined Canned Heat)

CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #2 (JAN 1966 - FEB or MAR 1966) 1) Al Wilson 2) Bob Hite 3) Kenny Edwards 4) Ron Holmes 5) Stu Brotman 6) Henry Charles Vestine (aka Smilin', aka The Sunflower) lead guitar

Early 1966 The Sea Witch, West Hollywood, CA (The band did an unsuccessful audition there)

CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #3 (FEB or MAR 1966 - AUG 1966) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Stu Brotman 4) Henry Vestine 5) Frank L. Clayman-Cook (aka Gullible, aka Mr. Fuzzy) drums + 6) Barry Lowell Bastian (aka The Bee) lead guitar (filled in for Henry Vestine for few gigs around July 1966)

April 22, 1966 U.C.L.A. Student Union Grand Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA ("Mardi Gras Concert - Folk-Rock '66", with The Association, Seven A' Comin' & The Chocolate Chips. Bob Hite and Henry Vestine weren't available for this gig, so Stu Brotman played lead guitar with Al Wilson on slide, harmonica and vocals and Frank Cook on drums)

August 1966 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA (The band broke up for the first time after this disastrous gig)

CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #4 (NOV ?, 1966 - JAN ?, 1967) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Henry Vestine 4) Frank Cook 5) Mike Rosso bass

November 7, 1966 U.C.L.A. Student Union Grand Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA (with Mothers Of Invention, The Factory, City Lights, Chris and Craig. First gig of the re-formed 'Canned Heat')

November 1966 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA

December 1966 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA


CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #5 (JAN ?, 1967 - MAR 1967) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Frank Cook 4) Henry Vestine 5) Christopher Mark Andes (aka Little Mark Andes) bass

January 6-8, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA (with The Kentucky Colonels. Mark Andes' first gigs with the band)

January 13-14, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA

January 20, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA (Taj Mahal sat-in with the band)

February 6, 1967 Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills, CA (with Love, Immediate Family & Morning Glory. Cancelled due to licensing issue)

February 17-19, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (Supporting Blues Project & Mothers)

February 18, 1967 Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills, CA (with Love, Iron Butterfly (maybe canceled), Morning Glory, East Side Kids. Canned Heat Blues Band cancelled)

February 24-26, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supporting Otis Rush & His Chicago Blues Band & the Grateful Dead)

CANNED HEAT BLUES BAND #6 (MAR 1967 - AUG 26, 1967) / CANNED HEAT #1 (APR 7, 1967 - NOV 25, 1967) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Frank Cook 4) Henry Vestine 5) Sameul Larry Taylor (aka The Mole) bass

March 29, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA

April 7-8, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supporting Charlatans & Sparrow)

April 14-16, 1967 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA (supporting Jefferson Airplane & the Grateful Dead. This original weekend was supposed to be at a building on 1228 Vine Street (at La Mirada near Fountain), but a last second injunction stopped the show. For the weekend the show was moved to the Embassy Ballroom in the Ambassador Hotel, at 3400 Wilshire, which also housed the legendary Coconut Grove Ballroom. The Embassy Ballroom was jokingly referred to as "The Banana Grove." The hotel considered keeping the Ballroom open as a sort of psychedelic outpost, but chose not to)

April 24, 1967 Carousel Theatre, West Covina, CA (with P.J. Proby, Merry Go Round, The Ufo & The Young Gyants)

April 30, 1967 Hullabaloo, Los Angeles County, CA ("Freedom of Expression Concert", with UFO, W.C. Fields, Yellow Brick Road, The Blues Express, Jay Walker and The Pedestrians, The Knack, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Daily Flash, The New Generation, East Side Kids, The Ladybirds, The Factory, The Doors (cancelled), Clear Light, Brry McGuire, Taj Mahal, The Poor, Lovin' One, Hamilton Street Car, Robert Baker, Hearts & Flowers, The Rain, Rick Martino, Biff Rose, (MC) Elliot Mintz, (MC) Art Kunkin & (MC) Rusty Ward. Kaleidoscope, Grateful Dead, Brick & Satisfied were in attendance but unable to play for lack of time)

May 12-13, 1967 Kaleidoscope at Ciro’s, West Hollywood, CA (with The New Age, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band)

May 26-29, 1967 Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA (with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee)

June 2, 1967 Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, CA (Cancelled due to renovations that were being done on the auditorium at the time, with Love & 5th Dimension, who filled in for The Doors)

June 2, 1967 Middle Earth, Los Angeles, CA

June 8-11, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supporting Big Brother & The Holding Company & Congress of Wonders

June 10, 1967 Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Marin County, CA ("KFRC Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Music Festival - A Benefit for the Hunter's Point Child Care Center", with The Sparrow, The Doors, The Lamp Of Childhood, Blackburn And Snow, Dionne Warwick, Munt Rushmore, Rodger Collins, Merry-Go-Round, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Spanky And Our Gang, Every Mother's Son, Kaleidoscope, Chocolate Watch Band & The Mojo Men)

June 17, 1967 Horse Show Arena, Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA ("Monterey International Pop Festival", with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother And The Holding Company, Country Joe And The Fish, Al Kooper, The Butterfield Blues Band, Electric Flag, Steve Miller Blues Band, Moby Grape, Hugh Masekela, The Byrds, Laura Nyro, Jefferson Airplane, Booker T. & The M.G.’s, Otis Redding)

June 24, 1967 Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (with Chambers Brothers & Steve Miller Blues Band. Only 675 people attended)

July 3-5, 1967 Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supporting (3rd) The Grass Roots & (4th & 5th) Sons Of Champlin, with (3rd) The Lighthouse, (4th) The Robbs & (5th) Kaleidoscope)

July 14-17, 1967 Marty's On the Hill, Los Angeles, CA (with Roy Gaines)

July 14-15, 1967 Magic Mushroom, Studio City, CA (with Country Joe And The Fish, Sunshine Company, Hourglass, Heaven, Fraternity of Man, Iron Butterfly, The Factory & Vito and His Dancers)

July 15, 1967 Devonshire Meadows Raceway, Northridge, CA ("2nd The Fantasy Faire And Magic Mountain Music Festival", with The Factory, The Doors, Kaleidoscope, The Whirling Dervishes, The Groupies, Thorinshield, New Delhi River Band, Iron Butterfly, Grass Roots, Sunshine Company, Solid State, Second Coming, Rubber Maze, New Breed & (MC) Kim Fowley)

July 20-23, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supporting Big Brother & the Holding Company & Mount Rushmore, with Mother Earth)

August 4, 1967 Bold Knight, Sunnyvale, CA (with Mourning Reign)

August 8-9, 1967 Waikiki Shell, Honolulu, HI ("Hawaii Pop Festival", supported by Country Joe & The Fish, Luke's Pineapple Store, Blues Crew, Harry Sonoda, Sunshine Company)

August 10-13, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supporting Moby Grape, with Vanilla Fudge) (11-12 only?)

August 11-12, 1967: Avalon Ballroom, 1268 Sutter Street at Van Ness, San Francisco, CA with Mad River (11), Moby Grape (12), Vanilla Fudge (11-12), Lights by The North American Ibis Alchemical Co. (11-12) "Dance Concert"

August 22-26, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA

September 2-3, 1967 Cabrillo College Stadium, Aptos, CA ("2 Days And Nights Of Magic Music Dancing On The Grass - Benefit for SCA at Santa Cruz' (canceled), with Grateful Dead, Sons Of Champlin, The Leaves, Andrew Staples, New Dehli River Band, Second Coming, New Breed, BFD Blues Band, Gross Exaggeration, Yajahla Tingle Guild, People, Jaguars, Art Collection, Morning Glory, Ben Frank's Electric Band, New Frontier, Chocolate Watch Band, The Other Side, E-Types, Mourning Reign, Imperial Mange Remedy, Omens, Ragged Staff, Talon Wedge, and others)

September 8-9, 1967 The Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA (supported by 90th Congress)

September 12-24, 1967 Cafe-Au-Go-Go, New York City, NY (with Tim Buckley (12-24), B.B. King (15; as guest), Eric Clapton (15; as guest), Elvin Bishop (15; as guest) & (22nd-24th) Odetta)

September 22, 1967 Action House, Island Park, NY (filling in for Moby Grape, with Cream & The Neons)

September 23, 1967 Village Theatre, New York City, NY (filling in for Moby Grape, with Cream)

September 29-October 1, 1967 Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC

October 6-7, 1967 The Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA (supported by Ultimate Spinach)

October 20-21, 1967 Family Dog, Denver, CO (supported by Allmen Joy. The night after their second and last concert, the police burst into their hotel room at the local 'Rancho Manor Hotel' and arrests all (except Al Wilson who miraculously managed to escape arrest!) for possession of some joints, a small amount of hashish and two hundred grams of marijuana. They then spend the weekend in a local jail before being released on bail. When they returned to Los Angeles, the band held a press conference and claimed that their arrest had been orchestrated by the local police in Denver only to launch some sort of signal to all the hippies. Eventually however, after a lot of different processes and legal fees, the band members were all acquitted)

October 29, 1967 Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs, CA (US TV "The Groovy Show", with The Sunshine Company, The Standells, The Hour Glass & The Ilford Subway (filmed date)

November 3-5, 1967 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (supported by Lothar and the Hand People, Allmen Joy & Super Ball)

November 7-12, 1967 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA (with David Blue)

November 20, 1967 Magic Mushroom, Studio City, CA (with The Bluesberry Jam, whose drummer, Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra was asked after the show by Canned Heat's manager Skip Taylor, if he was interested in auditioning the next day, which he did)

November 25, 1967 Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (with Clear Light, Youngbloods & Merry-Go-Round. Frank Cook's last gig with the band)

CANNED HEAT #2 (NOV 26, 1967 - JUL 29, 1969) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Henry Vestine 4) Larry Tayor 5) Adolfo de la Parra (aka Fito) drums

December 1, 1967 California State College Men's Gym, Long Beach, CA (supporting The Doors. Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra's first shows with the band)

December 8-9, 1967 Family Dog, Denver, CO (supported by Siegal Schwall)

December 15-17, 1967 Blue Law, Torrance, CA (with Love & The Hourglass)

December 19-26, 1967 Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

December 31, 1967 State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ (with Eighth Penny Matter)


January 1, 1968 Phoenix Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ

January 26, 1968 University of California Campus Hall, Irvine, CA (with Buffalo Springfield & Revelation)

February ?, 1968 Electric Circus, New York City, NY )"A Benefit for old blues singers")

February 9-11, 1968 Trauma, Philadelphia, PA (supported by The Mandrake Memorial)

February 16-17, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (supported by (16th) The Thyme, (17th) Carousel, The Up)

February 23, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (with Frut of the Loom & Tiers)

February 25, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (with MC5 & Odds & Ends)

March 1-3, 1968 La Cave, Cleveland, OH

March 8-9, 1968 The Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA (supported by J. Geils Band)

March 9, 1968 WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (US TV "Upbeat", with The American Breed, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Blues Project, The Pack, Bubble Gum Machine, Georgie Fame, The Four Freshmen, The Four Sonics, Bobby Goldsboro, Mortimer's Three Boys, The Racket Squad, The Short Kuts, The GTO's Debbie Taylor, The Union Gap (broadcasting date)

March 15, 1968 San Fernando Valley State College Physical Education 100, Northridge, CA (afternoon show, with Cream)

March 15, 1968 Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills, CA (evening show, supported by Iron Butterfly & The Hook)

March 16, 1968 Cheetah, Los Angeles, CA (with Jackie Wilson & Alexander Timeless Blooz Band)

March 22-23, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA (supporting Jefferson Airplane & Fever Tree, who filled in for Buffalo Springfield)

March 27, 1968 Family Dog, Denver, CO (with My Crime)

April 1 or 2, 1968 Palm Springs Pop Festival, Palm Springs, CA

April 8-11, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA (Supported by Evergreen Blue Shoes & Travel Agency)

April 11, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA ("A Super Ball - Benefit for KPPC Strike Fund", with Love, The Doors, The Byrds (canceled), Taj Mahal (canceled), United States Of America (canceled), Traffic (canceled), Bo Diddley, Kaleidoscope (canceled), Holy Modal Rounders (canceled), Hearts of Soul, The Collectors, Bo Diddley, Albert King (canceled), Paul Butterfield Blues Band (canceled), Spencer Davis Group (canceled) & Pacific Gas & Electric)

April 12, 1968 Convention Center, Anaheim, CA (with Country Joe And The Fish & The Box Tops)

April 14, 1968 Tapia Park, Los Angeles, CA ("The Great & Joyous Festival of Chauli - The Gathering of The Tribes for a Romp in the Forest", with The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Fraternity Of Man, Kaleidoscope, Lollipop Shoppe, Watts 103rd Street Band, Bluesberry Band, Lee Michaels, Process, Evergreen Blue Shoes and more)

April 18-21, 1968 Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA (with Smokestack Lightning)

April 23, 1968 U.C.L.A. Athletic Field, Los Angeles, CA ("Campus Mobilization Committee's Mobilization Week", with Kaleidoscope)

April 27, 1968 Utah State Fairpark Coliseum, Salt Lake City, UT (with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

April 30, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA (with Jefferson Airplane, scheduled but did not play)

May 3-5, 1968 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA (Supporting Junior Wells, with Crome Syrcus, Clover)

May 5, 1968 Long Beach Sports Arena, Long Beach, CA ("Electric Carnival", with Buffalo Springfield, Smokestack Lightning, The Hook & Country Joe And The Fish)

May 11, 1968 Vulcan Gas Company, Austin, TX (supported by Conqueroo & Shiva's Head Band)

May 12, 1968 Music Hall, Cleveland, OH (with Cream)

May 14-19, 1968 Generation Club, New York City, NY

May 17-19, 1968 Electric Theater, Chicago, IL (with The Litter)

June 4-6, 1968 Cafe Au Go Go, New York City, NY

June 7-8, 1968 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (with Bagatelle)

June 11-13, 1968 La Cave, Cleveland, OH

June 14-15, 1968 National Guard Armory, St. Louis, MO

June 19, 1968 Music Hall, Houston, TX (with Vanilla Fudge)

June 24, 1968 Ice Palace, Las Vegas, NV

June 25, 1968 Community Concourse, San Diego, CA (with Genetic Dryft)

June 26, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA

June 28-30, 1968 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (Supporting Ten Years After, with Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks)

Summer 1968 Thee Image, Miami, FL (with NRBQ & Blues Image)

July 4-5, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA (2 shows 9.00 & 11.00, with Sly & The Family Stone & Sons Of Champlin. Canned Heat played only one song ('Refried Boogie') for all six sets throughout both days. They were recording a live album ultimately released as 'Living The Blues')

July 9, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA

July 11, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA

July 12, 1968 Cow Palace, Daly City, CA (Benefit for Harmony, with Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival (who replaced Phoenix), Kai Moore, Sweet Rush, West, Initial Shock, Sandy Bull & The Wedge)

July 17-21, 1968 Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA (with Fraternity of Man)

July 19, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA

August 2-4, 1968 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (with Iron Butterfly & Initial Shock)

August 3, 1968 Cleveland, OH (US TV "Upbeat", with The Boss Blues, Buddy Cole, David and the Giants, Joe Harnel, New Colony Six, The Rationals, The Temptations, These Visitors (broadcasting date)

August 3, 1968 Orange County Fair Grounds, Costa Mesa, CA ("1st Annual Newport Pop Festival", with Alice Cooper, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Lee Michaels, Frosty, Country Joe and The Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf & Tiny Tim)

August 8, 1968 Kaleidoscope, Los Angeles, CA

August 9-11, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (supported by (9th) The Rationals, (10th) The Jagged Edge, (11th) Children)

August 14-15, 1968 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL (with The Mothers Of Invention. Canned Heat filled in for Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and The Trinity)

August 31, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Mothers Of Invention, Country Joe & Fish, Moving Sidewalks (cancelled), Match Box & Neal Ford & The Fanatics)

September 3, 1968 Bold Knight, Sunnyvale, CA (with Weird Herald, Phoenix, Orphan Egg, Freedom Highway, Bogus Thunder & Steve Miller Band)

September 5, 1968 London, UK (UK TV "Top Of The Pops" lip-synching "On The Road Again")

September 5, 1968 Revolution Club, London, ENG (start of the European tour. In a creative arrangement, Canned Heat borrowed John Mayall's van and road crew for the English and European gigs, while Mayall in turn used the Canned Heat crew in America)

September 6, 1968 Mothers, Erdington, ENG

September 7, 1968 Civic Hall, Dunstable, ENG

September 8, 1968 Toft's Club, Folkestone, ENG

September 9, 1968 Pavillion Club, Bath, ENG

September 10, 1968 Disc Jockey, Derby, ENG

September 12, 1968 Bremen, GER (German TV "Beat Club" lip-synching "On The Road Again". Broadcast September 14th)

September 13, 1968 Hamburg, W.GER

September 14, 1968 Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, W.GER (with The Doors & Jefferson Airplane)

September 16, 1968 France

September 18-19, 1968 Belgium

September 21-22, 1968 Sweden

September 23-24, 1968 Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen, DEN

September 25, 1968 Colston Hall, Bristol, ENG (2 shows 6.30 & 8.45. Supporting Small Faces, with Tim Rose, The Gods & (compere) Dave Lee Travis)

September 26, 1968 Middle Earth, Roundhouse, London, ENG

September 27, 1968 Richmond Athletic Club, Richmond, London, ENG (with Writing On The Wall)

September 28, 1968 Middle Earth, Roundhouse, London, ENG (with Chicken Shack, Writing On The Wall, who both filled in for Spooky Tooth)

September 29, 1968 Civic Hall, Barnsley, ENG with The Small Faces

September 30, 1968 Marquee, London, ENG (with Keef Hartley. End of the European tour)

October 3-5, 1968 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (supported by Gordon Lightfoot & Cold Blood)

October 6, 1968 California State University, Chico, CA

October ??, 1968 San Antonio, TX

October 11-12, 1968 Bank, Torrance, CA (CANCELLED, with Spirit)

October 11, 1968 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (with Country Joe And The Fish, Char Char, The Chicago Transit Authority, (MC) Don McCoy & (MC) Jim Conniff)

October 13, 1968 Community Concourse, San Diego, CA

October 19, 1968 Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA

October 20, 1968 UC Berkeley Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA ("Cal S.U.P.E.R.B. presents during All - Cal Weekend Cal Rock Concert", with Linn County (filling in for Santana), Mad River, Grateful Dead, Stonehenge plus (cancelled) Special Jam with the Buddy Miles Express)

October 25, 1968 Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA

October 27, 1968 Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA ("San Francisco International Pop Festival", with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Womb, Spyders, Loading Zone, Deep Purple, Grassroots, Chambers Brothers, Procol Harum)

October 31, 1968 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (with John Mayall & Sir Douglas Quintet + 2)

November 2, 1968 Thee Image, Miami, FL

November 8, 1968 Tyndall Northside Armory, Indianapolis, IN (with Iron Butterfly & Fraternity Of Man)

November 9, 1968 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL (supported by Rhinocerous)

November 13, 1968 U.C.L.A. Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA (with Patience Valentine)

November 15, 1968 Bank, Torrance, CA (with Linn County & Flamin’ Groovies)

November 16, 1968 Honolulu International Center Arena, Honolulu, HI (with New Buffalo Springfield & The Turtles)

November 22-23, 1968 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (with Iron Butterfly & Youngbloods)

November 24, 1968 Rock Pile, Toronto, ON

November 29-30, 1968 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL (supported by Tim Buckley & Terry Reid. Michael Bloomfield sat in with Canned Heat the second night)

December 1, 1968 Music Hall, Cleveland, OH (with Velvet Underground & The Apple Pie Motherhood Band)

December 6-7, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (Supported by Hamilton Face)

December 8, 1968 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (Supported by Teegarden & Van Winkle)

December 21, 1968 Anaheim Convention Center Exhibition Hall, Anaheim, CA ("Sam Riddle presents.... Boss City Christmas Dance", with Pogo, Southern Comfort and five other bands)

December 22-23, 1968 L.A. Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA ("L.A. Pop Festival - A Christmas Happening", with Jose Feliciano (22), Righteous Brothers (22), The Box Tops (22), Blue Cheer (22), Three Dog Night (22), Chambers Brothers (23), Buddy Miles Express (23), The Turtles (23), The Grassroots (23), Steve Miller Blues Band (23), The Love Exchange (23)

December 26, 1968 Cow Palace, Daily City, CA ("KYA Presents The San Francisco Holiday Rock Festival", with Santana, Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, The New Buffalo Springfield, The Spencer Davis Group, Three Dog Night, The Electric Prunes, Tender Loving Care, Flaming Groovies)

December 29, 1968 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA (with Iron Butterfly, Derek, Bob Seger System & The Goodies)

December 30, 1968 Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, Broward County, FL ("Miami Pop Festival", with Jose Feliciano, The Turtles, Iron Butterfly, The Grass Roots, Jr. Walker and The All Stars, Ian and Sylvia, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Sweet Inspirations, Sweetwater, The Joe Tex Revue)

December 31, 1968 Shrine Exposition Hall, Los Angeles, CA ("Scenic Sounds Present A New Years Eve Extravaganza", with Pogo, Lee Michaels, Black Pearl, Love Army, Sweetwater. Bob Hite rode a painted purple dayglo elephant to the stage)

unknown date, 1968 The Back Door, Ventura, CA (with Tim Buley Blues Band)


January ?, 1969 Houston, TX (After the concert, a record collector friend of Bob Hite mentioned casually that the legendary black blues guitarist Albert Collins was at that time playing in a little place called Ponderosa Club down in the black neighborhood of the city, so they went to see the concert, at the end of which and after a little chat, they invited him to go with them to Los Angeles to revive his career and record a new album)

January 18, 1969 WEWS-TV, Cleveland, OH (US TV "Upbeat" performing "Going Up The Country", with The Box Tops, Bobby Darin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jerry Butler, Sonny Geraci, the Good Rats, The Mauds, Mother Earth, The New Colony Six, Peppermint Rainbow, Sugar and Spice, The Unifics & The Vogues (broadcasting date)

January 20, 1969 Los Angeles, CA US TV ("Playboy After Dark", with Buddy Greco, Shari Lewis, Colvin & Wilder, Max Lerner, Johnny Janis (broadcast May 16, 1969)

January 24, 1969 Theater For The Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX (with Bubble Puppy & Grass Roots)

February 1, 1969 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lee Michaels & C.K. Strong)

February 7-8, 1969 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (2 shows each night, supported by Pentangle & Rhinoceros)

February 9, 1969 Masonic Temple, Detroit, MI (with Spirit, The Brooklyn Bridge (who cancelled) & Bubble Puppy)

February 16, 1969 Alexandria Roller Rink, Alexandria, PA (with B.B. King)

February 21-22, 1969 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (supported by American Dream)

February 25, 1969 Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, RI (CANCELLED. with Tommy James & The Shondells & Brooklyn Bridge. The show was cancelled due to a snowstorm!)

February 28, 1969 Independence Hall, Baton Rouge, LA

March 16, 1969 Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (with The Jeff Beck Group, B.B. King & King Solomon's Minds)

March 27-29, 1969 Boston Arena, Boston, MA ("Boston Pop Festival")

March 30-April 1, 1969 Lockhart Park, Ft. Lauderdale, FL ("WSRF Surf-Radio Presents First Annual Fort Lauderdale Easter-Rock Festival", with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Strawberry Alarm Clock, MC5 (cancelled), Steve Miller Blues Band, Grass Roots, 3 Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Sweetwater, Morning Glory, Buffalo Springfield, Fruit Of The Loom, Tiny Tim, Pacific Gas & Electric, Super Session, Blood, Sweat & Tears (cancelled), Chambers Brothers (cancelled), Richie Havens (cancelled), Traffic (cancelled), Jeff Beck Group (cancelled), and many other groups)

April 2, 1969 Angels Stadium, Palm Springs, CA ("Palm Springs Pop Festival", with Ike & Tina Turner, Buddy Miles Express, Black Pearl, Southwind, San Andreas Boogie & Savoy Brown. Eric Burdon sang with Canned Heat at Bob Hite's invitation)

April 4, 1969 Center Arena, Seattle, WA (with The Box Tops)

April 5, 1969 Agrodome, Vancouver, BC (with The Grass Roots)

April 10, 1969 UC Santa Barbara Robertson Gym, Santa Barbara, CA (with Poco & Ace Of Cups

April 11, 1969 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA (with Creedence Clearwater Revival & Cold Blood)

April 12, 1969 California Polytechnic State University Men's Gym, San Luis Obispo, CA

April 18, 1969 Hunter College, New York City, NY (with Ten Years After)

April 19, 1969 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY

April 24, 1969 Lake Lansing, Haslett, MI (with The MC5 & The Woolies)

April 25-26, 1969 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI (supported by Family & (25th) The Red, White & Blues Band, (26th) Caste)

May 3, 1969 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL (with Aum & Albert King)

May 4, 1969 Minneapolis Labor Temple, Minneapolis, MN (with The Serfs)

May 10, 1969 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC

May 11, 1969 Aztec Bowl, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (supported by Grateful Dead, Santana, Lee Michaels & Tarantula)

May 23, 1969 University of Montana Adams Field House, Missoula, MT (with Initial Shock)

May 25, 1969 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, CA ("Santa Clara Pop Festival", with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Spirit, Poco, Chambers Bros., Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry & Jefferson Airplane)

May 30, 1969 Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA ("Ash Grove Benefit Concert", with Albert Collins & Lightnin' Hopkins)

June 20-21, 1969 Action House, Island Park, NY (supported by Howl & Senaca)

June 23-25, 1969 The Ark, Boston, MA (with Kaleidoscope. The last show on the 25th finished with a 40 minute jam with members of Kaleidoscope)

June 27-28, 1969 Kinetic Playground, Chicago, IL (with Black Pearl & Soup)

July 4, 1969 Atlanta International Raceway, Fulton County, GA ("1st Annual Atlanta International Pop Festival", with Sweetwater, Ten Wheel Drive, Pacific, Gas & Electric, Dave Brubeck, Ian & Sylvia, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Johnny Rivers, Johnny Winter, Al Kooper & Creedence Clearwater Revival)

July 7, 1969 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY (with Savoy Brown)

July 11, 1969 Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (supported by BB King & Fats Domino)

July 12, 1969 Convention Center, Anaheim, CA (with Kaleidoscope & Steve Miller Blues Band)

July 13, 1969 HIC Arena, Honolulu, HI (with Lee Michaels)

July 26, 1969 Terrace Ballroom, Salt Lake City, UT (with The Turtles)

July 29-31, 1969 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (supported by Preservation Hall Jazz Band & South Wind. Before the first show, Henry Vestine left the group after an argument between himself and Larry Taylor. The next night after Mike Bloomfield and Harvey Mandel jammed with Canned Heat, both were offered Vestine's spot in the band's line-up, which Mandel accepted)

Line-up: (July 29, 1969 - May 1970)

  • Bob (The Bear) Hite - vocals, harp
  • Alan (Blind Owl) Wilson - guitar, harp, vocals
  • Harvey (The Snake) Mandel - guitar
  • Larry (The Mole) Taylor - bass
  • Adolfo (Fito) De La Parra - drums

August 1-2, 1969 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (with Santana, Three Dog Night & Sha Na Na)

August 3, 1969 Atlantic City Race Track, Atlantic City, NJ ("Atlantic City Pop Festival" with Mothers Of Invention, Janis Joplin, Moody Blues, 3 Dog Night, Sir Douglas Quintet, Joe Cocker, Little Richard, Buddy Rich Big Band, Dr. John The Night Tripper. Janis Joplin's sax player Cornelius 'Snooky' Flowers guested with Canned Heat)

August 6, 1969 Freeport Stadium, Freeport, NY (with Ten Years After, Cat Mother, The All-Night Newsboys, Orpheus & Back River Circus)

August 8, 1969 Music Circus, Lambertville, NJ

August 9, 1969 Bridgeport Musical Theatre, Bridgeport, CT

August 13, 1969 Mesker Amphitheater, Evansville, IN ("Evansville Pop Festival", with Illinois Speed Press, Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Silverheels, Jamie Lyons, Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys & The Litter)

August 16, 1969 Max Yasgur Farm, Bethel, NY (Woodstock)

August 22-23, 1969 Paradise Valley Resort, Squamish, BC ("Vancouver Pop Festival", with Tarantula (22-23), Flying Burrito Brothers (22-23), Grass Roots (22-23), Merryweather (22-23), Motherlode (22), Strawberry Alarm Clock (22-23), Alice Cooper (22-23), Taj Mahal (22), Chrome Syrcus (22-23), Lee Michaels (22), Chicago (C.T.A.) (22-23), Little Richard (22-23), Love (22-23), Smith (23), Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee (23), Rotary Connection (23), Sound by Deyong (22-23), Lights by Retina Circus (22-23)

August 30, 1969 Dallas International Motor Speedway, Lewisville, TX (Texas International Pop Festival, with Janis Joplin, Chicago Transit Authority, James Cotton Blues Band, B.B. King, Herbie Mann, Rotary Connection & Sam & Dave)

August 31, 1969: Airline Highway Park and Fairgrounds, Prairieville, LA "New Orleans Pop Festival"

August 31, 1969 Louisiana Speedway, Gonzales, LA (New Orleans Pop-Festival)

Fall 1969 Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS (with Bob Seger System)

September 26, 1969 Providence College Alumni Hall, Providence, RI

October ?, 1969 War Memorial, Syracuse, NY ("The 100th Happening Syracuse University Centennial Homecoming Pop Festival", with Al Kooper and His Orchestra, Napanaw's Pottery Shop)

October 11, 1969 Baldwin Gym, DREW University, Madison, NJ (supported by John Mayall)

October 31, 1969 Eastown Theatre, Detroit, MI (with Spirit & Blodwyn Pig)

November 1, 1969 Civic Center Convention Hall, Philadephia, PA (3rd Quaker City Rock Festival, with The Youngbloods, Chicago Transit Authority & Santana)

November 8, 1969 Kinsmen Field House, Edmonton, AB (with Troyka)

November 9, 1969 Agrodome, Vancouver, BC (supported by Moody Blues)

November 20, 1969 Los Angeles, CA US TV "Playboy After Dark" performing "Future Blues" & "My Time Ain't Long", with Sonny & Cher, Vic Damone, Larry Storch, Dick Shawn. Broadcast on January 27, 1970)

November 30, 1969 Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, FL ("First Annual Palm Beach International Music Festival", with The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, Rotary Connection, and more)

December 6, 1969 Academy of Music, New York City, NY (with B.B. King & James Gang. Canned Heat cancelled and Vanilla Fudge filled in for them)

December 12-14, 1969 Family Dog At The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA (with Bob McPharlin, Rhythm Dukes with Jerry Miller)

December 15-18, 1969 Ash Grove, Los Angeles, CA

December 20, 1969 'Boss City', KHJ Channel 9 TV Show, KHJ Studios, Los Angeles, CA (broadcast date)

December 21, 1969 Balboa Stadium, San Diego, CA (with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)

December 26, 1969 Phanter Hall, Fort Worth, TX

December 27-29, 1969 Miami-Hollywood Speedway, Pembroke Pines, FL ("Miami Rock Festival - Last Rock Festival of the 60's", with Santana, Crow, Smith, Vanilla Fudge, Grateful Dead, Butterfield Blues Band, B.B. King, Hugh Masakela, Tony Joe White, Biff Rose, Amboy Dukes, Turtles, Motherlode, The Band, Johnny Winter, Cold Blood & Sweetwater)

unknown date, 1969 Sarasota Armory, Sarasota, FL (with Spirit)


January 6-7, 1970 L'Olympia, Paris, FRA (Underground Music Festival, with Triangle, Taste, Manfred Mann & Renaissance)

January 11, 1970 Konserthuset, Goteborg, SWE

January 12, 1970 Konserthaus, Stockholm, SWE

January 13, 1970 Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen, DEN

January 21, 1970 City Hall, Newcastle, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 22, 1970 Philarmonic Hall, Liverpool, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 23, 1970 Dome, Brighton, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 24, 1970 Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 25, 1970 Fairfield Hall, Croydon, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 26, 1970 Town Hall, Birmingham, ENG (with Renaissance)

January 29, 1970 Manchester College Of Commerce, Manchester, ENG

January 30, 1970 Royal Albert Hall, London, ENG (with Renaissance. The show was recorded and some songs taken from that were released the same year on their album: "Canned Heat '70 Concert - Live In Europe")

January 31, 1970 Beat Club, TV Show, Bremen, West Germany with Spirit, Humble Pie, Renaissance, Free, John Mayall, Colosseum, Juicy Lucy (broadcast date) Canned Heat performed: "Let's Work Together", "Move On Down The Road", and "Future Blues".

February 1, 1970 Circus Krone-Bau, Munich, GER

February 4, 1970 Beethovensaal, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, GER

February 12, 1970 Space Electronic, Florence, ITY

February ?, 1970 Cinema Teatro Nazionale, Milan, ITY

February 28, 1970 Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, WA

March 6-7, 1970 Warehouse, New Orleans, LO (with Bloodrock)

March 20, 1970 Met Sports Center, Bloomington, MN ("The Met Center Rock Festival (aka 1st Met Pop Festival)", with The Stooges, SRC, Litter, Brownsville Station, The Amboy Dukes, Grand Funk Railroad, Buddy Miles, Sweetwater (canceled), Rotary Connection (canceled)

March 25, 1970 Varsity Arena, Toronto, ON (with MC5 & The Faces)

March 27-29, 1970 The Floyd L. Reynolds farm, near Lubbock, TX ("The Southwest '70 Peace Festival", with Barry McGuire, The Byrds (cancelled), Blue Moutain Eagle, Muddy Waters, The Flock, Truth, Joe Kelly Blues Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Sundance, Johnny Winter, Zephyr, Freddie King, Bloodrock, Bangor Flying Circus, The Frantics, Beast & Sweetwater)

March 27-29, 1970 Bithlo, Orange County, FL ("Winter's End Festival". Canned Heat cancelled)

April 10, 1970 Downtown National Guard Armory, Jacksonville, FL

April 11, 1970 Pirate's World, Dania, FL

April 16, 1970 Electric Circus, New York City, NY

April 19, 1970 Sports Arena, Atlanta, GA

ca. Spring 1970 (between February and July): unknown old small venue, Beretania Street (?), Honolulu, HI

May 2, 1970 West Side Armory, Kingston, PA (with Rhinoceros & The Citations)

May 9, 1970 Freedom Palace, Kansas City, MO

CANNED HEAT #4 (MAY 1970 - SEPT 3, 1970) 1) Bob Hite 2) Al Wilson 3) Adolfo de la Parra 4) Henry Vestine 5) Antonio de la Barreda (aka Tony Olav) bass

May 15, 1970 Convention Hall, Fresno, CA (with Sweetwater & Blue Mountain Eagle)

May 16, 1970 Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA (All College Music Festival, with Country Joe & The Fish, Ike & Tina Turner, Albert King, Les McCann, Southern Comfort, South Bay Experimental Flash & Others)

May 22, 1970 Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA (with Love, Gypsy & Lion. Canned Heat canceled and were replaced by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends)

May 22, 1970 SUNY Gym, Stony Brook, NY

May 24, 1970 farm, Newton Falls, OH ("Piper Rock Festival", with Alice Cooper, The Byrds (cancelled), Kenny Rogers & The First Edition, Cold Blood, Glass Harp, Marble Cake, Pig Iron, The Rascals (cancelled) & Smith. Canned Heat don't appear, but band members Bob Hite and Alan Wilson sit in with Pig Iron.

May 30, 1970 Dave Lewis's Farm, Heyworth, IL ("Kickapoo Creek Outdoor Rock Concert - Incident at Kickapoo Creek", with Country Joe and The Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Devil's Kitchen, B.B. King, Amboy Dukes, REO Speedwagon, Joe Kelly Blues Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, The Finchley Boys and many others)

June 19-21, 1970 Mantorp Park, Mantorp, SWE ("Festival of the Midnight Sun", with Alexis Korner, Blond, Blue Mink, Blues Quality, Burning Red Ivanhoe, Charlie's Flight, Cochise, Dream Police, High Tide, Edison Lighthouse, Emile Ford, Opus II, Juicy Lucy, Magazine Story, Cornelis Vreeswijk & Made In Sweden, Maniacs, Mecki Mark Men, November, Paradise, Pugh Rogefeldt, Hawkwind, Skaggmanslaget, Skin Allet, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, The Move, The Radna Krishna Temple, The Tremeloes, The Web, Wild Angels, White Plains, The Gun, Chuck Berry, The Byrds (canceled), Deep Feeling & Dr. John)

June 26, 1970 Kralingen Forest Park, Rotterdam, NED ("The Holland Pop Festival '70" This three-day festival (26-28) was sponsored by 'Coca-Cola'. The whole festival was filmed and a film titled 'Stamping Ground' was released in theatres on the same year, including Canned Heat's footage of their performance of 'Human Condition' and 'So Sad')

June 27, 1970 Bath & West Showgrounds, Shepton Mallet, ENG ("Bath Festival Of Blues And Progressive Music 70", with Steppenwolf, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Colosseum, It's A Beautiful Day, Keef Hartley, Maynard Ferguson Big Band)

July 3, 1970 London, ENG (UK TV "Late Night Line Up". No performance. John Peel interviewed two members of Canned Heat and also Frank Zappa)

July 6-11, 1970 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ

August 11, 1970 Cumberland County Arena, Fayetteville, NC

August 14, 1970 Marco Polo Resort Hotel Hump Room, Miami, FL (Jim Morrison joins the band as guest on the songs: "Back Door Man", "Rock Me", "Fever" & "I'm A Man")

August 22, 1970 Forum, Inglewood, CA (with Iron Butterfly & Herbie Hancock. Al Wilson's last gig before he died on September 3, 1970)

CANNED HEAT #5 (SEPT 4, 1970 - ca. SEPT 10, 1970) 1) Bob Hite 2) Henry Vestine 3) Tony de la Barreda 4) Adolfo de la Parra

September 4, 1970 Deutschndhalle, Berlin, GER ("Super Concerto '70", with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Murphy Blend, Procol Harum, Ten Years After & Cat Mother)

September 5, 1970 Isle of Fehmarn, GER ("Open Air Love and Peace Festival", with The Faces, Mungo Jerry, Sly & The Family Stone, Cluster, Keef Hartley Band, Fat Matress, Ginger Baker's Airforce, Aardvark, Frumpy & Peter Brotzmann)

September ?, 1970 KB Hallen, Copenhagen, DEN

September ?, 1970 Paris, FRA

September 10, 1970 VPRO Piknik, Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, NED (with Sly and The Family Stone & Daddy Longlegs)

Line-up: (SEPT 11, 1970 - 1972)

  • Bob Hite - vocals, harp
  • Henry Vestine - guitar
  • Joel Scott Hill - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Antonio de la Barreda - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

September 11, 1970 Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, London, ENG (free concert, with Eric Burdon & John Sebastian)

September 13, 1970 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, ENG (with Groundhogs)

September 15-19, 1970 Venice, ITY (cancelled)

September 22, 1970 Town Hall, Birmingham, ENG (with Groundhogs)

September 23, 1970 De Montfort Hall, Leicester, ENG (with Groundhogs)

September 24, 1970 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG (with Groundhogs)

September 26, 1970 Central Hall, Chaltham, ENG (with Groundhogs)

September 27, 1970 Empire, Liverpool, ENG (with Groundhogs)

October 2, 1970 Fyns Forum, Odense, DEN (with Skid Row)

October 3, 1970 KB Hallen, Copenhagen, DEN (with Skid Row)

October 8, 1970 Niedersachsenhalle, Hannover, GER

October 10, 1970 Stadtcasino, Basel, SUI (with Lambert and Nuttycombe)

October ??, 1970 Le Golf Drouot, Paris, FRA

October ??, 1970 Olympia, Paris, FRA

October 16, 1970 London, ENG

October 28, 1970 Miami Dade Junior College North Campus, Miami, FL

October 31, 1970 University of Miami, Coral Glabes, FL (with Black Sabbath)

November 5-8, 1970 Grand Old Flag, Glendale, CA ("Grand Opening", with Jericho & The Earth Disciples)

November 25-29, 1970 Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, CA (Supported by The Earth Disciples)

December 5, 1970 Newark State College, Union, NJ

December 9, 1970 The Boston Tea Party, Boston, MA (2 shows 7.00 & 10.00)

December 11-12, 1970 Fillmore East, New York City, NY (with Allman Brothers Band, Dreams & Toe Fat)

December 18-20, 1970 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (supported by Youngbloods, Blues Image & The Earth Disciples)

Late 1970 or Early 1971 'Something Else', TV Show, Los Angeles, CA with The Dillards, Dorothy Morrison, Iron Mountain Depot, John Hartford (host) The band perform: 'Scat' and 'Let's Work Together'.

Late 1970 or Early 1971 (approximate date): St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, MA

January 9, 1971 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA (with Southwind)

January 23, 1971 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX (with It's A Beautiful Day & Southwind)

January 29, 1971 Eastown Theatre, Detroit, MI (with MC5 & The Third Power)

January 31, 1971 Convention Hall, San Diego, CA

February 12, 1971 Fillmore North, Toronto, ON (with Taj Mahal)

February 13, 1971 St. John's University Alumni Hall, Queens, NY (with Red Eye)

February 20-21, 1971 Warehouse, New Orleans, LO

February 26, 1971 Upsala College Viking Memorial Hall, East Orange, NJ (with The Byrds & Factory)

March 26, 1971 Eastown Theatre, Detroit, MI (with John Lee Hooker & Dada)

April 15, 1971 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY (with John Lee Hooker)

April 16, 1971 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Edgar Winter)

April 18, 1971 The Depot, Minneapolis, MN (with John Lee Hooker)

April 21, 1971 Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (with John Lee Hooker & The Hound Dog Band)

June 24-27, 1971 Cypress Pointe Plantation, McCrea, LO ("Celebration Of Life")

June 30, 1971 Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (United Artists 99 cent concert with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sugarloaf, War & (MC) Wolfman Jack)

July ?, 1971 Amsterdam, NED (free concert)

July 14-15, 1971 Beach House, Venice, CA

July 17, 1971 The Park, North Baltimore, OH (with Edgar Winter's White Trash)

July 24, 1971 War Memorial, Rochester, NY (supporting Ike & Tina Turner, with Uncle Rain)

August 16, 1971 Starkers Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, ENG (supported by Thin Lizzy)

August 17, 1971 Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, ENG (supported by Thin Lizzy)

August 18, 1971 Town Hall Marquay Club, Torquay, ENG (supported by Lindisfarne & Adolphus Rebirth)

August 22, 1971 Turku, Finland ("Turku Rock Festival")

August 28, 1971 New Cal Expo Main Arena, Sacramento, CA

September 10, 1971 East Los Angeles College Stadium, Los Angeles, CA (with Coming of Man, Geronimo Black, Pure Food and Drug Act, Solitude & Southwind)

September ?, 1971 Bremen, GER (German TV "Beat Club" performing "A Long Way From L.A." & "Big City Woman", broadcast September 25, 1971)

September 30, 1971 Kinetic Circus, Birmingham, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 1, 1971 Raith Ballroom, Kirkcaldy, SCOT (with Stone The Crows)

October 4, 1971 Civic Hall, Dunstable, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 5, 1971 Harlech, ENG (UK TV "Dave Cash TV Show")

October 6, 1971 London, ENG (UK TV "Top Of The Pops")

October 8, 1971 Lewisham Odeon, London, ENG (with Stone The Crows, Robert Devlin & Lindisfarne)

October 11, 1971 Royal Albert Hall, London, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 13, 1971 University of Sussex, Brighton, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 14, 1971 Liverpool Stadum, Liverpool, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 15, 1971 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG (with Terry Reid)

October 16, 1971 University of Manchester, Manchester, ENG (with Terry Reid)

October 17, 1971 University of East Anglia, Norwich, ENG (afternoon show, with Terry Reid)

October 17, 1971 Norwich Lads Club, Norwich, ENG (evening show, with Fuzzy Duck)

October 18, 1971 University of Essex, Colchester, ENG (with Stone The Crows)

October 20, 1971 Top Rank Suite, Swansea, WAL

November 19-20, 1971 Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, CA (with Linda Ronstadt)

December 15, 1971 Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, GA (with REO Speedwagon & Gary Wright)

December 17-18, 1971 Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY (with Dreams, Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth who filled in for Redbone)


February ?, 1972 Levittown Skating Rink, Levittown, NY (with Egar Winter's White Trash & Mitch Ryder's Detroit)

February 18, 1972 Lansing Civic Center, Lansing, MI (with Bloodrock)

March 19, 1972 Robert's Stadium, Evansville, IN (with Badfinger)

April 22, 1972 Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA (with Cold Blood & Earthquake)

CANNED HEAT #7 (1972 - JAN 1973) 1) Bob Hite 2) Henry Vestine 3) Tony de la Barreda 4) Adolfo de la Parra 5) James Shane vocals, rhythm guitar

May 6, 1972 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX (supporting Alice Cooper, with Bang)

May 17, 1972 Agrodome, Vancouver, BC (supported by Taj Mahal)

May 20, 1972 Salem Armory Auditorium, Salem, OR (with Taj Mahal)

May 27, 1972 Old Civic Auditorium, Honolulu, HI

June 17, 1972 Central Park Wollman Skating Rink Theatre, New York City, NY ("The Schaefer Music Festival In Central Park", with Dr. John)

August 13, 1972 Balboa Stadium, San Diego, CA ("A Rock Liberation Festival", with Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, The Doors, Cold Blood, Stoneground, Elvin Bishop Group, Bones & Boones Farm)

August 17, 1972 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting It's A Beautiful Day, with Argent)

August 19, 1972 The Park, New Baltimore, OH (with MC5 (cancelled?), Catfish, Mojo Boogie Band & Ruby Dee)

August 24, 1972 Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM (with John Mayall Blues Band & Oriental Blue Streaks)

September 2, 1972 Bull Island, White County, IN ("Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival", with Cheech & Chong, Flash, Bang & Birtha)

September 9, 1972 Tenth Street Stadium, Bloomington, IN ("Stonehenge III", with Seals & Croft, Mason Proffit, Jessup, Gryphon & Goose Creek Symphony)

September 22, 1972 Armar Ballroom, Cedar Rapids, IA (with Pure Food & Drug Act with Harvey Mandel & Sugarcane Harris & Tony Brown)

October 31-November 5, 1972 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA (with Jim Pulte)

December 2, 1972 Academy of Music, New York City, NY (supported by Spirit & REO Speedwagon)

Returning from Europe in May 1970, an exhausted Larry Taylor left the band to join John Mayall (who had relocated to Laurel Canyon) and was followed by Mandel. With Taylor and Mandel gone, Vestine returned on guitar, accompanied by bassist Antonio de la Barreda who had played with de la Parra for five years in Mexico City and was previously a member of the groups Jerome and Sam & the Goodtimers. This lineup went into the studio to record with John Lee Hooker the tracks that would yield the double album, Hooker 'n Heat.

On September 3, 1970, just prior to leaving for a festival in Berlin, Alan (Blind Owl) Wilson died of a barbiturate overdose. Joel Scott Hill, who had played with the Strangers and later Moby Grape, was recruited to fill the void left by Wilson's death. The band still had a touring contract for September, as well as upcoming studio dates. That fall they toured Australia and Europe; including a show played in Baarn, the Netherlands, for the VPRO television program Piknik and the following summer they appeared at the Turku Festival in Finland.

This lineup of Hite, Vestine, Scott-Hill, de la Barreda and de la Parra did not last, as the band was in disarray; Scott-Hill and de la Barreda's attitudes were not fitting in with the rest of the band, and drummer de la Parra decided to call it quits. He was talked out of it by Hite, and it was Scott-Hill and de la Barreda who left the band instead.

New additions to the group were James Shane on rhythm guitar and vocals, Ed Beyer on keyboards, and Richard Hite (Bob Hite's brother) on bass. This lineup recorded what would be the band's last album for Liberty/United Artists Records, The New Age, released in 1973. The band embarked on another European tour, during which they recorded a session with Memphis Slim in Paris for the album Memphis Heat. They also recorded with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, while still in Paris, for the album Gates on the Heat (both were released by Blue Star Records).

CANNED HEAT #8 (JAN 1973 - 1975) 1) Bob Hite 2) Henry Vestine 3) Adolfo de la Parra 4) James Shane 5) Edward 'Ed' 'Eddie' Beyer keyboards 6) Richard James Hite bass

January 19-20, 1973 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (with Quicksilver Messenger Service & Eggs Over Easy)

February 4, 1973 Keystone, Berkeley, CA

March 4, 1973 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY

March 9, 1973 Civic Center, Hammond, IN (with Harvey Mandel and The Pure Food & Drug Act)

March 27-28, 1973 Glass Menagerie, Nashville, TN

March 31, 1973 Academy of Music, New York City, NY (with Quicksilver Messenger Service)

April 1, 1973 Banana Fish Park, Brooklyn, NY

April 8, 1973 Sports Arena, San Diego, CA (with Quicksilver Messenger Service)

April 15, 1973 Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, PA (with Malo)

April 24, 1973 Olivet College, Olivet, MI

May 6, 1973 University of Findlay Croy Gymnasium, Findlay, OH (with REO Speedwagon)

May 11, 1973 Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI (with Wilderness Road & Brownsville Station)

May 12, 1973 MSU Auditorium, East Lansing, MI (with Quicksilver Messenger Service & REO Speedwagon)

May 13, 1973 Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City, MO (with Hookfoot)

May 18, 1973 Auckland, NZ

June 3, 1973 Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NE (with Savoy Brown, Blue Oyster Cult & Status Quo)

June 19, 1973 Mayfair, Newcastle, ENG

June 29, 1973 Roskilde, DEN ("3rd Annual Roskilde Festival", with Negro Spiritual & Elim's Kor, Ewald Thomsen, Spillemǽnd, Midnight Sun, V8 & Røde Mor)

July 1, 1973 Montreux, SUI ("Montreux Jazz Festival", with Clarence Brown)

July 14, 1973 Eilenriedestadion, Hannover, GER ("Golden Summer Night", with Eric Burdon and The Sun Secrets Band, Spencer Davis Group, The Pretty Things, John Sebastian, Vinegar Joe, Tempest, Jimmy Whiterspoon With Robben Ford & Tattoo)

July 15, 1973 White City Stadium, London, ENG (with Edgar Winter Band, Sly and The Family Stone, Barclay James Harvest & Lindisfarne)

July 21, 1973 Booth Farm, Buxton, ENG ("Buxton Pop Festival", with Chuck Berry, Wizzard, Groundhogs, Nazareth, Medicine Head, Edgar Broughton Band & John Peel)

July 31, 1973 Wheeling High School Field House, Wheeling, IL (with Pure Prairie League)

August 10, 1973 Draper, UT ("Another Point of The Mountain Festival", with Guess Who & Freddie King)

August 24, 1973 Municipal Auditorium, Barre, VT (with The Tracks)

September 1, 1973 Chestuee Charolais Farm, Benton, TN (Cancelled. The Midwest Monster Peace Jubilee and Music Festival with (1st) Quicksilver Messenger Service, Canned Heat, Black Oak Arkansas, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Roberta Flack, Deodato, Earl Scruggs, Chambers Brothers, Ballin' Jack, Freddie King, White Witch & (2nd) Edgar Winter Group, T. Rex, Spirit, Buddy Miles, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Michael Quatro Jam Band, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm, Wolfgang, Dr. Hook & His Medicine Show, Iggy & The Stooges)

September 23, 1973 Boogie Hill, Tiffin, OH (with Quicksilver, Brownsville Station, REO Speedwagon, Catfish Hodge, Ethos & Foundation II)

October 26-27, 1973 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (with Country Joe, The Kinks (cancelled), Hot Tuna)

November 9, 1973 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (with Grateful Dead. Canned Heat cancelled)

November 24, 1973 Monterey County Fairgrounds Arena, Monerey, CA (with Dr. John The Night Tripper, Harvey Mandel and The Pure Food & Drug Act. Afternoon show)

December 7, 1973 El Coliseo Cubierto El Campin de Bogata, Bogata, COL (supported by Chambers Brothers)

December 16, 1973 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA )with Black Oak Arkansas & Lynyrd Skynyrd)

December 28-31, 1973 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

unknown date, 1973: unknown venue, unknown city, unknown state with Country Joe McDonald and His All Stars Band, Uriah Heep, Mott the Hoople, Shawn Phillips The event was filmed for broadcast on ABC-TV's series "In Concert" on September 28 at 11:30pm (episode #21).


  • Bob Hite - vocals, harp
  • Henry Vestine - guitar
  • James Shane - rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ed Beyer - keyboards
  • Richard Hite - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

On a subsequent promotional tour of Europe, a new "horn band" sound included the talents of Clifford Solomon and Jock Ellis. Shortly thereafter, new manager Howard Wolf set up the struggling band with a gig at California's Mammoth Ski Resort. Bob Hite, in a foul rage, went off on the crowd, to the disapproval of Vestine, James Shane and Ed Beyer, who quit the band as a result.

Taking the place of those who departed were pianist Gene Taylor and guitarist Chris Morgan, who both joined in late 1974. Taylor departed in 1976 in response to an argument during a tour of Germany, and after a brief fill-in by Stan Webb (of Chicken Shack), Mark Skyer came in as the new guitar player. This lineup recorded the 1977 album "Human Condition".

January 18-19, 1974 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (Canned Heat cancelled and were replaced by Livingston Taylor, with Dave Mason, Dalton & DuBarri)

January 25, 1974 Eastwind Ballroom, Baltimore, MD ("Rock For The People Concert", with The Chambers Brothers)

February 7, 1974 Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

February 10, 1974 Long Island Arena, Commack, NY (with Dr. John)

February 11, 1974 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (with Dr. John & Painter)

February 22, 1974 Brunel University, Brunel, ENG (with Fusion Orchestra)

March 10, 1974 Olympia, Paris, FRA

March 22, 1974 Stadthalle, Heidelberg, GER (with Pure Food with Sugarcane Harris & Harvey Mandel)

March 30, 1974 Rainbow, London, ENG (with Harvey Mandel and The Pure Food & Drug Act. The band played with an expanded line-up with three added brass players)

May 13, 1974 The Brewery, Lansing, MI (with Purlee)

June 4, 1974 Agora, Toledo, OH

June 24-26, 1974 Bottom Line, New York City, NY (with Kansas)

September 21, 1974 Winterland, San Francisco, CA (with Hot Tuna, Spencer Davis)

October 28-30, 1974 Alex Coooley's Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA

April 18, 1975 Tauber-Franken-Halle, Lauda-Konigshofen, GER (with Message)

May 8, 1975 Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford, ENG (with Broken Glass)

May 9, 1975 Roundhouse, London, ENG (with Broken Glass)

May 10, 1975 Pembroke Hall, Manchester, ENG (with Broken Glass)

May 12, 1975 Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, ENG (with Broken Glass)

May 13, 1975 University of Warwick, Coventry, ENG (with Broken Glass)

May 14, 1975 University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, SCOT (with Broken Glass)

CANNED HEAT #9 (1975 - 1977) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Richard Hite 3) Bob Hite 4) Chris Morgan guitar 5) Gene Taylor keyboards

July 6, 1975 Lyceum, London, ENG

August 13-16, 1975 Alex Coooley's Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (with Ayres Rock (13th), The Bobby Whitlock Band (14-16)

August 20-24, 1975 The Starwood, Los Angeles, CA

September 15, 1975 Chances Are, Ann Arbor, MI

September 20, 1975 Showcase Theatre, Detroit, MI (with Steppenwolf & White Lightin')

October 19, 1975 Roundhouse, London, UK

January 2-4, 1976 Savoy Tivoli Restaurant, San Francisco, CA (with Robert Lowery)

January 25, 1976 Memorial Hall, Lima, OH (with Salem Witchcraft)

April 15, 1976 Stadthalle, Ludwigsburg, Germany (with Stan Webb's Broken Glass)

April 20, 1976 MTV-Grundig-Halle, Furth, GER (with Stan Webb's Broken Glass)

April 22, 1976 Landwirtschaftshalle, Kaiserslautern, GER (with Message)

April 26, 1976 Stadthalle, Heidelberg, GER (with Message)

April 29, 1976 PhilipsHalle, Dusseldorf, GER (with Stan Webb's Broken Glass)

July 13, 1976 Town Hall, Auckland, NZ

July 14, 1976 Town Hall, Wellington, NZ

July 17, 1976 Town Hall, Christchurch, NZ

July 18, 1976 Town Hall, Dunedin, NZ

Summer 1976 The Taverne, Berlin, GER (with Stan Webb's Broken Glass)

October 2, 1976 Scheffelhalle, Singen, GER (with Sassafras)

October 15, 1976 City Hall, Sheffield, ENG

November 15, 1976 Zirkus Krone, Munchen, GER (with O, Amon Duul)

February 6, 1977 Anchor Inn, Pinckney, MI (with Salem Witchcraft)

Before long, more arguments ensued, and Mark Skyer, Chris Morgan and Richard Hite all quit the band in 1977. The Bear promptly hired a new bass player, Richard Exley, after befriending him on tour and watching his performance with the band Montana. Becoming fast friends with Hite, Exley toured the remainder of the year with the band and collaborated with Hite on many of the arrangements during their 1976 Texas Bicentennial Comeback Tour. Exley then quit the band after an argument over Hite's excessive drinking and drug use on stage. Frustrated and fed up, Exley joined the Texas Heartbreakers at the end of that year but returned periodically to fill in as a favor to Hite while the band struggled to find permanent members amidst heavy drinking and drug use. Exley remarked about his time with the band, "No one ever remembers the bass player...". This effectively reduced the band's members to just Hite and de la Parra.

CANNED HEAT #10 (1977) 1) Bob Hite 2) Richard Hite 3) Adolfo de la Parra 4) Chris Morgan + 5) Stan Webb (aka The Man) vocals, guitar (only as "guest")

April 15-16, 1977 The Starwood, Los Angeles, CA (with C.Y. Walkin' Band)

CANNED HEAT #11 (1977 - SEPT 1978) 1) Bob Hite 2) Richard Hite 3) Adolfo de la Parra 4) Chris Morgan 5) Mark Skyer vocals, guitar

March 22, 1978 The Rock, Van Nuys, CA (with Oklahoma)

May 7, 1978 Tomorrow, Youngstown, OH (with Judas Priest)

June 11, 1978 Tomorrow, Youngstown, OH

August 19, 1978 Fox Venice Theatre, Venice Beach, CA (Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker played together (with guests: Ronnie Baron on piano and The Chambers Brothers on chorus) in a concert that was recorded and later released on their 1981 album 'Hooker ’N Heat - Live At The Fox Venice')

CANNED HEAT #12 (SEPT 1978 - ca. NOV 1978) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Richard Exley bass

September 30, 1978 Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA

October 1, 1978 Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA (Tribal Stomp hosted by Wavy Gravy, with Country Joe and The Fish, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Nick Gravenites, It's a Beautiful Day, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Congress of Wonders, The Committee)

October 2, 1978 Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA

CANNED HEAT #13 (ca. NOV 1978 - ca. FEB 1979) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra

November 24, 1978 Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV (with War)

CANNED HEAT #14 (ca. FEB 1979 - 1979) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Larry Taylor 4) Mike Mann (aka Hollywood Fats) lead guitar 5) Ronnie Barron keyboards

February 23, 1979 Center Stage, Canton, MI

March 2-4, 1979 El Casino, Montreal, QC

unknown date, 1979 Cinema Lounge, Leominster, MA

CANNED HEAT #15 (1979 - 1980) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Larry Taylor 4) Mike Mann 5) Jay Spell vocals, keyboards

September 7, 1979 Parr Meadows, Bookhaven, NY (The show was recorded and later released on their 1995 album 'Canned Heat In Concert')

September 9, 1979 Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA (Family Dog 2nd Annual Tribal Stomp Potluck Picnic & Dance with Country Joe and The Fish, Dan Hicks and His Acoustic Warriors)

October 20, 1979 Arena Neza, Villada, MEX (with Enigma, Cermen, Tarot)

The popularity of the blues genre rose in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the release of the film The Blues Brothers. During this time, de la Parra had bought into the partnership of an East Hollywood recording studio at which he was again working with former bandmate Larry "The Mole" Taylor. Taylor had been associating with virtuoso guitar player Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann and virtuoso piano player Ronnie Barron and before long Taylor, Barron and Hollywood Fats were in the band. This version referred to by Hite and Mann as the "Burger Brothers" lineup, was soon joined by blind piano player Jay Spell, as Ronnie Barron walked out on the band after a blow-up between himself and Taylor.


  • Bob Hite - vocals, harp
  • Mike Mann - guitar
  • Jay Spell - keyboards
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

The Burger Brothers played the Tenth Anniversary of Woodstock at Parr Meadows in 1979. A recording of which eventually surfaced in 1995. Another recording made around this time was for Cream Records, who desired a more R&B-style sound than what Canned Heat was currently offering. This upset Hollywood Fats and Mike Halby was brought in to finish the project. After a falling out with de la Parra and Hite, Taylor and Mann were increasingly unhappy with the musical direction of the band and eventually left to focus more attention on their Hollywood Fats Band. Jay Spell was still on board and brought in bass player Jon Lamb and long-time guitarist Henry Vestine once again made his return to the band, with Hite and De la Parra as its leaders.


  • Bob Hite - vocals, harp
  • Henry Vestine - guitar
  • Mike Halby - guitar
  • Jay Spell - keyboards
  • Jon Lamb - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

No longer managed by Howard Wolf, Eddie Haddad set the band up touring military bases across the U.S., Europe and Japan non-stop. Returning with little pay after the hellacious tour, Jay Spell quit the band. Jon Lamb stayed on for one more tour in the south and just before Christmas 1980, he too quit the band; Hite attempted to give it another try by hiring a large enthusiastic biker with the moniker "The Push" as their manager; hoping that the band's popularity with the biker community would give them renewed energy. With new bass player Ernie Rodriguez joining the ranks, Canned Heat recorded the 1981 album, Kings of the Boogie, the last album to feature Hite on a few of the tracks.

On April 5, 1981, having collapsed from a heroin overdose during a show at the Palomino in Los Angeles, Bob Hite died in de la Parra's Mar Vista home at the age of 38.

The death of frontman Bob "The Bear" Hite was a devastating blow that most thought would end the career of Canned Heat; however de la Parra kept the band alive and would lead it back into prosperity over the next few decades. An Australian tour had been set up before Hite's death and harmonica player Rick Kellog had joined to finish off the Kings of the Boogie album. This incarnation of Canned Heat without Bob Hite was nicknamed the "Mouth Band" by Vestine and was a huge hit in Australia, especially with the biker crowd. Under the management of "The Push", the band toured the States playing biker bars and began work on a video known as "The Boogie Assault", starring Canned Heat and various members of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels. As production for "The Push's" video dragged on, a drunken Vestine got into a brawl with Ernie Rodriguez and was once again out of the band, this time replaced by guitarist Trout.


  • Trout - guitar
  • Rick Kellog - harp
  • Mike Halby - guitar
  • Ernie Rodriguez - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

This version of Canned Heat would also soon dissolve with a dispute between Mike Halby and de la Parra after the recording of the Heat Brothers '84 EP.

During the 1980s the interest in the type of music played by Canned Heat was revived and, despite the past tragedies and permanent instability, the band appeared to be revitalized. In 1985, Trout had left to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, so Vestine was once again back in the band and he brought with him new musical talent from Oregon in James Thornbury (slide guitar and lead vocals) and Skip Jones (Bass). They were dubbed the "Nuts and Berries" band by de la Parra, due to their love of organic food. It was not long before former members Larry Taylor (replacing Jones) and Ronnie Barron returned to round out the group. Versions of this lineup would record the live album, Boogie Up The Country, in Kassel, Germany, in 1987 and also appear at the Blues Festival Live in Bonn '87. Barron, just as before did not last long in this lineup, nor did Vestine, who was once again ousted from the band due to pressure from Larry Taylor. Replacing Vestine on lead guitar was Junior Watson, whose style emulated Hollywood Fats (who died in late 1986).

Line-up: (1980) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Jay Spell 4) Henry Vestine 5) Jon Lamb bass 6) F. Michael 'Mike' Halby vocals, rhythm guitar

Line-up: (1980 - DEC ??, 1980) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Henry Vestine 4) Jon Lamb 5) Mike Halby

May 18, 1980 The Palomino, North Hollywood, CA (with Pecos)

May 25, 1980 State Highway 70, Stone Lake, WI (Stone Lake Rock Festival (aka Stone Lake Music & Art Festival) with Head East, Wolfman Jack (MC), Bo Diddley, MC5, Blues Image, Jessie Brady, Mary Jane Alm, Chameleon)

July 6, 1980 Lyceum, London, ENG (with Nine Below Zero & The Inmates)

November 10, 1980 Center Stage, Canton, MI

November 13, 1980 Penny Arcade, Rochester, NY (supported by St. James Band)

Line-up: (DEC ??, 1980 - APR 5, 1981) 1) Bob Hite 2) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Henry Vestine 4) Mike Halby 5) Raul Ernie Rodriguez vocals, bass

January 19, 1981 Mac's Bar, Daytona Beach, FL (with Red Hook)

March 26-31, 1981 Topanga Corral, Topanga Canyon, CA

April 5, 1981 The Palomino, North Hollywood, CA (During the show Bob Hite collapsed from a heroin overdose and was later found dead in Adolfo 'Fito' de la Parra's home)

Line-up: (APR 6, 1981 - 1981 or 1982) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Henry Vestine 3) Mike Halby 4) Rick 'Ricky' Kellogg vocals, harmonica 5) Raul Ernie Rodriguez

May 19, 1981 Prospect Hill Hotel, Melbourne, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 20, 1981 Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 21, 1981 Billboard The Venue, Melbourne, AUS

May 22, 1981 On Stage (?), unknown city, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 22, 1981 Sand. Commodore (?), unknown city, AUS

May 23, 1981 Bombay Rock, Brunswick, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 23, 1981 Sandown Park Hotel, Noble Park, AUS

May 24, 1981 Pier Hotel, Frankston, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 26, 1981 Doyalson RSL Club, Doyalson, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 27, 1981 Dapto Leagues, Dapto, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 28, 1981 Sylvania Hotel, Campbellfield, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 29, 1981 Manly Vale, Sydney, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 30-31, 1981 Sgt. Pepper's Rock Cafe, Sydney, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

May 31, 1981 Avalon Beach RSL Club, Avalon Beach, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 1, 1981 Sundowner Motel Hotel, Whyalla Norrie, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 3, 1981 Kingsford Homestead, Gawler, AUS

June 4-5, 1981 Thomson's Hotel, Mooloolaba, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 6, 1981 University of Queensland, Brisbane, AUS ("4ZZZ University Show"' with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 7, 1981 The Playroom, Coolangatta, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 8, 1981 Bangalow, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 13, 1981 Royal Antler Hotel, Sydney, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 13, 1981 Selina's, The Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

June 14, 1981 Gas Lane, Sydney, AUS (with Cyril B. Bunter Band)

November 28, 1981 Harpos, Detroit, MI (with Teen Angels)

Line-up: (1981 or 1982 - 1983) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Mike Halby 3) Rick Kellogg 4) Raul Ernie Rodriguez 5) Walter Trout vocals, lead guitar

June 12, 1982 BayView Hotel, Gladesville, AUS (with Heaven)

June 17, 1982 Commodore Hotel, Sandringham, AUS

June 18, 1982 Council Club Hotel, Preston, AUS

June 19, 1982 The Venue, St. Kilda, AUS

June 20, 1982 Sentimental Bloke Hotel, Bulleen, AUS

June 22, 1982 Prospect Hill Hotel, Kew, AUS

June 23, 1982 Traralgon Astrodome, Traralgon, AUS

June 24, 1982 Dorset Gardens Hotel, Croydon, AUS

June 25, 1982 Bombay Rock, Brunswick, AUS

June 26, 1982 Chevron Hotel, Melbourne, AUS

June 27, 1982 Pier Hotel, Frankston, AUS

July 1, 1982 Collendina Hotel, Ocean Grove, AUS

July 9, 1982 Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, AUS

July 10, 1982 Tamarc Hotel, Laverton, AUS

July 11, 1982 Waterloo Cup Hotel, Moonee Ponds, AUS

September 18, 1982 Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Line-up: (1983 - 1985) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Mike Halby 3) Raul Ernie Rodriguez 4) Walter Trout

October 4, 1983 Harpos, Detroit, MI (with John Mayall)

October 9, 1983 Le Spectrum de Montreal, Montreal, QC (John Mayall, backed by Canned Heat)

October 12, 1983 Lone Star Cafe, New York City, NY (with Johnny Winter, Walter Trout & John Mayall)

Line-up: (1985 - 1986) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Skip Jones bass 3) Henry Vestine 4) James Thornbury (aka James T) lead vocals, slide guitar, flute

February 6, 1986 Terry & Zeke's Friendly Tavern, Tucson, AZ (with The Tommy Tucker Blues Band)

Line-up: (1986 - 1987) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Henry Vestine 3) James Thornbury 4) Larry Taylor 5) Ronnie Barron

December 31, 1986 Blue & Gold Fleet Pier #39, San Francisco, CA ('Rock The Boat On The Bay', with Panzer)

May 29, 1987 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY ('The Psychedelic Experience Roadshow', with Country Joe & Spirit)

May 31, 1987 Grawg Park, NY ('The Psychedelic Experience Roadshow', with Country Joe & Spirit)

June 2, 1987 Philadelphia, PA ('The Psychedelic Experience Roadshow', with Country Joe & Spirit)

Line-up: (1987 - 1988) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Henry Vestine 3) Larry Taylor 4) James Thornbury

September 12, 1987 Capitol, Hannover, W. GER

September 13, 1987 Volkshaus, Zurich, SUI

September 27, 1987 Biskuithalle, Bonn, W. GER (The show was recorded and later released on their album "2 Blues Festival - Live In Bonn")

October 5, 1987 Mean Fiddler, Harlesdon, ENG

October ??, 1987 Kassel, W. GER (The show was recorded and later released on their album "Boogie Up The Country")

?, 1987 Milano, ITY

Line-up: (1988-1991)

  • Junior Watson - lead guitar
  • James Thornbury - slide guitar, vocals
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

March 7, 1988 Moutanas Club, Seattle, WA (with Country Joe)

October 1, 1988 Nordpfalzhalle, Hallgarten, GER (with V-Lenz-Band)

November 13, 1988 Wow Hall, Eugene, OR

March 8, 1989 Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino Starview Showroom, Laughlin, NV (with Buffalo Springfield Revisited)

?, 1989 Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GER

July 29, 1989 Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul, MN (Riverfest, with New Riders, Maria Muldaur, Mamas & Papas, Dr. Mambo's Combo & Westside)

August 17, 1989 Wetlands Preserve, New York City, NY ('Celebrating Woodstock 20th', with Cliff Eberhardt)

August 20, 1989 California State University Olympic Velodrome, Los Angeles, CA (with It's A Beautiful Day, Band Of Gypsies with Buddy Miles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tribute to Jimi Hendrix with Jack Hammer, Big Brother & The Holding Company, John Sabastian, Country Joe, Sha Na Na, Richie Havens, Melainie, Jack Hammer)

?,, 1990 Fabrik, Hamburg, GER

April ??, 1990 Sydney, AUS (The show was recorded and later released on the album "Burnin").

May 26, 1990 Volkshaus, Zurich, SUI ('Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival '90', with The Blues Brothers Band, Bluesfinger & Bush)

August 20, 1990 California State University Olympic Velodrome, Los Angeles, CA (with Wavy Gravy (Master of Ceremonies), It's A Beautiful Day, Band of Gypies with Buddy Miles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tribute To Jimi Hendrix with Jack Hammer, Big Brother & The Holding Company, John Sebastian, Country Joe, Sha Na Na, Richie Havens, Melanie & Jack Hammer)

October 25, 1990 Capitol, Mannheim, GER ('Blues & Boogie Night', with Dr. Feelgood, Stan Webb's Chicken Shack)

The lineup dissolved in the early 1990s as Junior Watson went his own way and Mandel came back into the fold, bringing along Ron Shumake on bass to take some of the load off of Larry Taylor. Mandel, however, left the band after a few tours, so female singer and guitarist Becky Barksdale was brought in for a tour of France, Germany and Hawaii; but lasted no longer. Smokey Hormel was also considered, but only played one gig before friction between de la Parra and Larry Taylor caused Taylor to bitterly go his separate way with Hormel in tow.

Line-Up (1991) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) Harvey Mandel 4) James Thornbury

Line-Up (1991 - 1992) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 3) Larry Taylor 3) James Thornbury 4) Ronnie Shumake (aka The Iceman) vocals, double bass, bass

September 17, 1991 Byron Bay, AUS

September 18, 1991 Coffs Harbour, AUS

September 19, 1991 Gold Coast, AUS

September 20, 1991 Newcastle, AUS

September 21, 1991 Brisbane, AUS

September 22, 1991 Townsville, AUS

September 23, 1991 Cairns, AUS

September 25, 1991 Darwin, AUS

September 26, 1991 Whyalla, AUS

September 27-28, 1991 Adelaide, AUS

September 29-30, 1991 Perth, AUS

October 1, 1991 Sydney, AUS

October 2, 1991 Parramatta, AUS

October 3, 1991 Campbelltown, AUS

October 4, 1991 Wollongong, AUS

October 5, 1991 Purga Creek, AUS

October 5, 1991 Sunshine Coast, AUS

October 6, 1991 Cameron Park Raceway, Cameron Park, AUS

October 7, 1991 Gladesville, AUS

October 9, 1991 Penrith, AUS

October 10, 1991 Canberra, AUS

October 11, 1991 Mill Park, AUS

October 12-13, 1991 Melbourne, AUS

October 13, 1991 Albury, AUS

November 22, 1991: Capitol, Hannover, GER (with Chicken Shack)

November 24, 1991 Biskuthalle, Bonn, GER ('8th Blues Festival', with The Blues Band, Walter Trout Band, Spirit feat. Randy California, Bernard Alllison Band, Blues 'N' Trouble, Mick Clarke Band)

December 3, 1991 The Town and Country Club 2, London, ENG

Line-Up (1992 - 199?) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) James Thornbury 4) Ronnie Shumake 5) Becky Barksdale vocals, guitar

September 16, 1992 Capitol, Mannheim, GER

October 15, 1992 Pumpe, Kiel, GER

October 16, 1992 Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GER

October 17, 1992 Stadthalle, Rheinberg, GER

October 18, 1992 Tempodrom, Berlin, GER (supported by Dr. Feelgood & Bernhard Allison & Band)

October 20, 1992 Capitol, Halle, GER

October 21, 1992 Ostwerk, Augsburg, GER

October 22, 1992 Longhorn, Stuttgart, GER

October 24, 1992 Muhle Hunzigen, Rubigen, SUI

October 25, 1992 Mercato Coperto, Mendrisio, SUI

October 27, 1992 Rockhaus, Wien, AUT

October 28, 1992 Kulturhaus, Radentheim, AUT

October 29, 1992 Orpheum, Graz, AUT

October 30, 1992 Europahaus, Mayrhofen, AUT

October 31, 1992 Kiew, Rothis, AUT

November 2, 1992 Sinkkasten, Frankfurt, GER

November 3, 1992 Alte Malzerei, Regensburg, GER

November 4, 1992 Komm, Nurnberg, GER

November 5, 1992 Live Music Hall, Koln, GER

November 6, 1992 Capitol, Hannover, GER

November 7, 1992 Rider's Cafe, Lubeck, GER

November 8, 1992 Logo, Hamburg, GER

November 10, 1992 Musikcafen, Kopenhagen, DEN

November 11, 1992 Svea Kelleren, Norrkoping, SWE

November 12, 1992 Rackis, Uppsala, SWE

November 13, 1992 Bengans Musik, Goteborg, SWE

November 14, 1992 Rockefeller, Oslo, NOR

November 17, 1992 Live Station, Dortmund, GER

November 18, 1992 Belgium

November 27, 1992 Embassy Suites Ballroom, Maui, HI (with Mighty Argentina Turner)

November 28, 1992 Kona Surf Convention Center, Kona, HI (with Larry Dupio Band)

November 29, 1992 Naniloa Crown Room, Hilo, HI (with Larry Dupio Band)

Line-Up (199? (one gig only)) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) James Thornbury 4) Ronnie Shumake 5) Smokey Hormel vocals, guitar

Line-Up (199? - 1995) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) James Thorbury 3) Ronnie Shumake 4) Henry Vestine 5) Junior Watson

January 11, 1994 Ellesmere Port, ENG ('Ellesmere Music Festival', with Annie Crummer & Band, Smokin' Jacket, Latter Day Sinners, The Original Fat Sally, The Hot Tamales, Coalrangers & more)

February 15, 1994 Warrnambool, AUS

February 16, 1994 St Kilda, Melbourne, AUS

February 17, 1994 Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda, Melbourne, AUS

February 18, 1994 North Ballarat, AUS

February 19, 1994 St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, AUS

February 19, 1994 Richmond, AUS

March 16, 1994 Alte Malzerei, Regensburg, GER

March 17, 1994 Komm, Nurnberg, GER

March 18, 1994 Stadthalle, Gotha, GER

March 19, 1994 Comma, Gera, GER

March 20, 1994 Haus der Einheit, Chemnitz, GER

March 22, 1994 Jakobshof, Aachen, GER

March 23, 1994 Vier Linden, Hildesheim, GER

March 24, 1994 Easy Schorre, Halle, GER

March 25, 1994 Lindenpark, Potsdam, GER

March 26, 1994 Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GER

March 28, 1994 Traumfabrik, Kiel, GER

March 29, 1994 Hyde Park, Osnabruck, GER

March 30, 1994 Sinkkasten, Frankfurt, GER

March 31, 1994 Live Station, Dortmund, GER

April 2, 1994 Lataarn, Hellendoorn, NED

April 3, 1994 Babbeltje, Roermond, NED

April 4, 1994 Melkweg, Amsterdam, NED

April 5, 1994 Exil, Trier, GER

April 6, 1994 Haus der Jugend, Ludwigshafen, GER

April 7, 1994 Stadthalle, Esslingen, GER

April 8, 1994 Charterhalle, Munchen, GER

April 9, 1994 Stadtsaal, Lienz, AUT

April 10, 1994 Metropol, Wien, AUT

April 11, 1994 Utopia, Innsbruck, AUT

April 12, 1994 Vinomnasaal, Rankweil, AUT

April 14, 1994 Kammgarn, Schaffhausen, SUI

April 15, 1994 Bahnhof, Melchnau, SUI

April 16, 1994 Muhle Hunzigen, Rubigen, SUI

April 19, 1994 Irish Centre, Leeds, ENG

April 20, 1994: Waterfront, Norwich, ENG

April 21, 1994 Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth, ENG (with Walter Trout)

April 22, 1994 Robin Hood, Brierley Hill, ENG

April 23, 1994 Feltham Assembly Hall, London, ENG

April 24, 1994 Kings Hotel, Newport, WAL

April 25-26, 1994 Dr. Feelgood Music Bar, Canvey Island, ENG

April 26-30, 1994 Ireland tour.....possibly cancelled (at least the first day for sure)

May 1, 1994 Louvain, BEL (festival)

June 10, 1994 Sinsheim, GER (open air)

June 11, 1994 Stadthalle, Wels, AUT

June 12, 1994 Stadthalle, Wien, AUT

June 14, 1994 Akzente, Tuttlingen, GER

June 15, 1994 Hyde Park, Osnabruck, GER

June 22, 1994 Musikgalerie, Uelzen, GER

June 23, 1994 Universitat, Leipzig, GER

June 24, 1994 Wegberg, GER (open air)

June 26, 1994 Budapest, HUN (festival)

June 29, 1994 Belgrade, SER (Woodstock Package Tour)

July 1, 1994 Rome, ITY (Woodstock Package Tour)

July 2, 1994 Lieder im Park, Tambach, GER (Woodstock Package Tour, with Melanie, Ten Years After, Lovin' Spoonful & Country Joe)

July 3, 1994 Graz, AUT (Woodstock Package Tour)

The revolving door that was Canned Heat continued as Vestine and Watson made their returns to the lineup as the "Heavy Artillery" band. Several former members including Mandel, Barron and Taylor joined up in de la Parra's effort for the album, Internal Combustion, which was released in 1994, but saw only limited release due to the returning manager Skip Taylor's falling out with Red River Records. In 1995, James Thornbury left the band after ten years of service to live the married life in New South Wales, Australia and new front-man Robert Lucas came in to take his place. Mandel returned and Shumake left the band in 1996, and after the position of bassist was taken temporarily by Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, Greg Kage took the reins as the bass player, and after a reconciliation with Larry Taylor the band released, Canned Heat Blues Band, in 1996. On October 20, 1997, a tired and cancer stricken Vestine died in Paris, France following the final gig of a European tour. Taylor and Watson subsequently left the band.


  • Robert Lucas - guitar, vocals
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar
  • Ronnie Barron - keyboards
  • Greg Kage - bass
  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums

CANNED HEAT #31 (1995 - OCT 1996) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) Junior Watson 4) Henry Vestine 5) Robert Lucas vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica 6) Mark Goldberg bass

January 18, 1996 Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GER

January 22, 1996 Live Station, Dortmund, GER

January 24, 1996 Hirsch, Nuernberg, GER

January 25, 1996 Schlachthof, Muenchen, GER

February 8, 1996 The Bottom Line, London, ENG (with Vincent Flatt's Final Drive)

May 4, 1996 Ferme de la Madelonne, Gouvy, BEL (with El Fish Blues Band)

May 16, 1996 MZH Marbach, Marbach am Neckar, GER (with Blue Monday Blues Band)

Line-up: (OCT 1996 - OCT 20, 1997) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) Junior Watson 4) Henry Vestine 5) Robert Lucas 6) Greg Kage bass

August 16, 1997 Music On Main, Frisco, CO (Frisco Block Party) (approximate date)

October 1, 1997 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, FRA

October 2, 1997 Le Plan, Ris-Orangis, Paris, FRA

October 3, 1997 Cabaret Run ar Puns, Chateaulin, FRA

October 4, 1997 La Luciole, Alencon, FRA

October 5, 1997 unknown old movie theatre, Lille, FRA

October 7, 1997 Akersloot (?), Beverwijk, Amsterdam, NED

October 9, 1997 Cricketers, Bordeaux, FRA

October 10, 1997 Le Doppler, Montauban, FRA

October 11, 1997 Chorus, Sedan, FRA

October 12, 1997 Thorngate Hall, Portsmouth, ENG (Folk, Rock & Blues Festival)

October 13, 1997 The Cellar Club, South Shields, ENG

October 14, 1997 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, ENG (with The Hamsters)

October 15, 1997 The Robin R 'n' B Club, Robin Hood Inn, Merry Hill, ENG (with Vincent Flatt's Final Drive)

October 16, 1997 Salle Ten Weyngaert, Brussels, BEL

October 17, 1997 Blues Program, Tamines, BEL

October 18, 1997 Ferme de la Madelonne, Sterpigny, Gouvy, BEL

October 20, 1997 Paris, FRA (Following this final gig of a European tour, a tired and cancer stricken Henry Vestine died in Paris hotel for a heart attack caused by a respiratory failure)

CANNED HEAT #33 (OCT 21, 1997 - JUN 1999) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Larry Taylor 3) Robert Lucas 4) Greg Kage 5) Junior Watson

October 1, 1998 Boondocks Lounge, Tucson, AZ

CANNED HEAT #34 (JUN 1999 - SEPT 1999) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Greg Kage 3) Harvey Mandel 4) Robert Lucas 5) Paul Bryant lead guitar

June 25, 1999 Grizzly Rose, Denver, CO (with Country Joe)

July 24, 1999 Grote Markt, Antwerp, BEL

By 2000, Robert Lucas had departed and the line-up was completed by Dallas Hodge (vocals, guitar), John Paulus (guitar) and Stanley "Baron" Behrens (saxophone, flute). Lucas returned to Canned Heat in late 2005 but left again in the fall of 2008. He died, age 46, on November 23, 2008, at a friend's home in Long Beach, Calififornia; the cause was an apparent drug overdose. Other more recent deaths of band members included Bob Hite's brother, bassist Richard Hite, who died at age 50 on September 22, 2001, due to complications with cancer. Also, former bassist Antonio de la Barreda died of a heart attack on February 19, 2009.

CANNED HEAT #35 (SEPT 1999 - ca. NOV 2005) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Greg Kage 3) John Paulus guitar 4) Dallas Hodge guitar 5) Stanley Behrens sax, flute

December 9, 1999 Rolling Stone, Milano, ITY

December 10, 1999 Cine Teatro Nuovo, Chiari, ITY

December 12, 1999 Millenium, Teramo, ITY

December 13, 1999 Teatro Mediterraneo, Napoli, ITY

July 1, 2000 Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Rovigo, ITY

July 7, 2000 Torrita, Siena, ITY (Torrita Blues Festival)

July 8, 2000 Carmagna, ITY (Biker Festival)

July 9, 2000 Liri Island, ITY (Liri Blues Festival)

July 27, 2000 Narcao, ITY (Narcao Blues Festival)

July 30, 2000 Summertime, Alcamo, ITY

June 8, 2001 Town Hall, Cheltenham, ENG (with Dr. Feelgood, Kursal Flyers & John Otway)

October 5, 2001 Blues Garage, Isernhagen, GER

October 6, 2001 Katowice, POL (Annual Rawa Blues Festival)

June 2, 2002 Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Vernon, NJ (with Country Joe)

June 4, 2002 B.B. King's Blues Club, New York City, NY (with Country Joe)

September 2, 2002 Brookhaven Amphitheatre, Farmingville, NY ("Voices of Peace for Survivors of the Victims of September 11th", with Judy Collins, Ritchie Havens, Country Joe, Odetta, Roger McGuinn & others)

October 20, 2002 Civic Centre Plaza, San Francisco, CA ('The Spirit of Peace: Summer of Love 35th Anniversary', with The Beau Brummels, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe, The Great Society, the Cast of "Hair", It's A Beautiful Day, Lybia Pense and Coldblood, Tribute to Quicksilver, The Flying Other Brothers & Arthur Lee and Love)

August 22, 2003 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI

April 15, 2005 The Rock, Copenhagen, DEN

June 17, 2005 St. Goarshausen, Loreley, GER ('3 Days of Peace & Love Festival', with Manfred Mann, Pavlo's Dog, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Country Joe, Big Brother, Iron Butterfly & Nazareth)"

June 17, 2005 Galaxy, Alzey, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

June 18, 2005 Künzelsau, GER ('Wurth Gelande Festival', with Jefferson Starship, Country Joe, Ten Years After, Iron Butterfly, Barclay James Harvest, Nazareth & Man)

June 19, 2005 The Live Club, Wuppertal, GER (with Manfred Mann & Country Joe)

June 22, 2005 Tennishalle, Baumholder, GER (with Country Joe)

June 23, 2005 Messehalle, Offenburg, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

June 24, 2005 Thuringhalle, Erfurt, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

June 25, 2005 Music Hall, Worpswede, GER (with Country Joe)

June 26, 2005 Hutbergbuhne, Kamenz, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

June 29, 2005 Huxley's, Berlin, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

July 1, 2005 Haberkasten, Mühldorf/Ahlen, GER (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

July 2, 2005 Burg Clam, AUT (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

July 3, 2005 Orpheum, Graz, AUT (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

July 4, 2005 Ice Hockey Stadium Salata, Zagreb, CRO (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

July 5, 2005 Sport Hall Hala Tivoli 2, Ljubljana, SLN (with Country Joe, Ten Years After & Iron Butterfly)

October 30, 2005 Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadows, San Francisco, CA ('A Chet Helms Tribal Stomp', with Country Joe and Friends, Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Taj Mahal, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Charlatans, Terry Haggerty and James Preston (Sons of Champlin), Zero II, Squid B. Vicious, Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Starship), Barry Melton (Country Joe and the Fish) Blue Cheer, (Dickie Peterson, Leigh Stephens), Jorge Santana, George Michalski, Greg Errico (Sly and the Family Stone), Quicksilver Gold, Narada Michael Walden, Natural Act (Hal Wagenet and Hitchell Holman), Jeff Blackburn, Howard Wales, Richi Ray, (Freedom Highway), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Vince Welnick, (TheTubes and Grateful Dead), Prairie Prince (Tubes), David Denny (Steve Miller), Peter Kaukonen, Iron Butterfly, Sammy Hagar, Herman Eberitzsch (Lee Oskar ,War), Ross Valory (Journey), Ace of Cups, War, Judge Murphy, Stephen Gaskin, David Freiberg (Quicksilver and Starship), Greg Douglass (Steve Miller) Pete Sears (Rod Stewart, Hot Tuna), Bruce Latimer, David and Linda Laflamme (It's A Beautiful Day), Rowan Brothers, Lydia Pense, Annie Samson, Wavy Gravy)

Line-Up (ca. NOV 2005 - AUTUMN 2008) 1) Adolfo de la Parra 2) Greg Kage 3) Robert Lucas 4) Barry Levenson lead guitar

July 23, 2006 Ingolstadt, GER (with Country Joe)

July 25, 2006 Kavarna, BUL (with Country Joe)

July 28, 2006 Opatja, CRO (with Country Joe)

July 29, 2006 Graz, AUT (with Country Joe)

First Annual Hippiefest with Mitch Ryder, Canned Heat, Rare Earth, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, Lovin' Spoonful, Mountain with Leslie West and Corky Lane, Badfinger with Joey Molland, Melanie, Country Joe, Denny Laine & Master of Ceremonies Wavy Gravy

August 3, 2006 Asser Levy Seaside Park, Brooklyn, New York City, NY (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 4, 2006 Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center, Gilford, NH (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 10, 2006 Fingers Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 11, 2006 Mountain Laurel Center, Bushkill, PA (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 12, 2006 Seven Springs Resort, Champion, PA (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 13, 2006 Brookhaven Amphitheater, Farmingville, NY (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 25, 2006 New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT (First Annual Hippiefest)

August 27, 2006 DTE Music Theater, Clarkston, MI (First Annual Hippiefest)

September 30, 2006 Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO (with Country Joe)

October 7, 2006 Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak, MI ('Grande Ballroom 40th Anniversary', with Big Brother and The Holding Company, Arthur Brown, The Third Power, (guest of honor) Russ Gibb & (MC) Dave Miller)

September 2, 2007 Golden Gate Park Speedway Meadows, San Francisco, CA ('40th Anniversary: Summer of Love', with Moby Grape, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Taj Mahal, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Charlatans, Country Joe McDonald & others)

October 10, 2007 Blue Note Club, Poznan, POL

From late 2008 to the Spring of 2010 the lineup included Dale Spalding (guitar, harmonica and vocals), Barry Levenson (lead guitar), Greg Kage (bass), and classic lineup hold-over and band leader de la Parra on drums. Mandel and Larry Taylor toured with Canned Heat during the summer of 2009 on the Heroes of Woodstock Tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

Line-up: (AUTUMN 2008 - 2009)

  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums
  • Greg Kage - bass
  • Barry Levenson - lead guitar
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar
  • Larry Taylor
  • Dale Spalding vocals, guitar, harmonica

In 2010, Taylor and Mandel officially replaced Kage and Levenson, and as of 2012, this lineup (de la Parra, Taylor, Mandel, and Spalding) continues to tour regularly.

Line-up: (2009 - PRESENT)

  • Adolfo De La Parra - drums
  • Dale Spalding
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar
  • Larry Taylor


  • John Paulus - bass (filling in for Larry Taylor for a few gigs in October 2010 an also for Harvey Mandel for a few gigs in 2013)

August 8, 2009 Kitchner, ON ('9th Annual Kitchner Blues Festival', with Ronnie Hawkins, Big Gilson, Leon Redbone, Elvin Bishop)

July 7, 2010 Suwalki, POL (Annual Suwalki Blues Festival)

September 2, 2010 Train, Arhus, DEN

In October 2012, during a festival tour in Spain, France and Switzerland, Randy Resnick was called to replace Harvey Mandel who had to quit the tour for a family emergency. Resnick played two dates, October 4 and 5, but had to return home for prior commitments. Fito de la Parra was able to get John Paulus to fly in from Portland to finish the tour.

September 7, 2013 The Southern Maryland Blues Festival (John Paulus subbed for Harvey Mandel)

November 2, 2013 Teatret, Horsens, DEN (John Paulus subbed for Harvey Mandel)

October 22, 2015 Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, AUS

October 24, 2015 Windsor Fuction Centre, Sydney, AUS ('7th Annual Sydney Blues And Roots Festival')

October 25, 2015 The Basement, Sydney, AUS

October 26, 2015 Theatre Playhouse, Canberra, AUS

October 27, 2015 Brass Monkey, Sydney, AUS

October 28, 2015 Factory Theatre, Sydney, AUS

October 29, 2015 Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS

October 30-31, 2015 open concert on the street, Wangaratta, AUS ("26th Annual Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival")

November 1, 2015 The Gov, Adelaide, AUS

The current line up of Canned Heat has no members of the band's original line up from 1965; however, it does include all three of the surviving members from the band's two 'classic' line-ups', those being de la Parra, Taylor, and Mandel. Each of these three members also played with the band at Woodstock.

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