Sex Pistols

Welcome to the Rodeo

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The Sex Pistols' U.S. tour of January 1978 only lasted a mere two weeks, but it was a tour that resulted in its share of bootlegs. One of them was Welcome to the Rodeo, which was recorded at Dallas' Longhorn Ballroom on January 10, 1978. An illicit label that sometimes called itself Bang Record Factory gives a recording date of January 10, 1977 -- a perfect example of how careless and sloppy some bootleggers could be in the 1970s. But despite that annoying flaw, Welcome to the Rodeo is an LP that Pistols enthusiasts were thrilled to have. The sound quality is decent by 1977 standards -- not great, not bad, but decent -- and the Pistols' set is as inspired as it is historic. But unfortunately, there were those in the audience who were quite hostile to the band; in fact, the Longhorn Ballroom show went down in history as one of the tour's most infamous stops because of the clueless idiots who seemingly showed up just to hurl insults at a band that they didn't begin to comprehend. The Pistols, however, give 100% regardless of hostile audience members -- if anything, the various "f*** you's" coming from the crowd inspire John Lydon to snarl with more conviction than ever on influential gems like "Anarchy in the U.K.," "Problems," "Pretty Vacant" and "Problems." Lydon enjoys taunting the audience, and his humorous comments are most amusing, although it's sad that so many audience members had no understanding of such a seminal band.