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My friends and I saw them when they were out promoting their first album. They played a free show on the soccer field at UC San Diego. Jimmy Buffet was the opening act and playing solo acoustic. He broke 3 or 4 strings in the first 3 songs. Things calmed down after someone came up from the crowd with a bong. The stage was really just a riser about a foot or so high and we were right in front. We all became MTB converts after that show and I saw the original lineup another 13 or 14 times before Tommy died and Toy left the band. That included a show at Winterland with The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd as the opening acts. Some of the footage from that concert is in the Freebird movie.
Toy's thumb was something else and they could get pretty loud. One of the shows I saw was a New Year Eve gig at The Cow Palace. Toy had 3 Blackface Twins up on folding chairs and 3 more lined up right underneath. They were a really tight band and Tommy, George and Paul Riddle were an exceptional rhythm section. I certainly do miss them.
Last time I saw Charlie Daniels he said the burst he was playing belong to Toy. He played "Take the Highway" as a tribute to Toy and his brother. He later went on to play Freebird and Jessica to pay tribute to LS and ABB. It was a great show and is available on CD as a live album.