Linda Ronstadt Amphitheatre 76 Michael Botts Staff Badge and Luggage Tag

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  • Sold Date: Feb 14, 2012
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Staff badge and luggage tags for Michael Botts (drummer for Linda Ronstadt and Bread) to Linda Ronstadt's Universal Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA) Nov 3, 1976, "Hasten Down the Wind" Tour. This item comes directly from his family in Sacramento, CA who is selling some of his memorabilia for donation to cancer research.

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Concert Summary

Linda Ronstadt - vocals
Kenny Edwards - bass, vocals, harp
Andrew Gold - guitar, vocals
Waddy Wachtell - guitar, vocals
Michael Botts - drums
Brock Walsh - keyboards
Dan Dugmore - pedal steel guitar, guitar, harmonica

Michael G. Botts (December 8, 1944 – December 9, 2005) wasthe drummer of 1970s soft rock band Bread and a studio musician.

Born in Oakland, California, Botts grew up in nearby Antioch before moving to Sacramento. While in college, he began playing with a band called The Travellers Three and working as a studio musician. Eventually, the group disbanded, but not before recording some songs with producer David Gates.

While working with Bill Medley, Botts was invited to join Gates's band, Bread, for its second album. He accepted the offer and worked as a full-time member of Bread from 1970 to 1973, when the band went on hiatus. At that point, Botts began working with Linda Ronstadt, and recorded and toured with her for over two years. Botts reunited with the other members of Bread in 1976 for one final album and tour, before disbanding in 1978.

He then worked with Karla Bonoff and Andrew Gold, playing on Gold's 1977 hit "Lonely Boy", and continued to work in the studio as a player, singer, writer, and producer. In 1989, he toured Japan with Richard Carpenter. Two years later, he began touring and recording with Dan Fogelberg while continuing his session work. In 1996, the members of Bread again reunited for a world tour that ran until the fall of 1997. Botts then recorded his only solo album, Adults Only, released in 2000.

Botts died in Burbank, California, one day after his 61st birthday, having suffered from colon cancer.


Linda Ronstadt was arguably the most popular female vocalist in America when she recorded a series of shows on her 1976 US tour for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. It took nearly six years from the time she hit gold with her first group, the Stone Ponys, to the time she would finally be at the top of the charts as a solo artist, but throughout this period Ronstadt continued to be an extraordinary interpreter of the best pop songwriters of this era.
With the help of some savvy producers and a great band of support musicians dedicated to making her sound as good as possible, Ronstadt continually delivered great covers such as Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day," Eric Kaz's "Love Has No Pride," Dusty Springfield's "Silver Threads And Golden Needles," Lowell George's "Willin,'" Paul Anka's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," the Everly Brothers', "When Will I Be Loved?" and Willie Nelson's "Crazy," originally a massive country hit for Patsy Cline in 1963.
She mixes up-tempo rockers like her re-make of "You're No Good" and the Motown classic, "Heat Wave" with tender ballads such as The Eagles' "Desperado" and her friend Karla Bonoff's tear jerker, "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me." In all, it was always an incredibly well-rounded set of material when Ronstadt took the stage. This show was no exception.
One of the few female singers of considerable depth and musical substance to come out of the 1970s Southern California music scene, Ronstadt would be wildly popular with both fans and music industry insiders for many years after this show was recorded. She had her first radio hit, a soft rock ballad called "A Different Drummer," in 1967 with her old band, the Stone Ponys, and she began a string of successful solo LPs in 1969 on Capitol Records. Members of her band included future Eagles Don Henley and Glen Frey. Her breakthough records would come with 1973's Don't Cry Now and 1974's Heart Like A Wh...