For me it started in 1969 at the Filmore East on October 17th and 18th when I saw The Kinks for the first time I went to early and late shows both nights so that was the 4 shows that started my approximetely 300. Between those shows and 1971 I saw a whole bunch more at every small club, dive bar, gym, college you name it, I saw them high and low in front of crowds no bigger than a high school dance. Then in 1971 I took over from Gene Davidson in Ohio The KinKs Society and changed the name to The Kinks Appreciation Society and around 1973 when Preservation Act One was due out changed it again to The Kinks Preservation Society.
Quite a few years ago there was a book out on The KinKs by Johnny Rogan called " John I'm Only Dancing " on page 127 starting at the top there is a mention of my all time favorite KinKs show ever the August 23, 1972 Central Park, Schaeffer Music Festival show at the Wolman Skating Rink in NYC. This is the same show that Melody Maker had a big review that was titled " Kinks Mania Would You Believe in Central Park " a link to this review that I sent to Dave Emlen is on his page and can be viewed at this address;
anyway back to Johnny Rogan's book on the Kinks, at the top of page 127 here's what is references about that particular show and about other shows in NY and East coast area of the US during the 72 tour...
There was also another similar article and mention in the NY Sunday Daily News by Lillian Roxon in her " Top of the Pop " column..the article was titled " Glamour, Chaos, and the Kinks " that can be view here again off Dave Emlen's site at this link;
however here is a brief piece from that
I was sitting with Lillian, Bette Midler and Candi Darling those nights, also a few other Saturday night Live stars at that time, too and around us up front were many of the members who were part of The Kinks Appreciation Society...this may be the first show we brought the plates and beer too for Alcohol and the rest was KinKs KinKdom history...
FranK still One of the Survivors formerly residing in The Valley Stream, NY Preservation Society now a Montvale, New Jersey Hillbilly Boy