I am severely behind in my concert review posts. I do apologize. I have no excuse for it. Anyway, last month I saw some amazing concerts. The first one I saw was not until May 20. It was called “One Hell of a Night”, and it absolutely lived up to its name. The main bands were Bad Company and Joe Walsh. However, the opening act for them was a bit interesting. I think, when you are an opener, you have to know that people are walking in while you are playing. People will be talking while they are getting settled, and quite honestly, may or may not pay attention to you. I have no idea who the guy that opened was. I was one of those people that was looking for their seat while he was playing. The venue was at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. I was lucky enough to get a floor seat. I had only been to the forum one other time, and that was alllllllllllllll the way in the very last row to see David Gilmour. So, in short, I had no idea where I was going. However, this poor guy with a guitar was playing on stage. I’m also not quite sure how many songs he had played prior to my getting in there, but I only heard one song. Let’s make it more fun though. I was kind of getting pumped to hear what he could do. Well. He started a song, got frustrated because people were talking, said pretty much that, and then left the stage in a huff. Just wow! Sorry buddy, but you kind of had to know that people would be talking while you’re performing, right? Oh well. Moving on.
Bad Company was AWESOME. I was psyched to see them because I had seen Simon Kirke play with Ringo Starr before, but I didn’t really know that much of the band…or so I thought. Paul Rodgers. Dude! He looks fantastic for his age AND sounds great! I was amazed at how many songs from Bad Company I actually knew. My favorite song had to be when they actually performed the song “Bad Company”. When Paul Rodgers started to play that baby grand piano it was just awesome. In reality, their performance left me wanting more. It was really good that Joe Walsh was up next. I have wanted to see him perform for a long time, and I finally got the opportunity to do so. I was not disappointed at all. In fact, this was an experience of a life time. This concert actually made me a Joe Walsh fan. Yes, I liked him because of his work in The Eagles. I had never heard any of the James Gang or his solo works. However, he made that guitar sing. Waddy Wachtel also played guitar with Joe Walsh. He. Is. Amazing! When they played together, it was just beautiful. I love that Joe Walsh paid tribute to Glenn Frey with the song “Take It To The Limit”. It really was so moving. Many people were brought to tears that were around me. Funny thing though. I mentioned seeing Simon Kirke play with Ringo Starr many years ago. Well. Ringo played with Joe Walsh for one of the encore songs! Rocky Mountain Way. It was really cool to see Ringo playing drums for his brother in law, Joe Walsh.
All in all, this was a concert experience that I will never forget. If I could do it again, I would.
Stay tuned for my next concert experience…seeing The Who!