Let us start with a cup of perfect weather, warm but not to hot for this Sunday evening. Slowly mix in 7000 plus of your best friends and neighbors for a sell out crowd at the most beautiful venue in California, Ironstone Amphitheater.
Ladle in a talented unknown from London Jack Broadbent then slowly stir in two headline bands like say Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, simmer on high heat for four hours and this weekend is done.
The show opened at 6:45 sharp with Jack Broadbent. Playing his lap guitar with a pocket flask slide to a rapid fire pace bending and moving the notes while taking us on a journey into his world. Engaging young English Lad. I was pleased he choose to cover Little Feats “Weed, Whites and Wine” for his closing number a homage to the late Lowell George and favorite of mine.
What can be said about Peter Frampton that hasn’t been said. Like an old friend that stopped by to visit, we felt right at home with our good friend entertaining us. The PF Band is a tight musically accomplished group that is easy to listen to and sing along with. Admit it, you know the words, “Baby I love Your Way, Do you Feel Like I Do, and others. I was hoping for some more from the Humble Pie era but loved it when Frampton and guitar master Adam Lester were trading riffs back and forth. I confess I have been a huge Frampton fan for a long time.
Chevrolet, Apple Pie and Lynyrd Skynyrd it just doesn’t get more American than the boys from Alabama. Can I get a “Hell Yes”. This 9 piece iconic traveling show has been on the road for close to forty years now. They bring their rowdy party to town and play the same twelve songs they played last year and the year before that and you know why, because it works. They bring what the fans want time after time. Their stage presence and moves have been choreographed and perfected through the years. They play hard and talk to you like your uncle Billy might on the back porch. Proud of our country and those that serve and protect it. Best yet, not afraid to shout out their love for our great country.
Their set started with MCA and finished with Sweet Home Alabama and the most famous southern rock anthem of all time, Free Bird, along with all of the hits sandwiched in-between.
The crowd had a great time with smiles on all of the faces. Just an amazing night out. Oh by the way, yours truly got a fist bump from front man Johnny Van Zant……put a cherry on it!
Next up Sep. 4th Bad Co. and Lou Graham get your tixs and I’ll see y’all there.