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    Continuing the Long Strange Trip: Dead And Company Concert Review

    I saw Dead and Company Wednesday night of June 28th at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
    This band includes Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, singer/guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
    They play a lot of Grateful Dead songs.
    John sings/plays the parts sung and played by Grateful Dead member Jerry Garcia (RIP), and does a fine job.
    The whole band sounds very good and gives their HUGE audience of Deadheads what they want.
    Even though I’m glad I saw them, I don’t intend to return to that venue again.
    Even though it is nice, it takes too long to get out.
    My opinion. As all of this is.
    My next concert is Saturday, July 1, when I will FINALLY see U2.
    Love and Peace.

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    Classic Songs and Musicianship: Journey/ASIA Concert Review

    I saw another classic rock show last night.
    I saw Journey and ASIA in Huntington, WV.
    This was another sold out show at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, or the Huntington Civic Center, as I still call it.
    ASIA played a solid 45 minute set, playing their hits, such as Sole Survivor and Heat Of The Moment, and even fit in a drum and keyboard solo.
    They are all very good musicians.
    Although I think they were solid, once Journey came on, I almost forgot about ASIA.
    Journey just completely rocked the place.
    Their drummer, Steve Smith, was/is worth the price of admission alone.
    I’m not extremely wild about drum solos anymore, but I could watch him forever.
    All of them are such great musicians, and seem to be having fun, which I always love seeing.
    Guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain both follow me on Twitter!
    Neal likes almost every tweet I send him.
    Jonathan even replied to me after I sent him some pics I took of the show.
    They played several of their hits, but also played solos and jammed a little, which was great.
    Neal Schon is definitely one of the best guitarists ever. Smiling a lot, but also, playing his heart out.
    Ross Valory is a solid bassist.
    Jonathan Cain is a great keyboardist and singer as well. He also plays rhythm guitar.
    And then there is singer Arnel Pineda.
    He sounds very much like former Journey singer Steve Perry, which is quite uncanny.
    No, he is not lip syncing.
    He especially has a great time onstage.
    If you’re a fan of Journey, there is nothing about this show you would not like.
    So, in short, another great concert.
    My next one is tonight, when I see most of The Grateful Dead members under their banner Dead and Company, with John Mayer doing Jerry Garcia’s parts.
    Have a great day everyone.

    Journey Band Members:

    ASIA Band Members:

    Journey Set List:

    1. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
    2. Be Good To Yourself
    3. Only The Young
    4. Neal Guitar Solo
    5. Stone In Love
    6. Anyway You Want It
    7. Neal Guitar Jam
    8. Lights
    9. Jonathan Keyboard Solo
    10. Open Arms
    11. Who’s Crying Now
    12. Escape
    13. La Do Da
    14. Steve Drum Solo
    15. Neal Guitar Solo 2
    16. Wheel In The Sky
    17. Faithfully
    18. Don’t Stop Believin’
    19. Encore:  Dead or Alive
    20. Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’

    ASIA Set List:

    1. Wildest Dreams
    2. Sole Survivor
    3. Time Again
    4. Don’t Cry
    5. Drum Solo
    6. Keyboard Solo
    7. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
    8. Only Time Will Tell
    9. Heat Of The Moment

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    A Refugee and an Eagle: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Joe Walsh Concert Review

    I saw Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Joe Walsh at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 12, 2017.
    Two more I can mark off my list.
    Both were fun.
    Both Joe and Tom were quite appreciative of the crowd.
    Both their bands are very good, especially Tom’s.
    I’m glad I finally saw both.
    Next show is June 27, when I see Journey and Asia.
    Stay tuned.
    Lucas Hannon
    P.S. Below are some pics I took, as well as the setlists.
    However, before I show you those, I also want to say that I found out before I went to this show that one of my favorite people in the world passed away.
    Mr. Norman J. Beebe.
    For those that knew him, they know what I know, and that is that he was a Saint.
    He always had time for people, would always listen, was very smart, had great stories, and was a mentor to many. Including myself.
    I still have a lot to learn and a lot to do in this life, but if I could just be even a tenth as great of a person as he was, then that would be a great thing.
    Rest In Peace Norm!
    You earned it.
    My condolences to all of his family, friends, and everyone that loved him.
    Love ya Norm!

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Set List:

    1. Rockin’ Around With You
    2. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
    3. You Don’t Know How It Feels
    4. Forgotten Man
    5. You Got Lucky
    6. I Won’t Back Down
    7. Free Fallin’
    8. Walls
    9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
    10. It’s Good To Be King
    11. Crawling Back To You
    12. Wildflowers
    13. Learning To Fly
    14. Yer So Bad
    15. I Should Have Known It
    16. Refugee
    17. Runnin’ Down A Dream
    18. Encore:  You Wreck Me
    19. American Girl

    Joe Walsh Set List:

    1. Meadows
    2. Ordinary Average Guy
    3. Mother Says
    4. The Bomber: Closet Queen/Bolero/Cast Your Fate To The Wind
    5. Take It To The Limit (Dedicated to Glenn Frey)
    6. Turn To Stone
    7. In The City
    8. Funk #49
    9. Life’s Been Good
    10. Rocky Mountain Way

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    Red Rocker: Sammy Hagar & The Circle Concert Review

    Sammy Hagar’s band, The Circle, rocked a sold out crowd in Huber Heights, Ohio, Monday of June 5th.
    Sammy’s band includes his solo band guitarist of 20 years Vic Johnson, Van Halen bassist/backing vocalist/occasional lead vocalist and Sammy’s musical partner in crime Michael Anthony, and drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham, who has played with his Dad’s band, Led Zeppelin!!!!!
    They played a great selection of Sammy’s stuff from throughout his career, from Montrose, solo, VH, and Chickenfoot, as well as some Zeppelin classics.
    Throughout the set, people were throwing stuff on stage for Sammy to sign, and he signed almost all of it. Very cool! He was even signing stuff just to hand out to fans. Again, very cool!
    This is a great band that I hope someday will make new music.
    If not, I’m still glad I got to see them as a unit.
    I had only not seen Michael before.
    All in all, a fun night of great music.
    Oh and Sammy’s son Aaron opened the show with a brief acoustic set.
    Next show for me: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers/Joe Walsh on Monday, June 12, in Cincinnati.
    Love and Peace.

    Set List:

    1. There’s Only One Way To Rock
    2. Poundcake
    3. Good Times, Bad Times
    4. Rock Candy
    5. I Can’t Drive 55
    6. Big Foot
    7. Right Now
    8. Why Can’t This Be Love
    9. Little White Lie
    10. When The Levee Breaks
    11. Top Of The World
    12. Heavy Metal
    13. Mas Tequila
    14. Encore: Dreams (Sammy and Vic only)
    15. Rock And Roll

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