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    First Concert Together: Mariah and I saw Michael Bolton in Concert!!

    My girlfriend Mariah Startzman and I saw Michael Bolton in concert last night.
    This was his first show since COVID.
    He and his band performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
    He actually said at one point that he wished he could go out into the crowd and let the crowd get on stage and perform because it had been so long since concerts were allowed due to COVID.
    He did many of his hit solo songs and cover tunes.
    He’s still a powerhouse vocalist.
    He’s actually a great guitarist too.
    Believe it or not, he used to be more of a rock singer.
    He was once the singer of the band Blackjack with future KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick
    They made two awesome albums and my girlfriend and I will forever say that those two albums are masterpieces.
    And he made a few other more rocking albums before he became the superstar that he is today.
    Anyway, Michael Bolton is a phenomenal singer/songwriter/musician.
    We had a great time.
    I’m so glad Mariah and I were able to see him together.

    Michael Bolton Set List:

    1. Stand By Me
    2. To Love Somebody
    3. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
    4. Said I Loved You…But I Lied
    5. You Don’t Know Me
    6. That’s Life
    7. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
    8. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
    9. The Prayer
    10. Sweet Home Chicago
    11. Lean On Me
    12. When I’m Back On My Feet Again
    13. When A Man Loves A Woman
    14. How Can We Be Lovers
    15. Steel Bars
    16. Time, Love And Tenderness
    17. Georgia (On My Mind)

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    My First Concert Since Before the Global Shutdown: The Dead Daisies

    I FINALLY went to another concert.
    I’ve only been waiting every day since March of 2020!!!!!!
    It was great to finally be at a concert again.
    Back where I belong.
    I saw The Dead Daisies in Harrison, Ohio at The Blue Note Harrison.
    I’ve seen them twice before but this one was different because it was a headline show (I saw them open for KISS two other times), and this time one of my favorite singers/bassists ever Glenn Hughes is now in the band.
    They put out a great album called Holy Ground, which the set mostly consisted of, and also some other Dead Daisies songs, a Creedence Clearwater Revival song that the band covered a few years ago, and two Deep Purple songs from Glenn’s era of the band (both he and David Coverdale were the singers in Deep Purple at the same time during the 70s for 3 great albums and tours).
    This was exactly what I needed.
    I got fully vaccinated in April but this was REALLY the shot in the arm I needed.
    Music is everything to me. It’s my passion and live music is something I crave.
    I have many more concerts booked this year, but this was the perfect relaunch of my concert life.
    Thank you Glenn Hughes, guitarist Doug Aldrich (thanks for the guitar pick!!), guitarist David Lowy, and drummer Tommy Clufetos for this awesome rock show.
    More concerts and reviews to come!!
    As Paul Newman said in The Color Of Money, “Hey, I’m back!!”

    The Dead Daisies Band Members:

    The Dead Daisies Set List:

    1. Unspoken
    2. Rise Up
    3. Dead And Gone
    4. Chosen And Justified
    5. Mexico
    6. Bustle And Flow
    7. Lock ‘N’ Load
    8. Fortunate Son
    9. Mistreated
    10. Righteous Days
    11. My Fate
    12. Leave Me Alone
    13. A Song & A Prayer
    14. Like No Other
    15. Holy Ground
    16. Long Way To Go
    17. Burn

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