Sunday, June 06, 2010

Happy Together


Went with hubby to see the 25th Anniversary Happy Together tour with the Buckinghams, Mark Lindsay (lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders), Rob Grill (of the Grass Roots), Mickey Dolenz (my favorite Monkee), and The Turtles. Each act got a half hour and the band played for all of them.

The Buckinghams, mainly Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna, always put on a solid show and tonight was no exception. Both were in fine voice.

It was great seeing Mark Lindsay, especially since he's not someone I've seen in concert much, just once and not in a separate set. Paul Revere and the Raiders had some great songs and Lindsay can still do justice to "Kicks" and "Indian Reservation," among others.

As for Rob Grill, I'll be charitable and assume he was a bit more out of it than the other times we've seen him because of pain meds or something. Apparently, he's having back trouble and I know he'd previously had hip replacements done. His singing was okay, but he was mostly perched on a stool and there were times I feared he'd fall off. He did stumble a bit getting on stage, with assistance and a cane, and getting settled. Still, I do love those Grass Roots songs.

Mickey Dolenz is an energetic performer, still, and gave a solid 30 minutes of songs and fun. He's got style, that's for sure.

The Turtles filled their slot with their usual energy and humor. They're the funniest musical act I've seen. And it was great to see that Mark Volman, who'd been looking positively porky, has slimmed down. He looked great. Howard Kaylan looked good, too, though he's starting to look like he'd make a great Tevye from "Fiddler on the Roof."

June2010 087I did learn something tonight. One of my favorite Monkees songs, written by Boyce and Hart, was first recorded by Paul Revere and the Raiders. Though I did enjoy the Raiders, I never got their albums, and the song apparently, was an album cut, not one of their hits. The Monkees had a hit with it. When Mickey started to sing it tonight, Mark Lindsay came back out to do a duet of it with him.

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

By Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart

I I I I I'm not your stepping stone
I I I I I'm not your stepping stone

You're trying to make your mark in society
Using all the tricks that you used on me.
You're reading all those high fashion magazines
The clothes you're wearin' girl are causing public scenes.

I said
I I I I I'm not your stepping stone
I I I I I'm not your stepping stone
Not your stepping stone,
Not your stepping stone.

When I first met you girl you didn't have no shoes
Now you're walking 'round like you're front page news.
You've been awful careful 'bout the friends you choose
But you won't find my name in your book of Who's Who.

I said
I I I I I'm not your stepping stone
I I I I I'm not your stepping stone
Not your stepping stone,
Not your stepping stone.

Feeling: content



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