Last gig(s): Rock Legends Cruise III February 19-23. I saw at least one 90 minute set (or nearly 90 minute set of one and/or part of a second set) of each of the following:
The Doobie Brothers
Paul Rodgers (former lead singer of Bad Company, Free, etc & solo artist)
Dave Mason's Traffic Jam (founding member of Traffic & solo artist)
Blue Oyster Cult
The Marshall Tucker Band
Ten Years After
The Edgar Winter Band
Don Felder (former Eagles lead guitarist, vocalist & songwriter)
Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown
Pat Travers Band
Rik Emmett (former lead guitarist & vocalist of Triumph)
Artimus Pyle Band (1970s era-member of Lynyrd Skynyrd; AP survived the 1977 plane crash that killed LS members Ronnie Van Zant, Cassie Gaines and Steve Gaines; APB is basically a LS cover band)
Melvin Seals & JGB (longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band)
Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blue Lords
Steve Rodgers (son of Paul Rodgers)
Swamp Da Wamp
Each group/artist did at least two 90 minute sets (a few did more) and as mentioned above, I saw at least one full set (or very nearly one full set in a few cases) of each on the line-up except one. In a few cases I saw part of a second one.
The running order was set up so one could fairly comfortably see each group at least once which was my goal going in. I really liked that format in terms of number of bands & scheduling. I saw a lot of great sets & I didn't have to stay up all night and/or otherwise nearly kill myself in order to do it - haha.
Going forward - I'll leave the latter for some of you "youngins" to do on 70K.
The only group on the line-up that I missed entirely was country rock group Citizens Band Radio - no huge loss though since they were unknown to me / had not checked them out in advance.
I was very familiar with the majority of the groups/artists (in most cases since I was a kid/teen in the 1970s) and it was great to hear so many *long time* favorite songs and witness such an amazing array of top-notch musicianship. Many of the groups only have a few of the original members from the 1970s (due to death and other reasons), but that didn't/doesn't bother me much. I think the most striking example was Ten Years After - only two of the four original members are still in the group (and those two were in the line-up that played that epic set at Woodstock - yep - *that* Woodstock as in 46 years ago!!) - but the new, young singer/lead guitarist who replaced recently deceased Alvin Lee was amazing & I absolutely LOVED that gig - one of my favorites of the cruise!! Same with Uriah Heep - only guitarist Mick Box is a founding UH member from 1969. Some of the others though, like lead singer Bernie Shaw, have been in the band a long time (in his case since 1986) and is totally awesome. Of course, individual rock "legends" like Alice Cooper, Paul Rodgers, Dave Mason, Rik Emmett, Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown), Don Felder, Pat Travers, Edgar Winter & a few others are draws in and of themselves (at least for me) whether or not they have other original band members with them from their 70s hey day. Although all were great on the cruise, I especially loved the Alice Cooper, Dave Mason, and Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown gigs. Of the 70s southern rock bands onboard, The Marshall Tucker Band was probably my favorite.
Of the groups I wasn't familiar with before being announced for the cruise (the last five in the list above), I absolutely loved Royal Southern Brotherhood, as well as Melvin Seals & JGB. RSB features Gregg Allman's son Devon on guitar & vocals, as well as Cyril Neville on vocals & percussion and three other superb musicians...really great New Orleans style blues rock. Melvin Seals & JGB was a very awesome Grateful Dead-esque experience since Melvin played keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band for many years. I was a huge GD fan in my late teens & 20s and saw them several times, but was not really familiar with Garcia's side band (JGB). Anyway, MS & JGB was great - really loved that Sunday morning blues/rock/gospel pool deck set.
Gosh - could write tons more, but that's enough for now.
I've missed/am missing several metal gigs in the first part of this year due to conflicts with being out of town and/or other things including my beloved Behemoth and Enslaved.
I just saw both last year though, so it's not the end of the world.
Next "gig(s)" will be in New York in early April. Have tickets to see the musical Gigi on Broadway (starring Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical fame), as well as Lucia di Lammermore at the Metropolitan Opera. We may also see a few off-broadway plays at night, as well as lots of daytime museum going & sightseeing. This will be a special 16th birthday trip for our younger daughter who has never been to NYC. Looking forward to it!!
My next metal gig will be HAKEN at Reggie's in Chicago end of April.
Can't wait to see this brilliant prog band once again!!