Saturday night, we attended "Rock to the Rescue," a concert for the Port Authority Police PBA. The Record's pre-review above is the one of the only 'public' discussions of the concert I've seen. Despite being hyped on Q104.3, the concert was far from sold-out.
That was a shame, because from where I was sitting, that sucker seriously ROCKED the house. Imagine all the bands that drove early 80's pop and rock radio. Put them together. Mix in some of the 60's and 70's "back catalog" that an 80's rock station would have played. This was "Rock to the Rescue." More to follow.
The concert started with John Waite, of the Babies, Bad English, and 80's hits like "Missing You." He sounded pretty authentic. Then it was 70's flashback time, as Mark Farner of Grand Fund Railroad took the stage. Who doesn't love the vaugely psychadelic "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home" from 1970!
Mark told a very stupid joke as the band got ready for Felix Cavaliere of The Rasacls who sang Beautiful Morning, Good Lovin' and, of course, Groovin'. Felix's site kindly tells me that The Rascals had Four No.1 hits. Six top 20 singles, and Six top 20 AIbums.
Then Sam Moore, rock and roll hall of fame inductee of Sam and Dave fame, took the stage. He sang some classics, and then was surrounded by all the performers who took him through the classic Soul Man. The Hall's site tells me a bit of trivia I didn't know - Sam and Dave worked closely with Isaac Hayes, and Booker T. and the MGs often were their back up band.
The final acts included Survivor, Styx, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner.
I was surprised that they all sounded pretty tight, including an unexpected rock-out from BC. Gotta cut this short.