May 11, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Rockin' Out

In light of the topic of yesterday's rerun, I found it providential that a friend called me at the last minute with a ticket to the REO Speedwagon/Styx/Journey concert at Cox Arena. Having to report to work at 6:00 a.m. the following morning might be enough to scare some people away from going to a rock concert on a Sunday evening, but I leapt at the chance. Having waxed nostalgic not so very long ago about the hair bands of my youth, I certainly had the right frame of mind to rock out to some classic rock bands.

And the word "classic" fit the bill. Seeing these three bands—with most of the original band members—belt out hits like "Come Sail Away," "Keep on Loving You" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" was like listening through a window into the past. Of course, most of the band members were probably eligible for Social Security; and most of the audience members probably worked as accountants, construction foremen or stay-at-home moms and dads during the day. But the bands played as cleanly as if it were 1978, and the people in the audience danced and cheered like they were teenagers.

There were many great moments... REO lead singer Kevin Cronin's two-year-old twins coming out on stage to jam with their father... Journey bassist Ross Valory's deadpan eyes rolling about in his head like billiard balls... Styx lead singer Lawrence Gowan dancing about like a chimpanzee... But perhaps the most memorable was Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon's solo rendition of the Star Spangled Banner a la Jimi Hendrix. The pulsing strings of his guitar sent shivers down spines as Old Glory waved on the jumbo screen above the stage.

It was a perfect evening, full of nostalgia for the past, delight in the present and optimism for the future. When it was all over, my soul was ringing along with my ears. And, admittedly, I'm sure my enjoyment was enhanced even further by the fact that I was accompanied by three hot women!


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