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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Concert Review - Grand Funk Railroad

Like the group reviewed a few weeks ago, Grand Funk Railroad was fairly well established when Southern Man was a young 'un. And like The Guess Who they put on a heck of a good show tonight for a near-capacity crowd. Fortunately Southern Man and gf got the time mixed up and arrived an hour earlier than intended, so we got terrific seats and fortified ourselves with a cheezy pretzel (for her) and nachoes (for Southern Man). Crowd-pleasers included the (new) opening number Bottle Rocket, their well-known covers of The Locomotion and Some Kind Of Wonderful, a sizzling Hendrixesque guitar-solo Star Spangled Banner, plenty of blues, a really terrific tune with lots and lots and lots of percussion that Southern Man can't identify (the refrain was something like "kisses like thunder, makes love like lightning") but would love to find, and of course we all sang along to I'm Your Captain. They closed out with We're An American Band and left us most happy to have seen these legendary rockers.

[added later] Another blogger who wrote a much better review of this concert than did Southern Man identifies the unknown song above as "Lightnin' and Thunder." As far as Southern Man can tell, it (and Bottle Rocket, and other newer songs) have not yet made it to an album. Here's hoping they do!


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