On the Road with The News

July 25, 2012 – Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA

Hot, Hot , Hot, Steamy, Sweaty, Hot , Hot, Humid, Moist , Bad, Bad, Bad. I know, sounds like a bad porn flick. Chastain is a great little theater we have played many, many times. It’s ALWAYS super humid this time of year here. The night before our show Sean,

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July 22, 2012 – The Backyard, Austin, TX

This is a fairly new venue in the hills outside of Austin. Very pretty. Lots of old friends at this one. Ray Benson, Jeff Dowd, (THE real Dude – ever seen “The Big Lebowski”? Jeff is the guy the movie was based on.) Mighty Mike Schermer, etc. etc. Here is

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July 21, 2012 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

Another steamy one, but this time the stage is air-conditioned! Awesome! It gets difficult to come up with new things to say about each show, so I think I’ll just mention distinctive things about the shows. This one – air-conditioning. Sorry, the photographer took a break for this one.

July 20, 2012 – Meyerson Symphony Hall, Dallas, TX

Super hot outside, but we played indoors on this one. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The Meyerson is a beautiful symphony hall in downtown Dallas. We played here a few years ago. There are seats around the back of the stage, and behind those, an amazing, massive pipe organ. I can’t tell you how

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July 19, 2012 – Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK

There are shows that should not be played. This was one of them. 104 degrees at showtime, with about 90% humidity. The sun was directly in our eyes for the first half of our set. In a word, brutal. There was a point in “But it’s Allright” that I wasn’t

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July 17, 2012 – Sandia Amphitheater, Albuquerque, NM

Another cozy little place. North of downtown Albuquerque and kind of in the sticks, but when the golf course is across the street and the theater is right next to the hotel, all is right with the world. Said Huey at one point, “I know all you people here in

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July 15, 2012 – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ

Beautiful little “baby shed” as I call it. Sheds are those big venues with a pavilion and a grass seating area in the back. Great sounding little place, this one. Weather hampered the proceedings again. Serious T-storms blowing through one after another. Sound check cancelled for the 2nd day in

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July 14, 2012 – Harrah’s Laughlin, Laughlin, NV

Laughlin is, well, Laughlin. You know what I mean if you’ve ever been here. On the Northeast corner of the Mojave Desert, it’s usually about 110 degrees here. We got lucky and had thunderstorms cool things off a bit, but not after they cancelled sound check. Huey played harp on

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July 13, 2012 – Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion, Valley Center, CA

First night of the tour with Joe Cocker. He’s a very sweet guy, his band is rock solid, and “You Are So Beautiful” still KILLS me. He’s definitely still got it, at 69 years old. Amazing! We’re playing a bit of a shorter set so it seems to go by

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July 4, 2012 – Red, White and Blue Ash Festival, Blue Ash, Ohio

95 degrees and 95% humidity at showtime. The crowd was estimated at anywhere from 70,000 to 95,000 people. Blue Ash knows how to throw a party. This was one of the toughest shows I have ever played. I was so soaked that I had trouble holding my sticks. J.P., who

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July 3, 2012 – Artpark, Lewiston, NY

This was a real fun night. Thunderstorms in the day looked like they could play havoc with the show, but the weather cleared out by showtime. The venue sits on the bluff overlooking the river a couple of miles downstream from Niagara Falls. As we played, the sunset behind and

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July 2, 2012 – Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Grand Rapids, MI

Remind me to make sure the steps in back of my drum riser are secured before i do anything stupid like I did at this show. Going onstage, I ran around the keyboard riser, made a sharp left turn , and was hoping to hit the 2nd step of my

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