Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
Wow. This concert was awesome. This was my very first trip to the Starlight Bowl. This has to be one of the best venues in Southern California and nobody ever talks about it. It takes a little effort to get to get there, but it’s definitely worth it. The fact they allow beer, wine and food makes it a winner right there. They also are the most environmentally friendly venue I’ve ever been to. Everybody truly “pitched in” to help the environment and keep this beautiful little amphitheater nice.
The heat wave let up just in time for the show. It was a beautiful summer evening to enjoy some awesome music.
Malina Moye and her band were the openers. Great band and Malina is a very talent guitarist who was sporting a very cool outfit.
I had a look at Rick’s set list right before he went onstage.
Who Killed Rock n Roll
Affair of the Heart
I Get Excited
Bop ‘Til You Drop / Celebrate Youth / Calling All Girls / Don’t Walk Away / State of the Heart / What Kind of Fool Am I? / I’ve Done Everything For You
I Hate Myself
Love Is Alright Tonight
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Encore: Can’t Buy Me Love
At a very quick glance, I saw about 4 or 5 songs I was really excited for. Once he started in with his second tune (“Affair of the Heart”), I was completely sold on this show. His version of “Jet” by Wings/ Paul McCartney was awesome. He did a killer medley of tunes that really mixed it up. Every song was great and the crowd loved it. It was even a little “heavy” during some parts and he rocked out on the guitar. All those songs brought back so many memories. This show completely rocked. It was the perfect evening to jam out to “Jessie’s Girl” for sure. Is he really 62 years old?
I always think of the movie Boogie Nights when I hear “Jessie’s Girl” now. The song really puts me in an 80s frame of mind.
During “I Hate Myself” (nice song title- ha ha), the son of the keyboard player came out and played guitar. He was just a little dude and it was his second time performing with the band. It was very cool.
Later on in the set, he did what seemed a 30 minute version of “Don’t Talk To Strangers” with a bunch of kids on the stage. They each got a chance to sing a verse of the chorus. It was adorable. The audience cheered after every kid gave it their best.
One kid hit him up for autographed merch for her mom. That was classic.
Towards the end of the show, he did a version of Crossroads and even cruised through the audience and climbed up to Section C and then came back to the stage during Human Touch . That was cool.
The funniest part of the show was when he sang the line “My Maserati goes 185, I lost my license, now I don’t drive”. RICK RULES.
Bailing during the encore proved to be a very good call. Even though it was stacked parking, it was pretty easy to get the concert vehicle out of the lot and on to the next show. What a great evening in Burbank.