It definitely was one hell of a night with Bad Company and Joe Walsh rocking the stage at Blossom Music Center last night. Both young and old came to enjoy a rockin’ good time and to get a glimpse of two of the biggest rock band legends of the 70s and 80s: Paul Rodgers and Joe Walsh.
As soon as the words Bad Co. came across the big screen, the audience gave the band a standing ovation. Bad Company started with “Live For the Music” as their opening song. Before starting to sing, Rogers mentioned the Cavs winning the championship.
For the first three songs of the Bad Company set, the crowd in the pavilion was on its feet. During “Ready For Love," Rodgers got the entire crowd up on their feet pumping their fists. He even let the crowd sing alone in “Ready For Love." The guitar was intensely driving many of the songs along with the drums.
The beat of every song was more powerful than the one before it and everyone's seats vibrated from the sound of the music. A lady even hoisted her cane up on the air multiple times to salute Bad Company.
During “Shooting Star," Rodgers told the audience to sing for him and with him. The audience took over and sang the middle and end of “Shooting Star” a cappella. “Can't Get Enough of Your Love” got everyone dancing. Then for “Rock and Roll Fantasy” they showed old pictures on the big screen from Bad Company’s early days on the road. The crowd knew the words so well and kept the momentum going for the entire set.
For their encore, “Bad Company," the crowd screamed louder and louder until the band came back on stage. “Bad Company” brought everyone to their feet again and smoke bellowed from the stage and shot out into the crowd. The audience sang so loud and knew the words so well that it almost overshadowed Rogers and the rest of the band.
Joe Walsh is a legend in many ways, and the audience gave him a screaming welcome as soon as he came on stage. They were on their feet as soon as Walsh came on the stage, even before he started playing guitar He said it's great to be home at the beginning of the show. He sang “Seems To Me” from his first band James Gang, and the crowd loved it. His voice was strong as he belted out “Seems To Me."
While playing guitar he engaged with the audience by playing a few notes, looking at the audience with funny expressions on his face, then playing the guitar even louder to get the crowd to scream more. The way his hands moved so fast, and so easily across the guitars he played, was effortless, exciting and even graceful. It was even magical to see how he could extend his arm over the guitar to play so easily.
At one point he said he would like to dedicate the song “Take It to the Limit” to his brother and fellow band mate Glenn Frey. Frey was a member of the Eagles with Walsh. Frey passed away earlier this year at the age of 69.
There were people on stage throwing T-shirts into the audience and Joe Walsh danced for the crowd on stage. He had the audience follow him in different noises before starting to sing his hit, “Life's Been Good to Me." During “Life's Been Good to Me,” there were pictures of Joe Walsh with different famous people such as the Beatles and Ringo.
As he started to play “Life in the Fast Lane," he remarked, “If you know the words sing along. If you don’t know the words, sing somethin’ else!” The audience roared with laughter as he began his famous opening guitar riff for the song. He sang all of the verses of “Life in the Fast Lane,” and the background singers took up the refrain. He did his famous guitar riff for the bridge of the song, and everyone screamed louder and louder as his hands flew across his guitar. Walsh encored with his famous single “Rocky Mountain Way." Everyone knew the words to it and the audience started to drown Walsh out during “Rocky Mountain Way."
Nothing seemed to faze Walsh or Paul Rodgers as they sang and played their hearts out for the crowd last night. The crowd showed their appreciation for the songs, music, and the artists they loved by screaming for more songs as the concert concluded. For the audience, the songs are as timeless as the artists themselves. No one was ready to stop living for the music of these legends.