Monday, July 26, 2010

Rick Springfield Returns to Turning Stone Casino

July 24th 2010
Verona, NY

Turning Stone Casino
Review by Dancy Zahn
Photos by Rosie Malthaner

Jeans 'n Boots

We traipsed up to Verona thru monsoons and a cold front, thank goodness Rick warmed us up with the jeans we've missed and the energy we love. Yellow Rick Road documentary director Sylvia Caminer was interviewing fans as they entered the venue, and security was cracking down on wha
t they considered to be professional cameras. A lively crowd mingled and waited for Rick to join the band onstage. Oh how happy we were to see he was back in his jeans and jumping, stomping and tapping his toes in those sexy brown boots.

The show began in the usual way, the band sounded great and Matt was looking
cool in his fedora and shades. Rick was having fun and treated us to an impromptu IGE due to Matt's bass having issues and not being prepared to play VIO at the designated time. After Love Is Alright Tonight, Rick asked us to close our eyes and count to ten while he changed his shirt. The strip tease music began and all eyes were on him as he struggled out of his plaid button down and into a black sleeveless tee.

When it came time for DTTS, one victim decided to propose to his girlfriend instead of singing. Congrats! A couple of kids sang beautifully and there was some onstage dancing also. Once back onstage, Rick mentioned that Rodger hates the song Daddy's Pearl and believes that rock music began with Kiss. Rodger surprised us all by sticking up for himself with the reply, "I just don't like your music." With the exception of an excellent rendition of Celebrate Youth, the setlist didn't deviate and the show ended with a two song encore. All in all, a great show with many rose explosions and enough heat to cancel out the dreary weather.

Set List:
I've Done Everything for You
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
What's Victoria's Secret
Celebrate Youth
Venus In Over Drive
I'll Miss That Someday
Love Is All Right Tonight
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl


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