Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lawrenceburg, IN review

Lawrenceburg Event Center
Lawrenceburg, IN
February 4, 2017
Review by Darla Gerken
Photos by Mike Gerken 

Boy, did my plans for the day change. I woke up feeling restless with an urge to take a road trip. We originally had no plans to attend this concert, even though it was only three hours from home. So, I jumped on Ticketmaster to see if there were decent seats available for the show. To my surprise, there were.  Within a few minutes, we had our tickets and plans to hit the road.

The Event Center is located in a quaint downtown area where it almost appears to not belong.  As the emcee stated in his intro, the venue has the greatest sound system around. He was totally right on that account. We were ready to light this party up.

Rick said that this was the first show of the year that the band had played together and hoped that 2017 would turn out to be a better year than 2016. He did not mention the loss of his mother, but did say that after the Bahamas trip he got really sick and it took a long time to get well.

The set list was identical to 2016’s except That One was replaced with Alyson. His intro to the song was that when he was 21, he did a very bad thing and dated a married woman, but said he got a good song out of the relationship.

Back to the set list, even though Roar and Shake It Off are crowd pleasers, I think it is time to move on to more of his own crowd pleasers. Examples: Jesus Saves, What’s Victoria’s Secret, etc.

He mentioned that he will be hosting an 80’s cruise in 2018 and named quite a few bands that will be on the cruise. It should be a fun trip.

Don’t Talk To Strangers proved to be a challenge in finding someone who could sing in tune. It does add to the fun when people can’t sing and Rick’s reaction. He pulled a seven-year-old named Jacob on stage to out-shine the adults. As usual, kids steal the show.

It was fun to see Siggy hiding behind one of the speakers during Jessie’s Girl and jump out. He makes such a great addition to the show.

We were so glad we decided to make this spontaneous trip to Indiana, even though it involved a six hour round trip, but Rick is always worth the drive.

Set List:
Light This Party Up
I've Done Everything For You
I Get Excited
Affair of the Heart
Bop Medley
Love Is Alright Tonight
Miss Mayhem
Shake It Off
Don't Talk To Strangers
Human Touch
Love Somebody
Jessie's Girl
I'll Make You Happy

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