Ryan Katastrophe

Ryan Katastrophe
Because one man's trash is another man's treasure

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Happy Together Tour

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to go to the Happy Together Tour at the Fox Theater featuring Flo & Eddie of the Turtles, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, the Buckinghams, and Rob Grill of the Grass Roots. I'm so bummed that I forgot my camera because they all were signing autographs and such in the lobby after the show was over.

Up first, the Buckinghams put on a rather dull performance even though original members Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna's voices are still quite intact. Here is one of my personal fav's.

The Buckinghams

Next up was Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders. I am happy to report that Mark is still quite capable of a worthy performance and his vocals are nearly as good as they were 40 some odd years ago. I was impressed. Even after all these years, kicks just keep getting harder to find.

Paul Revere & The Raiders

On third was Rob Grill, the voice of the Grass Roots. It saddens me to say that Rob has had some apparent health problems in recent times and it weighed heavily on his performance. Rob was helped out onto the stage and sat on a stool for his entire performance. His voice is nearly gone but he was able to hit the mark a few times. He had to have the tunes slowed in tempo in order to keep up but I give him credit for trying.

The Grass Roots

That brings us to Micky Dolenz of the Monkees who probably put on the most energetic show of the night followed closely by Mark Lindsay. Micky sang my favorite Monkees tunes and I always loved watching the TV show as a kid. I always thought Davey Jones was a bit of a tool and Micky was the cool one. The only song he didn't perform which I was hoping to hear is this number.

The Monkees

Finally, we have the headliners Flo & Eddie of the Turtles who, quite frankly, sounded terrific. Happy Together sounded pretty much exactly like the 45 I commandeered from my parents collection when I was probably all of 5 years old. They like to do a lot of joking and talking between numbers but that was alright. Along with the other performers, Flo & Eddie did all the hits and not much else. I'd have been thrilled to hear Just A Room, or perhaps this number...

The Turtles

Over all, the show was enjoyable for nostalgic purposes. It's kind of what one would expect from an "oldies show". Old guys singing old songs for old people. While the Fox Theater is a beautiful venue for plays, I'd imagine, and the acoustics are great, I'd be hard pressed to see another concert there. The stadium style seating forces you to sit throughout the night and the $7.25 price tag on the beer left me a little sour. I'm still kicking myself for forgetting the camera though...


  1. i'm going to see this tonite at a rib cookoff in cleveland, ha. i can't wait! i've seen them all before but it ain't no thang...