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Everything old is new again, or at least it certainly seemed that way on Friday, August 7 at Daytona’s Peabody Auditorium. This was the latest stop of the Hippiefest 2009 concert tour and the entire area outside the box office had been converted into a mini-Woodstock for the occasion. I actually felt over dressed in jeans and a collared shirt since I was not wearing bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts like the majority of the crowd.
My wife Cindy and I arrived in Daytona about 5:30 on Friday evening. As we drove past the auditorium, we could already see a caravan of tents and vintage vehicles in front with people milling about almost two hours before the show. We joined Royal Guardsman lead singer Chris Nunley and his charming wife Karen for a speedy dinner at the nearby Tailgaters sports bar. Afterwards, as we made our way towards the auditorium, we began to feel like we were going back in time. A vintage Volkswagen “love” bus greeted us at the entrance to a street festival filled with toe ring and T-shirt vendors. “Hippies” of all ages roamed the market in brightly dressed period garb, already getting into the spirit of this musical evening.
Happy Together: Joey Molland, ED Tucker, and Mark "Flo" Volman.
The British invade again: Joey Molland, ED Tucker, and Denny Laine.
Former Moody Blues and Wings member Denny Laine.
Joey Molland, the last Badfinger.
Continuing the British invasion, Joey Molland took the stage next to perform the major hits from Badfinger like Come and Get It and Day After Day. Molland has the somber responsibility of representing this amazingly talented but tragically fated rock group as the sole surviving member from their heyday. If this is a heavy burden, Molland never displayed it for a second as he energetically bantered with the audience in between belting out hits. Considering the fact that, like Denny Laine, he was not the original lead vocalist on many of these tunes, he has done an excellent job of adapting them and making them his own over the years.
A not so young Rascal, Felix Cavaliere is still Groovin'.
Show hosts Mark "Flo" Volman and Howard "Eddie" Kaylan are also The Turtles.
Chuck Negron, one third of Three Dog Night.
After the show I went back stage again but several of the performers, including Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, and Felix Cavaliere had already left for the evening and another show the next night in Clearwater. I had hoped to reunite Chris with them since The Royal Guardsmen had toured with both The Turtles and The Rascals back in the long lost sixties. Instead, I got to meet Chuck Negron, who was still glowing after his stellar performance, and speak to show promoter Ron Hausfeld. According to Ron, despite the solid line ups for this year’s tour, ticket sales have been down. While this could easily be attributed to the current economic climate and events like this being luxury items, he has some ideas to shake things up a bit. For the 2010 tour, the plan is to concentrate on later sixties / early seventies acts with a harder rock edge and migrate away from pop. The tentative lineup will include Jack Bruce (from Cream), War, and The Zombies. While I have to admit to being a big fan of sixties pop music, the 2010 show sounds like it’s already a must see for me.
Back stage: ED Tucker and the awesome Chuck Negron.
Postscript: While I was back stage after the show, I got a call from Chris Nunley relating a pretty funny incident that I will let him tell in his own words:
I couldn't believe my eyes after the show! We were heading down Main St. towards the bridge, and traffic was being directed by the cops, so we had a little wait in a line of cars. Then, when we got waved through the intersection, we were coasting down to the next traffic light and I noticed a guy with a guitar case slung over his shoulder walking along the passenger's side sidewalk, and I said to Karen, "That's Denny Laine" and hit the button to lower the right front window. Karen yelled to him "We really enjoyed the show", and he smiled and waved. We asked if we could give him a lift, but he declined, saying he was enjoying the walk and the night air.
Special thanks to road manager Ron Hausfeld and Jeff Albright of The Albright Entertainment Group for their assistance in this article and putting together such a cool event.
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