|Home | Message Board | Creature Feature | Paranormal | Multimedia | Email Us | PCR Archives | Spotlight | Classics From The Vault|
"The Other Guys" by Mike Smith
Happy Together Tour 2010 by ED Tucker
Summer Vacation Cinema Therapy:Ten Movies That Make You Happy To Stay Home This Summer by Lisa Scherer
|THE ASIAN APERTURE|
Where Are The Victors? by Jason Fetters
8/8/2010 - Updated - Patricia Neal Passes Away! .... Question Answered .... Movie Notes .... Q-bert Was Robbed .... Passing On .... .... .... .... Mike's Record Shelf by Mike Smith
The mid 1980’s saw a renewed interest in the classic pop sounds of the sixties and the revival of many bands from that period. After Mark “Flo” Volman and Howard “Eddie” Kaylan reformed their chart topping group The Turtles for a tour in 1984, they decided to put the concept to work for them and started their own Happy Together Tour the following year. The tour was named, of course, for The Turtles best selling and only number one hit. This was a catchy tune that probably seemed out of place even when it was released in 1966 but, just like the musicians who recorded it, has stood the test of time. While the featured acts may change on a continual basis, the core values of an evening of fun and entertainment with original artists performing their hits has remained the same. For the twenty-fifth anniversary tour, the duo assembled one of their finest lineups to date to spread a little sunshine across the country.
I had the rare opportunity of attending two of the concerts on this year’s tour, one at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville and another, a few days later, at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona. While the shows were virtually identical, it was very obvious that the venue and the atmosphere can make a major difference on the overall experience. Both establishments sounded terrific but the Peabody’s more personal layout and supporting activities made the performance there more of an event than just a show.
Original Turtles bass player Jim Pons joins Flo and Eddie on stage at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville.
In Daytona, the festivities surrounding the concert began three and a half hours before the show. Similar to last year’s Hippifest, a selection of vendors lined the streets outside the auditorium and a live band was playing. Refreshments were served to help make the hot Florida sun a little more bearable. Even though the day was ending, temperatures were still in the mid 90’s. This performance was the following Friday and it was clear that the crowd, mostly dressed in tie dyed t-shirts and shorts, were ready to get their weekend started. Among the vendors, which included everything from hand made jewelry to sandals and clothing, was Retro Records, a music store from Orlando. Their table space was very limited but they had a well chosen selection of records and memorabilia from the groups on the bill that night. I was actually surprised when I found two Monkees cereal records, the kind pressed on cardboard that you cut off the back of your Alpha Bits box, and a Buckinghams picture sleeve. This is one store I definitely have to check out the next time I am in Orlando.
The Street Fest at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona.
I have to give credit to the promoters of the Happy Together Tour for an excellent selection of merchandise related to the show. Every artist on the bill was represented by signed CDs and most had other items like photos, magazines, and books. For the tour itself, there were several different styles of t-shirts but sadly no cool posters like the ones for Hippiefest. I picked up a signed Turtles CD that I had missed out on at the last show (some of this stuff sells out fast) and a similar CD of Mickey Dolenz performing the hits of The Monkees.
Nick Fortuna and Carl Giammarese - The Buckinghams,
Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots.
Former Raider Mark Lindsey still looking for "Kicks"!
A special mention needs to be made of the band that backed all the performers throughout the entire evening. They were lead by the extremely talented Godfrey Townsend, a man who has made a career out of supporting classic musicians in a live setting. While many of the performers played some of their own instruments, it was still the unenviable job of this band to fill in the gaps and help recreate five different distinct musical sounds. They did a great job of it.
Hey hey I'm The Monkee - Mickey Dolenz.
Flo and Eddie of The Turtles.
Svelte is not a word I would have expected to use to describe Mark Volman but the once beefy singer has trimmed down considerably in a short period of time. The effervescent (or should I Phlorescent) Volman told me he has lost 61 pounds in the last year through diet, exercise, and working out twice a week with a personal trainer. It was an impressive turn around and not an easy one to maintain with the grueling schedule of this tour. The Daytona Beach show was the fourth of five straight days in five different cities in two states. Not a cake walk for any group but these senior songsters made it look easy. According to Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams, the only thing that has been hard on them is the Florida heat.
After the performance, Billy, Donna, Cindy, and I loitered in the parking lot for a few minutes and discussed the show. While everyone had their opinions as to how this compared to other performances, particularly the Ringo Starr show that was still fresh in our memories, we all agreed it was a good time. The street fest prior to the show and the lobby decorations really helped to get patrons in the proper frame of mind and it made the entire experience more enjoyable. I realize there are physical limitations for these performers but their wasn’t an act in the 2010 Happy Together Tour that I wouldn’t enjoy seeing for the next twenty-five years.