I had “More Than a Feeling” that I was going to “Surrender” to some serious classic rock tonight at the wonderfully refurbished and recently reopened LA Forum in Inglewood, CA. Kudos to the team that brought this place back to life. Easily accessible, tons of on site parking and well staffed. Nice job! Now, on to the main event.
From the moment they took the stage, it is very clear that Cheap Trick still maintain their status as true veterans of rock and roll. Robin Zander, decked out in his vintage white police hat and uniform and Rick Nielsen with his crazy collection of guitars including the 5-headed monster, were simply phenomenal. High energy, spot on vocals and riffs, and just having fun … exactly what being in a legendary band is all about. They served up the audience their most tasty nuggets such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Dream Police,” “I Want You to Want Me,” and my personal favorites, “If You Want My Love,” and “Surrender.” We sang along and ate it all up. Every last guitar lick and lyric. Cheap Trick left us wanting more. And that’s a good thing after forty years of making music.
Boston is another band that I grew up listening to. So many memories of high school parties with this band blasting in the background. Oh the good old days. This hard rocking melodic group that I’ve been waiting to see for many years definitely did not disappoint! They sound just as good as I had hoped. I know that some people feel Brad Delp can never truly be replaced as lead singer, however long-time fan Tommy DeCarlo’s heartfelt passion for Boston backed with his impressive set of pipes and mixed with the über talent of founding father Tom Scholz is as close as you’ll ever get to the original sound of Boston. We were treated to the full array of this band’s greatest hits as well as a couple of tunes off their latest release. “More Than a Feeling,” “Don’t Look Back,” “Rock and Roll Band,” “Smokin’,” and “Peace of Mind” just to name a few. Boston is a group of musicians’ musicians with endless talent and they still have what it takes to deliver a show worth seeing. This was such an outstanding night of music. Another successful night of musical therapy for this concert addict!