Trio Of '80s Acts Keep Audience Entertained
By: Jules E. Beuck
Photo by Rose Botkin-Beuck
Depending on when you were born you
will have a favorite decade for music. For those born in
the early 1970s that decade would probably be the 1980s.
Three acts were on display at the Citizens Business Bank
Arena on August 7, 2014, to demonstrate why that would be
so. Little River Band, Eddie Money and Rick Springfield
rocked Ontario, California that night.
Surprisingly a local act from
Claremont opened the show. Mick Rhodes and the Hard Eight
did a set of country rock originals that kept the early
crowd entertained until the main attractions arrived.
Songs like “Back To The 909” and “Married Girls” went over
Little River band was next. They
sounded surprisingly well considering there are no
original members in the band that showed up in Ontario.
Still and all “Lady,” “Dancing In The Dark” and “Lonesome
Loser” sounded almost exactly like the originals. During
“Happy Anniversary Baby,” keyboardist Chris Marion did a
solo on keytar and even played it behind his head. When
their set was over bassist/lead singer Wayne Nelson took
photos of the audience. “If you are not on Facebook
tonight, you will be tomorrow” He was not kidding either.
I checked their page and there were the pics. LRB was
probably the most proficient musically of the three acts
in this writer's opinion, especially Richard Harry on lead
guitar. He and Greg Hind performed a lot of harmony guitar
solos ala the Allman Brothers.
Eddie Money was next. He and his
band went through such standards as “Shakin',” “Baby Hold
On,” and “Two Tickets To Paradise.” Money not only sang,
he played harmonica and saxophone. Often when he was
playing an instrument he would gesture to the crowd to
cheer, and the crowd would oblige. Money's teen age
daughter Jessie is now part of the show. When she was a
toddler Eddie brought her out to sing on “Take Me Home
Tonight,” which she still does as she sings Ronnie
Spector's part. She also got a solo spot as she covered
Sly and the Family Stone's “I Want To Take You Higher.”
Money joked that he thought Jessie's skirt was too short.
it was time for Rick Springfield. This was who the crowd
came to see as the audience immediately stood and stayed
standing throughout his lengthy set. He started out with
“I've Done Everything For You” and the set took off from
there. Springfield has always been an energetic performer
and in thirty plus years has not slowed down one iota.
Other songs he performed included “I Hate Myself Because I
Want You,” “Human Touch” and of course “Jessie's Girl.”
Springfield plays so intensely he had to switch guitars
after every song.
During “Don't Talk To Strangers”he
went into the audience and had audience members sing the
chorus. Then he brought a young girl on stage and had her
sing the chorus. During “Human Touch” he went back into
the audience and pretty much walked around the whole
stadium. There were plenty of smart phones flashing while
he did that. He of course did his “antichrist of flowers”
thing by taking bouquets handed to him and doing the Pete
Townshend arc while using the flowers to strum his guitar.
There were some surprises as well.
He performed Katy Perry's “Roar,” The Chantay's “Pipeline”
and The Troggs “Wild Thing.”
It was not the largest crowd to
ever attend an event at the arena, but the mostly middle
aged crowd that was there was thoroughly entertained.