My Tubey tribute to the 70’s is done – photo shoot will follow. But it was a great way to put me in the mood for the weekend.
A couple of months ago we were planning a quick trip to Las Vegas, and decided we might as well pick a day when there was an interesting band playing at The Cannery Casino. The Cannery is only a couple of miles from my BIL’s house, and they have lots of good (and inexpensive) entertainment, especially old fart bands from the dark ages.
What really caught our eye was what was playing last night. Eric Burdon and the Animals. How could we resist a chance to hear The House of the Rising Sun performed live? And playing with them was Rare Earth. Who? Yes, I know – if you’re under 50, you probably won’t have a clue. And even if you’re over 50, you might not remember them. It’s true, they only had a few top ten hits, and none made number one. But they were notable for a few reasons. They were the first all-white, big hit-making band signed with Motown. Motown even named their new record label for white rock bands after them. And they were also a little unusual in that their lead singer was the drummer. So what songs were they famous for? Look to the title of this post. Get Ready was their biggest hit, though I Just Want to Celebrate might be more well-recognized today.
Rare Earth put on a really good opening performance, including some great covers of Tobacco Road, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, and Carrie Anne.
But of course, the highlight of the evening was Eric Burdon. He might be 67 now, but he can still put on a great show. He played great new versions of Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, and of course “House of the Rising Sun”, and while “House” was what everyone was waiting for, what really brought down the house was his final encore – Sky Pilot, with its lyrics every bit as relevant today as they were when he wrote them in 1968.