Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Slobberbone at the Verizon Theater, 7/10/13: Review

Categories: Last Night

Lynyrd Skynyrd | Bad Company | Slobberbone
Verizon Theater
July 10, 2013

A surprisingly loud and diverse crowd made their way to Grand Prairie last night to catch an oddly matched line-up of classic rock from the '70s and '80s. And Slobberbone was there as well.

While in line for a beer, some guy asked to anyone at all, "Who the hell are Slobberbone?"

I responded, "A great local band."

"Do they have any hits?" the same guy asked.

"No, but every song should have been," was the best that I could muster.

And so the night began with Brent Best and crew blasting out some seriously loud alt-country to a very accommodating collection of forty-, fifty- and sixtysomethings. Sure, only about half of those who had purchased tickets were in attendance at that time, but Slobberbone did every bar band proud by slashing and burning through songs such as "I'll Be Damned" and "Placemat Blues" while looking like the bastard sons of the headlining band.

Next up was Bad Company, a band fronted by the 63-year-old Paul Rogers. Not only did Rogers not look his age, he sounded like a man in his 30s. Indeed, the entire band (including the 69-year-old guitarist Mick Ralphs) rocked ferociously from start to finish.

Beginning with "Rock and Roll Fantasy," Bad Company had a passion and an energy that belied the ages of both the band members and the audience that came to cheer them on.

There's nothing complex about the music of Bad Company. This is meat and potatoes rock based on the blues, but without the subtleties that Led Zeppelin raised from similar influences. Rogers has a great rock and roll voice, but his lyrics are strictly pedestrian. Nevertheless, the guy can still command a stage. Live, his songs take on a more demanding presence. Hearing Rogers belt out "Ready for Love" was like revisiting a joyful high school memory. Seeing him on stage looking fit and invigorated hopefully will inspire some audience members to mix in a salad and a few hours on the stationary bicycle.

Location Info


Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, TX

Category: Music

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jesus you are terrible smyers, every review you have has something wrong or ridiculous, i swear you just copy other critics reviews.  you dont even have the right names on this one.  you continue to suck everytime.  i know its fun to say youre a music critic but you dont know anything about music dude


Fantastic.  Thank you so much for the correction.  Clearly his last name was a critical part of my post.  I'm sure you have never made a similar error, or are you a self-proclaimed "boob"?


Granted, I'm a huge Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, and have been since the 70's.  However, your review comes across as if you had already made up your mind about Skynyrd's performance based on your attitude about there being only one original member.  You don't point to any specifics about the performance that made them sound like a formulaic business model.  

I saw this tour a few weeks ago.  At the show here, the acts were reversed.  Skynyrd came on first and Bad Company followed.  Forget about my impressions, since I am a Skynyrd fan, but I heard a number of people at the show say Skynyrd was better than Bad Company.  Typical was "Bad Company is good, but Skynyrd ROCKED!".  

My personal view was that Bad Company seemed more like a money grab.  I have always been a fan of Bad Company, and was excited to see them reuinited with Paul Rogers, who has an amazing voice.  However, I was disappointed.  I like when artists change songs up a little bit in concert, but on virtually every song, Rogers took the vocals in different directions than the recorded version, and usually in what felt like an easier, lazy direction.   

I get that people may disregard the current version of Skynyrd because of having only one original member.  But at least this version of Skynyrd does still record new music and is an ongoing effort.  Bad Company hasn't done anything (especially this lineup) in years and has no plans of doing anything after this short tour.  Some might say that comes across more as a money-making operation than as a real band.


@smyersdontknowmusic who are you? what have you written? one letter off one band member and you are all pissed? where have i copied anyone's review? when you get something published, please let me know. 


@SkynyrdFan They're both money-making operations. Even far superior talents (e.g., the Stones, Macca) are little but cash-generating juggernauts anymore. If they're still musically competent and exhibit some spark of passion, so much the better. But, I mean.

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