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