Looking good in Portland!
Mel and a friend on his trip!
Average White Band gets it started!
Michael Mcdonald belts a tune!
The boys rock in Portland!
Great shot, Mel!
T-Bone rocks out!
Everyone, take a bow!
By Mel Ajero
in the afternoon, I went barhopping in Portland with Beth (ParkAveGirl),
Debbie (NorthBeachInTheCity) and Curtis, who was kind enough to drive us
around in his limo prior to heading out to the Memorial Coliseum.
Arrived there sometime after 5:45 p.m. and headed to the venue. Didn't
bother to tuck away my camera in my pants, since the last few shows I've
attended have given me no problems whatsoever. Security was very lax
throughout the night and didn't pose a problem. Woo hoo!
Checked out the souvenir stand and noticed some new items--an H & O
long sleeved shirt, a Daryl Hall t-shirt...both items looked very cool,
but passed on them for the time being. Did not see any CDs of Our Kind
Of Soul. I headed for my seat, down in the front row where Jeff Catania
and John Oates usually play. Managed to take photos of some people I've
met for the first time...forgive me if I've forgotten your names, but I
met Mariam (evrybdy), Kim (Gaga), Val (valndan), Jeano The Manager, etc.
Security came to us and asked us kindly to put away our cameras, but I
knew once the show got started, there would be no problems.
Average White Band hits the stage shortly after 6:30 p.m. and definitely
got the crowd going, kicking off their awesome set with "The
Jugglers", followed by "Got The Love", "I'm The
One", "In The Beginning", "Cut The Cake",
"Walk On By", "Cloudy" and "Person To
Person" before Charlie DeChant and Eliot Lewis joined them on
"Pick Up The Pieces". Crowd stood up as they were fired up for
that one and the band got a standing ovation at the end. If you're
heading to Everett, WA tonight, don't miss the Average White Band!
Talked to some more people during the intermission and noticed that
security wasn't anywhere in the vicinity of the stage area, but I had a
feeling that no one wanted to chance it. Michael McDonald soon hits the
stage and he kicks things off with the Doobie Brothers classic "It
Keeps You Runnin'". Got back to my seat and watched his set from
where I originally was sitting in. Crowd was really into his set, which
included "Sweet Freedom", "I Keep Forgettin'",
"Reach Out (I'll Be There)", "All In Love Is Fair",
"Minute By Minute", "No Love To Be Found" (duet with
drummer Yvette "Baby Girl" Preyer), "Yah Mo B There"
(another duet with Yvette), "I Heard It Through The
Grapevine", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Ain't
Nothing Like The Real Thing" before closing with "Takin' It To
The Streets" as he did a duet with his backing singer Drea Rhenee.
Crowd was definitely into his set and kudos to Michael and his band for
a terrific performance.
Next intermission and I manage to meet up with a bunch of folks close to
the stage area and told those around me to kind of hang around the area
because I knew that we were gonna be able to stand up against the stage.
So I plant myself at somewhat the midway point of the stage and took my
coat off as it was getting awfully warm down there. Kim (Gaga) and
Beth had a spot directly in front of Daryl, while I had a perfect spot
where I was more directly in front of both Daryl & John. The lights
dim and MFSB's "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" plays
through the speakers and gets everyone riled up. The band hits the
stage, followed by Daryl & John as they play along to "The
Sound Of Philadelphia" before getting into their set. Here's the
setlist for the Portland Memorial Coiseum last night...slightly
different list (for me at least) this time around:
Out Of Touch
Say It Isn't So
I'll Be Around
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Encore (All 17 members of Average White Band, Michael McDonald and his
band and Daryl & John and the band return for the all star jam.)
This is where it gets to be fun!
Work To Do (vocals shared by Daryl, John, Michael McDonald and Alan
Kiss On My List (vocals shared by Daryl and Michael McDonald)
What A Fool Believes (vocals shared by Daryl, John and Michael McDonald)
Since I Lost My Baby (vocals shared by Daryl, John, Michael McDonald and
You Make My Dreams (vocals shared by Daryl and Michael McDonald)
Love Train (vocals shared by Daryl, John, Michael McDonald and Klyde
Good crowd in Portland, though at times I wondered if people behind our
section were into it at all. "I'll Be Around" sounds fabulous
live. Daryl probably put on one of his best performances during
"Love TKO". And hearing "Love Train" live for the
first time in 16 years was simply breathtaking to say the least and a
great way to end the night of rock & soul. Managed to get high fives
from Daryl, John and Michael McDonald.
Except for that one little time before the whole show started, security
pretty much left us alone there and gave us absolutely no hassle
whatsoever. Another roll of film used up...took some excellent shots and
hope to get them posted by the end of the week.
Left at around 10:45 p.m. and Beth, Debbie and I went out to a nightclub
for some more partying. Still feeling the effects of jet lag as my head
was still on Eastern Time, I continued to have some more fun, knowing
that I had to head to Everett, WA the next day for the final Rock &
Soul Revue show.
My 12th show for the year 2004 is in the can. Later this morning, I am
heading up (yep, in the limo again) to the Seattle area for the Everett,
WA show...hope to see you there. I have a feeling that tonight will be a
very special night for everyone!