Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rock Show At The Hollywood Bowl

Saturday evening was another fine night at the Hollywood Bowl. The program was "Sgt. Pepper at 40", celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the release of The Beatles' groundbreaking album.
Headlining in collaboration with the orchestra was Cheap Trick. In their early years, they were heavily influenced by The Beatles, so this was a special honor for them to be a part of this event.
Other performers in addition to Cheap Trick, were Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, two male singer/songwriters that I forgot their names, and very weirdly, Al Jourgensen from Ministry.
The show started with Cheap Trick and the other artists singing Beatles songs. Then the Sgt. Pepper album was played "cover-to-cover", with the various artists singing and the band playing with the orchestra as well.

Cheap Trick has come quite far from playing penny beer night at the Stone Toad in Milwaukee and at the Waukesha Bowl back in the day. I had no idea that Sir George Martin produced one of their albums back then.

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