70’s country rock bands take a trip down memory lane.
-review of the concert at Pompano Beach Amphitheater.
Bringing back the 70’s country rock classics, Firefall, Poco and Pure Prairie League were back at it for their devoted fans in Pompano Beach Saturday night. For about 45 minutes each they jammed out new and old songs dating back more than 40 years ago. One fan was 10 years old when Pure Prairie League put out their records while many others recollected when the bands songs first came out.
As the concert was about to start, seats quickly filled in the roughly 3,000 seat venue with an open rooftop. Luckily, fans got a chance to enjoy the show without a drop of rain. Furthermore, since the venue was small, it made the stadium feel a lot more intimate, because nobody was that far from the stage.
Kicking things off was Pure Prairie League. “I’m sure you like this song. It was played dozens of times and only made us 10 bucks,” joked bassist Michael Reilly before going into Let Me Love You Tonight. The song was a single from the album FIRIN Up, which became a top ten hit and made the album one of the best that the band ever produced. Although, the band made this song several years ago, vocally everything was on point. Let me Love You was by far one of my favorite songs of the night. To showcase some of their new work, the band performed a new song called Old Friend that was written by country singer Jimmy Fortune. However, while the song isn’t yet recorded, the band plans to record it very soon. Closing out their set, the crowd stood up for one of their early tracks, Falling In and Out of Love.
After the break, Poco made their way to stage with multi-colored lighting becoming more vivid into the night. Loaded with energy, they performed their latest song, the catchy All Fired Up. It was a perfect track to get the crowd up and dancing. My favorite line in the song is “me and my boys we’re gonna make a little noise.” Shortly after, the band played their favorite Paul Cotton song Heart of the Night. Down to the last minute, Poco only had time for one more song and with chants of “Crazy Love, Crazy Love,” shouted, Poco did not hesitate to give the audience what they wanted. Crazy Love it is!
Firefall was the last band on stage and they closed things off with a bang, especially with original band member David Muse’s flute solo. The way that he played was so mesmerizing that I felt like I was hearing the sound for the very first time. Never in my lifetime have I heard a sound as uniquely beautiful. Muse elevated the band with his talented ability to play both the flute and the saxophone at such a high level. However, not alone Fireball included lead guitarist Jock Bartley, drummer Sandy Ficca and also Gary Jones, the newest member of the group from Nashville.
Not one to follow a standard setlist, the band spontaneously changed it to play its popular hit Goodbye I Love before closing with You Are The Women, which got all the ladies in the crowd to sing and dance .
Overall, the concert was a success, because it allowed loyal fans to hear music that made them remember the good ol’ times and welcomed in new generations of people. The way the three bands played their instruments showed that time is still on their side and their gifts are from faded.