|John Stamos (front left) with Mike Love (right) of The Beach Boys|
Thanks to Debbie Butcher England for the great pic.
Well, that changed pretty quickly for a couple of reasons.. First, along with some of the original band who are definitely showing their age, they have sprinkled in some really good younger musicians in the band on lead guitar and drums/vocals. The original guys still have their signature melody in terms of vocals and sounded pretty darn good for their age (the band's been around an incredible 50 years). Secondly, the band added some star power with John Stamos (of Full House and Glee fame) playing rhythm guitar on several songs, drums on several others songs and even sang one. He's been playing with them off and on since the mid-80's and is quite a talented musician (and a real dream to look at sweating on the stage according to Ashlee, Michelle and every other woman in attendance). They played pretty much non-stop for over 2 hours and besides their string of well-known hits, they also included some other great songs of their era including the Beatles' "Back in the USSR" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones. It also helped that it was a nice, cool evening on the river with reasonable humidity. Thanks to Ashlee's family for the entry pins, to Patrick and Michelle for the company and to Debbie Butcher England for the picture steal.
Despite all our planning and scheduled activities, it's the unexpected surprises that make some of the best memories and best times.