It’s mid-afternoon and the sun is beating down hard, overbaking the exposed midriffs of ripened groupies and shirtless backs of rugged 80s metal heads just beginning to filter into their seats at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for the kickoff to Jack’s 5th Show with the 70s glam rock revival of [lastfm]The Sweet[/lastfm]!
The current lead singer Joe Retta best summed up what kind of night Jack attendees can look forward to by exclaiming, “You’re in for a big day and night!” as the group attacked a classic rock set of their unforgettable hits that officially kicked Jack’s 5th into “Action.”
Everybody got a piece of The Sweet’s action as the first band to take the stage rocking the heavy guitar solos and piercing octave ranges of their vast catalogue of hits including “Action,” “Hellraiser,” “Love is Like Oxygen,” “Fox on the Run” and the song everyone was waiting for, “Ballroom Blitz.”
Epitomizing the spirit of 70s glam rock, members of the [lastfm]Sweet[/lastfm] were dressed head to toe in tight spandex, flashy shirts and the odd wardrobe choice of a red cape worn by bassist/founder of the current Sweet, Steve Priest. The songs sounded just as good as they did back in the day, minus the fact of a different lead singer and father time taking a toll on the members. Nothing says rock ‘n’ roll like seeing the bassist sitting down for a breather mid-song and getting winded through the chorus of “Blitz.” I blame all those years of binge drinking and out-of-control rockstar lifestyle finally catching up with them.
Even though their jamming threshold wasn’t as high as their 70s prime, the [lastfm]Sweet[/lastfm] still managed to get the crowd out of their seats and sing along to all their familiar hits as they raise their first of many drinks to a perfect beginning to an extensive night of music and nostalgia.
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