Until last fall when I saw the Tonto Community Concert Association’s “Nearly Neil” concert, a tribute to Neil Diamond, I had always been very skeptical of the quality of tribute performers.
And even after that magnificent performance by Bobby Bruce, I still wasn’t completely sold on the concept of tribute performers.
But after watching the tribute band, Paperback Writer, wow the crowd at the Mazatzal Casino several weeks ago, I have to say that I’m a convert — I’m 100 percent sold on tribute performers.
A week from this Friday night, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., the casino will present another tribute band, Hotel California, with its “A Salute to the Eagles.”
Hotel California promises to present an exciting showcase of the Eagles’ mega-hits, such as “Best Of My Love,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Hotel California,” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive.“ The group will also perform select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh.
It should be quite a show.
In all, the original Eagles charted 23 hits, from 1972’s “Take It Easy” to 2003’s “Hole In The World,” 10 of those songs making Billboard’s Top 10 and five reaching No. 1.
The Eagles disbanded in 1982, reunited in 1994 and began its “Farewell 1 Tour” in 2004. Its album Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the all-time biggest selling album in U.S. history with more than 29 million copies sold to date.
This week’s music trivia question is: Where in the Eagles’ 1972 hit, “Take it Easy,” were the Eagles “standing on the corner?”
Were they standing in: A) Mobile, Alabama, B) Winslow, Arizona, C) Boise, Idaho, or D) Fairbanks, Alaska?
This week, if you’re caller number six and have the right answer, you’ll win two complimentary tickets to next Friday night’s Hotel California’s “A Salute to the Eagles” concert, courtesy of the Mazatzal Casino.
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: Can you name the popular country group who sang the 2004 country song, “County Fair”? Some of its top hits were “Come Cryin’ To Me” (1997), “Amazed” (1999) and “What About Now” (2000).
Was this “County Fair” group: A) Lonestar, B) The Oak Ridge Boys, C) The Bellamy Brothers, or D) Wendell Stevens & The Fair Maidens?
The right answer was Lonestar.
Both the Oak Ridge Boys (group) and the Bellamy Brothers (duo) were also highly successful country artists from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, earning 17 and 10 No. 1 hits, respectfully.
Wendell Stevens is Payson High School’s FFA director and Northern Gila County Fair coordinator.
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Mary Lampken, who won complimentary tickets to last Sunday’s demolition derby at the county fair. Mary said the trivia answer was easy for her as she is a big Lonestar fan. She said, “I even saw the group’s last concert together at Chase Field.”
A little more about Mary: She grew up in Phoenix and graduated from Sunnyslope High School. She moved to Payson 10 years ago after she was offered a job in a medical office. She now works as an anesthesia technician at Payson Regional Medical Center.
Not long after moving to Payson, one of Mary’s friends arranged a blind date for her at Mama Rose’s in Pine. She and Gary have now been happily married for the past seven years. Her 14-year-old stepdaughter, Julian, is a Payson High School cheerleader.
Mary’s interests include scrapbooking, reading and attending Ponderosa Baptist Church. She also enjoys volunteering her time for the Relay for Life and being a chauffeur for the Payson High School cheer squad.
Mary has an eclectic taste in music, but particularly enjoys the sound of George Strait, Nickelback and pianist Jim Brickman.
Lastly, pictures I have recently added to my Web site are from last weekend’s county fair. Children having fun make the best pictures, don’t they?
Have a great week!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com