Monday, June 6, 2016
The Romantics live (6/4/16)
Prior to the Detroit hometown rockers taking the stage, we were treated to a couple sets by Power Play. They are also a local band whose motto is "putting the class in classic rock". Let me tell you, they did just that. They covered a wide range of classic covers from Guns and Roses to Journey to Janis Joplin to Aerosmith. They even did an amazing version of Prince's "Purple Rain".
The line-up of the band today consists of three of the four original members. Rich Cole is the band's cool and controlled bassist. Mike Skill is the band's vibrant lead guitarist. Wally Palmar does double duty as the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. And Brad Elvis, who is the group's fourth drummer and has been with them since 2004, is their high energy and wildly entertaining drummer.
Of course, they also included the two big hits that everyone wanted to hear. Halfway through the hour and ten minute set, that band served up "Talking In Your Sleep" from their third studio album In Heat. And the big encore show closer was "What I Like About You" from their debut album.
It wasn't until the next morning that our ears stopped ringing, but the show was worth it. The Romantics proved that guys in their late 50's and early 60's still know how to put on a rocking performance.
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