It was a wonderful night for Rock and Roll as the 2017 Moondog Coronation Ball came to the Quicken Loans Arena last night. The three bands featured included Three Dog Night, Grand Funk Railroad and Tommy James and the Shondells.
After a brief introduction from a group of WMJI Majic 105.7 FM celebs Three Dog Night kicked things off with a sing-along song fest of some of their hits from their 12 gold albums and 21 consecutive Top 40 hits along with a new song titled “Prayer of the Children” that was dedicated to the children who are victims of war. Theirs was a well-crafted performance that included such hits as “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Black and White,” “Celebrate,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Liar,” “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” and of course, “Joy To the World” that had the audience on their feet dancing and singing along to these songs we all grew up with.
Next up on stage was Grand Funk Railroad who simply blew the roof off the joint with their hard edge funk infused rock and roll that really energized the crowd. Along with playing all of their rocking hits the group also featured solos from the various members including an extended drum set by Don Brewer who also doubled on vocals, lead guitar ripping by Bruce Kulick, a bass solo by Mel Schacher, Tim Cashion on keyboards and Max Carl on rhythm guitar and vocals. Playing a well-balanced set that included some slower numbers interspersed with the rock anthems such as “Loco-Motion,” “I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home),” “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and of course “We’re An American Band” it had the crowd screaming for more.
Closing out the show was Tommy James and the Shondells who filled the stage with six musicians playing an electronic keyboard, drums, full-scale Wurlitzer organ, bass guitar, rhythm guitar as well as acoustic guitars. Tommy James has had a huge collection of hits that have been covered by scores of artists. At the Moondog, fans got to hear such hits as “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and “Crimson and Clover” among other top 40 hits.
All in all, it was over three hours of solid music that kept everyone in the mostly filled Quicken Loans Arena rocking the night away. Kudos goes out to the staff and stage crew who managed complete transformations from band to band in a very quick and professional manner. The crowd was multi-generational and extremely well behaved but very vocal when they recognized their favorites being played by each group. It was pure Rock and Roll, Baby!