This past Monday, September 22 was the 7th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Invitational to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The all day event included the golf tournament, Krieger and Medlock received an award from St. Jude’s for their work for the charity, an auction to raise money for St. Jude’s, and culminated in the Robby Krieger and Friends All Star Concert.
This year’s All-Star Concert featured the Robby Krieger Band, special guests included Alex Lifeson from Rush, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Brett Scallions of Fuel (and one of the Manzarek-Krieger Band incarnations), Lita Ford, Danny Seraphine of Chicago, Tommy Thayer of KISS, some Robby Krieger regulars Ty Dennis (drums) and Phil Chen (bass), and golf enthusiast Alice Cooper.
The concert started out with Gary Mule Deer doing some comedy (and looking like Keith Richards twin) as well as a rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues”. Then the Robby Krieger Band came out which included Ty Dennis, Phil Chen, and Kit Potamkin on keyboards. The band of course played some Doors songs including “When the Music’s Over” with Dave Brock on vocals, and for “L.A. Woman” Brett Scallions took over the vocals. Ray Goren, described as a “14 year old guitar prodigy” played “Machine Gun” and “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” with Krieger and band assisting and from there on out the stage started getting crowded.
Sebastian Bach and Lita Ford did a duet of Ford’s “If I Closed My Eyes Forever”. Bach seemed a little unfamiliar with the lyrics to the song and during the duet kept looking over at a lyrics sheet on a music stand. Later Bach’s unfamiliarity with lyrics reached it’s height during “I’m a Man” when Larry Klimas came out with an ipad tablet with the lyrics for Bach.
With Danny Seraphine’s involvement a lot of Chicago songs were played including “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” and the aforementioned “I’m a Man” all with Bach on vocals. Alex Lifeson was a special guest and the band did a couple of Rush songs including “Hello, I Love You” which segued into a instrumental version “The Spirit of Radio” and “Working Man” with Bach handling vocals again. One of the highlights of the night was Alice Cooper, looking more lizard-like than Jim Morrison ever did and covering “Back Door Man” and followed by an ever rousing version of “Schools Out”. The climax of the evening was, the very crowded stage jam of “Roadhouse Blues” (see video at the top of this article).
Robby Krieger will be appearing tomorrow night (Sept 28) with the Jam Kitchen Band at the Sea Starry Night Jam, a benefit for the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium.
Thanks to Concertologist on a recap of the evening’s events.
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