January 16

The loudest concert I have ever been to was…

Huey Lewis and the News.

Yup, it was 1986. I was stationed at McChord AFB it Tacoma, Wa. My buddy, Roose, was a big HLATN fan, the Tower of Power Horn Section was with them, we HAD to go to this show. I remember that horn section, amplified, was almost enough to cut you in two!

The opening band for that HLATN show was Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

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The week prior to the show, their song The Way It Is peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The band was low key, almost bashful when it was announced that they were the #1 band in the land, but the crowd wasn’t, we exploded into a roar when the announcement was made.

Dig that rat-tail!

The album also scored a 2nd #1 with Mandolin Rain in 1987.

I thought this record was fantastic, so when one of our local record stores had a clean looking copy for $6 I brought it home. It is still a great sounding record although, having recently heard some stripped down arrangements of these songs (plus others from his subsequent albums) made listening to the original seem somewhat overproduced.

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