Cheap Trick opened for Rod Stewart and were great. Just as you'd expect. They had a young drummer named Dax Neillson and a guitar/singer named Robin Zander, so I think it's safe to say they were relatives of Rick and Robin Zander, Sr. They really added to the show.
Don't know where to start on Rod, but I'll try. He looked great for a 77 year old man. His voice was not as it was 50 years ago, but he more than made up for it with his showmanship and attitude. The show was a real production...like Vegas. Many changes of clothes and personnel. Everyone on stage, 13 at times, was a super talent with most playing more than one or two instruments. The singers were not just eye candy. They were also dancers with choreographed steps. A few of them were spotlighted with solos. Most impressive was the "light show" using the whole stage and bordering the stage. It involved several camera angles of the performers displayed along with a lot of cool graphics thrown in. Rod was really into the audience and was having a ball, literally at times. At one point, people starting throwing soccer balls on stage and Rod would graciously kick them back out into the audience, some going as far as 100 feet out. This thrilled the crowd. I've seen so many great acts in my life, but I have to put this at number one for the production value. Also, some VetTix ticket recipients were at the Chicago concert in Atlanta last week and sitting close to us there, but we didn't know it until last night. Really fine folks.
I took my buddy, Curt, who thoroughly enjoyed it and thanked me incessantly. He hadn't been able to go to a concert in years. Thanks for allowing that.
The VetTix ticket holders created a comradery that I am eager to be a part of
at future concerts. Thanks so much to the donors for making this possible.