Classic Rock at The Pavilion has never sounded so good.
Friday Night: Edgar Winter Group, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple
Edgar Winter is a rocker, through and through and his band – made up of young, talented musicians – helped him rock even harder. One of the many highlights of his set featured Winter riffing vocally, and his guitarist following along perfectly with every note. Winter featured his still dominant vocal range and his guitarist’s chops were just as impressive.
A few minutes later, Winter broke out his iconic synth – excitedly boasting that he helped create the handheld synth – and proved why he’s one of the greats.
Alice Cooper’s show started the way it always has – with a creepy intro that let the audience know there would be no escape from this “Night with Alice Cooper.” Fortunately, the crowd was pretty excited that there would be “no escape” and Cooper went on to prove why.
Alongside a trio of wildly impressive guitarists, his longtime bassist and a bevy of intricate (and terrifying) theatrical set-pieces, Cooper put on the show of a lifetime. His charisma and horrifying charm can’t be understated. His show was haunting, both in the ridiculous things that happened on-stage and the impressive music being expelled from it.
Cooper’s lead guitarist Nita Strauss stole the show on several occasions, leading the crowd into a guitar-induced uproar. Cooper closed his set with an awe-inducing rendition of “School’s Out” – and we were sad to be set free from Alice Cooper’s grip.
Deep Purple followed Cooper’s set and proved why so many still love their music. They’re icons of rock, committed to the music and fans that have made them great for so many years.
Their style flares from the hard classic rock so many have come to love to intricate, spacey numbers like “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin'”. Our favorite song, as cliche as it might be, was guitar-beginner classic “Smoke on the Water”. It’s no wonder guitarists across the world have learned those iconic notes first – they’re entrancing.
We loved this show and if you were there on Friday night, we bet you did too.
Saturday Night: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Cheap Trick and Foreigner
Watching Jason Bonham and his band rock Led Zeppelin, song after song, has got to be as close to the real thing as anyone could possibly get. The fact that Jason Bonham is the son of original Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham only makes the performance feel even more true to the original.
But JBLZE isn’t just impressive because they play Zeppelin songs – they earn their place among the greats in their own right. Bonham’s rock ‘n’ roll attitude and presence is a clear indicator of what makes this band great. The crowd loved it.
Cheap Trick rocked on to the stage next, with all the musical energy that makes them great. Decked out in his iconic white suit, lead singer Robin Zander guitared and thrashed his way through an incredible hour long set.
The crowd lost it when Cheap Trick rocked some of their biggest hits, including “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender”. This band still has a great thing going and we loved getting to be a part of their set.
After Cheap Trick finished their set, the crowd was abuzz with anticipation for Foreigner. A large black curtain was hung in front of the stage, only raising the level of excitement. Then, all at once, the curtain dropped to reveal a heavenly white stage with rolling clouds of fog. The show had begun.
It seemed like Foreigner played each one of their hits in a new way – hiding surprise after surprise in each song. Whether it was a solo by long-time guitarist Mick Jones or lead singer Kelly Hansen on a stand 20 feet up in the middle of the crowd, this show never let up.
Every song was tight and sounded perfect, but was also so full of life. The crowd rocked, sang along, danced and watched in awe as Foreigner led them on a journey back in time – we loved it.
After closing out their set with classic “Jukebox Hero”, the band found its way back on stage to the tune of thousands of screaming fans. Joining them on stage, however, was the John Cooper School Choir – a private school located in The Woodlands. With the choir’s help, Foreigner belted “I Wanna Know What Love Is”. The result was emotional and moving.
After appealing to the crowd to fight for the arts in schools (something The Pavilion hopes for too), Foreigner closed with “Hot Blooded” to raucous applause. What a night it was.
Check Out What’s Next at The Pavilion:
8/27 – Lady Antebellum – Get Tickets
9/2 – Jeff and Larry’s Backyard BBQ – Get Tickets
9/6 – The Best of John Williams – Get Tickets
We’ll see you at the show!