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Rainbow Bridge 30th Anniversary Party

If you missed the reunion party on Sunday, you missed a good one! We started promptly at 2:00 with the current version which played about five songs and then the guest stars took over. First up was Kurt “Wheels” Wheeler who pulled off “Ridin’ the Storm Out”, “I Know a Little”, and “Wonderful Tonight”. Dave Nelson was next with a belt it out version of “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll”, and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. (I might not remember what everyone did, but I’ll try.) Charlie Gallagher did his version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” which got the place motivated. Kath Johnson took over on bass and did a few tunes: “Crazy”, “Summer of 69″, “Lights”, “I’ve Got Papers on You Baby”, and “Angel from Montgomery.” People were very responsive to hearing Kath again. Original bass player, Bob D’entremont , chose to play a few slack-key solo guitar pieces. I appreciated this as it gave me break and a chance to enjoy some of Bob Hamann’s world famous barbecue. Former drummer Jeff Ross stopped in on his way back from Chicago and did “Honky Tonk Woman”, “The Twist” “Let’s Twist Again”, and “I Fought the Law”. Jeff does a great Chubby Checker. Another former singing drummer, Jim Millard, did “You Don’t Know What It’s Like”, “Take It Easy”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Gloria.” “Take It Easy” was also joined by Debbie Smith (who came all the way from Indiana just to be there) on rhythm guitar. Cyndi and Deb were the original two girl combination. Cary Farmer came a little later and wowed the place with “Turn the Page” “Night Moves” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Can’t You See”. Rick Mattelig was next with “Twist and Shout” and “Already Gone”. We also played “Heartbreaker” and “Betty Lou” with Rick. Former bassist and harmony singer Denny Wayne was also on stage for awhile and sang “All my Lovin'”. Lugene Chicks made the trip from Madison and we performed three of her original songs which will be on the upcoming CD – “Territory”, “Slow Burn” and “Surprise”. I wish we had been a little more prepared for these, but the response was good. Honorary member Kaj Anderson performed “Low Rider.” Kaj and I had a great jam on that and also “The Thrill Is Gone.” (which by now was the voice is gone) After a short break, the band came back for a couple more. Jim Millard suggested a group jam, and with everyone possible on stage, it was “Mustang Sally” and “Brown Eyed Girl” with the whole gang. I really enjoyed doing that and want to thank Jim for the idea. I thought that it was only fitting to end the night (about 9:30) with “Landslide” as it’s just Cyndi and I on that song – the two original members finishing it off. Overall, it was a long, fun day.

I’d also like to thank the two fun-loving pranksters from the Manberries, Brian Hughes and Tim Murphy, for the walker, hearing aids, Depends, and the other “old age” stuff. And yes, I played with the walker set-up the rest of the day.

I was surprised by a few no-shows, but all things considered, we could not have asked for a better day and turnout. Thanks to Dawn for helping out all day to sell the T-shirts. We sold (and signed) a lot of 30 year T-shirts and hope to have the CD out soon. Thanks to Tim and Jason for taking care of the equipment and sound and special thanks to Bob for doing the food. And, most importantly, to all of you who came out and have supported the band all these years. Maybe we’ll do a 35th…..40th…..???




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