Brooks & Dunn
Diffie and Wade Hayes
A Concert Review
The Dude on the Right
It was country night at the Rosemont Horizon, with a triple bill of
Brooks & Dunn, Joe Diffie, and Wade Hayes. Yeeeee Haaawwwww!!!
Yeppur, I pulled on my cowboy boots, dusted off my ten-gallon hat,
and rode my horse to nearby Rosemont where the planes spooked the
horse, then he threw me into a ditch, where I was rescued by this
cute nurse who wanted to go to the show but she didn't have a
ticket! So, what was I to do? Well, I left her by the roadside
because if all I'm worth is a concert ticket, then I'll go find
someone else cheaper. If you believe that story, in the immortal
words of a great country song, I've got some ocean front property in
Arizona to sell you!! Anyway, on with the review.
Brooks and Dunn know how to put on a show! Yep, to entertain the
crowd while the stage was being made ready, giant balloons were
tossed into the crowd. I found it odd, but the crowd didn't, so I
guess it was cool. And then, the lights went down, the cowheads
lowered, and Brooks and Dunn arrived to the thrill of all in
attendance. It was a night of hits on a stage reminiscent of a
desert scene, complete with a fading sunset and all!!
Now, for you non-country folks, Brooks and Dunn both wanted to be
solo artists when some brilliant individual in Nashville probably
said something to himself like "A goof ball with a voice, Mr.
Serious with a voice, let's put them together on stage and see what
happens." What happened was a great mix of talent and
entertainment that has brought the guys multiple duo of the year
awards, and some 13 number one hits. But, on top of that all, they
put on one hell of a show, and I really forgot that as goof ball-ish
Kix Brooks is, he sure can sing a ballad with the best of them from
his heart. Ronnie Dunn, however, is much of the front-man, belting
out "Brand New Man" and all the other hits with a voice
with just enough hint of twang to bring back that older country
I like the show, and from the response of the crowd, they did
too. From the soulful rendition of the Eagle's "Best of My
Love," to Mr. Brooks donning a Chicago Wolves jersey, making
his way into the first mezzanine, swingin' on a rope back to the
stage and the quickest running start into a guitar riff I have ever
seen. I think they make a great pair, and the crowd seemed to think
so too. I give Brooks and Dunn TWO THUMBS UP!!!
Prior to the duo there came a man named Joe Diffie. Oozing
confidence while strolling on-stage to the tune of "Third Rock
of the Sun," Mr. Diffie used every trick in the book to
entertain the crowd. From using sing-a-longs, bright lights, and
songs that either touch your heart or maybe make you laugh, he is
far worth his entertainment dollar. He had the crowd almost crying
during "Ship That Don't Come In," but then blew the mood
and brought back the laughs. He used his band members great,
spotlighted them when necessary, and even played a little ZZ Top,
although it sounded slightly out of his range. Even though, a great
entertainer and even an encore, Joe Diffie gets TWO THUMBS UP from
Whew! And if that weren't enough, prior to the Joe man there was
newcomer Wade Hayes. We'll keep it brief, like his set, but to keep
it plain and simple, Wade needs to loosen up. Take a lesson or two
from Joe and the B&D boys - be confident, utilize your audience,
and don't be afraid of the front of the stage - the women will catch
you if you fall. Many a time during his set he beckoned the crowd to
get wild, then turns his back while the band kicks in. Work the
crowd, smile, wave, and the crowd will follow. Sorry, although
musically talented, the entertainment value makes a concert, and
Wade Hayes only gave a SHRUG of entertainment value in my opinion.
Get out there and have fun - country fans will love you!
Now, if that all wasn't enough, there was the entertainment of
the lady sitting behind us. I hate to throw personal stories into
these reviews (!!!), but some women should not be allowed to drink
alcohol. Basically, the story goes - lady complains to me and my
partner that we don't look like we're having fun, and if we don't
like country we shouldn't review the show. Contrary to her opinion,
we both love country, and as much as The Dude on the Left is my
friend and all, I refuse to get up and dance with him. During most
of B&D, this is all we hear between songs. Finally, the crowd
comes to their feet, and we do to, where she proudly boasts
"See, I told you you'd like country!" Then she drags my
partner and starts dancing - much to the seeming dismay of her large
husband. Now, that's all swell and all, but the bitch left early.
Pardon my language, but for a lady nagging the entire time how we
aren't having any fun, leaving before the encore seems like a slap
in the face. Oooh, we have to leave early so we can get out of the
parking lot. Well, too bad, don't drive, take a horse like me and
the other dude!!! Enough ranting and raving.
Stay tuned, we have much more to come this semester. Party Smart,
and as always, Rellim Reeb, Rellim Reeb!!!
The Dude on the Left
Did you ever notice that every year Christmas seems to start
earlier? Nothing worse that walking through the mall in June and
seeing Santa sitting in his photo chair. Well this year a strange
thing happened... Halloween came early. That's right, it was
Halloween night at the Rosemont Horizon on Saturday the 14th of
October. I was pretty disappointed with the originality show in
peoples costume though. Every one was dress like a cowboy. There
were Caballeros (Mexican cowboys), Rednecks (American Cowboys), and
a type of cowboy I've never seen before. What do you call a
5'4" man from Japan wearing lizard boots, black ironed Wrangler
jeans held up by a belt with a ten pound buckle, a denim shirt,
black hat, and coke bottle bottom glasses. I call it hilarious. I
will say that I did enjoy the women's choice of costumes. Painted on
black denim jeans and boots are a real turn on for me. I haven't
seen women so fine since the last Aerosmith concert I went too. At
one point during the night a woman accidentally wacked me in the
back of the head. I turned around and saw a woman dressed to the
hilt and very drunk. She leaned over to apologize and offer me a
beer. I was wearing ear plugs so I hard to hear what she was saying.
I had to get very close in order to her. This was made difficult by
her large bosom which was thrust into me. I said it was OK and sure
I'll have a beer. She talked to me the whole night. I got quite an
earful and eyeful too. At one point she even asked me to dance. I
obliged. I took her hand in mine and placed my other around her
waist pulling her in close. I was tempted to run my hand over her
buttocks but she was sitting next to a really big cowboy. Really
big. Shortly after we danced her man pulled her away and they left.
Hey the night wasn't over. There was still another set coming. Oh...
did I forget to mention this was a country music concert?
Rosemont's early Halloween night was a rocking and a stomping
good time. First up was Wade Hayes. Wades only been on the circuit
for two years now and still seems a little shy on stage. He gave a
musically solid performance and showed genuine appreciation for the
audience. I give Wade one thumb up.
Joe Diffie came next. Joe's been pretty hot in the Country Music
seen for the last couple of years. He played all his hits just like
you hear them on the radio. He did mix it up a little by doing a
rockn' cover of ZZ Top's "Tush." I like Joe because him
and his band look like they're having fun on stage and that
enthusiasm pours over into the crowd. Plus, Joe doesn't wear
Wranglers. Nope, my boy stuffs himself into Levi's, and I mean
stuffs. Hey Joe... Take some time off and call 1-800- 99Jenny. I
give ol jelly belly Joe a solid two thumbs up.
The night ended with one of country's biggest duo's ever. It was
the 13th number one album in a row duo of Brooks and Dunn. I really
love these guys on the radio and being there that night I thought I
was sitting in my car. With the exception of a soulful cover of the
Eagles Best of Your Love ( which you can find on the Common Thread
tribute album ) and Steve Thomas playing the fiddle from the hip,
the show was musically boring. Brooks was a lot of fun to watch. He
was all over the stage. At one point he disappeared and came running
through the balcony audience wearing a Wolve's jersey. He was thrown
a rope and swung back on stage. Way cool. Then there was his stiff
long legged Wrangler wearing perfect hair and dimples partner Dunn.
This guy comes off as a real phony to me. Forcing a smile while he
gave the crowd a wink and shot his finger. God what a cliche'.
During the night he related a sorrowful personal relationship story
to the crown which lead too perfectly into a song. Nope, I ain't
buying his bottled sincerity. Regretfully I can only give Brooks and
Dunn one thumb up. I hope Brooks puts that thumb away for Dunn, if
you know what I mean.