I checked back and it's been over two years since I've seen the
Cathy Richardson Band (CRB) live. That's way too long. But as
interesting fates of the world go, and as many times as I have
intended to go see them, oddly enough it was covering Heart
featuring Ann Wilson that I was able to remember what a good time I
Cathy Richardson Band
A Concert Review
It was about a week before I was supposed to go to the show when
I heard an add for the Heart concert, and much to the pleasure of my
ears I heard something like "with special guest the Cathy
Richardson Band." I thought to myself, "Bonus, I haven't
seen them in a while - I wonder if they are still as cool as I
remember them." All I know is I can't let another two years go
by before seeing them again.
Cathy and the band came on stage, and well, for no better way to
put it, Cathy was as giddy as a schoolgirl. She was grinning ear to
ear, and put her elation this way: "I was in back talking to
Ann Wilson… What did you do today?" Seems Cathy is like the
fan of all fans of Ann Wilson, and opening up for Heart, even
without Nancy, was a dream come true. And through this elation Cathy
sang, and from the opening to close of their set, I remembered just
how much fun it is to see the CRB live, and got home and dropped in
their CD's, and kicked myself in the butt some more for not seeing
them sooner, and will continue to kick myself in the butt until I
find their new CD, "Snake Camp."
In any case, CRB only had an hour to take a packed house of
people, most who had no clue who CRB was, and get them primed for
Ann Wilson. I'd say the getting the crowd primed task took about 5
minutes, with 55 bonus minutes of songs covering all three of CRB's
CD's, as well as a great square-dancin' sounding cover of Zeppelin's
"Immigrant Song," and a sing-a-long cover of Rufus'
"Tell Me Something Good," complete with rap intermingling.
My memories of why I always like CRB quickly came back as I started
singing along to the songs I knew, and putting on my top priority
list to find that new CD.
Throughout the hour Cathy couldn't stop talking about how great
it was to be opening for Ann Wilson, about how cool it was to just
be using the same microphone stand, and how she was standing in the
same place Ann would be standing. This may sound like playing to the
crowd, but it wasn't this night - As Cathy and the band played on,
you could hear the excitement in every song, and as the crowd gave
one of the strongest applause's for an opening band I have heard in
a while, you could get the idea that if Cathy were to be struck down
by lightning at that moment she wouldn't care, because she could die
saying she opened up for Ann Wilson of Heart.
I know I didn't say much about Cathy's singing (I don't know if
it has ever sounded better), the playing (the band kicked ass above
and beyond what I remember), or the songs that were played (they
still hit all the emotion levels), but all I do know is that after
the curtain closed I almost forgot I was actually there to cover
Heart featuring Ann Wilson. I was ready to go home because my
concert going experience had already been complete.
But, I stayed, and as those same interesting fates of the world
would have it, I even got to meet Cathy. Someone introduced me being
from Entertainment Ave!, she got this grin on her face and said
something like "You're not the Dude on the Right?" I
nodded that I was. Now my cover is blown.
Oh well, time to get a new disguise, but, once again, I was duly
impressed by CRB, and can promise that it won't take me two years to
see them again, and I'm on my way to the record store now to try to
find that new CD. It's TWO HUGEMOUNGOUS, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM
AGAIN THUMBS UP for the Cathy Richardson Band.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!