Twin Cities Road Trip with KBAD
We’d been building towards it for months and on Friday (April 21st) KBAD took our first busload of winners on a ‘Road Trip’ to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota to see Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla and we had a BALL!
All three bands looked great and sounded even better! Tesla is celebrating 30 years since their debut album and remains one of my favorite bands from that era. I had the chance to see them as a headliner just over a month ago at the Hard Rock in Sioux City, Iowa and knew that they are at the top of their game. Friday night in the opening slot, they were only allowed a 35 minute set, but made the most of it opening with “Into the Now” and “Edison’s Medicine”. but also included some of their biggest hits like their cover of “Signs”, plus “Love Song’ and “Little Suzi”. They definitely did their job because the crowd was fired up!
Bret Michaels and Poison were up next and this tour marks the first time in over five years the band has performed together. Drummer Rikki Rockett is a cancer survivor and many in the audience weren’t even sure it was guitarist CC DeVille under the hat, despite Bret calling him by name several times. Gone is the spiky bleached blonde hair of the glory days, replaced by long hair, but the licks were undoubtedly his. I’ve seen them a few times over the years and I’ve got to admit that they may have been the highlight of the night, if for no other reason, Bret is still a kick ass front man. He gets the crowd rowdy with every song whether it’s “Look What the Cat Dragged In” or a ballad like “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”. The crowd ate up every note and begged for more during their roughly hour-long set.
Def Leppard closed the night with about a 90 minute set that included songs from every part of their career. During the set, singer Joe Elliott introduced bass play Rick Savage as his lifelong friend and remembered the summer of ’77 when the pair met and decided they liked the same types of music so they wanted to start a band. Now 40 years later, they’re still going strong! Seeing Def Lep 35 years after the first time I experienced them was special. Sometimes it’s difficult seeing the bands you grew up with get old, but the energy level is still there and any worries about Joe’s voice were gone by the second song.
I’ve also got to give a thanks to all our bus trip winners! What a stellar group! We had drinks, laughs and a fun trip to the Twin Cities and back again. As I write this, our Des Moines winners are loading up for THEIR chance to see one of the fun tours of the year. No politics discussed by any of the bands. No special shout outs to their causes. As close as anyone got was Bret Michaels dedicating the show to military veterans and the memory of Prince who passed away one year ago to the day of Friday’s shows.
If you get a chance to catch this triple bill out on the road this summer, I’d recommend it. What a fun 3 1/2-4 hours of memories from three great rock bands celebrating anniversaries with their fans.
And Ja Red shared a couple of the videos of the show that he shot Saturday night here in Sioux Falls!