Dr. Rock
By Dave Richards Erie TImes-News staff blogger
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Posted: September 11th, 2012
Concert dates, thoughts on Skynyrd

I had a great time at Sunday’s concert at Jerry Uht Park until an emergency pulled me away just as Lynyrd Skynyrd wrapped up an excellent, if too-brief set.
Had to visit the emergency room, but everything turned out OK. My son is fine. But leaving meant I missed ZZ Top.A friend says the sound system wasn’t as clear for ZZ Top and the legendary Texas trio couldn’t match Skynyrd’s energy. If so, that’s a shame.
But Skynyrd’s set was worth the price of admission, alone. Though just one original member remains, Gary Rossington, many of the others are grizzled vets who’ve been there since Skynyrd re-booted. And they certainly have the feel and majesty — not to mention the musical punch and scope with nine members — that’s necessary for such epics such as “Free Bird” and “Simple Man,” which they nailed and then some.
Skynyrd trotted out two obligatory new songs which only proved why they rely on their rich catalog from the Ronnie Van Zant days. Those songs are best: They rock, with chunky rhythms that defined Southern rock. Stevie’s younger brother Johnny, over the years, has become pretty adept at capturing Ronnie’s vocal tenor, if not the lived-in gritty, casual confidence that resulted in such songs as “Sweet Home Alabama” and brilliant boogie blowout, “I Know a Little.”
Throughout the show, Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Rickey Medlocke — looking lean and healthy with long, flowing white hair — exchanged smiles and knowing looks. They were having such a great time, you’d think this was their first show together, not their millionth or whatever. Medlocke did his spin move a couple times, too.
The band sounded fantastic, positively cooking on what almost amounted to a greatest hits set with “That Smell,” “Down South Jukin’,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Saturday Night Special” and “What’s Your Name” also in the set list. Would have been nice to hear “Tuesday’s Gone,” too, or “Working for MCA.” But no complaints here. They smoked.
Greasy, stringy-haired opener Cadillac Black — and that’s a compliment — acquitted itself nicely. Their banter cracked me up, too, especially when they asked the name of the ball team that plays at the Uht. “The SeaWolves?” repeated lead singer Jaren Johnston.. That sounds like it should be a band name.”
Some songs felt like AC/DC meeting Skynyrd at a backyard Southern brawl. Nothing wrong with that.

Tomorrow’s Showcase will not include Dr. Rock’s concerts; we ran out of room. So here is what’s new and coming up, including dates for Green Day and Lamb of God.

JUST ANNOUNCED

OCT. 12. Spyro Gyra. Tralf, Buffalo.
OCT. 12. Stephen Katz. Center for the Arts, Buffalo.
OCT. 13. All-American Rejects, Boys Like Girls. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 20 at www.wolsteincenter.com and (877) 468-4946.
OCT. 17. Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
OCT. 24. Meat Loaf. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at www.tickets.com., (866) 546-1353.
OCT. 25. Circa Survive. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
OCT. 27. American Music Masters salute to Chuck Berry with Berry, more. State Theatre, Cleveland. On sale at (866) 546-1353.
OCT. 27. Karmin, Outasight. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster.
OCT. 28. Insane Clown Posse. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
NOV. 5. Sum 41. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 8. Dethklok, Machine Head, All That Remains, Black Dahlia Murder. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 15. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
NOV. 27. Lamb of God. Stage AE, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 22 at Ticketmaster.
NOV. 30. The Dan Band. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster.
DEC. 9. Olivia Newton-John. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at www.tickets.com., (866) 546-1353.
DEC. 10. Of Montreal. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland.
DEC. 16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.
DEC. 26. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at www.theqarena.com, (888) 894-9424.
DEC. 27. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. First Niagara Center, Buffalo. On sale Sep. 14 at Tickets.com, (888) 223-6000.
JAN. 11. Green Day. Bryce Jordan Arena, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000.
JAN. 14. Green Day. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. On sale Sept. 15 at Ticketmaster.
JAN. 30. Green Day. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at www.wolsteincenter.com, (877) 468-4946.
APRIL 7. Esperanza Spalding. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at www.tickets.com., (866) 546-1353.
MAY 16. Jackie Evancho. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. On sale Sept. 14 at www.tickets.com., (866) 546-1353.

September
SEPT. 13. Gaelic Storm. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 13. Less Than Jake. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
SEPT. 14. Guided by Voices. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
SEPT. 14. Acoustic Strawbs. Tralf, Buffalo.
SEPT. 14. Dropkick Murphys. Snapcase. Erie Canal Harbor, Buffalo.
SEPT. 14. L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Lord. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 15. Marcus Miller. Tralf, Buffalo.
SEPT. 15. Diamond Dogs — a Tribute to David Bowie. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 15. Eric Church, Justin Moore, Kip Moore. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 15. Guided by Voices. Mr. Smalls, Millvale.
SEPT. 15. Kiss, Mötley Crüe. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, N.Y.
SEPT. 15. Tony, Toni, Tone and Dru Hill. State Theatre, Cleveland.
SEPT. 15. Bachman & Turner. Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, N.Y.
SEPT. 16. Gotye. Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood, Ohio. Note: Show moved from Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland.
SEPT. 16. Barry Manilow. Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 16. GWAR. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 16. Gordon Lightfoot. Ohio Theatre, Cleveland.
SEPT. 17. Alkaline Trio. Grog Shop, Cleveland.
SEPT. 17. Hatebreed. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.
SEPT. 18. Metric. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 19. Dropkick Murphys. Stage AE, Pittsburgh.
SEPT. 19. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy, Soul Conspirators. House of Blues, Cleveland.
SEPT. 19. Nick Lowe. Babeville, Buffalo. On sale at (888) 223-6000.
SEPT. 20. Nick Lowe. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale.
SEPT. 20, 21. Lotus. Town Ballroom, Buffalo.

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