Wow! It’s hard to believe that we
just announced our 12th season line-up for Live at the Garden.
year has been particularly hard to keep secret because we have all been so
excited about it around here. The process of putting together 5 great shows is
not as easy as one might think, but, somehow in the end, it all seems to come
together. I know I’m the Co-Director of the series and all, but honestly, it is
just my most favorite thing to do during the summer in Memphis!
I can’t think
of a better way to kick off the season this year than with Chicago June
16th (and yes, it is a Saturday in the park!) They were here in 2007
and are so much fun in concert; high energy and hit after hit after hit. I
actually think they sound better today than back in the early years.
July 27th ... all I can say is that if you do not have his new cd, Soul 2, stop what you are doing and go and get it now! I have it in my car and play
it over and over again. I’m addicted, there I said it. And his cover of Let’s
Stay Together I’m sure has made our own Reverend Al Green very proud.
Duran on August 17th...REALLY??? I still can’t believe it. Simon Le
Bon, HERE, in Memphis, on the Live at the Garden stage! I
don’t get star struck very often but I’m already day-dreaming about this one. Ladies, you know what I mean!
Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 31st will be
an awesome show for those of us who are still here Labor Day weekend and not off
yachting in the south of France. I had forgotten how many
unbelievable great songs they have done. Yes, I know , there’s Freebird and
Sweet Home Alabama, but what about Gimme Back My Bullets,
Simple Man, Tuesday’s Gone? Classic Southern Rock...this is gonna be THE party
to be at, people!
Then, Bonnie Raitt on October 5th. For several
years, now I’ve repeatedly heard two things: "Why don’t you guys have a fall
concert?" and "When is Bonnie Raitt coming back?" Well, here you go! For those of
you who didn’t see this soulful diva last time she was here in 2006, don’t mess
around and miss it this time! A beautiful fall evening in Memphis and one of my all
time favorite songs, I Can’t Make You Love Me...it just does not get much
better than that folks!
So, there you have it! I know I say this every year,
but this is my favorite year, and it's gonna be awesome! So brush off those picnic baskets and lawn chairs and get ready to rock! From the bottom of my
heart, thank you guys for continuing to come out and support what we do at
Live. I can't wait to see you ALL this summer in the Garden!