Hippiefest review, Phoenix 7/11 show

Alan McKendree amck at thenetdr.com
Wed Jul 16 10:55:16 CDT 2008

ObWho reminder:  former John Entwistle Band 
guitarist Godfrey Townsend is playing on this 
tour.  Itinerary at 


If you go to the link above there is a link to concert photos.

Fans spent their Friday evening traveling back to 
the 1960s, a time of war protest songs, flower 
power, love and peace with Hippie Fest 2008.

Fans, mostly in their 50s and 60s, came dressed 
up for the occasion in their psychedelic tye-die 
shirts and hippie costumes, feeling as if they 
were teenagers again.

Phoenix was the first stop in the 22-city tour.

Jonathan Edwards, Badfinger featuring Joey 
Molland, Janis Ian, The Turtles, featuring Flo 
and Eddie, Jack Bruce of Cream, and Eric Burdon 
and the Animals all played the biggest hits of 
their careers.

Hosts Flo and Eddie, also known as Howard Kaylan 
and Mark Volman, introduced each artist.

"The kids are at the Jonas Brothers concert 
tonight, the adults are here," said Eddie.

First up was Jonathan Edwards, who is now age 61. 
He started the concert with his guitar playing 
timeless music, including his most popular song, 
Sunshine and a soothing rendition of the poetic 
This Island Earth.

Following Edwards was the first band of the 
evening, Badfinger, who kicked off their 
performance with Baby Blue. As they performed 
Come and Get It and No Matter What, fans started 
bobbing their heads and singing along to the 

Once Badfinger finished, Flo and Eddie came out 
and gave a brief overview of facts from 1967.

"Things were happening in '67," Flo said. "It was 
the year Rolling Stone Magazine got published. 
Elvis married Priscilla. The Beatles put out Sgt. 
Pepper. A new house cost $14,000; gasoline was 

Then they introduced the third performer, Janis 
Ian, the mellowest of all the performers. "You 
spend your whole life trying not to be thought of 
as a chick singer," Ian joked. "I'm here to 
represent the more depressing side of folk music."

The audience laughed uproariously.

She then sang Jesse.

Once the song was over, she talked about the six 
artists performing at the fest, and how each of 
them had a different style.

It doesn't get more different than the six of us, Ian said.

"The cool of the '60s was that you were supposed to be yourself," she said.

Ian continued on with Society's Child, one of her most famous songs.

She then spoke of her autobiographical book 
released last year, and sang an accompanying 
satirical song about her famous life.

"There's nothing more I enjoy than talking about 
myself," Ian joked. "I wake up every morning, and 
I google myself."

She finished with At 17, with fans clapping and 
yelling in support during the first few lines of 
the song.

The Turtles performed next with their hits Nobody 
But You, It Ain't Me Babe, Elenore, You Showed 
Me, and She'd Rather Be With Me.

Flo and Eddie joked that back in the 1960s, they 
were "druggies" who took acid, and smoked opium. 
Now they find themselves taking drugs "old 
people" take.

"We spent so much money trying to kill 
ourselves," Flo joked. "Now we spend so much 
money trying to keep ourselves alive."

The highlight of the night was The Turtles 
performing Happy Together. The whole arena stood 
up, with couples putting their arms around their 
loved ones as they sang the song. Some couples 
got emotional and kissed.

Jack Bruce of Cream, using long high-pitched 
vocals, sang songs like Sunshine of Your Love, I 
Feel Free, and the bluesier Sitting on the Top 
off the World.

Eric Burdon and the Animals, performed next with 
a Hawaiian shirt and sunglasses. He gave an 
energetic performance to hits like We Gotta Get 
Out of This Place, See See Rider, It's My Life, 
and Boom Boom.

Ian summed up all of the performers goals as 
talented musicians wanting to have an impact on 
people's lives. All six artists did just that.

"The one common thing I have with every other 
artist here tonight," Ian said, "is that all of 
us dream at one time or another of creating just 
one piece of art that will transcend race, 
culture, color and genderŠEvery artists dreams of 

"the average Texan...carries not just a gun but a SHOTGUN."
     --Pete Townshend, 1967

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