Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger

Sept 13, 2011

Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

The big rock show!!

How many hits can you pack into one night, especially with 3 super groups from the 80’s?  I was excited to find out as this is the era I grew up in.

Endorsing drummer Mark Schulman has reunited with Foreigner on this tour and it was great to catch up with him. I was escorted backstage for the Foreigner meet and greet and Mark was already busy with his bandmates posing for pics with fans.  I grab a few bites of finger foods while they finished up and joined Mark back in their dressing room. We chatted about some of the new gear Shure has out, specifically the new Beta 98AMP’s.  He loves the way they sound!

Since it was close to show time, he escorted me out to the house and I grabbed my seat in time to catch the last few songs in Night Ranger’s set.  I had caught Night Ranger over 12 years ago in Indiana, back when I lived in the Chicago area.  They are still as good today.  They closed their set out with “(You Can Still) Rock in America.”  Awesome!

Foreigner ran hit after hit.  Mick Jones was unfortunately sick this week so they had a fill in guitarist who did his homework.  Mark was slammin’ ‘em out and it was great to watch him play with so much energy.

Journey closed the show, again hit after hit along with a few new ones.  This was the first time I had caught the group with their new lead singer Arnel, who was signing on a UR2/SM58 wireless.  The background vocals were Beta 87C’s.  It was great to hear all of the hits live although, I really missed hearing “Escape” and “Only the Young”,  a couple of my favorites.  With the resurgence of “Don’t Stop Believin”   due to The Soprano’s and Glee, there was quite a range of age groups who attended the show and sang along.  It was great to see this show almost sold out at a large scale arena.  Definitely a good pairing of groups.

For their last song, the group was joined on stage by Joe Don Rooney, guitarist with Rascal Flatts.  He and Neal Schon traded solos at the end.

To say I was air-drumming to MOST of these songs would be an understatement!  This was part of my training as a musician and I am so thankful for each lesson I learned from these groups.  Thanks guys!

Ryan

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Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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