On Friday February 12, 2016 rock legends Grand Funk Railroad rocked the stage at the South Shore Room inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Attendance was very good, nearly selling out as only a few seats were left.
Grand Funk Railroad, sometimes shortened as Grand Funk, is an American blues rock band that was highly popular during the 1970s, touring extensively and playing to packed arenas worldwide. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine once said, “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad”.
Known for their crowd-pleasing arena rock style, the band was well-regarded by audiences despite a relative lack of critical acclaim. The band’s name is a play on words of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a railroad line that ran through the band’s home town of Flint, Michigan.
Although only two original band members that formed the band in 1969 are left, Don Brewer (drums/vocals) and Mel Schacher (bass). The line-up changed many times over the years.
In 2000 Brewer and Schacher recruited some well-regarded players to re-establish the band. Lead vocalist Max Carl (of 38 Special), former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, and keyboardist Tim Cashion (Bob Seger, Robert Palmer) joined the two remaining Grand Funk members.
The band played nearly ninety minutes to a venue packed with fans that stayed on their feet for most of the show. The set list went like this, (from the set list on stage).
“Bottle Rocket”, “Rock & Roll Soul”, “Footstompin’ Music”, “Shinin’ On”, “The Loco-Motion”(Carole King cover), “Walk Like A Man”, “Second Chance”(38 Special cover), Don Brewer Drum Solo, “The Star-Spangled Banner”(John Stafford Smith cover), “Inside Looking Out”(The Animals cover), “Some Kind of Wonderful”(Soul Brothers Six cover), “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)” and one encore song, “American Band”.
After nearly fifty years rockin’ their fans around the world, Grand Funk Railroad still has what it takes to blow the roof off anywhere they play, that’s what happened here in Tahoe. This examiner was very impressed with the way the show turned out as was the entire audience.
A great time was had by all.
The South Shore Room inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is one of the best concert venues to see a show up at the lake. To see who will be next, (click here). To see all the photos of Grand Funk Railroad at this show (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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