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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD

The American Band

 

Reviews from Harris

October 26 & 27, 2001

 

 

Lorie of IN…

The whole band was very animated - obviously having a FABULOUS time up there - giving 150%!!!

Max was ALL OVER the stage, Bruce was acting up (pretending to spank Don w/ his guitar during SKOW!!), Mel was smilin', Tim was practically throwing the keys off that organ!! And DON - what can I say!! That man amazes me!!!!! He has a joy, enthusiasm, and a passion for his music that I have never seen anywhere else. And Bruce FINALLY let loose on the "ILO" solo!!! We've been saying all year "turn him loose on it" - it happened!!! Yowza baby!!!!!!!

Don brought the flag out front and center for the Star Spangled Banner…the crowd went nuts - and respectfully stood while the tribute played. "Close to Home/I'm Your Captain" were extra special this time. The whole crowd was standing and singing along! …the ending - the beautiful harmonies these guys put together - I got chills…

 

J.R. of MI…

Bruce Kulick, making his own place among the FunkFaithful, playing the songs true to their heritage and original versions- but opening up and making every tune HIS VERY OWN. His stage presence is commanding, his emotion for the music transmitted thru the tips of his fingers on every note. The man is a complete player, make no mistake. Bruce Kulick is an AWESOME guitarist

Tim Cashion stands behind the Korg Triton, making his corner of the stage stand out like a white phosphorous shower, something you cannot miss. That, my fellow Funkers, is a MASTER MUSICIAN at work.

Max Carl stands tallest, not only in stature, but in stage presence during the songs, his blue eyes burning into your heart, followed by the soul pumped into the holes by that spectacular voice of his.

Don Brewer is, in my opinion, the greatest showman in the world behind a drum kit. Watch the man play- look at his FACE! Watch his intensity, listen to his playing, pay attention to THE MAN behind the drums during a show....SPECTACULAR is not sufficient

Mel shakes buildings, rattles windows, fills any venue he plays in with such sonic bottom end bombardment that seismic events are noted in surrounding states north-south-east-west of where Grand Funk Railroad is playing. MEL IS GOD.

 

Lorie of OH…

The music was great and the crowd was awesome! It's hard to put into words the experience. Don's drums told my heart how to beat, Mel's bass commanded my blood through my veins, Tim's keyboards set my nerve endings to tingle, Bruce's guitar taught me how to breath, and Max's singing made my soul soar! It was out of this world.

The moment that I loved was when Don brought out the flag and Bruce broke into Star Spangled Banner. Everyone stood up and started cheering then grew silent until he was finished. It was beautiful.

The band interacted with the audience through out the whole show. Mel held court over on his side of the stage and Bruce on his side. Max reigned supreme over the whole place. "We're havin' a party!" isn't just a line in a song, it was the theme for the whole night.

 

David of TN…

Tim was rocking on the keyboard as he always does…

(Bruce) came ready to play and make the Les Paul sound like it was built to sound like…

Max's voice was pure power and love sending emotion through the microphone like many of his peers just wish that they could, from the heart man from the heart…

Don was just simply amazing, beating the drums like all drummers should aspire to, the man is truly amazing…

(Mel) I could just sit and watch his fingers and never hear a note and know that I was in the presence of greatness. You could feel his sound through the floor and hear him ring through every atom of the air…

 

Jane of MI…

…it feels so special, and it shows in their performances. This group is something extraordinary…

I can't wait until we have their stuff out there to buy, I'll be first in line.

 

John of MS…

As the show builds it becomes clear that these guys are putting out 200% for the third time this weekend. Simply amazing! After getting primal with Rollin' and Tumblin' Bruce starts into the national anthem as Don brings out an American Flag and stands it at center stage and salutes it and encourages all to stand and salute.

The show ends with Killer versions of Closer to Home and American Band.

 

George of AL…

WHAT A SHOW!!!!!! The sound was awesome and the guys were having such fun.

I couldn't wait to hear Sky High and let me tell you I love this song. Again Max shows his voice range in this song. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!! Don, Tim, and Max's harmonies are beautiful on this song.

 

Celinda of IN…

Well I have to say the new lineup is wonderful…

We loved Sky High and the drum thing Rollin and Tumblin.

 

Craig of MI…

The band comes out just smokin'! I can not believe how much energy these guys give off from that stage.

I have decided that Mel doesn't really play a bass; he plays lead guitar with only 4 strings! He was smokin' all up and down that thing. He was up front too, striking great poses, putting his foot up on the monitors. He was definitely on fire and loving every minute of it.

Tim was way up on the mix too. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! It was great to be able to pick out his vocal harmonies and his orchestra was right on.

Max was on top of his game Friday. He was all over the stage, jumping up and down.

His (Don’s) solo was amazing as always and the joy he projects from his throne just spreads across the whole venue.

His (Bruce’s) playing was spectacular. I do believe he did some fantastic improvising during ILO as his solo was blazing and the crowd loved it!

There's something magical that happens when they take the stage. It lasts for the whole concert and for a while afterwards, but by the next day you're saying, "GIVE ME SOME FUNK!"

 

Greg of MI…

They came to perform and show us how much fun they have in the process. From Bruce's screaming licks, Max's incredible voice and Tim's GRAND mastering of the keyboards, I was captivated from the opening song.

Mel is, as Max introduced him, THE GOD OF THUNDER!

What I witnessed from Don was nothing short of incredible. A cosmic blur of drumsticks!

As they walked off the stage after the final show, I couldn't help thinking that they put on 3 kick-ass, monumental performances in the space of about 26 hours. Their critics be damned, these guys are truly a 'working' band.

  

 

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