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Marshall Tucker Band/ Pegi Young
The Rialto Theatre
Tucson, AZ
November 11, 2014
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Pegi Young
Pegi Young

Review and photos by Mary Andrews

Marshall Tucker Band and Pegi Young and the Survivors did not attract the largest crowd in Tucson, but they should have as these double barrel, high-octane bands delivered their signature sounds with fresh energy and amazing musical talent.

Pegi Young's back up band had to scramble to get a replacement bass player last week after the unexpected death of long-time band member, Rick Rosas. The Survivors consist of some of the most revered musicians in the business. Lead guitarist is Kelvin Holly. Holly played guitar for Little Richard for many years. Spooner Oldham is a Grammy winning, keyboardist-songwriter/singer. Oldham started at the Muscle Sholes Studios playing on iconic records by Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. Drummer, Phil Jones, has a pedigree that looks like a who's who in the music business. Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Joe Walsh, Waddy Wachtel, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, JD Souther, Terry Reid, Randy Newman are a few names to drop.

Pegi Young and the Survivors took the stage with gusto. The old adage that 'hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' could not be any more appropriate than with Young these days. Everyone is well aware of her recent break up with Neil Young and Pegi is wary of that public scrutiny. She is justified in still being very angry about it. There is nothing like a good dose of scorn to get the creative juices flowing. Those juices were flying high for Pegi last night. The set started with "Flatline Mama," an easy going song and the set progressed in intensity from there. Ms. Young introduced the song "Starting Over" by asking the crowd " What do you do when you get dumped after 36 years? You just start over!" Many of the songs seemed to be tailored for Young's most recent current events, but she penned them a long time prior to the recent break up. Regardless, the energy and fire in Pegi's delivery made a great set!

The Marshall Tucker Band had their work cut out for them after Pegi Young's departure. Doug Gray, lead vocalist, and the band took the challenge in their usual laid back Southern rock with confidence and congeniality. What the crowd lacked in numbers was made up for in enthusiasm. There were times in the show that one wondered if it was truly the Marshall Tucker Band show or the Tucson audience show. That has to do with the extreme familiarity of MTB's hits like "Heard It In A Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," and "Can't You See."

This was not just a show of radio hits. This band brings a blend of many genre of music and the musicians exhibit a skill precision on caliber of the best bands around today. The band has gone through many changes throughout their 40 years. Doug Gray, the only founding member left, mentioned that three of their original members are now dead. The band has managed to maintain their integrity in spite of its losses. They jammed and sang jazz, blues, country, and folk using instruments that are atypical of Southern rock bands. Keyboard player, saxophonist, and flautist Marcus James Henderson gave the band that unique flavor on the jams. The flute passages conjured memories of Jethro Tull. Chris Hicks' vocals brought back the soulful sounds of Toy Caldwell from years gone by. Guitarist Rick Willis has been MTB member for a very long time provided the other half of the twin-guitar licks. Drummer, B.B. Borden and bassist Pat Elwood rounded out the bands' signature sound.

It was clear that Marshall Tucker Band still enjoys bringing their music to the masses.
Set Lists:
Set List for Pegi Young:

1. Flatline Mama
2. Med Line
3. Better Living Through Chemicals
4. Walking On A Tightrope
5. Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
(Spooner Oldham cover)
6. Just When I Needed you Most
7. Starting Over
8. Blue Sunday
9. Feel Just Like A Memory
10. Number Nine
11. 10 Minutes
12. Love Like Water
Set list for Marshall Tucker Band:

1. Running Like the Wind
2. This Ol' Cowboy
3. Hillbilly Band
4. Fire on the Mountain
5. Take the Highway
6. Bob Away My Blues
7. Midnight Promises
8. Desert Skies
9. 24 Hours at a Time
10. Asking Too Much of You
11. Can't You See
12. Heard It in a Love Song
13. I'll Be Loving You Georgia Moon
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Pegi Young
Pegi Young
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Pegi Young
Pegi Young
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Marshall Tucker Band
Pegi Young
Pegi Young

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