|Back Row: Parker O'Shell, Jim Barnes, Paul Hicks, Perry Hawn, and Jimbo Duncan|
Front Row: Terry Barnes, Ray Pope, Robert Crabtree, Zach Williamson, and Jack Funari
For a time Saturday, time did stand still as the Grand Prees played those songs that made us nostalgic for the "good ol' days": Black Magic Woman, Good Ol' Rock & Roll, Best of My Love, Mustang Sally, Let It Be Me, Fire On The Mountain, My Girl, and many, many more!
Slowly, the courage came back and couples made their way down front to dance; after all, that's what the night was all about. Hopefully, we'll all have many more years of dancing, but we will most likely have to do it without the help of the Grand Prees.
Even the grand kids got into the act, on stage with granddads, and hopefully they will one day carry on the band tradition, and come back to the Princess to again entertain us.
|Who said "Mike Franks" don't like rock'n roll?|
|Hi Betty Ann and Neena...love you ladies!|
It was also a great night to comb the audience for familiar faces and to rekindle old friendships. I saw many of mine as well, and couldn't resist embarrassing them by posting their photos here!
So the band played on without ever leaving the stage; about two and half hours, I suspect, and the crowd wanted more. Not only are these guys great musicians, they are "good people" too. They seemed to be surprised at the reception they got and the applause they received, so just maybe, we will entice them back...just one more dance!
The Princess sure did look pretty Saturday. I took this during "sound check" and loved the way the colors turned out. Once in a while I hit it just right!
So then, the Grand Prees put on their lucky t-shirts and hit the stage with two hours of "sock hopping" music! As I said earlier, they hit their comfort zone mid-way through the set and laid into the ol' familiar tunes. I kept thinking and hoping that with the success they were having that they would begin to rethink their intent of leaving the stage forever. There was a small hint that Terry Barnes let slip, "You will not see the Grand Prees in this form again." Could that mean that at least some of them will return to the stage soon?
So long Jim and Terry, we thank you for taking a chance back in '65...it paid off for all of us. You got to be the "rock stars" you dreamed of being, and we got thoroughly entertained! It was truly a "win-win", and we wish you the very best in your retirement!
Before I totally forget it, let me mention Keith Howell; what a grand gesture he made. He bought and donated this fine bass guitar to the Princess Foundation. The bass, which includes all the Grand Prees signatures, will be hung in honor of the band at the Princess. Next time you see him...thank him for all of us!
So, once again, on behalf of everyone there Saturday night, thank you Grand Prees for the memories!