Gary Wright came to play in our burg this past spring.
Yes, that’s right. That Gary Wright, the dream weaver himself.
I have no idea how he ended up here. We have a local snooty music consortium that brings in 6-7 acts a year: typically a symphony, a ballet, perhaps a musical’s road show, and an assortment of other high brow stuff.
This is the first time I remember them ever bringing in a rock musician … even if it was an old, classic, one.
Anyway … Gary Wright. He turns 70 this year … and he put on a pretty good concert.
I even thought about halfway through that if there were a bunch of beautiful young folks up on stage lip-synching this on Disney Channel … that there’d be a full house of screaming kids there.
He sang every song. About half were with a piano player, and about half were to a studio pre-recording. I’m not sure who thought that up, or whether it was session musicians or Mr. Wright himself on all the instruments … but it was pretty damn good. The sound was definitely Steve Winwood-esque.
He also told a story about playing in Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia on a program with Yes and Peter Frampton. It being 2013, you can read about, and its anniversary re-creation here.