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  I have not posted a concert review since The Hooters Ardmore Music Hall concert on September 21, 2013. That was a very special night for me personally and I know there will never be another concert experience like that for me ever. It doesn't mean that I can't enjoy shows and concerts. It just means I need to manage my expectations. That said, I thought this show would be a good one to discuss as it happened to be my 50th Hooters gig.

A little background on my life long fandom with the Hooters. Credit first goes to my sister (Kristy) for bringing their music into our home. This was around 1984. When the Nervous Night album came out in 1985, I was all in. I never heard such sounds before and became an instant fan. I then discovered their 1983 Amore album as well as some rare singles with songs that I never heard before. To me this was (still is) the greatest band I've ever heard. My first concert experience ever was seeing the Hooters at the Tower Theatre on October 22, 1985. Since then, I've attended many gigs. Some of my favorites have been Thanksgiving night 1987 at the Spectrum and Independence Day 1990 on the steps of the Art Museum. Most recently in April 2013, they played the Electric Factory and to that point I believed that was the greatest set list I've ever heard. Over the years I have collected many radio recordings, bootlegs and rare songs while connecting with many other fans. This even led me to creating a web site in support of the band and my experiences supporting them. That is what has led to making this night one of the greatest nights in my life.

The Venue: The Keswick Theatre
The Keswick Theatre is a privately owned theater in the Keswick Village section of Glenside, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. It was completed in 1928 and opened on Christmas Night that year. After closing in 1985, it reopened in 1988, and has hosted numerous well-known acts, bands, in addition to hosting several community events. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It has been owned by AEG Live since 2008. (credit to Wikipedia)

The show:
A high energy crowd packed the Keswick to mark the end of the Hooters 35th Anniversary Tour. As the lights dimmed, a man who has become just as much a part of any Hooters gig takes the stage to introduce the band. The legendary Philadelphia disc jockey Piere Robert gives a heartfelt introduction quoted a lyric from 'I'm Alive' and launches the crowd into what would be a wonderful night of Hooters music.

The standard opening track since the song was recorded is 'I'm Alive' (2007 Time Stand Still). A good energy tune with an optimistic message. The song sets the night off on a good vibe. Next up is 'Hanging On A Heartbeat' (1983 Amore & 1985 Nervous Night) is what I commonly refer to as a quintessential Hooters sound. While one review of this show said that this song sounded dated, I disagree. This is the sound that embodies the musical direction of the band in which it became known for. Sure there is sentimental value here, but without these building blocks, I doubt we would be celebrating this 35th anniversary tour. Continuing to roll through the classics, this song was the title track to their 1983 Independent label album Amore. Whenever the band plays anything off this record, I feel it is for appreciation and respect to the local fan base that has supported them all these years. The Amore album is timeless, filled with amazing sounds and great tunes. It is the beta version of albums to come, reinvention of songs that went onto better success and the raw ska sound that influenced the band then and still to this day. The first block ends with 'Day By Day' (1985 Nervous Night.) The bands highest charting single (#18 in 1986 Billboard and #3 on Mainstream Rock Tracks) was a powerful punch to start the show. The one lyric "give me some apperception" had the crowd roaring. Self gratifying gesture, possibly, but the appreciation for the band was sincere and you could feel it. Another lyric "nothing lasts forever" had Rob improv "maybe we do" which going back to the opening track and album (2007 Time Stand Still) is really what a Hooters show is all about. It is feeling that stirs up memories from days gone by of happy times. You relive those feelings through music and gain a sense of nostalgia when you hear songs like this.

The second block of music starts off with mostly mellow songs. The first was 'Morning Buzz' (2007 Time Stand Still). While the song does invoke fan interaction during the chorus, it just is a slight drop in intensity after 'Day By Day'. To be fair, almost any song would have had the same fate. Whether it did not go over well or was intentionally replace on Saturday night with 'Silver Lining' (2010 Five by Five: EP) we will never know. 'Silver Lining' is a higher tempo song so it would have made sense to keep the crowd going. 'Morning Buzz' however is a rare song to hear live so from that perspective, it was nice to hear. The third song of this block was the ballet 'Private Emotion' (1993 Out of Body). Interesting notes on this tune, it was a bigger hit for the Germany crowd then the U.S. crowd for the band. They even released a version of it in German. Normally on tour in Germany, the Hooters sing the second verse in German. Surpassingly though, this song was actually a huge international hit for Ricky Martin in 2000. Rob and Eric both contributed to the version. Its interesting because both Rob and Eric have been accomplished song writers producing hits for other artists. This is foreshadowing if you will to the encore later on. The crowd dug the tune and there was some sing a long from the audience also. The final song in this block is the hard rockin' 'South Ferry Road' (1985 Nervous Night). This song evolved from another tune 'End of My Rope'. Over the years Eric specifically has discussed the meaning of the song and has often noted it as his favorite Hooters song. It is a credit to the band, that this is a song which sounds better live then on the album. The band is full of energy which in turn pumps the crowd up and after a few mellower tunes, this was perfect timing to get the crowd back into the groove. It is my favorite Hooters song to see live. The final song for the second block was the bands breakout single 'All You Zombies' (1983 Amore & 1985 Nervous Night). Zombies landed at #58 on Billboard in 1985 and #3 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, but it really introduced the world outside of Philadelphia to this band. A smoked filled stage with gloomy mood lighting still sends chills down your spine when Rob plays that keyboard intro to this song. Always a crowd favorite. The built in lyric of "lets see you" near the end of the song has forever been a cue to turn the house lights up. There was not a person sitting down and you could see in the bands faces that this really was appreciation and sincere support that they continue to receive. A fine rock and roll moment.

To start off the third block of songs (almost all covers) is the Don Henley cover 'Boys of Summer' (2007 Time Stand Still). This version of the song came about as a result of Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian being asked to participate in a show for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation in New York City, where bands from the 1980s were asked to play their own songs while also choosing a song that they wished that they had written from the 1980s. Don Henley has said that this is his favorite cover version of this song. As Eric says, they Hooterized it. The second song was the Peter, Paul and Mary tune '500 Miles' (1989 Zig Zag) featuring folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary on background vocals, dated back to the American Civil War when it was called "Ruben's Train". Additional lyrics were written for the song by keyboard player Rob Hyman, guitarist Eric Bazilian and the album's producer, Rick Chertoff. These lyrics included a reference to Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, an anonymous man who became internationally famous when he was videotaped and photographed standing in front of Chinese military tanks and preventing their advance during the Tiananmen Square protests on June 5, 1989. The Hooters version peaked at #97 on Billboard (1989) and #20 on Mainstream Rock tracks. It is just one of a few songs in their cataloge that has never gone over well with American audiences. It didn't really do much for the crowd on this night either. Preceeded the song was the now abridged version of 'Graveyard Waltz' (1987 One Way Home) which serves as the intro to the song. The third cover in a row in this block was a real treat on the other hand. At Hooters shows in the mid 1980's the crowd was always treated to the rare lead vocal performance of Bass Player Andy King on the Beatles song 'Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds' On the compilation album (1996 Hooterization: A Retrospective) the band released their version recorded live at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA on October 20, 1985. Andy had a great voice and it was always and crowd favorite. Andy left the band in 1987 to pursue other interests and when that happened, no more 'Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds'.


Saturday Nov 7 Set List
Only a few changes to the Friday set list, the second block started with 'Morning Buzz' instead of 'Silver Lining' and they added 'Beat Up Guitar'

Keswick Marquee

Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian

David Uosikkinen

Tommy Williams, Fran Smith, David Uosikkinen & Eric Bazilian


Eric Bazilian &
David Uosikkinen

On this night however, the band did play it and on lead vocals is the latest addition to the band, guitarist Tommy Williams. Tommy's voice was on point but he did at times look a little nervous. He sings backing vocals all the time and sings his own music when not with the Hooters. This however was different. This is a fond memory for many fans and I believe Tommy knew this. Not only did he want to make this his own, but also honor the legacy of Andy and all other Hooters before him. You can see in the youtube video below, a big sigh of relief when he was finished singing. It was a solid performance of the song and a real treat for all Hooters fans in attendance. Tommy Williams is a talented musician and he did the Hooters proud. Ending this block of songs was the ballad from the Nervous Night album, 'Where Do The Children Go' (1985 Nervous Night). The song peaked at #38 on Billboard and #34 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The best part of this song is Eric on the mandolin. Another instrument the band uses that give this the unique "Hooters Sound'. A classic song and always a crowd favorite.

The final block of the main set is a standard of rockers leading up to probably the most well known Hooters song. It starts off with 'Karla with A "K"', (1987 One Way Home). Eric tells a story of the origin of the song and what life was like on tour when the band was really at the height of the American popularity. The record company had them on tour in the South where the inspiration for this song evolved. Eric told the story of being in a southern bar and the next day the only thing they remembered was the bartenders name, thus they named this song after her. The rest of the song was inspired by the road. Karla did peak at #81 on the U.S. singles chart. A very melodic intro of the verse to 'Twenty-Five Hours A Day' (1993 Out of Body) is used to introduce this tune before the hard hard rockin' beat kicks in. It was the first single from the album and features the many instruments that creates the unique Hooters sound. It had the crowd dancing tonight. The flow of 'Twenty-Five Hours A Day' goes directly into 'Jigs and Reels' which the band uses as a bridge to 'Satellite' (1987 One Way Home). The song peaked at #61 on Billboard and #13 on Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. After heavy airplay in the United Kingdom, 'Satellite' became a hit single, reaching No. 22, with the band performing on the popular British television show Top of the Pops on December 3, 1987 where they would meet one of their musical idols, Paul McCartney. It has great energy which the crowd feeds of off. Building momentum is 'Johnny B' (1987 One Way Home) which features Eric on a recorder. The song peaked at #61 on Billboard. Great placement for this tune as it has a section created by the band for fan interaction as they sing the chorus back to the band. It is strategically placed as it sets up perfectly the closing song for the set 'And We Danced' (1985 Nervous Night). Released in 1985 and became the band's first major hit, just missing the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at #21), but reaching #3 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It is without question the one song that everyone knows Hooters fan or not. The song is as powerful today as the day it was released. Not only does it hold up, it is still an amazing live song that inspires the crowd to sing louder then the band. The music video for the song, featuring live footage of the band filmed at the now-demolished Exton Drive-In in Exton, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1985, was nominated for the Best New Artist in a Video award at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.

The encore starts with an interesting choice in 'Give The Music Back' (1989 Zig Zag). Like other Hooter songs, this was written about the changes in music and how it has effected the industry. It deals with the demise of Record Plant Studios, a famous recording studio in New York City, where The Hooters would be among the last musicians to record there before it closed down in 1988. A melodic song and rarely heard was a treat for the fans. The next song has long been a favorite of mine. Especially because Eric has a sax solo intro and then another solo near the end of the song. Every time he brings his sax to a gig, you as a fan hope they play the title track from their 2x Multi Platinum 1985 National debut album Nervous Night, 'Nervous Night'. Something about this song screams party. It's a good energy, fun song that appropriately represents the atmosphere of the venue. It also sets up beautifully the bands most political song 'Blood From A Stone' (1983 Amore & 1985 Nervous Night). Another fan interaction song where the crowd just really enjoys singing along to the band. If you want to experience fun at a Hooters show, this is the song to experience.

The bands second encore treated fans to two songs from the 1983 Amore album. Starting with 'Birdman' which has one of the greatest guitar riffs ever and then a rarely performed version of 'Fightin' On The Same Side' This one defiantly has the ska influence and as previously stated has that Hooters sound. It's a classic song where the die hard fans appreciate the novelty of hearing it even if mainstream press feels the song is dated or the updated (1987 One Way Home) version has more substance. Earlier it was discussed how Rob and Eric were accomplished writers. They both have had success writing outside of the Hooters. Two of the biggest commercially successful songs they wrote for other artists were 'One of Us' by Eric for Joan Osborne and 'Time After Time' by Rob for Cyndi Lauper.

An exert from an interview, Bazilian said, "I wrote 'One of Us' one night — the quickest song I ever wrote — to impress a girl. Which worked, because we're married and have two kids. But we were in the middle of writing Joan's album, which was a group effort with Rick Chertoff and Joan and Rob and I, and I did a demo of 'One of Us,' this wacky little demo which I ended up putting as a hidden track on the CD of my first solo record (2000 The Optimist), and I played it for them. And it really hadn't even occurred to me that it was something that Joan might do, but Rick, in his wisdom, asked Joan if she thought she could sing it. And I think it was better that he asked it that way rather than 'Do you want to sing it?' Because the answer to that might not have been yes. But she definitely said she could sing it, and we did a little live demo of a guitar and her singing it. And when I got into my car and popped the cassette in, I started practicing the Grammy speech that I should've gotten to give."

"Time After Time" is a song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. It was recorded by Lauper for her debut studio album, She's So Unusual (1983), with Rob Hyman (co-writer), contributing backing vocals. The track was produced by Rick Chertoff and released as a single on January 27, 1984. It was the second single to be released from the album and became Lauper's first #1 hit in the U.S. The song was written in the album's final stages, after "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "She Bop" and "All Through the Night" had been written. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, referring to the 1979 science fiction film Time After Time.

The Hooters have played their versions of these songs for years and they finally released them on their 2010 EP Five By Five. An earlier live version of 'Time After Time' recorded live at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA on October 20, 1985 which sounded like the Cyndi Lauper version was released on the compilation album (1996 Hooterization: A Retrospective). It was also on the 1985 Nervous Night Video package which was a mix of videos and concert footage from the Tower Theatre. These are just two songs now usually played at the end of Hooters shows that the fans enjoy.

This brings us to the final song of the night. Now I am not vein enough to think that if I ask the guys to play something, they will. That said, I know I am appreciated by the band especially after receiving at shout out during the Ardmore show. Since the guys teased on social media that they might have a few surprises, I made a reference to my favorite Hooters song multiple times (see the pictures below). Rob said that they lost track of or forgotten songs over time so if my suggestion helped them to find and love again this song, then once again I am glad I could help. The band hasn't played this song live since the late 1980's. On this night, I was fortunate to be in the crowd to hear 'Washington's Day' (1987 One Way Home). Never released as a single and honestly not even a fan favorite but this one I always connected to. The music for 'Washington's Day' was written by Eric and Rob when they were on tour, while producer Rick Chertoff and a longtime friend from Arista Records, Willie Nile, wrote the lyrics. This song is said to be Bob Dylan's favorite Hooters song. It was a perfect way to end a perfect night at the Keswick Theatre.

The show ran for two hours and 15 minutes minutes. They played 26 songs that covered their entire catalogue and some covers. The break down is 5 songs from Amore (1983), 8 songs from Nervous Night (1985) (4 songs appeared on both Amore and Nervous Night), 4 songs from One Way Home (10987), 2 songs from Zig Zag (1989), 2 songs from Out of Body (1993), 3 songs from Time Stand Still (2007), 2 songs from Five By Five (2010), 2 songs from Hooterization: A Retrospective (1996) and 1 cover. This was a special show to celebrate my 50th time seeing them live.

Tommy Williams & John Lilley

Tommy Williams, Fran Smith
David Uosikkinen
& Eric Bazilian

Tommy Williams, John Lilley, Eric Bazilian
Rob Hyman, David Uosikkinen
& Fran Smith

Tommy Williams, John Lilley
& Fran Smith
My Tweets & FB post petitioning to hear 'Washington's Day' (Guess it worked!)

David Uosikkinen
Some post show posts. Very Cool


Missed the show? Check out these YouTube Videos
I'm Alive Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds
Washington's Day   Day By Day
And We Danced   Boys of Summer
Satellite   Give The Music Back
Birdman   Karla with A "K"
Beat Up Guitar (from Sat Nov 7)   Amore
Private Emotion (from Sat Nov 7)   Where Do The Children Go & Karla story
One of Us   Johnny B
All You Zombies   Hanging On A Heartbeat
Nervous Night & Blood From A Stone