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America’s 40th Anniversary Tour

May 29th, 2010 · 2 Comments


Last night Mom, Bob, Patrick and I went to see America in concert.  Talk about memories!  Two of the three original members who started the group, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, graduated from high school in 1969 and by the following year were playing their first gigs as the group, America.  Michael Woods (guitar/keyboard) and Willie Leacox (drums) have been with America for more than 35 years.  Richard Campbell (bass guitar) rounds out the group.  All three of these guys are extraordinary musicians in their own right.  They’re so talented; definitely an understatement!!!

PatrickMom and I early birds at the concert!

The night was a mix of good and bad.  Good memories, bad acoustics.  It was the first time I had ever attended a concert at the music hall in the Carnegie Library of Homestead, but the sound was horrible.  It ruined a good part of our evening, afterall when you attend a concert, it’s to hear the music!  The too loud muffled acoustics made it impossible to understand the lyrics.  Not so much a problem for Bob, Patrick and myself, since we knew most of the words by heart, but for someone like mom, she couldn’t make out heads or tails of what was being sung.


The evening started out slow, afterall these guys are no longer the young kids that we once knew, but who was I kidding, neither were we!  The audience was made up of mostly baby boomers who grew up with America.  We were the teenagers who use to sing A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, and Muskrat Love!


I asked myself, were we sitting here because we were now refined adults or were we just too tired after a days work to find the energy to get up on our feet and jam a little?


Whatever the reason, not much was happening until almost the end of the show.  After Willie’s drum solo people stood up to give him a standing ovation and must have thought, might as well stay standing and stretch a little now that I’m up, and that’s when all of us began to feel the music.  For two or three songs we were on our feet jamming along like when we were young teenagers and then all too soon the concert was over.  As an encore they played the well awaited song, A Horse With No Name, but Muskrat Love wasn’t even a part of their repertoire.  And so the night ended.

Bob with Dewey and Jerry!

After the concert, Bob had them sign his cd and I took a photo of the three of them.  I think if they hadn’t played Ventura Highway (my favorite song of theirs) I would have complained and asked for my money back.  With the sound being so bad, I was already thinking about it, but then I thought how wonderful it was to be at a concert with my mom – 87 years young – and the night was perfect!

Gerry and Dewey

Maya Muses:  40 years of these two guys jamming together.  40 years gone by so quickly.  We were 18 years young and then old before we knew it.  Where did the time go?  Memories – so many memories….

Dan Peek, Gerry Beckley, and Dewey Bunnell

Mom with Dewey and Jerry!
Mom getting ready to go talk to the guys!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Entertainment · Special Moments

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick // May 30, 2010 at 1:38 am

    A great evening. Those guys are top musicians , not only for the beautiful music but also for the love those guys have for their audience. I was watching them signing cds, books, posters and T-shirts. They had smiles on their faces all the time and were very nice with everyone. Hat off guys, I love you even more now.
    You are real gentlemen…..and after a long very hot evening that commands respect. Thank you very much

  • 2 Lynn // May 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    You’re right, Cheri, they were great and it was wonderful having mom there!!!

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