Monday, July 16, 2012

Concert Review: Cinderella and American Dog @ LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH (6/30/10)

This was a fluke. Originally, the line-up was supposed to be Scorpions and Cinderella, but someone in Scorpions had an illness and had to cancel, which I wasn’t too concerned about because I didn’t buy tickets in the first place.

Then it was announced Cinderella would be playing a free show with a regional band, American Dog, opening up. Free show! Now I’m in, as were a bunch of friends, and getting off work from our respective jobs, headed down to the LC Pavilion. Along the way, we discovered that within about a half-square mile there was also a Columbus Clippers game starting around the same time, as well as a Michael Buble concert at Nationwide Arena. The sidewalks were packed with three very different groups of people converging almost on the same spot – casually dressed baseball fans, acid washed jeans and black t-shirt hair metal fans, and well dressed Buble concert goers. Very odd scene, to say the least.

American Dog opened up and were fine, sort of like Lynyrd Skynyrd filtered through Motorhead, but the people watching was the main event at first. It seemed a free show brought out every stereotype of rock and metal you could imagine, and the lack of cash spent on tickets meant more money spent on beer.

Cinderella, who I had seen ten years earlier for the first time and been won over quickly, played a hit-filled set with little b.s. and lots of rock. That didn’t stop a few over imbibed drunks in the crowd from starting fights, which we watched with the amusement from the lawn.

CINDERELLA SETLIST
Second Wind
Push Push
Somebody Save Me
Last Mile
Night Songs
Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At The Seams
Heartbreak Station
Coming Home
Shelter Me
Nobody’s Fool
Gypsy Road
Encore:
Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)
Shake Me