It turned out to be the perfect Tuesday evening for a concert featuring three rock bands from the 90s. On the way to see the Triple Play Series featuring the Counting Crows, Live, and Collective Soul at Classic Park stadium in Eastlake, OH, the rain threatened to ruin the evening but quickly subsided by the time I parked the vehicle.
As I walked through the parking lot to the overpass bridge my wife overheard a scalper state that the tickets were now buy one get one free. In my head I was agitated because I dropped $50 a ticket to see 3 bands that I used to adore when I was in high school. The ticket prices were dropped in an attempt to get more last minute fans to attend. Spending the extra dough did not matter though. My wife loves the Counting Crows and that was the whole reason I was there; to treat her and myself to a nice evening of music.
Collective Soul started the show with the sun shining and clearing skies. They sounded great and the crowd approved of such hits as “The World I Know“ and “December“. They really have not seemed to have lost their touch, the music was on point and the vocals seemed as strong as ever. They announced they were working on new material and I witnessed a couple fans twitch in excitement. Where as I am not a huge fan of the band I did enjoy their performance and soon it was over as they waved to their fans while exiting the stage. What I did not think was nice was the time they took the stage, 6:30 pm. The sun was still shining by the time their set list was complete.
Next up was Live. The York, Pennsylvania band took to the stage to the adoring fans most of which were introduced to them in the 90s. “I Alone” and “Lightning Crashes” seemed to bring the most out of the fans. Moms and Dads who used to rock out to them before they got married and had a mortgage threw their fists in the air showing their approval throughout the set. Live sounded fine until they covered Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line”. I really wish they would not have done that. It was a nice thought to cover such a song, but I feel as if they butchered the hell out of it. The fans did not seem to mind though, but I think that is because 80% of them had a few too many in them.