Yes, it’s hot and crowded, but I still find myself down at Riverbend every year fighting the crowds but enjoying great entertainment. Last night’s performance of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” by The Waybacks with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra with special guests Joan Osborne, John Cowan, and Jens Kruger was by far one of the greatest gifts that Riverbend has ever offered.
I’m sorry the crowd was a little light last night because you missed the best, and the CSO’s accompaniment was stellar. My only regret was that Jens Kruger wasn’t spotlighted as much as I would have liked. Well done Riverbend.
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I agree that musically this was one of the finer evenings I have spent at Riverbend in the last 15 years. I do, however, take exception to the hype regarding this as a one-time special performance of a classic rock album.
Exception number one: nothing against The Beatles, but as a group they were pop musicians, not rock musicians.
Exception number two: this was a one time only performance only if you take into account the addition of the extremely talented Joan Osborne, John Cowan and the equally talented Chattanooga Symphony. The Waybacks performed Abbey Road in early May with Jens Kruger and a few other special guests at MerleFest.
I guess that I was just a bit disappointed as I was expecting something along the lines of Tommy or The Dark Side of the Moon or Their Satanic Majesties Request or The Wall. Just my humble opinion.