Greatest show as I got back stage and on stage tickets. We were in the front row and when Sammy did the song "Dreams", he handed me the microphone and I got to sing with him for a couple of verses. That was a dream come true.....Sammy you're the best!!! "Can't be a Rock n Roll HOF with out Sammy inducted by hiimself!
This was my second show of the tour, 25th time seeing him overall, and first time for the onstage experience. It was more than I had hoped for. One of the greatest concert experiences of my life. Sharon who organized everything was great. We got our Waboritas, which were excellent by the way. After having a few beers before hand I had quite a nice little buzz going by the time Sammy and the band made there way in for photos. I know people always talk about what a nice guy Sammy is but it can't be said enough. He shook hands, signed pictures and CD's and hung around for a few minutes talking with everybody. Vic was especially cool. I told him I had seen him years ago with The Bus Boys at Radio City Music Hall. He laughed and said he remembered the show and was shocked that I had seen him there.
Being on stage was better than I expected. The sound was great and the view was amazing. I was a little worried about this show because it is in the middle of nowhere. Being in South Carolina I was afraid there would only be Skynyrd fans there but when the curtains opened the whole place was the on their feet. You could see plenty of Hagar fans and the best part was seeing all the guys in Skynyrd shirts getting into it. Turned out to be a great show. Sammy even said he was afraid because he never played here and didn't know if anyone would know his stuff. At one point they dropped the Cabo beach balls from above the stage but most of them fell into the pit between the stage and the fans so Sammy jumped in and threw them out to the people and wound up shaking hands with everybody and signing more stuff. That's just one of the things that makes him great and makes you want to see him over and over again. You never know what he is going to do. He then came up to the riser we were in and gave my wife a big hug. She may never be the same!
The show it self was great. Lots of energy. The band and the people had a great time. If you have not yet been onstage, do whatever you can to do it at least once. Sammy and the Wabo's rule!
Long awaited, eagerly anticipated and not to be forgotten best rock show I have been to in a long time. Nothing but praise for Sammy, Mona, Vic, David and Jessie and crew. Dark skies and a steady downpour didn't dampen our spirits or the wonderful show we witnessed.
Thank to everyone, we really enjoyed all the show goodies and stage fanatics shirts. Sammy thanks for your guitar pick and autograph.
A storm brewed on the horizon just before the show, a couple of our friends had stage tickets, and my son and I had front row. All we could think of was that storm coming our way. We were so scared that the show would get rained out since at this pavilion, there is NO COVER at all. However, closer to the show, it looked like we were going to get lucky and the storm would pass us by. Well, just as the opening band took the stage, it started spurting rain...OK...no problem...but it continued raining. Sammy took the stage and the rain really started coming down. Sammy and the Wabos didn't miss a beat...nothing could stop them!! It rained steadily throughout the entire show and never let up...neither did Sammy! It just seemed to put him in overdrive! At one point near the end a big bolt of lightening shot across the sky over us and Sammy, goes "WHoaaaaa Shit" and kept on playing!!! Although we were in Rebel country,there were just as many Sammy fans as Skynyrd and it seemed to be a great crowd all in all. (not that it was a "crowd" by no means...perhaps 2500-3000 people tops) We saw REO, Styx and Journey on Sunday at the same venue and the crowd was nothing like they were for Sammmy...everyone was on their feet and chanting Sammy, Sammy,Sammy!!!! The set list was basically the same...he switched up Finish What you Started with Eagles Fly.
My 10 year old son enjoyed his first Sammy concert. He wore a shirt that he made that said "RedRocker Kid" ...his idea and made a sign that said "Jr.RedHeads Rock with Sammy"... also his idea. Sammy gave him the thumbs up and pointed at him several times and Sammy also made sure he slapped his hand when he came down in the pit. Sammy also got down on his knees, gave me the biggest grin (ladies, you know the one) and gave me his two fingered kiss when he saw my shirt that had the "R" on the front with "It gets me by it keeps me high" written on the front. That totally made my night!!! Sammy also shed the glasses for this show, I guess due to the rain coming in on the stage. It was a blessing to see Sammy perform WITHOUT his shades!! Got to see those big brown eyes!! Whoo Hoo! Got some great pictures which I will post.
Even though it rained and we all got soaked to the bone, it was still quite a special Redtastic night!!! Front Row Dead Center with Sammy and the Wabos! What else can be said!!! One hell of a show!!! Thanks to Sammy and the Waboritas....you kicked rock'n roll ass!!!
-Mare Board (RedRockerGirl@webtv.net)
At the Carolina Ampitheatre in Marion, SC (Myrtle Beach area). Sam rocked the place despite a pathetic crowd turnout. The weather was bad and if 2000 were there it was a miracle. Sam was a great sport about it though. He came out and performed like it was a crowd of 20,000. He even told the rain-soaked faithful that they were some of the best fans he has seen on the tour. I got my $$ worth and then some!
Sammy, let me first apologize for the turn out for last evening's show, however, the beautiful thing about you and the band is that no matter what the conditions or turn out, you realize that we are old diehard Red Rockers and you aim to please. As the old saying goes, "Don't just sing it....bring it!" Sammy delivered. What an unbelievable performer. Talk about giving it maximum effort. He is the epitome of a true professional. The set was awesome, the band absolutely rocked, and the song list was right on. Nothing against Skynard, but, Sammy, go back to a solo show next year, so we can rock on with the Red Rocker longer into the night. The trip to Marion from Atlanta, GA was worth it! Sammy, last night's rock and roll experience was definitely top shelf just like some of your finest tequila. Cheers!