Now this is more like it.
I’ve never really been a fan of the Flower Power Concert Series, or even many of the bands that have taken part in Eat to the Beat during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. But this is looking good.
I guess it’s a sign of my age. When I was 20, I don’t imagine any of my favorite bands would have been invited to play Epcot. Iron Maiden ripping it up in front of the American Adventure? I just dont’ see it.
I’ll list the bands below, with a comment – mainly because this is my blog and I can.
Note to attorneys representing any of these bands: I make no claim that these are the original lineups, or that these are the lineups that will appear at Epcot. The videos are just a representation of music that a band by that name may have been known for. (I got into a bit of trouble last year when some guy who used to be in the Guess Who got pissed and told his attorney to send me a nasty “take that Youtube video down” letter.)
9/28-9/30: Night Ranger – Oh yes. These guys can play, and they probably hit their peak when I was in high school, so it brings back great memories. They wrote some great songs, plus I loved the duos thing Jack Blades did with Tommy Shaw from Styx.
10/1-10/3: Sugar Ray – I’m ambivalent. I don’t really know much of their music. Mark seems funny enough, and I think Amy likes him.
10/4- 10/7: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas – If they play “We Built This City,” I’ll climb the Mexico pavilion and hurl myself off. (Though I do like “Find Your Way Back.”)
10/8-10/10: Boyz II Men – I’ve never been a fan. I don’t dislike them, I just don’t have any opinion. They certainly can harmonize though, eh?
10/11-10/12: Smash Mouth – Mmmmnah. Catchy original tunes and all, but there are a lot of covers in there that I’m not crazy about.
10/13-10/14: Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice” – I got to interview him for a story once. Nice enough. Not my style of music though.
10/15-10/17: Air Supply – *coughs*
10/18-10/19: Gin Blossoms – When I first started dating Amy, the song “Hey Jealousy” was pretty big. Brings me right back to those early days with my girlfriend/now wife.
10/20-10/21: Survivor – Yeah, sure, I guess if I was walking by I’d sit down and watch.
10/22-10/23: Hanson – Mock me if you will, but these guys can play, and that’s no joke. They were always tagged with the “Mmmbop” label, but you’d be shocked at how good they are. And yes, this is coming from a Motorhead fanatic. Also, did you know these guys have like a bajillion kids between them?
10/24-10/25: The Pointer Sisters – Not really interested. I’m just not into dance music. Besides, you don’t want to see me dance. You really don’t.
10/26-10/28: Sister Hazel – *looks out the window* *shrugs shoulders*
10/29-10/31: Billy Ocean – I saw a good chunk of his set last year, and I was shocked at how many songs I knew. He was a fun entertainer, but I wouldn’t go out of my way – only because again, it’s not my favorite music. Also, he got OLD since the 80s. Not like me.
11/1-11/2: 38 Special – Yes, absolutely. I’ve always like them. Southern rock with a commercial accessibility.
11/3-11/4: Howard Jones – Great songwriter. His songs got a little muddied up in 80s production, but boy this guy is good.
11/5-11/6: Blues Traveler – I’d fly to Disney JUST to see Blues Traveler. One of my favorite jam bands. Popper is a force.
Blues Traveler deserves two videos.
11/7-11/8: Dennis DeYoung, original member of the group STYX – I’d love to see him. I’ve always had a soft spot for Styx. I had an old cassette of “Grand Illusion” I wore out back in the early 80s.
11/9-11/11: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Love these guys. They owned the 90s swing thing. The thing that sets them apart is that they write/cover great songs.
Have you seen any bands that have been particularly great at Epcot? Who would you like to see?