The Platinum Rock All Stars, comprised of some of the most recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll history, with pedigrees befitting rock royalty; delivered an Arena Rock Tour de Force to adoring fans at the Arcada Theatre on Saturday, October 22nd, in St. Charles, Illinois. No matter which of their favorite artists fans were there to see, they stood in unison, in appreciation, giving a standing ovation before, during, and after each song performance, in deference to their favorite ‘rock gods’; Geoff Downes of Yes, ASIA, and The Buggles on keyboards; Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, and Rod Stewart on drums; Gene Cornish of The Rascals on guitar; Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Blue Öyster Cult on bass; Phil Naro of Peter Criss’ KISS Army, and Talas on vocals and guitar; and, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses on guitar. Creatively talented world-renowned consummate professionals they all are, skillfully adept on their instruments, some of the aforementioned were original members of the bands responsible for writing and performing the evenings most recognizable tracks in the recording studio, who now found themselves standing side by side with journeymen musicians who performed their take on historical parts to songs already given.
From the very first note, The Platinum Rock All Stars welcomed concertgoers into their rock ‘n’ roll jungle, capturing the hearts and blistering the ears of fans who literally lost their collective minds during the nearly 105 minute onslaught of hit song, after hit song, after hit song, of pure classic rock ‘n’ roll. So much excitement surrounded the concert, as Gene Cornish of The Rascals briefly touched upon in his greeting from the stage, “How Ya Doin’ Everybody? Hey, the Cubs are winning! It is my great pleasure, this is our very first American date so you are our very first audience in America! Thank you so much for coming!” What more could anyone ask for in one evening; having an opportunity to hang out with ‘rock gods’, watch them perform what would be their first and only American concert, listen to their historically successful rock songs, while our Chicago Cubs were on the big screen TVs attempting to win and advance to the World Series! Not a bad Saturday evening.
As the evening progressed, band members showcased their individual and collective talents that led to moments of pure musical brilliance. Individually, Geoff Downes showcased his dexterity on the keyboards with a killer lead on “People Got To Be Free” – The Rascals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal had a cool guitar solo on “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne, and Carmine Appice had a powerful drum solo on “Do You Think I’m Sexy” – Rod Stewart. Collectively, The Platinum Rock All Stars turned “You Better Run” – The Young Rascals, “Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles, “Groovin‘” – The Rascals, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” – Yes, “People Got to Be Free” – The Rascals, “Heat of the Moment” – ASIA, and “Good Lovin’” – The Rascals into band highlights. There were a few memorable fan participation moments as well, loud call and answer during the chorus of “You Keep Me Hanging On” – Vanilla Fudge, another loud call and answer during the chorus of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses, and a full sing-along of “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake.
The most poignant moment of the evening came when Rudy Sarzo and Phil Naro led the Quiet Riot rock anthem, “Cum On Feel The Noize” as our Chicago Cubs were viewable on the two big TV screens playing for the right to go to the World Series. To think these ‘rock gods’ could simply turn back the Cubs Curse with this head-banger…hmmm, it certainly seemed to work as we communally yelled our heads off for that first out of the ninth inning. Then, Gene Cornish led his hit song, “Groovin’“, made famous by his group The Rascals, and if by some magical coincidence, “Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon” soon became “Groovin’ on a Saturday Evening”, as Groovin’ we indeed were…cheering that glorious double play sending our Chicago Cubs into the World Series!
Organized and developed by forty-year entertainment industry veteran, Bruce Pilato, (who has worked with many of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll including Ringo Starr) and presented by Ron Onesti, owner of Onesti Entertainment Corporation and operator of the 900-seat Arcada Theatre, The Platinum Rock All Stars delivered an enthusiastic, highly energetic, and free-spirited evening of entertainment, cramming as many of their ‘arena rock’ favorites into the venue as they could, shakin’ its walls while threatening to let loose the hair on many heads. Well attended by the over-50 age group; I found myself entering the Arcada Theatre with a full head of long-manned rock ‘n’ roll hair, but by the time The Platinum Rock All Stars were done with me, I departed the Arcada Theatre completely bald from the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll head boppin’ experience!
I indeed had fun…as did all in attendance!
Platinum Rock All Stars Setlist:
“Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
“You Better Run” – The Young Rascals
“Hot Legs” – Rod Stewart
“Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles
“You Keep Me Hanging On” – Vanilla Fudge
“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses
“Cum On Feel The Noize” – Quiet Riot
“Groovin‘” – The Rascals
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” – Yes
“Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
“People Got to Be Free” – The Rascals
“Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” – Rod Stewart
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
“Heat of the Moment” – ASIA
“Good Lovin’” – The Rascals