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Pat Boone

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The legendary Pat Boone performed a concert to a sold out crowd Sunday night in Thunder Valley Casino’s Pano Hall. Pat Boone is a singer, songwriter and actor, but that is not all. He also claims to be the great, great, great, great (yes, that’s four greats) grandson of the famous American explorer and adventurer Daniel Boone.

Pat Boone sold millions of records during his career, and was even the second most popular singer of the late 50’s. He was second to, you guessed it, Elvis Presley. In fact, right before hitting it big, Elvis opened for one of Boone’s concerts. You may also have heard of Debby Boone, one of Pat Boone’s daughters, who had the number one selling record in 1977. The record included “You Light Up My Life,” a number one hit for ten weeks straight.

The show started with a number of introduction videos. Unfortunately, about a quarter of the way into the clips, the audio missed a beat and was out of sync for the remainder of the introduction. While Boone sang a few songs, including TuttiFruiti, the majority of the show was Boone narrating a compilation of video clips highlighting his career.

Boone ended the evening with a song he wrote in response to a court case in California. The case deliberated the removal of the phrase “under God” from The Pledge of Allegiance. The song, “Under God,” was well received by the audience. Way to work politics into a concert Pat!

The show was a little heavy on video clips and light on performance.
After the show, I talked to Pat Wagner, who was a Pat Boone fan while growing up. Wagner told me she really enjoyed the show and found the clips of his career entertaining, but she thought that it was a bit slow at times. She would have liked to see Boone perform a few more songs.

This was Boone’s first concert in this format. Following the show, his team was seen asking audience members how they could improve future performances. This being said, future shows might have a better balance of videos and live performance.

If you are interested in finding out more about Pat Boone, you can check him out at

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Eric Clapton Arrives . . .

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Finally! Eric Clapton performed (a little late) to a full house Thursday night at the newly renamed Power Balance Pavilion. But it was worth the wait!

Los Lobos began their set just after 7:30 p.m. and played for over an hour due to Clapton’s late arrival. The crowd was mostly calm during the set of Los Lobos, but one could sense the tension building the longer they played. Once Clapton finally arrived on stage with his trademark Stratocaster, the crowd broke into a frenzy.

It was classic Clapton from the moment he stepped onto the stage, starting with “Key to the Highway” and “Going Down Slow.” He performed several acoustic songs, including “Layla,” but the biggest disappointment of the night was that he didn’t perform “Tears In Heaven,” my personal favorite.


Clapton’s set-list:
“Key to the Highway”
“Going Down Slow”
“Hoochie Coochie Man”
“Old Love”
“I Shot the Sheriff”
“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”
“River Runs Deep”
“Same Old Blues”
“When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful”
“Layla” ““ seated Gibson ES 335
“Wonderful Tonight”
“Before You Accuse Me”
“Little Queen of Spades”
“Further on up the Road”

Clapton was accompanied by Willie Weeks on bass, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on keyboards, Steve Gadd on drums, and Sharon White and Michelle John on vocals.

A strange thing happened to me on the way to the concert. As I was driving to the Power Balance Pavilion, formerly known as Arco Arena, I heard Sacramento Press Editor in Chief David Watts Barton talking about some guy named Clapton on KFBK. OMG! I was on my way to see the very same guy for the Sac Press! How strange is that? Barton was talking about how Clapton was the first act at the Sacramento Sports Arena (sometimes referred to as the Original Arco Arena), the Arco Arena, and now the Power Balance Pavilion. At least that’s what I thought I heard since I only caught the tail end of the conversation. By the way, David, you give good radio.

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