Radio station Kool 105 in Denver, Colorado annually puts on a night of music that celebrates the end of the summer. This years Kool Koncert 2018 featured opening band Tommy TuTone, followed by the Gin Blossoms, Loverboy, and headliner Rick Springfield. It was a night of fun and memorable music taken in by the many that packed the Pepsi Center, on Saturday September 22nd.
Tommy Tutone opened the night and performed a very short set to warm the audience. Tommy Heath continues to be the lead singer and ended with their biggest hit “867-5309/Jenny” from 1981.
Tempe, Arizona 90’s rockers the Gin Blossoms were up second and played through a set of their most popular hits that flooded the airways some three decades ago. The band delivered many of the songs from their breakout album New Miserable Experience from 1992. They hit all of the fan favorites that included “Found Out About You”, “Allison Road”,”Until I Fall Away”, and lead single “Hey Jealousy”. The Gin Blossoms are still led by vocalist Robin Wilson, guitarists Jess Valenzuela and Scott Johnson, bassist Bill Leen, and drummer Scott Hessel. The band recently released a new album titled Mixed Reality.
Canadian rockers Loverboy followed next and energized the crowd happily performed the arena rock anthems that still can be heard daily on multiple classic rock radio formats today. The band is still led by vocalist Mike Reno, still wearing his trademark headband, guitarist Paul Dean, bassist Ken Sinnaeve, drummer Matt Frenette, and keyboardist Doug Johnson. The set included the hits that spanned their first five studio albums including the Bon Jovi co-written “Notorious”, “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It”, “Queen Of The Broken Hearts”, “Hot Girls In Love”, and the hard rock anthem “Turn Me Loose”. Loverboy would close out with the audience rising to their feet loudly singing along the bands most popular song “Working For The Weekend”.
Rick Springfield still commands the stage decades into his career as a vocalist, songwriter, and performer. He is backed by a terrific band that includes the energetic bassist Siggy Sjursen, guitarist George Nastos, drummer Jorge Palacios, and Tim Gross on keyboards. Having released a staggering seventeen studio albums, the set list might disappoint some fans as there could be a few songs that are left out. Luckily the most popular and widely successful hits of his career would be featured including “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, “Affair Of The Hear”, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, and “Love Is Alright Tonite”. He understood the time constraints and mid way through played a medley of songs that included the Hard To Hold movie soundtrack pop hit “Bop ‘Til You Drop”, “Rock Of Life”, and “What Kind Of Fool Am I”. Springfield joked a couple times about when artists play a new song live “the audience gets up and goes and takes a pee”. Having recently released a new blues album, he turned his new song “The Voodoo House” into a audience participation sing along anthem to make sure the fans sat instead of walking out for a break. The set would not surprisingly end with loud cheers and singing along to his massive pop hit “Jessie’s Girl”. At 70 years old Rick Springfield is still recording and performing music at an incredible high level.