Monday, July 16, 2007

DIAMOND RIO @ The Canyon

It's not often that a "name" act plays here in my local area, but in the past month, I've now had the pleasure of having to travel less than five miles to see two of my favorite acts... Last month, the Christian/rock band Lifehouse played at the local Best Buy here in Thousand Oaks to a very nice crowd. Last night, Country stars Diamond Rio played in front of a very appreciative audience in the Canyon Club in Agoura.

The concert started right after 8pm... The boys opened with "Beautiful Mess," and played all of their big hits including "One More Day", "In A Week Or Two," "Love A Little Stronger," "Unbelieveable" and "I Believe." Lead singer Marty Roe interacted with the audience a lot in their set of songs which hit the chord of so everyone in attendance... For those of you not familiar with them, their selection is varied - from songs of love and loss, to songs about faith and just others that are just plain old fashioned fun!!! There really was really something for everyone there last night. Several of the band members had rousing solos on their guitars as well... actually they had so many guitars, banjos and other similar instruments, it almost seemed as though they had a musical wardrobe!!!

Just after 9pm, they closed their set with their first hit, "Meet in The Middle." The crowd of 500 or so gave them a rousing ovation, so they came out for an encore... Marty talked a couple of minutes about what would be their closing song for the night - a song about patriotism, values, and faith... one that everyone in the audience wildly cheered for even before the first lyric was played... The song "In God We Still Trust" off their second Greatest Hits never really been given the light of day by the music industry for some reason. Even a video was cut for it, which the major video outlets refused to play... The audience cheered non-stop as they broke into the song... it was perhaps the finest moment of the night. And with that the performance was over. Though it had been over four years since the band performed in Southern California, it was obvious the crowd still loved them very much... definitely a must see, and the fact that it was in such an intimate setting made it an unforgettable experience for all!


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