Monday, November 19, 2007

Beach Boys/Big & Rich/Steve Miller Band, Pierre, SD

September 15 and 16, 2006 was an unbelievable weekend in Pierre, South Dakota. As part of a huge ceremony dedicating the state's Vietnam War Memorial, the Beach Boys, Big and Rich, the Steve Miller Band, Red Willow Band, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited performed.

Here are the Beach Boys.

For me the chance to see and meet Mike Love and Bruce Johnston of the legendary Beach Boys was a big thrill (below).

One of the weirdest things I've seen backstage at a concert was when I walked into the dressing room and Mike Love had a large stack of dollar bills on an ironing board. Then I realized he was ironing them! I didn't ask...

Big and Rich (below) flew in special to perform their song "The Eighth of November," which is about a South Dakota Vietnam vet, during the ceremony and then fly out. I bet they weren't in town more than a couple hours.

The Red Willow Band is one of South Dakota's own that became legendary in the late 1970s and early 80s. Now they get together for a few shows every so often. Here are Chris Gage and Kenny Putnam, who at one time were in Roy Clark's touring band and the cast of the TV show "Hee Haw."

Creedence Clearwater Revisited are not quite the same as the original "Revival," but sound pretty darn good anyway.

The Steve Miller Band (below) finished off the two days with an incredible show at the high school football field in the shadow of the state capitol building.

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