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Show Review: Kickin’ It With Paul Revere and the Raiders

Rocking the Grand Theater at Atlantic Club with classic cuts and holiday favorites

By Lori Hoffman
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Paul Revere.

Photo by Lori Hoffman

Just shy of his 76th birthday, Paul Revere is still getting a kick out of playing music and entertaining fans after 55 years in the business. He and his band of Raiders took to the stage at the Atlantic Club and presented an enjoyable night of classic hit songs from the band, revved up holiday favorites and plenty of humor in the mix. A Paul Revere show is about half music and half comedy routine and both deliver.

Ever the trouper, Revere revealed during the show that he was suffering from a torn rotator cuff which is why he was playing his keyboard wearing a sling. It didn’t slow him down in the least, since he is content to be the ringmaster at the controls of his car-shaped keyboard, letting his energetic and talented six bandmates do the running and jumping around, in particular the versatile lead singer Darren Dowler.

The band still dresses in the style of Revolutionary War uniforms that were a trademark in the 1960s when the Raiders proved to be an effective American counterpart to the British invasion (the musical one of course, although Revere brandishes a pistol as a running gag).

The evening began with a Raiders hit, “Just Like Me” followed by “Jingle Bell Rock,” a format adopted for the rest of the night. A terrific medley of “Steppin Out/(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” followed with Dowler (pictured} displaying his full tilt rock star mode. Later in the show he would demonstrate his versatility by doing tributes to Andy Williams, Louie Armstrong, Frankie Valli, Tom Jones and Elvis. He was good enough to be a one man' Legends in Concert.'

More great Raiders hits were on tap including “Hungry,” “Kicks” and the band’s biggest hit “Indian Reservation.” In the holiday division, the song highlights were “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” a full tilt boogie for “Santa’s Back” and “Run, Run Rudolph.”

Paul Revere and the Raiders have performed for the troops many times, and their show always includes a welcome home to the troops from the Vietnam era who were unfairly shunned in their day. Their tribute features a fantastic medley of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.”

The other members of the band are guitarist Doug Heath, bass guitar, Ron Foos, keyboards/vocals Danny Krause, guitarist Jamie Revere (Paul’s son) and drummer Tommy Scheckel.

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1. Diane said... on Dec 7, 2013 at 09:32PM

“very nice review, but the drummers name is Tommy Scheckel....FYI.. :-)

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2. LINDA GUSTOSO said... on Dec 8, 2013 at 09:36PM

“I am a big fan of Paul Revere and the Raiders. Went down to the Atlantic Club this Saturday, December 7th, and saw the show! Let me say this, from the start to the finish it was absolutely "STUNNING"! THE SHOW MADE YOU LAUGH, MADE YOU CRY, AND MADE YOU ROCK! PAUL REVERE'S MOMENTUM AND QUICK HUMOR HAD THE AUDIENCE IN STICTHES. THE BAND HAS THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS AND LEAD SINGER THAT BLOWS YOU AWAY AS HE IMITATES SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE SUCH AS ELVIS, SAMMY DAVIS JR., MICHAEL MCDONALD, TOM JONES, JUST TO NAME A FEW. THERE WAS LOVE IN THE AIR AS THEY GAVE HOMAGE TO THE VETERANS, THEY GAVE US WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TUNES AND WHAT CAN I SAY, EVEN AT 74, PAUL REVERE IS AND FOR EVER WILL BE THE MAD MAN OF ROCK AND ROLL, AND THAT NAME WILL BE HIS FOR ETERNITY. THANK YOU PAUL AND RAIDERS, THE BEST SHOW WITH BEST PERFORMERS YOU GUYS ROCK AND ROLL, AND NONE CAN COMPARE! MANY LOVE YOU, FOR YOU GIVE THE AUDIENCE A TASTE OF WHAT TALENT IS ALL ABOUT. CAN'T WAIT TILL YOU COME BACK TO A C”

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3. Bob Ferguson said... on Dec 9, 2013 at 01:41PM

“As always an enjoyable concert as the Raiders are one our favorites !!!!”

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