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