Wednesday, March 19, 2008

MTV Spring Break '87: Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Ever think you'd hear college girls on MTV's Daytona Beach Spring Break screaming for Bruce Hornsby and The Range after Bruce announces that the band is about to play 'Mandolin Rain'? Me either. But it happened...on April 18, 1987, three years before he joined the Grateful Dead after the death of Brent Mydland.

Wolfgang's Vault delivers an excellent recording of the entire show. The setlist includes an almost 12 minute 'The Red Plains/I Know You Rider' and 8-minute+ versions of 'Mandolin Rain' and 'The Way It Is'. The original incarnation of The Range is featured here with none other than Phil's Friend John Molo on drums.

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the first day of spring tomorrow than this gem.

Listen to the whole show here, courtesy of live concert goldmine Wolfgang's Vault.

Bruce is touring with bluegrass stalwart Ricky Skaggs this summer, as they will no doubt be playing tunes off of their recent joint album.

1 comment:

Barbara - Layla said...

I love Wofgang's Vault!!!

I also love Bruce H. Thanks for pointing this out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!