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We saw Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday Night at the Bright House Amphitheater in Bakersfield, CA—WOW—What a SHOW—if you have not seen them then by all means do so!

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We saw Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday Night—WOW—what a show!
Bakersfield, CA, 05-21-2016 Saturday: We have numerous wonderful concert halls, venues, and of course, the mighty Rabobank Arena in downtown Bakersfield, California.  We have been extremely fortunate to see some major acts come to the city and we are going to have an all-time great season this summer, I can assure you. 
On Thursday night, we had the amazing opportunity to see Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Bright House Amphitheater, which has undergone new refurbishing such as reducing the moat in front of the stage and increasing the seating.  There is not a bad seat in the house unless you choose to sit on the grass high up on the hill and there, you deal with the chiggers and the mosquitoes.    Anyhow, the Bright House is a stunning setting for major concerts and the Thursday night show was absolutely mindboggling, it left us stunned, somewhat deaf, and speechless!   
We arrived fairly early around 7:00 P.M. and my hubby and I were somewhat concerned that the place was not already at full capacity.  In fact, it was about 15-20 minutes before show time, people began filing in, filling the place up, and by the time the band came on stage, it was at full rocking capacity.  The energy in the audience was fantastic; it was as though it was the good old days of pulling double shifts and the chef dropped a handful of bennies into our hand.  Granted, I no longer do that nor would I but those days linger in my mind as fond memories.   
Back to reality, Lynyrd Skynyrd came on at 8:00 P.M. and took the crowd to rock-and-roll paradise.  There were all ages present for the show and the band rocked through its hits, big and small, driving the crowd to ecstasy with each chord.  It was clear the band was having the time of its life, as the smiles were big and frequent.  As the set list continued, the band became even more enlivened to the point that when they finally left the stage prior to the encore, the crowd was going insane. 
After several minutes, the band returned to the stage and gave the audience a stirring rendition of “Free Bird,” a song that must have gone on for about 15-20 minutes.  By the time the show ended, the fans begged for more but to no avail as the city of Bakersfield has some curfew rules that do not permit shows at the Bright House to go beyond 10 o’clock or so.  I have to say, who was looking at the time? 
The band performed all of their hits and then some.  The ones I can remember are “Gimmie Three Steps,” “Workin’ for MCA,” “Truck Drivin’ Man,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimmie Back my Bullets,” “What’s Your Name,” “That Smell,” “Call me the Breeze,” and of course, the aforementioned “Free Bird.”  They also performed a tribute to the late great Merle Haggard so we had the pleasure of hearing the crème de la crème of the group’s catalog and then some with the tribute.
One of the things that we found delightful was the proud display of patriotic Americanism.  The group praised the troops; they gave thanks to the Lord, and during “Sweet Home Alabama,” the Confederate flag finally made its appearance but in a respectful way.  Vocalist Johnny Van Zant displayed it on his microphone stand but not in a way that might irritate or infuriate some dumb-assed leftist piece of trash but I doubt we had any of those at the show Thursday night.  I am sure because it was a “Southern rock band,’ the lefties stayed away so as not to allow themselves be offended or get an ass-whooping from the crowd.
Besides Johnny Van Zant, the band also included original member Gary Rossington (guitars), as well as longtime member Rickey Medlocke (guitars), among others.  The fact that this band which was climbing the ladder to massive success a la the Allman Brothers Band but lost it all for a decade, 1977-1987, and was able to come back from losing it is remarkable. 
For those of you who do not recall, the band’s chartered airplane crashed into a forested area in Mississippi, on the night of October 20, 1977.  It did so because the plane had a faulty engine, which caused them to run low on fuel and to seek a closer airport than the one to which, they were heading in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Several people lost their lives including original vocalist and brother of Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie, as well as guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, Cassie along with some of the crew including the pilots.  It was a horrible tragedy and the remaining members of the band and crew all required time to recover from their injuries.
The thing that was staggering is that three days prior to the crash, the band released its latest album, “Street Survivors,” which depicted the band aflame on the front of the jacket.  It was one of those strange signs from rock-and-roll history that something was about to happen to the group that would forever change its course in rock-and-roll history.  The plane crash did just that.
Nevertheless, Gary Rossington is the only original member of the group left but one would never know that as the harmony existing between the musicians is phenomenal.  They have played the songs they did in the Bright House show for so long, it is second nature for them and yet, they still have the ability that very few bands other than the Grateful Dead had to vary them, giving the audiences new and special glimpses into their musical workings. 
Anyhow, we certainly hope we will be able to see them again but in the upcoming months, Kenny Rodgers, UB40, Ziggy Marley, and the Beach Boys among others will come to the Bright House and perform for the enthusiastic crowds that Bakersfield always seems to generate. 
What’s more, we will also see Boz Scaggs return to Bakersfield late in the summer and then in September, we will see Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus hit town as they do every year.  However, this will be the first time we will see the circus sans the elephants. 
What I have to say about that is that how soon is it going to be before the dimwitted animal rights ‘activists’ begin bitching, whining, and moaning, little bitches that they are, about the ‘lions and tigers,’ then ‘the horses, camels, and even the dogs?’  I say we round up the losers protesting phony animal mistreatment and hand them over to some good old boys out in Oildale, CA, and allow them to beat the living snot out of them.  It might educate the punks to the rigors of living in the REAL WORLD.
Tomorrow, I will present the classic albums of this amazing band because I hate to say it; I have a BUSY weekend and need to take some time off to do the work the restaurant requires me to do.  Do not miss it!       
Thank you!
Goldfish
Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara
Cook IV Institutional Chef, CWC, ACF Chefs’ Association of the San Joaquin Valley CA123


This is me back in 1977 when I was working at the Hilton Inn in Bakersfield, CA, on Rosedale Highway.  In the 1980’s, it was the Red Lion Inn but back then, I was the night sous chef and ran the cook's line at the age of 24.  I’ve had the privilege of working in Texas, Arizona, and elsewhere in California but have always returned home to Bakersfield.  Currently, I am at one of the five country clubs.
Chef Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara writes from Bakersfield, CA.

Chef Goldie “Goldfish” McNamara is a liberal Republican.

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05-21-2016 S Miscellaneous Articles Index, Part XXXV: “We saw Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday Night at the Bright House Amphitheater in Bakersfield, CA—WOW—What a SHOW—if you have not seen them then by all means do so!” by Chef Goldie McNamara.    
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TODAY IN HISTORY—MAY 21, 2016:


The Animals, the Kinks, and the Sons of Champlin:

  1. 996: Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III, German emperor.
  2. 1471: King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.
  3. 1542: Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
  4. 1553: English Lady Jane Grey marries Guildford Dudley.
  5. 1832: The first Democratic National Convention takes place in Ohio.
  6. 1840: New Zealand becomes a British Colony.
  7. 1856: Pro-slavery forces sack and burn Lawrence, Kansas.
  8. 1861: Richmond, Virginia, becomes the capital of the Confederate States of America.
  9. 1863: The Siege of Fort Hudson, Louisiana, begins during the Civil War.
  10. 1881: Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
  11. 1891: Boxers Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds.
  12. 1906: The U.S. and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande.  The United States has increasingly diverted the water from the river to irrigate cropland.
  13. 1908: The first horror movie, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” premieres in Chicago, Illinois.
  14. 1914: The Greyhound Bus Co. begins operation in Minnesota.
  15. 1917: The Great Fire of Atlanta displaces at least 10,000 people but there is only ONE fatality.
  16. 1918: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill, which will give women the right to vote.
  17. 1924: In a case that drew much notoriety, 14-year-old Bobbie Franks was murdered in a “thrill killing’ carried out by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb who was Bobby’s cousin.  Both men received life sentences; however, a fellow inmate killed Loeb in 1936 while Leopold won parole in 1958 and died in 1971.
  18. 1927: Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 33.5 hours.
  19. 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.
  20. 1941: A German U-Boat sank the American merchant steamship SS Robin Moor in the South Atlantic after the ship’s passengers and crew were allowed to board lifeboats.
  21. 1942: British convoy PQ16 departs for Russia.
  22. 1943: John Dalton, the bassist of the British invasion band, the Kinks (following the departure of Peter Quaife) is born on this date in history.  What’s more, Hilton Valentine, lead guitarist of the Animals was also born in England on this date.
  23. 1945: Movie stars Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart wed.  Meanwhile, the British capture former SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler posing as a German private.
  24. 1947: Future keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist, Bill Champlin, with the Sons of Champlin and then later, Chicago, and back to the Sons was born in Oakland, California on this date.
  25. 1956: The United States exploded its first airborne hydrogen bomb over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
  26. 1966: In the 6th Round of their heavyweight title fight, Muhammad Ali scores a technical knockout of Henry Cooper.
  27. 1968: The nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion with a crew of 99 men reportedly goes missing.  Searchers find it at the bottom of the sea off the Azores.
  28. 1969: Robert Kennedy’s murderer, Sirhan B. Sirhan, receives a death sentence; however, the courts later commute it to life in prison.
  29. 1972: Wielding a hammer, a man shouting he was “Jesus Christ” damaged Michelangelo’s Pieta, while on display at the Vatican City.
  30. 1980: Ensign Jean Marie Butler becomes the first woman to graduate from a U.S. service academy.
  31. 1982: During the Falklands War, British amphibious forces landed on the beach at San Carlos Bay.
  32. 1994: South Yemen secedes from Yemen.
  33. 1996: Ken Griffey, Jr., becomes the 8th youngest Major League player to hit 200 home runs.  Meanwhile, Red Sox pitcher, Roger Clemens beats the New York Yankees for his 200th career win.
  34. 1998: Teen gunman Kip Kinkel opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students, a day after he had killed his parents.  Following his trial, Kinkel was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.   
  35. 2011: Christian radio broadcaster, Harold Camping, predicts that at 6:00 p.m. around the world, the Rapture for all Christians would begin.  We guess it did not!
  36. 2013: In the British House of Commons, the Marriage Bill, which legalizes same-sex marriages in England and in Wales, passes and moves on to the other half of Parliament.
  37. 2014: The Chinese and Russian state energy companies, Gazprom and CPNC, respectively, have entered a deal for Russia to supply China with natural gas; the deal provides a market for Russian gas as European countries seek to reduce their dependence due to Russia's criminal actions in the Crimea and the UkraineCommunists always take care of other Communists.
  38. 2015: After an oil pipeline burst two days previously, cleanup at Refugio Beach on the California coastline continues unabated.  Approximately 21,000 gallons flowed out to sea while another 105,000 gallons on the land.  




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