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Grand Casino Amphitheater, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA, June 2016

Jeff Kunze: Photos by Emilee Franklin

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Hey Mr Tambourine Man...

Fans poured into the Grand Casino Amphitheater after a storm delayed the event for around 45 minutes and despite this, there was a big anticipation and excitement in the air.

From the opening notes of 'Oblivion', The Winery Dogs commanded your attention. Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, and Richie Kotzen comprise the all-star band and they cruised through 'Captain Love', 'Hot Streak' and 'How Long' with polished precision.

Kotzen and Sheehan were trading off amazing licks that lace their songs while Portnoy is a monster behind the kit and delivers some entertaining antics while he drums. Along with pulling off the instrumentation, vocally those three nailed the harmonies to perfection. The set ended on the rousing 'Elevate' and I couldn't have asked for anything more.

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Bad Company hit the stage with 'Live For The Music', 'Gone, Gone, Gone' and fan favourite 'Feel Like Makin' Love'. The ringleader, vocalist Paul Rodgers, was spot on, as was the whole band.

Filling out the sound were Simon Kirke (drums), Howard Leese (guitar), Todd Ronning (bass) and guest guitarist Rich Robinson from The Black Crowes. The energy revved up on 'Ready For Love' and perhaps the highlight of the evening, 'Shooting Star'.

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Ronning with the pack...

Rodgers worked the crowd hard while orchestrating a giant sing-along of the chorus and the band closed the set with the classic cuts 'Can't Get Enough' and 'Rock N' Roll Fantasy'. The lights dimmed until the iconic piano intro of 'Bad Company' spilled over the crowd to start the encore. This song still packs an emotional punch and sounded as fresh as ever. Closing the show with 'Rock Steady' gave the fans one last chance to roar with approval.

Overall it was a great night of music and I want to thank Grand Casino Hinckley for the hospitality they gave MetalTalk in their excellent amphitheater. This venue has become one of my favourite locations for concerts as the sound is simply incredible, the stage is large and the seating layout allows for great sightlines no matter where you are seated.

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PR looks younger than he did ten years ago...

Anybody that loves that 80s hair Metal vibe should look at the big two-day event called The Grand RockTember Festival IV that is held by the Grand Casino Amphitheater. The line-up features Vince Neil, Tom Keifer, Queensryche, Stryper, and Night Ranger along with many others. Definitely two days of great music.

The Winery Dogs Setlist:
1. Oblivion
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
5. Time Machine
6. I'm No Angel
7. Desire
8. Elevate

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Sheer (han) class...

Bad Company Setlist:
1. Live For The Music
2. Gone, Gone, Gone
3. Feel Like Makin' Love
4. Electricland
5. Ready For Love
6. Man Needs A Woman
7. Burnin' Sky
8. Running With The Pack
9. Moving On
10. Shooting Star
11. Can't Get Enough
12. Rock N' Roll Fantasy
13. Bad Company
14. Rock Steady

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Any Port (noy) in a storm...

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It's a Dog's life for Richie Kotzen...

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