Easy Rider Live

I had some good motorcycle related fun this weekend! Friday night Jillian got tickets to see Easy Rider Live at Radio City Music Hall. This event was something Peter Fonda had been working on and hoped to have attended. In fact, his last Instagram post was promoting this special evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movie’s release.

As the film was played, the original soundtrack was performed live by some of the original artists. It was a great event. Not only that but when we went up to the mezzanine to be seated, we were handed tickets for orchestra seats. We got bumped up! Right On!

To the left and right of the stage in the photo below, they displayed Peter Fonda’s last post. @fondstagram

John Kay of Steppenwolf came out and opened the credits with Born To Be Wild followed by The Pusher. As the songs ran long the film would be paused and darkened so the band could continue rocking out. It was like seeing the film in chapters with live music. And what a treat to see John Kay.

Below is a film clip to give you a little taste of what it was like.

There were three horns blasting out When The Saints Go Marching In as you may have seen in the video above. Nicole Atkins sang The Band’s The Weight. Guitarist Tash Neal and a seasoned band backed everyone up and did a ripping version of Jimi Hendrix’s If 6 was 9. Roger McGuinn of the Byrds closed out the movie’s last two songs, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) and Ballad of Easy Rider. Then after the heavy ending, John Kay came out again saying he wanted the show to end on a more upbeat note, so he sang Magic Carpet Ride. 

The show really flowed nicely. Great performances. Well put together. A real treat! Thanks Jillian!

One Response to “Easy Rider Live”

  1. A great show with a beautiful companion! Doesn’t get much better than that!

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