By Tim Landes
It has been just over three years since we opened The Joint.
In that time, the stage has been a temporary home to many of music’s greatest living performers, including Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Reba, Duran Duran, Blake Shelton, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson and, most recently, John Fogerty. (There are many more.)
I have attended at least 75 percent of the shows since we kicked it off with the Doobie Brothers in 2010, so I’ve witnessed a lot of really cool, unique moments.
There was the time Don Henley covered the Garth Brooks as Chris Gaines song “It Don’t Matter to the Sun,” which is one of my favorites from the Okie country legend.
Both Billy Currington and ZZ Top have introduced their dogs to The Joint audience during performances. (It was a huge hit both times.)
Matchbox 20 launched their arena tour at The Joint, meaning the band not only had an arena setup in the 2,700-seat theater, but they also spent the week here rehearsing for the tour.
Of course, the coolest moment I’ve seen at The Joint (and possibly anywhere) happened during Thursday’s Fogerty show.
Having grown up in a rock ’n’ roll family, spending hours listening to my dad’s record collection, which is now mine, and watching music videos and concert recordings, I have long been well versed in the rock legends like Creedence Clearwater Revival and ZZ Top.
As a toddler it was preached to me how great of guitarists Fogerty and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons are in the realm of rock and blues.
In the midst of Fogerty’s 25-song performance, he announced there was a special guest backstage who was about to join him for a song. I could argue I might have been the second most excited person in the room (behind Fogerty) when Gibbons walked out of the darkness and into the spotlight, holding his red guitar.
What happened next was something that may never happen again and was only witnessed by 2,700 people – the two rock legends jammed to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” and CCR’s “Born on the Bayou.”
The duo traded turns, ripping through solos with each signature sound, filling the venue as the loud screams of the capacity audience on its feet fueled the performances.
It was a rare moment that still gives me chills to think about how lucky I was to witness something so special in a venue that continues to be the site of so many great performances.
There’s no telling what will happen in the future, but in my opinion it’s going to be tough to beat that legendary rock moment.