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Posted by admin On June - 17 - 2008

-A.S. I know we’ve talked a bit about rock legends throughout our coverage this weekend, but Solomon Burke took his legendary status to a new level this weekend. At least in the eyes of the Festival Crashers. Blake and I walked up to see Burke commanding the show from a throne in the center of the stage.

As fans shouted out requests, Burke told them to keep them coming because that was their show. One such request was “Diamonds On Your Mind,” a Tom Waits cover. After that tune Burke ordered his band members to take off their jackets and loosen their ties, since they would be there a while.I often joke about my being Jewish and loving soul music. This was as true as ever as the Burke ruled over the crowd from his throne during “Soul Stirring.” As he finished the song the back up singers toweled Burke off.

Burke told the audience that he had made a promise to many of his friends that he had the opportunity to record that had since passed. He said he had promised to perform as long as he was able. He mentioned the names of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, James Brown, Bo Diddley and many others.After that dedication, Burke did a beautiful cover of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” As the whole crowd sang along to “Mustand Sally,” Burke decided he needed dancers and demanded that some girls should break on through and come up to the stage to dance. Burke was better than expected, and I enjoyed every last bit of the Hall of Famers show.

1 Response

  1. Blake Said,

    Just wanted to comment on the fact that Burke’s back up singers would towel the sweat off his forehead in between songs…classic.

    Posted on June 17th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

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