On February 16 the sixties band The Grass Roots made a return visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls to play before a full house.
Performing their own hit songs, the band also played a few tunes from the classic rock era and fans were treated to a live version of AM radio and vinyl albums.
After opening the show with “I’d Wait a Million Years”, the Hamilton, Joe, Frank, and Reynolds hit “Don’t Pull Your Love”, and “Heaven Knows”; lead singer and bass player Mark noted it was going to be a weird night and welcomed the crowd to what he called the rock and roll version of the senior tour.
With fans joining in, The Grass Roots played “Sooner or Later”, “Things I Should Have Said”, and “Baby Hold On” before Mark noted that they were going to play something to make everybody smile – “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” by Edison Lighthouse.
Saying that they loved coming to Niagara Falls and the Bear’s den the band acknowledged veterans and members of the military – especially those from Vietnam because they were the only ones who did not come home to a heroes welcome. The band dedicated the song “Live for Today” to the veterans.
After performing the first single they released “Where Were You When I Needed Your”, Mark spoke on their song that was released on July 20, 1969 – the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon and noted that Neil Armstrong was up there (in heaven) teaching Michael Jackson how to do the real moon walk. The band then played the song “The River is Wide”. Then came “Sooner or Later”, “Mamaista”, “The Runway”, and “Two Divided by Love”.
In 1968 The Grassroots were asked to be a part of the film “With Six You Get Eggroll” starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. During a club scene there is a band playing in the background – The Grassroots – and they played the song from that film – “Feelings”.
The Grassroots finished out the night with “Temptation Eyes” and “Midnight Confession” before joining fans for a meet and greet session.
Mark noted that it was a great way to spend a Friday night…and it was – a night of good fun and good music.