It was a celebration of not just rock and roll, but also a celebration of four iconic artists who have helped to pave the way for the rockers who have followed when Unraveling the Wlburys came to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino to perform the music of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and George Harrison on February 2.
Sadly of the four Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, only Bob Dylan remains, but the music lives on for the enjoyment of music fans everywhere. Band members reminded the crowd – if you feel the urge to sing along, don’t be shy; after all, this is a rock and roll show.
And rock they did, from the moment the band stepped on stage to open wit the Tom Petty hit “Running Down a Dream” until the end of the show with an encore fit for a Grammy Award ceremonies jam.
With each artist taking turns performing well known hit songs; the band performed “Pretty Woman”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Something in the Way She Moves”, “Mary Jane”, “Blue Bayou”, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”, “Handle with Care”, and the Del Shannon hit “Runaway” before taking a short break…for the cause.
The Bear’s Den Showroom is a unique entertainment venue that gives every concert goer a great view of the stage. Unraveling the Wilburys’ band members called the venue a cool place adding, that they were very happy to be in “this oasis from the frozen tundra”.
The second half of the show opened with “Bob Dylan” giving a solo performance of “The Times The are A’ Changing”. The remainder of the band returned to sing “My Sweet Lord”, “Don’t Back Down”, “Crying”, “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “You Got It”, “While My Guitar Gently Sleeps” and finishing out the show with the Traveling Wilburys hit “End of the Line”.
Band members left the stage to the sound of fans screaming for more and even as the house lights began to come up, the clapping and cheering continued until the band returned to the stage for one final time to give a rip roaring rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” that included “Tom Petty” coming out into the crowd.
“George” noted that George Harrison was known as the quiet Beatle; adding that Harrison let his music do the talking. “George” and the rest of the band did plenty of “talking” on the stage of the Bear’s den and left the crowd read to listen to the music all night.