Stars Align

The Stars Align at Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA

One of the summer’s hottest tours, the Stars Align, stopped at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA July 20th. This tour featured none other than guitar legend Jeff Beck, legendary Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers, rock goddess Ann Wilson (Heart), and younger sister of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Deborah Bonham. This was only the second night of the tour with the first show being two days earlier in West Valley, UT. The first act of the night was Bonham who took the stage at 6:30 P.M. Bonham has toured with the likes of Robert Plant, Van Halen, Humble Pie, among a number of iconic rock artists.

Wilson took on a solo career starting in 2015 and has released two EPs since then. For this tour, Wilson is singing all cover songs with exception of Heart’s Barracuda and her solo song “Fool No More.” For five decades, Wilson has been one of the top female rock vocalists of all time. Wilson’s set ranged 60’s hits to the 2000’s. At 68, Wilson still has an incredible voice and quite the vocal range.

Rodgers has become one of the greatest front-man in rock starting with the band Free 50 years ago which led into Bad Company just five years later. Since 1982 after almost a decade with the band, Rodgers has left and rejoined Bad Company several times. Rodgers also joined Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor as their front-man for five years known as Queen + Paul Rodgers. After seeing Rodgers solo and with Bad Company, it’s easy to say no matter who he is singing with, it’ll always be a great show. Rodger’s current band is different from the last time I had seen him solo.

Rodger’s 14 song set was all Bad Company and Free hits with no covers except for “Ready for Love,” which was originally recorded by Mott the Hoople, but became a huge hit for Bad Company. Rodger’s performed more songs from his career with Free than with Bad Company. From opening with Free’s “Little Bit of Love,” and ending with Free’s biggest hit “All Right Now.” Rodgers and his band put on quite the rock show.

Closing the show was one of the most revolutionary and innovative guitarists of all time. From the Yardbirds to the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, to Bogart Beck Appice, and starting a solo career in 1975 Beck has not only been one of rock’s guitar gods but also infusion.  Each time I’ve seen Beck, it has been a different band and different type of show including Jeff Beck’s Rock N Roll Party with Imelda May and his 50th Anniversary concert at the Hollywood Bowl highlighting his whole career. Beck’s band this tour is his bassist of the last 8 years Rhonda Smith, his longtime drummer on and off Vinnie Colaiuta, vocalist Jimmy Hall who first worked with Jeff Beck on his 1985 release Flash, and his newest member cellist Vanessa Freebairn-Smith. Although this was a show of mostly covers, it was the way to see how versatile Beck’s playing is from rock to funk to blues and more. Beck opened with “Pull It” from his latest release “Loud Hailer,” and went into Billy Cobham’s “Stratus,” which is usually part of his shows.

For originals, Beck played “Just for Fun,” “Big Block,” and “Brush with the Blues.” Beck played a few of his infamous covers like “A Day in The Life,” “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” and “Superstition.” The saying “Just like a fine wine you get better with age,” certainly applies to Beck as he is still at the top of his game after nearly six decades. Beck closed out the show with an encore of “Corpus Christi Carol,” and “Goin’ Down.”

The Stars Align tour ends August 26th in Tampa, FL at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater.

Ann Wilson Setlist

  1. The Real Me- The Who
  2. Barracuda- Heart
  3. Fool No More
  4. Your Move- Yes
  5. She Talks to Angels- The Black Crowes
  6. I Am the Highway- Audioslave
  7. You Don’t Own Me- Lesley Gore
  8. Life in the Fast Lane- Eagles
  9. Won’t Get Fooled Again- The Who

Paul Rodgers Setlist

  1. Little Bit of Love- Free
  2. Can’t Get Enough- Bad Company
  3. Wishing Well- Free
  4. Feel Like Makin’ Love- Bad Company
  5. My Brother Jake- Free
  6. Ready for Love- Mott The Hoople
  7. Walk in My Shadow- Free
  8. Mr. Big- Free
  9. The Stealer- Free
  10. Woman- Free
  11. Fire and Water- Free
  12. Shooting Star- Bad Company
  13. Rock N’ Roll Fantasy- Bad Company
  14. All Right Now- Free

Jeff Beck Setlist

  1. Pull It
  2. Stratus- Billy Cobham
  3. Nadia- Nitin Sawhney
  4. You Know You Know- Mahavishnu Orchestra
  5. Morning Dew- Bonnie Dobson
  6. I Have to Laugh- Otis Rush
  7. Lonnie on the Move- Lonnie Mack
  8. Mna na h-Eireann The Chieftains
  9. Just for Fun
  10. Little Wing- Jimi Hendrix Experience
  11. Big Block
  12. Cause We Ended as Lovers- Syreeta
  13. Brush with the Blues
  14. Superstition- Stevie Wonder
  15. A Day in The Life- The Beatles

Encore

  1. Corpus Christi Carol- Benjamin Britten