Music legend Johnny Rivers played the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA on Sept. 30. For being someone that hears Rivers on Sirius/Xm’s '60s station daily, I was very excited to finally see him live. Before Rivers took the stage, a documentary-style video played and in it Rivers talked about how he got his start at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, CA in the '60s and became of the biggest artists of that decade.
This was Rivers first time playing the Saban Theatre. At 75, Rivers is still a great showman and quite a guitar player. Many know Rivers for his vocals, but you must see him pick up the guitar. Many of River’s hits are covers that were already big songs and then he took them and made them his own hits and put his own twist on them.
From opening with Lead Belly’s “Midnight Special” and ending with Bob Marley’s “One Love,” Rivers show was jam-packed with hits. Rivers set included Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” and “Maybellene,” the Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving,” The Miracles “Tracks of My Tears” and “Secret Agent Man.”
When Rivers was brought in by Elmer Valentine to be the opening act for the first year at the Whisky it secured his place in music history. From that point Rivers had immense success with more than a dozen top 20 singles and his first six albums all made the Top 100. Rivers have five upcoming shows currently in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.