To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Byrds’ album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, founding Byrds member Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman joined country legend Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives for a very special tour. The tour stopped at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA for two nights, I was there on the second night on July 25. The best way to describe the Byrds with Stuart is a match made in heaven. Stuart and his fabulous Superlatives were a perfect fit for the Byrds’ music.
The show started with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages.” The Byrds don't just have one great Dylan cover, they've got four-- one of which made Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs twice. “Mr. Tambourine Man,” one of their three songs to make the list twice was the last song of set one. Set two began with Stuart and his Superlatives playing “Country Boy Rock N’ Roll,” and “Time Don’t Wait.” McGuinn and Hillman joined on the third song of set two which was another Dylan cover “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” This was the beginning of Sweetheart of the Rodeo set, however, the album wasn't played in order. The second set ended with “I Am a Pilgrim.”
The band returned for an encore starting with “So You Want to Be A Rock N’ Roll Star,” followed by a few Tom Petty classics. On night one, Heartbreakers’ guitarist Mike Campbell joined in for “American Girl.” This historic show ended with one of the Byrds’ biggest hits “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To everything there is a season). This is the show not to miss this year. The songs are just as beautiful as they were 50 years ago.