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38 Special

Postby Chris » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:21 am

38 Special – Thursday, July 14 at 9pm

Don Barnes – Guitar/Vocals
Donnie Van Zant – Guitar/Vocals
Danny Chauncey – Guitar
Larry Junstrom – Bass
Bobby Caps – Keyboard/Vocals
Gary Moffatt - Drums

Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes formed 38 Special in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975 along with guitarist Jeff Carlisi, bassist Ken Lyons, and drummers Jack Grondin and Steve Brookins. The band played a southern version of rock, along the same vein as Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose lead singer Ronnie Van Zant was Donnie’s brother. The band signed to A&M Records in 1977 and released their self-titled debut album later that year. The album barely cracked the album chart, reaching just #148. The follow-up, Special Delivery, did even worse the following year, not even making the top 200. Former Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom took over on bass for the next album, 1979’s Rockin’ Into the Night. The band stepped away from their southern roots and adopted a more straight-forward rock sound that translated into more chart success, reaching #57 behind their first moderate hit single, the #43 title song. Another song, “Stone Cold Believer,” continues to be a live staple for the band today. The momentum built from this album would continue with 1981’s Wild-Eyed Southern Boys, which hit #18 and would become the band’s first platinum album. The album spawned a trio of hits, “Wild-Eyed Southern Girls,” “Fantasy Girl,” and the band’s first top 40 hits, the #27 “Hold on Loosely.” 1982’s Special Forces proved even more popular, becoming the band’s first top 10 album, reaching #10 and becoming the second straight platinum album for the band. Two songs from the album reached the top 40, the #38 “You Keep Runnin’ Away,” and the band’s first top 10 hit, #10 “Caught Up in You,” which also reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. “Chain Lightin’” hit the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart as well. The band turned around in 1983 with Tour de Force, another platinum album that reached #22 behind two top 20 hits, #19 “If I’d Been the One” and #20 “Back Where You Belong.” “If I’d Been the One” also gave the band their 2nd #1 Mainstream Rock hit. The band decided to take a break for awhile after touring behind Tour de Force, only releasing the #25 hit song “Teacher Teacher” for the soundtrack for the movie Teachers. The band didn’t return again until 1986 with Strength in Numbers. The album climbed to #17 but only reached gold status behind the #14 “Like No Other Night” and #48 “Somebody Like You.” Barnes decided to leave the band in 1987, as did Brookins. The band released a greatest hits album in 1987 called Flashback that reached #35 and eventually went platinum. Danny Chauncey joined the group on guitar and Max Carl took over on keyboards and vocals and band released Rock & Roll Strategy in 1989. Initially the album didn’t sell well, but gained strength in sales when the song “Second Chance,” sung by Carl, reached #6 and became the band’s biggest hit. Barnes returned to the band in 1991. The band released Bone Against Steel that year but it didn’t sell well, reaching just #170. “Rebel to Reblel” was a #30 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart and “The Sound of Your Voice” would prove to be the band’s last Billboard hit, reaching #33. Carl left the band soon after the release of the album and Bobby Capps took his spot. 38 Special made their first appearance at Moondance Jam in 1996 but didn’t release another album until 1997’s Resolution, which contained the #33 Mainstream Rock hit “Fade to Blue.” Live at Sturgis was released in 1999, the same year they made their 2nd appearance at Moondance Jam. They returned to Moondance Jam for the 3rd time in 2002. Their last studio album was 2004’s Drivetrain. That tour brought them back to Moondance Jam yet again in 2005. They band will be making their 5th appearance this summer as they play at 9pm on the official opening night of Moondance Jam 20.

Moondance Jam Appearances
Jam V in 1996
Jam VIII in 1999
Jam XI in 2002
Jam XIV in 2005

Setlist
Setlist from May 21, 2011 in North Myrtle Beach, SC (still have that medley :x , but it is a longer medley and the setlist is very long!)
Rockin' into the Night
Rough-Housin'
Back Where You Belong
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
MEDLEY (Stone Cold Believer/Back To Paradise/Somebody Like You/Honky Tonk/Teacher Teacher/First Time Around/Second Chance)
Like No Other Night
Last Thing I Ever Do
Fantasy Girl
If I'd Been The One
Rebel To Rebel
Trooper With An Attitude
Drum Solo (short)
Caught Up In You
Encore:
Chain Lightning
Encore 2:
Hold On Loosely
Livin' In The USA/Travlin' Band

March 4, 2011 in Plant City, Florida
Rockin’ Into the Night
20th Century Fox
Back Where You Belong
Wild Eyed Southern Boys
The Squeeze
Never Say Goodbye
Rebel to Rebel
Fantasy Girl
Trooper with an Attitude
Drum Solo
Medley: Back to Paradise/Somebody Like You/Teacher Teacher/Stone Cold Believer/This Night/Second Chance
Caught Up In You
Chain Lighting
Hold On Loosely
Back in the USA

Billboard Hot 100 Hits (Mainstream Rock Hits)
1980 Rockin’ Into the Night #43
1981 Hold On Loosely #27 (#3)
1981 Fantasy Girl #52 (#30)
1981 Wild-Eyed Southern Boys (#35)
1982 Caught Up in You #10 (#1)
1982 You Keep Runnin’ Away #38 (#7)
1982 Chain Lightin’ (#9)
1982 Back on Track (#56)
1983 If I’d Been the One #19 (#1)
1983 Back Where You Belong #20
1984 Teacher Teacher #25 (#4)
1986 Like No Other Night #14 (#4)
1986 Somebody Like You #48 (#6)
1986 Heart’s On Fire (#30)
1987 Back to Paradise #41 (#4)
1988 Little Sheba (#15)
1988 Rock & Roll Strategy #61 (#5)
1989 Second Chance #6 (#2)
1989 Comin’ Down Tonight #67
1991 Rebel to Rebel (#30)
1991 The Sound of Your Voice #33 (#2)
1997 Fade to Blue (#33)

Billboard 200 Album Chart
1977 38 Special #148
1980 Rockin’ Into the Night #57
1981 Wild-Eyed Southern Boys #18 (Platinum)
1982 Special Forces #10 (Platinum)
1983 Tour de Force #22 (Platinum)
1986 Strength in Numbers #17 (Gold)
1987 Flashback: The Best of 38 Special #35 (Platinum)
1988 Rock & Roll Strategy #61
1991 Bone Against Steel #170

Did You Know?
38 Special has had 4 platinum albums and 1 gold album.
They have sold over 20 million albums.
They have had 14 Billboard Hot 100 hits and 19 Mainstream Rock Hits.
Two songs, “If I’d Been the One” and “Caught Up in You” reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
Larry Junstrum was the original bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Bobby Capps and 3 Doors Downs’ Chris Henderson own a studio in Tennessee.
Capps sings the band’s biggest hit, “Second Chance,” on stage.
“Second Chance” hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1989.
The original singer of the song, Max Carl, is now in Grand Funk Railroad.
Carl has sung the song on the Moondance Jam stage twice with Grand Funk Railroad.
Donnie Van Zant and his brother Johnny, lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, have a country band called Van Zant.
Their older brother, Ronnie, was the original lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Ronnie passed away in 1977 in a plane crash that killed two other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and injured several more.
38 Special performed on CMT Crossroads with country singer Trace Adkins.
The band released a live CD/DVD called Live at Sturgis, recorded at the biker festival in 1999.
Toto’s Mike Porcaro joined the band for the 1986 album Strength in Numbers.
38 Special opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. on the Rowdy Frynds Tour in 2007.
They opened for REO Speedwagon and Styx on the Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour in 2009.
“Hold On Loosely” was the 13th video played on the first day of MTV’s existence (yes they used to play videos!).
“Back to Paradise” was the theme song for the movie Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.
“Caught Up in You” was featured in the 1983 film Spring Break.
“Second Chance” was the Billboard Magazine “Adult Contemporary Song of the Year” in 1989.

My Take
38 Special’s glory years (early to mid 80’s) were a few years before I started going to concerts and really listening to music. Yes, I know that “Second Chance” was a huge hit for the band in 1989 but I don’t really consider that to be a true 38 Special-sounding song. Also, that song was not at all the type of music I was listening to at the time. Therefore, I didn’t really become a fan of the band until the 90’s when I really started going back and catching up on bands I missed out on. I first bought their single disc greatest hits (The Very Best of the A&M Years 1977-1988) and then I bought their double-disc Anthology, which contains a lot of deeper cuts that got me hooked on the band even further. Like so many other classic rock bands, I have also started buying their albums on vinyl. So far I have Special Forces and Wild-Eyed Southern Boys. I have seen the band live three times in the span of just a few years, the first time only 10 miles from my tiny hometown basically out in a field along with REO Speedwagon and Styx. Unfortunately rain cut REO’s set short and wiped out Styx altogether. 38 Special had gotten the night off to a great start though. A couple years later they opened for Kansas and REO Speedwagon in what was supposed to be the last show ever at our amphitheater in Kansas City. The amphitheater eventually reconfigured and re-opened but it was bittersweet seeing those three bands perform possibly the last concerts ever at a place I had spent so many nights at rocking out to my favorite bands. Later that year I saw them at one of the strangest venues ever, a pavilion at a retirement community. You can read my review of that show at viewtopic.php?f=30&t=1025. I really enjoy watching the band live but after seeing them three times I have noticed they really need to work on their setlist. It has been virtually an identical show every time I have seen them. I had hoped I would get some rarities or an extended set the last time as they were the only band on the bill but unfortunately that didn’t happen. In fact, if I hear the medley of songs they have played every time I have seen them I may swear them off for good! I want to hear the full version of “Back to Paradise,” “Somebody Like You,” and “Teacher Teacher.” (Side note: “Teacher Teacher” comes from a very good movie from the 80’s called Teachers. Check it out if you haven’t seen it!) Besides the medley of hit songs, they need to get rid of “Trooper with an Attitude,” “The Squeeze,” and set closer “Back in the USA.” Nobody really wants to hear them and the songs aren’t that good anyway. They need to replace these with full versions of four or five of their hits that fans are just hearing snippets of now in that ridiculous medley. That being said, I am still looking forward to seeing them play as I have never been able to see the band on the Moondance Jam stage. Their last appearance in 2005 (my first year) was on the opening night and I wasn’t able to come until the 2nd night. I’m still kicking myself for not doing whatever it took to get there opening night that year to see them and Lynyrd Skynyrd, even though the Van Zandt’s didn’t come out together and do any songs together. I really enjoy the Van Zandt album Get Right With the Man and I think the two bands are missing out on an opportunity to tour together and get the Van Zandt brother’s band some more exposure. No matter what setlist the band settles on, I can just about guarantee that the crowd will be there dancing and singing along to their catalog of hits. And I will be too. Just not during that medley!

Videos
Hold On Loosely - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJtf7R_oVaw
Caught Up in You - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg21Rkew ... ure=relmfu
Like No Other Night - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T0ulHCb ... ure=relmfu
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCq4EkzL ... ure=relmfu
Second Chance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRkaPdfj ... re=related
Rockin’ Into the Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1722VFxD ... re=related
Fantasy Girl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azgpp2-O ... re=related
Back Where You Belong - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSu9AjAw ... re=related
If I’d Been the One (live) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JalUTw5 ... re=related
If I’d Been the One (studio) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5tpiMqG ... re=related
Back to Paradise - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YD88dk4 ... re=related
Teacher Teacher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL46rSUX ... re=related
What If I’d Been the One (Live at Sturgis) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w_4vfFtXAA&feature=fvsr
Back Where You Belong (Live at Sturgis) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2-1cJNg ... re=related
Hold on Loosely (Live at Sturgis) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOvPAGoo ... re=related
Hold on Loosely (Live on Crossroads with Trace Adkins) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT1D5gRM ... re=related
Rockin’ Into the Night (Live on Crossroads with Trace Adkins) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNBiLvM- ... re=related
Rockin’ Into the Night (Live at Sturgis ) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rxmuYAH ... re=related
Wild-Eyed Southern Girls (Live at Sturgis) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9TpIKJF ... re=related
Fantasy Girls (live 2009) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFTbfx1w ... re=related
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Re: 38 Special

Postby JeffG » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:38 pm

Another great write up, Chris!!
After reading and watching those videos, I can't wait to see them live on the MDJ stage again!! :80das:

Have a GREAT time at the Buffet concert too :cheers:
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Re: 38 Special

Postby The TyGuy » Sun May 01, 2011 5:13 pm

I agree with the annoyance of the medley. Play the full songs we want to hear!!

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Re: 38 Special

Postby Chris » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:12 pm

Setlist from May 21, 2011 in North Myrtle Beach, SC (still have that medley :x , but it is a longer medley and the setlist is very long!)
Rockin' into the Night
Rough-Housin'
Back Where You Belong
Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
MEDLEY (Stone Cold Believer/Back To Paradise/Somebody Like You/Honky Tonk/Teacher Teacher/First Time Around/Second Chance)
Like No Other Night
Last Thing I Ever Do
Fantasy Girl
If I'd Been The One
Rebel To Rebel
Trooper With An Attitude
Drum Solo (short)
Caught Up In You
Encore:
Chain Lightning
Encore 2:
Hold On Loosely
Livin' In The USA/Travlin' Band
The music brought me to Moondance Jam. The people bring me back.
View my profiles of this years' bands at: viewforum.php?f=38
View profiles of past bands at: viewforum.php?f=7
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