BWW Reviews: Rain Doesn't Cool off the Legends of Classic Rock with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

BWW Reviews: Rain Doesn't Cool off the Legends of Classic Rock with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Don't tell John Elefante that violins don't belong in rock and roll. The former Kansas front man came from a rock band where the violin was essential to the band's sound.

Elefante and the Legends of Classic Rock incorporated the Columbus Symphony Orchestra into a rain delayed set of rock standards during a Picnic at the Pops concert at the Columbus Commons.

At times the sounds of Elefante, singer Christine LaFond, guitarist Michael Johnson, bassist Keith Hubacher, keyboards Tom Lipps and drummer Joey Finger drown out the CSO. However, when the two sounds meshed, the result pleased the crowd of soggy spectators.

The concert was delayed by 45 minute deluge that drove away approximately a fourth of the crowd. However when the storm cell passed, those who waited it out were rewarded with a delightful set.

This summer, Picnic at the Pops has continued to experiment combining rock and classic music. The series opened the summer on June 13 with the Classic Mystery Tour, featuring covers of classically infused Beatles tunes. Ben Folds presented a collection of his songs with a symphonic bent on June 21.

However the Legends of Classic Rock presented a wide variety of standards from different groups. They opened the show with LaFond and Johnson doing a duet on Toto's "Rosanna," one of the few times the band's sound overpowered the CSO's.

However they followed with blistering versions of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" and Journey's "Separate Ways," finding that perfect mixture of rock and classical music.

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Paul Batterson In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.



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