Call it “grandpa rock” if you want, Three Dog Night still knows how to put on a show.
Led by founders Cory Wells and Danny Hutton, the 48-year-old psychedelic 60s pop-and-rock kings held court Monday at the Lorain County Fair, launching into hits such as “Never Been to Spain” and “Shambala” before hitting classic radio hits like “One (Is the Loneliest Number).”
“We’re going to take you back to the 1970s so you can reminisce a little bit,” said Wells, drawing hoots and hollers of approval from fans.
Other crowd-pleasers included “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “You Can’t Leave,” and “It Ain’t Easy.”
Now in their 70s, the rockers still tour extensively with roughly 80 performance dates each year.
Their post-fair calendar to wrap up 2015 includes stops in Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, California, Washington, and on.
After 15 studio albums and thousands of concerts, they’re willing to share a laugh about their advanced years. Wells even cracked wise about how the band’s contract now requires they be provided with stools midway through each performance.
It’s not all quips, though.
Three Dog Night is coping with the loss this March of longtime keyboardist Jimmy Greespoon to cancer.
“We lost a compadre that we loved very dearly,” Wells said, preparing to launch into a blues riff. “He’s up here on stage. He’s somewhere. He’s flying around here. He’s causing trouble.”
The band is dedicating every show this year to Greenspoon.
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Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Three Dog Night waxes wise on 48 years as a band, aging, and losing bandmate Jimmy Greenspoon.