VIC: No, it’s not “the death tour” - just music


Having turned 66 on Sunday, I am mindful of seeing some of my favorite rock artists in concert before they - uh - die. I’m mindful because of the deaths last month of Eddie Money at age 70 (The Money Man - “Take Me Home Tonight”) and Ric Ocasek at age 75 (The Cars - “You Might Think I’m Crazy”).

My Eddie Money CD is so worn it doesn’t play right anymore -- it’s great traveling music.

In recent months, Pat and I have seen Elton John, Stevie Nicks and her band, Jimmy Buffet, and Gordon Lightfoot. It’s not really a “death tour” but, alas, we’re all getting older (“Don’t Fear the Reaper”).

We have seen Hugh Jackman, also, but he doesn’t count - he’s a young fella at 50, although this could be his first and final worldwide tour. He re-opened the American leg last night in Boston (that’s Oct. 1, by coincidence, our anniversary).

We might be making plans next year to see him on Broadway in “The Music Man”.

I bring this up because we saw Travis Tritt in concert Friday night at the Anderson Amphitheater.

Now, Friday nights are not usually concert nights for us. I’m usually busy doing something else (no, not sleeping, smarty pants). But, I just had to hear “Here’s a Quarter” just one last time.

Travis sings the ending just a little differently these days - “Here’s an iPhone, call someone who cares”.

It wasn’t a good venue for us, but we did meet a really nice usherette. The opening music went on too long - all the better to keep the beer truck bustling the whole time. Almost everybody was well lit by the time Travis took the stage, with his really-tight full band. We all had a great time “howlin’ at the moon.” On the way out, we stopped to listen a little more, and from this vantage point, we could see the crowd - covering the entire hillside lawn. That view - obviously - is what keeps veteran performers coming back year after year. Travis Tritt goes on his acoustic tour in January - Newberry and Walhalla are his first two venues for 2020.

It is a show well-worth seeing.

In the coming year, we have it marked - Lauren Daigle in Greenville. “Rescue” - a powerful song.

Aside from that, I’m not really sure where we’ll go. Oct. 5 at Squealin’ on the Square and Oct. 12 at Scots & Brats I am sure we will take in at least a little music - it’s just not “festive” without the tunes. But most of these, also, will be retro. The Baby Boomers cling tight to their music.

I vow - I promise, I really do - to try to like the new music (Lizzo). I’m trying; but with a few exceptions, I’m just not succeeding.


(Vic MacDonald is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. He will begin his 8th year at The Clinton Chronicle in Feb. 2020. He started listening to music with his aunts, Judy and Joan, playing their 45s in Greensboro, N.C., and on his very own transistor radio at the family home in Greenville, SC. The views expressed here are his and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or

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