Lonestar has been writing and performing for more than 20 years now. They had already released nine singles, which included two No.1 hits by the time they released the song “Amazed” in 1999. “We heard the song at a song meeting at RCA. We thought it was a very passionate song. A beautiful song. We had no idea what it would do on the country chart.” These were the words spoken by band member and lead singer Richie McDonald. The song spent eight straight weeks at the No.1 spot on the Billboard country charts. A remixed version held the No.1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 for two weeks. And tonight, Lonestar shared their music with the fans at The Hudson Gardens And Event Center in Littleton, Colorado to a sold out crowd.
Originally formed in Nashville in 1992, Lonestar played over 500 shows before landing a recording contract. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1995, they had a fan base that was amazing. Following this group since day one and the fans loved what they heard. Their first single “Tequila Talkin’” went to Top ten on the country charts. It was followed up by “No New” which would be the first of many No.1 hits singles for Lonestar. The band is still going strong and Sunday night proved it. The current members are: Richie McDonald – Lead vocals and piano, Michael Britt – lead guitar and backing vocals, Keech Rainwater – drums and Dean Sams – keyboards, acoustic guitar and backing vocals. Lonestar performed for a little over 2 hours and sang a lot of their No.1 hits and some that were newer. They introduced the audience to some of the new songs on their new CD and the response was overwhelming. The lyrics that this group writes are meaningful and the vocals and harmonies are incredible. Even with all this talent and fan appreciation, this band has never lost sight of where they came from. They continue to work hard and strive to bring their love of music to millions. Instead of the five star hotels along the tour route, this group would rather stay at a campground and enjoy some peaceful time fishing, or just chilling by the fireside.
During the concert, the Examiner wondered through the crowd to speak with people about their favorite song, a lot of the ladies love the song ‘Amazed’. But we did speak with different ladies and got some different reactions to their favorite songs. Young Caelan Debolt said her favorite song is ‘Come Crying To Me’. Sarah Costin loves the song amazed. There were several in the audience who have never been to Hudson Gardens and Examiner caught up to one of those newbie Amanda Gunton. She has a lot of songs that are her favorite by Lonestar. But her top two songs are ‘Amazed’ and ‘Mr. Mom. Down in the front row were more new audience members who were huge fans of Lonestar and stated that they will be coming back to The Hudson Gardens and Event Center for more shows. They said this was one of the most gorgeous places to see a show. Jennifer Moleateau said her all-time favorite is ‘I’m Already There’. Party girl and longtime follower of Lonestar said her favorite song is ‘Tequila Talkin’’ because it gets her moving and she just has a great time every time she plays the song.
And as the night was ready to end, Lonestar had the stagehands come up and start putting things away and Richie McDonald stopped turned and looked at the audience and said “Well this has been a great night and this is where we leave the stage, however, the night is still young, the audience in energized and we cannot disappoint. We came here to play music and we still have more to sing”. With that, they started to show their talents by bringing some rock into the show. Who knew that Lonestar could make Pink Floyd sound awesome with ‘Another Brick In the Wall’? They threw in some Beatles, and from there, opened it up to 4 different rock songs. This was quite the encore. As for the audience, they still wanted more after this encore. But all good things must come to an end. But the memories of this energized show will have Lonestar ranked as one of the Top 10 must see in concert. The group is very personable, they enjoy what they do, they show true respect and honor to the men and women who make us have a choice of freedom and are able to attend shows like these. Lonestar will forever be remembered and we can only hope that the next 20 years brings more great music from this group and hopefully they will bring their show back to the beautiful Hudson Gardens and Event Center.
Next week, The Hudson Gardens And Event Center host the rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Examiner will also be reviewing that show along with the remainder of the summer concert season. There is still time to check out the Hudson Gardens And Event Center website and purchase tickets for some of the remaining shows.