Symphony, Rock and History at Seneca Niagara

In a once in a lifetime event, four stars from the eighties gathered on the same stage for a performance in the Seneca Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on April 28.

The Symphonic Rock Orchestra joined by a rock band performed the music of Journey, Survivor, Berlin, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Starship and Foreigner.

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But the highlight of the evening was the performance by the lead singers from some of the bands.

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After Christine and the orchestra opened the show with “Separate Ways” by Journey, Survivor’s Robin McCouley came to the stage. Robin opened his segment of the show with “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin. And followed up with “Faithfully” and “Hotel California” before ending with the Survivor smash hit song from “Rocky III,” “Eye of the Tiger.”

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Next up was the lead singer from Berlin, Terri Nunn. Calling it one of the greatest nights of her life and a first hearing her music performed by those musicians, Terri sang the Berlin songs “No More Words” and “The Metro” before she performed the Berlin hit “Take My Breath Away.”

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After a short intermission, Starship’s Mickey Thomas took the stage. Mickey opened his set with “Find Your Way Back.” He continued with what he called a melancholy love song – “Sara” — and with a little help from Christine “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” before ending his segment with the Starship smash hit song “We Built This City.”

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All through the night excitement grew with the introduction of each artist until finally the crowd was worked into a frenzy with the introduction of Foreigner lead singer and western New York native, Lou Gramm.

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Gramm took the stage to a chorus of “Loooouuuu!”. After opening with “Feels Like the First Time”, Gramm performed “Cold as Ice” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” before singing the song he said that he had been waiting all night to sing – “Juke Box Hero.”

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Robin, Terri, and Mickey returned to the stage for a performance of the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believing.”

And with a little encouragement from the crowd, Lou returned to the stage for the final song of the night, “Hot Blooded.”

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The show may have featured a symphonic orchestra but it was not an occasion to just sit and listen. All of the artists encouraged fans to join in on the songs clapping and singing along until the fans were on their feet for the final group performances.

As Lou Gramm pointed out, the songs may sound a bit different, but they are still the same old songs – rock and roll. And like any good show, the artists rocked the stage – the stars, the band, and the symphony orchestra! – and left the fans wanting more.

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