It's an inspiration.
Bonds at 78 is ageless, tireless, and just plain joyful. Sipping his wine throughout, he couldn't have been happier to be there, nor could his adoring fans. Clocking in at just under two and a half hours, he covered not only his timeless hits like Quarter to Three, and New Orleans, but his very earliest work and later collaborations with Bruce Springsteen.
Adding to the festivities Gene Cornish of The Rascals came out for his own set (Does anyone EVER tire of hearing Good Lovin'?) as did Larry Chance of the Earls. Guitar legend Bobby Bandiera of Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes fame complemented Bonds' stellar ensemble, which also featured three female back-up singers including his daughter and wife who looked on bemused throughout the evening.
The whole night just had this loose, anything could be said/anything could happen vibe and Bonds looks a good twenty years younger than his actual age proving that doing what you love is always the best medicine.
Bravo to all involved for a memorably fun evening. May we be there for your 100th birthday party down the road...
Evan Ginzburg is the Associate Producer of The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke and a 25 plus year film, TV and radio veteran formerly with 50,000 Watt WBAI-FM 99.5 NYC. He is the host of "The Evan Ginzburg Show" at www.villageconnectionradio.com Sundays 11AM-1PM. He regularly blogs here on the site, specializing in live concert reviews.