Waaaaayyyy back in nineteen something-something, lifetimes before Mr. R. and I met, I saw Richard Marx in concert on Daytona Beach during Spring Break. He was preceded that day by The Squeeze, who, I’m embarrassed to say, I mistook for a really good local band. Sheesh!
Anyway, Marx was in his heyday and the concert, simulcast on MTV, was terrific. He even had Dave Koz on sax. While he had a number of hit songs, Don’t Mean Nothing was always my favorite. It’s kind of funky and bluesy, reminiscent of the Eagles, and that, it turns out, is not by accident. On the original recording, Joe Walsh played slide guitar while Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmidt sang backing vocals.
Richard Marx still tours a lot, a fact I know because I follow him on Instagram. Yep, I’m that kind of dork. This live performance is as good or better than that one so many years ago on the decadent shores of Daytona Beach. Of course, it’s sans the industrial sized mullet he used to sport. His audience has changed, if this video is any indicator. Or maybe we all just got old. It could be that those folks are the same ones who were in that audience that March day.
But I suppose getting old beats the alternative. Hope you enjoy this throwback to a kinder, gentler day. Happy Saturday night!