Infinity Hall CT

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Infinity Hall CT

Postby Tom » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:18 am

Hey prairiedogs,

Here's a great review from Norfolk CT show last month, another sellout and a very satified crowd.

A leaner, four-piece PPL took the Infinity stage last night, including two members from the '70s, and created a nice, full sound.

Bass-player Mike Reilly, who first joined the band after the second album, “Bustin' Out,” noted how long it had been since their last Infinity Hall appearance, the difference this time being the presence of original pedal steel guitar player John David Call, who got a nice welcome from the crowd. "He performed here with Mark Twain," Reilly kidded.

Relative newcomers Rick Schell (1998) on drums and Donnie Lee Clark (2006) on electric and acoustic guitars rounded out the quartet. With more than half of last night's repertoire coming from PPL's first three albums, Schell and Clark proved more than up to the task of helping to recreate the band's vintage sound. Both accomplished instrumentalists, they also alternated with Reilly on lead vocals and created beautiful harmonies. Overall, the chemistry seemed good, onstage and off.

The four played 21 songs over two hours. They closed with the hit single "Amie," then came back for a three-song encore.

After the show, patrons lined up at the Infinity box office to buy copies of the band's 2005 CD, "All In Good Time," as well as PPL t-shirts and caps, with 25% of the proceeds going to a charity benefitting autism. The musicians affably conversed with fans, posed for pictures, and signed autographs, including covers of old LPs. "We'll sign whatever you got," said Reilly, smiling.

Asked at one point if he still plays the banjo, Call looked at bandmate Clark. "Yeah, at his house," he said jokingly. Then he shook his head. "No, it's been too long."

One patron congratulated Schell and Clark for blending in so well. Schell got animated: "We did 'Amie' when I played in a band in junior high!"

The practice has paid off.

Andy Jones
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