Post all Pure Prairie League concert reviews here.


Postby Tom » Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:24 pm

It appears I have some catching up to do.

Here are some great reviews from around the country.

Poco & Pure Prairie League
Location: El Cajon, CA
When: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:00pm

Paul Webster January 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm - Reply
Pure Prairie League ripped it up big time ,red hot stuff from a band that was on fire in the 70′s. They still are. This is a very tight, energetic band with AWESOME lead guitar and pedal steel from the master, John Call. Harmonies terrific, lead vocals from 3 members all spot on. A great showing by PPL. These guys are true professionals in every aspect and deserved all the ovations that came their way. I would have much preferred they closed the show, certainly they deserved it based on the past and the present, but I don’t think it mattered much as the crowd was so into PPL they left quite satisfied. PPL killed it.

Ronnie January 13, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply
Loved Pure Prairie , they made the trip more than worthwhile. Excellent set but far too short for a band this talented. I left not long after their set wishing there was more. This was country rock at it’s best the way it was back then, no gimmicks, no BS, just rock solid musicians who know what fans want and bring it.

John Haller January 13, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply
PPL has always been know for it’s great music and concerts and this one was no different. Each song set a standard, each song was delivered flawlessly and in the proudest tradition of country rock. What more can you say about their original pedal steeler John Call that hasn’t been said already many times over the years ? He’s still the best, simply brilliant with some incredible licks in every song in the set. One has to marvel and what he does and his performance was the highlight of the night, amazing. Donnie Clark on lead guitar is a monster, he puts it out there as good if not better than those who came before him. Clark and Call are unbeatable, it’s not an act you want to follow. These guys have much to draw from and they certainly need a longer set to strut their stuff. I wouldn’t see them again coupled with anyone as it takes away from what should have been a much longer set. A great night for country rock fans and the band.

Charlie January 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply
The comments here are right on target. It was a banner night for PPL.
Surprisingly it was the big boys who took the stage first followed by Poco. I too would have loved a longer set. Their love of the music , and dedication to their craft was obvious as was the superb craftmanship of each band member. This band goes well beyond the term professional. It’s a well oiled machine that cuts no corners , makes no adjustments in the style or tunes which made them so popular. When most fans attend these type shows, they are not interested in hearing their favorite songs delivered in an unfamiliar style or a new arrangement. Generally that’s done when a band can no longer deliver the goods and is hanging around too long. I don’t want a new Amie or Two Lane Highway, I want what I adored over 40 years ago. When I think of PPL I think of red hot guitar and pedal steel licks and superb vocals. That is exactly what I and everyone else got. The band is extremely tight and uptempo and and the old boys rocked the casino with a hard driving set that brought the crowd to it’s feet. A pedal steel clinic by John Call brought back incredible memories of why steelers and country rock fans still call him the greatest. He’s as good or better than ever with lightning quick licks or melodies which no one else can think of much less play. Clark on lead guitar is spectacular. Mike Reilly still puts on a performance that has the band and fans not just involved but genuinely thrilled to be there. Scott Thompson on drums is powerful and also adds some terrific lead and harmony vocals. A+ for these guys ! The Eagles never sounded so good

Live review
I caught a Pure Prairie League concert earlier this year when they played with Poco at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. My friends and I had a pretty rough day at the tables and so after consoling ourselves with a healthy serving of buffet food, we decided we might as well check out the concert before making the drive back home. It actually turned out to be a pretty good day, and that’s all thanks to Pure Praerie League. None of us really listen to country rock music, but in spite of that the music really cheered us all up for some reason. There’s this soothing, euphoric quality in the music that really helps you forget all about the heartache of losing money at the blackjack tables. Usually I’d be in too sour a mood and a concert or whatever else I did that day would be ruined by association if I lost a lot of money gambling, but on this day I didn’t even really mind losing the money – I was just so happy that I stumbled into this show. It’s weird, but Pure Praerie League really just had us all forgetting about our worries and looking forward to the future. I can’t wait to see them again, and I’d highly recommend everybody else check them out too – especially if you’re having a rough day as we were.


JANUARY 24, 2014

PPL still topsReviewer: Chet
Great set from PPL who rocked the house with the best country rock ever made. It's nice to see a band from the 70's still play the songs like we remember them and still have musicians who were significant members like Reilly and Call who between them were on every PPL release. Call's still the best steeler you'll ever hear.
LRB was enjoyable but have not a single member from their best days

PPL AmazingReviewer: Gerry
LRB for me was just OK, still not a big fan. PPl was incredible with a setlist that killed. Red hot stuff, very, very talented and professional musicians ! 5 stars for PPL.

Little River Band and Pure Prairie LeagueReviewer: KIDDS
Beautiful theater. Both bands put on fantastic shows. These two bands are made up of very talented musicians----and really great guys. For those of you who continually have to gripe about non original members, do your homework and don't come to the shows then. Bands personnel change all the time…did back then and do now. Thank GOD that Wayne Nelson is continuing to lead this great band. His bandmates Chris, Rich, Greg, and Ryan are spectacular and their new cd top notch. Pure Prairie League sounds great…we are lucky to be led the great Michael Reilly (original) and have the legendary steel guitar musician John David Call back. Scott and Donnie Lee are a tremendous plus to this band. Both bands delivered a heck of a show. We drove 15 hours to see them both and were NOT disappointed. Thank you LRB and PPL and American Music Theater!!!!

Reviewer: linda
Both bands did a terriffic job!

Reviewer: Sherrilyn
The concert was AWESOME! They are such good performers and we loved being there to hear them. Bring them back next year!
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Earl
Awlsome show

5 out of 5 stars Reviewer: Mike
I've enjoyed both bands in the past...and this concert brought back great memories. The bands played all their hits with a bit of new material mixed in. But, as any baby boomer will tell you - when we go to see bands from the 70's/80's, that's the music we want to hear.

Reviewer: sylvia
The music was amazing. The music of today cannot compare. They also seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the audience was.
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Delicia
Both bands were very good. Sound quality was also excellent.

Reviewer: Debra
It was fantastic!!!
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Donna
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: george
very entertaining

Reviewer: Amy
Absolutely loved it. Getting the audience to participate made it a blast.
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Anita Jo
Just a fun wonderful show!

Reviewer: Edward
Both bands were excellent and rocked the house. Would attend if they were invited to play here again in the future.

Reviewer: Dale
Exceptional performance by both bands.

Celebrating 1,000 Shows At The Kate
May 3, 2014 celebrated one-thousand shows at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. “The Kate,”was just named the best small theater in Connecticut. On this evening there was a standing room only crowd to see Craig Fuller and Pure Prairie League. That band opened us nearly five years ago. There was cake and a champagne toast at intermission and a commemorative pin handed out with a big red “K” for one thousand.

PPL opened The Kate several years ago with a sellout crowd and has returned to do the same each year since. It’s not something you would expect from a country act over 40 years old, but others out there can’t do what PPL does. This band is a gift to music lovers of all genre’s. To have Craig Fuller do an outstanding solo act and PPL dazzle us with their superb set is far more than we should expect at this stage. Fuller still has a powerful voice, still excels on guitar, still a major player. PPL is blazing , ripping out one classic after another, with dynamic licks from the lead guitar and magnificent pedal steel, the best I’ve heard. PPL is spectacular. If you are interested in seeing what country rock was and still is all about, look no further than PPL. This is the way to see this band, not in one of those legends shows which tend to get bogged down with sub par acts. Catch the real deal.

Wormstock will be an evening of peace, love and music
Before there was Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban, there were the Legends of Country Rock. These pioneers developed a unique sound in the 1970s that fused elements of traditional country music with homegrown West Coast rock. On March 14 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, these legends will perform at the inaugural Wormstock. Firefall; Pure Prairie League; Rusty Young, of Poco; and Craig Fuller, of Little Feat, will hit the Great Hall stage at Mechanics Hall.

The show was spectacular! Pure Prairie League played their hearts out and the crowd loved it. Easy to work with and a very memorable night!
Glen Gardner – Symply Far Gone Concerts/Mechanics Hall

Steven Harlett says:
Great night of music. Firefall played as a trio and put on a nice set. Craig Fuller was terrific in his solo set, outstanding vocals and acoustic guitar. A master, he also jumped in with PPL for a few and they all were on top of their game. Rusty Young just ok. PPL had a great set and had the sellout crowd pumped up with extraordinary lead and steel guitars, terrific vocals ,you have to see ‘em. A hot band.

Kevin Leary says:June 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm
I’ve been a lifetime country rock fan.
Anytime you can get Craig Fuller doing a solo act then join Pure Prairie for some more classic tunes, you are way ahead of the game.After witnessing many country/southern rock acts the last several years, all the names you are familiar with, I can honestly say what PPL and Fuller do still stands out heads and shoulders above the rest.They are still the class of the genre. Firefall was fine but virtually the same set if not the exact set that I’ve seen before. Young’s solo set is not helped one bit when performing the same night as Fuller. Fuller’s guitar work, vocals and setlist excel, Young had a few nice licks on the dobro but when you have Call of PPL putting on a monster set filled with outrageous pedal steel licks ,that’s what you leave talking about, that’s what’s memorable. I believe they all have the same management which explains a few things. A good night all in all, but I would prefer a night with just the heavy hitters as PPL and Fuller were easily the standouts.

Livingston, Jonathan Edwards and PPL
State Theatre Portland , ME - Sat, May 10, 201

The whole show was great. Each performer chatted a little but mostly went from song to song. The ballads that were played were followed but another song that was considerably more upbeat so there was little down time in the action. Very enjoyable.

good show /would see them again/would recommend all the bands for a fun evening

Liv Taylor was funny and very entertaining. Jon Edwards voice is still amazing. He is so funny and talented!. Pure Prairie League was much better than I expected! I loved how all three talents gathered together at the end a played wonderfully. I didn't want it to end!

Great evening, LOVED PPL’s rousing set !

The Larcom Theater In Beverley, MA

Pure Prairie League put on a fantastic show, a throwback to the years when they dominated country rock along with the earlier years of The Eagles. Personally I always preferred PPL's music and I'm happy to say what the band does now is as good or better than ever. If you are the type who was into country or southern rock, check out PPL, they rocked! Great musicians, the best pedal steel I've ever heard courtesy of original member John Call and some ripping lead guitar. I much preferred seeing PPL as the main show after attending one those Country Rock Legend concerts with sub par acts. Stick with a PPL show, you'll be happy with that.

Firefall and Pure Prairie League were incredible!
Birchmere - Alexandria , VA
- Sat, Aug 9, 2014

A friend and I went to see the concert because we remembered the groups' music when we were in high school. The venue is great because you have a good seat no matter where you sit - we were lucky to be about five seats from the stage. The members of both bands hung out after their sets and very graciously talked with people, signed autographs and took pictures. We had the best time!
Favorite moment: Talking to the band members after their sets.
Opening act(s): Firefall opened the evening.

“This was my first visit to the Birchmere and I have to say I was completely amazed. The sound system was just right, food was great and the two groups were outstanding. ”
"I have seen the future of country music and it's name is Pure Prairie League."
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