Classic Rock Corner

Friday Night: Blue Oyster Cult & Marshall Tucker Band At Arena Theatre

Blue Oyster Cult, Marshall Tucker Band Arena Theatre March 18, 2011

An odd co-headlining bill on the surface had the Marshall Tucker boys opening Friday's show. Though only singer Doug Gray remains from the classic lineup, the rest of the group are all crack players, in particular guitarist Rick Willis and keys/flute/sax man Marcus Henderson.

In all honesty, Gray had vocal difficulties for portions of the set, his singing at times seemingly muted and then - when reaching for a higher note - doing so with a whispered rasp. However, his laid-back humor in addressing the audience generated a lot of goodwill.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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