Tommy James & The Shondells – Musik at the Sands
Written by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
“Makin’ a living the old hard way, takin’ and giving day by day” … These were the words that opened the second of 7 shows of “Musik at the Sands”. Tommy James and The Shondells just exploded onto the stage with a set of songs that brought back many memories. With over 23 gold singles and millions sold worldwide, there was no shortage of material for this show that sounded like an explosion of greatest hits. This was a blast from the past that the 1400 fans from the Lehigh Valley will remember for a long time.
The first 6 tunes “ Draggin’ the Line”, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”, Lookin’ for a Loving Man”, “Getting Together”, “Pretty In Red” and a 1970 song Tommy penned for Alive & Kicking “Tighter & Tighter” got the crowd primed for what was to come next. When Tommy started singing “Crimson & Clover”, the people came alive and were on their feet in a matter of seconds. People were moving and grooving during the almost 5 minute instrumental solo and capped it off with the first of many standing ovations. They stayed there and danced in front of their seats and sang along to the tunes of “Hanky Panky”, “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Do Something to Me”
The energy came to a peak during “Mony Mony” when a rare event occurred not often seen in live shows by a major performer. Tommy James came off the stage and made his way thru the crowd shaking hands and meeting his loyal fans one by one. After shaking the hands of at least 100 people, Tommy James made his way over to the right side of the stage and gave a big hug and kiss to a lady in a whhelchair who broke out in tears. Tommy then returned to the stage and offered more “Mony Mony” before the end of the show. But wait!! This show was not yet finished. The crowd, on their feet, roared for more, more, more! Tommy James returned for an encore of “Sweet Cherry Wine” and a “Mirage/ Mony Mony” medley to end the show. After the show, Tommy James again made an appearance coming out and talking to the crowd, taking pictures and doing autographs of his new book, pictures and CD’s, a true gentleman! The fans walked away satisfied and humming his tunes after the show!