"Everything Works If You Let It"!
As Robin Zander crisscrosses the country this summer on one of his busiest concert schedules ever, both, with "Cheap Trick" and his solo band, "The Robin Zander Band", he and his solo band mates stopped off on Friday September 12th, 2014, for an amazing 20 song set concert featuring a few of his hits, and many of R&R's most classic tunes including the nailing of Led Zeppelin's Dancing Days, at the Wiens Winery in Temecula, Ca.
For the price of $125.00 (very, very reasonable by today's very high prices) about 20 fans got treated to an hour long pre-concert sound check, a personal meet and greet, then joined the rest of the nights fans for dinner before the show and a very energetic and jamming concert. This very small venue in the wine country outdoors of south Riverside County, was vibrant and really rocking.
At the meet and greet after his sound check, Robin signed just about anything and everything that the fans popped in front of him to autograph. He also posed for pictures and told many (brief) stories all the while sharing many, many laughs. Both he and his fans were feeling the energy.
It took a bit of hard work, and having to deal with an incredibly rude and very vulgar "security guard" (not sure if this individual was part of Robin's crew, or the venue's), but, after Robin was convinced the guitar I brought to sign was for me and not going to end up on Ebay, Robin personally autographed it to my wife and I, even cracking a joke or two about it. He also signed several LP's for me as well.
In addition to the autographs before the show, there was an auction at the intermission of several non band guitars, posters of the evenings show, and some Cheap Trick LP's. The guitars each went for $950.00, with the posters going for $400.00 -$450.00 each. The kicker was, that all the winning bidders were invited back into Robin's dressing room for full band signatures on their charitable items.
It was a fantastic night of music, tons of autographs and photo opts, and another example of why Robin Zander continues to have one of the best and friendliest reputations in all of rock music.