One of the many reasons I continue to see live music as often as I can is the possibility that something out of the ordinary will happen at the particular show I attend. While there will always be the bands that perform a song exactly as it was recorded, I love seeing how bands put new spins on their music live, how new musicians in bands perform, or how a particular audience will react on a particular night.
Thursday night I had the pleasure of seeing superhero ska/synth-pop band The Aquabats at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. No show of theirs has ever been the same. This show was made especially unique due to a guest appearance by Greg Hawkes, keyboard player for The Cars. He lives in Massachusetts, and proclaimed to be a long time fan of The Aquabats. He donned a pair of goggles and joined them for a cover of the hit “Just What I Needed.” If that wasn’t enough, he played on the organ used on the original recording of the song. This is the best I could find as far as audio goes:
What’s even more remarkable, is that this isn’t the first time I was seeing a ska/punk band in Boston with a guest appearance from a classic rock icon. In 2007, I went to the annual Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Hometown Throwdown held at the Middle East Downstairs that year. To kick off their encore, the Bosstones brought out Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band to cover the bands’ “Give It To Me.”
Do things this special happen at every show I go to? Of course not. But the more shows I go to, the greater chance I have of being witness to something that may never happen again.