Here's part 2 of my day at BeatleCuse on July 7 in Fair Haven, New York. I was thrilled for the opportunity to see 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Denny Laine, formerly of Wings and co-founder of the Moody Blues. I've been a fan of his since I was in my teens, […]

Here's part 2 of my day at BeatleCuse on July 7 in Fair Haven, New York. I was thrilled for the opportunity to see 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Denny Laine, formerly of Wings and co-founder of the Moody Blues. I've been a fan of his since I was in my teens, which is more years that is flattering for either of us to admit.

OK, so maybe the photo above isn't the best of Denny playing the harmonica intro to his opening number, “Time to Hide,” but it was the best I could do without a VIP seat. I was really excited when I took this, nonetheless.

What didn't excite me was that Denny's 45-minute set was cut to 25 minutes because the BeatleCuse portion of the show ran late with an encore of “Hey Jude” with 80-plus central New York musicians testing the strength of the event's main stage. Here it is:

See what I mean?

Anyway, Denny's show was cut short because the Collaco Winery had scheduled fireworks over Lake Ontario for the Fair Haven community. Collaco Winery happened to be where the concert was taking place, so there didn't appear to be much choice in the matter. I blew a raspberry from my seat when the organizers announced this from the stage, but I don't think they noticed.

For those of you keeping score at home, Denny Laine now is 73 years old, but didn't sound much different than the old days to me. One of my favorite albums featuring Denny was Wings'   “Londontown,” released in the spring of 1978 just before I graduated from high school.

Denny is on the far left in this photo a young man in his 30s.You may recognize the others in the photo… a married couple named Paul & Linda McCartney.   Anyway, this is how I best remember Denny Laine. In all fairness, through, I don't look the same as in 1978, either.

Enough said!