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Photoset: 38 Special (May 12, 2012 @ Nutter Center, Dayton, OH)

Thirty-Eight Special

Saturday night, Hank Williams Jr. brought his rowdy friends to Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The first band to take the stage was southern rock legends 38 Special. Opening their set with “Rockin’ Into The Night,” 38 Special rocked for fifty solid minutes, roaring through their biggest hits including “Caught Up In You,” “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys,” and “Hold On Loosely.”

It is a shame that many concertgoers do not make an effort to arrive at the venue for the first act. The crowd was sparse during 38 Special’s performance, but the band played as if every seat was filled. Singer Donnie Van Zant pranced around the stage, all smiles during the set. Van Zant is the middle brother of the Van Zants (original Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie being the oldest, and current Skynyrd singer Johnny the youngest). The camaraderie between him and guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes was evident.

Donnie Van Zant

The only drawback to 38 Special’s time on stage was perhaps the lack of time. Due to the short set, the group decided to play a medley of select songs in addition to full renditions of their most popular numbers. While a medley is not necessarily a bad thing, this one seemed forced and did not flow as smoothly as it should have. It may be better to replace this part of the set with two songs in their entirety.

Overall, however, 38 Special did a very good job opening the show. For a band that has been going for nearly forty years, they did not show any signs of slowing down.

More photos from the set after the jump: Read the rest of this entry

What are you doing Saturday night?

A short drive from Cincinnati, Hank Williams Jr. is playing at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Tickets are still available to see the legendary Bocephus, rising star Jamey Johnson, and southern rockers .38 Special during this stop on the “Taking Back The Country” tour. Click here to purchase tickets and get rowdy!

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