Review: Triple Bill Concert at the Amp: Pure Prairie League, Poco. Firefall

July 16, 2017

By Jeff Levine

The Pompano Beach Amphitheatre - The Amp!- remains one of Pompano Beach's hidden gems and a wonderful place to see a concert.  After several years with very few shows, The Amp! is back to scheduling a full slate of top quality acts (see Upcoming Shows).

Saturday night brought the 70s/80s Country-Rock triple bill- Firefall, Poco, and Pure Prairie League, who opened the show.  Despite containing none of the key members from the group's heyday (which included a young Vince Gill), the band put on a strong set including classics: Two Lane Highway, Let Me Love You Tonight and, of course, Amie (see video above).

Poco is celebrating its 50th (yes, 50th!) anniversary this year.  The band has had a revolving roster that has included Jim Messina (Loggins &...) and two future Eagles' bassists- Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmidt.  The one constant through the five decades has been Rusty Young.  Young and crew still had some vigor left in them, however midway through the set, Young asked the question that most classic rock fans dread hearing, "How'd you like to hear a new song?"  Well, the band answered that question by playing not one, not two, but three new songs in a row .   That's incredibly self-indulgent, especially considering they only played a 45-minute set and left out several of their best known classics.  One of the new songs, "All Fired Up" was actually pretty good, but three new songs was just too much.

When I heard that Firefall was the "headliner" and was closing the show, I was surprised.  Even though Firefall had a bunch of big hits in the 70's (You Are the Woman, Just Remember I Love You), the group with the biggest "anthem" is clearly Pure Prairie League ("Amie, watcha gonna dooo...") and as mentioned earlier, Poco has been around for 50 years.  Once, Firefall hit the stage, it was clear why they were heading the bill.  The group, which included three original members, sounded as strong as they did in 1979.  Their sound was crisp and energetic, and of the three bands, they definitely deserved to close out the night- another great evening of fun, right in our own backyard, at The Amp!