The Righteous Brothers are a music duo formed in 1963, originally with Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. The talented team released hundreds of familiar melodies, making them a household name in the 1960s.
Heard joined the group in 2016 due to Hatfield’s tragic death, according to The Righteous Brothers’ official website. Even now, their afterglow continues, as the monthly listens of their songs on Spotify still reach up to almost 6 million.
At 8:20 p.m., the lights dimmed, and the crowd quieted down. Blue light accompanied the clash of drums and electric piano. With the sound of “Hold On I’m Comin’,” the stage welcomed the stars of the night.
In the midst of applause, the stage welcomed Heard with Bill Medley. Their relaxed, collaborative vibe and vocal partnership put a new twist on a classic song.
Right after the warm-up song, resounding drum beats led to the second song, “Little Latin Lupe Lu.” The band wrote this song based on Bill Medley’s high school relationship with a girl named Lupe, according to CBS News.
“Perhaps it is a nostalgic night for all of us to remember,” concert attendee Richard Gallivan said.
Richard Gallivan and his wife, Carol Gallivan, said they are two concert lovers, and music is an “integral part of their life.”
After a few more songs, Bill Medley introduced his daughter, McKenna Medley, whom Bill Medley said was absent from the stage for a while due to pregnancy.
“She made me a grandpa,” Bill Medley said.
McKenna Medley performed “California Dreamin” in which she recounts California memories that often came back to her after she moved to Tennessee. Unlike the upbeat tempo of her father’s song, she performed with a soft, yet powerful, voice that filled the entire theater.
“It was nostalgic and brought back good memories,” Richard Gallivan said. “He’s [Bill Medley] not the singer that he once was, but the songs were still amazing and bring me back to the old days.”
At the end of their performance, Bill Medley and Heard took a deep bow to the audience.
“This has been a phenomenal crowd,” Bill Medley said. “Did I mention I am 83 years old?”
His joke made the audience laugh as they gave him a standing ovation.
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