Wed. Jun. 28: BADFINGER’S “STRAIGHT UP” Live & Complete starring JOEY MOLLAND -7:30pm- $35.00
It’s the 45th anniversary of the greatest album by Badfinger, 1972’s Straight Up. To celebrate, Joey Molland brings his dynamic band to the Birchmere for a complete performance of the album alongside the other legendary songs of Badfinger. Featuring 5 tracks written and sung by Joey Molland, Q magazine described Straight Up as “brimming with mature melodies and bracing verse/chorus interplay”, while NME deemed it “a stone cold beauty of an album” and advised: “Love it like your mother …” George Harrison produced four tracks on the album, “Name of the Game”, “Suitcase”, “I’d Die Babe”, the latter two written by Molland, and Pete Ham’s “Day After Day”, which gave the group a Top 5 U.S. single. AllMusic says ” there’s absolutely no filler and everybody is in top form”. The album, which also featured “Baby Blue”, stayed on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart for 32 weeks.
From their legendary lineup, Joey Molland continues the musical legacy of BADFINGER. One of the original signings to the Beatles’ Apple Records label, they had their first hit single with a Paul McCartney penned song, “Come and Get It”, which went to #7 in the U.S. charts. Badfinger followed this with their own compositions “No Matter What”, “Day After Day” (produced by George Harrison), and “Baby Blue”, which went to #8, #4 and #14 respectively. During this time American singer Harry Nilsson placed Badfinger’s song “Without You” on top of the charts, and Mariah Carey did the same in 1994. VH1 produced a “Behind The Music” documentary about the band, whose songs continue to heard in films (The Departed, etc), on television (Breaking Bad finale et al), and of course on Classic Rock and oldies radio; Harry Nilsson’s version of “Without You” was featured in the 2016 film starring Tina Fey, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”. Joey Molland and Badfinger played on John Lennon’s Imagine album and joined George Harrison for the Concert for Bangla Desh. Joey Molland released a new record, titled “Return to Memphis”, in 2014.
This unforgettable evening brings one of British Rock’s classic acts to the stage on the first ever tour to feature a full performance of Badfinger’s best loved album.