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The Savoy Brown concert in Wilmington OH on 11/02 was fantastic. Kim Simmonds is one of the greatest blues rockers to come out of the UK during the British Invasion. Kim founded Savoy Brown in 1965 at age 17 and has continued to tour under that name ever since, even though he is the only original member. He has released 40 albums under the Savoy Brown name and several solo albums under his name.
I saw something at this particular concert that outshone the wonderful music that the band provided for over 2 hours. There was a young man sitting front row center that was greatly enjoying the music, I noticed that if he rose to his feet to applaud, he had to held up by who I think was his father. This young man was suffering from CP or something similar but it didn’t stop him from rockin’ out with the band.
After the band had played for about 45 minutes, Kim introduced the young man and mentioned that the band had gotten to know him and his family. At that time, they gifted him with an Epiphone Les Paul signed by the band. The little guy was more than thrilled and no doubt the members of Savoy Brown are his heroes. He turned around to hold the guitar up to show the crowd, holding it as if he was about to jam with the band
During Savoy Brown shows, Kim will sit for a few minutes and allow his bassist and drummer to solo. As Pat DiSalvo was playing hard on his bass, he stood in front of the young guy and would point to him and told him that he loved him with sign language.
Savoy Brown gave the audience a great performance to enjoy but this particular show was all about one person – the young man that was sitting in the center of the front row
All of us that are on this forum love music and we are pursuing music as part of who we are. Kim Simmonds is 2nd to none as far as playing blues rock guitar and he keeps getting better with age – yet he and his band demonstrated to the audience of how simple acts of kindness far outweigh anything that they could ever do in playing a song or a show. A young man who had the misfortune of being born with a severe handicap was made to feel like he was the most important person in the auditorium. For a brief moment in time, it was all about him.
May we all look around us that we too might touch a life in some way
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