Execution of the second set was perfect and in many ways a more enjoyable exercise than any previous Grand Funk tour. Attempts to fortify the 8-track days with the energy that defined their top 40 hits loaded their shows with a whoop-it-up frenzy that could easily fall flat in the mid-’70s; here the intricacies of the original recordings are laid bare, none more stirring than the concert finale “Closer to Home/I’m Your Captain.”
Concert lacked any sense of progress for the band — no new songs, no reworked numbers, no obscurities — and that may eventually cut into the return appeal of the show. And for the band that was effectively at ground zero of the corporate rock movement, the evening was decidedly understated: A light show of green lasers was used with subtlety and staging was generally limited to Mark Farner pacing to and fro.
To some degree, shows in L.A. and New York are expected to pique some interest in getting the band signed. Group is reportedly planning to record over the next few weeks before touring Japan and Europe with a handful of U.S. dates in the summer; a Sept. 19 perf in Sarajevo with other artists, U2 headlining, is also on the boards.