Summerfest celebrated five decades of music on a special “Throwback Thursday.” Performances that day featured a nod to various bands from the past including a set by Slaughter on the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage. Clearly a lot of people played hooky that day as the late afternoon set was well attended.
The majority of the set was comprised of songs from their 1990 release, Stick It To Ya, including Burning Bridges, Spend My Life With You with lead singer Mark Slaughter on 12-string guitar and Mad About You. Right from the get go, fans were quick to notice drummer Zoltan Chaney’s drummer antics. I personally have never seen more tricks from a drummer in one performance than I did during the Slaughter set. He and Mark tossed sticks back and forth and another time, Mark had his own set of sticks and played along at the same time. Zoltan was definitely entertaining. Bassist Dana Strum, with his long blonde hair flying, engaged the most with the crowd, often pointing to fans, thanking them all while giving them that familiar smiling smirk.
After Mark introduced the band, they proceeded to play a snippet of Foghat’s, I Just Want To Make Love to You, (another band performing the same day) before playing a portion of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song which had Mark off the stage and running around slapping hands with fans. Eventually the song turned into Eye to Eye and Mark continued to interact with fans. This time, he had jumped the T barricade at the back near the soundboard and was walking on the bleachers. All while singing, he would stop and take photos, shake hands and give high fives. He worked a good portion of the crowd before crossing the barricade to interact with fans on the other side as he made his way back to the stage.
Guitarist Jeff Blando had fans cheering louder than they had earlier in the set, including some younger fans in front of him, for the last two songs. Some would say, they are THE most recognized songs in the band’s catalog. Fly To The Angels, which Mark dedicated to all family and friends no longer with us, and “Everybody sing it now,” Up All Night. With fans singing along loudly off and on during the entire set, it showed that a lot of people still have great memories of music from the past AND this set showed just how much the band still kicks ass.
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