Cincinnati's Riverbend Music Center was built on the banks of the Ohio River in 1984 on 15 acres donated by a local amusement park.
The land where the amphitheatre stands today was once the home of two popular roller coasters, The Wildcat and Shooting Star, which seems apropos considering the two bands slated for this steamy summer night.
Openers Drive-By Truckers are every bit the wildcat, a rag-tag bunch of scraggly rockers whose music lurks somewhere between rock and punk. The Truckers ripped through their hour-long slot tonight, obliging a fan request for "Sink Hole" before concluding with monster renditions of "Hell No I Ain't Happy" and "Let There Be Rock." Just like a shooting star, the Heartbreakers hit the stage for two hours of brilliance each night and are gone before you know it. If you catch a glimpse, even just for a brief second, it's an incredible sight that you'll never forget.
Anticipation was peaking in the minutes before the band took the stage in Cincinnati. "Oh Well" served as the catalyst tonight, the song's dark, dirty mojo igniting the thousands under the roof at Riverbend. "Honey Bee" stoked the flame, the Wildflowers deep cut blowing blues swagger into the mix. "Refugee" was the burning point as the thousands of sweaty Heartbreakers fans crammed into this concrete crucible screamed along with Tom to the song's memorable chorus.
We're off and running on this second leg of the Mojo tour! Come out and see us soon and check back for more photos, videos and recaps from the tour!