Backstage at the First Niagara Pavilion outside Pittsburgh, visiting musicians and roadies alike are invited to test their luck on a chip shot to a small island green in the middle of a lake.
While no one on the Mojo Summer 2010 tour ever truly threatened the flagstick, it wasn-t for a lack of trying. On their last day on the tour, Drive-By Truckers Mike Cooley and Jay Gonzalez looked on as members of their road crew traded errant attempts with Heartbreakers roadies in the summer sun. Both Tom and Mike stopped in to thank the Athens, Georgia rockers for joining the tour, and Truckers frontman Patterson Hood dedicated the band-s set-closing "Let Their Be Rock- to the Heartbreakers and their crew, saying the tour was -the best summer vacation I-ve ever had."
23,000 strong welcomed the Heartbreakers to the stage at First Niagara Pavilion as the sun set on a steamy Pennsylvania night. "You Don-t Know How It Feels" got the crowd going early, but tonight-s highlight was the return of "First Flash of Freedom," which coincided with the first flashes of lightning of a fast-approaching thunderstorm. As if on cue, the heavens opened just as Mike and Scott Thurston-s twin guitar leads snaked around the amphitheatre like the soundtrack to an ancient rain dance. Despite the nasty weather, Heartbreakers fans showed why they are among rock music-s most loyal, gritting it out to the last notes of "American Girl" to show Tom and the band their love and appreciation for another amazing night of rock -n roll.
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