Story by Scott Harrigan, Photos by Doug Bain (ISN)
Victoria, BC (ISN) – In a bit of a change of pace, ISN traded in their hockey sticks and baseball bats for guitar picks and earplugs and was asked to attend and cover the Kim Mitchell and Joe Walsh concert that took place Tuesday night at Bullen Park in Esquimalt.
With a threat of rain only materializing to a few sprinkles, the show kicked off with Canadian legend Kim Mitchell. He opened with Lager and Ale and played a solid albeit very short set of some Max Webster mixed with classic Kim Mitchell from the 90’s. The crowd had hoped Mitchell could play longer but ISN learned that Joe Walsh wanted him off the stage exactly at 7:30 pm.
Kim Mitchell provided a great warm-up for Joe Walsh on Tuesday (Photos: Doug Bain / Island Sports News)
Around 8:00 pm Walsh took the stage and maybe as a way of feeling out his audience, started slow but certainly picked it up as the show went on, a great performer who knows how to play and work the crowd.
Joe Walsh on stage at Bullen Park (Photos: Doug Bain / Island Sports News)
After each song a roadie would switch guitars and sometimes during a song, he would use 2 different axes and lookd to be enjoying himself. Walsh, ever the entertainer, cracked a few jokes when taking a picture of the crowd adding, “Go to my Facebook page and tag yourself in the picture if you want.”
Joe Walsh played to a big crowd Tuesday at Bullen Park in Esquimalt (Photos: Doug Bain / Island Sports News)
He later joked to the younger people in attendance that ,”If you know this one it means your parents played it over and over again when you were a kid and that’s why your different from other children.”
All in all it was a great outdoor event, a feather in the cap for Esquimalt and hopefully not the last outdoor show to be played on that field.