“Why Can’t We Be Friends?” WAR Brings The Paramount Together for One Amazing Show
Joe Tucci, Feature Writer
Photos courtesy of Mickey Deneher – Music Photography
Critically acclaimed and one of the most memorable bands of the 60s and 70s, WAR, performed their greatest hits in front of a phenomenal crowd of over 600 people at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill on March 23.
The band—comprised of founder and lead singer Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan, guitarist Stuart Ziff, harmonists Stanely “The Baron” Behrens, saxophonist Scott Martin, drummers Marcus Reyes and Sal Rodrigues, and bassist Rene Camacho—was introduced by Shadows of the 60’s performer Lawrence Anthony, otherwise known as LA.
As the band performed their most notable hits such as “The World is a Ghetto,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Slippin’ Into Darkness,” “Me and My Baby Brother” and “The Cisco Kid,” Jordan went into the crowd and picked random audience members to assist him in singing. The audience was amazed at how inclusive the band was with their fans.
“The songs you didn’t know, you loved,” Patron Raul said. “And the songs you loved, you loved more.”
Behrens also performed a solo of the National Anthem with his harmonica as the audience stood silent and held their hand over their hearts.
Manhattan Beer Distributors Sales Representative Mike Grabowiecki, hosted a party at The Eagle Saloon before the show, which was a great success.
“The party was awesome, there were a lot of people,” said Grabowiecki, who’s a long-time WAR fanatic and loved watching them live. “It was a great time, people had a great time, the music was great, the sound quality was great, overall it was a great experience, I had a blast.”
Many of the audience members are regulars at the Paramount, and the venue’s accommodations keep them coming back for show after show.
“This is probably our third or fourth show in the past eight months,” Paramount Regular Eillen said.
The patrons loved WAR so much that they wanted to relive the concert right after it ended.
“Bring back WAR,” Paramount Patron Raul said.
For exclusive clips of the performance visit and follow our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/paramounttheaterhv/
For a full list of our upcoming shows check out our website: http://paramounthudsonvalley.com/events/