The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is right around the corner, and Rocks Off will be providing our loyal readers with more coverage than is healthy for anybody. This will include tons of concert reviews, starting with Alan Jackson on opening night and continuing throughout the festivities, which will culminate in a closing set by C&W powerhouse Justin Bieber.
Oh, pipe down. Bieber's inclusion among country luminaries such as Tim McGraw and...Mary J. Blige is perfectly in keeping with the HLSR's trend of sprinkling its predominantly good-ole-boy musical itinerary with the previous year's more successful unit shifters. Bored Woodlands soccer moms can't come *every* night, after all.
And besides, he's hardly the weirdest act to make a Rodeo appearance.
Michael Ansara (1960)
We're really curious if anybody in attendance 50 years ago remembers what it was that Ansara, who played "Cochise" in the TV series Broken Arrow, actually did during his appearance. Did he offer cryptic Native American commentary on the proceedings? Bring out then-wife Barbara Eden for some painful improv? Practice his Mr. Freeze voice? Please, we're dying over here.
C&C Music Factory (1991)
We're not sure which hallmark of early-'90s hip-hop pop make us more nostalgic: The ubiquitous black biker shorts or the fact that the song itself is a five-minute riff on an Arsenio Hall bit.
The Osmonds (1975, '77-79)
Rocks Off only vaguely remembers the early 1970s. And after watching the above clip, we're sorry we didn't do even more drugs in college to erase the decade entirely.
Paul Anka (1987)
Anka's last hit of note was over ten years prior to his one and only HLSR performance, so one assumes Rodeo organizers - trapped in pre-Garth Brooks C&W limbo - needed some non-country fare that would sound as innocuous as Reba and Larry Gatlin.
David Cassidy (1972)/Shaun Cassidy (1980)
Someone with better research skills can tell Rocks Off is there are any other instances of brothers performing independently of each other at the Rodeo, and if any of them were able to do so without riding the coattails of their hit TV show (David, The Partridge Family; Shaun, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries). Anyone still curious as to what led to the rise of punk rock should just watch that video clip.