Celebrating 50 Years of Concerts at the WVU Coliseum
March 24, 1995
with Special Guest Patty Loveless
|SHOW DATE: Friday, March 24, 1995 • 7:30pm|
|When Vince Gill took the Coliseum stage in 1995, the 8,000 fans in attendance might have been a bit concerned. Gill was visibly ill and confessed to the crowd, "I've been kind of sick and was laying in bed around 1 o'clock this afternoon, trying to decide if I could come out and do this tonight. But I thought, heck, I left home 20 years ago and I haven't cancelled a show yet. I guess I made a miraculous recovery 'cause here I am."
And a miraculous recovery it was! Although he struggled at times with his signature high notes, he simply asked the audience for a little help and the fans "Exponent-Telegram's" Pam Marra, delivered "a varied mix of country swing like the fast-paced "Liza Jane" and the popular line-dance tune, "What the Cowgirls Do," with a little bit of crossover tunes thrown in such as "When Will I Be Loved."
Gill also showcased his guitar skills with some bluegrass-style picking in rousing renditions of "Oklahoma Swing" and "Black Mountain Rag" that had the audience tapping their toes in time. He attempted to close his show with "One More Last Chance," but the enthusiastic crowd drew him back to the stage for an encore performance of "I Still Believe in You."
Marra described Patty Loveless' opening performance as "a roller-coaster ride of upbeat hits and emotional torch songs." Loveless' set included her No. 1 hit "Blame in on Your Heart" and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye."