Christopher Cross Invites Michael McDonald To Duet On “Ride Like The Wind” At The Hollywood Bowl Review+Photos: Christopher Cross @ The Hollywood Bowl 7/13/18
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… The evening opened with a short set by Christopher Cross, who looks like a roadhouse bouncer and sings like an angel. He still has his full vocal range and sounds just like his recordings. The mellow vibe of his songs led them to mesh beautifully with the orchestra’s backing — probably the most effectively of the three artists. Hits like “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” felt particularly lush and dreamy as the audience floated in the rich orchestral sound. Loggins would later tell the audience that Cross was “the skipper of the yacht” for the show, embracing the “yacht rock” label for the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing crowd.
In what would be an ongoing theme of collaborations for this show, Cross was also joined onstage by Michael McDonald for “Ride Like the Wind.” While the crowd went wild for each of these pairings throughout the evening, they were also the points where the backing music (particularly the brass section) sometimes started to overpower the vocalists.
I have to mention here how absolutely gorgeous the lighting was for this entire show. The Bowl frequently uses colored lighting on the ridged, semi-circular bandshell but really outdid themselves this time. During Cross’ “Sailing,” for example, they used a gorgeous blue-to-green wash that perfectly complimented the music. The arches looked like beautiful Easter eggs all night. Nicely done, lighting department …”