But the undeniable highlight of the show was opener Richard Thompson joining Harris and Crowell onstage to trade guitar solos with Jedd Hughes on 'I Ain't Living Long Like This.'
Thompson whetted the audience's appetite by fronting a power trio that filled Symphony Center with pure rock. Bassist Taras Prodaniuk and drummer Michael Jerome provided a solid, flexible backbeat for Thompson to engage in the fleet-fingered fretboard runs that routinely lands him on the lists of rock's great guitarists. Prodaniuk and Jerome provided a simple, pulsing rhythm and their own impressive harmony vocals for 'Good Things Happen to Bad People' from Thompson's new album Electric and effortlessly embraced funk on 'You Can't Win.' Thompson exchanged the Stratocaster for an acoustic for the classic '1952 Vincent Black Lightning.' If all White Dude Bands sounded like Thompson, the world wouldn’t have to worry about White Dude Bands.