‘Joy to the World’ — Three Dog Night LIVE!

A review by Spotlight Central. Photos by Love Imagery

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, the 1970s powerhouse vocal group, Three Dog Night, electrified the crowd at Bergen PAC in Englewood, NJ. According to lead singer and founder, Danny Hutton, it was the first time in 20 years 3DN did a show of all hits, and the crowd was ready to sing and sway along from beat One!

From start to finish, it was a night for chart-topping smashes and big hair (though much of it gray in color) as oldsters were brought back to their younger days through the mighty sound of 3DN’s signature 3-part vocal harmonies. Memories of the innocence of youth rekindled by familiar melodies, groovin’ keyboard licks, and inspired 70s lyrics — mainly carried by Hutton and new addition to the group, David Morgan (famous for singing TV’s Who’s The Boss? theme song) — drifted through the audience.

Three Dog Night’s songs have ageless message, for we all yearn for an Old Fashioned Love Song, know it’s Easy to be Hard, and know what Mama Told Me… and you (“NOT to come”)!

Three Dog Night’s 3 main lead voices — Hutton, Morgan, and Paul Kingery, who also doubles on bass — may have changed with time, but their blue-eyed soul is still undeniable, and their vibe is universally recognizable, especially on such megahits as Black and White, Never Been to Spain and Shambala.

Whether the bright, yellow hot lights were shouting Liar from the ceiling or raining polka dots of color on the crowd who completely wanted to Celebrate, Three Dog Night did not disappoint these fans. The musicians joked they don’t remember much about the 70s, but the audience remembered every lyric, riff, and melody and the incredible feeling of happiness that Three Dog Night continues to bring to each other and to their audiences in the form of their own special Joy to the World!

For information and tickets to future happenings at BergenPAC in Englewood, NJ — including Sergio Mendes on Feb. 5, Darlene Love on Feb. 13, Don McLean & Judy Collins on Apr. 9, Tower of Power & Average White Band on Apr. 21, and Kool and the Gang on May 15 — please go to bergenpac.org.

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