Southern Rock Legacy Outlaws Play Count Basie at Red Bank NJ

It’s official, Outlaws fans are loving the band’s November 10, 1978 performance of the classic “Green Grass and High Tides,” filmed at the long-closed Capitol Theater in Passaic.

A video of the Southern rock band’s rendition of the classic, in over 20 minutes of fame, has nearly a million views on YouTube.

“If someone tells you they don’t like southern rock, play them that song,” one fan commented. “It transcends all genres. I get goosebumps EVERY TIME.

Outlaws frontman Henry Paul left the band in 1978, but he fondly remembers the Capitol Theater shows.

“I left the band in 1977, but played the Capitol Theater several times with the Outlaws and the Henry Paul Band,” Paul said via email. “Le Capitole … was a very family-friendly place, starting with John Scher through to catering and security. It was a joy to play and to feel that you were part of a tight-knit organization (which) always treated you with respect and affection.

The Capitol brought musical giants to New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s, including the Who, the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. The place was a hotbed for southern rock. A Marshall Tucker Band concert from 1977 was released there in 2007 as the “Carolina Dreams Tour ’77”.

Paul was one of the first members of the Outlaws to lead the band when “Green Grass and High Tides” and “There Goes Another Love Song” were released on the band’s breakthrough 1975 album, “Outlaws.”

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Paul came home about 15 years ago, and he’ll lead the charge on Thursday, June 9, when the Outlaws take on the Count Basie Center for the Arts at Red Bank.

The show will be “a musically true and energetic impression of Outlaws classics and contemporary favorites from recent albums ‘It’s About Pride’ and ‘Dixie Highway,'” Paul said.

The Artimus Pyle Band, performing Lynyrd Skynyrd classics, opens. Tickets starting at $28 are available. Visit thebasie.org for more information.

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

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