When you have an hour's worth of greatest hits to your credit, all you have to do is perform them. And that's pretty much what Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Everly Brothers did Wednesday at the Universal Amphitheatre.
Backed by a crack five-piece band of English-American session heavies, including guitarist Albert Lee and drummer Larrie Londin, the tuxedo-clad brothers opened with a steel-driving version of their '65 cult rocker "The Price of Love" and followed it with nothing less--and little more--than near-perfect re-creations of their biggest of all-time big ones: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Let It Be Me," et. al.
So far, so fine. Except that Don and Phil have recorded two exceptional Dave Edmunds-produced albums of contemporary material since their decade-awaited reunion three years back. So what do they do? One measly song from those sessions: Mark Knopfler's "Why Worry?" originally found on the latest Dire Straits album and reportedly written with the Everlys in mind. Sounded like it. Sounded great, as a matter of fact, and along with the concert-closing, unrecorded rendition of Buddy Holly's "Maybe Baby," proved that these guys can turn anything into an Everly Brothers song.