"We were kids. What the hell did we care?" Mason said, describing how they ran their amps off generators in the middle of nowhere, with no running water. "We made a lot of music in there."
After photos of Mason and his Traffic compadres played on the video screens, Mason and his band kicked the night off with Traffic's "(Roamin' Thru the Gloamin' with) 40,000 Headmen."
"Thank you. Good evening," Mason said. "Nice to be here. Nice to be anywhere, as a matter of fact."
The band moved onto the danceable "
"Fred drives the bus," Mason said. "So we have to let him play, otherwise we could wind up in a different town. Or a different state."
A couple started dancing in the back of the ballroom to "We Just Disagree," a song from Mason's 1977 solo album "Let it Flow" that reached 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After "World of Changes" from Mason's 1970 solo debut "Alone Together," the singer noted Traffic had been inducted into the
"They have us in a museum already," he said.
Mason honored his former Traffic bandmate
"Feel free to dance, by the way," Mason said. "Who cares? You may never see these people again."
Many in the crowd took his advice for the rest of the show, starting with "Only You Know and I Know" from "Alone Together," followed by "Let it Go, Let it Flow," from "Let it Flow."
"I was only 19 years old when I wrote this. Since then, the song's been covered by about 50 different artists, Mason said, most famously by
That prompted the crowd to get down for the 1968 hit "Feelin' Alright."
After a standing ovation, Mason and the band returned for "All Along the Watchtower" and a photo of Mason and
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