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KOOL AND THE GANG AND CHEAP TRICK
TO KICK OFF 2014 R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL WEEKEND
WITH FOURTH ANNUAL FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Concert Event in Champions Square Free and Open to Public
NEW ORLEANS (Nov. 20, 2014) – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Officials announced today that Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick will perform at the fourth annual “Friday Night Concert” on Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in Champions Square. Admission to the concert is free.
The Friday Night Concert will kick off the fan festivities surrounding the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The 2014 game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10:00 a.m. (CST) in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Creating an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million to the city of New Orleans, this years’ matchup will include a representative from the Sun Belt Conference against a Mountain West opponent.
“Each year, the Friday Night Concert brings locals and visiting fans together to celebrate the city of New Orleans and the bowl festivities—and what better way than an open concert in Champions Square. Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick promise to deliver another memorable bowl moment filled with free funk and fun.” said the Bowl’s Executive Director, Billy Ferrante.
The band performed “I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You” at the 2014 Little Kids Rock Benefit to honor Joan Jett at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC on Oct. 23, 2014. Other artists who performed at the event helmed by Steven Van Zandt and Joan Jett included Alice Cooper, Billie Joe Armstrong, Ad-Rock, Kathleen Hanna, Mike Ness, Darlene Love, Jake Clemons and many more. The event raised $1.5 million for Little Kids Rock to revitalize music education for thousands of disadvantaged public school children across the country. http://www.littlekidsrock.org/
Cheap Trick will join the Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 29th, 2015! Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct 27th at 10am CT.
Thanks to the Lancaster Fire Department for their quick response at the American Music Theatre last night. The incident happened after the band finished their performance and was contained to some in-house equipment. No guitars, drums, gear, band or crew were were affected.
Photo courtesy: Rick Nielsen
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“Mondo Ragga” (“Mando Ragga” was also accepted)
The Yardbirds – “Ha Ha Said The Clown”
“See Me Now”
.Stereophonics (Beady Eye was listed on the schedule, however, they canceled.)
Manchester on 3/27/78. (Jim Capaldi opened for Kansas in London on 3/25/78 though CT did all their other Europe/UK dates.)
“Stop That Thief”
What bass did Tom play on the studio version of “Wrong Side of Love”?
Rickenbacker 4008, 8 String Bass
Cheap Trick Frontman Opens Up About His Current Club Tour, Family & The Future
So you know how sometimes you don’t realize how much a cultural phenomenon that’s kind of been on your radar forever means to you until it’s staring you in the face? That totally happened to me this weekend when I figured out that Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander was scheduled to play at a small but brilliant club called The Birchmere less than one mile away from my home just outside of Washington, DC.
Of course I bought tickets immediately. For instinctively, I have been in varying degrees of awe of the guy since I was a teen. That’s like 30-plus years. But it’s not something I spend a lot of time thinking about because I don’t hear about him much.
It is strangely easy to forget how awesome — and important — Robin Zander and Cheap Trick are when you’re talking rock ‘n’ roll — or just Things That Are Cool. And it’s similarly easy to forget that Robin himself is arguably the greatest, most perfect rock star ever. EVER, people…
It always sounded as though Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander was taking a little vocal shortcut on the band’s bubblegum classic “I Want You to Want Me.” For some reason, the phrase “didn’t I” wouldn’t roll off the tongue the way he wanted, so he seemed to be singing, “Oh-oh, deedle-I, deedle-I, deedle-I see you cryin’?” …
Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen’s extensive and impressive guitar collection is documented in coffee table tome Guitar Aficionado: The Collections – The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World — and, with good reason.
“I’ve been collecting since the 1960s,” he says. “Some people collect this or that. I’m a musician; I collect guitars.”
But,”new pretty shiny ones” never attracted Nielsen, who turns 67 on Sunday, and grew up surrounded by instruments at his dad’s band and orchestral rental store in Northern Illinois.
“I always bought used ones because I could afford them,” says the self-taught musician. “People used to trade their guitars to get new ones; I never traded anything. It’s like the new phones today, there’s always something about the one you got rid of that the update is missing, it’s an easy way to describe why I never got rid of anything.”