It's a Who's Who of rock and media! Check out the Celebrity Co-Chairs of School Rocks!: JY Young, Styx; Bun E. Carlos, Cheap Trick; Jim Peterik, Ides of March/Survivor; Mike Arturi, The Lovin' Spoonful; Tim Rozner, Site & Stage Manager for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival; Pete McMurray, WLUP 97.9 The Loop; and Larry Wert, President and General Manager of NBC 5/WMAQ-TV Chicago
Don't miss a spectacular live auction at San
Miguel's 6th annual School Rocks! benefit concert on Oct. 25 featuring
If you're the lucky bidder, you may win exciting items such as once in a lifetime experiences, getaways and
Kevin Cronin from REO Talks about San Miguel Benefit, being a dad and having Pete do background vocals Click here to hear interview.
Had Bruce Springsteen been born a decade later and listed his influences as REO Speedwagon, U2 and Bryan Adams rather than Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, he would probably sound something like Randy Massey.
Possessing a rich baritone that instantly collects comparisons to the Boss, the Florida-based vocalist, songwriter and guitarist performs each and every one of his tunes as if it was an anthem. It's easy to envision Randy on stage in front of a rapt audience, flicking lighters and pumping their fists as they sing along with his infectious concoctions.
Randy actually has spent a good number of years playing live gigs, which accounts for the commanding presence he strikes. On his new effort Highway To My Soul, Massey successfully duplicates the passion and energy executed from in-person appearances to record.
Bold and brassy, the album is a straight-forward rock affair. Aside from sporting a husky set of lungs that seizes the listener's undivided attention, Randy is also an incredible axeman. His rhythm is right on, and his solos twirl and soar with color and feeling. But Randy never goes overboard on the jamming. He keeps the tunes tight and streamlined. A melodic confidence anchors the material, occasionally sailing into power pop waters.
Rocking hard and steady, songs such as "Angels Came To Me," "Where Do We Go From Here," "Stay With Me," "Forever More" and "Yesterday" (not the Beatles tune of the same name) are replete with excitement and stamina. Arrangements sparkling with crispness, integrated with dense textures and clean and polished guitar tones are the mechanics steering the vehicle.
Even though Highway To My Soul is ruled by an 1980s-guitar rock edge, the songs are so strong that they avoid the retro tag. The emotions are vital, and what a breath of fresh air that is in this day and age of cut-and-paste music created by machines.
A big shout out further goes to Chip Muellemann for lending his bass and percussion talents to the disc.
Those with a taste for meat and potatoes rock and roll, served with a generous helping of slick licks, will find much to appreciate on Randy's new album. I know Highway To My Soul has certainly stirred my soul! click here to read full article.
OWELL -- The Lowell Memorial Auditorium has announced four new shows for their 2012-13 season. REO Speedwagon will play on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Contemporary country singer-songwriter Martina McBride will be performing Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour will take place on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m., while comedian Ron White will perform on Friday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m.
REO Speedwagon reached a peak at Epic Records in 1980 and '81 with Hi Infidelity, an album which included the enduring radio hits "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On The Run" and which has sold close to 10 million copies in the U.S. Originally formed in Champaign, Illinois, REO Speedwagon is still led today by keyboardist Martina McBride Neal Doughty (founding member since 1967), Kevin Cronin (who has fronted the band since 1972 on lead vocals, guitar and keyboards), and bassist Bruce Hall (who joined in 1977) - along with lead guitarist Dave Amato (member since 1989) and drummer Bryan Hitt (since 1990). Together, REO continues to define the essence of two enduring genres, arena rock on the performance side, and classic rock on the audio and video side.
Martina McBride rose to stardom in the late 90s, thanks to her big-voiced ballads and beautiful soprano range. She made her debut as a neo-traditionalist country singer, but her pop-styled sound has earned her multiple CMA and ACM awards. On Dec. 15, Martina will celebrate the Joy of Christmas when her special holiday Advertisement tour comes to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
America's Got Talent returned this summer on NBC with the hottest performers from across the country competing in the blockbuster reality show. The America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour features an exciting lineup of the most popular performers from this summer's breathtaking season, as well as top stars from recent seasons. The live tour will be hosted by the one-and-only Jerry Springer, from the pop-culture favorite, The Jerry Springer Show.
Comedian Ron "Tater Salad" White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central Ron White history, a book that appeared on the New York Times best seller list, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right.
Tickets are available for REO Speedwagon starting at $39.50, and for Ron White starting at $46.75. Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 28, for Martina McBride, starting at $61.50. On Saturday, Sept. 29, tickets for the America's Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour go on sale starting at $47.50. All tickets are available in person at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office, by calling 978-454-2299, or by visiting lowellauditorium.com.
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