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GARY U.S. BONDS ROCKS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH RELEASE OF “CHRISTMAS IS ON!”

GARY U.S. BONDS ROCKS THE HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH RELEASE OF VERY FIRST FULL-LENGTH
CHRISTMAS CD TITLED, “CHRISTMAS IS ON!”

GARY US. BONDS AND SPECIAL GUESTS
TO PERFORM CHRISTMAS SHOW AT THE STRAND THEATRE
IN LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY ON NOVEMBER 29
AS PART OF “RESTORE THE SHORE” CONCERT SERIES

More than 50 years after he first hit the music scene, Gary U.S. Bonds proves that he can still rock with the best of ’em by releasing his very first full-length Christmas CD titled, Christmas is ON!

The disc — which will be officially released on Tuesday, November 27 via G.L.A. Records — features ten tracks including three originals written by Gary and his daughter, Laurie: “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” “Christmas Is A Phone Call Away” and “Santa Bring My Baby Home To Me.”

Christmas is ON! also includes the Irving Berlin classic, “White Christmas” and the holiday season staple, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” along with eight other numbers that celebrate the spirit of the holidays.

Christmas is a time to be spent with family and friends and with this new release, Gary U.S. Bonds shares his musical gifts and brings the party.

“I love a good time had by all and what better way to spread the good cheer than release a Christmas CD full of music to get your feet moving and your spirits lifted,” states Bonds, the legendary master of good time party sounds. “All I can say is that it’s been 45 years since I recorded a Christmas song and thought that it was about time to do it again. I really enjoyed making this album.”

Christmas is ON! finds Gary sharing production chores with his daughter, Laurie (“Lil’ Mama”), who is also a featured vocalist on the album alongside her mother and Gary’s wife, Laurie.

The collection of cuts is a tasty assortment of Christmas old, Christmas new, Christmas borrowed and Christmas blue.

“We Wish You A Merry Christmas” simply brings the house down capturing the essence, energy, spirit and style of Bonds.

“Baby, Baby It’s Christmas” is a rare, unplugged anthem to the holidays that highlights Gary soaring above a chorus of strings, treating the elegant lyric like an old friend who’s dropped in to remind us all about what’s really important this time of year.

Of course, no Bonds effort is complete without an up-tempo party sound or two and the “Christmas Is On” title track easily fills the wish list along with the sly, “Christmas Is A Phone Call Away,” which calls to mind The Coasters classic, “Shoppin’ For Clothes,” done Bo Diddley style.

“It’s Christmas In Nu Awlins” is a solid second line stomp in familiar territory for Gary, who then takes us further down south from the Crescent City to parts near Montego Bay and shows that his Caribbean repertoire includes both calypso and reggae beats.

On Thursday, November 29, Gary U.S. Bonds and Special Guests will be performing hits, rarities and new Christmas songs at The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, New Jersey (www.strand.org) as part of the venue’s “Restore The Shore” concert series, in what promises to be an unforgettable night of music.

The following week, on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00pm eastern, Gary will be appearing at J&R Music World (located at 23 Park Row in New York City – www.jr.com), where he’ll performing a few songs from the Christmas is ON! CD, and personally signing copies for fans in attendance.

This will culminate another busy year for Gary, who has nine Top 40 hits, five Top 10’s and a number one song — the immensely successful 1961 million-selling single, “Quarter to Three” — under his belt.

Although Bruce Springsteen has been known to play Gary’s biggest hit, “Quarter to Three,” on occasion, The Boss (who’s been a friend now for well over 30 years…) recently invited Gary up on stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on September 21 to join him and the E Street Band on “Jole Blon” and “This Little Girl,” two hits made famous by Gary, the latter of which was written by Springsteen.

It was the first performance of “This Little Girl” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since 1981 and only the third of “Jole Blon,” making it a truly special evening.

In addition to Gary’s new CD, he’s in the final stages of his forthcoming memoir, By U.S. Bonds: That’s My Story, due out early next year on Wheatley Press.

But first things, first… CHRISTMAS IS ON!

It makes no difference if you’ve been naughty or nice this year as Santa Gary is coming down your chimney to start your party and he’s not leaving until he’s had a good cup of cheer and a slow dance with your sister.

Put down your egg nog and move your feet… the sounds of Gary U.S. Bonds this holiday season are hard to beat!

For further information on Gary, please view his official website at www.garyusbonds.com.

For interviews, please contact Jeff Albright at The Albright Entertainment Group via e-mail at rockstarpr@aol.com.

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QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 25th ANNIVERSARY OPERATION: MINDCRIME TOUR 2013

QUEENSRYCHE TO EMBARK ON
25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF BAND’S EPIC RELEASE,
OPERATION: MINDCRIME, WITH NEWLY ANNOUNCED LINE-UP

MINDCRIME TOUR BEGINNING IN SPRING 2013 TO FEATURE
ALL FIFTEEN SONGS OF ALBUM ALONG WITH
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCES AND SURPRISES

Further laying down the gauntlet and keeping the music he’s created over the past three decades alive, Queensryche vocalist and founding member Geoff Tate will be taking the newly-announced line-up on the road next year to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime.

The tour — with dates slated to begin in April (see below) — will feature the arsenal of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Dio), drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche/Myth) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) along with special guest appearances and plenty of surprises.

“It’s great to be performing with all of these guys who have been true friends for years,” comments Geoff. “Kelly, Randy and I formed Myth more than 30 years ago and I’ve known Rudy and Bobby for several years as well. I think we are all inspired by the collaboration and couldn’t be more excited to bring it to our fans next year.”

In 2006, Queensryche brought the theatrical interpretation of the Mindcrime saga to audiences all over the world.

A year later, the band would release Mindcrime at the Moore, a double DVD featuring the theatrical performances of both Operation: Mindcrime I & II albums that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD Chart.

The DVD set would mark the band’s first #1 chart debut, quickly achieving gold status, selling over 50,000 units.

The performance of Operation: Mindcrime next spring will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in
Love,” and the closing track, “Eyes of a Stranger.”

It will also feature other selections from the Queensryche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.

The news of the 25th Anniversary Mindcrime Tour comes just a few weeks after Tate’s eagerly-awaited sophomore solo release, Kings & Thieves, was released on InsideOut Music (11/6/12).

His first solo release in more than a decade, Kings & Thieves is a journey into the mind of one of rock’s most dynamic vocalists.

“My goal with this record was to make a solid rock album,” says Tate. “I wanted it to be an album that I could play live that would be both satisfying and fun because, as a singer, you need to create a show that has a lot of dynamics to it and takes people on a ride.”

Hang on to your seats.

It’s been said that “a rolling stone gathers no moss,” and that couldn’t be more true of Tate, as he hit the ground running in mid-October for an intensive trek of tour dates in support of Kings & Thieves, expected to last throughout the year.

Among the highlights of the current tour were several Canadian dates with the legendary Alice Cooper earlier this month.

For all confirmed performances, please see www.queensryche.com or www.geofftate.com/tour.

25TH ANNIVERSARY OPERATION: MINDCRIME TOUR 2013*

April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – 4th & B in San Diego, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California

*More dates to be announced.

www.queensryche.com / www.geofftate.com / www.facebook.com/GeoffTateOfficial / www.twitter.com/GeoffTate

COMMENTS FROM THE NEW LINE-UP APPEARING IN 2013

“Geoff and I first met in 1983 when Queensryche toured with Quiet Riot. I immediately admired his voice and dynamic stage presence. It’s truly an honor and privilege to join the new Queensryche line-up on its wondrous musical journey.”
–Rudy Sarzo–

“Geoff and Queensryche and Ratt have a long history of touring together and I’m very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys.”
–Bobby Blotzer–

“I’m really amped! This is an awesome group of people who are all very skilled in the craft of making music. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it!”
–Kelly Gray–

“After not only being great friends with, but also a huge fan of Queensryche since their beginning, and for years working behind the scenes for this groundbreaking and quintessential progressive rock band; it is such a honor to now be working within the band, especially with the incredible level of musicianship and amazing talent of the new lineup!”
–Randy Gane–

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GEOFF TATE’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED CD, KINGS & THIEVES, TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 6, 2012 ON InsideOut MUSIC

Geoff Tate’s highly-anticipated solo CD, Kings & Thieves, will be released on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 (via InsideOut Music) with the support tour beginning on Wednesday, October 17 (see all confirmed dates below).

Here’s a link to the lyric video for the song, “Dark Money,” off the forthcoming CD – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIVWKlUvvBU

Exclusive pre-order packages for Kings & Thieves are now available at http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/kings_and_thieves and include a copy of the CD, an autographed CD booklet and an exclusive T-shirt.

Tour Dates

10/17/12 – Newton, NJ @ Newton Theatre

10/18/12 – New York, NY @ The Jewel

10/19/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Montage Music Hall

10/20/12 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

10/21/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ JC’s Washington House

10/23/12 – Springfield, VA @ Empire

10/24/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre

10/25/12 – Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live

10/26/12 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s

10/27/12 – Chesterfield, MI @ New York New York

10/28/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House

10/29/12 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owen’s Tap House

10/31/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall

11/01/12 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub

11/02/12 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa

11/03/12 – Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgater’s Grill

11/07/12 – Calgary, AB, Canada @ Southern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)

11/08/12 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ TCU Place (*with Alice Cooper)

11/09/12 – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada @ Mosaic Place (*with Alice Cooper)

11/11/12 – Medicine Hat, AB, Canada @ Medicine Hat Arena (*with Alice Cooper)

11/13/12 – Dawson Creek, BC, Canada @ Encana Events Centre (*with Alice Cooper)

11/14/12 – Edmonton, AB, Canada @ Northern Jubilee Auditorium (*with Alice Cooper)

11/16/12 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (*with Alice Cooper)

11/21/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

11/23/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

11/24/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

11/27/12 to 12/1/12 – ShipRocked Cruise (see all details at www.getshiprocked.com!)

ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE II TO SET SAIL IN JANUARY 2013

OCTOBER 8, 2012

CONTACT: JEFF ALBRIGHT / ROCKSTARPR@AOL.COM

ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE II TO SET SAIL IN JANUARY 2013
FEATURING OVER TWENTY ARTISTS INCLUDING FOREIGNER,
PAUL RODGERS, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED,
KANSAS, BACHMAN & TURNER, 38 SPECIAL, THE MARSHALL
TUCKER BAND, BLUE OYSTER CULT, FOGHAT, MOLLY
HATCHET AND NUMEROUS OTHER ROCK NOTABLES
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CLASSIC ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE HIGH SEAS
TO BENEFIT THE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
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On Thursday, January 10, 2013, thousands of rock fans are expected to board a luxury cruise vessel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that’ll be taking them to Labadee, Haiti for what promises to be the classic rock cruise of a lifetime.
Introducing the ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE II.

Here’s the rundown…

Approximately two-dozen artists will be performing multiple sets in at least three separate, easily accessible, venues over four days and four nights (think: “hours of greatest hits”).

One big classic rock festival at sea aboard 154,407 tons of fun known as Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas — one of the biggest, fastest and most luxurious passenger ships in existence, spanning over 1100 feet long.

One moment you’re by the pool basking in the sun and the next, you’re taking in live musical performances by some of your all-time favorite classic rock bands (see below for the incredible line-up in its entirety).

You and a few thousand other classic rock fanatics wonder, “How did I get here?” as you sing along to such rock anthems as “Feels Like The First Time,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Up Around The Bend,” “Carry On Wayward Son,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “Rocking into the Night,” “Can’t You See,” “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” “Fool For The City” and “Flirtin’ with Disaster.”

No, it’s not a dream, just the ultimate rock and roll getaway on the high seas — Rock Legends Cruise II — benefiting the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA).

So what if your voice is shot by Monday morning?

You just had the time of your life.

In addition to their musical performances, the artists will be mingling alongside fans during the four-day excursion.

“Didn’t I just see Artimus Pyle in line for the breakfast buffet?”

Just an idea of what’s in store…

Rock Legends Cruise II will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida early Thursday evening (January 10, 2013), then dock in Labadee, Haiti (a secure, private resort leased, managed and operated by Royal Caribbean located on the north coast of Hispaniola) the following Saturday before returning to Fort Lauderdale on Monday morning, January 14, 2013.

In between the musical performances, passengers will be able to enjoy such on board activities as surfing (thanks to the ship’s FlowRider wave generator), volleyball, basketball, boxing, cantilevered whirlpools and a variety of gourmet restaurants and casual dining.

What a way to start off the new year!

Book your cabin now before they’re gone!

Most levels are still available including interior, ocean view, ocean view with balcony and a variety of suites, with pricing beginning at $1049.00 per person (double occupancy).

For further information including specific details, ticket/cabin purchase, what’s included and answers to FAQ’s, please go to www.rocklegendscruise.com or call 888-666-1499.

To view the Rock Legends Cruise II commercial, please see: http://rocklegendscruise.com/commercials/

For information on Liberty of the Seas, please see: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/ships/class/ship/home.do?shipCode=LB.

ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE II 2013 – COMPLETE LINE-UP

Foreigner
Paul Rodgers
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Kansas
Bachman & Turner
38 Special
The Marshall Tucker Band
Blue Oyster Cult
Foghat
Molly Hatchet
Kentucky HeadHunters
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Pat Travers Band
Melvin Seals & JGB
The Artimus Pyle Band
Black Oak Arkansas
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
SwampDaWamp
Whiskey Myers
Fired Guns
Mike Zito
Citizens Band Radio
The Blue Lords

ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

The Native American Heritage Association has been working on reservations in South Dakota for more than 18 years and is a 4-star charity with www.charitynavigator.org for a total of eight years. Native American Heritage Association tractor trailers are on the road daily with supplies to the various far flung communities and 94% of the organization’s total revenue goes towards program services which provide basic life necessities, including fuel assistance and medical transportation to 90,000 people. Many of these residents face an 80% rate of unemployment; 70% don’t have transportation and many of those who do, don’t have the means to purchase gas. These Lakota Sioux live in abandoned school buses, shacks or government housing with no insulation, some live without indoor plumbing, in homes with dirt floors, no beds or furniture. More information can be found at: www.naha-inc.org.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND BEGIN NEXT LEG OF 2012 WRECKING BALL TOUR AT FENWAY PARK IN BOSTON ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 14TH

*Our client is longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren.

Please see http://brucespringsteen.net/category/live-dates for a list of all forthcoming U.S. performances.

KLOS-FM HONORS BIRTHDAY BY GETTING THE LED OUT!

Special thanks to my longtime friend Gary Moore at 95.5 KLOS-FM who honored my birthday on Thursday, May 3rd, by giving a shout out and playing “Going to California” and “Friends” by Led Zeppelin during his “Get The Led Out” segment. If I could, I’d play the Zep’s “Thank You” in return. Thanks again Gary!

HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2012 TO START FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH!

HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR TO CELEBRATE THIRD
CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN “SIXTIES STYLE” BY BRINGING
BACK SOME OF THE DECADE’S MOST POPULAR ARTISTS

THE TURTLES FEATURING FLO & EDDIE,
THE MONKEES LEAD SINGER MICKY DOLENZ,
THE BUCKINGHAMS, THE GRASS ROOTS AND NEWEST
ADDITION, GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP TO EMBARK
ON MAJOR U.S. TOUR BEGINNING JUNE 8, 2012

Here they come again to a venue near you!

In the summer of 2010, the Happy Together Tour — which featured five incredible artists performing some of the greatest pop rock of the sixties — took to the road in celebration of the tour’s 25th Anniversary with many of the same artists that shared the stage together in 1985 including The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams.

To no one’s real surprise, the sixties faithful would show up in mass to see the show, which also included Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders, and The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz.

For last year’s tour, The Association went along for the ride (while Micky Dolenz toured with The Monkees) and it, too, had similar success.

Both tours, encompassing approximately 20 dates each, played to many-a-packed house throughout the United States and, as a result, Happy Together is now returning for its third consecutive year on an extensive 42 date tour beginning June 8 in Columbus, Georgia (see complete itinerary below).

Along with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots, new addition Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will be a part of the festivities.

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties. Gary’s unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits such as “Young Girl” and “Woman Woman.” In 1968, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap sold more records than any other artist including the Beatles. Gary Puckett has performed on more than thirty network television shows and prime time specials during his career, even adding a command performance for the President and Prince Charles at the White House. The Union Gap disbanded in 1971. Gary continues to tour nationally and internationally.

“Happy Together” by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 (displacing the Beatles’ “Penny Lane”) and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it’s just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” and “It Ain’t Me Babe.” In 1968, far ahead of their time, they would release one of music’s first concept albums, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, where they pretended to be eleven different bands with different names, each providing a song in a different genre.The album — which showcased their incredible range of vocal talent — spawned the hits “Elenore” and “You Showed Me” (both peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts). Mark and Howard have remained plenty busy over the years with both The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and their extracurricular music activities. In 2009, a new Turtles compilation CD was released titled, Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits, which was issued on their own FloEdCo label. In all, the band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide to date.

In 1966, hot on the heels of their new NBC television show, The Monkees would release a self-titled debut album that would top the U.S. charts for thirteen consecutive weeks and sell an overwhelming 3.2 million copies in just three months. The single, “Last Train to Clarksville,” from the album would be their first #1 hit. Their second #1 hit came quickly with “I’m a Believer” (featured on the band’s second album, More of The Monkees), which had over a million advance orders. The band would continue to put out numerous hits such as “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday” among others… In 1986, the four members got together for “The Monkees 20th Anniversary World Tour,” a 145 date trek that would become the largest grossing tour of the year. The band — who reconvened this year for a brief but memorable tour — remain as iconic as ever…

“Kind of a Drag” from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Don’t You Care,” “Susan” and “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song).” Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named “The Most Listened To Band in America” by Billboard Magazine.

The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in ’67 and would not only amass over a dozen Top 40 hits, but go on to perform in front of an estimated 600,000 people in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1982 setting an all-time attendance record for an concert performance consisting of just one act. Between 1967 and 1972 — thanks to numerous hits such as “Midnight Confessions,” “Let’s Live For Today,” “Sooner or Later,” “I’d Wait A Million Years” and “Temptation Eyes,” the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks. Sadly, we lost lead singer Rob Grill in 2010 but the music lives on…

Once again, fans can expect to hear many of their favorite hits this summer!

The Happy Together Tour 2012 promises to be another good time had by all.

For further information, photos or interview requests, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at rockstarpr@aol.com.

www.theturtles.com
www.mickydolenz.com
www.thebuckinghams.com
www.the-grassroots.com
www.garypuckettmusic.com

THIS JUST IN!

BELMONT UNIVERSITY CLASS HITS THE ROAD IN JUNE WITH THE TURTLES FEATURING FLO & EDDIE – 10 students to gain experiential education on Happy Together Tour

This June, 10 Belmont University juniors and seniors will join professor and legendary musician Mark Volman, a founding member of the band The Turtles, on the road for an East Coast run of the Happy Together Tour. The tour’s “classroom” and schedule looks something like this: one tour bus, a precious few hotel rooms, long hours and many stages — for two-and-a-half weeks and a grade.

Please see Belmont University’s press release in its entirety ATTACHED. Thank you.

HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2012

DATE / VENUE / CITY

Friday, June 8 / River Center / Columbus, Georgia
Saturday, June 9 / Civic Center Arena / Dothan, Alabama
Sunday, June 10 / Riverbend Festival Grounds / Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tuesday, June 12 / The Plaza / Orlando, Florida
Wednesday, June 13 / The Hard Rock / Hollywood, Florida
Thursday, June 14 / Florida Theatre / Jacksonville, Florida
Friday, June 15 / Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater, Florida
Saturday, June 16 / Anderson Music Hall / Hiawasee, Georgia
Sunday, June 17 / Renaissance PAC / Montgomery, Alabama
Tuesday, June 19 / Keswick Theatre / Glenside, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, June 20 / State Theatre / New Brunswick, New Jersey
Thursday, June 21 / Music Hall / Tarrytown, New York
Friday, June 22 / American Music Theater / Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Saturday, June 23 / NYCB Theatre / Westbury, New York
Sunday, June 24 / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom / Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

Wednesday, July 11 / Humphrey’s By The Bay / San Diego, California
Thursday, July 12 / Chumash Casino / Santa Ynez, California
Friday, July 13 / California State Fair / Sacramento, California
Saturday, July 14 / Orange County Fair / Pacific Amphitheatre / Costa Mesa, California
Sunday, July 15 / Fort McDowell Casino / Fountain Hills, Arizona
Monday, July 16 / Buffalo Thunder Casino / Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tuesday, July 17 / Sandy City Amphitheatre / Sandy, Utah
Friday, July 27 / Waterfront Park / Bangor, Maine
Saturday, July 28 / The Paramount / Asbury Park, New Jersey
Sunday, July 29 / Filene Center at Wolftrap / Vienna, Virginia
Monday, July 30 / Musikfest Cafe Artsquest Center / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, August 1 / Cain Park / Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Thursday, August 2 / Fraze Pavilion / Kettering, Ohio
Friday, August 3 / Caesars Windsor / Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 4 / Genesee Theatre / Waukegan, Illinois
Sunday, August 5 / Wisconsin State Fair / West Allis, Wisconsin
Tuesday, August 7 / Sanford Center / Bemidji, Minnesota
Thursday, August 9 / Performance Center / Effingham, Illinois
Friday, August 10 / Iowa State Fair / Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, August 11 / Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Michigan
Thursday, August 23 / Cardinal Stadium / Louisville, Kentucky
Friday, August 24 / Paramount Theatre / Aurora, Illinois
Saturday, August 25 / Ho – Chunk Casino / Baraboo, Wisconsin
Sunday, August 26 / Corn Palace Festival / Mitchell, South Dakota
Monday, August 27 / Minnesota State Fair / St. Paul, Minnesota
Wednesday, August 29 / Carnegie Library Music Hall / Homestead, Pennsylvania
Thursday, August 30 / New York State Fair / Syracuse, New York

Artist Quotes regarding this year’s Happy Together Tour

“Who thought it could get any better? Micky Dolenz… Gary Puckett… Wow!
42 cities! And then the regular guys – The Buckinghams, Grass Roots and
The Turtles. Seriously, it does get better. This looks like the best year yet!
Hope everyone makes it out.”

–Mark Volman / The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie–

“Hey, hey, here I come! I’m so looking forward to this year’s Happy Together Tour!
I can’t wait to hang with all the guys for some great music, great times, and
truck stop chili dogs at 4:00am!”

–Micky Dolenz / The Monkees Lead Singer–

“The Buckinghams are excited to, once again, be a part of the Happy Together Tour
for 2012! This is the third year for the tour and for us, which is a testament to how
our fans feel about our music and still embrace these songs. What better tour is
out there? Close to 40 major hits in a two-and-a-half hour concert. We are proud
to, once again, share the stage with The Turtles and Grass Roots and this year we
have the one and only Gary Puckett and the fabulous Micky Dolenz joining us…
The Buckinghams are proud to be a part of it!”

–Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna / The Buckinghams–

“The Happy Together Tour is an excellent and diverse line-up from our era.
People of all ages love the music of the Boomer generation and this year’s tour
will, once again, be an evening full of the great songs and hit records that are
representative of the time. Come and join us! It WILL be a GREAT night!”

–Gary Puckett / Gary Puckett & The Union Gap–

ROCK’N’BLUES FEST — FEATURING JOHNNY WINTER BAND, EDGAR WINTER BAND, RICK DERRINGER, MOUNTAIN’S LESLIE WEST AND SAVOY BROWN’S KIM SIMMONDS — TO MAKE TOUR DEBUT IN LATE JULY FOR A STRING OF APPROXIMATELY TWO DOZEN DATES ACROSS AMERICA

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones once said, “If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”

Beginning in late July, the Rock’n’Blues Fest will debut featuring five well-known players who were initially inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues: Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds (see tour itinerary below).

“I think the blues will always be around,” says legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who will be performing as part of the Johnny Winter Band and headlining the Rock’n’Blues Fest tour. “People need it.”

As the story goes, at the age of 17, Johnny went to see B.B. King in his home state of Texas, and requested a turn at the mic. King eventually gave in and handed his guitar to Johnny, who ended up getting a standing ovation for his performance. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be long before Johnny had his own legion of followers.

Johnny released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, and the music world took notice, leading to his historic performance at Woodstock. Twenty years and several successful solo albums later, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. In the late 70’s, he collaborated with another blues legend, Muddy Waters, on three separate albums of Waters’, including the Grammy-winning Hard Again (1977). Over the years, he put out approximately two dozen solo albums including his most recent highly-acclaimed recording entitled, Roots, which he and his band recently performed a track from on Late Show with David Letterman. Named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Johnny Winter still remains one of the top blues/rock guitarists touring today.

Joining Johnny for the Rock’n’Blues Fest “ride” will be his younger brother, Edgar Winter, who has certainly met with considerable acclaim in his own right with such monster hits as “Free Ride” and the chart-topping rocker, “Frankenstein.”

“As far as I’m concerned, blues and jazz are the great American contributions to music,” comments Edgar, who will be bringing the Edgar Winter Band along for the almost two-month trek.

A multi-instrumentalist (keyboards/sax/percussion) whose music encompasses many different genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop, Edgar first hit the national spotlight with his early recording of “Tobacco Road,” featured on his 1970 debut album, Entrance. Edgar would soon form the band White Trash and release two hit albums in ’71 and ’72 titled, Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Roadwork. Hot on the heels of the certified gold album, Roadwork, Edgar would put together an entirely new outfit called The Edgar Winter Group that would originally feature guitarist Ronnie Montrose. The band’s first effort, They Only Come Out at Night, would spawn both the hit singles, “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein,” and remain on the charts for an incredible 80 consecutive weeks. The pivotal album would eventually reach double-platinum status, selling more than 2 million copies. More recently, Edgar achieved chart success in 2003 with the song, “Dying To Live” — featured as “Runnin” (Dying to Live) in the film Tupac Resurrection — as the Eminem-produced song hit #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles sales chart. With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music has been featured in several major national television and radio and advertising campaigns. In addition, his music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects.

Next on the bill is rock guitarist Rick Derringer, who’s had an illustrious career as both a solo artist and critical band member.

Air guitarists will surely be out in force when Rick breaks into his well-known rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” The song continues to be a staple on rock radio and was featured in several movies including The Spirit of ’76, Rush, Stag, What A Girl Wants and the cult classic, Dazed and Confused. It’s a little known fact that years before his success as a solo artist, Rick had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965 called, “Hang on Sloopy.” The song would eventually be knocked out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” A year after its release, The McCoys would find themselves as the openers for the entire Rolling Stones American tour. Although written and recorded a few years earlier, Rick released his most famous version of the song in 1974 and never looked back… In 1977, he would appear on the last Led Zeppelin North American Tour. In the years to follow, Rick would perform with such artists as Alice Cooper (“Under My Wheels”), Steely Dan (“Show Biz Kids” and “Chained Lightning”), KISS, Todd Rundgren and Weird Al Yankovic among others including both Johnny and Edgar Winter. From 1986 to 1992, Rick would tour with Cindy Lauper and co-write a song from her True Colors album titled, “Calm Inside The Storm.” Before embarking on last year’s Hippiefest tour, Rick toured Europe with Ringo Starr as a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band.

Although perhaps best known as a founding member of the band Mountain, guitarist Leslie West began his musical career with an R&B/Blue-eyed soul rock outfit called The Vagrants, who would quickly enjoy a few hits. Shortly after the formation of Mountain with bass guitarist/producer Felix Pappalardi, keyboardist Steve Knight and drummer N.D. Smart in 1969, the band would find themselves performing on day two of the legendary Woodstock festival in August of that year. Not too long after the event, new drummer Corky Laing would join the fold and the band would release their first Billboard Top 40 single, “Mississippi Queen.” The rest is rock history as the song would be played on rock radio for years to come. Mountain would follow-up that hit with the Jack Bruce-penned, “Theme for an Imaginary Western,” one of the eleven songs they performed at Woodstock. Considered one of the pioneers of heavy metal, Rolling Stone magazine once identified them as a “louder version of Cream.” In the early seventies, Mountain would temporarily disband with Leslie and Corky collaborating with Creem bassist Jack Bruce for a cutting-edge group called West, Bruce and Laing. In 1976, West would play guitar for the track, “Bo Diddley Jam” on Diddley’s 20th Anniversary of Rock’n’Roll all-star album. In 2005, he contributed to Ozzy Osbourne’s Under Cover album, performing guitar on a remake of “Mississippi Queen.” The following year, he immersed himself in the blues, once again, with his latest solo album titled, Blue Me, on the Blues Bureau International label. Later that year (2006), he would be honored by being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. In addition to fronting Mountain, Leslie continues to record and perform on his own.

Considered one of the architects of British blues, Kim Simmonds began performing professionally in London in the mid-60’s after learning how to play guitar by listening to his brother’s blues records as a teenager. As leader and founder of the legendary blues rock band, Savoy Brown, he has 49 album releases currently available and continues to tour all over the world with the band as well as a solo acoustic act. In 1967, the band would help propel the UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the United States, invigorating the style forever. In the process, Savoy Brown became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s, with their vast influence stretching into modern rock as we know it today. In 2011, the band celebrated its 45th anniversary by releasing a new CD titled, Voodoo Moon. Later in the year, Kim would release his most recent effort, Out Of The Blue, a collection of varied material that placed him in a new setting as both singer and songwriter. Among the most loved, most respected and longest running of its genre, Savoy Brown is one of the magical names in blues rock. Kim Simmonds will be performing the best of the best at this year’s Rock’n’Blues Fest.

Due to their close involvement with each other throughout their careers, it’s likely that various artists on the forthcoming Rock’n’Blues Fest will unite on stage to perform some unexpected classic songs together.

One can only hope.

Five great musicians… one incredible tour of rock and blues music.

Who said, “There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues?”

www.johnnywinter.net/backstage_press
www.edgarwinter.com
www.rickderringer.com
www.mountainrockband.com
www.kimsimmonds.com

ROCK’N’BLUES FEST TOUR 2012*

DAY / DATE / VENUE / CITY

Sunday, July 29 – Pantages Theater in Tacoma, Washington (w/o Leslie West)
Wednesday, August 1 – The Winery in Saratoga, California
Friday, August 3 – Sam’s Woodsite in Mammoth Lakes, California
Saturday, August 4 – The Grove in Anaheim, California
Sunday, August 5 – The Palms Concert Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada
Thursday, August 9 – Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts
Friday, August 10 – Newport Yachting Center in Newport, Rhode Island
Saturday, August 11 – Spy Class Ridge Winery in Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Sunday, August 12 – County Center in Westchester, New York
Tuesday, August 14 – Bergen Performing Arts Center in Bergen, New Jersey
Wednesday, August 15 – Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania
Thursday, August 16 – Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey
Friday, August 17 – South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts
Saturday, August 18 – NYCB Theatre in Westbury, New York
Sunday, August 19 – Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center in Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Tuesday, August 21 – Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey
Friday, August 24 – The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida (date billed as “Hippiefest”)
Wednesday, August 29 – Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio
Thursday, August 30 – DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan
Friday, August 31 – Country Club Hills Theatre in Chicago, Illinois

*More Dates To Be Announced (http://www.pollstar.com/resultsArtist.aspx?ID=271301&SearchBy=rocknblues)

QUOTES FROM THE ARTISTS REGARDING ROCK’N’BLUES FEST 2012

“The Rock’n’Blues Fest is my kind of festival series! It’s always great playing shows with my brother and, add to that, all the other great artists and their bands and this should make for one historic round of concerts.”

–Johnny Winter–

“This year’s Hippiefest tour is truly a ‘Rock’n’Blues Fest’ — a landmark, historic, musical celebration of which my band and I are proud to be a part. It’s going to be a Guitar Guru Gala of Gargantuan proportions. For me personally, it will simply be the Greatest! So, see you at one of the dates on the tour. Believe me, this is not one you want to miss. All I can say is … Get Ready To Rock’n’Roll!!!”

–Edgar Winter–

“This Rock’n’Blues Fest / Hippiefest roster promises a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the best, legendary artists of our lifetime. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

–Rick Derringer–

“I am happy to be able to be part of this Rock’n’Blues Fest as the first tour since the amputation of my right leg. I hope this gives me a leg up on the new year!”

–Leslie West–

“This is my first time performing in Rock’n’Blues Fest / Hippiefest and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse… I’m a big fan of all the other musicians participating, having played gigs with most of them in the 1960’s. It’s a great feeling of continuity, knowing we’re all still around playing better than ever.”

–Kim Simmonds–

I’M YOUR CAPTAIN – THE MARK FARNER STORY

Dear Friends:

As a friend of legendary rock vocalist and guitarist Mark Farner, I wanted to make you aware of a documentary that’s in the works regarding his life called, I’m Your Captain – The Mark Farner Story.

Slated for release in September 2013 to celebrate both Mark’s 65th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” hitting #1 on the Billboard charts, this movie should be a riveting ride.

The producers of the film have a website where fans can participate in funding the project and investors can get involved to the help fund the film – http://www.indiegogo.com/Im-Your-Captain-The-Mark-Farner-Story.

If you know anything about Mark’s history with his band, Grand Funk Railroad, or his life in general, you know this has the makings to be an excellent documentary.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark over the past dozen years on various tours and benefit concerts, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more genuine individual.

Please help spread the word on the project and join the journey on getting this done.

Thank you for your support.

Jeff

*Producer press release available via PDF.

www.markfarner.com
www.markfarnermovie.com

SNAGG MICROCHIP ANNOUNCES FIRST BOOTH APPEARANCE AT WINTER NAMM IN JANUARY 2012

PIONEER IN RFID FOR THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SECTOR
TO SHOWCASE ATTRIBUTES AND IMPORTANCE OF HAVING
INSTRUMENTS IMPLEMENTED WITH MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY

Although SNAGG has been present at virtually all the NAMM shows since its inception in the year 2000, Winter NAMM 2012 will mark the first time the company has been an exhibitor.

From Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, various company executives will be on hand to talk about SNAGG technology and answer all questions at Booth #1580 in Hall E.

SNAGG’s unique, secure musical instrument registry enables owners of SNAGG-enabled musical instruments to enjoy theft deterrent protection; enhanced property recovery (should an instrument be lost or stolen); protection of provenance (necessary to prove authenticity when assets are sold or traded); and, discounted musical instrument insurance rates.

SNAGG is the world’s premiere musical instrument registry based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) technology and remains the only web-based system tracking ownership of an asset throughout its lifetime using a “peer-to-peer” transfer of ownership capability.

SNAGG Microchips are used in Carvin guitars, Fender Custom Shop guitars, Baden guitars, Acoustic Music guitars, DeTemple guitars, Baker guitars, Linda West Cellos, David Nordschow bass amps, Chicago pianos (a prominent piano retailer) and hundreds of custom-built instruments created by the finest luthiers in America.

Since its inception in 2000, the company has been featured in such media as Entrepreneur.com (http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/205899), PC Magazine (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1612809,00.asp), Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Business Journal and all of the major guitar publications.

SNAGG continue to lead the industry and have recently made their acclaimed microchip technology available via its online store at Snagg.com (please see direct link at http://www.snagg.com/ezStore123/DTProductList.asp?p=1_1_1_1_0_0_521).

Earlier in the year, SNAGG entered other markets and began implementing its microchip into such products as bicycles, antiques, firearms, laptops and other tech devices.

SNAGG’s goals are accomplished by employing superior technology; building long-lasting comprehensive relationships with law enforcement-based property recovery groups; establishing and maintaining secure high-end technical registration and recovery systems; and finally, providing comprehensive service to our customers.

For further information on SNAGG, please visit www.snagg.com.

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