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CHEAP TRICK with NIGHT RANGER, BLUE OYSTER CULT & GEORGIA SATELLITES

Friday, August 17th, 5:00 p.m., Grandstand
Tickets go on Sale May 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com

Cheap Trick
 

Music Samples:
Track 1: Hello There
Track 2: Dream Police
Track 3: Surrender
Track 4: Sleep Forever
Track 5: I Want You to Want Me

CHEAP TRICK may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they've been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable. With timeless classics such as "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and the late 80s lighter-waving favorite, "The Flame," CHEAP TRICK are a musical institution. Anyone familiar with Comedy Central's The Colbert Report will note that CHEAP TRICK wrote and performed the theme song.

With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) for their contributions to the music industry. CHEAP TRICK were featured in the John Varvatos Spring 2008 ad campaign.

In September 2009, CHEAP TRICK performed the classic Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with an orchestra and guest artists Joan Osborne and Ian Ball for nine critically-acclaimed shows in Las Vegas.

Their most current release, The Latest, (released on CD, vinyl and 8-track) has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick's reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together.

 

Night Ranger pic NIGHT RANGER

Music Samples:
Track 1: Sister Christian
Track 2: Don't Tell Me You Love Me
Track 3: Rock In America
Track 4: When You Close Your Eyes
Track 5: Growin Up In California

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There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the release of Night Ranger's "Hole in the Sun," notably that it marks the band's first studio album in a decade and commemorates the pioneering hard rock outfit's 25th anniversary as a band. But as has been the case throughout Night Ranger's heralded career, the best reason to celebrate is the music itself.

"People will hear this record and recognize our dual blazing guitars and vocals, and big choruses and melodic verses, because that's definitely how you can describe this album," explains singer/bassist Jack Blades of the new release, the band's eighth studio album, and first for VH1 Classic Records. "It's new Night Ranger, but in a lot of ways it's classic Night Ranger."

"Classic Night Ranger..." Three simple words that could start their own chapter in the complex history of commercial hard rock, as the core trio of Blades, guitarist Brad Gillis and drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy are responsible for penning a handful of the '80s landmark hits, from one of the most defining and immediately recognizable epic power ballads of all-time in "Sister Christian" and the similarly-slowed tempos of "Sentimental Street" and "When You Close Your Eyes," to the guitar-driven radio juggernauts "(You Can Still) Rock in America" and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," Night Ranger are a rare band whose signature sound is more recognizable than their blue collar, every-man image.


 

Blue Oyster Cult pic BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Music Samples:
Track 1: (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Track 2: Burning For You
Track 3: Take Me Away
Track 4: Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll
Track 5: Godzilla

For nearly four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY-based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it's one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success.

The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BÖC was listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

Upon the release of BÖC's self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy-yet-heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BÖC's canon includes three stone-cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: The truly haunting "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's Agents of Fortune, the pummeling "Godzilla" from 1977's Spectres and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin. Other notable BÖC songs include "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "Then Came the Last Days of May," "I Love the Night," "In Thee,""Veteran of the Psychic Wars," "Dominance and Submission," "Astronomy," "Black Blade" and "Shooting Shark."


Georgia Satellites pic 
GEORGIA SATELLITES

At a time when rock & roll didn't care about its roots, the Georgia Satellites came crashing into the charts with a surprise hit single to remind everybody where the music had come from. The hit single, 1986's "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," rocked as hard as an old Chuck Berry song, as well as being almost as clever. The Satellites weren't a back-to-basics roots rock band, either -- their straightforward sound borrowed equally from Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Faces, Little Feat, and AC/DC, with a Southern backwoods bent.