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Mega rock concert at the Oval

Friday, October 10 2008

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Rick Springfield...
Rick Springfield...

ROCK GROUP REO Speedwagon will share the musical spotlight with singer Rick Springfield and Vertical Horizon, hailed as one of the best new rock bands in years, in one of this country’s biggest concert events tomorrow night at the Queen’s Park Oval.

This is the third triple bill concert to be presented by International Concert Events following Air Supply/ Richard Marx/Christopher Cross in May 2007 and Peter Cetera/Jon Secada and John Waite last June 28.

Over the past five years, REO Speedwagon has been selling out stadiums and co-headlining tours with Def Leppard and Journey. With a new album and two new singles, the group is currently on a world tour! Some of their tour dates include Aruba, Santo Domingo, Panama and Puerto Rico.

This is their a second visit to TT since their unstoppable performance in the early nineties.

REO Speedwagon – Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) – rolled into 2008 full throttle with their brand new album Find Your Own Way Home, their first studio collection of new material in more than a decade.

The band will be performing all their greatest hits such as “Can’t Fight This Feeling” “Keep On Loving You,” as well as the classics “Roll With the Changes, “Time for Me to Fly,” “Take It On the Run” “In My Dreams” and “Here With Me”.

Music critics noted that REO had “kept their standards extremely high,” and were “thrilling their fans night after night with their incredible power, sheer energy, and songs that will live forever”.

With the release of Find Your Own Way Home, the band feels its energy rekindled and its purpose renewed. This is not an ending at all – rather a new beginning.

Eighties heartthrob Rick Springfield is back on the music scene with his highest charting album debut in more than 20 years.

Springfield’s 17th CD, Venus in Overdrive, came in at No 28 on the Billboard in early August. The Australian native, who found fame on the US soap opera General Hospital in 1980 and then followed with his song hit “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981, has sold more than 19 million albums over his career and has over 17 top 40 hits under his belt.

Last year, the actor returned to General Hospital as Dr Noah Drake, as well as Drake’s alter-ego, a rocker named Eli Love. Springfield performed his new single, “What’s Victoria’s Secret?” in character on the popular daytime drama.

Springfield’s thrilled that he’s developing a new audience.

“There are a lot of people who were fans when they were little kids. They’ve grown up and are bringing their kids, and women are bringing their husbands,” he says.

But the women still make their presence known. Thanks to the new single (whose title was inspired by the Victoria’s Secret lingerie chain), “I’m seeing more underwear on stage,” says Springfield.

Vertical Horizon was formed in 1990, by Georgetown University undergrads Matthew Scannell and Keith Kane. After graduation in 1992 the duo relocated to Boston and, in 1992, self-released their debut album There and Back Again.

In 1996, with Matt and Keith joined by Ed Toth on drums and Ryan Fisher on bass, a live album, Live Stages, was released at the end of the year, featuring more of an emphasis on electric guitar. Also, by this time, the band was explicit in their intent to find a major record label; band members have said that it was no accident that the first track of Live Stages opens with the sounds of a large cheering audience. Their wishes came true, and the band was signed to Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RCA Records.

Fisher had never intended to join the band permanently and left in mid-1997. Seth Horan took up bass duties for the rest of that year. (Horan had previously played with Toth in the Miami-based funk/rock band, Jennifer Culture.)

In 1998, Matt, Keith and Ed held auditions for their next bassist. Their first audition was Sean Hurley, and everyone liked him immediately. There were many more auditions, but they eventually came back to Sean, and he officially joined Vertical Horizon.

The band’s first effort with RCA was 1999’s Everything You Want. The first single, “We Are”, made some impact with fans. The second single, “Everything You Want”, skyrocketed to the top of the charts, and became one of the most played songs on the radio in 2000.

A third single, “You’re a God”, also did very well and was released as a live performance on the charity album Live in the X Lounge III. It also features in the movie Bruce Almighty. The fourth single, “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)”, also generated a lot of airplay on radio.

The band, which had been touring constantly since the album was released, continued touring until well into 2001. They then took a break, and came back to the studio to record their follow-up, which they hoped would be released soon enough to take advantage of the huge popularity of Everything You Want.

It was announced that Go their next album would be released in September 2003. A larger tour started in August, leading up to the release of the album. The album generated two singles “Forever” and “I’m Still Here”. The song “Goodbye Again” is also played quite often in episodes of Smallville.

Tickets for this mega concert are on sale at all Pizza Boys outlets; all Ruby Tuesday restaurants; leading Francis Fashions outlets; Caribbean Jewellers’ outlets; BM Electronics, Long Circular Mall; Cleaves, Port-of-Spain; Crosby’s and Sound Research North and South; Xtra Foods, Grand Bazaar; Video Tronix, Valpark; SAG Trading, Trincity Mall; Food Masters Western Union, Tunapuna; Bee’s, Chaguanas; Ramsingh’s, Couva; MS Food City, Debe; Crown Pharmacy, San Juan; and Maraj Grand Foods, Sangre Grande.

For VIP information call 729 -2321, 748 -8686, or 385-3655.

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