experience the power of 3! 3 incredible bands on 1 ticket



experience the power of 3! 3 incredible bands on 1 ticket
Live, Collective Soul and Blues Traveler, all on one ticket, one stage, one
great venue, Bayfront Festival Park, under the Summer Stars on the shores
of Lake Superior, for just one night, July 22, 2008, 7 PM. Tickets go on sale
this Saturday, June 7 at 10 AM, and are available at the Bayfront Festival
Park box office, www.secretserviceconcerts.com or charge by phone at
218-336-1375. Tickets are $35 and $45, plus applicable fees.
The disc that truly put Live over the top
commercially was their sophomore album,
Throwing Copper (a 1994 release), which
was the only album in Billboard history to
stay on the charts for 52 weeks, then reach
No. 1. Selling more than 12 million copies
worldwide, Throwing Copper went down in
history as one of the most definitive alternative rock recordings of that decade and
boasted the MTV smashes “All Over You,”
“Selling the Drama,” “Lightning Crashes”
and “I Alone.”
A New York-based blues-rock quartet formed in
1988 by singer/harmonica player John Popper,
guitarist Chan Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan,
and drummer Brendan Hill, Blues Traveler was
part of a revival of the extended jamming style
of ‘60s and ‘70s groups like the Grateful Dead
and Led Zeppelin. Signed to A&M, they released
their first album, Blues Traveler, in May 1990 and
followed it with Travelers & Thieves in September 1991. Popper was in a serious car accident
in 1992, leaving him unable to perform for a
number of months. Fortunately, he recovered,
yet he still had to perform in a wheelchair for
The double-platinum 1997 release Secret
a period of time. In April 1993, Blues Traveler
Samadhi (which contained the hits “Lakini’s released its third album, Save His Soul, which
Juice” and “Turn My Head”) became Live’s
became its first to make the Top 100. Blues Travesecond successive No. 1 album and was
ler’s aptly named fourth album, Four, released
followed by the Radioactive releases The
in September 1994, at first looked like a sales
Distance to Here (a million-seller) in 1999,
disappointment, but it rebounded in 1995 when
V in 2001 (which yielded the hit song
“Run-Around,” a single taken from it, became the
“Overcome”) and Birds of Pray in 2003
group’s first chart hit. “Run-Around” became one
(that featured the cross-over radio smash, of the biggest singles of 1995, spending nearly
“Heaven”). Songs from Black Mountain,
a full year on the charts and sending Four into
Live’s most recent full-length album, was
quintuple (5x) platinum status.
released byEpic Records in 2006. Live has
appeared on NBC’s popular, long-running
“Saturday Night Live” as well as David
Letterman and Jay Leno’s shows, The Ellen
Degeneres Show, Conan O’Brien and, most
notably, the 2006 “American Idol” season
“I think Live is at a really interesting point right
now,” Singer Ed Kowalczyk reflects. “We’ve been
doing this for so long and have worked really
hard to get to this point where we can play for
two hours and have such a huge repertoire of
songs to choose from.
As the group prepared the follow-up to Four,
Blues Traveler released the live double-album
Live From the Fall in the summer of 1996. The
group returned in the summer of 1997 with its
fifth studio album, Straight on Till Morning. Tragedy struck the band on August 20, 1999, when
Sheehan was found dead in his New Orleans
home. He was just 31 years old. With the addition of bassist Tad Kinchla and Ben Wilson on
keys the new millennium saw a newly charged
Blues Traveler, and their sixth record, Bridge, appeared in May 2001.
Afterwords (El Music Group) is the new studio
album from Collective Soul. It is the seventh
studio album by the hard-rocking band from
the tiny town of Stockbridge, GA that’s gone
on to become multi-platinum hit-makers
playing all over the world.
Bright as California sunshine, the first single
“Hollywood” features an undeniable melody
with tinges of ’80s pop. Singer/ songwriter Ed
Roland puts a bouncy energy to his sly lyrics
that compare Tinsel Town to a naughty girl
(or is it the other way around?): “Yeah, Hollywood/ You know I love you more than one
man should/ Yeah, Hollywood/ kiss me, kiss
me good.”
While “Hollywood” may strike listeners as the
perfect top-down summer song, much of the
rest of Afterwords captures Collective Soul at
a time when Roland is writing from a hardwon, much more mature perspective, and
his band mates are contributing from equally
strong musical directions.
Originally released in 1993 on Atlanta indie
label Rising Storm, Collective Soul’s debut,
Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid
was picked up by Atlantic in 1994. The single
“Shine” became a breakthrough hit, pushing the album to platinum, and putting the
band on tour with Aerosmith and onstage at
Woodstock 1994. With 21 tracks debuting on
the Billboard chart and 7 number 1 singles,
“Shine,” “December,” “The World I Know,”
“When The River Flows,” “Precious Declaration,” “Listen,” and “Heavy”.