Led by guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey (the two surviving members of the group), the Who will kick off the tour on Thurs. Nov. 1 in Florida. The lineup will feature Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s kid) on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, Simon Townshend (Pete’s kid brother) on guitar, and Chris Stainton, Loren Gold, and Frank Simes on keyboards.
“We’ve been anxious to work together before we drop dead,” Townshend said in a press conference last week. “I really love playing all of it. It’s a unique piece for me. Some Who music is nightmarish to perform live. But for me on guitar, everything falls under the fingers. It flows naturally.”
This is the band’s first major North American tour in four years. The Who will get close to Charleston with concerts at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. (near Atlanta) on Sun. Nov. 5, the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville on Thurs. Nov. 8, and the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. on Fri. Nov. 9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 27 through the Who’s official fan club and Ticketmaster outlets.
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The venue has a full schedule of concerts to close out the summer, some of which are real standouts. In late July, two classic rock acts will take the stage on back-to-back nights. Southern rock vets .38 Special, led by Donnie Van Zant (brother of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s leader Ronnie Van Zant), will perform a full set of classic songs like “Hold on Loosely” and “Caught Up in You” on Thurs. July 19. Athens, Ga.-bred party-rockers the B-52’s will be in the house the next night on Fri. July 20 to keep the party going. The band recently celebrated its 35th anniversary and released a concert DVD titled With the Wild Crowd! Live In Athens, Ga.
August kicks off with a strong string of shows with British alternative rockers Bush, led by guitarist/vocalist Gavin Rossdale, on Wed. Aug. 1. The next night, ’70s prog-rock band Yes will perform with new lead singer Jon Davison on Thurs. Aug. 2. Two founding members, guitarist Steve Howe and bassist Chris Squire, will be on hand as well. The politically controversial guitar wild-man and Ted Nugent (formerly of the Amboy Dukes and the Damn Yankees) will close out the weekend on Sat. Aug. 4.
The middle-to-end of August is also looking stacked but with a slightly different vibe. The soulful Citizen Cope (a.k.a. Clarence Greenwood) will headline on Sat., Aug. 18. Six-string wizard Steve Vai — a veteran musician who worked with Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, and Whitesnake — will bring his band to the club on Fri. Aug. 24. The Hasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu and his band will perform on Sat. Aug. 25.
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This year, Oklahoma hard-rock heavy hitters Hinder take top billing, followed by Columbia-bred post-grungers Crossfade. There will be four different stages set up on the streets this year with 19 bands, so get there before noon and plan out your day. The Charleston boys of All Get Out will take the WCOS Stage on Blossom Street at 2:30 p.m., and the Devil Makes Three — perhaps the most stylistically appropriate band of the day with their brand of folk-punk — will appear on the Budweiser/Free Times Stage on Saluda Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Other South Carolina favorites include Josh Roberts (sans Hinges), John Wesley Satterfield, the Movement, and Hilton Head native Trevor Hall.
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On Valentine’s Day, 1977, drummer Keith Strickland, guitarist Ricky Wilson, and vocalists/multi-instrimentalists Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, and Cindy Wilson performed for the first time at a friend’s house in Athens. Their career sky-rocketed from there and they were soon signing record deals and touring the East Coast.
After more than three decades and 20 million albums sold, the B-52’s have still got it. Hits like “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack,” “Roam,” and “Channel Z” continue to grace the airwaves today. The 35th anniversary celebration this February promises to be a show worthy of a road trip.
In the midst of releasing a new hit album titled I’m With You and the recent announcement of their induction into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, seasoned funk-rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers are venturing out on the road yet again.
They’ll kick off the American leg of the tour after ringing in the New Year, with are several stops in the Carolinas.
I’m With You is the L.A.-based group’s 10th studio album (and first in five years), with Warner Bros. It debuted at No. 2 on U.S. charts in August, while hitting No. 1 in loads of other countries, including the U.K., where it reached the top in early September. More tour dates are seemingly being announced everyday and the eight-month road trip, their first since releasing 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, will take them all across the globe.
The Peppers will be at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Wed. Jan. 25 and at the RBC Arena in Raleigh on Fri. Jan. 27 before heading to the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Sat. Jan. 28. According to the band’s official website, tickets are still available for all three of their Carolina performances.
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