ROCK FAVES PLAY L.A. COUNTY FAIR.Byline: Luanne Hunt Correspondent
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3. this year at the all-new L.A. County Fair, Sept. 14-Oct. 1 at the Fairplex in Pomona. Nine classic rock groups are scheduled to take the stage, bringing back their popular music that once heated up the world of rock 'n' roll rock 'n' roll: see rock music. .
``We haven't even advertised the series yet and we're already two-thirds sold,'' said fair entertainment coordinator Dale Coleman. ``I hope people get their tickets fast.''
Included in the lineup are Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. The band consists of Robin Zander (vocals, guitar), Rick Nielsen (guitar, vocals), Tom Petersson (bass guitar, vocals), and Bun E. Carlos (drums, percussion). , War, Styx, Creedence Clearwater Revisited Creedence Clearwater Revisited is a band that was formed in 1995, by former Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist and drummer - Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, respectively. The band , Tower of Power, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Paul Rodgers
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In the past, the fair has booked a more diverse group of acts ranging from country to swing to jazz. But Coleman says, that based on previous ticket sales, classic rock is far and away the most popular.
``We've learned that classic rock is what the people want to see,'' said Coleman. ``We said, 'Let's go with what is really working.' ''
Although all of the groups' songs are more than 20 years old, there are plenty of fans around who still enjoy hearing the unforgettable hits. For new fans or those whose memory has failed them, a quick refresher course may be in order as well as an update:
Cheap Trick emerged in the early '70s with its own brand of high-powered pop. The band initially found success in the Midwest, but its first two albums on Epic Records Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. Electric Light Orchestra, Ozzy Osbourne, Sade, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper, and Duran Duran paved the way for Epic's multiplatinum 1980s and 1990s successes. did not fare well. The group scored a hit in 1978 with ``I Want You to Want Me,'' launching it into international stardom.
Over the years, four of Cheap Trick's albums have gone platinum. The group has also had three gold singles and a No. 1 single, ``The Flame.'' The band toured through the early '90s until it ended its career with Epic Records. In 1996, Cheap Trick recorded a three-song demo that sparked a bidding war between several independent labels. The band signed with Red Ant (Zool.) A very small ant (Myrmica molesta) which often infests houses
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The rock, jazz, Latin and r&b-infused music of War created a fervor that gave the group the reputation of one of the most successful crossover bands in history. Hits such as ``Low Rider,'' ``Cisco Kid,'' ``Spill the Wine'' and ``Outlaw'' generated record sales of nearly 25 million. The band recently released its 24th album.
The soulful soul·ful
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soulful·ly adv. music of Tower of Power exploded onto the scene with a unique concept. The group fused jazz, funk, rock and soul, and the combination proved highly successful.
The band's signature hit, ``You're Still a Young Man,'' was the first song penned by the group's leader, Emilio Castillo Emilio Castillo is an American saxophone player and composer, best known as the founder of the band Tower of Power.
Emilio Castillo took to music after being caught stealing by his father who told him he could stay in his room until he thought of something to 'Keep him off , and saxophonist Stephen ``Doc'' Kupka. Although Tower of Power hit a slump in the '80s, the band tours nonstop and plays to sold-out venues in Japan, Europe and the U.S.
Known for his impressive vocals, Paul Rodgers led Bad Company to monumental success before striking out on a solo career. His biggest hits with Bad Company included ``Feel Like Making Love,'' ``Can't Get Enough,'' ``Shooting Star'' and ``Bad Company.''
Over his long career, Rodgers has released 27 CDs, selling 125 million units worldwide. Several of Rodgers' songs have been featured in the motion pictures ``American Beauty American Beauty
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With songs like ``Baby Hold On,'' ``Two Tickets to Paradise'' and ``I Think I'm in Love,'' Eddie Money became one of the most popular rock artists of the '70s. He has built a successful fan base and continues to sell records. His current album is ``Ready Eddie.''
The group Jethro Tull was formed in 1968, but it wasn't until the band's 1971 release - ``Aqualung'' - that it achieved international fame. The biggest songs off the album were ``Living in the Past'' and the title track.
Jethro Tull has performed more than 2,500 concerts in 40 countries and has sold over 60 million albums.
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Cook attended San Jose State University. and Doug ``Cosmo'' Clifford, reformed the group with a new name, Creedence Clearwater Revisited. What started out to be a ``just for fun'' project turned into a successful venture that keeps the new crew on the road.
K.C. and the Sunshine Band put the fun in funky with its good-time party music. Looking to spread happiness, the group scored several hits in the late '70s, including ``Get Down Tonight,'' ``Shake Your Booty'' and ``That's the Way I Like It.''
In the '80s, the group earned three Grammy Awards Grammy Awards
Annual awards given by the Recording Academy (officially the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). The first Grammies (the name is a dimunitive of “gramophone”) were given in 1958. and nine Grammy nominations. Twenty-three years later, K.C. and the Sunshine Band's music still attracts thousands of fans at concerts.
``Lady,'' ``Babe,'' ``Mr. Roboto'' and ``Too Much Time on My Hands'' are just a few of the tunes that launched Styx's career in the early '80s. Adding to its achievements, the band is part of an elite group of acts that has had Top 10 hits under each of the last four U.S. presidents.
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Though no longer in the top 40, groups like Creedence Clearwater Revisited and K.C. and the Sunshine Band are still popular with audiences.
``This will be our third time playing at the L.A. County Fair, and we've always had massive attendance,'' said Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revisited. ``Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. is Creedence Country, no doubt about it.''
K.C., otherwise known as Harry Wayne Casey, said he has experienced a similar response. ``The reaction has been pretty phenomenal for us. Everyone that comes has a great time. It's been a blast.''
To Cook and K.C.'s delight, there is also a new generation of fans who have come to appreciate the music their parents grew up with.
``You can't believe all the kids that come out,'' said Cook. ``About 40 or 50 percent of our audience wasn't even born when we recorded this stuff.''
The younger crowds may not be familiar with CCR's original sound, but even without Fogerty, Cook says the group comes pretty close to duplicating it.
``Our band is a great band, and we sound like the original recordings.''
Judging by the usual audience reaction, Cook has concluded that most of the fans don't care
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``At the end of the night, everybody gets crazy,'' said Cook. ``We're very happy with the way things have gone, and we're very surprised and grateful. It's been overwhelming.''
K.C. also admits he is overwhelmed by the effect his music is still having.
``I've always wanted to write music on the lighter side that makes people feel good,'' he said. ``That was the whole idea behind the music. We get lots of letters saying how our music has really touched people and brought them out of depression. We just want to go out there and create happiness.''
For Coleman, pleasing the public was a major factor in organizing this year's fair entertainment.
``We wanted to make this concert series a vital part of what we're doing,'' said Coleman. ``I believe it's a vital part of fair programming.''
Coleman pointed out that the series also has a theme this year. ``It's called the 'End of Summer Concert Series,' '' he said. ``When I was growing up in Pomona, we always thought of the fair as the last hurrah of summer. We wanted to give people something they could hold on to.''
--What: ``End of Summer Concert'' series.
--When: Thursday - Cheap Trick; Sept. 15 - War; Sept. 16 - Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Eddie Money; Sept. 17 - Jethro Tull; Sept. 22 - Creedence Clearwater Revisited; Sept. 23 - Tower of Power; Sept. 29 - K.C. and the Sunshine Band; Sept. 30 - Styx.
--Where: Los Angeles County Fairgrounds n. pl. 1. same as fairground. , 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona.
--How much: Free with fair admission.
--Info: (909) 623-3111.
(1) Tower of Power, whose hits include the classic ``You're Still a Young Man,'' will perform Sept. 23 at the L.A. County Fair's ``End of Summer'' concert.
(2) The remnants of CCR, now known as Creedence Clearwater Revisited, still draw passionate fans. The group appears at the fair Sept. 22.