gave the marching orders long ago. Imagine
. For his part, veteran concert promoter Rick Bowen imagined a rock concert like no other: Led Zeppelin
and Pink Floyd
playing together on one stage. Jimi Hendrix
, Janis Joplin
and other legends performing with the benefit of today's state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The elusive tribal feeling, unique to classic rock concerts, recreated for a new generation.
Imagine no more. "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience
," featuring the Mystic Orchestra, is about to storm the concert arenas of America - kicking off August 27 at the Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama.
With its elite team of musicians, technical wizards and design specialists, "Flashback -- the Classic Rock Experience," delivers anew the hit music of the all-time greatest artists: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors
, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more, presented in a mind-boggling multi-media spectacle one must see to believe.
"The intention is to present the music like it's never been presented before," says Bowen, founder of "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," and its creative director. "I wanted to do it even better than done originally. We have the world's greatest players, who studied every move the classic bands ever made."
With music director Frank Gilcken at the helm, the Mystic Orchestra features 14 brilliant rock musicians and singers, as well as an 11-piece string-and-horn section, together elevating classic rock to new heights. For the Mystic Orchestra core band, Gilcken recruited fellow guitarists Phil Hilborne and Jamie Humphries (veterans of the hit Queen
retrospective "We Will Rock You" and the Australian Pink Floyd Show, respectively), keyboardist Brian Chatton (Phil Collins
and Meat Loaf
), keyboard/woodwind player David Boruff (Madonna
) and Australian drummer Adam Troughear.
Rocking the mics, Spanish vocalist Jose Manzano, Katrina Chester (star of the off-Broadway smash "Love, Janis"), Elizabeth Eagan and special guest vocalist Chuck Negron
, formerly of Three Dog Night
, back to sing that band's greatest hits and more.
The nearly three-hour show reworks indelible songs of the most highly regarded era in rock: The Doors' "Light My Fire" and "Riders on the Storm." Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" and "Mercedes Benz." Jimi Hendrix masterpieces like "Purple Haze" and "Foxy Lady." Other rock classics include Deep Purple
's "Smoke on the Water," Steppenwolf
's "Born to be Wild," "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes
, Rod Stewart
's "Maggie May," as well as Three Dog Night's "One" and "Joy to the World," sung by Chuck Negron.
The second half of the show offers something never before attempted in the rock 'n' roll universe: Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd playing together. All their greatest songs are featured, including Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir" and "Stairway to Heaven," as well as Pink Floyd's "Money," "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," "Wish You Were Here," "Comfortably Numb" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." This is a carefully crafted meeting of the titans - a loving vision of what might have been.
Behind the scenes, Bowen assembled a world-class production team to mount "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience." They include promotions manager and founder of Rainbow Ticketmasters, Lou Dickstein; lighting designers Bryan Hartley and Phil Ealy; art designer Ed Unitsky; and sound mixer Seth Goldman. Collectively, these experts have worked with the top acts in rock ''n'' roll: Elvis Presley
, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Pink Floyd, Kiss
, Elton John
, Van Halen
and David Bowie
to name just a few.
Great as the bands were in the '60's and early '70's, they were handicapped by primitive light and sound. For "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience," Bowen and his team have no such problems. Six truckloads of intelligent LED lighting, lasers, pyrotechnics, an overhead helium-filled zeppelin with two screens and five additional towering hi-def video screens are all backed up by an EAW Quad 225,000-watt surround sound system.
Bowen is in a unique position to oversee "Flashback - the Classic Rock Experience." A veteran producer/promoter of at least 1,500 concerts, Bowen has seen and worked with such immortals as The Rolling Stones
, Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues
, Elvis, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Three Dog Night, and Rod Stewart, to name a few. But he sees this project as the culmination of a life's work.
Says Bowen, "These legends represent the best rock and pop music ever created. And all with an average tickets price under $40.00" Adding, "And if we do our job right, this re-creation will be a night to remember, a concert event and experience for multiple generations as we tour the nation."
8/27/08 Mobile, AL Civic Center
8/29/08 Tampa-St. Pete, FL Times Forum
8/30/08 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
8/31/08 Ft. Lauderdale/Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center
9/01/08 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Mem Arena
9/04/08 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center
9/05/08 Charleston, SC N Chas. Coliseum
9/06/08 Columbia, SC Colonial Center
9/07/08 Greenville, SC Bilo Center
9/10/08 Atlanta, GA Gwinett Center
9/11/08 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
9/12/08 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena
9/13/08 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center
9/14/08 Raleigh, NC RBC Center Arena
9/18/08 Hampton, VA Hampton Roads Coliseum
9/19/08 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
9/20/08 Baltimore, MD 1st. Mariner Arena
9/21/08 New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
9/24/08 Washington DC Verizon Center
9/26/08 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center/Or Spectrum
9/27/08 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
9/28/08 Albany, NY Times Union Center
10/01/08 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
10/02/08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
10/03/08 Hartford, CT XL Center
10/04/08 Syracuse, NY War Memorial at Oncenter
10/05/08 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
10/08/08 Worcester, MA DCU Center
10/09/08 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
10/11/08 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
10/12/08 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena At Casey Plaza
10/16/08 Hershey, PA Giant Center
10/17/08 Toledo, OH Seagate Convention Centre
10/18/08 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
10/19/08 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
10/22/08 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center
10/23/08 Dayton, OH Ervin J. Nutter Center
10/24/08 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena On Cam
10/25/08 Cincinnati, OH Bank of Kentucky Arena
10/26/08 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
10/29/08 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
10/30/08 Memphis, TN Fedex Forum
10/31/08 Bossier City-Shreveport, LA TBA
11/01/08 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center UT
11/02/08 Dallas/Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theater
11/06/08 Houston, TX Toyota Center or Woodlands Tent
11/07/08 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
11/08/08 Little Rock, AK Alltel Arena
11/09/08 Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall