Sunday, August 22, 2010

Grand Funk Railroad Makes Pitstop at the Villages, August 28

This Saturday, August 28th, The Villages Amphitheater welcomes classic rockers, Grand Funk Railroad. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70’s is extremely excited to be touring in 2010 marking a 41 year milestone.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, and forceful pop melodies. Quickly rising to fame, their 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles.

The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.

Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”.

Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS. Keyboardist Tim Cashion has credits that include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Amphitheater Director, Brian Wismer adds, “This is a great way to end the season with a high-energy, classic rock show. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Wismer.

Some tickets still remain and are available at the Train Depot and also via the website,

The 2010 concert series is presented by Mercedes-Benz of South Atlanta. The Villages Amphitheater is owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Main Street Tourism Association of Fayetteville.

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