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Legends of Rock come to SWFL: Skid Row, Great White and Quiet Riot hit the town

April 4, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor (mschneider@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

It's time to take another little flash back in time. The year is 1988. Gas was a mere $1.05 a gallon and "Rain Man" was the top-producing movie in the box office. Fashionistas were flashing denim jackets and bangs hair-sprayed 10 inches high. On the stage, top metal bands Skid Row, Quiet Riot and Great White were rocking animal-print spandex and radical musical skills, as fans screamed for more. Now's your chance to make that flashback a reality, as those three huge bands of the late '80s will be rockin' side-by-side once again, as the hair-band superstars headline the Legends of Rock show, taking place all day long, Saturday, April 21, on the grounds of the German-American Club, 2101 Southwest Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, with gates opening at 2 p.m., music starting at 3 and going all night long.

This all-day music festival will feature Los Angeles' Hear Kitty Kitty, along with local rock sensations A200, PUSH, and 10,000 Views, featuring another legendary metal-band superstar, WASP drummer Stet Howland.

Concert coordinator Rob Lyons, hair-band-lover and no stranger to booking amazing entertainment locally, is eager to get this show on the road.

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"There's still a big market for hair bands people love seeing them and taking a little trip down memory lane," he said. "So, we're gonna keep bringing them into town. I'm so excited to introduce Skid Row, Quiet Riot and Great White to Southwest Florida."

Rob is the concert organizer who is responsible for bringing Warrant, Steelheart, Winger and Firehouse to Southwest Florida last year, as well as Coolio and the wild and crazy hip-hop rocker Vanilla Ice, who recently rocked down the Dixie Road House back in February.

"We've had some amazing shows in the past, and this upcoming Legends of Rock show is going to be just as amazing if not more," he said. "The line-up is phenomenal we have four of biggest local bands in Southwest Florida opening the show, and they bring a lot to the table. They're the perfect addition for this type of venue. Not to mention, 10,000 views got rave reviews from everyone that was at the Vanilla Ice show a couple months back. They've really opened up eyes for people that have never seen them before that show. We're so happy to have them back on the line-up."

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Legends of Rock show at the GERMAN-AMERICAN CLUB, CAPE CORAL

What: Skid Row, Quiet Riot and Great White, all rocking together, with Hear Kitty Kitty, A200, PUSH and 10,000 Views kicking it off

When: Saturday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 2101 SW?Pine Island Road, Cape Coral

Tickets:?$15 in advance, $20 at the door

Don't worry about getting the munchies. During the all-day music festival, more than a dozen food vendors will be on-hand, offering anything from funnel cakes, giant pretzels and hot dogs to hamburgers, lobster rolls, pizza and Philly cheesesteaks.

Budweiser and Jagermeister will be keeping the crowd cool and refreshed throughout the day with $4 drafts and other drink specials, and, while taking in all the fantastic music, peruse the gift and craft vendors, offering anything from motorcycle accessories and leather pieces to fun crafts and great gadgets.

Plus, be sure to swing by the bands' merch tables, overflowing with concert T-shirts and other great rock memorabilia to remember the day.

The official line-up is as follows, with music starting at 3 p.m. that afternoon: Hear Kitty Kitty, A200, 10,000 Views, PUSH, Great White, Quiet Riot, then Skid Row, with music ending with a big Skid Row finale around 11:30 p.m. (Don't forget to call for an encore!)

Tickets to the show are just $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and can be purchased online by visiting PurchaseTicketsNow.com, or stopping by any one of the mentioned ticket locations on the site.

VIP passes are available for $100, which includes plenty of bang for your buck.

"VIP entry includes free food; free beverages; meet-and-greet sessions with the bands; as well as very special, up-close-and-personal seating," Rob said. "If you're a drinker, it's an even better deal, as $4 beers add up pretty quick!"

Don't wait around until the day of the show to get your tickets it's better to pick them up sooner than later. After all, pre-purchasing the tickets saves you an entire $5 each enough to get you a draft beer with $1 left over for your chance at the lottery!

After the show, the boys of all three metal bands will be hitting Dixie Road House for an all-night after party. This is your perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favorite rockers of the '80s ask them for their best (and worst) road stories, get an autograph (or two, three or TEN), and share a couple of drinks with some very cool musicians.

"It's a great way to loosen up after the show, hang out and maybe talk to some of the band members," Rob said.

Concert-coordinator Rob plans to mix it up a bit with future venues, perhaps getting some big country acts s into the area, as well as groups from other genres of music like grunge or hard rock. For more information on the upcoming Legends of Rock show, as well as his future rock-and-roll endeavors, visit Lykel.com.

 
 

 

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