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Cream Vocalist Jack Bruce Added to Hall of Fame Concert

The Scottish-born bassist and lead singer of Cream, Jack Bruce, has agreed to join the growing list of legends playing the Hall of Fame Concert. The two-day classic rock festival opens the evening of September 19, 2008 at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. with the visitRaleigh.com national band search winner. Following that performance, the White Sox All-Star Band, made up of artists currently or formerly with several well-known bands, will come together to stage what is sure to be a much talked about and memorable ensemble performance. Closing the evening will be 2004 Rock Hall inductee Dave Mason , co-founder of the legendary band Traffic.

On Saturday, September 20, Grand Society will open the Emerging Artists showcase at 1:00 p.m. They will be followed by North Carolina’s own Parmalee and breakout Louisiana hard rockers Supagroup . Then Raleigh’s own The Connells will take the stage, followed by another legendary N.C. band – Arrogance – that was co-founded by well-known R.E.M. co-producer Don Dixon.

The classic rock band Jefferson Starship , featuring original Jefferson Airplane founders and Rock Hall inductees Marty Balin and Paul Kantner , accompanied by another Rock Hall inductee, Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten , will open the headliner portion of the show on the second day.

Following Jefferson Starship to the stage will be Dennis DeYoung , a founding member of the band Styx , performing the music of Styx. DeYoung, a keyboardist extraordinaire and the lead vocalist on Styx hits such as “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “The Best of Times,” “Lady,” and many, many others, will play in the Raleigh-area for the first time since 1996 when he was last here with the band he co-founded in 1962 and played with through 1999, before embarking on his solo career.

Following DeYoung, members of the former John Entwistle Band will take the stage accompanied by former Deep Purple and Rainbow lead vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, Blue Oyster Cult lead singer and guitarist Buck Dharma and former original Grand Funk Railroad lead singer Mark Farner, performing the greatest hits of those particular bands. Jack Bruce will then join former members of the John Entwistle Band on stage for a closing set of his own and Cream’s greatest hits, which is sure to be among the most anticipated musical performances in recent memory. Following Bruce’s closing set, a number of the headlining artists and other special guests will perform an encore tribute to John Entwistle and the music of The Who .

As previously announced, anyone holding a ticket to the September 20 show will gain admittance to the September 19 opening night at no additional charge by showing his or her Saturday ticket at the front gate that evening. For more details concert patrons can visit boothamphitheatre.com . All seating on September 19 will be festival lawn only (no VIP or reserved seating will be set up that evening). For those not attending the September 20 show, tickets to the September 19 only show may be purchased at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre box office or via Ticketmaster for $35.

  • Dan R

    Not much into the retro rock thing but Jack Bruce is still a great musician. Just get rid of Dennis DeYoung or send him over to the Raleigh Wide Open and you have a pretty good show.

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