February 3 2017 – We have a show announcement, an interview and a contest all rolled into one for what is described as ‘The classic rock fan’s ultimate live juke box!’
A date around the Toronto area (Hamilton February 25 2017) will finally bring this show away from Europe for some killer tunes. Following the huge success of its 2015 & 2016 ’20 Greatest Guitar Riffs’ tours, and as further testimony to the enduring popularity of Classic Rock music, the critically acclaimed stage production ‘The Classic Rock Show’ comes to North America in February and March 2017 to deliver up its eagerly awaited new show, the ‘A-Z of Rock’.
Performing the greatest songs from right across the Alphabet of Rock, The Classic Rock Show’s world class band powers through Classic Rock’s finest moments, from AC/DC and Aerosmith to Eric Clapton, The Eagles, ELO, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meatloaf and Queen to The Who, Zeppelin, ZZ Top and everything in between, performed with note-for-note precision that truly brings the original iconic and era defining recordings back to life on stage, with a huge sound and light show to match plus much, much more!
Anthem after anthem, riff after riff, power chord after power chord – ‘The Classic Rock Show’ takes you on a musical journey through two and a half hours of foot-stomping fun, culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not to be missed.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.ca
Fri 24 Burlington Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Sat 25 Hamilton FirstOntario Concert Hall
Sun 26 Milwaukee Pabst Theatre
Mon 27 Grand Rapids DeVos Perf Hall
Thu 2 Lynn Memorial Aud
Sat 4 Hershey Theatre
Mon 6 New Brunswick State Theatre
Tue 7 Baltimore Lyric Opera House
We had a chance to catch up with Guitarist James Cole (and professional car driver!!) and find out a bit about the show.
Here is how it went down:
T-Mak Word: James please tell us about the concept behind the show?
James Cole: My relationship with CRS (The Classic Rock Show) started many years ago. CRS used to be a side project for the band Brit Floyd. It became apparent that Brit Floyd was going from strength to strength meaning there wasn’t the time for some of the original members to focus on the show. I took over 3 years ago. I have the fun job of choosing the songs, tour ideas, etc… Its such a challenge but great fun!
I always try and use the analogy of an orchestra, we are a group of respectful musicians trying our best to perform these songs with a level of detail not done before.
T-Mak Word: Yea we have seen Brit Floyd many times and they have a huge following here. This means that CRS will have excellent production value I am sure. Hey James what is the most fun song to play and why?
James Cole: Ah thats a very difficult question as it changes night to night depending on the audience reaction to certain songs. If an audience are feeling a specific song it makes it so fun to play! There are a lot of challenging songs in this show… The duel guitar solo in Free Bird is certainly an enjoyable moment!
T-Mak Word: Top three rock bands of all time in your opinion?
James Cole: The Beatles (I’m from Liverpool…), Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Can I have another 3 choices please…?
T-Mak Word: Haha, no kidding it sure is hard just to keep it to three, but your answer clearly shows great taste. We can’t wait to check out the show in Canada, what can you tell us about audience reaction you expect here?
James Cole: The most exciting part of this years tour is we have made a deliberate effort to perform much more variety of bands than ever before. The classic rock genre is so huge now there is so much choice! I think we have a fantastic set which includes AC/DC all the way to ZZ Top and everything in between.
We want the audience to be able to close their eyes and be taken back to the 1st time they heard these songs on record or on the radio. If we can do that I’ll be very happy!!
To celebrate The Classic Rock Show A to Z of Rock invasion we have 2 tickets to give away for the Burlington show (Saturday February 25 2017) and 2 more tickets for the Hamilton show (Saturday February 25 2017).
To enter the contest, simply send an email to contests (at) tmakworld (dot) com with “AtoZ” on the subject line and include your name in the email body or click here Enter Contest. Tickets will be in the form of guest list the night of the show.
Contest ends February 22nd at noon and the winner will be notified before the show.
Bonus entry to anyone who likes T-Mak World on Facebook!