The Legends of Rock Tour hits the road for its inaugural tour this summer, which includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, September 17! Starring Jefferson Starship, Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Rick Derringer and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, the tour is set to bring classic hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s all to the same stage.
Jefferson Starship rose from the ashes of another legendary San Francisco band, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Jefferson Airplane. Founder Paul Kantner knew that combining powerful creative forces, personalities and talents could create something far greater than the sum of its parts. Today’s Jefferson Starship – featuring original member David Freiberg, longtime members Donny Baldwin (drums) and Chris Smith (keyboards and synth bass), Jude Gold on lead guitar and GRAMMY® nominee Cathy Richardson anchoring the female lead vocal spot made famous by the inimitable Grace Slick – remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music.
Shortly after co-founding the band in 1969, Grand Funk Railroad lead singer and guitarist Mark Farner took his American band to the heights of success. They would quickly release their debut album, On Time, in August of that year and four months later, follow it up with their sophomore effort titled, Grand Funk. In 1970, Closer to Home featuring Mark’s song, I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home) was released and the band went on to sell more albums that year than any other American band.
When guitar slinger Rick Derringer breaks into his legendary rock anthem, Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo, you’ll likely see many air guitars in the audience. Now more than four decades after its release, the hugely popular hit continues to be a staple on classic rock radio and has been featured in several movies over the years including the Richard Linklater cult classic, Dazed and Confused, and others including The Spirit of ‘76, Rush, Stag and What A Girl Wants.
The hits began for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels with the release of their first hit single, Jenny Take a Ride! In 1966, they recorded and performed a medley featuring Little Richard’s Jenny Jenny and Chuck Willis’ classic R&B song, C.C. Rider, which quickly entered the Top 10 charts. Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels followed up their initial hit with two more in ’66 including a rendition of the Righteous Brothers’ Little Latin Lupe Lu and the song that would ultimately be their biggest hit, Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly.