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Firefall, Stephen Bishop, & Gary Wright

Thursday

Sep 14, 2017 – 7:30 PM

203 N genesee st
Waukegan, IL 60085 Map

  • Firefall
  • Stephen Bishop
  • Gary Wright

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Firefall: The genealogy and musical roots of FIREFALL run deep into the fertile soil of American rock and folk rock music. It began with Woody Guthrie and later Bob Dylan, evolving into the Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield. The genre established by these luminaries continued with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Manassas, the Band, Neil Young, the Eagles, Poco, Loggins and Messina, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Dan Folgelberg, America and Firefall. Many of these participants mingled in the studio and on tour. Individually and collectively they created a sound that changed the world’s musical landscape. FIREFALL is one of the few surviving bands of this genre, remaining true to it’s founding vision and roots despite personnel changes over it’s thirty year history. The band transcends and embraces many industry labels - rock, soft rock, country rock, easy listening, unplugged, Americana and contemporary country... “I think it’s great that in this day and age of trends that change overnight, a kind of music we helped create thirty years ago is still around and growing in popularity.” -- JOCK BARTLEY..

For co-founder Jock Bartley, FIREFALL has not only represented an opportunity to make quality music over the course of 30 years, but also represents a personal, heartfelt commitment to maintaining the tradition of a contemporary musical genre he and his peers helped create. Shared the past twenty years with band members Steven Weinmeister (vocals, guitar), Sandy Ficca (drums), Bil Hopkins (vocals, bass) and Chris Ball (sax, flute and keyboards), this commitment has successfully carried FIREFALL through three decades of distinctive music... From 1976 through the early 1980s, the Boulder, Colorado-based rock band, FIREFALL, saturated the national radio waves and toured the world over, selling millions of records and earning two platinum and three gold albums for their efforts. They shared stages with the top bands of the day - Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, The Band, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker Band, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Loggins & Messina, America, Bob Seger, Heart and many many others. The band dazzled audiences with their exuberant and rocking performances - this was no ‘light rock’ band. FIREFALL is a group of exceptional musicians and singers, with a repertoire of radio recognizable songs few bands can match. Their many hits - “You Are The Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You,” “Strange Way,” “Cinderella,” “Mexico,” “Livin Aint Livin,” “So Long,” “Goodbye, I Love You,” “Sweet and Sour” and others - are faithfully recreated with a freshness rare in live performances of such classics... In the 1990s, Rhino Records began releasing their original albums on CD, including the compilation, FIREFALL’S GREATEST HITS. With lead guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jock Bartley, as a constant, these classic albums boast such musical stand-outs as band members: Rick Roberts, Mark Andes, Michael Clarke, Larry Burnett, David Muse and John Sambataro; with guest appearances on Firefall records by greats like Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, David Sanborn, Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) and Bill Payne (Little Feat)... With FIREFALL’S 1994 CD release, ‘MESSENGER,’ the band continued to expand upon their distinctive sound. It is filled with passionate lyrical incisiveness, a great melodic range and diversity, and sociopolitical musings. “When The River Rises” was written for and dedicated to the 1993 Midwest Flood Victims, with a portion of the proceeds from this song having gone to disaster relief. Jock Bartley’s uplifting song of 1998, ‘Call On Me,’ became an anthem of sorts for Suicide Prevention. As a spokesman for the cause and the first-ever national crisis hotline network, 1(800) SUICIDE, he helped to put on three fund raising benefits around the country featuring such musical luminaries as Michael McDonald, Wynonna Judd, Journey, Steve Winwood, David Pack of Ambrosia and Rusty Young of Poco. ‘Call On Me’ is included on Jock’s first ever solo CD, ‘BLINDSIDE,’ released in late 2006... Throughout the years, FIREFALL has nurtured their faithful and growing audience through their dynamic live concert performances, which have continually brought in new generations of fans. The “experience” of FIREFALL’s live concerts leaves their fans, old and new, thinking that they’ve just seen one of the best concerts they’ve ever seen... With the wealth of old songs and new, FIREFALL demonstrates the depth and diversity of the band’s lyrical and musical excellence, often including an acoustic or ”unplugged” mini-set in their longer performances. Their tight harmonies and intricate vocal arrangements are a fresh reminder of what melodic music is all about. The excellence of musicianship is intensely felt and appreciated by audiences - the response to the solos and many extended “jams” in concert is overwhelming, infectious helpings of fun and spontaneity in the highest degree... FIREFALL was one of the first bands to bring the creativity and musical richness of the Rocky Mountain area to the forefront of the industry. The resurgence of this diverse musical hotbed has since given way to the likes of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Samples, The String Cheese Incident... and once again, FIREFALL... And so, the band has come full circle. In thirty years of making exceptional music, FIREFALL has distinguished themselves as one of the top bands from the genre of music called Americana. They helped spearhead the birth and continuation of the country-rock/folk-rock sound of the Seventies. FIREFALL is as vital and valid as ever, standing out as one of the few remaining torchbearers for harmony-laden rock; a welcome blast from the past focused firmly on the future.

Gary Wright: Visionary songwriter, performer and all-around musical pioneer Gary Wright has spent more than thirty years shattering conventional ideas about how to make chart-topping rock music. Not only have his classic songs “Dream Weaver”, “Love is Alive” and “Really Wanna Know You” proven their genius by achieving hit status in three different decades; Wright’s musical wizardry has also extended, more than once, to changing the very sound and texture of contemporary pop.

As far back as the late 70’s Wright was challenging audiences with pioneering instrumentation and cutting-edge keyboard technology. And he has been a longtime collaborator and creative influence to fellow artists ranging from his contemporaries George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Mick Jones (of Foreigner) and Joe Cocker -- to 90’s “rap” artists Third Base, Ton Loc, and Busta Rhymes as well as Eminem, Salt-N-Pepa, Joan Osborne, Anastacia and Mya.

It was in 1967, after earning a degree in psychology and then touring Germany as a singer/songwriter, that Wright met Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and moved to London, where he formed the rock group, “Spooky Tooth.” That year Island released the group’s first record, “It’s All About,” which immediately won critical acclaim and launched the group on a successful career that included sellout U.S. tours with rock legends Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, and culminated in the band’s classic second album, “Spooky Two.”

In the early 1970’s Wright took a brief hiatus from Spooky Tooth to produce records for Traffic and Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller’s production company. He quickly became a part of London’s elite session musicians, playing keyboards on George Harrison’s classic “All Things Must Pass,” which also featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and other greats. Thus began a continuing musical relationship with Harrison that embraced playing keyboards as well as co-writing several songs on George’s subsequent albums.

Together with Harrison, Wright visited India in 1974 as a guest of Ravi Shankar. That visit developed into a long term relationship with Shankar as well as some of India’s other leading classical artists which ultimately blossomed in his award-winning 1988 album “Who I Am,” on Cypress Records, that used an all-star cast of musicians including a South Indian percussion section and performances by classical Indian masters Lakshmi Shankar and L. Subramanian.

After two critically praised albums on A&M Records, “Extraction” and “Footprint” and three more with a revived Spooky Tooth including Mick Jones (later of Foreigner), Gary signed a solo deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1974. His ground-breaking 1975 release “The Dream Weaver” stretched the pop music envelope by featuring the first-ever all keyboard/synthesizer band, and by pioneering technologies in cut down versions of synthesizers and drum machines that revolutionized the musical instrument business and changed the sound of pop, rock and r&b forever.

In 1976 the song “Dream Weaver” hit 1 in the charts, and its follow-up release “Love is Alive” climbed to 2. In all, “The Dream Weaver” resulted in sales of over 2 million albums and 2 million singles. In a business where even the biggest success is often written in the wind, the popular appeal of Wright’s songwriting genius has endured. In 1991 Warner Bros. Records asked Gary to remake “Dream Weaver” for the “Wayne’s World” movie soundtrack -- which went on to become Billboard’s 1 soundtrack album, selling over 2 million copies. “Dream Weaver’’ was also featured in the Golden Globe winner ‘’The people vs Larry Flynt.’’

The year 2001 brought 2 new versions of “Love is Alive”—one by Anastacia, whose International sales topped 3.5 million—the other by Joan Osborne whose version became the first single for the Michael Douglas/Matt Dylan film “One Night at McCool’s.” In addition, “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive” were featured in the films “Daddy Day Care” and “Coyote Ugly” respectively. Eminem recorded one of Gary’s songs and re-titled it “Spend some Time” on his “Encore” album, and DG Armand Van Helden sampled “Comin” Apart” from “The right place” album and renamed it “mymymy. ” The track became a huge hit in Europe and Asia selling over 4 million copies.

Gary Wright’s creative output has also extended to film scoring, with music for the Alan Rudolph thriller “Endangered Species,” the Sylvester Stallone-directed “Stayin’ Alive,” the Oscar-winning German film “Fire and Ice,” and the 2000 Imax release “Ski to the Max” —both directed by Willie Bogner. It has included Gary’s 1995 world music album, “First Signs of Life,” which incorporated music and percussion from Brazil and Nigeria, and featured guest appearances by George Harrison and Terry Bozzio. And it continues with his current solo effort “Human Love,” a studio album on which Gary is joined by guest artists Jeff Lynne , L. Shankar, Steve Farris. The year 2007 ushered in the release of a live Spooky Tooth DVD featuring 3 of the original members, Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie and Gary titled “Nomad Poets.” The DVD and CD were released in May, 2007 in the US and Europe and Spooky Tooth followed it up with a sold out tour of Europe in February 2008. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Island Records, the Spooky Tooth preformed in a concert in London in May 2009 along with such artists as U2 and the Wailers.

At the end of 2008, Gary released an instrumental album of ambient music called “Waiting To Catch the Light” and a new EP called “The Light of a Million Suns” which features a duet with his son Dorian on a remix of his hit song “Love Is Alive”.

In addition, he toured during the summer of 2008 with Ringo Starr and The All Starr Band and will again tour with Ringo and the All Starr band in the summer of 2010. The new band will include Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Wally Palmer (The Romantics), Greg Bissonette, Rick Derringer and Richard Page (Mr. Mister). In April of 2010 he will be releasing “Connected”, his first studio album in ten years which features guest appearances by Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh and Jeff (Skunk) Baxter.

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Visionary songwriter, performer and all-around musical pioneer Gary Wright has spent more than thirty years shattering conventional ideas about how to make chart-topping rock music. Not only have his classic songs “Dream Weaver”, “Love is Alive” and “Really Wanna Know You” proven their genius by achieving hit status in three different decades; Wright’s musical wizardry has also extended, more than once, to changing the very sound and texture of contemporary pop. .. ..

As far back as the late 70’s Wright was challenging audiences with pioneering instrumentation and cutting-edge keyboard technology. And he has been a longtime collaborator and creative influence to fellow artists ranging from his contemporaries George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Mick Jones (of Foreigner) and Joe Cocker -- to 90’s “rap” artists Third Base, Ton Loc, and Busta Rhymes as well as Eminem, Salt-N-Pepa, Joan Osborne, Anastacia and Mya... ..

It was in 1967, after earning a degree in psychology and then touring Germany as a singer/songwriter, that Wright met Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and moved to London, where he formed the rock group, “Spooky Tooth.” That year Island released the group’s first record, “It’s All About,” which immediately won critical acclaim and launched the group on a successful career that included sellout U.S. tours with rock legends Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, and culminated in the band’s classic second album, “Spooky Two.”.. ..

In the early 1970’s Wright took a brief hiatus from Spooky Tooth to produce records for Traffic and Rolling Stones producer Jimmy Miller’s production company. He quickly became a part of London’s elite session musicians, playing keyboards on George Harrison’s classic “All Things Must Pass,” which also featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins and other greats. Thus began a continuing musical relationship with Harrison that embraced playing keyboards as well as co-writing several songs on George’s subsequent albums... ..

Together with Harrison, Wright visited India in 1974 as a guest of Ravi Shankar. That visit developed into a long term relationship with Shankar as well as some of India’s other leading classical artists which ultimately blossomed in his award-winning 1988 album “Who I Am,” on Cypress Records, that used an all-star cast of musicians including a South Indian percussion section and performances by classical Indian masters Lakshmi Shankar and L. Subramanian... ..

After two critically praised albums on A&M Records, “Extraction” and “Footprint” and three more with a revived Spooky Tooth including Mick Jones (later of Foreigner), Gary signed a solo deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1974. His ground-breaking 1975 release “The Dream Weaver” stretched the pop music envelope by featuring the first-ever all keyboard/synthesizer band, and by pioneering technologies in cut down versions of synthesizers and drum machines that revolutionized the musical instrument business and changed the sound of pop, rock and r&b forever... ..

In 1976 the song “Dream Weaver” hit 1 in the charts, and its follow-up release “Love is Alive” climbed to 2. In all, “The Dream Weaver” resulted in sales of over 2 million albums and 2 million singles. In a business where even the biggest success is often written in the wind, the popular appeal of Wright’s songwriting genius has endured. In 1991 Warner Bros. Records asked Gary to remake “Dream Weaver” for the “Wayne’s World” movie soundtrack -- which went on to become Billboard’s 1 soundtrack album, selling over 2 million copies. “Dream Weaver’’ was also featured in the Golden Globe winner ‘’The people vs Larry Flynt.’’ .. ..

The year 2001 brought 2 new versions of “Love is Alive”—one by Anastacia, whose International sales topped 3.5 million—the other by Joan Osborne whose version became the first single for the Michael Douglas/Matt Dylan film “One Night at McCool’s.” In addition, “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive” were featured in the films “Daddy Day Care” and “Coyote Ugly” respectively. Eminem recorded one of Gary’s songs and re-titled it “Spend some Time” on his “Encore” album, and DG Armand Van Helden sampled “Comin” Apart” from “The right place” album and renamed it “mymymy. ” The track became a huge hit in Europe and Asia selling over 4 million copies... ..

Gary Wright’s creative output has also extended to film scoring, with music for the Alan Rudolph thriller “Endangered Species,” the Sylvester Stallone-directed “Stayin’ Alive,” the Oscar-winning German film “Fire and Ice,” and the 2000 Imax release “Ski to the Max” —both directed by Willie Bogner. It has included Gary’s 1995 world music album, “First Signs of Life,” which incorporated music and percussion from Brazil and Nigeria, and featured guest appearances by George Harrison and Terry Bozzio. And it continues with his current solo effort “Human Love,” a studio album on which Gary is joined by guest artists Jeff Lynne , L. Shankar, Steve Farris. The year 2007 ushered in the release of a live Spooky Tooth DVD featuring 3 of the original members, Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie and Gary titled “Nomad Poets.” The DVD and CD were released in May, 2007 in the US and Europe and Spooky Tooth followed it up with a sold out tour of Europe in February 2008. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Island Records, the band will be doing a concert in London in May 2009 along with such artists as U2 and the Wailers... ..

In the summer of 2008, Gary was asked to be a member of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band which performed over 30 shows in the U.S.A and Canada. A DVD of the tour will be released sometime later in 2009. At the end of 2008, Gary released an instrumental album of ambient music called “Waiting To Catch the Light” and a new EP called “The Light of a Million Suns” which features a duet with his son Dorian on a remix of his hit song “Love Is Alive”. Gary will be touring during the summer of 2009 and the concert dates will be posted on his myspace site as well as his personal website. .. ..

Info about Gary’s career is available via Wright’s existing website, ..www.thedreamweaver.com..... ..

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