Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happy Together, 2015

Our weekly coverage of the 2015 Happy Together Tour continues this weekend in Forgotten Hits.

Next week, we'll have an exclusive report from the road, courtesy of Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams.

In fact, we're hoping to hear from ALL of this year's artists this summer.

But first, Terry Kirkman of The Association talks about the making of the #1 Hit "Cherish" ...

And then THIS special report from FH Reader Tom Cuddy ...


You’ve posted an assortment of colorful reviews on the first Leg of the “Happy Together Tour,” so I thought I’d provide you with a different perspective.  

WCBS-FM morning deejay Scott Shannon (who MC’d the show) and I attended the tour stop last weekend at Westbury Music Fair (Long Island, NY) ... and here are a few backstage tidbits I picked up that I thought might be of interest of your readers.

  • Mark Lindsay now has 20/20 vision.  He’s been troubled by poor eyesight for his adult life and in the last few years he found a doctor who was able to improve his sight.  So now he can actually see his audience!
  • Mark and his wife, Deb, recently bought a farm in Maine
  • Later this year Mark will be re-releasing his 2013 album, “Life Out Loud,” with some bonus tracks.
  • Turtles lead singer Howard Kaylan reported that his doctor wanted him to take it easy longer following his back surgery, but he’s feeling good and happy to be on tour.  Watching him prance around stage, you’d never know he recently had surgery.
  • The Cowsills said they’ve been considered for the “Happy Together Tour” for the past 5 years, but when the tour organizers polled promoters they weren’t sure there would be enough interest to sell more tickets.  Then the documentary on their career was seen on the  Showtime Channel for over a year and promoters felt the awareness of the group had increased dramatically, so the singing family (with three original members) was offered an invitation.  It was a smart move.  On the first leg of the tour, they were one of the highlights of the show.  Many fans getting to see them live for the first time. -- Tom Cuddy
Thanks, Tom ... EXACTLY the kind of stuff we're looking for.
Still hoping to hear from many of the artists themselves this summer, too.
I've heard NOTHING but GLOWING reports on The Cowsills  EVERYWHERE they've played for the past two years.  We were finally fortunate enough to see them here in Chicago for a Christmas Show they put on at The Arcada Theatre ... top notch all the way.  SO happy for their newfound success.  (My guess is they'll be asked back next year, too!!!)
Thanks again ... LOVE IT!!!

Meanwhile, here's that great shot of Scott Shannon and Mark Lindsay, taken at the Westbury, NY, show last week, courtesy of Forgotten Hits Reader Tom Cuddy ... and a WHOLE lot more from Stuart Hersh ... thanks, guys!!!

Scott Shannon and Mark Lindsay
(photo courtesy of Tom Cuddy)

 Mark Volman of The Turtles
 Howard Kaylan of The Turtles
 Michael Jackson ...
Ooops, I mean Howard Kaylan of The Turtles

 L-R - Nick Fortuna and Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams
(Look for a very special report from Carl next week in Forgotten Hits!)

 Carl and Nick, joined by Susan Cowsill
(was The Buckinghams' hit "Susan" written with her in mind???)

 More Cowsills action

 The Grass Roots

Jules Alexander and Jim Yester
of The Association

Mark Lindsay

After a short break, the tour resumes on Friday, July 17th ... 

Be sure to catch these guys when they come to your town ...

You're not going to get more bang for your buck than this ...

70 National Top 40 Hits between them!!!

Friday, July 17th - Chinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR

Saturday, July 18th - Cinook Winds Casino Resort - Lincoln City, OR

Sunday, July 19th - Clearwater River Casino and Lodge - Lewistown, ID

Wednesday, July 22nd - Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay - San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 23rd - Chumash Casino - Santa Ynex, CA

Friday, July 24th - Golden Nugget Casino Showroom - Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, July 25th - Campe Verde - Campe Verde, AZ

Sunday, July 26th - Pacific Amphitheater - Costa Mesa, CA

Friday, July 31st - Lynn Auditorium - Lynn, MA

Saturday, August 1st - Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ

Sunday, August 2nd - State Theatre - New Brunswick,NJ

Monday, August 3rd - ArtsQuest Center At SteelStacks - Bethlehem, PA

Tuesday, August 4th - Mayo Performing Arts Center - Morristown, NJ

Wednesday, August 5th - Bergen Performing Arts Center - Englewood, NJ

Friday, August 7th - War Memorial Auditorium - Nashville, TN

Sunday, August 9th - Wisconsin State Fair - West Allis, WI

Wednesday, August 12th - Indian State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, August 13th - Missouri State Fairgrounds - Sedalia, MO

Saturday, August 15th - Little River Casino Resort - Manistee, MI

Sunday, August 16th - Performing Arts Center - Bolingbrook, IL

Wednesday, August 19th - Fraze Pavilion For The Perfroming Arts - Kettering, OH

Thursday, August 20th - Hard Rock Live - Northfield, OH

Friday, August 21st - Paramount Theatre - Aurora, IL

Saturday, August 22nd - Casino Rama Entertainment Centre - Rama, ON

Sunday, August 23rd - Foelinger Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN

Wednesday, August 26th - Effingham Performance Center - Effingham, IL

Thursday, August 27th - Kentucky State Fairgrounds - Louisville, KY

Friday, August 28th - Oaklawn Racetrack - Hot Springs, AR

Saturday, August 29th - Riverside Casino and Gold Resort - Riverside, IA

Sunday, August 30th - Bluestem Center For The Arts - Moorhead,MN

Monday, August 31st - Minnesota State Fairgrounds - Saint Paul, MN

Wednesday, September 2nd - Mahoning County Fairgrounds - Canfield, OH