Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Happy Together - 2015

Our on-going coverage of The Happy Together Tour, 2015, continues today in Forgotten Hits ... 

Along with a VERY special announcement!!!

Read on! 

So great to read Carl's comments in FH! 
Last summer I attempted the 'glamour' part of the road by 'traveling like a rock star'.  Strange thing is, I would do it again.  So I can understand why our showstoppers continue this pattern.
Well Kent, I know that YOU Know What I Mean!  Maybe that song is not fun to sing, but it
certainly is fun to listen to and dance to.  It has strong love lyrics and a slinky melody that switches those same lyrics from love to passion.

Then you'll REALLY enjoy the fact that we heard from Carl again this past week "from the road" as the tour hit the west coast!  (kk)

Hi Kent,
We are now enjoying a much needed day off in beautiful San Diego. Tomorrow night we are at Humphrey's on the Bay ... it's a beautiful outdoor setting, right on the water. This is our California / Vegas / Arizona part of the tour.
I am blown away by how well received the tour is so far, but its not really a surprise considering the talent that is on the tour this year.
I personally am looking forward to The Paramount in Aurora ... hope to see you there.

Hey Kent, 
Where would one go to get ticket info for the "Happy Together" tour? If Ticketmaster is the only source, I guess I'll have to swallow the overcharge and go for it.
As for "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind", absolutely my all time favorite Mark Lindsay song and one of maybe 12 covers that I like more than the original.  I get to hear it once in a while on WGVU-1480/850 (WGVU-Real, but not nearly enough. My 45 is old, overplayed and skips, but I still love it. You should be able to receive 850 out of Muskegon, Mi. in Chicago. Good Sh.. ,er stuff.   

Ticket information can be found through the usual sources ... Tickemaster ... Pollstar ... or The Turtles' website (which provides links right to the venues themselves, which just might save you the cost of some of those expensive "surcharges" typically added to the ticket price you refer to above.

However, if you're catching the Happy Together show in the Chicagoland area you've now got a couple of choices ... 

Forgotten Hits has learned EXCLUSIVELY that, in addition to their announced performance at The Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, August 21st, these very same '60's Superstar Headliners will ALSO be appearing at The Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center as part of the city's 2015 Jubilee Celebration on Sunday, August 16th, five days EARLIER, for a show that is absolutely FREE to the public!!!   (NOTE:  This show has NOT been officially announced to the public ... not even by the City of Bolingbrook ... just ANOTHER reason why Forgotten Hits is your personal lifeline to the oldies universe!)   

We normally go to the Paramount show every year but have run into some "cooperation" issues with the venue this year for some reason ... I'm really not quite sure why, since we have helped to promote these shows for the past seven years running ... so THIS year I'm opting to check out the FREE August 16th show in Bolingbrook instead ... and hope that ALL of our local Forgotten Hits Readers will join us there for this very special event as Bolingbrook celebrates their 50th Anniversary by throwing this VERY special Birthday Bash!  (Quite honestly, The Paramount has indicated that our FH List simply isn't big enough to draw a desirable amount of fans to their venue ... so with that line of thinking solidly in place, our announcement of this Bolingbrook show should pose absolutely NO threat to them whatsoever ... I mean, seriously ... how many people REALLY get their oldies news from Forgotten Hits these days anyway?!?!)
[A:  over 4 million website views to date ... but who's counting???] 

Besides, this now leaves us open on August 21st to go see Jay and the Americans at the Addison Italian Festival instead ... and head back there on the 23rd to catch Lou Christie at the same event!  That makes EIGHT ... count 'em ... EIGHT ... major oldies attractions in one week.  (The Turtles - Mark Lindsay - The Association - The Buckinghams - The Cowsills - The Grass Roots - Jay and the Americans and Lou Christie!!!)  Heck, even Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars didn't offer THAT much entertainment!!!  (lol)  

As for ticket prices, I hear ya ... the service charges KILL you on some of these shows.  You can typically buy them through the theater box office without having to pay these fees.  (Or, if it's convenient, stop by the box office ahead of time and pick them up weeks before the show so you can just walk right in at show time!) Then again, NOTHING beats a FREE ticket ... so we'll be looking for the Forgotten Hits Cheering Section in Bolingbrook on the 16th!  (kk)   

Last week at a dinner get-together I met a woman who was telling me about the time that she saw The Turtles perform here in Chicago back in 1967.  (Coincidently, I saw The Turtles here in '67, too, when they performed at my high school ... my SECOND live concert as The Association, currently on The Happy Together Tour again this year, had performed there a few months earlier.  BOTH groups were at their absolute PEAKS in popularity ... so it was a rare treat for a kid like me ... all of 13 or 14 ... to see two of their VERY favorite acts performing at our school.  Man, those were the days!)   

In any event, she told me how, after the concert, she happened across The Turtles' limousine and, after approaching it, received the very first kiss of her life from Mark Volman.  

I just HAD to share this story with Mark ... who then proceeded to blow her story to smithereens ...  read on ... 

Hi Mark - 
I met a woman last night who saw The Turtles back in 1967 when they appeared here in Chicago. 
She was 16 at the time and apparently hung around after the show trying to get a glimpse of the band.  When nothing happened, she and her mother started walking back to the parking lot when a limo appeared. 
"It's them!  It's them!" she screamed ... and ran up to the car ... at which point you rolled down the window and gave her what turns out to be her very first kiss! 
She's been telling this story now for 48 years!!!  A lifetime of memories all thanks to one magical moment. 
You guys have been part of our lives for so long now ... you almost forget the impact you've had on each and every one of us.  (Coincidently, The Turtles played my high school in 1967, too ... "She's My Girl" had just come out so it was already a hits-filled set.  No, I never got a kiss ... but that's ok ... I can live with that!!! lol) 
Hoping you'll share some of YOUR "from the road memories" once the tour resumes this weekend.  We featured a few words from Carl Giammarese this past Friday as part of our on-going Happy Together Tour Coverage.  Please encourage the other artists to do the same. 
Thanks much ... 
Just had to share this with you. 
Kent Kotal 
Forgotten Hits  

To which Mark replied ...  
Why do people believe those stories. Oh yeah, Ernie Banks gave me a car. 
(Oh well ... shrug!)


TONIGHT - 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