BILLY CURRINGTON, ALANIS MORISSETTE, BRET MICHAELS, AND FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH ADDED TO 2017 BATTERY PARK CONCERT SERIES LINEUP
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (March 28, 2017) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s highly anticipated Battery Park Concert Series was announced at a live press conference tonight. The lineup includes country stars Billy Currington and Chase Rice, classic rocker Bret Michaels, Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette and modern rock band Five Finger Death Punch.
2017 CONCERT SERIES
JUNE 10 WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY WITH ROBERT EARL KEEN
JUNE 30 JOURNEY WITH SPECIAL GUEST ASIA
JULY 22 COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: BILLY CURRINGTON WITH CHASE RICE, WHISKEY MYERS AND FILMORE
JULY 28 CLASSIC 99 BLOCK PARTY: BRET MICHAELS, GREAT WHITE & SLAUGHTER
AUGUST 26 ALANIS MORISSETTE
SEPTEMBER 1 Z98 INVASION: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH WITH ALL THAT REMAINS AND ARSON CITY
“This year’s lineup truly has a bit of something for everyone,” said Todd Moyer, General Manager at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City. “There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere at Battery Park during the concerts and we’re excited to welcome new and returning guests to experience it.”
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Rock Shop or online at www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com. Willie Nelson and Journey are on sale now.
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
With special guest Robert Earl Keen
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
DOORS 6:00 P.M. | SHOW 7:30 P.M.
With a six-decade career and 200+ albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered 10 new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 2015, Nelson added two more titles, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ bestsellers list; and the new studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. And this year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart.
With special guest ASIA
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
DOORS 6:00 P.M. | SHOW 7:30 P.M.
JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ The band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April.
Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (original member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour, marking the first time he performed with the band since 1998. Schon’s musical career began at the age of 15, when he debuted with Santana as a guitar prodigy on the No. 1 album, Santana III. Valory has been a grounding force in Journey since the band’s formation (other than a brief hiatus in the late 80’s and early 90’s) and Cain was brought on board in 1980, rounding out the songwriting genius behind the defining album, Escape. Since Arnel Pineda joined Journey as its new lead singer in 2007, the band has released two albums and embarked on seven major tours, performing on four continents for more than five million fans, which earned the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.”
ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in March 1982 with several Top 10 singles and sales exceeding 7 million copies. Some of their first hits included such classics as “Heat Of The Moment”, “Only Time Will Tell”, and “Sole Survivor.” By the time the band released its second album, the debut album had sold over 6 million copies worldwide and was the best seller of 1982. It had stayed at the #1 spot for an incredible 9 weeks! This “supergroup”, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70s – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
BILLY CURRINGTON WITH CHASE RICE
Whiskey Myers and Filmore
SATURDAY, JULY 22
DOORS 4:00 P.M. | SHOW 5:00 P.M.
Billy Currington has come a long way from working construction and living in a tiny attic apartment during his early days in Nashville. In the decade since he made his debut with the top 10 hit “Walk a Little Straighter,” the Georgia native has parlayed his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the country format’s most memorable hits, including such No. 1s as “Good Directions,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right” and “People Are Crazy.”
Currington’s songs have always been snapshots of life. His music is steeped in truth and possesses a relatability that makes his audience feel like they could drink a beer or catch a few fish with the curly-haired country boy. Currington has that heartfelt everyman quality that lends emotional weight to whatever he’s singing whether it’s a tender ballad or a rollicking party anthem. He demonstrates his ability to render both those scenarios and all points between on his fifth studio album We Are Tonight.
Led by the fast-climbing single “Hey Girl,” We Are Tonight is filled with songs that evoke both wistful reflection and boisterous revelry with equal conviction. Throughout the collection, Currington exudes the easy going charm that has become his trademark yet also possesses a maturity and confidence that comes from a decade of churning out hits and earning accolades. He won the “Hottest Video of the Year” honor at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards for “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” in 2006, the same year he received an ACM nod for Top New Male Vocalist. His hit duet with Shania Twain, “Party For Two,” earned nominations from both the CMA and ACM, and “People Are Crazy” proved to be a career-defining hit that earned Grammy nominations for Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song in addition to being nominated for Single and Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, as well as Single, Song and Video of the Year from the Country Music Association.
Fame often has a chilling effect on one’s psyche. However much as he’s done his entire life, when faced with a No. 1 major label debut album in 2014’s Ignite the Night, as well as a pair of Top 5 singles with the RIAA Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and Gold- certified “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice turned his cheek and took the path less traveled. As he readily recounts, the country music maverick has only grown more self- aware, mature and grateful in the wake of his success.
The past few years have been monumental ones for Rice: following the release of Ignite the Night, the 31-year-old budding superstar toured the world with four massive headlining tours and stadium-show opening runs for country megastars including Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. Most recently, Rice released a new single from his forthcoming studio album, “Everybody We Know Does,” a rowdy rocker he says instantly took him back in his mind to the Fairview, North Carolina farm on which he was raised.
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Whiskey Myers was last in the recording studio. Over two whirlwind years, the gritty Texas band hit #1 on the iTunes Country Chart with their breakout third album ‘Early Morning Shakes,’ earned raves everywhere from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and toured the US and UK relentlessly, slaying massive festival crowds and sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, and more along the way. You’d be forgiven, then, for expecting things to work a little differently this time around when the band reunited with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb for their stellar new album, ‘Mud.’ But as it turns out, success doesn’t change a Southern gentleman, and they don’t come any more Southern than Whiskey Myers.
Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road, ‘Mud’ finds the band scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship, with searing guitars, soulful vocals, and indelible hooks. As a result, Whiskey Myers’ music fits neatly into no genre. Sure, it’s heavily influenced by country music (“My first record was ‘The Pressure Is On’ / Ain’t it funny how your life can change with a song” Cannon sings on “Hank”), but the band credits everything from Alan Jackson and Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin and Nirvana as inspiration. “Some Of Your Love” channels old-school soul, while the bright, punchy horns of “Lightning Bugs And Rain” flirts with Rolling Stones swagger, and “Good Ole’ Days” captures a stripped-down, folky vibe, as the whole band sat in a circle singing together live. It all adds up to what Cannon perhaps describes best as “no frills, no BS rock and roll.”
CLASSIC 99 BLOCK PARTY
GREAT WHITE AND SLAUGHTER
FRIDAY, JULY 28 | BATTERY PARK
DOORS 6:00 P.M. | SHOW 7:00 P.M.
Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.
Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Bret’s solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums. His last album, Custom Built, topped the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list. His new CD Bret Michaels: Jammin with Friends was released in June of this year and features a myriad of legendary artists, who just happen to be great friends of Bret’s. The album contributors is a who’s who list including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, to name a few.
When this multi-talented performer is not touring he can be found both in front of and behind the camera as a director, producer and a reality TV superstar. His first foray into reality TV brought the record-breaking “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” franchise to VH1, one of the most successful shows in the network’s history, shattering weekly rating records during its run. Following three successful seasons of the show, he teamed up with VH1 for the docu-series “Life As I Know It” setting even more records. Bret has also starred in and won Donald Trump’s NBC hit, “Celebrity Apprentice”. Coming into the show as the underdog, his tenacity and business sense helped him win the series, raising well over $300,000 for Diabetes research. Michaels latest television endeavor, “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels” saw Michaels and his team revamping and redesigning dilapidated RV’s in true rock star form and style.
Great White is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977. The band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band released several albums in the late 1980s and gained airplay on MTV with music videos for songs like “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. The band reached their peak popularity with the album …Twice Shy in 1989. As of August 2007, Great White sold over 8 million records worldwide.
Slaughter is an American hard rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album Stick It to Ya, which spawned several hit singles including “Up All Night”, “Spend My Life”, “Mad About You” and “Fly to the Angels”. The album reached double platinum status in the United States.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
DOORS 7:00 P.M. | SHOW 8:00 P.M.
With sales of over 60 million albums worldwide, Alanis Morissette is one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination, and in 2015, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
with All That Remains and Arson City
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 | BATTERY PARK
DOORS 6:00 P.M. | SHOW 7:30 P.M.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH (5FDP) is a rock band from Los Angeles. Their debut album THE WAY OF THE FIST was released in 2007, and heralded rapid success for the band. The 2009 follow-up album WAR IS THE ANSWER further increased their popularity, leading to both albums being certified gold by the RIAA. The band’s third album, AMERICAN CAPITALIST, was released in October of 2011 and achieved gold status within the year. The band has co-headlined 2013’s Mayhem Festival Tour (US) and frequently can be seen playing the biggest international music festivals.
Undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful rock bands globally, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, dominated 2013 with the releases THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL ─ VOLUME 1 and VOLUME 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 (more notably, within a four-month period) and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the globe. The two albums feature three #1 radio hit singles (“Lift Me Up” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest, “Battle Born” and “Wrong Side Of Heaven”) and have combined sales of over 800,000 units to date. The multi-million selling rock titans’ single, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven” was their 14th consecutive top ten hit at Active Rock Radio and the video to the song has over 24 million views online.
ABOUT BATTERY PARK
Since it’s opening in 2015, Battery Park has hosted over a dozen concerts with 50,000+ attendees. In its inaugural year, Battery Park was selected as a top three finalist for Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year Award by the Global Gaming Expo, G2E. Sponsored by AEG Live, The Casino Entertainment Awards are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City was the only venue in the entire Midwest to receive the finalist nomination in this category.
Battery Park’s stage has hosted a wide variety of big names from rockers Shinedown, 3 Doors Down and Seether and to classic rockers Boston, REO Speedwagon, Elvis Costello, and Collective Soul, to modern hits marvels Colbie Caillat, Christina Perri, Rachel Platten, and X Ambassadors, and country super stars like Chris Stapleton, Gary Allan, and Jake Owen.
About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is an award-winning gaming destination offering more than 835 slot machines and a wide variety of table games. The property’s Hard Rock Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond rated hotel, a distinction which only five percent of the more than 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve. Complementing the Hotel and Casino are six restaurants and bars including the World Tour Buffet, Fuel American Grill, and Main + Abbey, the property’s AAA Three Diamond rated restaurant. Throughout the property, guests can experience the legends by viewing the vast Hard Rock memorabilia collection, with iconic pieces from SLASH to Johnny Cash.
The indoor live-entertainment venue, Anthem, hosts an impressive weekly lineup of concerts and performances from rock, pop, and country to comedy and blues. This unique venue leaves attendees with a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience from artists like Slash, Clint Black, Rick Springfield and George Thorogood. Battery Park, the outdoor entertainment venue with a festival-type atmosphere, hosts nationally touring performers along the likes of 3 Doors Down, Cheap Trick, Boston, Elvis Costello and Gary Allan, during the summer months.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City was developed through a partnership between the Missouri River Historical Development and SCE Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Warner Gaming, LLC. For more information on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City, visit www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com and www.facebook.com/HardRockHotelSC.
Hard Rock International
With venues in 74 countries, including 175 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Valencia, Innsbruck, Yangon and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, London, Los Cabos, New York City, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.