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Tickets On Sale to General Public Starting February 2 at LiveNation.com --
Los Angeles, CA (January 30, 2018) – Today, iconic legendary rock musicians Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers announced they will join forces for the “Stars Align Tour,” their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart. Produced by Live Nation, the outing kicks off July 18th in West Valley City, Utah, and will stop in cities across the U.S. and Canada including Los Angeles, Dallas, St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Tampa, and more. The full listing of tour dates can be found below.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public for the “Stars Align Tour” beginning Friday, February 2 at 10 AM through LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00pm local time until Thursday, February 1 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
"I always enjoy touring the U.S. in the summer and joining with Paul, and Ann Wilson, should make for quite an exciting night,” said Jeff Beck.
“This is going to be a knock out combination of music and musicians,” said Paul Rodgers. “I've always been a Jeff Beck fan, who isn't? He is in a league of his own. Ann Wilson has an amazing voice and is a brilliant songwriter. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of 'Free' and I hope we can touch your spirit with the 'Spirit of Free.’”
“I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers,” said Ann Wilson. “They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer.”
Over the course of Jeff Beck’s distinguished 50+ music career, he has earned an incredible 8 GRAMMY Awards, been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a member of the Yardbirds and again as a solo artist. In the summer of 2016, guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck celebrated 50 years of his musical career with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl. Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is available now.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Rodgers has led 3 bands to global success: Free, Bad Company, & The Firm. Rodgers has been named the #3 “Greatest Voice in Rock” in Rolling Stone and the #2 “All Time Best Rock Singer” in Classic Rock Magazine. For his songwriting, he was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Elton John. 2018 celebrates his 50th anniversary as a recording artist who has sold 125 million records. For the first time in 50 years in North America Paul’s set will focus on his Free catalogue.
On this upcoming summer run, Ann Wilson fans can expect to hear an assortment of Heart hits along with tracks from her solo career. Heart’s critically acclaimed Beautiful Broken album was released in 2016, the same year she toured with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick.
Stars Align Tour Dates:
July 18, 2018 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
July 20, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Five Point Amphitheatre
July 22, 2018 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
July 24, 2018 Houston, TX Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
July 25, 2018 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 28, 2018 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 29, 2018 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 31, 2018 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 1, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
August 3, 2018 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 4, 2018 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
August 8, 2018 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 10, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
August 12, 2018 Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
August 14, 2018 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 17, 2018 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 19, 2018 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
August 22, 2018 Atlanta GA - Chastain Park
August 23, 2018 Jacksonville Fl. Dailys Place
August 25, 2018 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
August 26, 2018 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
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NEWSFLASH - PAUL RODGERS
Paul Rodgers Brings ‘Free Spirit’ to Quarto Valley Records
Live Album From London’s Royal Albert Hall Includes Free’s Biggest Hits
Los Angeles, CA (January 9, 2018) … In London, England, on May 28, 2017, Paul Rodgers returned to his roots, bringing fans an extraordinary evening celebrating the music of Free. This sold out concert at the Royal Albert Hall was captured for a live CD / DVD set to be released by Quarto Valley Records in spring 2018. The 16-song collection includes inspired performances of rock classics like “All Right Now,” “Wishing Well,” “Fire and Water,” and many deep tracks—some of which were never performed live by the original band, such as “Love You So” and “Catch a Train”.
“I have been making music for a long, long, long time, so to get super charged and re-inspired to perform was a revelation”, says Rodgers. “I loved the Free Spirit Tour and the guys who helped create the magic, Pete Bullick, Rich Newman, Ian Rowley and Gerard ‘G’ Louis. I hope you feel it too, just lose yourself in the music and let it fuel your soul.”
Beginning his iconic music career as a founding member, main songwriter, and front man for Free, Rodgers is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in rock history by contemporaries and fans. According to Eric Clapton, “Paul Rodgers is the real deal,” while Robert Plant, “Paul Rodgers [is] the voice of all British voices.” Rodgers has sold over 125 million records worldwide with his legendary bands Free, Bad Company, The Firm and as a Grammy-nominated solo artist.
“Quarto Valley Records is thrilled to bring this epic night of music to rock ‘n’ roll fans,” says QVR founder and president Bruce Quarto. “We are extremely honored to welcome Paul Rodgers to the Quarto Valley family.”
Paul Rodgers – Free Spirit – Celebrating the Music of Free, will be available on CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl, and across digital platforms. In addition, Rodgers will be bringing the Free Spirit Tour to the US this spring, as well as performing with his solo band and a few select dates with Bad Company in the upcoming months.
About Paul Rodgers
Growing up in the sprawling industrial North Yorkshire city of Middlesbrough, Paul Rodgers formed his first band at the ripe old age of 14. Shortly after at 18, he formed Free along with late guitarist Paul Kossoff. They gained international success with the Rodgers / Fraser smash single “All Right Now.” For almost five decades, Rodgers has been recording and performing. He has written, recorded, produced and released 30 albums and has sold 125 million records. He has received numerous awards: the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music (other recipients include John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Elton John), an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Teessides University, BMI’s 5 Million US Radio Plays Awarded for “All Right Now”, the Chairman’s Award from the US Music Business Association, and more. He has recorded and/or performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Sam Moore, Joe Walsh, Ann Wilson, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Buddy Guy, and others. In his remarkable career, Rodgers has fronted the bands Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and Queen + Paul Rodgers and continues to have a celebrated, award-winning solo career.
About Quarto Valley RecordsCalifornia-based Quarto Valley Records celebrated their fifth anniversary in 2017. Founded by tech entrepreneur Bruce Quarto, the label is dedicated to supporting and expanding the genres of rock and blues music. Passionate about supporting artists and their creative process, Quarto’s goal is to reinvent the traditional record company with a new business model that is fair and respectful to artists.