On Tour: The Rock Hall Free for All w/Heart, Joan Jett, & Cheap Trick

What a ticket! Three legendary rockers celebrating their respective 40-plus years in the music industry.


It is indeed an honor to be recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every year, the Cleveland-based Hall inducts several artists of classic status, and now three of those chosen are taking their honor out on tour. The Rock Hall Free for All features legendary rockers Heart, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett. What a ticket! Three legendary rockers celebrating their respective 40-plus years in the music industry.

One of the most successful female-fronted hard rock bands, Heart is celebrating four decades making music. Known for the vocal/guitar team of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their chilling melodic rock, the band is on the verge of releasing its 16th album, Beautiful Broken. Worldwide, Heart has sold over 35 million records. With mega hits like “Barracuda,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” and the fiercely popular “These Dreams,” the band has never lost its style. Ann Wilson’s bombastic vocals never disapoint, and the hard rocking rhythm of sister Nancy’s guitar still complements her. When they were inducted into the Hall in 2013, the original members played together for the first time in 34 years. Yet the core of this band is still very much intact and on point. Mixing classics tunes with new, Heart knows what their crowd wants, and gives it to them with an esteemed pleasure.

Formed in Rockford, Ill., in 1973, Cheap Trick were to become not only a major success, but one of the most influential rock bands ever. This is one hard-working band, as they are known for their constant touring, with over 5,000 shows under their belt. Crowds have enjoyed Cheap Trick’s albums in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90 s, and the millennium. Over that course of time, they have scored some big hits. Tunes like “Surrender,” “The Flame,” and the über dreamy “I Want You to Want Me,” the band has been cited by such acts as Stone Temple Pilots, Extreme, Green Day, and Foo Fighters, just to name a few, as a major influence. Even C.C. DeVille admitted that Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me” was inspired by “She’s Tight.” In January 2016, the band announced their first album in five years, Bang, Boom, Crazy…Hello, to be unleashed in April. In 2015, Cheap Trick was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Lead singer Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielson, bassist Tom Petersson, and longtime drummer Bun E. Carlos have indeed contributed to rock ’n’ roll’s timelessness. Live, the band is right on point. Many a hit, plus a few new tunes, are sure to be played.

Originally a member of the all-female ’70s band the Runaways, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional actress Joan Jett has rocked audiences for more than four decades. It was her solo version of “I Love Rock and Roll” in the early 1980s that put her on the charts in a big way. Years of dedication to her art resulted in quite a few chart-making hits, including “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Little Liar,” and the theme song from her first film Light of Day (costarring Michael J. Fox). Considered the Godmother of Punk, she celebrates three albums certified either gold or platinum. Jett has also appeared on television 20 times, including an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. To date, she has released 12 albums, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. The mezzo-soprano singer is most famous with her backing band, the Blackhearts. She can also add “Producer” to her many credits, as she produced the only album made by legendary punk band the Germs. With so many hits to choose from, plus songs from 2013’s Unvarnished, she has much material to choose from. A powerhouse of raw energy, a Joan Jett show is one not to be missed. | Marc Farr

The Rock Hall Free for All hits Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis on Saturday, July 16. Tickets are available at the Amphitheatre Box Office, or at www.ticketmaster.com.Tickets and VIP packages are also available on each band’s website. Full tour dates are below.

07.14 | DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
07.16 | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, St. Louis
07.17 | Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, IN
07.19 | FirstMerit Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island, Chicago
07.21 | First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
07.22 | Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati
07.24 | Xfinity Center, Mansfield, MA
07.25| The Dome at Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
07.27 | Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
07.28 | Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
07.30 | Pavilion Stage at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Liberty, NY
07.31 | BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
08.15 | Starlight Theatre, Kansas City
08.16 | Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Des Moines
08.18 | Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas
08.19 | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands, TX
08.21 | Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix
08.23 | Forum, Inglewood, CA
08.24 | Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
08.26 | White River Amphitheatre, Auburn, WA
08.27 | Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
08.29 | Usana Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
08.30 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver
09.08 | Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
09.10 | PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
09.11 | Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
09.13 | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, VA
09.14 | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
09.16 | PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
09.17 | Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta
09.19 | Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville
09.20 | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, Pelham, AL
09.22 | MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
09.23 | West Palm Beach, FL

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