Culver City Observer -

By Steven Lieberman
Observer Reporter 

Four musical acts that you don't want to miss are landing at The Canyon Club.

 

August 1, 2019

Jon Anderson

On August 2 at The Rose in Pasadena and August 17 in Santa Clarita, legendary singer-songwriter Don McLean will be "driving his chevy to the" stage on his 2019 concert tour.

He is best known for his magnum opus, "American Pie," an impressionistic ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The song popularized the expression "The Day the Music Died" in reference to this event. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 and stayed there for 20 days, and remains his most successful single release.

In February 2002, "American Pie" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Two years later, McLean was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Famous country singer Garth Brooks presented the award and said, "Don McLean, his work, like the man himself, is very deep and very compassionate. His pop anthem 'American Pie' is a cultural phenomenon."

The original handwritten manuscript for the song sold at auction for $1.2 million in 2015.

"Vincent (Starry Starry Night)," another song off of his debut album in 1971, a tribute to the 19th century Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh, is another one of his anthems.

McLean has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and will share with his audience all of his golden hits.

Next, Air Supply will make an appearance at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank on August 16.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975 at rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia. They became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

In 1980 "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts and was named Song of the Year. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive

top-five singles.

The albums Lost in Love, The One That You Love, Now & Forever, and The Greatest Hits sold in excess of 20 million copies.

The trademark sound of Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Russell's majestic songs created a unique sound that would last for generations and stand the test of time.

Then, on August 29 at The Rose, living legend Jon Anderson, former lead singer, songwriter, and co-founder of Yes will be treating his adoring fans to his distinctive vocal excellence, one of the most recognizable voices in the history of music.

Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of epic, complex pieces such as "Awaken," "Gates of Delirium," and especially "Close to the Edge," which were central to the band's success.

His song catalog is famous as he co-authored the group's biggest hits, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Roundabout," and "Owner of a Lonely Heart."

Anderson also had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled 'Survival and Other Stories.'

Air Supply

Finally, on August 30, also at The Rose, direct from the U.K., The ABBA Show will take the stage. This is the sensational, authentic and truly magical tribute to ABBA. "The World's top ABBA tribute show," said the London Times and "Even better than the originals live," claimed the Houston Chronicle.

They have played at these prestigious venues: The O2 Arena, Wembley Arena, Theater Royal, Windsor, England and New Year's Eve for the City of Dubai.

The legend lives on through this tribute band with hits like "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo," "Take a Chance On Me," "SOS," "Fernando," among many others.

The costumes are spectacular and the excitement, energy and showmanship they bring will delight the fans.

For more information, got to: https://wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com/

 

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