The Vinyl Countdown: Summer Concerts in Hampton Roads
13. Don Felder (The Eagles)
Felder played lead guitar with The Eagles from '74-'80, and again from '94-'01. He formed one of rock's most memorable on-stage partnerships with Joe Walsh, and was responsible for the music of "Hotel California." Don Felder will be at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on June 1st, with Foreigner and Styx!
12. Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers)
He began singing backups for Steely Dan, and moved on to The Doobie Brothers from '76-'82. McDonald has won five Grammy Awards, and has played with several other artists including Toto and Kenny Loggins. See McDonald with Toto at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on September 7th!
11. Mötley Crüe
Featuring all four original members, this band is going on their last tour this summer. They were formed in 1981 when Nikki Sixx began rehearsing with Tommy Lee. They added the "metal umlauts" to their name for some flair. The members have definitely maintained the rockstar lifestyle, spending time in prison and suffering from alcohol and drug addictions. However, they're one of the best metal bands of all time, and they'll be touring with Alice Cooper. See them August 20th at FBL in Virginia Beach!
10. Def Leppard
This band contributed to the heavy metal movement in 1977, with the most of their success coming in the 80's and early 90's. Their fourth album, Hysteria, reached 12x platinum, featuring 7 hit singles. Def Leppard is touring with KISS this summer, and you can see them at Farm Bureau Live on August 8 in Virginia Beach!
9. Steve Miller Band
With a long list of lineup changes, the Steve Miller Band has sustained success a nearly 50-year period. They had countless hits, like "Jet Airliner," "Swingtown," "Fly Like an Eagle," and "Abracadabra." See the Steve Miller Band with Journey at Farm Bureau Live at VB on June 21.
8. Alice Cooper
The Godfather of Shock Rock, Cooper has been horrifying stages for five decades. His performances feature electric chairs, babydolls, guillotines, and blood. He hit success with his band in 1971, and sustained it in 1972 with "School's Out." The Rolling Stone Album Guide calls Cooper the "most beloved heavy metal entertainer." You can see him with Mötley Crüe August 20th at FBL at Virginia Beach!
Born in NYC in 1973, this band shot to stardom with their crazy face paint and costumes, and elaborate stage performances. The band has had 28 gold albums, the most of any rock band. They are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, and you can see them with Def Leppard on August 8 at FBL at Virginia Beach.
This progressive rock band from Chicago initially formed in 1961, but didn't find any mainstream success until 7/7/77 when they released The Grand Illusion. The album was certified triple platinum, and yielded the hit "Come Sail Away." Styx broke up in 1984, and the members experimented with solo careers before reforming again in 1989. See Styx with Foreigner and Don Felder at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on June first.
5. Bruce Springsteen
The Boss from Jersey frequently wrote about the American working class and the struggles they endure. He's the fifteenth highest selling artist of all time, with total sales at more than 120 million albums worldwide. Get this: Springsteen has received TWENTY Grammy Awards. You can see him at Farm Bureau Life at Virginia Beach on April 12.
Toto released their self-titled debut album in 1978, quickly gaining a following with hits like "Hold the Line," and "I'll Supply the Love." So far, they've released 17 albums, sold over 38 million albums, and have received several Grammy awards. Drummer Jeff Porcaro died suddenly in 1992, but the band decided to continue touring and making music after some persuading from his family. You can see Toto with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Brothers at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on September 7.
One of the best-selling bands of all time with over 80 million albums sold, Foreigner had several smash hits with "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Hot Blooded," and "Cold as Ice." The band has experienced many lineup changes, with guitarist Mick Jones enduring them all. You can see Foreigner with Styx and Don Felder at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on June 1st!
See Journey at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach on June 21. This supergroup was formed in 1973, though much of their success came after 1981 album Escape. The group went through a series of lead singers after Steve Perry in the 1990s, but have settled on Arnel Pineda. He was discovered online, flown into the states, and hired as the band's lead singer. He has been successful with the crowds, touring with Journey since 2008.
1. Elton John
This Brit has been active in the music business since 1964, creating over 30 records with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. John has more than 50 top-40 hits, and is one of the best selling artists of all time. He has received many accolades, including a knighthood and space on the wall in several musical hall-of-fames. If you're looking to see Elton John live, head to Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach this summer on June 12!