Patriotism Rings, Local Choir Sings, Styx/Foreigner Let Freedom Rock This Thursday

July 1, 2014

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Those attending Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM’s 13th Annual Let Freedom Rock Fest this Thursday, July 3 at Susquehanna Bank Center will get to kick-off the July 4th weekend by rocking to three acts responsible for creating some of the greatest rock anthems of all time – Styx, Foreigner, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  They’ll also be able to witness and participate in numerous patriotic activities aimed at thanking area veterans and revel in the excitement that two local groups – Delco’s Musician Impossible & Marlton’s Cherokee High School Concert Choir – will be feeling when they get their moment to shine on the big stage.  Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.com, the Susquehanna Bank Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000.

In addition to having a Philadelphia area color guard and national anthem singer take the stage, the station will also give attendees the opportunity to thank and honor local veterans who will be stationed at a kiosk (organized by the Veterans Multi-Service Center) on the concourse.  Those interested can shake the hand of a local veteran & take a photo with them.  If interested, they can post the photo on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #selfieswithheroes.

Two local groups who won WMGK contests will get the thrill of a lifetime when they take the stage in front of the thousands in attendance.  The winners of MGK’s House Band competition, Delaware County’s Musician Impossible, will get the crowd warmed up for Don Felder by kicking the festivities off at 6pm.  Later in the evening, The Cherokee High School Concert Choir will help Foreigner wrap up this tremendous evening of music by joining them on stage to perform the band’s mega-hit ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.  The students from the Marlton, NJ high school received the most votes in the station’s Classic Rock Choir Contest to earn the honor of taking the stage with the legendary rockers.

Foreigner is hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world.  They’re responsible for some of rock’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Dirty White Boy,” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.” At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the maestro whose songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence. He’s joined by lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX are best known for melding the style of prog-rock with the power of hard rock guitar, strong ballads, and elements of American musical theater.  The band is best known for the hit songs “Lady”, “Come Sail Away”, “Too Much Time On My Hands” and “Renegade”.  The band’s current lineup includes:  James “J.Y.” Young (Vocals, guitars, keyboards), Tommy Shaw (Vocals, guitars), Todd Sucherman (Drums), Lawrence Gowan (Vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ricky Phillips (Bass guitar, backing vocals).

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Don Felder was the lead guitarist of The Eagles for twenty-seven years.  During that time he co-wrote their biggest hit, ‘Hotel California’.  After leaving the band in 2001, Felder has recorded and/or performed with legends such as:  Elton John, Bob Seger, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.