The tour originated in 1985 with artists like The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams. In 2010 promoters revived the idea for a 25th anniversary tour that was so successful that it has become a yearly event.In fact, the tours in 2010 and 2011 proved so successful that this year's road trek has been extended to 42 dates in North America. This year's show features The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Monkees singer Micky Dolenz, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots, and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.
"This looks like the best year yet," Mark Volman of The Turtles said in a press release Wednesday. "Hope everyone makes it out."
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties. Gary's unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits such as "Young Girl" and "Woman Woman."
"Happy Together" by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 (displacing the Beatles' "Penny Lane") and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it's just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore," "You Showed Me" and "It Ain't Me Babe."
In 1968, far ahead of their time, they would release one of music's first concept albums, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, where they pretended to be eleven different bands with different names, each providing a song in a different genre.The album -- which showcased their incredible range of vocal talent -- spawned the hits "Elenore" and "You Showed Me" (both peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts). Mark and Howard have remained plenty busy over the years with both The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and their extracurricular music activities. In 2009, a new Turtles compilation CD was released titled, Save The Turtles: The Turtles Greatest Hits, which was issued on their own FloEdCo label. In all, the band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide to date.
In 1966, hot on the heels of their new NBC television show, The Monkees would release a self-titled debut album that would top the U.S. charts for thirteen consecutive weeks and sell an overwhelming 3.2 million copies in just three months. The single, "Last Train to Clarksville," from the album would be their first #1 hit. Their second #1 hit came quickly with "I'm a Believer" (featured on the band's second album, More of The Monkees), which had over a million advance orders.
The band would continue to put out numerous hits such as "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" among others... In 1986, the four members got together for "The Monkees 20th Anniversary World Tour," a 145 date trek that would become the largest grossing tour of the year. The band -- who reconvened this year for a brief but memorable tour -- remain as iconic as ever...
"Kind of a Drag" from The Buckinghams would also reach the pinnacle of chart success, yet mark just one of many popular hits from the band including "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Don't You Care," "Susan" and "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)." Their success in 1967 would lead them to be named "The Most Listened To Band in America" by Billboard Magazine.
The Grass Roots burst upon the scene in '67 and would not only amass over a dozen Top 40 hits, but go on to perform in front of an estimated 600,000 people in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1982 setting an all-time attendance record for an concert performance consisting of just one act. Between 1967 and 1972 -- thanks to numerous hits such as "Midnight Confessions," "Let's Live For Today," "Sooner or Later," "I'd Wait A Million Years" and "Temptation Eyes," the band would set a record for being on the Billboard charts for 307 consecutive weeks. Sadly, we lost lead singer Rob Grill in 2010 but the music lives on...
Friday, June 8 / River Center / Columbus, Georgia
Saturday, June 9 / Civic Center Arena / Dothan, Alabama
Sunday, June 10 / Riverbend Festival Grounds / Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tuesday, June 12 / The Plaza / Orlando, Florida
Wednesday, June 13 / The Hard Rock / Hollywood, Florida
Thursday, June 14 / Florida Theatre / Jacksonville, Florida
Friday, June 15 / Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater, Florida
Saturday, June 16 / Anderson Music Hall / Hiawasee, Georgia
Sunday, June 17 / Renaissance PAC / Montgomery, Alabama
Tuesday, June 19 / Keswick Theatre / Glenside, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, June 20 / State Theatre / New Brunswick, New Jersey
Thursday, June 21 / Music Hall / Tarrytown, New York
Friday, June 22 / American Music Theater / Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Saturday, June 23 / NYCB Theatre / Westbury, New York
Sunday, June 24 / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom / Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Wednesday, July 11 / Humphrey's By The Bay / San Diego, California
Thursday, July 12 / Chumash Casino / Santa Ynez, California
Friday, July 13 / California State Fair / Sacramento, California
Saturday, July 14 / Orange County Fair / Pacific Amphitheatre / Costa Mesa, California
Sunday, July 15 / Fort McDowell Casino / Fountain Hills, Arizona
Monday, July 16 / Buffalo Thunder Casino / Santa Fe, New Mexico
Tuesday, July 17 / Sandy City Amphitheatre / Sandy, Utah
Friday, July 27 / Waterfront Park / Bangor, Maine
Saturday, July 28 / The Paramount / Asbury Park, New Jersey
Sunday, July 29 / Filene Center at Wolftrap / Vienna, Virginia
Monday, July 30 / Musikfest Cafe Artsquest Center / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, August 1 / Cain Park / Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Thursday, August 2 / Fraze Pavilion / Kettering, Ohio
Friday, August 3 / Caesars Windsor / Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 4 / Genesee Theatre / Waukegan, Illinois
Sunday, August 5 / Wisconsin State Fair / West Allis, Wisconsin
Tuesday, August 7 / Sanford Center / Bemidji, Minnesota
Thursday, August 9 / Performance Center / Effingham, Illinois
Friday, August 10 / Iowa State Fair / Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, August 11 / Little River Casino Resort / Manistee, Michigan
Thursday, August 23 / Cardinal Stadium / Louisville, Kentucky
Friday, August 24 / Paramount Theatre / Aurora, Illinois
Saturday, August 25 / Ho - Chunk Casino / Baraboo, Wisconsin
Sunday, August 26 / Corn Palace Festival / Mitchell, South Dakota
Monday, August 27 / Minnesota State Fair / St. Paul, Minnesota
Wednesday, August 29 / Carnegie Library Music Hall / Homestead, Pennsylvania
Thursday, August 30 / New York State Fair / Syracuse, New York