Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Jack Bruce, Eric Burdon and the Turtles Headline Hippiefest 2008

Jack Bruce of Cream, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and The Turtles will headline a 22 gig travelling roadshow called Hippiefest this year

Other acts include Janis Ian, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Jonathan Edwards, Melanie and former Hollies member Terry Sylvester.

The festival starts July 11 in Phoenix and finishes Aug. 10 in Pompano Beach, Fla.

According to the producer, Tony Ludwig, the aim of the series is to "re-create the '60s generation, for years I've beenwanting to put out a socially conscious show, because our times are similar to my childhood, which was in the '60s. There are so many concerts out there that don't make a social statement."

"It's important to be aware of who we are and what we're doing as a country,sometimes the best way to do it is through a concert where you have a lot of people together."

"We try and put the authentic groups out there, as opposed to just the name of a group,there are a lot of groups now that you can buy -- and I don't want to name names, because I don't feel like getting sued -- that don't have original singers or any original members."

Last year's Hippiefest celebrated the 40th anniversary of the "Summer of Love," with the Turtles, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, the Zombies, Mountain Mitch Ryder, Badfinger, Country Joe McDonald, Iron Butterfly, Denny Laine and Melanie.

Image: MGM Records

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