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Written by Ashley Sturgell   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 08:46

Band Is First-Ever To Sign Binding "Cessation Of Touring" Agreement To Prevent Future, Unauthorized Touring

Last Chance To Ever See The Band Perform Live

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November 9, 2014

Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2014) - After more than three decades together, iconic rock 'n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today The Final Tour and the band's ultimate retirement.The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of The Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" TONIGHT and will appear on "CBS This Morning" TOMORROWMORNING.


With over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different. Fans can expect to hear the catalogueof their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. "When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that's part of Motley Crue's legacy," explains Nikki Sixx (bass). "As far as letting on to what we're doing that would be like finding out what you're getting for Christmas before you open the presents.  We think in an age of too much information, we'd like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour."


The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation, MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. "There's no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll," says Rick Franks, Live Nation's Regional President of North America Concerts. "But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue."


The Dodge Brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. "Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "This irreverent 'staying power' resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band's final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?"


Fans can look forward to Very Special Guest, ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package - Alice invented the genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! "Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days," said Alice, continuing, "Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that's to blow the audience away.  That's exactly how we do it.  Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS.  We're going to go out there and tear it up, and I can't wait to see Motley on stage.  Motley Crue and Alice Cooper - A match made in... Armageddon?"


As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains "Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is mutual among all four original members and a peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement." Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains "Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!" Of the band's tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds "(It has been) more drama than 'General Hospital' - it keeps 'em watchin' and they keep comin' back."  Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour - "I'll miss playing with the guys but I won't quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley."


The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from MÖTLEY CRÜE's NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and MÖTLEY CRÜE was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine's intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. "The Dirt' is a movie I've wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002," says Tremaine. "I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It's awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue's history." The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.


BIG MACHINE RECORDS, home to Country Superstars such as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw has teamed up in a joint venture with MÖTLEY RECORDS and ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC for the summer 2014 release of a Country Music Tribute To MÖTLEY CRÜE. BIG MACHINE founder and CEO, Scott Borchetta, is among the legion of Country Music fans who love MÖTLEY CRÜE. The country tribute album will show off the band's quality songwriting with these fresh takes on their classic hit songs. Among the artists already confirmed to be featured on the country tribute album are Florida Georgia Line and Rascal Flatts. Borchetta says of the collaboration, "I have been a not-so-secret Crue fan from the beginning. When manager Chris Nilsson called with the idea for a tribute album on Big Machine Records it was an immediate 'yes' from me! Our album will highlight just how great the Motley Crue song catalog is. At the end of the day, that's what will stand the test of time."


MÖTLEY CRÜE Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday, January 29th starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 30th at 10am local time.  The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday, January 31st. All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com,, or via





Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the quartet-Vince Neil (vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass) and Tommy Lee (drums)-has commandeered the rock pantheon for over 30 years. In that time, they have accumulated worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million, seven platinum or multi-platinum albums, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations, four New York Times bestsellers (including the band's biography, THE DIRT) and countless sold out tours across the globe, playing to millions of fans. Motley Crue was the first rock band in history to have completed an epic sold-out Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band continues to remain on the forefront of entertainment reinventing themselves via not only their music but also their mind blowing live shows featuring never seen before elements, such as Tommy Lee's 360 drum roller coaster. Motley Crue was featured in KIA MOTORS' award winning 2012 Super Bowl commercial.


About Dodge Brand

The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year with a keen eye focused on the future and a desire to create vehicles customers can't wait to drive and are proud to park in their driveways. With 100 years of history, Dodge is building on the technological advancements of the '30s and '40s, design evolution of the '50s, the racing heritage of the '60s, the horsepower of the '70s, the efficiency of the '80s and unbelievable styling of the '90s as it paves the road to its future. New for 2014, the Dodge Durango "is kind of a big deal," with a new eight-speed transmission that delivers up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway, a new 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch infotainment center and best-in-class power, towing and fuel economy, in addition to its class-exclusive technology. The new Durango joins the new 2014 Dodge Dart with its new 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, as well as the 2014 Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Journey and a 30th Anniversary Grand Caravan. This 2014 Dodge lineup includes five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety picks and Top Safety Pick +, five vehicles with best-in-class power, seven vehicles that deliver 25 miles per gallon (mpg) or higher, three vehicles that deliver 31 mpg or higher and three vehicles that offer seating for seven.


About Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper is a true rock icon, having pioneered the use of theatrics and shocking images onstage in concerts from the earliest days of the original band of the same name.   Since going solo, he has continued to produce elaborate stage shows providing fans with both shock and rock of the highest caliber.  Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, Alice has toured and recorded continuously, with his most recent album being Welcome 2 My Nightmare.Recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original ground breaking, multi-platinum Welcome To My Nightmare album in 1975, the album picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind.  Alice's catalog of hits and anthems, including "I'm Eighteen," "No More Mr Nice Guy," School's Out," "Elected," "Poison," and others, are included in his current "Raise The Dead" show, which also features his musical tribute to his fallen friends John Lennon, Keith Moon, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix.  Currently, Alice's touring band features the three guitar attack of Orianthi, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.  Additionally, "Nights With Alice Cooper," Alice's nightly radio show, is available in nearly 100 cities in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK.  The show features his favorite classic rock songs along with his insider anecdotes about many of the artists.


About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit


About Big Machine Label Group

At the helm of the independent Big Machine Label Group is industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who serves as President and CEO. The conglomerate encompasses Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). The Big Machine Label Group's current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Reba; Platinum sensations The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line; Legendary group The Mavericks; Gold-selling artists Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore; Chart-topping act Eli Young Band as well as Hot newcomers Thomas Rhett, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Laura Bell Bundy, The Cadillac Three and Danielle Bradbery, in addition to soundtracks for ABC's hit drama "NASHVILLE." BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People's Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations. In 2012 BMLG rejuvenated its publishing arm with Big Machine Music, which has created a joint venture with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald's Prescription Songs, allowing the two companies to co-publish songwriters and artists whose unique talents translate across genres. Big Machine was also the first-ever label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights. The label group has also forayed into the racing world, sponsoring the Brickyard 400 as well as back-to-back Indy500 drivers.


About Jeff Tremaine

Jeff Tremaine, along with Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville, created jackass, a television series that became a cultural phenomenon, spawning the franchise of hits: jackass: the movie, jackass number two and jackass 3D, which were all #1 at the box office. Beyond jackass, Tremaine created and executive produced a number of television series, including MTV's Wildboyz, Rob & Big, Nitro Circus, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Ridiculousness, and the Adult Swim series, Loiter Squad. He has also directed and produced a number of music videos and documentaries. Most recently, Tremaine directed "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa", another #1 box office hit, which was released by Paramount Pictures on October 25th, 2013.




Twitter: @MotleyCrue

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St. Olaf Band to Perform in the Quad Cities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Heilman   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:07

The St. Olaf Band, dubbed “one of America’s preeminent bands” by The New Yorker, will perform in the Quad Cities area as part of its 2014 national tour.  The concert will take place on

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Muscatine High School.  This will be a free concert.

The St. Olaf Band’s national tour will feature repertoire that includes David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams, as well as a work by the conductor entitled Scenes from a Life Danced. Other works on the program will include Overture for Band by John Heins, the second movement from Persichetti’s Symphony No. 6, and Dan Welcher’s Zion.

Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band is an ensemble noted for superb musicianship. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band, producing an exciting, crowd-pleasing style.

The St. Olaf Band is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, a campus internationally renowned for its high caliber of musical ensembles. The band has toured nationally since 1904 and internationally since 1906 when they performed a four-week, 30-concert tour of Norway, making them the first American collegiate band to tour Europe. The band has subsequently toured several times in Norway, Great Britain, Japan, and central Europe, with an upcoming tour to the Mediterranean planned for June 2014.

In October of 2011 the St. Olaf Band performed for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway during their visit to St. Olaf College, the second time they have had this honor on royal visits since 1995. After the King and Queen’s visit to St. Olaf in 1995, the band toured Norway with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra in commemoration of the centennial of Norway’s peaceful separation from Sweden.

In March of 1997 the St. Olaf Band was one of four college and university bands from the United States invited to perform for the American Bandmasters Association annual convention in San Diego, California. The band also performed during the opening concert of the 2004 National Convention of the Music Educators National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2013 the St. Olaf Band was selected through a blind adjudication process as one of only 10 collegiate wind ensembles to perform at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Timothy Mahr ‘78, St. Olaf Band conductor and professor of music at St. Olaf College, is a nationally recognized composer with more than 60 works to his credit, including The Soaring Hawk, for which he received the ABA/Ostwald Award. Mahr has guest-conducted a number of professional and award-winning ensembles, including the United States Air Force Band and the United States Army Field Band, as well as intercollegiate and all-state bands in over 25 states. He is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, a featured ensemble at the 2008 Midwest Clinic, the largest international band conference in the world.

Watch video and listen to audio of the St. Olaf Band and learn more about the ensemble, current members and conductor at

News Releases - Music & Entertainment
Written by Jared Johnson   
Monday, 27 January 2014 15:14

Davenport, IA-Hundreds of musicians of all ages will fill the Adler Theatre stage on February 1 as the professional musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform side-by-side with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles for the first time ever. All four youth orchestras will have their moment to shine as they perform music by Dvorák, Strauss, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich. The concert also features a concerto performance by Robert Spurgeon, the 2014 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition winner, for the first time ever accompanied by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director and Conductor Mark Russell Smith. Spurgeon will be performing Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 1 for Cello. Tickets for this concert start at $10, with 50% off for student tickets. The concert is at the Adler Theatre onFebruary 1 at 4:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Trinity, with additional funding from The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

Robert Spurgeon, age 17, son of John and Eloise Spurgeon, is a junior in high school. He is the youngest of four children, all were home schooled. He attends Carl Sandburg College for part of his high school education. Robert started piano lessons at five years of age. He has studied cello with Carolyn Suda, a member of the faculty of Monmouth College and Knox College, since the age six. Besides the honor of soloing with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Robert also won the Central Illinois Young Artists Competition. He will be soloing with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for the 60th annual student concerts in Peoria. He was also recently chosen through a taped National audition to play in the Pre College cello Master Class at the upcoming ASTA (American String Teachers Association) National conference in Louisville, Kentucky this spring. Every summer, Robert has attended various camps including Credo in Oberlin, OH; Suzuki Summer Music Camp in Chicago: and Sound Encounters in Kansas. Robert also recently played in a Master Class given by Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir through the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.


Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles

& the Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Side X Side
Robert Spurgeon, cello
Saturday, February 1, at 4:00 p.m.
Adler Theatre, Davenport
This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Trinity
Additional funding is provided by The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation

Tickets for the Side X Side concert start at $10, with a 50% discount for student tickets. Tickets are available at 563.322.QCSO (7276) or by visiting Tickets will also be available at the door.



Let Mozart warm up your weekend this Sunday afternoon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Friday, 24 January 2014 15:25

Come enjoy a warm evening of woodwind music performed by musicians from the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. This next concert in the WVIK/QCSO Signature Series features Mozart's Quintet in E flat Major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, and more. The concert is on Sunday, January 26

, at 3:00 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall at Augustana College. (Click here for a map.) This performance is sponsored by Metropolitan Medical Laboratory, PLC.


The audience is invited to meet the musicians at a free post-concert reception at the Black Ram, 1407 30th Street in Rock Island.

Liverpool Legends to Perform at BHS Feb 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Howard   
Friday, 24 January 2014 15:21

Beatles Tribute Band to Perform with BHS Students

 Date: Thursday, February 6th, 2014-7:00 pm

Location: Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $ 50 VIP w/reception starting one hour before and at intermission,

$30 Lower Bowl ($35 at the door) $20 Upper Bowl ($25 at the door)

Proceeds to benefit the Fine Arts Department at Bettendorf HS

Starring: The Liverpool Legends, Beatles Tribute Band

Meet Louise Harrison!


The Beatles took America by storm when they were barely out of high school. Now Bettedorf High School music students can benefit, thanks to The Beatles Tribute Band, The Liverpool Legends and their spectacular multimedia extravaganza, “Come Together For Music Education”.


On Thursday, February 6th at 7 pm, George Harrison’s sister Louise brings this live, Broadway styled stage production to the new Bettendorf High School Performing Arts Center to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arrival in America and their historic first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The concert will benefit the Bulldog’s fine arts students. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Louise Harrison and the band!


In a special feature, students of the Bettendorf High School music department will perform onstage with the Liverpool Legends, backing them vocally and instrumentally on “Got To Get You Into My Life”, “Sgt. Pepper”, “Hey Jude”, “Yesterday”, Hello Goodbye”, “Something” and more.


The Liverpool Legends are 4 talented musicians and actors handpicked by Louise Harrison making them the only Beatles Tribute Band in the world with a direct, biological link to the original Fab Four. “The Liverpool Legends present the very best portrayal of The Beatles,” says Louise.


Headlining their own production in Branson, MO. since 2006, Liverpool Legends have been voted Best New Show, Best Band, Best Show and the prestigious Branson Visitor’s Choice Award. The Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments, big screen documentary footage narrated by Louise and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring “A Complete Beatles Experience.”


In this era of state budget cuts, school music programs are struggling to survive.

George Harrison did one Public Service Announcement in his life and it promoted the creative and financial well being of music and performing arts programs within our nation’s schools.


Tickets: $ 50 VIP w/reception, $30 Lower Bowl ($35 at the door) $20 Upper Bowl ($25 at the door). Call (563) 332-4516 or visit for tickets.

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