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  • "SGT. PEPPER'S AT 40…A BEATLES CELEBRATION" FEATURES CHEAP TRICK WITH THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA
  • Aug. 10, 2007
  • Guest Vocalists Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Ian Ball, Rob Laufer and Al Jourgensen Join to Celebrate the Rock 'n' Roll Masterpiece

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 AND 11, AT 8:30 PM

    August 10 Concert is Sponsored by Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas; Media Sponsor is KCET

    August 11 Concert is a Lexus Passionate Performance

    On the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' seminal Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, American pop group Cheap Trick, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and joined by guest vocalists Aimee Mann, Joan Osborne, Ian Ball, Rob Laufer and Al Jourgensen celebrate the rock 'n' roll masterpiece at the Hollywood Bowl, Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11 at 8:30 p.m. The tribute concert, on the same stage where the Fabulous Four - John, Paul, George and Ringo - once played, opens with Beatles fans' favorites such as "Magical Mystery Tour," "Strawberry Fields" and "Eleanor Rigby." The second half of the concert features a complete re-creation of the album that changed music history down to including the Indian instrumental accompaniment on "Within You Without You."

    Best known for classic singles "I Want You to Want Me" and "The Flame", legendary American band Cheap Trick released their most recent CD, Rockford, in 2006 to widespread critical acclaim. Known for their infectious brand of Beatle-esque power pop, recorded the album All Shook Up in 1980 with Sir George Martin and Geoff Emerick, producer and engineer of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Martin has called Cheap Trick "a healing force in music."

    The Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated Mann, who became a household name as a member of the popular 'Til Tuesday, has met with great success as a solo artist and her most recent release, Forgotten Arm, has garnered impressive acclaim. Osborne, who has spent her life experimenting in varied musical worlds, including studying in India, recently released a CD, Breakfast in Bed, which includes her own mix of soul classics and new songs. Ball, of the bluesy British band Gomez, is a major indie star in the United Kingdom and singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Rob Laufer was a featured vocalist in the 1999 Hollywood Bowl Beatles tribute with Sir George Martin. Founder and frontman of the industrial metal band Ministry, Al Jourgensen was born in Havana, Cuba. He has played in numerous bands as a singer, guitarist, and keyboard player.

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles' eighth album, is considered the band's greatest artistic achievement and the most influential album, ranking No. 1 on Rolling Stone's 2003 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." Recorded over a four-month period from late 1966 into the next year, the album was released in June 1967, and became an immediate critical and popular sensation. From its structure to its recording techniques to the cover artwork, it was hailed as innovative in every sense, and it has been credited as having influenced many other artists over the years.

    EDWIN OUTWATER is the newly-appointed music director of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada, and begins his tenure in September 2007. He recently concluded his tenure as resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, during which he worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas, accompanied the orchestra on tour and conducted numerous concerts each season. He made his subscription debut in 2002, with Kurt Masur conducting Britten's War Requiem, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, and many others. His consistently innovative programs featured the works of composers such as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Chen Yi, Gabriela Lena Frank, HK Gruber, Lou Harrison, Robin Holloway, Nathaniel Stookey and Tan Dun. Before joining the San Francisco Symphony, Outwater served as resident conductor and associate guest conductor of the Florida Philharmonic. Outwater's work in music education and community outreach has been widely acclaimed and he has won several awards for his efforts. The Santa Monica, California native attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude in 1993.

    CHEAP TRICK formed in the 1970s, and between 1974 and the band's first album in 1977, the group toured constantly, playing over 200 concerts a year, including opening slots for Queen, The Kinks, Kiss, and Santana. One critic wrote, "Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk." The group's successful run has continued into the new millenium, and their most recent album, Rockford, was issued last year.

    From her work in the 80's with MTV favorite Til Tuesday through her acclaimed solo discs Whatever and I'm With Stupid in the 90s, AIMEE MANN has always been at the forefront of contemporary songwriters. The close of the millennium brought her greatest success, with the simultaneous releases of Bachelor No. 2 and the soundtrack to the film Magnolia, which garnered nominations for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and three Grammys. From "Voices Carry" to the Oscar-nominated "Save Me," Mann has always been known for her clever, literate, and dryly witty takes on emotional sabotage and self-destruction. With a songcraft often compared with the Beatles and Badfinger, Mann frequently pairs the bleakest of poetry with soaring, infectious melodies. Mann continued her solo career with the 2002 release of Lost in Space the second release on SuperEgo Records, the label she co-founded with manager and former Til Tuesday bandmate Michael Hausmann. Lost in Space Special Edition followed in 2003, featuring a second disc containing six live recordings, as well two B-sides and two previously unreleased songs. In 2004, Mann released her first live album and DVD with Live at St. Ann's Warehouse recorded at a series of July 2004 shows in Brooklyn. Her most recent album is 2006's critically-acclaimed Forgotten Arm and a collection of Christmas songs called One More Drifter in the Snow.

    On her latest album, Breakfast in Bed, JOAN OSBORNE got the chance to make her very own mix, a collection of soul classics and new songs she wrote to fit in seamlessly alongside them. Breakfast in Bed isn't the first time Osborne has channeled classic soul singers. In 2002, she recorded How Sweet It Is, an album entirely made up of R&B covers, and later that year she appeared in the award-winning film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Breakfast in Bed came quickly on the heels of Pretty Little Stranger, a country-tinged record Osborne released in late 2006. The trek from country to soul might seem a long and winding road to some, but not Osborne, who has spent her life experimenting in different worlds. Her musical pilgrimage has taken her to India where she studied with Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn then later returned to perform for the Dalai Lama, the deep south to uncover the roots of the blues and into concert halls in every corner of the world to perform with artists whose names would never otherwise be uttered in the same sentence: Taj Mahal, Luciano Pavarotti, Spearhead, Bob Dylan, The Dead, The Dixie Chicks. It's been a refreshingly creative path for someone whose major label debut stormed the charts with the runaway smash "(What If God Was) One of Us." The whirlwind that followed included a Top 5 hit, multi-platinum album sales, five Grammy nominations and a second life a decade later when the song was tapped for the critically-acclaimed CBS series Joan of Arcadia. Her follow up album, Righteous Love was released in 2000. Along the way, Osborne was asked to sit in on lead vocals with The Dead (formerly the Grateful Dead), opened for the Dixie Chicks, performed at the Grand Ol' Opry and traveled the world seeking out her musical muses.

    As one of the principal singer/songwriters in the acclaimed British rock band Gomez, IAN BALL has shared in great success during the last decade, including the UK's prestigious Mercury Music Prize for the band's 1998 debut album. Most recently, Gomez earned their biggest U.S. commercial and critical success yet with their latest album, How We Operate, which the Wall Street Journal declared "the best rock album of the year." Songs from How We Operate have been featured in numerous TV shows and films, including the ABC-TV dramas "Grey's Anatomy" and "What About Brian." Both "See The World" and the album's title track were U.S. radio hits, with "See The World" topping the Adult Album chart for eight weeks. Ball has performed occasional solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and elsewhere over the years, enchanting fans with his gravelly baritone and alternately playful and reflective songs. Later this year, Ball will raise the stakes with his first solo album and tour as Gomez takes some time off following the extensive worldwide touring in support of How We Operate.

    Born in Havana, Cuba, AL JOURGENSEN is best known as the founder and frontman of the industrial metal band Ministry. He has been credited under many other names, including: Alain Jourgensen, Alien Jourgensen, Hypo Luxa, Dog, Alien Dog Star, and Buck Satan. He has been a member of several industrial bands, working as a singer, guitarist, and keyboard player. Born to a Cuban mother and a Norwegian father he was raised primarily in Chicago, Illinois and Frisco, Colorado. His father was a stock car driver, also known as a mechanic for legendary Formula One driver Dan Gurney. After attending the University of Colorado, Jourgensen worked as a radio DJ out of college until becoming a professional musician by joining the band Special Affect. He then went on to found Ministry in 1981

    ROB LAUFER has played on albums by Frank Black, Fiona Apple and many others. He released two critically acclaimed CDs in the mid '90's, and his latest CD, The Iron Age (2006), contains the song "In the Frame," which was recently used in HP's award winning "Frames" television campaign. He has written songs featured in commercials sung by Johnny Cash, Shawn Colvin, BB King, Peter Noone and Veruca Salt. His song "Reactionary Girl" was the leadoff track on Robin Zander's (Cheap Trick) 1993 solo effort (Interscope). Laufer's songs have been featured in films and TV, including Georgia Rule, American Wedding, Max Keeble's Big Move, Scrubs, Felicity.Melrose Place, American Dreams, Young and the Restless and many others. He has also written and produced commercial music for clients such as Sears, Chevrolet. Ford, Honda, Del Taco, Acura, Quaker Foods and Jet Blue.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 39th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2007, AT 8:30 PM

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 2007, AT 8:30 PM

    Sgt. Pepper's at 40…A Beatles Celebration

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

    EDWIN OUTWATER, conductor

    CHEAP TRICK, special guests

    AIMEE MANN, guest vocalist

    JOAN OSBORNE, guest vocalist

    IAN BALL, special guest vocalist

    AL JOURGENSEN, guest performer

    ROB LAUFER, special guest vocalist

    August 10 Concert is Sponsored by Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas;

    Media Sponsor is KCET

    August 11 Concert is a Lexus Passionate Performance

    Tickets ($7 - $111) are on sale now at HollywoodBowl.com, at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office (Tuesday - Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.), or by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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