Penn’s Peak is proud to announce Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot on Saturday, March 26th 2010, at 8:00 pm.
Blackfoot, originally called Hammer, played their first major concert at the Miami International Rock Festival in December 1969 with founding members Greg T. Walker, Rickey Medlocke, Jakson Spires, DeWitt Gibbs and Charlie Hargrett. The band, now renamed Blackfoot, moved to New Jersey, but within 2 years, they disbanded and went their separate ways. Soon enough though, Blackfoot reunited and went on a whirlwind 10 year tour and recorded 8 albums. In the midst of touring and recording, Blackfoot produced their Grammy nominated “Train, Train.” Throughout this 10 year period, there were many different faces present in Blackfoot as well. Up until 1996, Rickey kept the band growing with various incarnations under the name Rickey Medlocke and Blackfoot. Rickey eventually left, but by 2004 there was demand for a Blackfoot reunion. The band reunited, but not without tragedy. Jakson Spires passed away in 2005. The members had made a pact that if anyone became ill or unavailable, the rest of the members would continue on…and that they did. Jak was replaced by Christoph Ullman and Blackfoot forged ahead. The current lineup consists of Greg T. Walker, Charlie Hargrett, Mike Estes and Kurt Pietro.
Blackfoot produced multi gold and platinum albums and continues to add new songs to their repertoire. They still play their classics, “Train Train,” “Highway Song” and “Baby Blue,” just to name a few. They toured with many legends over the years (The Who, Deep Purple, AC/DC) and they have even helped open doors for other up and coming bands (Def Leppard, Scorpions and Iron Maiden) by allowing them to open for Blackfoot on tour. They are original Southern Rockers, but Southern Metal has also been coined to describe their music. Whatever you want to call them, Blackfoot is back and they are planning to play for a long time to come!
The 70’s saw a new genre of music emerging, a mixture of blues, country, gospel and rock n’ roll, later to be known as Southern Rock. At the forefront of this movement were bands like the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and, of course, Molly Hatchet. They were named after the infamous 17th Century murderess hatchet Molly who copied her killings from Lizzie Borden. Molly Hatchet was the title of their 1978 debut album and it quickly reached multi-platinum status. Soon, Molly Hatchet was touring with Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and more. One year later, they released Flirtin’ With
Disaster, which also reached platinum status. They continued touring doing an average of 250 live shows per year. This lasted until 1990 when the band finally had to take a break from recording. From 1979-1990 they released 7 albums while still continuing their die-hard touring schedule. Their break lasted from 1990-1995 with a Greatest Hits album released in 1991. While on the recording break, they continued writing new songs and touring the US, Canada and Europe. In 1996, they recorded and released Devil’s Canyon in Hamburg, Germany. This album was voted #1 rock record in Europe that year. Two years later, Molly Hatchet is back in the Hamburg, Germany studio releasing their album Silent Reign of Heroes.
In 2003 they celebrated their 25th anniversary of the first national or international release with their first double live album Locked and Loaded. It was recorded in Germany at the International Harley Davidson Festival in front of 80,000 southern rockers. In 2005, Dave Hlubek, an original Molly Hatchet band member, returned to the band after a 20 year hiatus. Dave is joining fellow bandmates Bobby Ingram, Phil McCormack, John Calvin, Tim Lindsey and Shawn Beamer. Molly hatchet continues to forge ahead. After almost 30 years, they are a band that is always workin’ hard, playin’ tough, livin’ fast and still Flirtin With Disaster!
Come to Penn’s Peak and experience some of Southern Rocks finest with Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot on March 26th!!
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 5th at 10:00 am at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the Penn’s Peak Ticket Office. Penn’s Peak ticket sales are walk-up only, no phone orders.
About Penn’s Peak
Penn’s Peak, a cozy venue located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers. Penn’s Peak has a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, twin bars and a full service restaurant aptly named Roadie’s. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian mountains.
Geographically convenient to residents of major population zones in Hazleton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and New York City, Penn’s Peak is an ideal location for any event. It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
For more information on Penn’s Peak, go to www.pennspeak.com or call 866-605-7325.