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Rock Hall of Fame benefit tickets go on sale Saturday

Posted May 29, 2008

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— Tickets go on sale Saturday for a Rock and Rock Hall of Fame and Museum benefit concert presented by the Town of Cary.

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the event on Sept. 20.

Reserved seats are $80 and lawn seating is $50. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster and the Koka Booth Amphitheatre box office. Individual VIP ticket packages will also be made available.

Proceeds will benefit the hall of fame’s education outreach efforts and the John Entwistle Foundation’s program to provide musical instruments and music lessons to disadvantaged youth. Entwistle, a Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductee, was the legendary bass guitarist for The Who.

While the complete lineup remains under wraps, Rick French, benefit concert chairman and a member of the national board of trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said fans who visit the hall’s web site can get clues to some of the first artists who have signed on to play the show.

This week, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult and Joe Lynn Turner of Deep Purple and Rainbow were confirmed as the first two headliners to sign on to the show. They will be joined on stage by several members of the former John Entwistle Band, including Steve Luongo, Mark Hitt and Jeff Ganz.

Every four to six weeks thereafter, another headliner will be unveiled on the site.

French said several highly regarded bands with Triangle-area roots will also be invited to play the show in recognition of the Triangle area’s vibrant live music scene.

Archived footage from past Rock Hall induction ceremonies featuring performances from some of rock and roll’s most legendary bands and performers will be shown on large screens surrounding the Koka Booth stage before the main concert, French said.

The vintage concert footage has rarely been viewed outside of the Rock Hall itself.

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