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Johnny Main
12th January 2017

rock meets classic

The eighth annual Rock Meets Classic European tour has been announced for 2017 and this year's event promises to be as spectacular as anything that's gone before. Backed by the Mat Sinner Band and the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Prague, some of the biggest names in rock come together for a musical extravaganza in mainland Europe this year.

For this year's event, which is respectfully dedicated this year to fallen Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt who appeared at the event in 2015, the organisers have pulled out all the stops with the announcement of four time Grammy winner and former member of The Eagles, the one and only Don Felder. Felder co-wrote many Eagles songs including their worldwide hit 'Hotel California'. Since leaving The Eagles in 2001, Felder has kept busy touring with his own band, opening for acts like Styx, Foreigner and Grand Funk Railroad in the US.

Joining Felder is one of the very best songwriters of the eighties and Grammy award winner, Rick Springfield, who's considered to be the creator of some of the finest power-pop hits like 'Jessie's Girl' and 'I Get Excited' and 'Don't Talk To Strangers'. Alongside them, Steve Lukather, from Toto and writer of classic anthems like 'Africa' and 'Rosana' makes a welcome return to the Rock Meets Classic line-up again, after the success of his previous appearance back in 2012.

Also making their appearance at Rock Meets Classic 2017 are two real power duos in the shape of Uriah Heep's Mick Box and Bernie Shaw who return to the Rock Meets Classic stage for the first time since 2014, along with debut performances at the event from Magnum's Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin. All four of these artists will be perform their timeless songs with their distinctive voices and melodic hard rock music each night at the event.

Rock Meets Classic tour promoter Manfred Hertlein said of the upcoming tour: "Every year we increase our ticket sales but this years' presale beats all previous records. We want to say thank you to all our fans! It makes us very proud that we're able to deliver such a high-quality show! Rock meets Classic has a terrific vibe and the legendary cross-over-project combines emotional classic with world-famous rock songs and turns it into a three-hour program."

rock meets classic

Rock Meets Classic 2017 features:
Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Rick Springfield (very special guest)
Mick Box (Uriah Heep)
Bernie Shaw (Uriah Heep)
Bob Catley (Magnum
Tony Clarkin (Magnum)

You can see Rock Meets Classic 2017 here:
Thursday 30th March: Arena, Trier
Friday 31st March: S. Oliver Arena, Würzburg
Saturday 1st April: Donau Arena, Regensburg
Sunday 2nd April: Olympiahalle, München
Tuesday 4th April: Ratiopharm Arena, Neu-Ulm
Wednesday 5th April: Dreiländerhalle, Passau
Thursday 6th April: Saturn Arena, Ingolstadt
Friday 7th April: Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Westfalen
Saturday 8th April: Tempodrom, Berlin
Monday 10th April: Conlog Arena, Koblenz
Tuesday 11th April: Big Box, Kempten
Wednesday 12th April: Frankenhalle, Nürnberg
Thursday 13th April: Rittal Arena, Wetzlar
Saturday 15th April: Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
Monday 17th April: Brose Arena, Bamberg
Tuesday 18th April: Hallenstadion, Zürich


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