Media Show Synopsis – Introduction to Flashback
FLASHBACK –The Classic Rock Experience is a concert tour revolving around the extremely popular Classic Rock n’ Roll music of the‘60s and ‘70s presented in a new way—a way that enhances the original songs by adding richer sounds, intelligent lighting, video animations and special effects that creates an environment in which audiences not only hear the songs but experience them. The Mystic Orchestra will perform 30 of the best classic rock songs ever recorded, but reproduced and presented in an event that takes audiences on a sensory journey. A journey where Love, Revolution, War and Peace are not just words, they are part of a period of musical history and pop-culture that is a Flashback, a Classic Rock Experience.
The music of Flashback is brought to life by 30 world-class hand picked musicians and singers from across the globe to form The Mystic Orchestra. Never before has such a wide array of talent been assembled on the same stage to perform hits from Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. Hard rocking guitar riffs blended with haunting violins and cellos, thundering drums and percussion accented by regal brass and moody woodwinds are all in the musical palette of the Mystic Orchestra.
As a feast for the eyes, our Production and Design team has put together lights, video and special effects unlike anything seen before. The team has been the driving force behind the production magic for artists including Kiss, Poison, Black Sabbath and Cirque Du Soliel to name a few. Over 200 moving lights, multi-colored lasers, dragon tails, multi-color flame effects, waterfalls, confetti cannons, fog and dry ice machines and snow makers are sure to dazzle audiences during the 2 1/2 hour spectacle.
People joining Flashback at one of the over 100 venues on the tour will experience a taste of the best that the era had to offer. A free-love festival for all at Woodstock, an invasion of ground-breaking sounds from across the Atlantic, revolution and revolt in the form of music and lyrics from within the United States and a salute to maybe one of the greatest figures ever to capture the hearts and imagination of a generation and beyond, Muhammad Ali.
It’s hard to imagine, but if you can, try to picture Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd gracing the same stage, accompanied by an orchestra. Imagine the still images and artwork of 60’s and 70’s vinyl transforming into video and multi-media eye candy. Imagine no more, Flashback – The Classic Rock Experience is here.
Performers listed are as of June 2008
Founder and creative director Rick Bowen, musical director Frank Gilcken, and concertmaster Terry Glenny, each of who have extensive experience in professional recording and live performance, are handpicking the best Classic Rock performers from around the world.
“STAR LEAD VOCALIST”
Having had 21 Top 40 hits in the 1970’s, Chuck brings his dynamic and recognizable vocals to Flashback performing hit songs such as “Joy To The World,” “One,” and “Celebrate,” to name a few. Formerly of Three Dog Night, Chuck has committed to the full tour as primary lead vocalist. www.chucknegron.com
Katrina is our pick for lead vocals in the Janis Joplin segment. In addition to playing the title role in Off-Broadway’s Love Janis, she has recorded extensively and toured all over the world with her own band and many others. Katrina’s consummate singing voice is a dead ringer for Janis Joplin’s distinctive vocals. www.katrinachester.com
Known in Europe and Spain and touted as the “World's Best Rock Singer" Jose brings a tone, power and range to our Led Zeppelin segment that no other singer on our worldwide search could. Jose has the Robert Plant look as well as the vocals to realize the high parts in “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lot of Love,” and “Kashmir.” Note: Jose is currently in contract negotiations with Flashback. www.myspace.com/josemanzano
With a five-octave range, Elizabeth’s vocal power and clarity in the high registers rival even Streisand and Dion. In addition to being classically trained, Elizabeth toured extensively with the English alternative rock band The Cure. She will be featured in Flashback’s opening number Melanie’s “Lay Down” (Candles In The Rain) and in the 9/11-tribute piece “Great Gig In The Sky.” www.myspace.com/elizabethegan
Hailing from the Gulf Coast of Florida, veteran Blues-Rocker Shaun Williamson brings his dynamic voice to Flashback’s premier vocal ensemble. Shaun sang lead for The Atlanta Rhythm Section in the late 1980’s followed by a successful stint in Germany with his bands Backbone Slide and Sunnyland Bluesband with whom he recorded three outstanding albums and scored a #3 hit on the American Blues chart with the song "Run for Cover." After returning to the U.S., Shaun, along with band King Karma, has shared the stage with Paul Rodgers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Cheap Trick and Nazareth. www.myspace.com/shaunwilliamson
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & GUITAR
Lead guitarist with rock group Bang, Frank is arguably one of the best hard rock guitarists to ever come out of Philadelphia. Frank has over 30 years experience in recording and live performances having toured extensively with rock bands Bang and Texas. Frank is also a partner in the venture. www.bangmusic.com
An extraordinary British guitar player, Phil is a number one studio and live call player in London. He has performed in over 600 performances of the massive hit Queen musical We Will Rock You at London’s Dominion Theatre. He has also toured extensively with his own band and for nearly 20 years with Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Phil is currently the Musical Director of NYRO – the National Youth Rock Orchestra and has written and contributed to numerous books and many film/TV programs on the subject of Rock Guitar. www.philhilborne.com
Jamie is a London based session guitarist, who has toured extensively across North, South and Central America and Canada with The Australian Pink Floyd Show. He also performs on the West End Queen musical, We Will Rock You. Jamie has had Top 20 chart success in the UK as a session guitarist performing on the Fat Boy Slim style cross over single “Rocket” by Braund Reynolds. He has also performed on music for The World Cup, The Winter Olympics, plus many other TV shows for Sky, BBC and ITV.
Known as a member of Kingdom Come, the platinum awarded band fronted by singer Lenny Wolf, Italian guitarist Angi Schiliro has also earned amazing reviews worldwide with his own bands ZEROp and Stormbringer. Angi will be our utility guitarist playing such instruments as the mandolin, sitar, hurdi-gurdi, dobo, and acoustic guitar. www.myspace.com/angischiliro
BASS GUITAR & LEAD VOCALS
From Philadelphia, PA, Frank has been playing bass for more than thirty-five years with various groups including hard rock band Bang. Frank has extensive experience in both recording and live performance. He will sing lead on the Mohammed Ali tribute “Bow To The King,” among others. Frank plays a Fender “P” Bass exactly like the one Roger Waters played with Pink Floyd. www.bangmusic.com
This extraordinary keyboardist hails from England and is well known for his band with Nick Richards Boys Don’t Cry, and their hit “I Wanna Be A Cowboy.” Brian has also recorded and toured with Phil Collins, Meatloaf, Eric Burdon and a host of other top artists. www.myspace.com/brianchatton
ROCK SAX, FLUTE AND KEYBOARDS
David is a renowned Los Angeles studio musician with more than 25 years experience in almost all types of music. He has played on hundreds of famous albums including Madonna, Richard Marx, Barbra Streisand and Chicago, and films scores such as the theme to St. Elmo¹s Fire, The Secret of My Success and Stealing Home. David has released several albums and played on more than 50 feature films and television productions. www.musenet.com/home/daveboruff/index.cfm
Born in Australia into a rock n roll touring family, Adam grew up on the road. He first played on U2's Larry Mullin Jr's drum kit at age 8 and hasn't looked back. In the tradition of John Bonham, Adam is a strong and powerful player, dead-on beat in almost every style used in rock music today. After playing in many bands in Australia, notching up a #3 Independent record and playing on 2 Van's Warped tours, he moved to the U.S. www.myspace.com/privateradio06
Mark has been playing the drums professionally for over 30 years, 1st picking up the sticks after seeing Ringo Starr & The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in Feb 1964 at the young age of 5. He has been a mainstay in the Savannah GA music scene for over 25 years playing in some of South Georgia's best rock groups. Mark currently performs with 'The Long Awaited' hard rock band and works part time as a Luthier with Randy Wood Guitars Inc. in Bloomingdale, GA. www.myspace.com/thelongawaited4
CONCERT MASTER AND VIOLIN
This world-class musician brings a dynamic energy to Flashback that will lead the orchestra to a level never before heard or seen in Classic Rock music. Terry is well known for his highly energetic performances on a 5string electric violin, as well as for his numerous accomplishments as composer, arranger and producer. www.TerryGlenny.com
A great rock violin player now living in Los Angeles, Alwyn has recently played with Gnarls Barkley, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and Kelly Clarkson. She has performed on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, The Academy Awards, The Grammy’s, CSI New York and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve among many others. Alwyn will chair a high seat in Flashback’s Mystic Orchestra. www.myspace.com/alwynviolin
In addition to earning heavy critical acclaim for her indie debut ‘String Music’, violinist and composer Anna Stafford has performed with such notables as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Groban, Michael W. Smith, and Kanye West to name a few. Her performance credits include principal violin for MASS Ensemble as well as appearances on the 2007 and 2008 Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, GMA and The Ellen Show. www.annastafford.com www.myspace.com/annastafford
Erika appeared as solo violinist on the Rod Stewart Rocks Times Square concert. As a section violinist she has performed with Yanni on his Ethnicity Tour, James Brown on the BET awards, Mariah Carey at the American Music Awards and Rod Stewart on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Good Morning America and A&E Performances. At the Grammy’s, she played with Kanye West and contracted strings for Shakira. She has also recorded or performed with Olivia Newton-John, Carol King, Queen Latifah, David Foster, Rihanna, Jeff Beck and Josh Groban.
The Los Angeles Times describes this Grammy nominee as "the soloist to bring the viola out of obscurity." Karen has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, among others and has toured in the United States and abroad. Her blazing viola abilities and arrangements with Terry Glenny give Flashback the complete range of harmonics necessary to complete a full string section. www.myspace.com/violamermaidmusic
Originally from the Ukraine, Ilona is a world-class viola master who, since 1995, has toured the United States with Yanni, Tricia Yearwood, PDiddy, Barbra Streisand, and numerous symphony projects and television commercials. www.myspace.com/ilonageller
With strict classical training and an uncanny ability to improvise, this solo cellist from Atlanta, GA is versatile in both technique and musical genre. As an improvisational accompanist, Brennan has been in demand in Georgia and the US for a number of years, performing in a variety of musical styles such as ambient instrumental, folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock, and even heavy metal. www.myspace.com/brennanbray
As an acoustic and electric cellist, John has toured and recorded extensively with top acts across the U.S. Asia, Europe and Australia. He took part in the renowned Yanni “Tribute” video filmed at the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. He has also toured as principal cellist on both the Michael Crawford Tour (U.S.) and Percy Faith Tour (Japan). A 2001 feature on the single “Overcome” by the band Live has earned him appearances on The Tonight Show, MTV Europe and Much Music. John toured as a band member with the Dixie Chicks on their last worldwide tour. www.johnkrovoza.com
Holding a Bachelor’s of Music degree in oboe and saxophone performance, Hayan professionally performs and instructs on all woodwinds (oboe/English horn, all saxophones, flute/picc/alto flt, clarinet/ bass clr ) Having played in countless musical ensembles and productions across Southern California, her experience and versitality will enhance Flashback’s musical cast in ways few orchestras of this size ever experience. www.myspace.com/hcgroove
Having received a Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in horn performance, Tawnee has recorded for both Television and Film in addition to performing with various symphonies. She has played horn for the MTV Video Music Awards and for Kanye West on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She participated in the national tour of Shockwave and was French horn soloist in the Tony Award winning Broadway show, Blast www.myspace.com/tawneelillo
With both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in horn performance, Kristina has played with regional orchestras, operas, wind ensembles, chamber music and has recorded for film. She performed on Jimmy Kimmell Live with Kanye West and is currently preparing to tour through Poland with the Midnight Winds Woodwind Quintet.
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