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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 09:36 pm

To do list of shows

See legends Loretta Lynn and Gordon Lightfoot in Peoria

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Gordon Lightfoot (above)plays at the Peoria Civic Center on April 2 and Loretta Lynn (below) plays there on March 13.

Gordon Lightfoot (above)plays at the Peoria Civic Center on April 2 and Loretta Lynn (below) plays there on March 13.
In a feeble attempt to answer the often-asked question of “Hey, what’s going on?” let’s check on upcoming shows and concerts in the area. This is not a complete schedule — nor is it meant to be. These picks reflect my tastes; that’s why they pay me the big bucks. Let’s start with the Coal Miner’s Daughter herself: Loretta Lynn plays the Peoria Civic Center (309-673-8900) on March 13. If that’s not enough, Gordon Lightfoot performs there on April 2. Maybe it’s just me, but those sound like some very cool shows — opportunities to hear two classic performers.
Remember the hard-rocking pop band FireHouse, which surfaced in 1990 with the Top 10 hits “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “Love of a Lifetime,” making the group’s self-titled debut album a multiplatinum success? By the time FireHouse released a third album for Epic Records, in 1995, they were very popular in Southeast Asia. As the ever-changing American hit parade moved away from power pop into whatever the next year’s model would be, FireHouse continued touring and releasing records in other parts of the world. In 1998 they joined with fellow rockers Quiet Riot, LA Guns, and others on the Rock Never Stops tour across America and released their fifth CD, which marched to the top of the charts in Japan. Since then they’ve survived and done quite well in America, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India, continuing to tour and release CDs on Pony Canyon Records, the group’s own label. Coming up in mid-February they play a couple of shows in Tokyo and Osaka with those most righteous of power balladeers, Night Ranger, and they’re in the process of making record No. 9. It’s really incredible, in the volatile world of entertainment, that a simple rock quartet from North Carolina, formed in 1989, could hit the big time on the American charts during the early 1990s and continue performing to this day, with the exception of the bassist, with all of its original members. They’ll be in Springfield on Friday, Feb. 15, at Club Chrome with the Lost Boys, Scott Joseph Phares, Decimation, and The Dogs Divine. Mark Tate, proprietor of the Luthier Shoppe (1717 W. Wabash Ave., 217-546-1615) invites one and all to a free guitar clinic featuring the spectacular pickings of Andy Timmons at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 7. Those poor souls who are unfamiliar with Timmons’ work can visit YouTube and other online sources to see the brilliant player sizzle on the six strings. Practice, practice, practice — and come see how it’s done.
On Saturday, March 1, down in quaint yet spirited Mount Olive, you have the delightful opportunity to see a couple of America’s finest singer/songwriters when Tom Russell and Gretchen Peters take to the stage in historic Turner Hall (307 W. Second South St.). Russell, a perfectly cantankerous and wonderfully robust performer, teams with Peters, who penned the modern country classic “Independence Day,” to take the town by storm. Call Ed Becker at 217-999-7674 for information and tickets.
And that’s not all, folks, but, me-oh-my, it’s all we got space for here.

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