Holding up lighters at concerts dates back to medieval times, when villagers gathered with torches to frighten the loudest person in town. Face the music with this GrouponLive deal.
- $12 for one ticket to Violet Jam Presents: Robin Zander Band (up to $20 value)
- When: Friday, May 23, at 9 p.m.
- Where: THE VERVE – Crown Plaza
- General admission
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Violet Jam Presents: Robin Zander Band
As the longtime lead singer and rhythm guitarist for arena-rock legends Cheap Trick, Robin Zander has instigated more screams than Hitchcock. When he draws out the opening of “I Want You To Want Me,” as documented in the 1978 live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, the audience’s caterwaul almost redlines the entire recording. Whether he’s opening the floodgates in ballads such as “The Flame,” starting a riot in “Surrender,” or making paranoia fun with “Dream Police,” Zander’s voice remains as rowdy as a pool-hall brawl and sweeter than a teddy bear stuffed with ice cream.
Although the Trick still tours yearly, there’s too much music in the world begging for the Robin Zander treatment. In his brand-new project, the Robin Zander Band, he puts on his signature top hat to play the tunes he wants to play with the help of an airtight new rhythm section. Among his crew of ringers, drummer Steve Luongo, guitarist Mark Hitt, keyboardist Jack Hotop, and bassist Larry Hobbs are drawn from prog-rock bands such as TorQue and the New York collective Rat Race Choir. Luongo’s drum skills also battened down the hatches in The John Entwistle Band. Together, the group toys with the rock 'n' roll songbook during an unpredictable set list, mixing in covers of hits such as Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” and The Who’s “Substitute” with Cheap Trick classics and seldom-heard Zander solo material.