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Billy, Journey and Kris: Legacy artists playing Lincoln this

Postby tater1977 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:40 am

Billy, Journey and Kris: Legacy artists playing Lincoln this week

L. KENT WOLGAMOTT Lincoln Journal Star
Mar 23, 2017 ... 39e81.html

Billy Joel hasn't released an album since 1993, and Journey’s last hit single came out in 1996.

But combined, Joel and Journey will bring more than 25,000 people into Pinnacle Bank Arena this weekend -- perfect examples of what are referred to as “legacy” or “heritage” artists.

Those terms, of course, are preferable to “oldies” or “nostalgia” acts, the tags associated with many '50s and early '60s-rooted artists who survived for decades largely playing smaller venues.

Elvis Presley, the only '50s-rooted artist to consistently fill arenas, died in 1977 at age 42. None of the rest of his generation could fill the biggest buildings.

Enter the ‘60s with the Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Neil Diamond, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cher, Rod Stewart, Santana, and the ‘70s with Elton John, The Eagles, Joel and Journey.

Add their baby boom audiences who have loyally followed them for decades, often via classic rock radio and, 40 or 50 years after they started, the acts are filling arenas.

With the exception of the Stones, the Dead and Diamond, all of the artists listed above have played Lincoln since the arena opened in 2013, either there or at Pinewood Bowl -- the Beatles' Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, each performing with their own bands.

And each of those shows have sold well, often selling out, as is the case with Joel’s Friday concert.

That says something about the Lincoln market, but it is largely the case throughout the country. And the legacy acts that cater to baby boomers can and do charge premium prices, making in many cases more than $1 million for a show.

In most cases, legacy bands don’t have their original lineups. That’s been the case with every group that’s played the arena -- and is most obvious with Journey, which saw singer Steve Perry retire in 1998. Arnel Pineda, a Filipino singer who was recruited by guitarist Neal Schon, has been Journey’s singer for the last decade -- half as long as Perry fronted the band.

But those changes haven’t dampened enthusiasm for the band from its legion of fans, who go to the shows to hear the songs they love -- and a check of set list indicates that's just what Journey delivers from the stage each night.

And Journey has consistently stayed on the road, with, for example concerts already scheduled in arenas, amphitheaters and casinos through August.

Unlike many of his peers, Joel doesn’t tour extensively. Rather, he has a monthly residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden and plays one-off shows around the country about once a month. After playing Lincoln Friday, his next concerts outside the New York metropolitan are set for stadiums in Atlanta in April, Los Angeles in May and Green Bay, Wisconsin, in June.

Joel’s shows, too, include the hits, but also have a surprising cover or two. And from a check of previous set lists, they’re rarely identical, evidence that Joel’s out there enjoying himself when he plays a show.

There’s one more legacy-type artist playing Lincoln this week. But he’s not going to be at the arena. Rather, Kris Kristofferson will be at the Rococo Theatre on Thursday.

Now 80, Kristofferson never filled arenas on his own. But he sure did with the Highwaymen, his country “supergroup” of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. And he’s continued to do acclaimed work since he got noticed for his groundbreaking songwriting in the late '60s.

His latest album, 2016’s “The Cedar Creek Sessions,” recorded in Austin, Texas (hence the title), with new and old songs got a best Americana album Grammy nomination.

Never a great singer -- he once told me “I sing like a damned frog" -- Kristofferson opens up his songbook in his shows and plays classic after classic, including, of course, “Me & Bobby McGee.”
Perry's good natured bonhomie & the world’s most charmin smile,knocked fans off their feet. Sportin a black tux,gigs came alive as he swished around the stage thrillin audiences w/ charisma that instantly burnt the oxygen right out of the
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