Eddie Money Returns to Antelope Valley 2012

 By Lorraine Kay

Lancaster, CA  — Rock and Roll Legend Eddie Money will be returning to Antelope Valley to perform Saturday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. for a double bill with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival 2012 in Lancaster, CA, as part of the Palmdale Auto Mall Concert Series.

Previously, Eddie Money performed in Palmdale in 2001 with his band as part of the Starlight Concert Series at the Marie Kerr Park. Making a return to Antelope Valley fans expectations for the night are high. Ask any concert attendee and they’ll tell you he retains his signature style and performs with the same passion today as he did more than 30 years ago.

As the years have passed, Money’s blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. According to Money, “I always seem to be in the right place at the right time and I always seem to come up with some great singers and musicians. You know I’ve had Tommy Girvin on guitar for 25 years – a great guitar player. Glenn Symond, my drummer’s been playing with me since 1972. Yeah, I’ve got a great band and the shows are great.” Also joining Money on stage will be Chris Grove on keyboards, and Lee Beverly on bass.

Money will be presenting a set mostly filled with nostalgia. “The shows for this tour have been going great. We open with “Baby Hold On” and then “Wanna be a Rock and Roll Star,” which is the story of my life. Then we do “Walk on Water”, and “One More Soldier Coming Home” that is a tribute to our troops.”

Especially proud of the song “One More Soldier Coming Home”, Money explains how he hopes the song will benefit members of the military and their families. “The song is dedicated to the men and women who bravely serve our country.” (Some making the ultimate sacrifice.) It’s a very sad song. It’s like the song Big Bad John.” But more than that, all the proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

“I’m putting the pedal to the metal and doing everything I can to raise money for this non-profit. If you don’t know about the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, it is a private, non-profit that has raised over $120 million in support for both the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded service members and veterans. Go to www.fallenheroesfund.org to learn more about the great work they are doing. Like I said, I want to do all I can to aid the men and women who gallantly risk their lives and are facing the cruel and unfortunate consequences of war. The better this song does, the more we are able to support these heroes.”

“We also did a video of One More Soldier Coming Home. It’s a great video.” To view the video go to iTunes ( http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-soldier-coming.

Joan Jett

Sharing the bill Saturday night will be Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. The equally legendary performer with eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles to her credit will present her own brand of hard rock and roll, playing several timeless hits as well as new soon-to-be favorites. Known for such the classics as “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover”, , she is also the first female artist to own and operate an independent label, Blackheart Records.  An innovator, originator and visionary, Jett is also known for co-founding The Runaways, a pioneering all-girl punk quintet at the age of 15.

Celebrating a successful career she has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations. “I’ve had a blessed career,” she says.” I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.” Most recently Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on Runaways lead Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and Dakota Fanning as Currie.

She continues to tour and record with The Blackhearts but still has time to give back – she is a spokesperson for PETA and like Money, she is also a devoted supporter of the U.S. Military.

Ticket prices:  Gold: $75, Front Track: $50, Back Track: $25, Standing Room only: $15, Grandstand:  Free with paid admission.

Historically the Antelope Valley Fair began in 1895 when the Antelope Valley Association sponsored a two-day celebration for area ranchers and farmers. Over the years it has evolved from simply a celebration about produce and livestock and families to a full-blown 10-day event with rock and roll and a demolition derby

Sponsored by the Palmdale Auto Mall, the concert series beginning Friday, August 17 has four rock bands for the first two nights, followed Sunday with two Hispanic bands and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday featuring six solid Country acts to entertain the 2012 fair-attendees. The double-bill for Saturday featuring Eddie Money and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be a night of solid rock.

Friday, August 17 – Opening the fair concert series at 7:30 p.m. will be Third Eye Blind and Finger Eleven. Ticket prices:  Gold: $75, Front Track: $50, Back Track: $25, Standing Room only: $15, Grandstand:  Free with paid admission. Open 4 to midnight. FREE Parking and Admission, plus one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game ticket – 4 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 18 –  Joan Jett and Eddie Money concert 7:30 p.m. The fairgrounds are open 2 to midnight – Rotary Club of Lancaster BOOK DRIVE – 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Gate – Bring one (1) NEW or three (3) gently used elementary level book(s) and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass.

Sunday, August 19 – Los Tucanes de Tijuana and Banda Machos at 6pm. No reserved seats. No free grandstand. Tickets are required. Tickets: purchased by 8/16 – $20, Youth Tickets (ages 6-11): $6. Tickets: purchased 8/17 and after – $25, Youth (ages 6-11): $7. Concert tickets include admission to the Fair. The fairgrounds are open 2 to midnight – Grace Resources Canned FOOD DRIVE – 2 to 4 at the Main Gate – Bring 5 cans of food between 2 – 4pm and get 1 FREE Fair admission (does NOT include admission to the 8/19 Latin concert, tickets are required for this event) and 1 FREE ride pass at the Main Gate. Games cost $1 each until 9pm only

Monday, August 20 – Big & Rich w/special guests Cowboy Troy, Bradley Gaskin and Curtis & Luckey, 7:30pm. Gold Circle: $75. Front track: $25. Standing room only (no seats): $15. Fair opens at 4pm. All buildings open at 2pm. KIDS DAY – Kids 11 and under FREE admission. SENIOR DAY – Seniors 62+ years: FREE admission. Grounds open at 2pm for seniors, 4pm for public. Seniors ride Carousel/Ferris Wheel FREE ALL day. FREE lunch 2-3:30pm or while supplies last. Food Specials: Seniors ONLY discount until 6pm at participating concession stands. SPECIAL-NEEDS CITIZENS DAY FREE admission Special needs citizens and 1 caregiver. Grounds open: 2pm (4pm for public). FREE lunch 2-3:30pm or while supplies last.

Tuesday, August 21 – LocalLiving .com Day – Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw, 7:30pm. Gold Circle: $75. Front track: $25. Standing room only (no seats): $15.

Wednesday, August 22 – Billy Currington w/special guest, Erika Attwater, 7:30pm. Gold Circle: $75. Front track: $25. Standing room only (no seats): $15.

Thursday, August 23 – Figure 8 Car race at 7:30pm. FREE w/Paid Fair Admission. Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction – 9am, (R. Rex Parris Show Arena). Auction Buyer’s breakfast, 8am. JLA (Kiwanis) BBQ, 6pm, Heritage Park: $10 ticket required. Buy BBQ dinner ticket at Admin Office or call Entry Office at 661-948-6060 ext. 226.

Friday, August 24 – Monster Trucks at 7:30pm. Tickets: $15 until 8/16. As of 8/17: $20. FREE Parking (ONLY) – 4 – 5pm with avfair.com coupon and 1 FREE ride, 1 FREE game.

Saturday, August 25 – Rural Olympics/Fireworks at 6pm. FREE with Paid Fair Admission Rotary Club of Lancaster BOOK DRIVE, 2-4pm – Bring 1 NEW or 3 gently used book(s) suitable for use in an elementary school library & get 1 FREE admission ticket, redeem at main gate, receive 1 FREE ride. The fairgrounds are open 2 to midnight.

Sunday, August 26 –  Demolition Derby at 6pm. Tickets: $15 until 8/16. After – $20.Grace Resources Canned FOOD DRIVE – Bring 5 cans of food between 2 – 4pm and get 1 FREE Fair admission (does NOT include admission to Demo Derby. Tickets are required for this event) and 1 FREE ride pass at Main Gate. Games cost $1 each until 9pm only. General admission is Adults (12 & older) – $9.00, Juniors (6-11) – $7.00, Children under 6 – FREE with paid adult, Seniors (62+) – $7.00 and Active Military – FREE with Military Service I.D. (dependents must show I.D.). Parking is $5.00. For every $6 Pre-Fair admission ticket sold, $1 will be given to Grace Resource Center to help end hunger in the Antelope Valley. Does not apply to $6 pre-sale admission tix purchased at avfair.com

PRE-FAIR $6  GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS sold on-line at avfair.com June 2nd until 8/16: Good for all ages and valid any day during Fair (8/17-8/26). The $6 Pre-sale admission tickets sold on-line are NOT included in the “Graceful Giving – a Fair way to end Hunger” campaign. *For every Graceful Giving $6 Pre-sale ticket sold, $1 will be given to Grace Resource Center to help end hunger in the Antelope Valley.

The fairgrounds are located just off of the 14 freeway on 134 acres of land at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H., Lancaster, CA 93536 – (661) 948-6060 & Fax: (661) 942-2135. Box off: (661)948-6060, xt. 230. For more detailed information and more special event discounts visit www.avfair.com, or call (661)948-6060.