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Kennedy Space Center to Host Concert Series, Air Show

In the upcoming weeks, Kennedy Space Center will be hosting several special events, specifically the 2008 Concert Series and 2008 Space and Air Show. These events are included in the price of a regular admission ticket.

Concert Series

Celebrate the sounds of space exploration with music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s during the 2008 Fall Concert Series at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The concerts kick-off Saturday, October 18 with 80’s rock band Survivor, followed by The Guess Who and Rick Springfield. Backed by the iconic Rocket Garden, the live, festival style outdoor concert happens every Saturday for three weeks, October 18, 25, and November 1 as part of the NASA 50th anniversary celebration.

Headlining opening weekend is Survivor, the Grammy Award winning signature American rock band. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its album-oriented rock, which garnered many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best known for its 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. Other hits include “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” “The Search Is Over,” “American Heartbeat,” “Burning Heart,” and “Is This Love.” Survivor includes members Frankie Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Marc Droubay (drums), Chris Grove (guitar/keyboards), Billy Ozzello (bass) and the current addition; Robin McAuley (vocals).

The Guess Who, the band that became Canada’s first international rock music superstars, will take the Rocket Garden stage on Saturday, October 25. The band began in 1962 as Chad Allen & The Reflections. The group’s first single and album, Shakin’ All Over, was released in a plain white record jacket with only the question “Guess Who?” written on it. After selling two million copies the band had its trademark name: The Guess Who. Hit single, “These Eyes,” reached #1 in Canada, and earned the band a U.S. contract in 1968. Ironically it was “American Woman,” from March of 1970, which gave The Guess Who a #1 single in the U.S. and unseated The Beatles for three weeks straight. Other singles include “Hand Me Down World,” “Share the Land,” “Bus Rider,” and “Rain Dance.” Current band members include Jim Kale (bass and vocals), Garry Peterson (drums and vocals), Carl Dixon (vocals and guitars), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax and vocals) and Laurie MacKenzie (guitars and vocals).

The outdoor concert on Saturday, November 1, will feature Rick Springfield, most famous for the 1981 #1 single “Jessie’s Girl,” which became a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. Also an actor, Springfield’s best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. Springfield has sold over 19 million records worldwide and holds 17 top-40 hits to date, including more than five in the Top 10. Hit songs include “Affair of the Heart,” “Don’t Walk Away,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” In July 2008, Springfield released his latest album Venus In Overdrive, his first album of original material since 2003.

Space & Air Show

Framed by the backdrop of famous launch facilities, aerospace, aviation and astronauts will take to the skies for the second annual Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center featuring the Blue Angels November 8-9, 2008.

“This exciting event will bring some of the best pilots in the world to perform in the skies above Kennedy Space Center,” said Daniel LeBlanc, Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “It is truly a unique setting to display the best of aviation at the home of America’s space program.”

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