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Penn's Peak

Friday, August 6, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Carl Palmer drives the beat for Asia at Penn's Peak Thursday evening.

Asia has been defined as a supergroup, since it is comprised of members from other British progressive rock bands.

Fans of the genre sometimes don't reserve the reverence for Asia that they do for Yes, King Crimson, Roxy Music and other bands that preceded it, but Asia continues to chart its own path and shouldn't take a backseat to anyone.

The secret to Asia's commercial success, upon the release of its multiplatinum debut album in 1982, is that the quartet create a whole even greater than it's the sum of its formidable parts.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Asia, featuring original members (from left) Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, Geoffrey Downes and John Wetton, will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday evening.

By now, it is obvious that the reunion of the four original members of Asia has taken on a life of its own.

To borrow the title of one of the British supergroup's songs, it has been beyond their wildest dreams.

"I don't think anyone envisioned it," said Asia keyboardist Geoffrey Downes, in a phone interview from Alexandria, Virginia, prior to the soundcheck for a concert on the band's current tour, which includes a stop at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Thursday night. Doors open at 6 p.m., with showtime at 8 p.m.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill swirls his hair while delivering a riff at Penn's Peak Friday night.

Prior to Skid Row taking the stage at Penn's Peak Friday night, two songs were blared over the speakers.

One was "The Star-Spangled Banner", which Skid Row plays before every show as a tribute to U.S. troops serving overseas.

The latter was Rainbow's "Long Live Rock'n'Roll", featuring the late, great Ronnie James Dio on vocals.

Monday, August 2, 2010
Guitarist Paul Barrere of Little Feat sings on stage at Penn's Peak Saturday night.

There have been some changes with Little Feat since the band's last appearance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in December, 2008.

For one, the band has gone from a seven-piece to a six member unit, as it parted ways with female vocalist Shaun Murphy last year.

Also, drummer and original founding member Richie Hayward has been battling with liver cancer and has been replaced on the road by former drum technician Gabe Ford, the nephew of blues guitarist Robben Ford.

Friday, July 30, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Randy Bachman (left) and C.F. "Fred" Turner brought their reunion tour to Penn's Peak Thursday night for an evening filled with Bachman-Turner Overdrive hits plus some new songs.

As the Penn's Peak crowd waited for Randy Bachman and C.F. "Fred" Turner to take the stage Thursday night, a video played on the screens showing two huge tractor-trailers colliding, with one marked "Bachman" and the other "Turner".

That kind of power-packed wallop is just the kind of impact the Bachman and Turner reunion produced once they came onstage and began their hit-filled trip down memory lane.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The next week-and-a-half are going to be busy ones at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Five concerts are scheduled between tonight and Aug. 6.

Tonight, Bachman and Turner will be in concert starting at 8 p.m.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner originally were part of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Their hits include "Taking Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Tomorrow, the venue will be rockin' when Skid Row and Firehouse team up for a twin-bill.

Little Feat will be at Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

The schedule for Penn's Peak is as follows:

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Little Feat (from left, Richie Hayward, Kenny Gradney, Fred Tackett, Paul Barrere, Sam Clayton and Bill Payne) returns to Penn's Peak on Saturday night.

Little Feat has long been a traveler on what its members refer to as "The Proud Highway".

The band that was home to the late Lowell George has proven to be a true road warrior, bringing its uniquely American mix of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, swamp boogie and country to a loyal following.

Little Feat has made Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a frequent stop on its annual concert tours, and it returns there on Saturday night for the first time since December, 2008.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Skid Row will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe Friday night.

For Rachel Bolan, Skid Row has been a way of life since he and Dave "The Snake" Sabo were founding members of the band over two decades ago.

"It's been cool being around this long and still being able to do it," said Bolan, Skid Row's bassist, in a recent phone interview.

Formed in Tom's River, New Jersey, Skid Row has become a hard rock and metal institution, moving forward through many line-up changes, with Bolan and guitarist Sabo the only constant members.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS Peter Frampton performs for the Penn's Peak audience Tuesday night.

It was an exuberant Peter Frampton who took to the Penn's Peak stage Tuesday night.

Wearing a black Martin Guitars T-shirt and jeans, Frampton was loose and comfortable, perpetually with a smile as he served up a dose of the best he has to offer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Sammy Kershaw sings country music like "back when country was country" at Penn's Peak.

Sammy Kershaw made his first appearance on the Penn's Peak stage in Jim Thorpe on Friday night, to the delight of a house full of fans.

He appeared out of a hazy fog, as if stepping from a Louisiana bayou, of which this Kaplan, Louisiana boy knows something about.

He also knows something about making hit songs and started the evening with a Cajun kick singing his 2000 hit "Louisiana Hot Sauce," followed by "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "Anywhere But Here" and "Yard Sale."

He told the crowd that he loves country music.