The band America visits Penn's Peak, Saturday
"I've been through the desert on a horse with no name,
It felt good to be out of the rain.
In the desert you can remember your name,
'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain.
La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la
La, la, la la la la, la la la, la, la"
Most people have heard of this catchy song, "Horse With No Name," from 1972.
It was a major hit for the band America, which began as a trio consisting of Gerry Buckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek.
Beckley and Bunnell are still touring. The band, celebrating its 43rd anniversary, makes a return visit to Penn's Peak at 8 p.m. Saturday.
A large number of tickets have already been sold for this concert. Tickets are available for just $35 and $40.
Buckley, Bunnell, and Peek met in high school in London in the late 1960's. The band enjoyed massive success very early in their career, garnering the trio a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1972. "A Horse With No Name," their signature song, made America a household name in 1972.
Just a little more than a year later, Beckley, Bunnell and Peek were superstars riding the airwaves of their rock, pop, folk genre musical stew.
When talking about the America sound, Beckley says, "I think that the ingredients of the America sound are the basic fundamentals that translate internationally."
Some of their best-known tunes besides "Horse With No Name" include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man" and "Sister Golden Hair."
They have six certified gold and/or platinum albums and their first greatest hits collection, History, has hit 4 million in sales.
Meanwhile, three new concerts have been added to the Penn's Peak schedule.
They are Travis Tritt on Dec. 6, Phil Vassar on Jan. 11, and Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston, on Feb. 1.
Tritt and Vassar have previously performed at Penn's Peak.
Tritt, a country superstar, has had such hits as "Country Club," "Can I Trust You With My Heart," "Tell Me I Was Dreaming," and the heart-wretching ballad, "Anymore."
Vassar, also a country performer, had hits with the songs "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Carlene," and "Last Day of My Life."
He is also an accomplished song writher, having co-written singles for several country artists, including Tim McGraw ("For a Little While", "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money").
Boston is a rock band from Boston, Mass. that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. The band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. Boston's best-known works include the songs "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda".
In 1994, Cosmo was featured as the sole lead vocalist on the platinum Boston album Walk On, which reached number 7 on the Billboard Charts, and produced three hit singles, including "I Need Your Love", which climbed to number 4 on the Mainstream Rock Charts.
Upcoming concerts at Penn's Peak include:
• 2 - America, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 and $40.
• 9 - Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Tickets $33 Pit, $28 reserved seating, $23 standing room only.
• 16 - .38 Special, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 pit, $32 rserved seating.
• 22 - Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.
• 27 - Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.
• 6 - Travis Tritt, Travis Tritt, 8 p.m. Tickets $37 and $42.
• 14 - Christmas with the Celts, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.
• 11 - Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 and $27.
• 1 - Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of BOSTON, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show.
• 21 - Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Tickets $49 and $54.
• 22 - Bruce in the U.S.A., 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.
• 22 - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 at the door.