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  • TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A member of the band Great White appears at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a few years ago. Great White returns for a concert Friday night.
    TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A member of the band Great White appears at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe a few years ago. Great White returns for a concert Friday night.
Published August 13. 2014 04:00PM

On Friday at Penn's Peak, two of the top hard rock bands from around the turn of the century will perform in concert.

Great White, which had the hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and Vixen, an all-girl band, will be on stage for a double-header show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the concert.

Great White made national headlines in 2003 when it was performing at the time The Station nightclub fire occurred in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire resulted in the deaths of 100 people, including the band's guitarist Ty Longley, who had been a member of Jack Russell's solo band.

In 2008, the band agreed to pay $1million to survivors and victims' relatives of the fire. On the two-year anniversary of the fire, Jack Russell and Mark Kendall from Great White, along with Great White's attorney, Ed McPherson, appeared on Larry King Live with three of the victims of the fire and the father of Ty Longley, to discuss some of the healing that had taken place over the previous two years and some of the permanent scars that remained.

Despite the tragedy, the love and passion for their music has never faltered. Recharged and refocused, Great White has compiled a new collection of songs that was released in the summer of 2012.

Presently Great White features original members Mark Kendall (guitar), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards), Audie Desbrow (drums) and joined by lead singer Terry Ilous and bassist Scott Snyder the group emerged unscathed from late 2011 band member changes. Best known for the 1989 smash "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," Great White's worldwide sales are approaching 10 million. Their song arsenal also includes "Rock Me," "Save Your Love," "The Angel Song," and "Mistabone."

Vixen was founded in St. Paul, Minnesota, by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Driven by rock star dreams, Kuehnemund packed up her group and headed for Hollywood. Kuehnemund soon retooled the lineup to include vocalist Janet Gardner, drummer, Roxy Petrucci, and bassist Share Pedersen (Ross).

Vixen quickly built their reputation playing the infamous Sunset Strip and signed a major label deal with EMI.

Vixen's first hit single, "Edge of a Broken Heart" penned by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (The Tubes) blasted onto the Billboard charts fueled by heavy video rotation on MTV.

Their self-titled freshman LP garnered two more hits with "Cryin'" and "Love Made Me."

It was the group's live performances opening for the Scorpions, Ozzy and Bon Jovi that established Vixen as a premiere rock act to be taken seriously.

The concert is one of two scheduled this weekend at the local venue.

On Sunday night, The Zombies, who had several major pop hits including "Time of the Season," perform at 8 p.m.

Here's the complete lineup of events coming to Penn's Peak:

Deck parties

• Aug. 14 - Craig Thatcher Band, 6:30-9 p.m.

• Aug. 28 - Jake Kaligis - New Constitution, 6:30-9 p.m.

Concerts

August

• 15 - Great White and Vixen, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.

• 17 - The Zombies, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.

• 21 - Yonder Mountain String Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.

September

• 5 - Winger and FireHouse, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance and $29 day of show.

• 13 - Ana Popovic, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.

• 26 - Uriah Heep, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.

October

• 18 - Tommy James & the Shondells, 8 p.m. Tickets $33 and $38.

• 31 - Robin Trower, 8 p.m. Tickets $27 advance, $32 day of show.

November

• 1 - The Tubes, 8 p.m. Tickets $18 advance, $23 day of show.

• 26 - Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.

December

• 20 - Kenny Rogers Christmas & Hits with Linda Davis, 8 p.m. Tickets $65 and $55.

Luncheon Shows

• Oct. 7, 8, and 9 - The Swing Dolls- A Musical Tribute to the USO.

• Oct. 14 and 15 - The Four Freshmen.

• Oct. 22 and 23 - Bill Haley's Comets.

• Oct. 28, 29, and 30 - Real Diamond.

• Nov. 5 and 6 - The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

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