Robert Plant, Bob Seger and Steve Perry will all be sharing the same stage this summer. Having the trio of rock 'n' roll legends scheduled at the same venue is a remarkable feat. When Michael Jackson is added to the mix, the lineup is unbelievable.
Wait a minute.
Jackson died in 2009. Due to the sudden death of drummer John Bonham, the original Led Zeppelin foursome played their last concert more than 35 years ago. Perry dropped out of Journey in 1987. Seger is the only person on the roster that's “still the same.” The 72-year-old Detroit native has been fronting the Silver Bullet Band since 1973.
The music of this quartet of Hall of Fame members will be featured in the annual parade of critically acclaimed cover bands playing at the The Resort at Egyptian Hills on the southern shore of the Lake of Egypt.
“I was visiting in New York a few years ago and went to see a tribute band playing on a lake and it was an amazing experience. I thought it would be a cool idea to bring something like that back to the Lake of Egypt and Egyptian Hills Resort,” says facility co-owner Micah Merrill. “There are a lot of good people down here and the attendance has gotten better each year.
The series enters its fourth year this summer and kicks off July 8 with Who's Bad: Michael Jackson Tribute, Zoso—The Ultimate Led Zepplelin Experience on July 15, Dr. Zhivegas on Aug. 19, Ultimate Journey Tribute on Aug. 25 and closes out the season on Sept. 1 with Silver Bullet—Bob Seger Tribute.
All shows start at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for each event. For more information, call 618-364-8088.
A transformation at the Egyptian Hills Marina started 13 years ago when the facility was acquired by Jody Perrotto. Merrill joined the ownership team nine years ago.
“Never once did I think we would be doing weddings and concerts when we started,” Merrill says. “We did all the work ourselves, with the help of 84-year-old general contractor Duke Harris and Salvador, our only laborer.
“We have steadily grown. One of our past shows, Pure Praire League, had the potential for a sold out crowd, but weather (rain) killed us. Every year gets a little bigger and better. Word is getting out about the quality and value of our shows. Once people come here, they always come back.”
Over the last three years, top rated covers bands featuring the music of the Eagles, Garth Brooks and AC/DC have played on the resort stage, which hangs over the lake, attracting patrons to the high energy shows. A flotilla of fans listen from nearby boats.
Merrill says the musicians love the stage configuration.
“Last year, while the vocalist was in the middle of a song during the Elton John tribute, the guitar player cast a line and caught a six-pound bass. There are pictures of Elton and the guy holding the big fish at the end of the song,” Merrill said.
Merrill said the resort has been booked in advance for so many weddings that the number of shows had to be reduced this year.
“I have been working for a long time trying to get this particular Led Zeppelin show. It is supposed to be the best one out there,” Merrill says. “The Michael Jackson show is supposed to be pretty special, too. Advance ticket sales have been pretty strong. A lot of people will hold out until the last minute, though, because they worry about the weather.”
Who's Bad has been touring for 16 years, which predates the untimely death of “The King of Pop” and singer of mega hits like “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Beat It.” The calendar is booked solid for the act. After the lake show, there are two dates at the Illinois State Fair, then gigs from Brooklyn to Key West and out to Port Angeles, Washington.
Called “the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence” by the St. Petersburg Times, Zoso was formed in 1995. Through the years they have won a loyal legion of fans with the powerful visual accuracy of dress and stage mannerisms, and when coupled with the perfectly executed classic covers, their act brings the “Hammer Of The Gods” back to life.
Jaws will be dropping all night with breathtaking renditions of “Stairway To Heaven,” “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Achilles Last Stand,” “Immigrant Song” and “Black Dog” echo across the water.
Speaking of “Jaws,” the movie will be played at dark Sunday on a specially erected screen at the back of the concert stage for boaters anchored near the Egyptian Hills Marina.