The Legendary Sessions™ presents, live in concert:
Danny Seraphine ♦ Joe Vitale
with special guest vocalist Kenny Cetera
and Philadelphia's own Patchwork
Legendary Drummers Drum for ALS!
A Portion of the Proceeds Benefits the Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation
Danny Seraphine and Joe Vitale each anchored the rhythm sections of two of the best-selling and most world-famous recording artists in music history, the bands Chicago and The Eagles, respectively. Each of them can measure the gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums they've played on by the pound.
Danny Seraphine is a founding member of Chicago, the iconic “rock band with horns” that dominated the album charts in the 1970s, with 5 consecutive No. 1 albums. He currently plays with CTA – California Transit Authority, a critically acclaimed jazz-rock powerhouse that has released two albums of music that have been described by many as “Chicago on steroids.” Danny is a spectacular player, highly respected and very influential – and he has been for a long time. Legendary drummer Buddy Rich once described Danny as one of his favorite young drummers. You could not turn on popular radio during the 1970s and not hear Danny's grooves. And then, he wrote a book about it, Street Player: My Chicago Story.
Likewise for Joe Vitale – his touring credits alone are exhausting to read, and the recordings he plays on would just about fill an iPod. Yet for all of his credits, you might not recognize him until he was pointed out -- unless you were a victim of one of his many pranks. According to his good friend Stephen Stills, Joe has a secret hiding behind his technical competence and talents – ". . . the beating heart of a comedian. Joe Vitale possesses the wicked sense of humor of a born troublemaker.”
Only Joe knows how many of his fellow musicians he punked, but if you saw the Eagles on their "Eagles Live" tour and album of 1980, you heard Joe. If you saw Peter Frampton's "Frampton Come Alive!" Tour in 1975-76, you heard Joe. He has played with nearly every major recording artist of the classic rock era and beyond, from John Lennon, Crosby Stills Nash & (occasionally) Young, Dan Fogelberg, and Jackson Browne, through Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, the Beach Boys, Boz Skaggs, Van Morrison, Albert Collins, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards, to name a bunch -- and there are bunches more. Joe has performed with Stephen Stills for more than 30 years, and he has sustained a very prolific creative songwriting, recording and performing partnership with Joe Walsh – a classmate from college days at Kent State – since 1971. Ted Nugent gave Joe his first big break drumming for Nugent's band The Amboy Dukes when they performed a show as Bo Diddley's backup band. On top of all that, Joe has released 3 solo albums. And then, he wrote a book about it – really, his wife Susie wrote down Joe's stories -- entitled Joe Vitale: Backstage Pass.
Both of these gentlemen are legendary masters of their instrument, and one must wonder just how the stereotype about drummers as “dumb, animal-like, with no musical talent” came about – it did not come from these guys! Both drummers have another thing in common – they play DW Drums.
Special Guest vocalist Kenny Cetera's unmistakable tenor voice rings out on 3 of the Billboard Top 20 (Hot 100) hits from the multi-platinum Chicago XVII album, including “You're the Inspiration,” “Stay the Night,” and "Along Comes A Woman." The legendary international tour that followed featured both Kenny and his brother Peter Cetera's voices together in a memorable stage show. Kenny continues to capture the magic of that era with his Chicago Experience band.
Philadelphia's own Patchwork is the backing band for this event. There will be horns!
A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation (www.livingwithALS.org). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating progressive neuromuscular disease. ALS is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, after the legendary N.Y. Yankees baseball player who died from it.
The Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation's mission is to provide people living with ALS and their caregivers with the day-to-day comforts they need to achieve a high quality of life at little or no cost to them.
Eileen "Ellie" Reynolds (May 2, 1932 - July 9, 2006) -- a retired banker, Rotarian, consummate volunteer, and much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother -- started her fight against ALS when first diagnosed with the disease in November 2005. Her final days were set against a backdrop of family and an intense desire to continue on. She left those around her with a sense of awe at how she refused to give in until she said her final good bye to her family. She waited for every member of her family to arrive before she left them for good. She left this life on her own terms.
One of those terms was Ellie's final wish: that we do everything we can to help others living with ALS be as comfortable and active as possible. Ellie's grandchildren founded the Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation in honor of their beloved grandmother with the mission of helping people live with ALS.
Danny & Joe have a mutual friend, bassist Mike Porcaro of the band Toto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. This hit close to home for them, as did the death of “Dangerous” Dan Toler, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, from ALS earlier this year, and the tragic diagnosis that a 20-year old rising star guitarist, Jason Becker, received in 1989 that cut short a promising career. Becker had been named “Best New Guitarist” by the readers of “Guitar” Magazine in 1990, and he had been hired by David Lee Roth to be his band's guitarist, filling shoes first worn by Eddie Van Halen and then by Steve Vai, both of whom are legendary guitarists.
Please join Danny and Joe by making a contribution to The Ellie Reynolds ALS Foundation today so that other people living with ALS, similarly situated like Mike Porcaro and Jason Becker, can live out their remaining days with the highest quality of life possible.
Come Hungry! A Buffet Supper will be served from 5:00 – 9:00 during the event, included in the cost of the ticket.
The Legendary Sessions DRUMS is the first of a series of concert events that explores the various musical instruments that comprise modern musical combos, along with the Legendary Session and Touring musicians who have defined the art of how that instrument is played on recordings and on tour.
The Legendary Sessions are presented by EuroExport Entertainment Corporation, a repertoire and artist development company with offices in Austin, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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