The Greenbrier Classic Concert Series will feature a legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band this summer.
Aerosmith is slated to hit the amphitheater stage near the W.Va. State Fairgrounds in Fairlea on Saturday, July 6, it has been confirmed to The Register-Herald.
“This is big,” said Jim Justice, chairman and owner of The Greenbrier. “Aerosmith is the biggest act that we’ve brought to The Greenbrier Classic so far. They’re the top-selling American rock band of all time. We’re very pleased to have them.”
But Justice wasn’t done with surprises Wednesday.
“You know ticket prices right now are $199 for a weekly grounds badge and that’s a lot of money,” Justice said. “And these are the most expensive, best acts we’ve been able to acquire. But I want everybody to be able to come.
“So in the spirit of the Tribute to the Virginias lodging packages we’ve offered the last few years we are going to drop those badge prices down to $159. For those who have paid $199 already they can either have the difference refunded or they can receive a voucher good to purchase anything on the grounds during the tournament.”
Justice went on to talk about Aerosmith.
“With (Aerosmith lead singer) Steven Tyler being a judge on American Idol recently, we feel that Aerosmith appeals to an even wider demographic.”
Aerosmith is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of its self-titled debut album this year. The disc featured the group’s first hit, “Dream On.” Last November, the group released its 15th studio album, titled “Music From Another Dimension,” which includes the single “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” featuring guest vocalist Carrie Underwood, a Greenbrier Classic Concert Series veteran performer herself.
Aerosmith has accumulated 21 Top 40 hits in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and seven Top 10s. Other rock anthems include “Walk This Way”, “Sweet Emotion”, “Livin’ On The Edge”, “Cryin’” and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
The Greenbrier Classic had previously announced country music superstar Kenny Chesney is scheduled to perform during the 2013 event on Thursday night, July 4.
“We didn’t want to go all country or all rock,” Justice explained. “I believe that we got two of the biggest acts out there.”
The Greenbrier Classic, in its fourth year as a PGA TOUR FedExCup tournament, has offered as many as three concerts as part of its ticket package in previous years.
But even though it’s been scaled down to a pair, Justice sees this year’s event as just as special.
“Since we are going to go with just two concerts, we wanted to get two of the biggest. We’ve done that.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum online profile of Aerosmith states: “Aerosmith were America’s feisty retort to hard-rocking British groups like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Who, Cream, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. Almost alone among American bands, Aerosmith matched those British legends in power, intensity, and notoriety. Moreover, they’ve long since surpassed many of their influences in terms of longevity and popularity. In the words of vocalist Steven Tyler, “We weren’t too ambitious when we started out. We just wanted to be the biggest thing that ever walked the planet, the greatest rock band that ever was.”
“We were America’s band,” Joe Perry proclaimed with no false modesty. “We were the garage band that made it really big — the ultimate party band.” No less an authority than Jimmy Page has called them “the ideal rock and roll band.”
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Admission to the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series is included in the price of weekly Greenbrier Classic tournament badges, which are now priced from $159 per person. For more information, visit www.greenbrierclassic.com
Practice rounds will be played Monday and Tuesday July 1-2, with a Pro-Am slated for Wednesday, July 3. Competition begins Thursday, July 4 and runs daily through the final round on Sunday, July 7.