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Live Touring Music Acts At Theme Parks

I really enjoy seeing as many touring music acts as possible and feel seeing them makes high cost annual passes worthwhile. Here are who I have seen recently, how about you?

From Tony Duda
Posted June 12, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I know that most people in the TPI universe are ride and coaster enthusiests but I really like the live touring music acts that stop into the parks thoughout the year as part of special events such as Mardi Gras at USF and Food and Wine Festival at EPCOT among others. I feel attending these shows justifies the high price of the annual passes. I'm located in Florida, so the Florida theme parks is where I see the shows. Below are the acts I have seen so far this year. What are all the music acts the TPIers attended in other parks?

The Go-Go's (USF) June 11
Davy Jones (EP) May 8
Charo (BGT) March 24
Tony Orlando (BGT) March 16
Charlie Daniels Band & Travis Tritt (BGT) March 6
Lynyrd Skynyrd (USF) March 5
Jose Feliciano (EP) March 4
Herman's Hermits (BGT) Feb 24
Joan Jett (BGT) Feb 20
The Ventures (BGT) Feb 17
Paul Revere and the Raiders (BGT) Feb 11
Debbie Reynolds (BGT) Feb 4

I know some of these acts are mostly nostalgic, but some are still first rate. What other acts are touring the parks?


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From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 13, 2011 at 4:32 AM
Nice List.

I don't know who's at the parks this year, but since the mid-80's I've seen the following acts at amusement parks:

Monkees (minus Mike Nesmith)
Hermans Hermits
Grass Roots
Pat Benatar
Weird Al Yankovic
"Foreigner"..(Mick Jones and sidemen)
Blondie

There may be others, but that's all I can think of right now.

From Mike Bianucci
Posted June 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM
I have been the the Christian Music Weekend multiple times at SFOG, which they typically hold the Friday and Saturday before Easter. I especially enjoyed Toby Mac and Barlow Girl.

I would not have paid admission to just attend the concerts, but it was a nice bonus as a Season pass holder.

From steve lee
Posted June 15, 2011 at 4:17 PM
I miss the days when Carowinds would have decent acts at the Palladium (as opposed to just busting it out now for their Christian music thing). Back in the 90s, I saw Depeche Mode and Sting there (not the same ticket, obviously). Both great shows, and great endings to a day of riding...

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM
Sting played in an amusement park? Boy, just when you think you know somebody...

From Tony Duda
Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM
I saw Alice Cooper at Busch Tampa. Sometimes a paycheck is a paycheck.

From steve lee
Posted June 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Yup, Mike. It was the "Ten Summoner's Tales" tour. I was a little surprised by the location as well, especially when you consider there was a much larger outdoor venue 25 minutes away.

From Manny Barron
Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM
I saw Pitbull last year at USF. It was raining but it was kinda cool, being that was the first time I experienced a concert at a theme park.

From Jessica Green
Posted June 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM
My mom, brother and I have been going to the Summer Concerts and Mardi Gras at Universal Studios for almost 3 years. I always have fun at all of these concerts and I always bring a few friends with me. For the artist that we know and love we usually wait out for the front row which can be up to almost 11 hours waiting outside. These are the concert we've have been to at Unviersal Orlando:

30 Seconds to Mars (Front Row)
3 Doors Down (Front Row)
Pitbull
Kelly Clarkson (Front Row)
Train (Front Row)
Rob Thomas (Front Row)
Neon Trees (Front Row)
Bare Naked Ladies
Lifehouse
Ne-Yo (Front Row)
Boys Like Girls
Counting Crows (Front Row)
Sheryl Crow
KC and the Sunshine Band
Black Eyed Peas (2006)
Akon
Flo Rida
The Roots
Blake Shelton
Montegomery Gentry
Jordin Sparks
Natasha Bedingfield

Universal Orlando FTW!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted June 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM
So Jessica,

I guess the front row is NOT the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, you like it :)

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