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Head East Anthem in Upcoming Film

The Head East anthem "Never Been Any Reason" will be featured in the upcoming film "High On The Hog". The movie is an action-packed grindhouse crime thriller starring Sid Haig, Joe Estevez, and Robert Z'Dar. Written and Produced by Kevin Lockhart, this exploitation film features some of the most controversial topics of our time. Shot in beautiful Northwest Illinois, the story shows the difficulties of the life of a simple hog farmer who has chosen the illegal route of growing marijuana in order to keep his family farm and the choices he has to make to ensure the safety of his "family".

Visit the movies official website at:  www.highonthehogthemovie.com/

View a short promo video for "High on the Hog"

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Head East Live at the Christkindlmarkt in Belleville, IL

See Head East live at the Christkindlmarkt in Belleville, Illinois on Friday, November 24th. The Repeat Offenders will open the show at 6:00 pm followed by Head East at about 7:00 pm. General admission to the concert is free and open to the pubic. All VIP tickets for this event are sold and are no longer available for purchase.

For more information visit the  Belleville Christkindlmarkt Website.

Head East Live at the Historic Riviera Theatre

See Head East live in concert at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York on Saturday, February 3rd. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the concert begins at 8:00 pm. The Riviera Member pre-sale begins Tuesday, Sept. 12th @ 4:00PM and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 15th at 10:00 am. Tickets are $22 and $27 and are available through the Riviera Theatre website, by visiting the Riviera Theatre Box Office, or by calling the box office at (716) 692-2413. Don't miss this great show at The Riviera Theatre which first opened in December 1926 and is celebrating its 90th year. For more information visit the Riviera Theatre website at the address below:


Golden Voice Recording Studio Documentary

Head East recorded their first two studio albums (Flat As A Pancake and Get Yourself Up) in their home state at Golden Voice Recording Studios in South Pekin, Illinois. Golden Voice Recording Company, which was started by Mary Ann Milam and her husband Jerry in the early 60s, will be the subject of a documentary expected to be completed later this year.

Golden Voice was the studio of choice for several local Illinois bands and solo artists, many of which would go on to greater success, including Dan Fogelberg, Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon), Jonathan Cain (Journey), and Head East. For more information on this upcoming documentary visit the Pekin Daily Times newspaper article linked below:

Pekin Daily Times Newspaper Article

Fans Treated to Special Guests at Carlyle Lake Concert

Fans who attended the Carlyle Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration Music Festival on Sunday, June 11th were treated to special guest appearances by several former band members. Former crew members from the band's heyday in the 70s were also in attendance. Fans flew in from as far away as Washington State to see and meet with the current and former Head East band members and crew.

Former band members John Schlitt, Steve Huston, Larry Boyd, Dan Odum, Steve Riker, and Jim Murphy were in attendance as were former crew members Dennis Fisher, Lenny Hortter, Darrel Pruehsner, and Stan Gill. Former Head East Manager Alan Traylor and wife Debbie Gautreau Traylor who provided backing vocals on Head East's "Choice of Weapons" album were also present for the event. View concert photos from this event at:


WGLO 95.5 FM Interview with Head East Lead Vocalist Darren Walker

In conjuction with Head East's appearance at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, IL on February 24th, lead vocalist Darren Walker was interviewed by radio personality Doc Watson of WGLO 95.5 FM.

Click play button below to listen to interview

WYMG 100.5 FM Interview with Head East Band Leader Roger Boyd

In conjuction with Head East's appearance at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, IL on February 24th, Head East band leader and keyboardist Roger Boyd recently spoke with radio personalities Lynch and Liz from WYMG 100.5 FM serving Springfield, Illinois. Listen to the interview on Sound Cloud linked below:   https://soundcloud.com/100-5-wymg/roger-boyd-head-east-intv-2-22-17

Kankakee Daily Journal Newspaper Article

The Kankakee Daily Journal Newspaper recently ran the article, "Head East to play Watseka Theatre" in conjunction with the band's appearance at the Watseka Theatre in Watseka, IL on Saturday, February 25th. The article features an interview with Head East band leader and keyboardist Roger Boyd and can be read online on the Daily Journal website linked below:

Read The Daily Journal Article
  Head East & AC/DC - August 1977, Milwaukee, WI

During Head East's 47 year career many up and coming bands have been opening acts for Head East. Some have gone on to stardom while many others have faded into obscurity. Of those who gained stardom, Van Halen and AC/DC immediately come to mind. AC/DC were special guests of Head East at their August 17, 1977 show at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The concert which attracted a near capacity crowd of about 2,000 fans was one of nearly 200 shows performed by Head East that year.

By most accounts the show was not unlike the hundreds of others performed that year, but author Jesse Fink suggests in his book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC that the meeting of bands may have influenced one of AC/DC's biggest hits. Jesse gives many examples of where AC/DC either consciously or subconsciously "pinched" from other bands early in their career, stating that AC/DC's 1980 song You Shook Me All Night Long has "undeniable flecks of Head East's opening riff in Never Been Any Reason" and that "Illinois band Head East's 1975 hit Never Been Any Reason, written by guitarist Michael Somerville, also informs 1980's You Shook Me All Night Long. Intriguingly, AC/DC supported Head East for one show at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee in August 1977."

Prior to doing research for The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC Jesse Fink knew little about Head East. In his 2014 article titled, 10 AC/DC Songs That Are More Important Than You Think when talking about You Shook Me All Night Long he states, "But what's also really interesting about this song is how much the opening guitar riff sounds similar to Head East's Never Been Any Reason. I didn't know a hell of a lot about Head East before I started working on this book, but came across Never Been Any Reason in the process of doing my research and was blown away when I heard it for the first time."

Below we have short mp3 segments of the opening guitar riff to both songs. Click on each play button and give them a listen and see if you hear the similarities.

Never Been Any Reason by Head East

You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

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