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Head East & 38 Special - July 6th in Algona, Iowa


See Head East at ABATE OF IOWA's 40th Annual Freedom Rally on Saturday evening, July 6, 2024. Head East will perform on the main stage where Jammer will kick off the music at 7‌:00 p‌m followed by Head East at 8‌:30 p‌m and 38 Special at 10‌:30 p‌m.

Advance tickets are now available online through the Etix website linked below. Single day tickets for July 6th are $60. A four day pass for July 3rd through July 6th is $120 for non-members and $60 for ABATE of Iowa members. Additional bands performing on July 3rd, 4th, & 5th include The Marshall Tucker Band, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, and more. Visit the Freedom Rally website to view the full line-up.

Tickets may also be purchased at the gate but will be $20 higher than the price of an equivalent advance ticket bought online. All tickets are subject to taxes and fees. For more information visit the Freedom Rally and Etix websites at the addresses linked below:

Freedom Rally Website: https://www.abateiowafreedomrally.com/

Etix Website: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/21923/abateof-iowa-freedom-park



Raise The Roof Rockfest - Germantown, IL


See Head East and Motley Crüe frontman Vince Neil at the Raise the Roof Rock Fest at Schoendienst Park in Germantown, IL on Saturday evening, Sep‌tember 2‌1, 20‌24. Gates open at 3 p‌m and music will begin shortly thereafter with local and regional acts on the side stage. St. Louis favorites Joe Dirt will kick off the music on the main stage at 5 p‌m. Head East will perform next and Vince Neil will headline and close the show.

Advance tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online through the Etix website linked below. Advance General Admission tickets are $78 and advance tickets for the Party Pit located in front of the General Admission area are $108 plus applicable taxes and fees. Admission purchased at the gate on the day of the show will be $5 higher. Proceeds from the concert will go to the GES District 60 Raise the Roof Campaign to help fund the construction of a new gymnasium for the school in Germantown. For more information and to purchase advance tickets visit the Germantown Rock Fest and the Etix Websites linked below:

Germantown Rock Fest Website: https://www.germantownrockfest.com/

Etix Website: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/77101640/rock-festfeaturing-vince-neil-with-head-east-germantown-raise-the-roof



Love Jam For Jill Benefit Concert

Love Jam for Jill, a benefit concert for Jill Walker, was held at Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri on Feb. 18, 2024. Jill who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is the wife of Head East lead singer Darren Walker. The concert included performances by Head East and Kansas City area acts The Carl Worden Band, London Drive, Krush, Vandelyn Kross, and other surprise special guests.

Proceeds from this event assisted Jill and Darren Walker with costs associated with Jill's battle with cancer. If you would like to make a donation to Jill and Darren please visit the Go Fund Me page linked below:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-jill-darrens-battle-with-cancer



Full Circle Now Available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital Formats

Head East's new studio release "Full Circle" is now available through most online music retailers in CD, Vinyl LP, and digital formats. As of December 29, 2023, CD editions are available through most online music retailers, and all individual tracks of the 13 song digital release are available for download through most online music platforms. As of January 12, 2024, the 10 track Vinyl LP editions are available through most online music retailers.

We currently do not know which brick and mortar stores will carry this release in either CD or Vinyl formats. Fans who do not want to shop online and want to buy at the store should check with their local music retailer to see if they have Full Circle for sale in store or if the store can order a copy for them. Additionally, copies will be available at the Head East merchandise table during our 2024 live concerts.



Head East Full Circle Promo Video

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Video created by Lisa Murtha



Mozark Festival - A Tribute to the 70s

See Head East at the Mozark Festival scheduled for September 20, 21, and 22, 2024 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. The festival will feature both Country and Rock bands. Head East will be perfoming on Sunday, September 22nd along with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Petra, and Black Magic (Santana Tribute Band). The 3-day festival will also have the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on display, and there will be car shows and craft shows, and a Kid Zone for children. Several food trucks will be on hand where fans can purchase food and drinks.

Single day tickets are on sale online through Etix . For more information visit the Mozark Festival and Etix websites at the addresses linked below:

Mozark Festival Website:
https://mozarkfest.com/

Buy Single Day Tickets:
https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/32866/grandstand-at-missouri-state-fairgrounds





Head East with Special Guest John Schlitt - Steelville, MO


Head East returns to the Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, MO on October 5, 2024. Founding member and original lead vocalilst John Schlitt will be performing with the current members of Head East.

Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online through the Tix.com website. Several ticket options are available including tickets only or packages which include your ticket with dinner and/or lodging. For more information visit the Wildwood Springs Lodge and Tix.com websites linked below:

Wildwood Springs Lodge Concert Info: https://wildwoodspringssales.com/concerts/head-east-with-special-guest-john-schiltt-october-5-2024/

Tix Website: https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/wildwoodsprings/5933/event/1343623



Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Concert Photos

Concert photos from the August 19, 2023 show at the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois may be viewed in our 2023 Concert Gallery at the address linked below. Photos from this show are courtesy of photographer Jody Andresen.

Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Concert Photos:
https://www.head-east.com/concertgallery2023pt4.html


Photo by Jody Andresen



RIAA Gold Certification


We are pleased to announced that the Head East anthem Never Been Any Reason has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The gold certification recognizes sales of half a million copies for this single release which was first issued on the A&M Records label on June 11, 1975.

A special thanks goes out to Mary Ingman whose tireless efforts working with Universal Music Group ultimately led to the completion of the required audit to verify record sales and the certification of gold status by the RIAA. Many people have contributed to this accomplishment as noted by Mary Ingman in the paragraphs below.

The success of "Never Been Any Reason" doesn't fall into the hands of just one person. It involves the hard work of many dedicated and talented people. Starting with Mike Somerville, the songwriter, to Roger Boyd who produced an incredible album, the "Flat As A Pancake" band members (Roger Boyd, Steve Huston, Mike Somerville, John Schlitt, and Dan Birney), the A&M Records label, Mary Ann and Jerry Milam of the Golden Voice Recording Studio, etc... All played an integral part in producing a well-known and liked record such as "Reason."

Then it continues with the fans buying and playing the record along with radio stations promoting and playing the song, Head East continuing to be out there touring, putting on shows (thanks to the on-going efforts of Roger Boyd) and all the band members though the years all the way up to the present band (Roger Boyd, Darren Walker, Greg Manahan, Eddy Jones, and Mark Murtha), which by the way is phenomenal. Then there was Adam Brady who kept the Head East Fan page going, playing the Head East "Song of the Day", and Drew Willis, for keeping everyone updated on news via the Head East website and newsletter. I'm forever grateful to each and every one who was involved and continues to be involved in the music of one of the best classic rock bands out there, Head East.

Fans interested in learning more about the RIAA certification process and the critieria for certification should visit the RIAA website at the address linked below:

https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/certification-criteria/


 

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