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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - The American Band - tour reports and photos!

 

06-15-19 Ignacio, CO

 

Grand Funk flew to Durango, Colorado this week to the incredible "Four Corners" region of the United States that is the cross section of borders of the states Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Utah. It is a majestic part of the country that belongs to semi-autonomous Native American nations, Navajo, Hopi, Ute and Zuni.

 

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The American Band played to a packed house at the Sky Ute Casino Resort Event Center. The place was electric when GFR hit the stage, and the ecstatic crowd of all ages immediately got to their feet to ROCK along with America's favorite Rock Band Grand Funk Railroad.

 

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The guys were in top form this great evening and didn't miss a beat as they took the crowd on a 50 year journey of GRAND Classic Rock. Rock & Roll Soul to American Band, this night will be remembered by all who were there.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Thank You Four Corners!

 

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06-01-19 Kansas City, MO

 

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Grand Funk Railroad brought their 50 Years Of Funk Tour to the Star Pavilion at the Ameristar Casino in Kansas City. Playing to a packed house of fans from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, the band once again lit up the crowd with a breathtaking show. The exuberant audience cheered, danced, and sang along with The American Band as they marched their way through a terrific parade of Grand Funk hits.

Just east of downtown Kansas City, The Ameristar is a Midwestern entertainment hub that offers something for everyone. It has one of the largest casino floors in Missouri, nine dining venues, a luxury hotel, and an 18 screen movie theater, plus the state-of-the-art concert venue, The Star Pavilion.

 

The Star Pavilion

 

Grand Funk has always been well received in the Kansas/Missouri area, and Saturday night was no exception. The crowd was thunderous in their response to Locomotion, Some Kinda Wonderful and of course, We're An American Band.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Coming up on America's favorite birthday party, the Fourth of July, what a GRAND way to kick off the summer and get ready for the fireworks!

 

 

05-30-19 Wantagh, NY

 

Grand Funk once again hooked up with Bob Seger's Farewell Tour for another memorable night of great Michigan Rock. Playing at the famous Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, it was a cold, damp evening with thunderstorms threatening Long Island Sound, and for a while, looked as though the concert may be delayed or postponed. Fortunately, in spite of the rain, there was no lightning, and Grand Funk took the stage. The Seger crowd loved Grand Funk's show and were on their feet and singing along to all the Grand Funk hits.

 

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Ron Delsener

 

Also present at the show was legendary Rock and Roll Royalty Promoter Ron Delsener, who at 83 years old is still vibrant and active promoting shows in the New York/New Jersey area, as he has for 55 years. Ron and Don had a great time backstage talking about days gone by and GFR's episode with former manager Terry Knight. Ron has always been a "character" in the first degree, and it was wonderful to cross paths again.

 

Ron Delsener and GFR

Ron Delsener and GFR

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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The rain was light for GFR's show, but unfortunately it poured during Bob Seger's performance. The crowd handled it like New Yorkers do, and it was still a terrific night on Long Island.

 

05-25-19 Boone, IA

 

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Grand Funk Railroad flew to Des Moines, Iowa to bring their "50 Years Of Funk" Tour to thousands at the third annual River Valley Festival in Boone, Iowa. Named one of the Top 10 Best Outdoor Festivals in Iowa, the Boone River Valley Festival celebrates the great outdoors. Joining GFR for this terrific event was classic rock icon Blue Oyster Cult.

 

 

 

GFR hit the stage at 9:30 as the headliner, and the thousands of Iowans immediately got to their feet and rocked with the band. The midwestern May night was perfect for an outdoor rock concert, and The American Band lived up to their reputation as one of the best live acts in the business.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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This part of the U.S. has been inundated with flooding rain and violent storms recently, and the crowd truly loved a break from the weather and enjoyed an awesome outdoor music event.

Long Live The Heartland!

 

 

05-23-19 Raleigh, NC

 

Grand Funk returned to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, NC for a SOLD OUT show on Bob Seger's Farewell Tour. GFR played this venue 23 years ago as the very first stop on the "original" Grand Funk Railroad's Reunion Tour in 1996. Brings back lots of GRAND memories...

 

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It was a hot evening in Raleigh with temperatures heading for the 90s as Memorial Day weekend kicked off and The American Band hit the stage. The audience of 20,000 quickly got to their feet and cheered as the guys torched Rock & Roll Soul, Footstompin' Music, Shinin' On, and Locomotion. Bruce continued to rally the huge crowd with a blazing solo on Inside Lookin' Out, and the entire Silver Bullet Band and crew watched from the sides of the stage as GFR hit with Some Kinda Wonderful, Closer To Home, and We're An American Band. These Seger/GFR shows are amazing events!

Got to love that Michigan Made Rock!

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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05-18-19 Richardson, TX

 

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GFR headed off to Dallas for another appearance at the incredible Wildfower Festival in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. This was Grand Funk's fourth appearance at this annual Music and Arts Fest, and it draws tens of thousands each year. Bad weather threatened all day with tornado warnings and heavy wind and rain. All the local bands that were scheduled to perform were canceled, and Blue Oyster Cult could not make it due to weather.

 

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Everything mostly cleared later in the day even though a slight drizzle persisted. The Guess Who and Grand Funk were able to perform their shows for the thousands of fans that waited it out.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

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Thank you so much to the fans and the festival staff and crew that bared the weather for a terrific night of ROCK!

 

 

05-16-19 Charlotte, NC

 

The American Band hooked up with Bob Seger's Farewell Tour again for a SOLD OUT show in front of 20,000 classic rock fans at the PNC Amphitheatre just outside Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

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GFR has done several shows with The Silver Bullet Band over the past 6 months and seeing all the band and crew in the Seger camp is always lots of fun. Grand Funk took the stage at 7:30 pm with the full sun right in their faces. NO LIGHTS NEEDED ON THIS ONE!

 

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The American Band had the North Carolina crowd on their feet as the band marched through all the hits...Locomotion, Closer To Home, Some Kinda' Wonderful and We're An American Band. As the sun went down, Seger & Company gave the PNC exactly what they came for. What a GRAND night of Classic Rock & Roll!

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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05-10-19 West Wendover, NV

 

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SOLD OUT!

Grand Funk headed west this week for a SOLD OUT show at the Peppermill Concert Hall in West Wendover, Nevada. About 120 miles west of the Great Salt Lake, Wendover is also the location of the historic Bonneville Salt Flats where Motorcar Racing has taken place since 1914. The most recent land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats was last year by Vesco Turbinato II at 746 miles per hour!

 

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The American Band has played the Peppermill Concert Hall a number of times over the past 19 years, always packing the house and Rockin' the Nevada/Utah State Line like no other. Friday night was no exception. The SOLD OUT house rocked and had a terrific time.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

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See you next year, Wendover!

 

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Leaving Wendover at 6 AM.

 

 

04-06-19 Florence, IN

 

Belterra Casino SOLD OUT!

The American Band did it again! Grand Funk flew to Cincinnati for a return engagement at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana. Having played this great venue in the past, GFR repeated their SOLD OUT status with a completely packed showroom. The crowd was ready before Grand Funk hit the stage and were singing along with GFR's pre-show music singing and cheering to Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Pride & Joy"!

When the guys appeared on stage, the place went crazy and from there it only got hotter. So hot, in fact, that three people had to be escorted out of the venue. WHAT A SHOW! Don's solo was smokin'! Mel's bass was boomin'! And the crowd rocked hard!

 

Stage Photos by Michael Deinlein

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backstage, GFR celebrated Brother Mel's 68th birthday. Cut the cake, Mel! Happy Birthday!

 

Photo by Bruce Kulick

 

It was fitting for GFR to play this venue on its 50 Years Of Funk Tour. The last time was 40 Years of Funk in 2009. See y'all in 2029 for 60 Years of Funk!

 

 

03-29/30-19 Lincoln City, OR

 

 

 

Disembarking the Celebrity Infinity in Cozumel, The American Band headed back to beautiful Portland, Oregon for 2 SOLD OUT shows at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Sitting right on the Oregon Coast, it offers breathtaking views of the Northwest Pacific.

 

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Grand Funk Railroad hit the stage and the crowd climbed on board for a terrific ride through GFR's 50 year history. Playing all the great hits, the guys had the Oregonians on their feet and dancing. Both nights, The American Band delivered stunning performances, and Some Kinda Wonderful through American Band provided sing-along participation from the crowd.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

 

 

 

 

This 11-day tour segment of Grand Funk's 50 Years of Funk Tour has been an extraordinary experience for Grand Funk and all of our friends!

What a trip!

 

 

03-25/26-19 Rock & Romance Cruise

 

'70s Rock & Romance Cruise

 

Featuring Grand Funk Railroad, Foreigner, War, Boz Scaggs, Little River Band, Orleans, Leo Sayer, Exile, Firefall & Gino Vanelli

 

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After boarding the Celebrity Infinity cruise ship, GFR had to scramble to get ready for soundcheck. Playing in the main venue both days to capacity crowds, GFR alternated headline time slots with Foreigner. Tuesday featured a well-attended Q&A/autograph signing with Grand Funk, Orleans and Leo Sayer. Once again, Grand Funk became the talk of the ship. The cruisers loved being able to chat and stop for quick pics with the guys in the band. Rock cruises have become an incredible industry and more international music acts are now participating. The 2019 Rock & Romance Cruise was SOLD OUT a year in advance! The American Band had the theater rockin' with two nights of stellar performances. The crowd sang along to all of GFR's hits, including the Star Spangled Banner.

God Bless America!

 

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Leo Sayer and Don

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Max on cruise 2019

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GFR on cruise 2019

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03-22-19 Las Vegas, NV

 

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SOLD OUT!

The American Band kicked off an 11-day, 5 SOLD OUT show run starting at The Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. Having played this historic venue several times in the past 10 years, Grand Funk once again packed the house with a standing-room only showroom. The crowd was primed and ready to rock when GFR hit the stage, and the guys delivered an amazing show. Don's blazing drum solo and Bruce's guitar solo on Inside Lookin' Out were standouts worthy of the Vegas glitter. Again the audience participated and sang along with Some Kinda Wonderful, Closer to Home and American Band.

 

Stage Photos by Ralph Reichenbach

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Vegas was filled with "March Madness" revelers all there to gamble on their favorite college basketball teams. The guys got to spend an extra day hanging in Vegas before flying cross country to Ft. Lauderdale to catch the Rock & Romance Cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.

 

 

03-02-19 Atlantic City, NJ

 

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SOLD OUT! AGAIN!

Grand Funk returned to The Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City for the fifth time in five years playing yet again to a capacity crowd in the beautiful 2,500 seat Tropicana Showroom. GFR's 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR is creating quite a buzz out there and classic rock fans of all ages are turning out at shows to help the band celebrate this incredible milestone. The SOLD OUT crowd was on their feet as soon as The American Band took the stage.

 

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With billboards and closed circuit Big Screen ads all over the boardwalk and Atlantic City, the guys' faces were easily recognized and people wanted to stop and talk to the band. Most had stories of the many times they have seen Grand Funk Railroad and what it has meant to their lives. This year is certainly special for Grand Funk and for all those that have followed the band for five decades.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at AC

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Bruce at AC

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Tim at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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See you next year in Atlantic City!

 

 

02-23-19 Prior Lake, MN

 

The American Band continued their "Cold Country" tour with a stop at the beautiful Mystic Lake Casino Resort in Prior Lake, Minnesota...about 20 miles outside of Minneapolis where the recent temps from a Polar Vortex have reached 40 degrees below zero. Luckily, Minnesota was experiencing a heatwave of sorts and the mercury was sitting in the low 20's.

 

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Mystic Lake Casino is owned by the Shakopee Sioux Indian Tribe, the wealthiest tribe in the USA. Staring in 1982 as a Bingo establishment, it has grown to an incredible hotel, resort, and full-scale gambling facility with an amazing state-of-the-art entertainment complex and the 2,500 seat Mystic Showroom. This venue hosts major national touring acts of all entertainment genres...Rock, Country, Comedy, R&B, Hip Hop, and more.

 

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Grand Funk came to town to help "party it down" and heated up the packed house with a rousing performance of Grand Funk Hits. The American Band delivered a blistering performance to the Minnesota crowd and has never sounded better!

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Next week ATLANTIC CITY! The American Band ROCKS ON!

 

 

02-16-19 Mount Pleasant, MI

 

SOLD OUT!!!

Grand Funk Railroad continues their string of sold out shows in 2019 on their 50 YEARS OF FUNK TOUR!

 

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Playing to a capacity crowd of Michiganders in chilly mid-Michigan in mid-February, the special event at the beautiful Soaring Eagle Casino Resort also featured catered gourmet pasta dishes from some of central Michigan's finest restaurants and specialty vodka drinks featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka. Thus "Vodka/Pasta".

 

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Having played this great venue several times in the past 20 years, Grand Funk's appearance here was a huge success. With a packed showroom, full stage, state-of-the-art sound and lights, GFR had the crowd on their feet from the opening Rock & Roll Soul to the signature close We're An American Band. Again, Some Kinda' Wonderful was one of the highlights of an incredible show as the crowd sang along with the band to every word.

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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Opening the show was the Canadian band The Guess Who.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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Photo by Don Baker

 

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02-08-19 Waterloo, NY

 

Del Lago Sold Out!

 

SOLD OUT AGAIN!

 

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The American Band ventured back into cold country flying to Syracuse, New York for a sold out return engagement at the Del Lago Casino Resort in Waterloo. Having played this fantastic venue about this time last year, the happy upstate New Yorkers were ready to rock as soon as GFR hit the stage.

 

The Vine

 

The venue is called "The Vine", and is probably one of the best concert halls of its kind with a full-size stage, state-of-the-art sound and lights, first class stage crew and beautiful comfort seating for 1,600 people and not a bad seat in the house.

 

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Grand Funk cranked the audience up and never let them down for the entire 90 minute show. Especially notable was the crowd reaction to the Grand Funk hit "Some Kinda' Wonderful". The classic R&B song was penned by nearby Rochester resident John Ellison of The Soul Brothers Six. John made it to GFR's Del Lago show last year and that was a very special night.

 

John Ellison

 

SKOW

 

Max at Waterloo 2019

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Waterloo 2019

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at Waterloo 2019

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max and Tim at Waterloo 2019

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Don at Waterloo 2019

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR heads back to the Midwest next week with another return engagement at the Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The Train is Roaring!

 

 

02-02-19 Charles Town, WV

 

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SOLD OUT! AGAIN!

Grand Funk returned to the East Coast this week for a return engagement at the Hollywood Casino Event Center in Charles Town, WV. Playing to a SOLD OUT crowd, this was The American Band's third appearance at this great venue in the past five years. With everybody in the northern USA just starting to recover from the Polar Vortex that stung the entire country with some of the coldest temperatures in a generation, GFR brought some much needed HEAT and entertainment.

 

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Don and Mel at Charles Town

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

The boys took the stage and the anxious crowd was excited to see the band as they kicked off with Rock & Roll Soul and Footstompin' Music. Taking the Tri-State crowd through a great set of Grand Funk classics, the band gave them what they came for.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Another awesome Grand Funk Railroad Rock & Roll Show!

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

 

01-26-19 Shipshewana, IN

 

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Welcome to Amish Country!

Indiana is home to the third largest Amish population in the world. Named after a local Potawatomi Indian, Shipshewana is a tourist destination that's just south of the Michigan/Indiana State Line. Drawing almost one million tourists to the area every year, the main entertainment center is the Blue Gate Event Center, Restaurant and Hotel. The Event Center hosts national touring musical acts of all genres...Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, and even Broadway productions.

 

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Grand Funk Railroad, The American Band, came to this great American destination and played to a packed house. With temperatures in the low teens and snow starting to fall, the band heated up the crowd of Hoosiers and had them on their feet and cheering.

 

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Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Shipshewana

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Max and Bruce at Shipshewana

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

This was GFR's third stop on its 2019 50 Years of Funk Tour and certainly will be memorable. Returning to Fort Wayne post show was challenging. The guys had to drive 60 miles in snow covered ice roads at an average speed of 30 miles an hour making the trip a torturous 2 hour drive.

Another "Out On The Road" adventure for The American Band!

 

 

01-24-19 Milwaukee, WI

 

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Fiserv Forum

 

It may have been 5 below outside, but inside the Fiserv Forum it was heating up and getting downright hot as The American Band took the stage. Playing to a sold out house of Wisconsin "Cheeseheads" for it's fifth show as Special Guest on Bob Seger's Farewell Tour, Grand Funk had the place ROCKIN'! As always, Locomotion brought the crowd to their feet and they stayed standing for the rest of the show.

 

Mel, Max and Bruce at Milwaukee

Photo by Don Baker

 

Don at Milwaukee

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Bruce at Milwaukee

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Mel at Milwaukee

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

Max and Bruce at Milwaukee

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

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Milwaukee crowd

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This was GFR's second stop on their 50 Years Of Funk Tour, and the band is sounding better and tighter than ever. Don, Mel, Max, Bruce and Tim are a finely tuned unit, and the year is primed to be a GRAND one!

 

 

01-17-19 Buffalo, NY

 

SOLD OUT!

WOW! 50 YEARS!!

 

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Well, here we are 50 years later back in the town where Grand Funk Railroad played it's very first show in 1969...Buffalo, New York. What a ride it's been. Up, down, sideways, down up, over, up, down and up again...thank God.

 

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Grand Funk Railroad, The American Band, kicked off it's 50th Anniversary Tour at the SOLD OUT Key Bank Center as special guest on Bob Seger's final "Roll Me Away" Tour.

 

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WHAT A SHOW!

Grand Funk's high energy all-hits Rock & Roll Show followed by two hours of Bob Seger! Once again, it was great to see all our friends in the Seger organization.

 

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GFR had the place smokin' right from the start. Rock & Roll Soul, Footstompin' Music, Shinin' On and The Locomotion had the 20,000 upstate New Yorkers on their feet and lovin' it. By the time the boys hit Some Kinda Wonderful, the crowd was singing louder than the band. We're An American Band brought the house down.

 

GFR at Buffalo

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Buffalo

Photo by Don Baker

 

Max at Buffalo

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at Buffalo

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Here's to the next 50 Years!

 

 

 

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