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

 

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.

 

Photo by DB

 

Photo by DB

 

Photo by DB

 

 

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

 

Celebrity Infinity

 

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!

 

Autograph session

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Q&A session

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Leo Sayer and Don

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Leo Sayer and Sunny

Photo by DB

 

Max on cruise 2019

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

GFR on cruise 2019

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Don on cruise 2019

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

Bruce, Max and Mel on cruise 2019

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

GFR on cruise 1 2019

Photo by Sunny Quinn Brewer

 

 

03-22-19 Las Vegas, NV

 

Golden Nugget casino

 

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GFR billboard at Golden Nugget

 

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

Max at Vegas 2019

 

Bruce at Vegas 2019

 

Mel at Vegas 2019

 

Don at Vegas 2019

 

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

 

AC2

Photo by DB

 

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.

 

AC stage

 

AC billboard

Photo by DB

 

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.

 

Don at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Mel at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Bruce at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Tim at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Max at AC

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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.

 

Prior Lake 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

Prior Lake

 

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.

 

Mystic Lake Casino

 

Mystic Lake Casino 1

 

Mystic Lake Casino 2

 

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!

 

Mystic Lake Poster

Photo by Don Baker

 

Bruce at Prior Lake

Photo by Don Baker

 

GFR at Prior Lake

Photo by Don Baker

 

 

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!

 

Soaring Eagel Casino

 

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".

 

Vodka Pasta

 

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.

 

Don at Mount Pleasant

Photo by Don Baker

 

Bruce Max and Mel at Mount Pleasant

Photo by Don Baker

 

Opening the show was the Canadian band The Guess Who.

 

Don and Mel at Mount Pleasant

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR at Mount Pleasant

Photo by Don Baker

 

GFR at Mount Pleasant 1

Photo by Don Baker

 

 

02-08-19 Waterloo, NY

 

Del Lago Sold Out!

 

SOLD OUT AGAIN!

 

Syracuse airport

Photo by DB

 

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.

 

Waterloo

 

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

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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

 

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town

 

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.

 

Hollywood Casino Event Center

 

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.

 

GFR at Charles Town

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Another awesome Grand Funk Railroad Rock & Roll Show!

 

Mel at Charles Town

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

 

01-26-19 Shipshewana, IN

 

Shipshewana

 

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.

 

Tim and Mel at Shipshewana

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Don at Shipshewana

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

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

 

Wilwaukee airport

Photo by DB

 

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

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

Bruce at Milwaukee

Photo by Don Baker

 

Mel at Milwaukee

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

Max and Bruce at Milwaukee

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

Mel, Max and Bruce at Milwaukee1

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

Milwaukee crowd

Photo by Milwaukee Journal Rick Wood

 

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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Photo by Tim Cashion

 

Don at Bufffalo1

Photo by John Kovalcik

 

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

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

GFR at Buffalo1

Photo by Ralph Reichenbach

 

Here's to the next 50 Years!

 

 

 

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