GRAND FUNK RAILROAD is gearing up to return to the road in 2021, starting July 2 in Fayetteville, Georgia, with another 29 shows to follow this year.
After playing to millions of fans on the band's tours from 1996 to 2019, GRAND FUNK will continue to reach both new and longtime fans on the "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour", named in honor of the band's 1975 Billboard pop smash. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top-selling American rock group of the 1970s is "Comin' To Your Town To Help You Party It Down". Notably, this year marks the 50th anniversary of when the group's show at New York's Shea Stadium sold out faster than THE BEATLES.
Known as "The American Band," the high-energy five-piece group GRAND FUNK RAILROAD includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit "We're An American Band") and bassist Mel Schacher, "The God of Thunder." Joining Don and Mel are true "all stars." Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 SPECIAL. Max penned and sang 38's biggest hit "Second Chance" and was co-founder of California's legendary JACK MACK AND THE HEART ATTACK. Don refers to Max as "the best blue-eyed soul singer on the planet." Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and has credits with Michael Bolton, Meat Loaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by GRAND FUNK.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master's degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called "Dr. Tim," his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the SILVER BULLET BAND and English soul man Robert Palmer.
GRAND FUNK laid the groundwork for such bands as FOREIGNER, JOURNEY, VAN HALEN and BON JOVI with its signature hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that GRAND FUNK's legacy still reigns over the classic rock landscape 50 years after is a testament to the group's influence and staying power. Mega-hits "We're An American Band", "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home", "Locomotion" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful" still receive continuous airplay on classic rock radio. "We're An American Band" has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie soundtracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney's animated feature film "The Country Bears". "We're An American Band" was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film "Radio", and in the swash buckler "Sahara" starring Matthew McConaughey.
Internationally acclaimed GRAND FUNK has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. The group's widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, GRAND FUNK has had 19 charted singles, eight Top 40 hits and two No. 1 singles ("We're An American Band" and "Locomotion", both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales exceeding 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band for their greatest-hits package "The Collectors Series".
The multi-talented band carries on the tradition of GRAND FUNK hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo, 20,000 in Albany, New York, and 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. EMI/Capitol (Universal Music) released a new greatest-hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's 2019 "50 Years Of Funk Tour" was a huge success and now, with the group's 2021 "Some Kind Of Wonderful Tour", seasoned GRAND FUNK lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate 50 years of funk with GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.
2021 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD tour dates:
Jul. 02 - Fayetteville, GA - Southern Ground Amphitheater
Jul. 04 - Harrisburg, NC - Harrisburg 4th of July Celebration
Jul. 10 - Chippewa Falls, WI - Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Jul. 24 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
Jul. 31 - Marion, IL - Marion Cultural and Civic Center
Aug. 06 - Waterloo, NY - del Lago Resort & Casino
Aug. 08 - Webster, MA - Indian Ranch
Aug. 14 - Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Aug. 27 - Big Flats, NY - Summer Stage at Tag's
Sep. 04 - Portsmouth, OH – (to be announced)
Sep. 05 - Wauseon, OH - Fulton County Fair
Sep. 09 - Cohasset, MA - South Shore Music Circus
Sep. 10 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
Sep. 17 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Sep. 18 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
Sep. 24 - French Lick, IN - French Lick Resort
Oct. 01 - (to be announced)
Oct. 03 - Dallas, TX - (to be announced)
Oct. 08 - Northfield, OH - MGM Northfield Park
Oct. 09 - (to be announced)
Oct. 15 - Las Vegas, NV - (to be announced)
Oct. 22 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort
Nov. 06 - Florence, SC - (to be announced)
Nov. 12 - (to be announced)
Nov. 13 - (to be announced)
Nov. 20 - (to be announced)
Nov. 27 - (to be announced)
Dec. 03 - (to be announced)