While perhaps not as iconic as hit-makers such as the Who or the Rolling Stones, the Classic Rock All Stars, performing Friday at the annual Border Bash celebration, have written and recorded tunes every bit as emblematic of their time. Below is a rundown of each member of the quartet and why his music has become part of the classic rock lexicon.
JERRY CORBETTA: A founding member of the Colorado pop/rock outfit Sugarloaf, Mr. Corbetta for a brief period ruled the AM airwaves. The band's best-known song is Green-Eyed Lady, a paean to, of all things, a lady with green eyes. Hooky and slightly funk-filled around the corners, it's a summer soundtrack mainstay. The band also scored some minor success with the song Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, an indictment of the music industry. Today, when not touring with the All Stars, Mr. Corbetta works as a consultant, offering his rock knowledge to young bands.
MIKE PINERA: As the vocalist/guitar player for the late-'60s psychedelic pop outfit Blues Image, Mr. Pinera wrote the somewhat surreal staple of classic rock radio Ride Captain Ride. His career also includes stops with Iron Butterfly (In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida), Alice Cooper (18) and the pseudo-supergroup Ramatam, which also featured former Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.
PETER RIVERA: The vocalist/drummer for funk rock pioneers Rare Earth, Mr. River has a distinctive voice and innovative rhythms that provided the groundwork for later, like-minded acts such as Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Best remembered for the party anthems Get Ready and I Just Want to Celebrate, Rare Earth was a wildly successful act that sold 25 million records.
DENNIS NODA: A former member of the innovative Los Angeles act Cannibal and the Headhunters (Land of 1000 Dances) Mr. Noda is the bass player du jour for many classic rock acts, laying down the low end for the likes of Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Edwin Starr (War) and former Classic Rock All Star member Spencer Davis (The Spencer Davis Group). Mr. Noda also plays in the modern rock act Jonah's Kiss.
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WHAT: Border Bash 2007, featuring performances by the Tams and the Classic Rock All Stars and appearances by Hairy Dawg and Cocky and the University of Georgia and University of South Carolina cheerleaders.
WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Reynolds Field at Augusta Golf and Garden, Reynolds Street
COST: $8 advance, $10 at the gate. Kids under 12 are free. Advance tickets available at Bi-Lo, Circle K, Hooters and Communigraphics. VIP tickets are $100. Proceeds benefit local children's charities.
LEARN MORE: See www.borderbash.net.
LISTEN UP: You can hear clips of:
Sugarloaf's Green-Eyed Lady
The Blues Image's Ride Captain Ride
Rare Earth's I Just Want To Celebrate
Cannibal and the Headhunters' Land of 1000 Dances.