Break out the parachute pants and leg-warmers. On Friday, Oct. 12, Columbia County will be rocking and rolling to the sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.
Legendary rockers Eddie Money and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will rock the Lady Antebellum Pavilion, performing their hits at the ’80s Flashback Fall Fest.
Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.
Money hit the road after the release of his first album, which included classics such as Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise, and he hasn’t stopped since.
“I’ve been touring the United States since 1977,” said Money. “That’s a long time and we’ve got a lot of great fans out there. It should really be a wonderful show.”
Money has the utmost respect for his longtime friend Thomas.
“Mickey Thomas is a good buddy of mine,” Money said. “I really think Mickey is one of the best singers in the business. He sings so well. He’s got such an amazing voice.”
Money’s set list will include hits such as Walk on Water, I Wanna Go Back, Take Me Home Tonight, I Think I’m in Love, Wanna Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, Shakin’ and One More Soldier Coming Home, among others.
“I mean, the set list is a lot of fun, a lot of people get a chance to reminisce,” Money said.
One More Soldier Coming Home is a song Money released in 2010. He sells the single on his Web site and proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
“It’s for these kids coming back from Afghanistan with these head trauma injuries,” Money said. “It’s a nonprofit organization, they have a facility in San Antonio and they’re building another facility in Maryland as we speak. I think a lot of these kids join the service because they love this country, that’s what it’s all about, you know. You’ve got to think about these vets, man. They work so hard for this country.”
Concert promoter Joe Mullins said 150 troops from the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade stationed at Fort Gordon will be able to attend the concert free thanks to the tremendous support from sponsors. The soldiers will be recognized during the show.
Thomas helped revive Jefferson Starship, which dates back to the’60s, in 1979, and quickly released the hit, Jane. In 1984, the band changed its name to Starship. In 1985, the band released the album Knee Deep in the Hoopla, which produced the hits Sara and We Built This City. Starship earned an Oscar nomination for Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now and continued with hits such as Find Your Way Back, Layin it on the Line and It’s Not Over Till It’s Over.
While on tour this fall, the band lost longtime guitarist Mark Abrahamian when he collapsed and died after a performance Sept. 2. Former Starship guitarist Jeff Tamelier has taken his place.
“We are all still dealing with the shock and grief of losing Mark. We all agree that we must carry on through this time of sadness,” reads a message on the band’s Web site.
Tickets are $30 advance or $35 at the gate; stagefront seats are $45; military with ID and their family members are $15 the day of show or use code “usa” online; children 12 and under are admitted free. Go to evanstownecenterpark.com or call (706) 312-7192 to purchase tickets.