Sunset hosts old time rock concert

Jun 18, 2001 1:10 AM

America and Grand Funk Railroad are coming to Las Vegas Saturday, at Sunset Station’s Amphitheater. The legendary groups will take the stage at 8 p.m.

America helped establish a new genere of pop music, which fused free-wheeling rock and roll with elements of folk and country. Right from their chart topping 1971 debut album, America, along with other hit-makers, the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Jackson Browne and Fleetwood Mac, they helped broaden the concept of rock and roll throughout the world.

With the release of their Oxygen Records Human Nature, America now adds more fire to their rich legacy of beautiful harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics and hook-laden rock melodies. Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley assembled a stellar group of artists including Phil Jones (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Timothy B. Schmitt (The Eagles) and Robert Lamm and Jason Scheff (Chicago) to produce it.

The late Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) contributed vocals on one song, Hidden Talent. On each of the 12 tracks, the pair stayed true to form. Beckley examines the world within us on songs such as “From A Moving Train,” “Moment to Moment” and “Overwhelming World.”

Grand Funk Railroad burst upon the seen in 1968 and became the first heavy rock trio to achieve such fame. The group consisted of guitarist Mark Farmer, bassist Mel Schacher and drummer Don Brewer, and was a spin off of Terry Knight and The Pack, a popular soul rock group in the mid 1960s in Michigan. The name was taken from a Michigan landmark, Grand Trunk Railroad.

Tickets to the show range from $40, $32 and $25.