Rock Legends Cruise Adds Edgar Winter, Artimus Pyle, Devon Allman, Chris Hicks; ZZ Top, George Thorogood Headline

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Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Line's LIberty of the Seas featuring on-board performances by ZZ Top, George Thorogood, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, The Outlaws, Artimus Pyle, Blackfoot, Pat Ravers, Devon Allman, Swampdawamp, Chris Hicks departs Ft. Lauderdale Dec. 1. Proceeds benefit Native American Heritage Association. Four on-board venues offer non-stop music from rock icons.

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The phenomenal musical line-up of the first-ever Rock Legends Cruise has been significantly augmented with the announcement this week of several additional noteworthy artists set to perform onboard The Royal Caribbean Line’s Liberty of the Seas. The cruise, in support of the work of the Native American Heritage Association, departs Ft. Lauderdale December 1 with an amazing array of world-class talent aboard including top-billed ZZ Top and George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The massive array of bands now includes Edgar Winter, the Artimus Pyle Band, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe as well as The Chris Hicks Band along with previously announced John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers and Swampdawamp.

With more than eight months remaining until Rock Legends Cruise sets sail, NAHA reports that bookings are brisk, with reservations for almost 50% of the ship’s staterooms in hand. Booking information and ticket purchase: http://www.rocklegendscruise.com or dial toll free: (888) 666-1499

As many as 3,200 music fans, served by a crew of 1300, will be aboard the ship, one of the most biggest (160,000 tons/length equal to almost four football fields/18 decks), fastest (21+ knots) and luxurious passenger vessels in service today. Scheduled port stops in the Bahamas include Coco Cay and Nassau. The main attraction of the cruise is, of course, multiple performances by the Rock Legends bands aboard in four different on-board venues though Liberty of the Seas also features on-board surfing thanks to its FlowRider wave generator, a boxing ring, a full-sized volleyball/basketball court, catelevered whirlpools and a range of gourmet restaurants.

About the artists:

ZZ Top – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard came together as ZZ Top in Houston, TX 41 years ago and have the distinction of being the longest running unchanged personnel line-up of any major band in history. Their numerous hits include “LaGrange,” “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and others. The band has been named Official Heroes of the State of Texas and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers – George Thorogood has released twenty-six albums over the course of a career that began thirty-five years ago in his native Delaware. Among the hits associated with Thorogood are “Bad to the Bone, “ “Move It On Over,” “House Rent Boogie,” “Who Do You Love,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Band members include Jim Suhler, Buddy Leach, Jeff Simon and Billy Blough. The last named members have been with The Destroyers since the mid-1970s.

John Kay and Steppenwolf – The origins of the band date back to 1968 when East German-born John Kay (nee Joachim Fritz Krauledat) formed the original Steppenwolf in Los Angeles. Their initial hits included the biker anthem “Born To Be Wild,” (featured in the film Easy Rider) as well as “Magic Carpet Ride, “Rock Me” and “Monster.” The band’s current line-up includes Michael Wilk, Ron Hurst, Danny Johnson and, of course, “the alpha wolf” John Kay.

The Marshall Tucker Band – The band, since its formation in Spartanburg, SC in 1971 has been one of the standard-bearers of Southern Rock. Their eclectic approach which fused jazz and country with rock has earned them legions of fans as did their touring with the Allman Brothers Band. Their albums have sold in the millions and their big hits “Heard It In A Love Song” and “Can’t You See” are staples of the classic rock radio format. The current MTB line-up is Doug Gray, Pat Elwood, B.B. Borden, Marcus James Henderson, Stuart Swanlund and Rick Willis.

Dickey Betts - A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Betts was the writer and voice of the group’s breakthrough hit “Ramblin Man.” He wrote the band’s Grammy-winning “Jessica” and, among other compositions, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Blue Sky.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Foghat - Founded in the UK as a spin-off from Savoy Brown in the 1970s, Foghat’s blues-rock/boogie approach earned the band five gold albums. Their hits include “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” and “Fool For The City” and their current Anglo-American line-up including founding member Roger Earl has been in place for the past six years.

Molly Hatchet – The band was founded in Jacksonville in 1975 and would, after signing with Epic Records, chalk up a string of three consecutive Platinum-certified albums: their self-titled debut, the follow up, Flirtin’ with Disaster, that went Double Platinum, and Beatin’ The Odds. Today, Molly Hatchet is Bobby Ingram, Phil McCormack, John Galvin, Dave Hlubek, Tim Lindsey and Shaw Beamer.

Johnny Winter – Beaumont, TX was where Winter began his musical career that is totally rooted in the blues. Widely known along his native Gulf Coast, his big break came in 1968 when Mike Bloomfield invited him to join with him at the Fillmore East for a “Super Session” concert that included Al Kooper. He was soon signed directly to Columbia Records and given what was then the largest advance in the history of the recording industry. He was a featured performer at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 1988.

Edgar Winter - His long and prolific career dates back to his childhood where the multi-instrumentalist was smitten by music of all kinds: rock, jazz, blues and pop. He emerged on the national scene in 1970 fronting Edgar Winter's White Trash and, later, the Edgar Winter Group, proceeding to release a string of massively popular albums and singles including Entrance, "Tobacco Road," "Keep Playing That Rock 'n' Roll," They Only Come Out At Night, "Frankenstein," "Free Ride," Shock Treatment and Together Live with his older brother Johnny Winter. Over the course of his storied career, Edgar Winter has recorded more than twenty albums and his songs have been heard in scores of film and TV productions. Just this past summer, Edgar Winter joined forces with Ringo Starr playing sax and keyboard on Ringo's 11th All Starrs Tour.

The Outlaws – Formed in Tampa, FL in the earlier 1970’s, The Outlaws broke through nationally with “Green Grass and High Tides” and earned a reputation as one of the greatest touring live bands of all time fuels by guitar-driven country-rock and stellar three-part harmonies. Today’s Outlaws are original singer/guitarist Hendry Paul and original drummer Monte Yoho with Chris Anderson, Billy Crain, Randy Threet and Jon Coleman.

Artimus Pyle – Pyle’s tenure with Lynard Skynyrd began in the fall of 1974 when his double bass drumming became a hallmark of the band’s sound heard on such classics as “Saturday Night Special,” “Gimme Back My Bullets,” “That Smell,” “I Know A Little,” and, of course, “Free Bird.” Almost exactly three years later he was badly injured in the same plane crash that took the lives of bandmates Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. In 1981, following his recuperation, he founded the band APB that has continued in various configurations. His pivotal role with Lynard Skynyrd was acknowledged with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Blackfoot – Jacksonville was also the site of Blackfoot’s founding. The band transcended the Southern Rock genre with its hard-edged approach. The group’s name is a reflection of the Native American heritage of three of its founding members including Greg T. Walker who is of Creek ancestry and remains with the band today. Other current members include Mike Estes, Charlie Hargrett and Kurt Pietro.

Pat Travers – As a child, the Toronto-born guitar great saw Jimi Hendrix live in Ottawa in 1968, an event that changed the course of his life. He was a proficient guitarist by the age of 14 and moved to London to pursue his rock ‘n’ roll dreams in the 1970s and has released more than 30 albums during the course of his career. His music is metal-infused so it’s no surprise that Metallica’s Kirk Hamment called Travers one of his favorite guitarists.

Devon Allman's Honeytribe - The St. Louis-based trio represents a new generation of blues-rock practitioners. It was only natural that Devon, son of the Allman Brothers Band's Gregg Allman, form his own group in the great southern rock tradition. Handling lead vocals and guitar, he's joined by George Potsos on bass and drummer Gabriel Strange. The group's first album, released in 2006, was Torch and established the band a force to be reckoned with, irrespective of its leader’s DNA. It was followed late last year with the release of Space Age Blues, with Huey Lewis guesting on harmonica, it’s a loosely scripted concept album wherein, according to Devon, "Darth Vader meets B.B. King."

SwampDaWamp - Though their history does not extend as far back as the other Rock Legends Cruise bands, this six-piece group from Charlotte, NC reflects the blues/rock/country heritage that all of the bands have in common. Their blue-collar ethos and fun-loving sound make the party band, nonpareil. Their self-assigned mission is to “ROCK THIS COUNTRY!”

The Chris Hicks Band - Over the course of an amazing career in rock, the soulful voice and pungent guitar of Chris Hicks has been integral to both The Outlaws, for nine years, starting in 1989, and then with the Marshal Tucker Band for the next eleven. Growing up just 20 miles outside of Macon, GA, it's clear that he's a true southern rocker whose intersection with these legendary bands speaks volumes about his abilities. He had previously lent his talents to numerous bands with backing roles for Gregg Allman, Lynard Skynard and, more recently, has pursued a solo career with the release of such albums as "Funky Broadway" and "Dog Eat Dog World."

About the Native American Heritage Association:
The unprecedented cruise will benefit Native American Heritage Association’s mission to provide emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota. Since 1993, NAHA has worked with Lakota (Sioux) Reservations, strengthening the Native American communities and families one member at a time. The challenges are difficult as unemployment rates on the Reservations are at 80%, 70% have no transportation, the average life expectancy is 58 years of age, infant mortality is 10 times the national average and 31% of Native American children under the age of 4 are obese because of lack of proper nutrition. NAHA, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, in partnership with Feeding America and Gifts In Kind International, has provided food, clothing, heating assistance, personal care items and home care items to the many Native Americans in need. NAHA has a 17-year history of executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way, outperforming most other charities. Thanks to its financially sound business practices, NAHA has earned 6 consecutive 4 star rating with http://www.charitynavigator.org 92.4% of all NAHA revenue goes toward its program services. More at http://www.naha-inc.org

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