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The Yardbirds

Date: Sept 21 - Sept 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 PM
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The Yardbirds are more than a Rock band; they are an institution, which, in the brief period from 1963 to 1968, made an indelible mark on the “Shapes of Things” to come. To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul” and “I’m A Man.” Led by core members and songwriters Jim J McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Even their 1968 break-up set the stage for Rock ‘n Roll’s future, leading Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds, later re-christened Led Zeppelin. Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly in to the 21st Century with the release of the acclaimed CD, Birdland, which featured guest appearances from the likes of Brian May, Joe Satriani, Slash and Steve Vai. Additionally, the band commemorated their 50 th Anniversary with the release of their live DVD, Making Tracks , in 2013. Today’s touring lineup includes: singer/harpist/percussionist, Myke Scavone; guitarist/singer, John Idan; drummer, Jim McCarty; guitarist Godfrey Towsend; and bassist, Kenny Aaronson.

All Court of Honor Stage shows are free with Big E admission and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The stage is located in front of the iconic Coliseum.

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