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Tickets for the 100th Anniversary Open Road Tour go on sale today to HOG members. Public ticket sales begin on 4/20. You can call 1/800-HD100th for tickets.

There are four North America tour locations. The first is in Atlanta in July. Should be quite a party. If the "tour" is going to be in your part of the Country, you may want to get your tickets early. FYI: This is not a low cost event!

There will be a stop in the Los Angeles area on 9/6, 9/7 & 9/8/02. I purchased my tickets this a.m. for a one day pass. The entertainment for the 12 hr. event is yet to be announced.

For info, go to: www.hog.com Open Road Tour dates and locations are also available in the March/April issue of HOG Tales.
 

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Ticket Price Cut/Rebate

This weekend while at a local H/D dealer I saw a sign saying 100th Anniversary tickets are now priced $35/day or $75/for 3 day event for the L.A. leg of the tour. I was NOT a happy camper. I'd popped for one day tickets for $55/day. :( One of my fellow riders was equally upset.

Today, I received an e-mail from the MOCO. H/D advised that ticket prices for the LA leg of the tour (to be held at the Fontana Speedway, 60 miles outside of LA) on 9/6, 9/7 & 9/8 would be reduced @ the gate. Anyone purchasing a more expensive ticket could upgrade for all 3 days or get a refund at the gate.

This certainly reduced some ill-will that I had. I'll accept the refund at the gate.

The entertainment @ the LA leg of the 100th Anniversary Tour will include: 9/6 (Los Lobos, Earl Scruggs, The Doors); 9/7 (DeFault, Nickelback, Billy Idol and Stone Temple Pilots); and 9/8 (George Clinton & Parliment, Journey, Doobie Brothers and Kid Rock).

I don't know how ticket sales are going but from what I heard, they are NOT! This could explain the ticket price reduction. The "growling"--complaints--arising from the prior venues could explain some of the "softness" of ticket sales here in So Cal. The venue, California Speedway in Fontana, could also be contributing to the soft sales.
 

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Anyone purchasing a more expensive ticket could upgrade for all 3 days or get a refund at the gate.

This certainly reduced some ill-will that I had. I'll accept the refund at the gate.
If the line is anything like the one in Atlanta to buy the tickets in the first place you may re-think what a good deal that is. And that's if it's less than 100 degrees that day :D
 

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Thomas_I, I was considering the trip to Toronto, if and and when the MOCO gets around to announcing who will be playing there ( I've no interest in Tim McGraw.) I've been wondering if the Atlanta and Baltimore shows were as well attended as the MOCO had hoped for. Being late Sept. it will be a white knuckle ride there and back, and that may scare away anyone outside the western ny, western ontario areas making the trip. Also the Buff. Bills play across the bridge the same weekend and that may impact the turnout.
 

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I don't know how ticket sales are going but from what I heard, they are NOT! This could explain the ticket price reduction. The "growling"--complaints--arising from the prior venues could explain some of the "softness" of ticket sales here in So Cal. The venue, California Speedway in Fontana, could also be contributing to the soft sales.
I would like to see some kind of statistics released about how many people attended each event. But, of course, we can't expect H-D MoCo to admit they've overpriced their 'little affair', can we? And if I had attended(which I did not even though only 20 miles from home) and found out that other people were getting reduced tickets, I'd be pissed.
 

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Today, I received an e-mail from the MOCO.
Jim, you gotta be lying. :D Everyone knows you can't contact H-D by email. :rolleyes:

Hey, post that email address so we can all send comments about our treatment by the MoCo.
 

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Pasadena jim, are you a hog member? I know the online puchasing for hog members only is password access only. It would seem likely that you entered an email address when you purchased the tickets. That would give them a database to notify any ticket purchasers of changes to the venue, etc. Let us know what you think of the LA show. The remaining members of the doors should be a treat.
 

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Yes. I am a HOG member. Life Member US 0513536.

I ordered tickets the first day they were available for LA. I was upset that the venue was the Fontana Motor Speedway. The site is 60 miles from Los Angeles. The City of Fontana is affectionately known as "FontTucky". Before you flame me, I lived in Indiana for 22 years and still have relatives there! Very BAD venue in my opinion. The MoCo had their heads up....well, you have the idea. Bad choice of venue.

I'm hoping for the best. But...many of my friends said they would not go because of the venue. OBVIOUSLY, something is going on if the MoCo must drop the ticket prices. Maybe they should think before they shove their heads up...ooops, saying what I think again. Guess I don't like the venue. Does it show?????

I'll gladly review the show.

'hope the MOCO recognizes what real live H/D owners are saying about the 100th anniversary tour. People were pretty P/O out the 100th anniversary models. Now, the 100th anniversary tour is rapidly failing to meet expections.

MOCO!!!! Are you listening???? ****Is this thread enough evidence, MOCO, that you should leave the site alone? You might be able to actually learn what YOUR CUSTOMERS are thinking!!!****
 

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I'd say the $50/each weekend pass (HOG) made the event worthwhile considering the entertainment. Travis Tritt played the HOG-only Friday night and the crowd was not large. Which made it halfway pleasant to be standing in a field to watch the show. Saturday night was Tim McGraw which was about the same crowd. My wife and I left early Sunday so we didn't catch the Ted Nugent show.

I figure headliners are getting $50 - $200 tickets at regular concert venues so the price wasn't that bad. What sucked was the venue and the total lack of non-MoCo vendors. The stealer in Roswell had a better side show going than the main event down at the speedway.

The LA venue was probably chosen because of wide-open spaces and easy to secure. Maybe they'll learn from the Atlanta event and have better facilities for on-site HOG registration. When I got down there the line was a half mile long (yes, actually a half mile) and no shade on a 95 degree day with 99% humidity. Once inside the event it was ok. If you plan to buy your passes at Fontana, bring plenty of water and an umbrella :D
 

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What sucked was the venue and the total lack of non-MoCo vendors. The stealer in Roswell had a better side show going than the main event down at the speedway.

The LA venue was probably chosen because of wide-open spaces and easy to secure. Maybe they'll learn from the Atlanta event and have better facilities for on-site HOG registration. When I got down there the line was a half mile long (yes, actually a half mile) and no shade on a 95 degree day with 99% humidity. Once inside the event it was ok. If you plan to buy your passes at Fontana, bring plenty of water and an umbrella :D
Gee, Thomas, you're not talking about Killer Creek, are ya? I've been there 3 times in last month looking at the used police bikes they have. Bikes are about 15 - 20 ft. from salesmen's desks and not once has anyone even walked over to talk to me. Talked to 3 - 4 people also looking to buy and they've never been helped either. They sure are pricey on their new stuff and kind of proud of the used ones, also.

The heat/humidity was reason I didn't attend. Wife doesn't hold up too well and gets migraines when heat gets too much. Didn't want to get there and have to leave right away. I felt sorry for those folks not used to July in Georgia.
 

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Gee, Thomas, you're not talking about Killer Creek, are ya? I've been there 3 times in last month looking at the used police bikes they have. Bikes are about 15 - 20 ft. from salesmen's desks and not once has anyone even walked over to talk to me. Talked to 3 - 4 people also looking to buy and they've never been helped either. They sure are pricey on their new stuff and kind of proud of the used ones, also.
You are correc, sir. I went there once on July 1 - my first stop when I got serious about shopping. I browsed around for about 15-20 minutes and a salesman came up asking if I had any questions. He gave good answers about the difference between the Heritage Softail and Road King and pointed out which bikes were new and used. When I was done I asked for his card and walked away. I thought it was pretty non-pushy which is what I prefer. You know - when I have questions or want a test drive I'd rather go looking for help than keep bumping into a salesman "shadow". OTOH, I hear more reports like yours where you feel ignored, as if they are doing you a favor by letting you look at their showroom. And yes, on both new and used bikes, they are $500 - 2000 higher than other dealers. Since I didn't see what I wanted there, I never tested their "negotiation threshold". I found what I wanted at Earl Smalls in Marietta and got what I felt was an ok deal without flying out of state or screwing with eBay and deadbeat sellers. The sales staff at Earls is more attentive without being pushy. If you have the time you should check them out.

Getting back on topic, if memory serves, the LA 100th event is near Riverside which is at the edge of the high desert. In September, the night time will be good for the entertainment but the day visitors are in for some "fun in the sun" like we had in Atlanta in July. As far as the distance (60 mi from LA) that's about the same ride I had to the Atlanta event. Not bad for a day trip but a pain in the ass to do multiple trips to catch different entertainers/days. Oh yeah and it was damn hot :D
 

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I am a HOG member but I am not going to stand around a hot windy smelly racetrack in Fontana and pay for the privledge. I just got a postcard from the Factory inviting me for only $35. I've already seen the 2003 bikes with the hard-to-wax-around tank badges in Sturgis, and nobody I ride with is going to their self-promotion either. I would pay to see Nugent play Cat Scratch Fever, but we only get 3/4 of the Doors. By the way, everyone goes to the Motorcycle Show at Long Beach in Dec.
 

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Nugent played in Atlanta also but it was on Sunday & I was at an uncle's funeral out of state. I've seen him at the Fox Theatre where it's air-conditioned and seats are comfortable. If they are dropping prices by $20, that says a lot.

Let's see you can hardly buy one of their cycles for MSRP but you can get tickets to an ad campaign for $35 now. And they're giving you a deal...:rolleyes:
 
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I'll be in Australia in March 2003, work trip combined w/ second honeymoon sort of deal. Will rent a bagger while we're there (hopin' for a Road Glide, ooooh.... ;) ) Trying to decide whether or not to hit the Open Road Tour in Sydney. For those folks who attended the Tour already, how'd you like it?
 

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I am riding from detroit area with a group to the Torono show and we have Saturday tickets. we are going for the ride as much as anything but now that the lineup is listed...I just have one question. Who is kim Mitchell? Is she some kinda country-western person??

Toronto Lineup:

saturday
Kim Mitchell
April Wine
Journey

sunday
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David Usher
The Doors
 

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For the record the Toronto show info was posted today:

MOLSON PARK
BARRIE, ON
Saturday, September 28, 2002 1:00PM
$50.00:

Kim Mitchell
April Wine
Journey



MOLSON PARK
BARRIE, ON
Sunday, September 29, 2002 1:00PM
$50.00:

Bif Naked
David Usher
The Doors
 

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Oh...Ok, it's not a woman, it's a canadian guy.

Sarnia in the 1960's saw a young, ambitious guitar toting Kim Mitchell join Zooom, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed. Mitchell left them, starving, getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and the airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones with the Canadian Flag. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project with some Sarnia friends and set off to launch Max Webster (a name they picked from a phonebook).

The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Kersey, Tilka, and Watkinson. By 1974 their live act was getting bites from record companies and in 1975 they signed with SRO Productions who were the management arm of Anthem Records. Their first two albums, 'Max Webster' and 'High Class In Borrowed Shoes', were produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu, Eye Eye). However, during the recording of 'Mutiny Up My Sleeve' (1978) he left over a dispute concerning the album's musical direction. By this point McCracken had assumed the drum chores (Kersey had quit to form The Hunt after a falling out with Kim Mitchell) and Myles had taken over bass duties for Tilka, who turned to business aspects at SRO/Anthem.

Yet, even with the changes, the band maintained its stance as a strong live draw, so much so that Rush asked them to open their 1977 tour. Slowly, Webster began to establish a massive cult following and acceptance, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by 'A Million Vacations' producer John de Nottebeck. With that album he made the band more radio friendly and they finally cracked the charts with the single "Let Go The Line" in 1979. 'Live Magnetic Air' was also released that year but Watkinson left anyway to pursue a solo career. He eventually formed the band Antlers with Tilka in the early 1990's.

Despite a fabled team-up of Max Webster and Rush on the song "Battlescar", 1980's 'Universal Juveniles' had a noticeable absence of that trademark Watkinson keyboard sound and the band was falling apart from constant touring in towns where feverish fans were unable to purchase the band's records. The lack of promotion and poor management organization is sited as the cause for Kim Mitchell's resignation during a tour with Rush in April 1981. With this the band split up but they had actually been close to hitting the big time, so Anthem capitalized with a posthumous greatest hits package called 'Diamonds, Diamonds'.

Mitchell was quiet after leaving Webster mid-tour in the spring of 1981 becoming almost reclusive apart from getting involved in some production work like GOWAN's self-titled debut LP. He was also becoming increasingly respected as a studio session player (usually playing for anyone that would ask). He suddenly surfaced in 1982 with a five song EP - his last work on the SRO/ANTHEM label. Backing up Mitchell were Robert Sinclair Wilson (bass), Paul Delong (drums) and Bernie LaBarge & Peter Fredette on backing vocals. "Kids In Action" & "Miss Demeanour" were released successfully as singles thus rekindling interest in Mitchell's party-rock.

In 1984, Anthem's managing director, Tom Berry, left that company to set up his own Alert Records to which Mitchell became the first signing. That same year Mitchell's 'Akimbo Alogo' was released featuring the same band line-up heard on his 1982 EP. In addition, Todd Booth was added on keyboards to augment the guitar-rock sound. With this record Mitchell, and songwriting partner Pye Dubois, decided to get back to what brought them to music in the first place: instinct. Fans heard this on the new album with its straight ahead solid rock and some slower material to diversify. "Lager & Ale" became a strong FM constant and "Go For Soda", in total ironic contrast, became the theme song for the American lobbyist group MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (which Mitchell hesitantly disassociated himself from on the US TV show 'Good Morning America').

'Shakin' Like A Human Being' (1986) was Mitchell's most commercial and best selling album to date. It sold triple platinum, won two JUNO Awards ("Best Album" and "Male Vocalist Of The Year"). Songs like "Patio Lanterns", "Alana Loves Me" & "Easy To Tame" were beginning to put Mitchell on the Top-40 in AM radio. Music Express even called him the year's favourite "Working Class Hero".

Mitchell continued his annual summertime outdoor gigs throughout southern Ontario and exhibitions across Canada. Kingswood Music Theatre, at Canada's Wonderland, bestowed its first-ever Platinum Ticket Award for 100,000 tickets sold over a 5 year period. The same year he set another attendance record for selling-out 3 consecutive shows (a record as yet unchallenged).

After taking time out to rethink his next strategy and spend time with his family, Mitchell risked all by recording his next album 'Rockland' (1989) in L.A. with YES producer Paul Devilliers. He also changed his live band to include Lou Molino (drums), Greg Wells (keyboards), and Peter Fredette (bass). Rik Emmett helped out on "Expedition Sailor" as well as opening shows on Mitchell's tour. This marked the departure of lyricist Pye Dubois who didn't want to work in LA. Again Mitchell won a JUNO for "Male Vocalist Of The Year".

As a career pause, Mitchell released 'I Am A Wild Party' (1990) - a live greatest hits featuring two previously unreleased live favourites "Deep Dive" & "I Am A Wild Party" (from which the line "...shakin' like a human being" was extracted).

Mitchell recruited help from outside writers Andy Curran, Moe Berg and Jim Chevalier. Kim's touring bassist for 'Aural' and the subsequent tour was Rob Laidlaw because Peter Fredette (who had been with Mitchell since 1982) was touring with Tom Cochrane. However, by mid_1993, Fredette had returned.

1994's 'Itch' featured the stellar back_up help of Spider Sinnaeve (bass), Greg Morrow (drums), and Lou Pomanti (keyboards).With the public less than enthusiastic about Mitchell's two previous albums, Alert president Tom Berry suggested cashing in on the southern Ontario cottage partiers by releasing a 'Greatest Hits' to coincide with Mitchell's annual summer tours. Mitchell's red alert went off as this type of career retrospective almost always indicates a brush off from the label. Mitchell's fears were well founded as he hasn't put out an album since.

In March 1998, Mitchell added keyboardist Gary Breit to his touring band.

The continued cult status of Max Webster, particularly in Ontario, prompted Mitchell, Watkinson, McCracken, and Tilka to reunite in 1990. Their first performance was a short set at the Toronto Music Awards that year to 3000 hysterical fans who refused to pay attention to the awards given out after their set, continuing to chant "Max! Max! Max!" for the rest of the night. Anthem capitalized on the new-found Max fervour by releasing another best of package that year. Delighted with this response, the four musicians continued to do one-off dates around Ontario as Max Webster well into the late 1990's with Kim Mitchell Band bassist Peter Fredette filling in for Tilka.

Mitchell returned in November of 1999 with a new solo album, "Kimosabe", written largely with Andy Curran, and featuring Lisa Dalbello on several tracks.




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1982 Kids In Action (Alert)
1982 Miss Demeanour (Alert)

1984 Go For Soda/Caroline (Alert)
1984 Feel It Burn/Diary For Rock 'n' Roll Men (Alert)
1984 All We Are (Alert)

1986 Easy To Tame/City Girl (Alert)
1986 Alana Loves Me/That's The Hold (Alert)
1986 Patio Lanterns/Get Lucky (Boys & Girls) (Alert)

1987 In Your Arms (Alert)

1989 Rocklandwonderland/O Mercy Louise (Alert)
1989 Rock And Roll Duty (Alert)

1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert)
1990 Lost Lovers Found (Alert)

1992 Find The Will (Alert)
1992 America (Alert)
1992 Pure As Gold (Alert)

1993 Some Folks (Alert)

1994 Acrimony (Alert)
1994 Wonder Where And Why (Alert)
1994 Lick Yer Finger (Alert)

1995 Expedition Sailor (Alert)
1995 All We Are (live) (Alert)
1995 Patio Lanterns (acoustic) (Alert)

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1982 Kim Mitchell (Anthem)

1984 Akimbo Alogo (Alert)

1986 Akimbo Alogo [re-packaged] (Alert/Bronze)

1986 Shakin' Like A Human Being (Alert/Polygram)

1989 Rockland (Alert)

1990 I Am A Wild Party (Alert)

1992 Aural Fixations (Alert)

1994 Itch (Alert)

1995 Kim Mitchell Greatest Hits (Alert)

1999 Kimosabe (Chinook/Oasis)
 
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