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Grammy-winning classic rock band America plays at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 15

Grammy-winning classic rock band America plays at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 15
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From a press release:

It was announced today that Grammy-winning rock group America will visit the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., presented by Wilkes-Barre soft rock radio station Magic 93.

Tickets, which are $45, $57, and $69, plus fees, go on sale this Thursday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

The year 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of perennial classic rock favorite America. Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former bandmate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song, “A Horse With No Name.”

America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first No. 1 single. 40+ years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

America’s journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross the River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair,” were cornerstones of 1970s Top 40 and FM rock radio.

Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover that there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Bunnell’s use of folk/jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms, and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Peek’s more traditional country rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.

America’s albums – six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, “History,” hitting over four million in sales – displayed a fuller range of the trio’s talents than did their singles. Their material encompassed an ambitious artistic swath; from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads, America displayed a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains.