Grand Funk Railroad - The 2014Tour
Hard rock legends and overwhelming crowd favorites Grand Funk Railroad are back,
bringing a catalog of over 40 years of songwriting and hits back to the stage. Grand Funk Railroad currently has shows planned
for Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut; The Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska; and Shawnee Bluff
Winery in Eldon, Missouri. With new shows constantly being announced for their 45 YEARS OF GRAND FUNK tour, be sure to keep
up to date on StubHub for a date near you.
About Grand Funk Railroad
Originally formed around 1969 in
Flint, Michigan by members Mark Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher, the band would pick up Max Carl, Tim Cashion, and Bruce
Krulic over the years to form the Grand Funk Railroad that we know and love today. They would debut at the 1969 Atlanta Pop
Festival, where they would establish their reputation for being some of the best performers on the rock scene. While they
would receive praise and huge ovations from crowds and fans, Grand Funk would constantly be at odds with critics who were
little impressed by their work. Their fanbase - and their huge concert turnouts - were the real drivers to Grand Funk's phenomenal
Grand Funk Railroad's lineup is made up of some of the most well known musicians in the business from the last
three decades. Grand Funk's lineup changed significantly in 2000, with the addition of three new members. This includes lead
guitarist Bruce Kilick, former guitarist for KISS with a considerable solo career before joining up with GFR; Max Carl, who
had collaborated across the industry with such names as Elton John and Dusty Springfield; and Tim Cashion, who would play
keyboards with Grand Funk after previously playing with big names like Bob Seger and Robert Palmer. These three would join
longtime band members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher to continue to bring Grand Funk Railroad's jams across the country.
Grand Funk Railroad would break out in a big way when they played their first major show in 1969
at the Atlanta Pop Festival. After an electrifying first day performance they would be invited back for two more back to back
performances. Their first album, On Time, would sell into the millions and be a staple of GFR's early sound, encapsulated
by the infectious single "Time Machine".
Grand Funk would go on a flurry of songwriting and recording, following up
On Time with Grand Funk (The Red Album), Closer to Home, and Live Album, all in 1970. Grand Funk's popularity would snowball,
with each album becoming more successful than the last. "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)", off of Grand Funk (The Red Album),
would become their number one hit and would hold be one of the most popular songs of the entire decade. With their flurry
of releases Grand Funk was also constantly touring and promoting, becoming the number one selling album in America for 1970
and shattering attendance records at stadiums across the country. 1975 would see the release of All the Girls in the World
Beware!!!, which included the classic hit "Some Kind of Wonderful". Grand Funk was on the roll with hit after hit.
constant touring and pressure from nearly a decade in the spotlight would put stress and tension on the band, resulting in
a temporary breakup in the last 1970s. The various band members would grow individually in their own solo projects and side-bands
for a number of years, briefly reuniting in 1981 but disbanding again in 1983. By 2000, Grand Funk reunited with some new
members and has been hitting the tour circuit ever since.
Grand Funk has constantly been going
lineup changes since its inception in 1969. While many members have come, gone, returned, and gone again, the heart and soul
of Grand Funk has always remained.
Grand Funk went through difficult times with its original manager Terry Knight. After
disagreements between the band and Knight ended in a protracted legal battle, GFR has steered away from legal battles whenever
GFR has always had a strange place in the spotlight, somehow cultivating a huge following and selling out
concerts while at the same time receiving little airplay or critical acclaim during their peak. For GFR, their success has
been more about their connection with fans than how many articles are written about them in Rolling Stone.
Grand Funk Railroad Concert Experience
Get ready for a life changing experience that transcends generations. With over
40 years performing and a roster full of some of the most talented artists in Rock & Roll, Grand Funk Railroad puts on
a show so full of heart and emotion that the crowd can't help but clap, dance, and sing along. Whether you were there with
them when they were playing their first gigs in the 70s or you've become a loyal fan via the rock and roll airwaves, Grand
Funk Railroad are rock icons that embody the roots of the 70s Rock & Roll movement - an opportunity you do not want to