December 5, 2020

1997-04-17 – The Daily Journal

1997 04 17 The_Daily_Journal_Thu__Apr_17__1997_


Outdoor pavilion provides venue. for assortment of acts


t’s hard to get excited about

50-year-old rock stars who

have been milking the same
teen-angst gravy train for 30
years and can’t resist taking
one more ride to beef up their
retirement fund.

That's one reason not to see
the Who this summer at Deer
Creek Music Center. Another
reason: Keith Moon, the best
rock drummer ever, died near-
ly 20 years ago.

But we’ll still be calling
TicketMaster feverishly at 10
am. Saturday for a chance to
see songsmith extraordinaire

Pete Townshend — one of the '

few true visionaries in his field
— and what’s left of his band,
once the world’s 'most exciting
live music'acts.

Having turned their first
masterwork, Tommy, into a
Broadway show, the Who are
using this tour to revive their
other masterwork, 1972’s
Quadrophenia. Though gener-
ally viewed by hardcore fans
as the band’s creative peak,
the album’s songs have seldom

seen the concert stage.

Even a few minutes of the
old magic would justify the
hefty pavilion-seat ticket price
of $45 Lawn seats for the July
:6 show are a very reasonable


On' the one hand, it’s disap-
pointing that a holdover from
the ’60s British Invasion is the
most exciting date announced
so far on Deer Creek’s 1997

summer schedule. Then again,

the lineu seems to offer more
variety tgan last year’s, which
was way too'heavy with nostal—
gia acts. The truth is, any
excitement in the music indus-
try these days is hafipening at
the lower rungs of t e com-
mercial ladder; it’ 5 hard for
new acts to fill such a large
venue. '

Once again, the veterans are
out in force this year: Chicago
and the Beach Boys June 1;

James Taylor July 15; Boston
July 12; and Styx July 4.

And of course, perennial
favorite Jimmy Buffett
undoubtedly will sell out both
of his appearances on June 25
and 27. As of Wednesday morn-
ing, only lawn seats for the
first show were still available.

That being said, some new
acts-are on the road and com-
ing to Indy.

The ska—flavored new-wave
sounds of No Doubt will fill the
Hamilton County air on May
20. Like ’em or not, Gwen
Stefani and her band have paid
their dues, and based on their
recent Grammy Awards
appearance, they put on quite
an athletic show. How does she
sing and pogo at the same

Another relatively young act
on the schedule is the Dave
Matthews Band, set for June
28 Their muSic is a uniq ue
blend of everyt hinibut the
kitchen sinkryt and t ey ’ve got a
reputation as a great live act.

Otherwise, the Deer Creek
summer lineup is hea with
multi-artist “festival”‘s¥imvs
the hard—rock ROAR Festival
featuring Iggy Pop; the My

Mesma; 6 p. m. June 21; $17. 50.
$24. 50 and $30.

" On sale April 25

0 Boston. 8 p.m.July12;$15
and $20.

.0 Ozztest '97. with Ozzy Os- ‘
boume, Black Sabbath, Pantera.
Type O Negative, Fear Factory.
Machine Head and Powerman
5000; other acts on second stage;
games and other attraétions; 1 pm.
June 4; $25. $35 ifid $42.50.

0 Summer Daze. with John Key
and Steppenon Foghat, Blue
Oyster Cult and Pat Travers; 7 p. m.
June 19; $10.

On ule May 2

O BanyManilow 8p.m.Aug.16;
$10. $25 and $35
On sale Ihy 3

0 Styx, followed by fireworks
show; 8 pm. July 4; $15. $22.50
and $30.

0 Smokln' Grooves tour. with

.Foxy Brown, The Roots, Erykah
Badu. Pharcyde. Cypress Hill and
George Clinton and the Mothership;
Aug. 14; $19.50 and $27.50.

Utmost for His Highest
Christian music event; the
Fruit of the Loom country
tour; and the Summer Daze
’70s-rock gala. A

Worth noting is the Smokin’
Grooves show Aug. 14, with a
worthy lineup of funk, hip-hop
and soul that includes George
Clinton and Cypress Hill.

There’s also the June 4
heavy metal onslaught known
as Ozzfest ’97, ada
stage event highli ted y full
sets from Ozzy Osbourne as a .
solo act and with his old band,
Black Sabbath, featuring pret-
ty much the o ' ' lineup.

Not yet form y announced
but expected at Deer Creek
this summer are a pearances
by Phish, the ur Festival
and the HORDE Festival — for
all you neo-hippies out there — »
as well as the Lillith Fair, an
impressive gathering of female
artists led by Sarah McLachlan
and the Indigo Girls.