Meadowbrook has been making a name for itself for its strong country music presence in recent years, but the Lakes Region venue is set to offer some serious blues and hardcore metal as well in 2013.
Two particular pairings stand out in early bookings. First, Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, both known as much for their music as their controversial stage personas, team up for The Masters of Madness tour, with a stop at Meadowbrook Thursday, June. 20.
BRINGING THE BLUES: Buddy Guy and George Thorogood (bottom, at center with his band) will heat up the Lakes Region with a double-bill show at Meadowbrook in August.
Cooper, known for tunes including "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "School's Out," most recently released "Welcome 2 My Nightmare," a follow-up to a conceptual album from the mid-1970s. His stage shows showcase not only his signature metal music but a theatricality that borrows elements from horror movies and Vaudeville traditions.A controversial figure whose multi-media career as musician and artist has reflected occult and nihilistic influences, Manson is known for goth-metal tunes including "The Beautiful People" and "The Dope Show." Reveling in his dark, anti-hero status, he most recently released "Born Villain," which included the songs "No Reflection" and "Slo-Mo-Tion."Meanwhile, a more traditional take on life's blues will take over the Gilford venue with a double bill with Buddy Guy and George Thorogood. The duo will play the Gilford concert venue Sunday, Aug. 11.Guy, a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with a prolific recording career that spans many decades. In his 70s, Guy continues touring, playing fan favorites and more recent fare from CDS including "Living Proof," "Sweet Tea" and "Can't Quit the Blues."Thorogood is known for his signature tune "Bad to the Bone" as well as for rousing covers of blues anthems including Bob Diddley's "Who Do You Love" and Hank Williams' "Move It On Over." A blues-rock guitarist who draws inspiration from Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor and Chuck Berry, Thorogood most recently released "2006's The Hard Stuff," 2009's bar band covers album "The Dirty Dozen" and 2011's covers CD "2120 South Michigan Ave.," a tribute to Chess Records.Still, Meadowbrook continues to build a strong country foundation, earning a nomination earlier this year from the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards for venue of the year.The entertainment venue, which will unveil an upgraded and expanded facility this season, thus far has booked a handful of top country acts in a schedule that includes: Motley Crue on Friday, May 17; The Band Perry on Saturday, June 1; The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday, June 8; Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band on Friday, June 14; Trace Adkins, with Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke on Saturday, June 15; Darius Rucker, with Rodney Atkins, on Saturday, June 22; two already sold-out shows by the Zac Brown Band on Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7; Big Time Rush on Tuesday, July 23; Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company on Friday, July 26; Rascal Flatts on Friday, Aug. 2; and Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line on Friday, Sept. 6.For information on ticket prices, log onto meadowbrook.net or call the box office at 293-4700.