News, Upcoming Events, Pictures, Audio, Site Updates, and Misc. Info on Head East
updated 27 November 2013
Head East Added To Rock To The Rescue Benefit Concert
In response to the recent storms that produced tornadoes and highly- damaging winds to the Midwest, Styx and REO Speedwagon have announced they will be headlining "Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need", a fundraising concert benefiting communities in Central Illinois affected by the storms. The concert will be held on Wednesday, December 4th at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois.
In addition to Styx and REO, other bands and artists recently added include Head East, Survivor, Brushville, Richard Marx, and Ted Nugent. Well known stand up comic Larry the Cable Guy will also be on the bill. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for this event.
Tickets for this event can be purchased though Ticketmaster or at the Coliseum box office for $58, $43 and $28. As of 27 November only a few hundred tickets remain.
Rock to the Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Rock to the Rescue was originally started in 2001 by Styx's Tommy Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For more information on the December 4th benefit concert visit the Rock To The Rescue and U.S. Cellular Coliseum websites linked below.
Head East to Perform with Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra
Head East is scheduled to perform Monday evening, June 30th, at the Marion Civic Center with the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Ed Benjas. The concert will be produced by John Campbell of Terminal Velocity, an award winning production company from Watertown, NY that is producing a concert series called ROCKIN' THE SYMPHONY.
The series which will include Head East's performance in Marion, will release to all 400 PBS affiliates starting this winter and throughout 2014. In addition to PBS, the series will also air on the American Forces Network (AFN) in 177 countries and on 155 naval ships. Air dates for episodes of the series are not available at this time.
Performance time and ticket prices have yet to be announced and many things are still being finalized in preparation for this Symphony show. We are excited about this great opportunity to present our music in this format and will keep you informed of updates to this show.
updated 22 November 2013
Head East Alumnus Releases Christmas CD
Original Head East lead vocalist John Schlitt has released his first ever Christmas CD. The ten track CD titled "The Christmas Project" has nine traditional Christmas songs done "John Schlitt style" and one new original song. The CD was released digitally on 19 November and the full CD or individual songs can be downloaded online through iTunes, Amazon.com, and schlittshop.com.
Hard copy CDs are expected to arrive within a week and upon arrival will be immediately available through schlittshop.com and shortly thereafter at online stores. Tracks from the CD can be previewed online through any of the sites listed above.
posted 29 October 2013
Head East to Perform at Event Benefiting Illinois Veterans
Head East will be performing at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion, Illinois on Saturday, November 9th. General admission is $5 which gets you a Illinois State Lottery Veterans Cash instant ticket and admission to the concert. All active duty military and veterans get in free with Military ID. Tickets go on sale November 1st at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. All proceeds from Veterans Cash lottery tickets go to Illinois veterans organizations.
The concert will be held in the warehouse immediately behind the Harley-Davidson dealership. Opening acts Strikeforce and Brasher/Bogue wil play at 6pm and 7pm respectively. Head East will take the stage at 8:30pm. A limited amount of tickets are available. Only 500 tickets will be available for sale and an additional 500 tickets will be given to veterans and active duty military at no charge. For additional information please contact Black Diamond Harley-Davidson at (618) 997- 4577.
( click play button above to listen to radio spot for this event )
updated 29 October 2013
Former Head East Vocalist Delays Comeback after Battling Cancer
Former Head East lead vocalist J. Jaye Steele, who has been undergoing treatment for stage 4 lung cancer, has had to delay his return to the stage with his band PUSH. Steele, who has not performed in almost a year, was to make his return with PUSH at the Cape Coral Coconut Festival in early November. However, he has had to delay his comeback due to a severe case of the flu.
A new comeback show will be scheduled once J. Jaye has recovered. For more info and for updates on J. Jaye's return to the stage visit the PUSH Facebook page.