Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon, BILLY IDOL will bring his lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona to the Roundup MusicFest on July 10, 2019,
along with ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ members BLONDIE, Canadian punk-influenced rock band, HEADSTONES, and British Columbia rockers, DOUG AND THE SLUGS!
DOUG AND THE SLUGS
Canadian punk-rock band Headstones, formed in Kingston, Ontario in 1987, and began their early music career performing to anyone who would listen.
By 1996, the band had solidified itself as a commercial force in the music industry, dominating the charts and airwaves with hits off their gold-selling album Smile and Wave. Their achievements soon culminated, when the band received Juno Award nominations for Best Group and Best Rock Album that same year. Following this peak in their success, Headstones put out two other records, Nickels for Your Nightmares in 2000 and The Oracle of Hi-Fi in 2002. The band officially broke up one year later in 2003, still ranked as one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands.
In 2011, the Headstones officially reunited, and seamlessly picked up from where they left off ten years earlier. Off stage, they began collaborating and writing new music. They entered the studio and recorded the track, "binthiswayforyears," releasing it for free via their website. In October 2012, they began crowd-funding through PledgeMusic in the way of grass-roots self-promotion, as a way to directly engage their fans, and wrote a collection of hard-hitting new songs including #1 hit single ‘longwaytoneverland'. In 2013, the Headstones released Love + Fury worldwide, earning them a top 10 album for the first time in their career, and a 2014 JUNO Awards nomination for Best Rock Album of the year.
After a successful run of Ontario shows at the end of 2013, it was time for the band to get back into the studio. This time, the Headstones would be looking back at their history, and reimagining some of their biggest hits, with the release of One in The Chamber Music. Their first vinyl release, featuring two brand new tracks, was released in late 2015. The band returned to the studio in 2017, to begin recording their most recent full-length album, Little Army, a testament to the band's connection with their followers, as they live streamed the recording process and walked their fans through the making of the album. The album includes the #1 single ‘Devil’s On Fire’.
During his self-imposed hiatus from the band, Hugh Dillon devoted his time and energy to his acting career. He had already appeared in several films in his early punk rock days, including the cult hit Hard Core Logo, as well as Dance Me Outside and Trailer Park Boys: The Movie. It was his role in Debra Granik’s Down to the Bone during its debut at Sundance Festival in 2004 that lead him to his most globally successful roles to date as Mike Sweeney on the television series Durham County, and as Ed Lane, lead sniper for five seasons on CTV/CBS/ION’s Flashpoint. He remains in the forefront of success stories, with his role in AMC’s The Killing, his lead in CBC’s war drama X Company, guesting on David Lynch’s series Twin Peaks, a coveted role in feature film Wind River with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, and opposite Nicolas Cage in The Humanity Bureau.
Want to have a listen? Check Headstones out on spotify here!
For the past four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a national treasure. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. The band’s influence has both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art.
Comprised of singer-songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist and co-writer Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, and long-time band members bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, Blondie's chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, a NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014, a Q Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2016, the 2017 Silver Clef Outstanding Achievement Award and more than 45 million albums sold worldwide to date.
Debbie Harry’s persona and the band’s boundary-pushing pop have shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping female artists who followed in the last three decades.
Blondie’s newest album, Pollinator, delves even deeper into this concept: inspiration from Blondie’s action-packed, cross-pollinating past shaping the sound of our collective future. The band released their 11th studio album entitled Pollinator during May 2017. Selected as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017, Pollinator is a remarkable album that stands alongside any in their celebrated and trailblazing career. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer John Congleton (The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Sigur Ros) brought out the late ‘70s Parallel Lines attitude of Blondie again on Pollinator, with arrangements that are fast and fun, lyrics that are romantic and teasing, and synth-stoked hooks that evoke the new wave era.
Want to have a listen? Check Blondie out on spotify here!
Billy Idol was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” and “Cradle Of Love.”
Billy was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock’n’roll decadence.
Idol returned to the spotlight in the fall of 2014 with two high profile releases that marked the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.
Idol’s New York Times bestselling autobiography Dancing With Myself is an electric, intelligent, brutally honest and entirely self-written account of Billy Idol’s journey to fame, from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to a long and often decadent life lived loving sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and motorcycles.
Kings & Queens of the Underground was Billy’s first album of new material in nearly a decade. The album’s palette, which includes incredible contributions from Idol’s longtime collaborator and lead guitarist Steve Stevens, will be instantly familiar to lovers of classic Billy Idol, while announcing a firm step into the future. Produced by Trevor Horn (with two tracks co-written and produced by 2017 Grammy Producer of The Year winner Greg Kurstin), it is full of thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock’n’roll.
Want to have a listen? Check Billy Idol out on spotify here!
Known for their upbeat musical style, musicianship and off beat stage antics, Doug and the Slugs havebeen a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades.
Originally formed in Vancouver in 1977, the band underwent significant personnel changes before landing on the final lineup of Doug Bennett, John Burton, Simon Kendall, Richard Baker, Steve Bosley and John Wally Watson. Within a few months the Slugs were the hottest attraction in the Vancouver area. In 1979 the band signed with Sam Feldman and with the financial help of Peter McCullough released their first single, Too Bad. The Slugs’ first album ‘Cognac and Bologna’ was released in the fall of 1980 and had other significant radio hits with ‘Chinatown Calculation’ and ‘Drifting Away’.
The rest is history. The Slugs toured relentlessly and went on to produce 6 more albums (4 of them certified Gold) and proved to be a ‘national treasure’. Tragically, on October 16 2004, Canada lost one of its greatest entertainers and songwriters when Doug Bennett passed away. For several years the remaining members did not even consider the idea of continuing without Doug, until Bernie Aubin suggested Ted Okos take the position. Ted and the original band hit it off immediately. Ted’s high energy delivery, and warm, but slightly irreverent stage antics, his keen understanding of the essence of the songs made him the obvious choice for a rebirth of ‘Doug and the Slugs.’
Want to have a listen? Check Doug and the Slugs out on spotify here!
DOUG AND THE SLUGS
Train to headline the 2018 Roundup Music Fest on July 11, 2018, with The Wallflowers and The Grapes of Wrath supporting!
4X Grammy® nominated Goo Goo Dolls will perform immediately prior to Train!
GOO GOO DOLLS
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
As part of the mid-'90s revival of roots-rock, the Wallflowers held a special connection to one of the original inspirations: vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Jakob Dylan. Though he is the son of a legend, Jakob's similarities to his father are occasional -- in fact, the Wallflowers are more influenced by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers than original '60s folk-rock, though lyrically, Jakob remains a close companion to the original Dylan.
Born in 1970, Jakob Dylan was raised in Los Angeles by his mother, Sara Lowndes, after his parents' divorce in 1977. He studied at private schools in L.A. and New York, and decided to follow in his father's footsteps by the late '80s. He formed the Wallflowers with guitarist Tobi Miller, keyboard player Rami Jaffee, bassist Barrie Maguire, and drummer Peter Yanowitz and signed to Virgin. Released in August 1992, the Wallflowers' self-titled debut album sold poorly, and Virgin soon dropped the band. Undaunted, Dylan assembled a new Wallflowers -- guitarist Michael Ward, bassist Greg Richling, and drummer Mario Calire -- keeping only Jaffee. The group signed to Interscope and recorded its second album with producer T-Bone Burnett, a longtime friend of the Dylan family. Bringing Down the Horse was released in May 1996, and was a big seller throughout 1997, producing the alternative radio hit "6th Avenue Heartache, and the singles "One Headlight" and "The Difference". "One Headlight" won Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.
Settling down from the rush of success, the Wallflowers rightfully took a long four-year break from recording. The new millennium sparked new creativity, and the Wallflowers returned in October 2000 to release the excellent Breach. The album went largely ignored, leading to the more mainstream Red Letter Days the following year. After a two-year hiatus the band returned with Rebel, Sweetheart in 2005. The album peaked at 40 on the Billboard charts and the group didn't support the record with an extensive tour. The Wallflowers split from Interscope in 2006 and the following year the group played shows without keyboardist Jaffee, who had left the band, signaling a steady decline in activity for the group. Jakob Dylan released his solo debut Seeing Things in 2008 but the Wallflowers stayed active, releasing a compilation called Collected: 1996-2005 in 2009 and supporting it with a tour.
Dylan released another solo album, Women And Country, in 2010 and early in 2012 he announced the Wallflowers were returning to active status by recording a new album with a new lineup featuring a returning Jaffee, bassist Greg Richling, guitarist Stuart Mathis (who joined in the wake of Jaffee's departure in 2007), and drummer Jack Irons, who previously played with Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. This reunited Wallflowers released Glad All Over in the fall of 2012.
Want to have a listen? Check The Wallflowers out on spotify here!
Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco, CA that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Train's climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994, as the original 5-member band tenaciously built a loyal following, leading up to their own self-titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of "Meet Virginia" gave them their first unlikely radio hit and 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-GRAMMY award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, and snaring the Best Rock Song GRAMMY award by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs.
The group won another GRAMMY award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco. Next was 2012's California 37, which launched the hit "Drive By" reaching the Top 10 in 13 countries. They've sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 GRAMMY awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. In 2014 Bulletproof Picasso—the band’s 7th studio album—debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned rave reviews.
Most recently, the band released their 8th studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, via Columbia Records which spawned the lead single, “Play That Song,” hitting Top 5 on the iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charting at Adult Top 40.
Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music with his newly launched Drops of Jupiter® wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 project, Does Led Zeppelin II, a cover album in tribute of their favorite band saw 100% of the band’s proceeds going to Family House.
Want to have a listen? Check Train out on spotify here!
The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls are one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music, selling more than 12 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including "Name," "Slide," and "Iris," the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy nominations), and recorded and released 11 full length studio albums. On May 12, 2017, they released their first 5 song EP, You Should Be Happy
Want to have a listen? Check Goo Goo Dolls out on spotify here!
Brothers Tom and Chris Hooper met Kevin Kane in 1977 during their teens in Kelowna, British Columbia. Their first band was a punk combo called Kill Pigs which played faster than the singer could sing. In April of 1983, after putting together a one-off show as cover band Honda Civic, the trio decided to work together. From the Hooper family garage they began rehearsals and gained enough confidence to open for acts in Seattle and Vancouver as the newly christened Grapes Of Wrath (from the classic movie of the same name).
By raising money at flea markets and garage sales they were able to record 4 songs with up-and-coming producer/engineer Greg Reely in July and August 1984. Unbeknownst to the band, a cassette recording of the material was passed along to Terry McBride of the newly formed Nettwerk Records in Vancouver, which led to the band being signed and releasing the tracks as a self-titled EP in November 1984. The band played a farewell gig in hometown Kelowna, packed up Tom's station wagon and the Grapes Of Wrath moved to Vancouver.
In late summer of 1985, Nettwerk released the first album September Bowl Of Green, which dented college and alternative radio. Their first two videos "Misunderstanding" and "A Dream (About You)" were heavily rotated by MUCHMusic. This attention led to Nettwerk's negotiations with Capitol Records for a distribution deal and the band returned to the studio in May 1986 to remix "Misunderstanding" and "Love Comes Around" with Tom Cochrane. Cochrane was sufficiently impressed enough to produce the band's sophomore effort Treehouse which was released in October 1987, resulting in their first gold album for sales in Canada and yielding a minor hit with the single "Peace of Mind" and fan favourite, "Backward Town". The band’s next Album, Now And Again, was produced in Woodstock, New York, where the band lived in isolation for the first half of 1989. Now and Again, was the band's big breakthrough. The singles "All The Things I Wasn't" and then "What Was Going Through My Head" propelled the album to platinum status and soon the band went from playing bars to theaters and touring Europe, opening for Lloyd Cole. Their Canadian tour to support this album was also notable for its opening act, a then-emerging singer/songwriter named Sarah McLachlan.
In February 1991, the band traveled to London and spent 3 weeks mixing at Abbey Road studios. The Album spawned the hit singles "I Am Here" (#8, and peaking at #27 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in the U.S.) and "You May Be Right" (#7), again selling platinum and allowing the band to again tour Europe. Musical and personal differences brought about the band's demise in 1992 with the departure of Kevin Kane. The Grapes Of Wrath's final show was Halloween 1992 in Vancouver.
Want to have a listen? Check The Grapes Of Wrath out on spotify here!
GOO GOO DOLLS
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
Duran Duran, Capital Cities and Walk Off The Earth performed at Roundup MusicFest 2017!
Walk Off The Earth
Walk Off The Earth
2016 Stampede Roundup, previously produced by 51 North Productions
2015 Stampede Roundup, previously produced by 51 North Productions
2014 Stampede Roundup, previously produced by 51 North Productions
The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
2013 Stampede Roundup, previously produced by 51 North Productions