A head-bangin' holiday
It may have taken a few years to make it happen, but Lakeside Tavern is going to be rockin' to the sounds of two multi-platinum bands this summer.
Tickets went on sale Monday for a special July 5 concert featuring the nationally-known acts, Warrant and FireHouse.
"We've been working on this with a promoter for a couple of years," said Chet Collins, owner of Lakeside Tavern.
Though Lakeside doesn't feature live concerts on a normal basis, Collins has been bringing in bands for the July 4 weekend for a few years now -- and "the customers have kept asking us if we could bring in artists known on a little more national level."
"FireHouse was on the top of the list" for most of them, Collins added.
Since their self-titled 1990 debut, which achieved double platinum status (over 2 million sold) FireHouse has recorded seven more CDs, and continues to play to crowds of loyal fans all over the world.
Some of their better-known radio hits include "Don't Treat Me Bad," "Love of a Lifetime" and "I Live My Life For You."
Just a year earlier, in 1989, Warrant broke onto the national scene with the release of their first album. Since then, the band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and produced a string of top 40 radio hits including the infamous "Cherry Pie" as well as "Heaven," "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Sometimes She Cries."
Also featured at the July 5 concert will be the rock band, Holiday, which is pretty well known regionally, Collins added.
"We're really looking forward to this," he added. "We're hoping it's a real success."
If it is, Collins added, they may consider bringing in similar acts in future years.
The week of the July 4 holiday is typically one of Lakeside's busiest times, and this year is no exception. In addition to the July 5 main event, Lakeside will be offering live music on four other days leading up to it, including:
June 29: Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band)
June 30: TNT (AC/DC tribute band)
July 3: To be announced.
July 4: Scarlet Haze.
Tickets to those concerts will be sold at the door only.
In order to make the concert experience a pleasant one for ticket holders, Collins said he would be limiting ticket sales for the July 5 event to 750, or about 30 percent less than capacity for the outdoor venue.
"We want people to be able to come into a comfortable environment," Collins said, adding that in case of inclement weather, he has taken the precaution of reserving the nearby DL Pavilion as an alternate indoor venue.
Collins has also taken the precaution of closing the Lakeside's restaurant for the day leading up to the concert; the doors will open for the first time at 4 p.m., for ticket holders only.
"We haven't done that before (closed the restaurant)," he said.
The music will start at 6 p.m., with Holiday as the opener. Warrant will be next to take the stage, with Firehouse as the closing act.
When asked about doing another major concert like this, Collins said, "We'll see how this year goes. We want to see how the community responds, and how our customers respond as well."
Tickets for the concert, which is open to those age 21 and above, are $30, and can be purchased at the Lakeside Tavern. Call 218-847-1891 for more information.