Rock Legends Cruise II – Getting Ship Shape

| Tuesday, 10 Apr. 2012

The Rock Legends Cruise #1, which sailed last December on Legend of the Seas featured ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers ("Bad to the Bone" and "I Drink Alone"), Johnny and Edgar Winter, and Steppenwolf with John Kay – among many others. With over 20 bands, you could find a dozen different ways to quantify it as the biggest rock 'n roll cruise in history. It certainly required the largest cruise ship ever fully chartered for a music cruise; Royal Caribbean's 155,000-ton, 4000-plus passenger Liberty of the Seas.

Adding to the unlikely, Rock Legends Cruise #1 was meant to be a one-time event – a "charity ball" for the Native American Heritage Association where the plans just kept getting bigger and bigger. But its success took everyone by surprise, including those of us lucky enough to be onboard. It wasn't until the last night, when the four full days of non-stop rock 'n roll madness finally started to wind down, that we suddenly came to a mass Woodstock-like realization that we had all been a part of making rock 'n roll history. We had been too busy living the moment to see the big picture.

Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist and songwriter for ZZ Top, summed it up best during their last show on the final night when he said, "I'm not really sure what has just happened here, so why don't we just turn the ship around and do it all again."

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That's what I would do – in fact what I plan to do – next January 10, 2013 when the Rock Legends Cruise II sails again. Take my advice; it is never too soon to book your cabin; I predict this one will sell out very quickly. I already have my reservations in place.

The marquee will be different – even better in my personal opinion, even if it is not yet certain whether even more bands will be added in the coming months. Here are the bands that already confirmed on Rock Legends Cruise II:

Rock Legends Cruise II Bands

This cruise will feature many artists who did not appear in the first Rock Legends cruise:

Paul Rodgers – known as a founding member and lead singer of the bands Free and Bad Company, Paul Rodgers also took over for Freddy Mercury in the band Queen. Rodgers has also toured with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck and more. I am just waiting to see who will play in his backup band on this cruise.

There are more "first time" acts – and as far as I know most of these bands have never played on any cruise ship before. One of my favorite bands; 38 Special, sold more than 20-million records in the 1980s with the hit song "Hold on Loosely."

Foreigner is one of the most popular classic rock radio bands of all time with over 70-million record sales. Their hits include "Feels like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "I Want to Know What Love Is." That was just their first album; "Double Vision" and "Waiting for a Girl like You" followed.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited will be onboard as the new line up for the band responsible for the classic Creedence songs "Susie Q," "Lodi," "Proud Mary," "Down On The Corner," "Fortunate Son" and "Who'll Stop The Rain?" This band includes the original "Creedence" rhythm section of Stu Cook and Doug Cosmo along with singer/guitarist John Tristao, lead guitarist Kurt Griffey who has recorded and toured with members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana, and Journey, and Steve Gunner who plays keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and sings the high harmonies.

Randy Bachman and Fred Turner started Bachman Turner Overdrive in the 1970s. Randy started with "Guess Who" - the first Canadian band to ever have a Billboard chart number one hit with "American Woman." BTO sold over 30-million records including songs like "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Moonlight Rider." Bachman and Turner have just reunited after almost 20 years apart.

Blue Oyster Cult is credited with being at the forefront of true hard rock with hits like "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "I Love the Night." The original core duo of vocalist/lead guitar Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitar Eric Bloom also has the longtime rhythm section of bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex Ozzy, Whitesnake, DIO), and drummer Jules Radino.

Also new to the Rock Legends Cruise II lineup is Black Oak Arkansas - one of the truly original "Southern Rock" Bands.

Bands Returning to the Rock Legends Cruise

Several more Southern Rock icons that were on the first Rock Legends cruise will return: the Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, The Artimus Pyle Band, SwampDaWamp and Whiskey Myers. Other great classic rock bands returning for the second cruise include Pat Travers, Foghat and Devon Allman's Honeytribe.

How Good Can it Get?

As a rock guitar player I was blown away by the bands on the first Rock Legends Cruise who are coming back; Devon Allman, Foghat, Molly Hatchet and Pat Travers, but I also believe that the new headliners for this cruise give it the promise to be even better than the first cruise – which is quite a feat.

Paul Rodgers is a huge talent; the voice of songs like "All Right Now," "Fire and Water," "Wishing Well," "Feel Like Making Love," Can't Get Enough" which are hits from his many own bands before he sang with (separately) Queen, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

The Creedence Clearwater Revisted is a sure-fire crowd pleaser with their good-time easy rock hits like "Susie Q," and "Proud River." And at sales of 90-million records Foreigner has hit songs that we still hear on the radio every day.

I have said it before and will say it again; you just can't beat the combination of live music and a cruise. No distractions, no driving home; nothing but the pure, uninterrupted joy of sitting in small intimate theaters close enough to see every strum and bead of sweat by some of the best Rock 'n Roll bands in history. Go to http://rocklegendscruise.com/ for more information.

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