Rock Legends Cruise 3

| Thursday, 05 Dec. 2013

RLC3 will feature the Doobie Brothers, 38 Special, Edgar Winter, Dickie Betts, The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker & more

For more information or to book this cruise: Rock Legends Cruise 3

The three-year run of “Rock Legends Cruises” is already remarkable. The first and original Rock Legends Cruise 1 hit the cruise music world like a bat out of hell (to quote a popular rock ‘n roll phrase) with an unexpectedly excellent and unprecedented marquee of performers including ZZ Top, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, John Kay and Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchet, the Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, Foghat, Dickie Betts and Great Southern, Johnny Winter, his brother Edgar Winter, Devon Allman (the guitar-playing son of Gregg Allman), Artimus Pyle (former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd), Pat Travers and several more.

These cruises were never meant to be anything more than fundraisers for a very good cause, the North American Heritage Association for the benefit of Native Americans, and so they remain. But Incredibly, the creative director and mastermind behind these cruises, Pamela Myers, managed to assemble this amazing lineup of bands even though she had never  promoted a single rock ‘n roll event before – nor had she ever chartered a cruise ship. She ended up with the largest cruise ship ever to have a full-charter rock cruise – Liberty of the Seas, and she put the best bands to ever play on cruise ships into the lineup. Job well done, Pamela.

The resounding success of the first Rock Legends Cruise meant that Pam had given herself a very hard act to follow. She wasn’t sure if she could, or should, even try to duplicate the event. There is a tremendous amount of risk involved in rock event promotions and in ship charters. A lot of money has to be spent up front and all the success boils down to what happens in the matter of just a few days. There are no “do overs” in show business.

But the people who paid to go on the cruise, and many artists who had never played on cruise ships before but heard about the success of her first cruise convinced Pam to go forward once again, and so almost immediately after the first cruise she announced Rock Legends Cruise 2 – to take place a year later – yet another full charter rock cruise on the same largest cruise ship to ever host such a cruise.

But Rock Legends Cruise 2 was no second fiddle. It had a slightly different flavor in the line-up, a little more classic rock and just a bit less Southern Rock flavor, but the marquee was equally impressive starting with infamous rock singer Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company, along with Foreigner, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, Foghat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Kentucky HeadHunters, Atlanta Rhythm Section, The Artimus Pyle Band, Devon Allman's Honeytribe and more.

After this second resoundingly successful cruise, Pam had exhausted herself, her staff and her rock connections. Plus the market for rock cruises already seemed to be pretty full so Pam announced she was taking a year off before producing Rock Legends Cruise number three. This was not an easy decision, but it seemed like the right one. Rock concerts are a notoriously difficult and risky business – about as sure as going to Las Vegas to bet all your money on roulette. Not only that, but the precedents Pam had already set – chartering the biggest cruise ship for a rock cruise ever and convincing so many “name” artists to come aboard at the same time was a long shot both times. Pam considered herself very lucky, but also wise enough to know when to take her money off the table.

But sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. After a lot of pressure from her cruise clientele and some of the bands who had played on the first two cruises, Pam decided to go ahead with Rock Legends Cruise 3 – scheduled to take place February 19, 2015. Admittedly, the line-up started small with only about five bands committing initially. Unlike the first two cruises which started out with gangbuster lineups, this cruise has been adding new bands in drips and drabs. But with the just released announcement the lineup is showing more and better bands signing up at the last minute. Rock Legends Cruise 3 will be a resounding success, just like the first two.

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With more bands still to be announced - here is the lineup for the upcoming cruise so far:

  • The Doobie Brothers
  • 38 Special
  • The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Dickey Betts & Great Southern
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Uriah Heep
  • The Outlaws
  • The Edgar Winter Band
  • Ten Years After
  • Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown
  • The Artimus Pyle Band
  • The Pat Travers Band
  • Blue Lords

For more information or to book this cruise: Rock Legends Cruise 3

The Doobie Brothers have never played on a cruise ship before. 38 Special was here last year as well as Blue Oyster Cult, Pat Travers and the Blue Lords. What is a surprise with this latest announcement is that many of the bands from Rock Legends Cruise 1 are returning for round 3. This is significant because many of them had only agreed to play on the first cruise because the annual Lynyrd Skynyrd cruise (on a competing cruise line) had been canceled for just that year. That was the same and only reason Pam decided to try her hand at rock cruises in the first place.

What no one expected was that newcomer Rock Legends Cruise would be the best rock cruises ever presented, and that they would outsell all previous rock cruises – even those promoted by people who had been doing rock cruises at sea for over a decade.

I can’t say why many of those bands decided to return to this upcoming cruise after skipping a year, amazing bands like The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Artimus Pyle and Edgar Winters, but here they are – back for another round on Rock Legends Cruise 3.

I was lucky enough to see both Rock Legends Cruises 1 and 2. I hope I get a chance to see number 3.  Pam knows that this upcoming cruise means taking a big financial risk with the money for her charitable organization. Despite her first inclination to sit out for a year, outside influences have her back in the ring. Pam is a very good and honest soul, and as she continues to sign up more and more bands she is also asking her cruise audience to put down deposits for the cruise, with the guarantee that if anyone is not happy with the final musical lineup when it is announced they can have their deposit refunded in full. That is a really good deal.

I personally believe that you will be enthralled and amazed by bands like the Outlaws, 38 Special, Dickey Betts & Great Southern (Dickey was in the original Allman Brothers Band), Artimus Pyle (from the original Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Edgar Winter. Even better the intimate ship venue gives you fantastic views and access to the players throughout the entire cruise.

But some of the newcomers are even more impressive: The Doobie Brothers – this band created many of the biggest hits of the 80s and 90s – “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Without Love,” “Black Water,” “Minute by Minute,” “What a Fool Believes,” and more. Notably, the last two hits were recorded when baritone Michael McDonald was in the lineup, but he will not be on the ship. However, all but the last two songs mentioned were done by the original lineup.

Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown was one of the rockinest 60s bands ever. Simmonds was the original founder who sang “Tell Mama,” “I Can’t Get next to You,” “Wang Dang Doodle” and more. Pat Travers will be back for his third year, a solid rocker and amazing guitar player whose hits include “Boom Boom (Out go the Lights)” and “Snortin’ Whiskey”.

Blue Oyster Cult had hits with “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and more. Uriah Heep has been rocking stadiums since 1970 with a multitude of well-known players.

As a guitar player and rock enthusiast myself I can guarantee you a fantastic cruise. These bands are all top-notch professional rock and rollers - not re-made bar bands using known names. I know because I have seen almost all of them play in recent years. These are solid performers whose skills are as great as ever.

With this announcement that many of the bands from RLC 1 returning I am confident that this years Rock Legends Cruise 3 will be as good as any previous Rock Legends Cruise – and I want all rock enthusiasts to come out and support the bands and the cause. This is for charity after all, which technically should make your cruise tax deductible (but you’d better check that with your accountant first - ). At least that is what you can tell your spouse. It’s easy to say you’re sorry later than to get permission in the first place.

For more information or to book this cruise: Rock Legends Cruise 3

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