WHO ARE THEY: Rock band Boston didn’t have to wait very long before achieving massive success. The band’s 1976 self-titled debut album was an enormous hit, selling 17 million copies and making the band a top draw right out of the gates. The album contained the hit singles “More Than a Feeling,” “Long Time” and “Peace of Mind” and stayed on the charts for 132 weeks. The 1978 follow up “Don’t Look Back” couldn’t match the success of its predecessor, yet contained hit songs in the title track and “A Man I’ll Never Be.” Boston guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer Tom Scholz became involved in a lawsuit with CBS which resulted in a long hiatus for the band. In 1986, however, the band finally re-emerged with “Third Stage,” an album that topped the charts and contained the No. 1 hit “Amanda.” Tragedy struck Boston in 2007 when lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide.
WHO IS HE: Jeff Dunham is a stand-up comedian and ventriloquist whose cast of puppets includes an old man named Walter, a woozle named Peanut, a talking jalapeno named Jose, Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Melvin, the Superhero Guy. Dunham has appeared on “Comedy Central Presents” and has released several DVDs including “Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself,” which was released in 2006.
WHO IS HE: Hailing from Austin, Texas, Gary Clark Jr. is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who has made quite a name for himself releasing three albums since 2004 while also finding work as an actor. His first two albums were on independent labels, but with 2012’s “Black and Blu,” Clark made the jump to the majors. The results were impressive with the album reaching No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It also made it on the list of the Top 50 albums of 2012 in Rolling Stone, clocking in at No. 27.
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Manchester, England, Herman’s Hermits had a short, but very successful, run in the mid-1960s with their squeaky clean image and string of hit singles including “I’m into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the Eight, I Am,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “Silhouettes,” “Wonderful World” and “Dandy.” Unlike contemporaries such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, Herman’s Hermits relied primarily on recording covers of other people’s material, and this may be part of the reason for their short-lived success on the top of the charts. In the years that followed, the group went through several lineup changes and eventually split into different touring versions, one with singer Peter Noone at the helm and another led by drummer Barry Whitwam.
WHO ARE THEY: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is 31-year-old mixed martial artist from Denver, Colo. He holds a professional record of 23-6-0 with 1 no contest. Striking, submissions and Muay Tai are his specialties. Jim Miller hails from Whippany and is a 30-year-old fighter with a pro record of 24-4-0 with 1 NC. He specializes in submissions, cardio and wrestling.
Josh Kaufman walked away the Season 6 winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” but he knows the reality competition could easily have gone another way.
Some two years into their worldwide Unity Tour, the Jacksons are still thriving from life on the road.
WHO IS HE: Peter Frampton became a ’70s rock icon thanks in large part to his hugely successful “Frampton Comes Alive” album. The live album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest selling live album of all time up to that point. It featured the hit singles “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Show Me The Way.” In 1976 Frampton was recognized as “Artist of the Year” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Frampton’s early years were spent in British bands such as The Herd and Humble Pie, both of which appeared to be poised for superstardom. However, Frampton went out on his own and released his debut solo album “Wind of Change” in 1972. His 1975 release “Frampton” went gold and became his first successful album in the United States. Frampton was able to build a large cult following by playing an exhaustive schedule of live shows.
WHO ARE THEY: DJ Tiesto is one of the most well-respected and popular trance DJs in the world. He is a native of Breda, Netherlands, and first began playing at a club in his town called The Sprock. Tiesto co-founded Black Hole Recordings in 1997. He released six solo albums to date: “In My Memory,” “Just Be,” “Elements of Life,” “Kaleidoscope,” “Kiss from the Past” and “A Town Called Paradise.” Some of his hit singles are “Flight 643,” “Lethal Industry,” “Suburban Train,” “Traffic” and “Adagio for Strings.”
WHO IS HE: Kevin James is an actor and comedian best known for his lead role on the television show “The King of Queens.” James began his career as a stand-up comedian, making appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Dennis Miller Live” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” James began appearing in small roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” which eventually led to him to his own sitcom “The King of Queens.” In addition to television, James has starred in the films “Hitch,” “I Now Pronounce you Chuck & Larry,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” “Grown-Ups” and its sequel.
WHO IS HE: Colin Jost is a comedian, writer and actor who is known as both a cast member and head writer on “Saturday Night Live.” With Seth Meyers recently obtaining his own late-night talk show, Jost took over his role as the “Weekend Update” anchor, a highly-coveted position previously held by comic heavyweights such as Chevy Chase, Dennis Miller, Norm MacDonald, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. As a stand-up comic, Jost has made appearances on TBS, HBO, the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
WHO IS HE: John Mellencamp is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who has produced an impressive body of work that has spoken to his Indiana roots and has been classified by many as heartland rock. He’s racked up a slew of hit songs, sold more than 40 million albums and has long been considered one of the great live rock performers of his generation. As one of the founding members of Farm Aid, Mellencamp helped raise awareness of the loss of family farms across America and has helped raise money to allow farmers to keep their land. His hit songs include “Hurts So Good,” “Jack and Diane,” “Authority Song,” “Pink Houses,” “Crumblin’ Down,” “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A” and “Paper in Fire.”
WHO ARE THEY: The A’s are a New Wave band from Philadelphia that made their mark in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band consists of singer Richard Bush, guitarist Rick DiFonzo, keyboardist Rocco Notte, bassist Terry Bortman and drummer Michael Snyder. The band released its debut, self-titled album in 1979 which was a critical success. The A’s followed it up with “A Woman’s Got the Power,” which had more of an R&B and heartland rock influence to it. The title track was covered by Clarence Clemons on his 1983 album “Rescue.”
WHO ARE THEY: Pat Benatar was discovered at the Catch a Rising Star club in New York City in the late 1970s and released her debut album “In the Heat of the Night” in 1979. The album contained the radio hits “Heartbreaker” and “I Need a Lover.” Benatar’s backing band was led by guitarist Neil Giraldo, whom she later married. Her sophomore release “Crimes of Passion” went double platinum and made her an arena headliner. It featured the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Treat Me Right” and “You Better Run.” Benatar was featured heavily on MTV in its early days, which helped her career immensely. Other hits during the ’80s included “Love is a Battlefield,” “Shadows of the Night,” “We Belong,” “Fire and Ice,” “Promises in the Dark” and “Invincible.”
WHO ARE THEY: The Fleetwood Mac and Friends tribute show features artists that look, sound and dress just like rock superstars Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart. These talented singers and musicians have worked tirelessly at recreating every nuance of the artists they portray, and the result is a show that is highly entertaining and quite remarkable.
WHO IS HE: Burton Cummings is best known as the lead singer and keyboardist for The Guess Who. During his tenure with the band he sang and wrote classic tracks such as “American Woman,” “Share the Land,” “No Time,” “New Mother Nature,” Star Baby,” “Laughing” and “These Eyes.” After 10 years with The Guess Who, Cummings left to pursue a solo career. He scored a hit with the song “Stand Tall” and had success in Canada with the songs “I’m Scared,” “Break it to Them Gently” and “Fine State of Affairs,” while his 1978 album “Dream of a Child” was Canada’s biggest album in history at the time. His most recent album is 2008’s “Above the Ground.”
WHAT IS IT: LeNoir is a cirque-style entertainment show featuring acrobatic acts and carefully designed stage sets courtesy of creative producer Simon Painter. The show aims to explore emotions through the color transformations from the purity of white, the passion of red and the darkness of black.
WHO ARE THEY: Magic! is a reggae/pop band from Canada led by lead vocalist and producer Nasri Atweh. The group released its debut single “Rude” in 2013 and it proved to be a big hit in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Magic! was featured on Shakira’s song “Cut Me Deep” from her self-titled album. The band’s brand new debut LP is titled “Don’t Kill the Magic.”
Lady Gaga is getting arty for her latest “ball.” The headline-generating hitmaker behind songs such as “Bad Romance” and “Born This Way” is currently touring in “artRave: The Artpop Ball,” which will be performed 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
For her fifth album, Avril Lavigne wanted to try something less, well, complicated.
WHO IS HE: Yakov Smirnoff is a comedian who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1970s. His career took off in the 1980s and he began appearing in films and television shows including his own sitcom “What a Country!” Ironically, the eventual fall of the Soviet Union hurt Smirnoff’s career as much of his act was based on humorous comparisons between life under communism and capitalism. Eventually the comic retooled his act to focus on different topics. Smirnoff also went on to become a professor at Missouri State University and Drury University.
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers first emerged in the late 1950s with a string of doo-wop singles and went on to become one of the most influential R&B groups of all time. Led by the expressive voice of lead vocalist Ron Isley, The Isley Brothers forged new territory in the soul, funk and rock ‘n’ roll genres over the years. Hits by the group include “This Old Heart of Mine,” “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady, Pt. 1” and “Fight the Power Pt. 1 & 2.”
WHO ARE THEY: In 1994 when the rock world was still immersed in the grunge sounds that continued to emanate out of Seattle, Counting Crows emerged with the hit single “Mr. Jones.” The song was in stark contrast to much of the darker music present on the band’s 1993 debut album “August and Everything After” and helped propel Counting Crows to the top of the charts. “August and Everything After” went on to sell 7 million copies, and the band got to open for the Rolling Stones on their 1994 “Voodoo Lounge Tour.” The band released “Recovering the Satellites” in 1996, followed by the double album “Across a Wire: Live in New York” in 1998. Subsequent albums include “This Desert Life,” “Hard Candy” and “New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall February 6, 2003.”
WHO ARE THEY: This Australian soft rock group first gained exposure in the late 1970s while touring as the opening act for Rod Stewart. A record contract was soon to follow and Air Supply was on their way with their debut album “Lost in Love,” which sold over two million copies in the U.S. and included the hit singles “Lost in Love,” “All out of Love” and “Every Woman in the World.” Their sophomore album “The One That You Love” was released a year later and the title track became a No. 1 hit. The album also contained the hit songs “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” and “Sweet Dreams.” In 1982, the “Now and Forever” album featured the hit single “Even the Nights are Better.”
WHO IS HE: Bob Newhart is an actor and comedian who is best known for his television work on the “The Bob Newhart Show” during the 1970s and “Newhart” during the 1980s. More recently he has appeared in the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy “Elf” in the role of Papa Elf. Newhart’s comedy career was initially launched through a series of comedy albums in the 1960s. As a stand-up he became known as the world’s first solo straight man.
WHO ARE THEY: The Royals Burlesque show features Philadelphia drag queen celebrity Brittany Lynn and her Royal Court which consists of buff male performers. Lynn is the creator of Philadelphia’s Drag Mafia, a show which had an impressive 10-year run at several nightlife venues. She also hosted a show in the Studio Six nightclub and at Resorts Casino Hotel’s ProBar. Philadelphia City Paper declared her the “Hardest Working Drag Queen.”
WHO ARE THEY: “Magique” is a family-friendly production which stars Kevin & Caruso and is directed by renowned choreographer Mistinguett. The show includes amazing illusions as well as comedy and cirque and runs through August 30 at Tropicana Casino and Resort.
WHO ARE THEY: “Impractical Jokers” is a hidden camera television show that premiered on TruTV in December of 2011. The premise is that four guys compete with each other on hilarious random tasks with unassuming people. One cast member performs the prank while the other three in the troupe are feeding them lines via an earpiece. The show has over 60 million viewers and has recently featured Rosie O’Donnell and Imagine Dragons. The TruTV Impractical Jokers Tour features The Tenderloins who are a comedy troupe comprised of four high school friends from Staten Island that formed in the late 1990s as a live improv act. They gained success on the road and on the internet in comedic sketches before starring on Impractical Jokers.
WHO ARE THEY: Brass Transit is a Chicago tribute band from Toronto, consisting of Neil Donnell on lead vocals, Tony Carlucci on trumpet, Don Breithaupt on keyboards and backup vocals, Paul Delong on drums, Doug Gibson on trombone, Bob McAlphine on guitar and backup vocals, Phil Poppa on saxophone and backup vocals and Jay Speziale on bass and backup vocals. The individual band members have played with legends such as The Drifters, The Marvelettes, The Mamas & the Papas, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Vallie.
WHO ARE THEY: Beatlemania Now has performed their tribute to The Beatles before hundreds of thousands of people during their career. With multiple costume changes, authentic instruments, a big screen video presentation and over 35 songs, the group chronologically traces the Beatles’ career from their 1964 U.S. debut up until the swan song of “Let it Be.” Beatlemania Now has performed internationally at everything from intimate club performances to gigantic outdoor gatherings of more than 20,000 people and has become the premier multi-media Beatles show in the process.
WHO ARE THEY: Magician Rob Lake has traveled the world performing grand illusions that have been witnessed by millions of people. He was the youngest person to win the prestigious Merlin Award as International Stage Magician of the Year in 2008, and he’s worked as a magic consultant on various network television series and films. His effects can be seen in productions such as “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast.”
WHO THEY ARE: Theresa Caputo is a psychic medium who is best known for her TLC television show “Long Island Medium.” The show highlights Caputo’s interesting daily situations where she suddenly starts receiving messages when she is in the midst of doing ordinary everday tasks. Caputo is a certified medium who has been practicing for over a decade with the Forever Family Foundation.
George Thorogood isn’t one to wax nostalgic about his 40 years in rock.
Art Alexakis isn’t the same angry young man who broke through in the ’90s as the main creative force behind Everclear.
Ringo Starr is staying in the moment. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Beatles drummer is focused on his current slate, which includes touring with his All Starr Band, recording a new album and exhibiting his artwork for charity.
WHO IS SHE: Simply put, Diana Ross is one of the most successful female vocalists of all time. As both a solo artist and as a member of the legendary Motown group The Supremes, Ross has scored countless hits and has influenced a never-ending list of singers. In 1964 The Supremes scored their first No. 1 hit with “Where Did Our Love Go,” which was followed by four more consecutive number-one hits: “Baby Love,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Come See About Me” and “Back in My Arms Again.” The group was eventually re-named Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1967. Finally in 1970 Ross departed to pursue a career as a solo artist. Her solo hits include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” “Do You Know Where You’re Going To,” “Love Hangover,” “Upside Down” and “Endless Love,” a duet with Lionel Richie.
WHO ARE THEY: Although he’s best known as the drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr’s career as a solo artist has spanned over four decades. As a member of the “Fab Four,” Ringo’s singing generally took a back seat to that of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and even George Harrison, but he was featured on such notable Beatles tracks as “Yellow Submarine,” “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Octopus’s Garden.” Following the band’s breakup in 1970, Starr scored top ten hits with “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Back off Boogaloo,” “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” and “Oh My My.”
WHO ARE THEY: During the second half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Hall & Oates assaulted the masses with their blue-eyed Philadelphia soul and pop sound, scoring six No. 1 singles and six platinum albums in the process. Their hits from the ’70s include “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl,” but it was during the ’80s that the duo really took off commercially. “Kiss On My List” became Hall & Oates’ second No. 1 hit in 1980. In 1981, they released the album “Private Eyes,” which contained two more No. 1 hits, the title track and “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” Hall and Oates continued to ride the wave of success and released “H20” in 1982, which sold more than two million copies and contained their biggest hit single, “Maneater,” along with other hits such as “One on One” and “Family Man.” 1984’s “Big Bam Boom” contained the No. 1 hit “Out of Touch.”
WHO ARE THEY: Real Diamond is a Neil Diamond tribute band dedicated to delivering note-perfect performances of all of Diamond’s classic hits. Singer Curt Di Domizio is the Real Diamond founder and fronts the group with his passionate, soulful voice. The rest of the lineup includes Kevin Crandall, Pam Carbonara, Larry Bergman, Fred Segal, Mike Pollack, Debbie Fossile and Sharon Stirling. The band routinely performs at casinos, theaters, and clubs throughout the country.
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of over 40 famous entertainers. He maintains a schedule that is comprised largely of private corporate events and senior functions, but also performs occasional public shows at casinos and other venues. On occasion he performs along with the 18-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.
WHO ARE THEY: During the 1960s and 1970s singer B.J. Thomas scored a string of hit songs both with The Triumphs and as a solo act. In 1966 Thomas and the Triumphs had a hit with a cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Mainstream success came to Thomas in 1968 with the huge hit “Hooked on a Feeling” as well as “The Eyes of a New York Woman.” In 1969 Thomas sang “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the soundtrack of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and it became a No. 1 hit. As the 1970s progressed, Thomas kept the hits coming with “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “Everybody’s Out of Town,” “Rock and Roll Lullaby” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
WHO ARE THEY: Hailing from York, PA, Live rose to stardom in 1994 with the chart-topping album “Throwing Copper,” which included the singles “I Alone,” “Selling the Drama,” “Lightning Crashes,” “All Over You” and “White, Discussion.” The album sold eight million copies in the United States alone. Live followed it up in 1997 with “Secret Samadhi” which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and contained the songs “Lakini’s Juice,” “Turn My Head,” “Freaks” and “Rattlesnake.” The band continued to tour and release albums until 2009 when lead singer Ed Kowalczyk split with the band. Live re-emerged in 2012 with Chris Shinn as the new lead singer.
WHO ARE THEY: Frank Marino is a Las Vegas legend, having been named the city’s “Entertainer of the Century” in 2009 after having performed in front of an estimated 10 million people throughout his 25 year career. The multi-talented Marino has worked as an actor, emcee, newscaster, columnist, spokesperson and male actress. He stars as Joan Rivers alongside cast of female impersonators in “Divas Las Vegas.”
WHO IS HE: Being the son of Boogie Kings’ guitarist Ted Broussard, Marc Broussard had music surrounding him since he birth. Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, Broussard inhaled the Cajun-flavored R&B, jazz and soul and delivered his own music with a rough voice that’s reminiscent of Dr. John and John Hiatt. Broussard released his debut independent album “Momentary Setback” when he was just 20 years old. In 2003, Broussard’s rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Back in Your Arms” appeared on the tribute album “Light of Day.” Throughout the 2000s Broussard released a series of critically acclaimed albums including “S.O.S.: Save Our Soul” and “Keep Coming Back.”
WHO IS HE: Robby Krieger is a Rock 'n’ Roll Hall of Famer who made his mark on music history as the guitarist and co-songwriter for The Doors. In the late 1960s the band emerged as one of the most innovate groups on the L.A. music scene. Their music captured the dark side of the hippie generation with hits such as “Break on Through,” “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman,” while Krieger’s guitar playing was a huge part of their unmistakable sound. His unforgettable guitar solo in “Light My Fire” took what could have been just a simple pop song to new heights.
Although he will turn 67 years old next month, Carlos Santana’s soul is as young and energetic as the 22-year-old version who stepped on stage at Woodstock more than four decades ago. Inspired, positive and enlightened with an almost Zen-like calmness, Santana finds inspiration under every rock.
Some two decades after Fox’s “In Living Color” went off the air, the groundbreaking sketch comedy series still resonates with audiences, according to former cast member Tommy Davidson.
Along with The Beatles, Michael Jackson stands out as one of the most revered and celebrated musicians of the 20th Century. His body of work, both as a solo artist and with his siblings in The Jackson 5, continues to populate dance floors across the nation.