Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Clapton, Zeppelin to open University of Akron stadium with a bang!

Let me be the first to utter phrase "Zeppelin in Zipville" although I'm sure others will make a humorous comparisons about Zeppelin taking on a blimp.

The announcement is coming early next week, but I've learned that rock legends Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin will christen Akron's new football stadium with back-to-back concerts on Sept. 11th and 12th. The two icons of Rock are making Akron the second stop on their "Better off Dead" tour .. which looks to be a blockbuster in the world of music.

Clapton's Friday night show will be followed by the Akron Zips home opener Saturday afternoon .. and then Led Zeppelin's performance later on Saturday night.

A separate ticket is needed for each event, but package deals are in the works.

The announcement has been kept hush-hush this week so as not to take anything away from the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame's induction week ceremonies.

If you want to know whom to thank, look no further than Matt Patrick. Akron's radio king reportedly played pool with Plant some years ago, and invited him to come to Akron and play a gig.

Plant said he'd only come if Akron had at least 30-thousand seats to sell .. so when the U of A got its new stadium in place, Patrick called Plant telling him to pay up.

No word yet on opening groups, but it would be a lock to have Akron's Chrissie Hynde take part in some way.

Most of the other details are being withheld, although I understand Bob Dyer has the exclusive coming up Sunday in the Akron Beacon Journal. He's sure to come up with some better humor than mine.

Remember you heard it here first! On with the show!

12 comments:

redhorse said...

Um, Eric, is the post like the aquarium post? I think so.

Mac said...

And the Who will be there to play "Won't be fooled again".

Dan K said...

I thought I heard the shows were Zeptember 9th and 10th?

LOL, good stuff.

Dustin B. said...

Good one Eric!!

redhorse-The aquarium post ended up being real... well kind of.

Anonymous said...

Led "Ziplen"

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