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Mick Fleetwood is joined by local musicians such as Raiatea Helm and Willie K to form Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumuors Band. The band gave a preview concert at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel yesterday.
Rumours have it Crater concert is back
The Diamond Head Crater Celebration is back for a second year, this time at a later date and with slashed general admission prices.
Featuring Earth Wind & Fire, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band, the Gregg Rolie Band, Yvonne Elliman and Polynesian Cultural Center dancers
On stage: 2 p.m. May 19
Place: Diamond Head Crater
Tickets: $69 general; $99, $135, $150 and $175 reserved. Available at Blaisdell box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or (877) 750-4400.
Parking: Tickets include reserved parking nearby and shuttle service.
Note: No tickets will be sold at the door. General admission ticket-holders may bring low-back beach chairs. Those who paid the original $125 general admission price are being offered upgrades to reserved seats.
Call: 735-7000 or visit www.cratercelebration.com.
Hoping to avert the risk of heavy rain that nearly derailed the festival's debut last April, GM Entertainment CEO Ron Gibson is looking toward the May 19 event as coming closer to his and his business partner Mark Mellick's vision.
Part of realizing that is the recent announcement of a new general admission price at "1969 levels" -- namely $69 -- to help boost sales. The event staff has been contacting those who purchased tickets at the original $125 with an offer of a free upgrade to reserved seating.
"Everyone should pay a fair price," Gibson said at the festival's media event yesterday at the Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. "We want this festival to live on, and we hope this, and the music we heard today, will give us that momentum."
To help spur interest, one of the featured acts, Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band, performed a stirring miniset that featured a couple of old tunes associated with the drummer's more famous band, Fleetwood Mac.
After kicking off the set with "O Tahiti," the band played on with verve and confidence with solid renditions of "Dreams" (with Raiatea Helm astutely channeling Stevie Nicks) and "World Turning," featuring some blistering guitar work by later-Mac member Rick Vito. (The band is rounded out by Barefoot Natives partners Willie K and Eric Gilliom, percussionist Lopaka Colón and bassist Lenny Castellanos.)
Fleetwood commented from the stage that he hopes the festival will have a great future and "a vision of what could become an international music festival that will also feature the great talent from here in Hawaii. It excites me."
For exclusive video
of Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band performance of "Dreams," visit columnist Jason Genegabus' blog at www.sonecessary.tv