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CREED REUNITES WITH ‘FULL CIRCLE’ Band will play from all albums at House of Blues

When you choose to be a musician and taste success as Scott Phillips did with Creed, an acrimonious breakup can be as difficult on the psyche as the pocketbook. Instead of moping following the 2004 dissolution, drummer Phillips joined two of his Creed mates, Mark Tremonti and Brian Marshall, and formed a new band, Alter Bridge. Singer Scott Stapp was odd man out. The new group, which Phillips said had more edge than Creed, released three albums. “We also did a ton of touring. A lot of the time, we were overseas,” he said in an interview from Anchorage, Alaska, where the reformed Creed is set to perform. The reunited band plays the House of Blues on Sept. 7. The olive branch was floated in 2009 about getting Creed back together, Phillips said. “I went six years without seeing Scott, without any type of interaction. So there was a lot of anticipation that first meeting.” Would the meeting be positive or unpleasant? “Luckily, it was all smiles and hugs. A great reunion,” he said. The separation and reunion apparently did not scare off die-hard fans, Phillips said. “We’ve had great attendance at shows.” The show at the House of Blues will not focus on an entire album as they’ve done recently, but will be a mix of all four albums. “We thought it would be great to do a full show at the House of Blues,” Phillips said. The fourth album, aptly named “Full Circle,” was the first recorded after the reunion. The band has begun writing material for its next album. “It’s a matter of getting into a studio and start recording,” Phillips said.

IF YOU GO

Creed’s Scott Phillips, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Stapp play Sept. 7 at the House of Blues in Showboat.

Creed plays Sept. 7 at the House of Blues in Showboat, 801 Boardwalk. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and $62.50 and can be purchased at the House of Blues box office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 736-1420.

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Creed does not set out to do something different album to album. “It’s a song-bysong thing,” Phillips said. “There’s no conscious effort to repeat yourself.” Phillips said he has as much say as he wants when it come to the songs. “It’s definitely a democracy with the songwriting. It starts with Mark and then Scott, then we all add input,” said Phillips, who began his musical journey on piano, then switched to saxophone and, finally, to drums in his hometown of Madison, Fla.

Phillips cites Will Calhoun, the drummer of Living Colour, as his biggest influence. “He had a way of just laying down this massive groove. And he had the ability for huge fills and odd time signatures. He knew when to be busy and when not. I took that to heart.” It’s worked. The band released three consecutive multi-platinum albums, one of which has been certified diamond, and has sold more than 28 million records in the

United States, and more than 40 million albums worldwide. The single, “With Arms Wide Open,” won the Grammy for Best Rock Song in 2001. Ah, but what about the fate of Alter Bridge? It isn’t going away, said Phillips, an avid golfer who carries a handicap of less than 10. “It takes extra careful planning and a lot of calendars,” he said. “

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SOAK UP THE SOUNDS Sponge plays House of Blues Pit Party

When Sponge takes the stage at the House of Blues Party Pit Saturday, fans will be treated to a rarity. The Detroitbased band will play its 1994 debut album, “Rotting Piñata,” in its entirety in the correct order. The album includes the hit singles “Plowed” and “Molly.” “This is a different type of tour for us,” said founding member Vinnie Dombroski. “Some of these songs we haven’t played in 15 years.” The band received requests for the more obscure songs from the album. After playing the entire record, the band will take requests from its other seven studio releases, which include songs such as “Have You Seen Mary.” It’s a lot of music for a free show, but that’s fine with the band, Dombroski said. “We hope some fans decide to buy a T-shirt and a CD,” he said. The band’s most recent EP, “Destroy the Boy,” is being refashioned into a fulllength CD, expected out this fall. “I think we will name it something else

so not to confuse it,” said Dombroski, who got into rock to satisfy his love of loud amps and loud noises. A raw guitar and the sounds it could make got him hooked, especially when older friends produced feedback on their amps. It helped that his father played guitar in a band and also taught the instrument. Dombroski, who still lives in the Detroit area, is the lone founding member still with Sponge. “The music dictates surviving these personnel changes,” he said of the lineup variations. “If you do it correctly, you weather the changes.” The current lineup has been together for 10 years, for the most part. “That’s longer than the original guys. That’s a solid number of years. They represent the music wonderfully,” he said. When Sponge played the Brooklyn Bowl recently, Dombroski’s 26 year-old son, Steven, filled in on guitar. Is this the start of a new career for the young man? “He’d have to take a cut in pay to do that,” his father quipped.

IF YOU GO Sponge performs Saturday at the House of Blues Party Pit in Showboat Atlantic City, 801 Boardwalk. Showtime is 11 p.m. Admission is free.

Detroit-based band Sponge will play its 1994 debut album, ‘Rotting Piñata,’ in its entirety at the House of Blues Pit Party. PHOTO PROVIDED

Nanking raises the bar with entree specials

IF YOU GO Nanking is on the sixth floor at Bally’s Atlantic City, Boardwalk and Park Place. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and for dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. For information, call (609) 340-1100. To view the standard menu, visit ballysac.com/casinos/ ballys-atlantic-city/restaurants-dining/nankingdetail.html

Nanking has six locations outside Atlantic City, and all the restaurants have similar menus. “Basically, it’s Asian food with a fusion twist,” said Monica Sohi, manager of the Bally’s location. But customers expect something more in a casino hotel environment, she said. So customers at the Bally’s Nanking can order a series of specials from chef Krishna Bhandari. “In Atlantic City, we see such a diverse scale of customer come in. We want to appeal to everybody’s taste so we go one step further out of the box,” Sohi said. And so Nanking at Bally’s serves filet mignon, certainly not a staple in an Asian restaurant. But the recipe includes cilantro and teriyaki, along with Chinese broccoli. Among the other entrée specials: grilled Maine lobster with lemon butter sauce and brown noodles with a Cantonese-style ginger and scallion sauce; young

coconut and Thai curry with jumbo shrimp inside; a popular seafood medley that features an assortment of seafood — shrimp, salmon mussel calamari, scallops — in white garlic sauce with brown rice. Appetizers include specialties such as lemongrass cilantro crab cakes; tuna tartar sliders; and shrimp and cashew nut egg rolls. “There are certain elements familiar to the American eye, but we do it with an Asian twist,” Sohi said. Regardless of the item, all meals are made to the customer’s tastes, she said. The cocktails are prepared with a twist. A Bloody Mary contains Indian spices. Cosmopolitans use white cranberry juice. And the pina colada contains cognac. “It’s all about mixing things you won’t think of,” Sohi said. Nanking also can host banquets and weddings. And as part of that service, the restaurant creates one-of-a-kind fruit carvings.

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BIG SHRIMP FESTIVAL

Bubba Gump Shrimp Fest will be held noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on The Deck at the Golden Nugget. THINKSTOCK

Two-day event ends summer with live music and food Scott Tarwater learned two things after last year’s inaugural Bubba Gump Shrimp Festival at Golden Nugget Atlantic City: The festival needs to be a two-day event, and does better when tied to a holiday such as Labor Day weekend. Both elements come into play at this year’s version, Saturday and Sunday on The Deck by the Farley Marina, said Tarwater, corporate director of wine & special events for Landry’s Inc., Golden Nugget’s parent company. The festival pays homage to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a chain of restaurants owned by Landry’s.

“This will quadruple the amount of people who experience the festival,� he said. Another innovation is l ive music versus the piped-in variety featured last year. “We hired a Zydeco band,� Tarwater said. What won’t change this time around is a menu that includes Cajun shrimp, popcorn shrimp, shrimp gumbo, peel-and-eat shrimp, shrimp poorboy sandwiches, shrimp and salsa cocktail, and jambalaya. The goal is to stay true to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. brand. “We use the exact recipes and offer items you get when you walk into any Bubba Gump,� Tarwater said. “We’re flying in Chef Martin Ibarra, corporate executive chef for the Bubba Gump chain. We also buy the identical ingredients we buy in every Bubba Gump.� Landry's created the chain, based in part on the company formed by Tom Hanks’ character in “Forrest Gump.� The nearest locations are in New York

City and Baltimore. There are no plans to open one at the Golden Nugget. The success of the shrimp fest, along with the wine festival earlier this month and next month’s second annual beer festival, point out Golden Nugget’s growing strength, Tarwater said. “We want to show people who come out that we are good at these festivals. They see we bring a high energy and are well-coordinated,� he said.

IF YOU GO Bubba Gump Shrimp Fest will be held noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The Deck at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard. Admission is free; food must be purchased. Visit goldennugget.com/atlanticcity

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CREED 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at House of Blues. Tickets, $39.50-$62.50. PHOTO PROVIDED

JOHN LEGEND 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Borgata. Tickets, $66-$86. ASSOCIATED PRESS

RICK SPRINGFIELD 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Borgata’s Music Box. Tickets, $55-$60. GANNETT

EVENTS CALENDAR

live band rocks the tequila bar.

Tuesday, September 4

DUSK TUESDAYS Caesars >> A DJ spins the music. GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> Rock band performs in the popular tequila bar. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music in this intimate lounge. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJs carry on till the early morning hours.

Thursday, August 30

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 ROCK OF AGES 9 PM, Caesars >> Broadway show rocks the Circus Maximus Theater. $55-$105 JABBAWOCKEEZ 9:30 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Lost in Paris performs in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Lefty Lucy kicks off the music for the afternoon. DJ B Lee takes over at 7, alternating with Rockstar Karaoke and the sounds of Emily’s Toybox. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Slippery When Wet with a Bon Jovi tribute. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> Garden State Radio and DJ Xtina alternate throughout the night. FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> Music Soulchild "After Party" with an appearance and DJ Patrice McBride. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Dane Anthony performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> B Street does Springsteen by the bay LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> House DJ supplies the music in the lounge. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor.

Wednesday, September 5

Brian Setzer, king of modern rockabilly, and his orchestra rock Caesars on Dec. 1. Tickets are $57.50-$87.50. ASSOCIATED PRESS entertainment duties till 5 AM. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM >> DJ Aiden Scott spins the music alternating with a live band. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Cool Jon Sprang spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM BLUE MARTINI 9 PM Bally’s >> Live band alternates with DJ Prefer for the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> A DJ provides the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> A pair of live performers play in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> A band plays by day and another by night by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Live music rocks the room. AFTER HOURS FOUNDATION ROOM 10 PM, Showboat >> DJs inside and out on the terrace till 6 a.m.

Friday, August 31

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists put on the summer show in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 ROCK OF AGES 9 PM, Caesars >> Broadway show rocks the Circus Maximus Theater. $55-$105 GABRIEL IGLESIAS 8 PM, Borgata >> Funny guy gets howls in the Event Center talking about his life. $39.50-$65 CHEAP TRICK 9 PM, Borgata >> Veteran rockers show off their best live show in The Music Box. $59.50-$65 JABBAWOCKEEZ 10 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 8 PM, Bally's >> DJ Aiden Scott alternates with Mr. Greengenes. DJ Sonatra provides tunes at 3 PM. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Beatclan Takeover with DJ Hollywood & the Beatclan's Finest DJ's. 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Patrice McBride spins the music till the early hours. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Goodman Fiske followed by Kristen & The Noise rock the house of tequila throughout the evening. TOGA BAR 10 PM Caesars >> DJ Micah plays the music with the Toga Dancers providing the visuals. MIXX 10 PM Borgata >> Mayhem Fridays with Carlos Melange playing the music in this bi-level lounge provides an intimate experience with plush seating and private table service areas. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> Eli Escobar provides the tunes. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> The Exceptions and then Hyjinx share the music duties till the wee hours. XHIBITION BAR 11:30 PM Harrah’s >> DJ K. Styles does the music. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 9 PM >> DJ Sonatra kicks off the evening of music, with Shake Shake Shake providing live rock at 10 PM, with dancers as an added attraction. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. MOUNTAIN BAR 9 PM, Wild Wild West, Bally's >> DJ Kyle Sweeney spins the records. Shorty the Sheriff and Vixens entertain from 10 PM RUSH 6 PM Golden Nugget >> Richie Balin early and Dane Anthony late in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 8 PM, Golden Nugget >> The ever popular Don’t Call me Francis play by the bay. LIVE 10 PM, Golden Nugget >> Fame & Fortune rocks the house. BLUE MARTINI 10 PM Bally’s >> Who’s Bad with a

A DJ provides the music while the Toga Dancers work their moves Friday at the Toga Bar inside Caesars. PHOTO PROVIDED Michael Jackson tribute. DJ Nick D provides additional entertainment for the evening.

Saturday, September 1

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 7:30, 10 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists put on the summer show in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 ROCK OF AGES 9 PM, Caesars >> Broadway show rocks the Circus Maximus Theater. $55-$105 TRAIN 8 PM, Borgata >> Rock trio sings about their Soul Sister and Jupiter in the Event Center. General admission tickets $55 IL VOLO 9 PM, Borgata >> Teenage operator tenors sing in The Music Box. $75-$85 JABBAWOCKEEZ 10 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 COUNTRY SUPERSTARS 6 and 9 PM, Golden Nugget >> Country music tribute artists cover Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, and more, backed by a five-piece band in the Showroom. $22.55-$39.50 EPIC SATURDAY AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 9 PM, Harrah’s >> DJs entertain on the holiday weekend. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 1 PM, Bally's >> DJ’s and live bands alternate sets day and night. 7400 CLUB 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Johnny Looch spins the music till the early hours. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Live music in this new lounge off the casino floor with DJ Be-Easy until 5 AM. BOARDWALK BEER GARDEN, Caesars >> DJ provides music. GYPSY BAR 7 PM Borgata >> Two live bands rock the house in this eclectic setting just off the casino floor. mur mur 10 PM Borgata >> DJ Politik and Doug Grayson provide music. EDEN LOUNGE 8:15 PM Harrah’s >> Live bands early in the evening and early in the morning. LOBBY BAR 10 PM Bally’s >> Mellow live music in a busy environment. MIA 10 PM, Caesars >> DJ Lu’AP provides the music. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> Two DJs share

Sunday, September 2

CHRIS TUCKER 8 PM, Borgata >> Actor comedian gets funny in The Event Center. $75-$95 IL VOLO 9 PM, Borgata >> Classical group entertains in the Music Box $75-$85 LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for another stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $32.50 ROCK OF AGES 9 PM, Caesars >> Broadway show rocks the Circus Maximus Theater. $55-$105 JABBAWOCKEEZ 7:30 PM, Harrah's Resort >> Male hip-hop dance crew entertain in The Concert Venue. $40-$65 EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Live music rocks the room. GYPSY BAR 8:30 PM Borgata >> Live music in this eclectic setting with all manner of tequila. MIXX SUNDAYS 10 PM Borgata >> Alesso and Paul Castro provide music in this bi-level lounge with plush seating and private table service areas. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 2 PM, Bally's >> Rock bands and DJs provide live music on the beach as summer wanes. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Doug Jennings performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 2 PM, Golden Nugget >> Bands by day. Bands by night. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> Music in this new lounge off the casino floor.

Monday, September 3

mur.mur 10 PM Borgata >> Bingo Players provide the music, if not the game, with PS1 to lend a hand. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Beth Tinnon performs in this intimate lounge. THE DECK 7 PM, Golden Nugget >> Mellow Mondays by the bay. SAMMY'S BEACH BAR 9 PM, Bally's >> Latin night with live music and a DJ EDEN LOUNGE 8 PM, Harrah’s >> Live bands entertain GYPSY LOUNGE 9 PM, Borgata >> A

GYPSY BAR 9 PM Borgata >> Live music entertains in an eclectic setting known for its variety of tequilas. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJ Kay Jay provides the entertainment. EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Rock Star Karaoke with Big Ragu THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM Harrah’s >> Sindustry Wednesday with live DJs. TOGA BAR 10 PM, Caesars >> DJs spin the music throughout the night. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music performs in this intimate lounge.

Thursday, September 6

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for the fall stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $16.25-$32.50 GYPSY BAR 10 PM Borgata >> Live music performs in this eclectic setting noted for its tequila selections. XHIBITION BAR 10 PM Harrah’s >> DJ Ed Smooth provides the musical entertainment EDEN LOUNGE 9 PM Harrah’s >> Tribute band performs. PARTY PIT AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES 8 PM, Showboat >> Live music and DJ provide music. RUSH 8 PM Golden Nugget >> Live music in this intimate lounge. LIVE 8:30 PM, Golden Nugget >> House DJ supplies the music in the lounge. 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor.

Friday, September 7

LEGENDS IN CONCERT 8 PM, Bally's >> The best tribute artists return for the fall stand in Legends in Concert Theater. $16.25-$32.50 CREED 9 PM House of Blues >> Rockers rock the Music Hall $39.50 - $62.50 21 BAR@DUSK Caesars >> DJ provides music in this lounge off the casino floor. DUSK Caesars >> Global Fridays. FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE POOL AFTER DARK 10 PM, Harrah’s >> DJs provide hot beats till the early hours.

Newark's Frankie Valli fronted The Four Seasons and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He plays Borgata’s Music Box Oct. 5 through 7. Tickets are $55-$65.


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Cheap Trick Treats

TRAIN ON TRACK

Train’s Jimmy Stafford (from left), Pat Monahan and Scott Underwood play the Borgata Sept. 1. PHOTO PROVIDED

Trio appears at The Event Center in Borgata Hotel Casino

When successful bands break up – or take a hiatus as in the case of Train – a comeback can sputter to a stop in an age when music buyers have short memories. That was in the minds of the trio when they stepped back in the studio in 2009 to work on “Save Me, San Francisco,” Train’s first album since the less than successful “For Me, It’s You,” released in 2006. “For us, when we got back together, it would either be a rebirth or our last album,” Train guitarist Jimmy Stafford said in a phone interview in advance of the band’s Sept. 1 gig at Borgata. “The last album was a better guess. With that in mind, we said let’s make the record we want to make and be happy. If this was the final record, then we would do it right.” As it turned out, “Save Me, San Francisco” was not only done right, but was a huge hit, certified gold with some 1 million copies sold. “People could hear the authenticity and joy and love we had making that record. It paid off,” Stafford said. The album yielded three successful singles: “If It’s Love,” “Marry Me” and the five-times platinum hit, “Hey, Soul Sister.” That last song took Train to places it never expected.

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“It opened up a whole new audience for us age-wise. We were considered an adult band. Then we brought in younger fans. We see three generations of people at our concerts. And no one feels out of place. It’s a great vibe,” Stafford said. Fans coming to the show at Borgata’s Event Center can expect an incredible production, he said, with lots of old and new material. The show is also a one-price, limited-seating night, with seats on the risers in back. In concert, Train looks like a quintet not a trio. In fact, Jerry Becker and Hector Maldonado have performed and recorded with the group since 2008. Becker actually served as the original tour manager with the band. as well. So how come they don’t get to be part of Train? Chemistry, said founding member Stafford. When the band got together, they did have five members. When two of the five departed, the remaining three — Stafford, Pat Monahan and Scott Underwood — brought in two new performers to bring the number back to five again. “We made the mistake of making them members. With the three original guys, you had a certain chemistry when it came to making decisions together. The new guys changed that chemistry. Things were not right or fun,” Stafford said. Hence, the break in 2006. When they got back together, the three cleaned house and brought on Becker and Maldonado as hired hands to record and perform but not share in the name. “Hector and Jerry are awesome. They’re like family,” Stafford said.

IF YOU GO Cheap Trick appears Friday at The Music Box in Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $59.50 and $65 and can be purchased through www.theborgata.com, (866) 900-4849 or at Borgata’s box office.

Cheap Trick made its mark in Japan and a live recording cracked the U.S. charts to become a monster hit. PHOTO PROVIDED

You’ll want to want them at Borgata performance Earlier this month, the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Ill., debuted Rick’s Picks, an exhibit that tells the story of Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick’s passion for guitars, music and rock ‘n’ roll. “There’s a lot of interesting stuff,” Nielsen said of the exhibition, which runs through April. In addition to his memorabilia and collections, the museum, located in his hometown, features guitars from friends such as Slash, Queen’s Brian May and Todd Rundgren. The setting, chuckled Nielsen during a phone interview, puts one dinosaur in a space with other dinosaurs. But the flesh-and-bone Rick Nielsen is hardly a dinosaur. Cheap Trick just completed a series of summer dates with Aerosmith, and comes to Borgata Aug. 31 without Steven Tyler and company. “We’ve had 40 years of warm-up leading to this show,” said guitarist Nielsen, who has been around music his whole life. Expect something from just about all of the band’s 16 studio and seven live albums. Nielsen’s parents, both singers, ran a music store in Rockford. He worked there as a teenager. He began playing

drums, and got into The Beatles, The Stones, The Who. His tastes ran more toward British stars. One of the first records he ever bought as a kid was by The Orlons. He also liked Bruce Channel. Nielsen had a good ear for music. “I didn’t know what chords I was hearing, but I knew when people played the wrong notes. I taught myself to play guitar.” Eventually, his prowess brought Nielsen together with the musicians who would form Cheap Trick. The band made its mark in Japan, of all places, and a live recording in Budokan cracked the U.S. charts to become a monster hit. The band has blended elements of pop, punk and even metal to produce catchy classics such as “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “The Flame.” To date, Cheap Trick has performed more than 5,000 times, sold 20 million records, appeared in 29 movie soundtracks and collected 40 gold and platinum records. The band is recording a track for inclusion in a Christmas album special. It’s a Cheap Trick song augmented with other melodies, he said, saying his lips are sealed on what song.


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In good fun ‘American Idol’ finalists look forward to noncompetitive performances By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

Since early July, Skylar Laine and nine other finalists in Season 11 of American Idol have toured the country. For Laine, this is the easiest part of the process. “The tour is going good. It’s a lot of fun,” Laine said from a stop in Portland, Maine. The tour comes to Boardwalk Hall Sept. 7. Laine performs two solos in the concert. She chose Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead” and Rod Stewart’s “Stay with Me.” She duets with Hollie Cavanagh on Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It.” And of course, she performs group songs such as “I’m Glad you Came” and “That’s What Makes you Beautiful.” Performing in concert across the coun-

try presents a different mindset than the grind that is the quest to become the American Idol, she said. “Making the top 24 was a lot of hard work. I didn’t anticipate how hard. We were only off on Easter. But the tour is a lot less stressful than the show. We’re not judged and voted on.’’ Laine long had a desire to try out for the show, but something always intervened until this season. Though Phillip Phillips won the American Idol title, Laine said she was more than happy to finish in the top10. In addition to Laine, the tour — sponsored in part by Ritz, Chips Ahoy! and the U.S. Air Force Reserve — features Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips. The American leg of the tour wraps up Sept. 11 in Milwaukee. After the tour, Laine will head home for a while to visit friends and family before trekking to Nashville to work on an album. “I’ve been writing a lot,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to keep writing and making albums. I want to put my music out there. And I’d love other artists to do my songs.”

Art in the open

‘The American Idol Tour’ plays Sept. 7 at Boardwalk Hall, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Initiative promises creation of temporary art installations

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IF YOU GO ‘The American Idol Tour’ plays Sept. 7 at Boardwalk Hall, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 to $65 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, at aeglive.com, ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or at (800) 7453000. $1 of every ticket purchased will be donated to The Heart Foundation.

Hockey fans score big A winter hockey series, sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Caesars Atlantic City, will take place November through February at Art Dorrington Ice Rink. GETTY IMAGES

Winter series sponsored by Caesars and the A.C. Convention & Visitors Authority By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

The Albany Devils return to Boardwalk Hall this winter for a series of four regular-season hockey games. The series, sponsored by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and Caesars Atlantic City, will take place from November through February. The Devils last played a four-game series at Boardwalk Hall during the 2010-11 season. “Our organization is looking forward to bringing some of our top prospects to historic Boardwalk Hall,” said New Jersey Devils president, CEO and general manager Lou Lamoriello. “It is a great opportunity for our fans in New Jersey, and a great experience for some of our young players to play in the Garden State.” The Devils face off against the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins on Nov. 25; the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Jan. 13; the Flyers top farm team, the Adirondack Phantoms on Jan. 20; and the Hershey Bears on Feb. 24. All games will be played at 4 p.m. Last season, 15 players on the team appeared in games for both the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Champion Devils and Albany. “The 2012-2013 regular season games with the Albany Devils will shine the national spotlight on Atlantic City, allowing the community to showcase what a diverse entertainment destination we are. A key tactic in the strategy of revitalizing the resort is offering events such as this at a time when it is most needed,” said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division president for Caesars Entertainment. Boardwalk Hall has longtime association with ice hockey dating to December 1929 when Ottawa faced off against the New York Rangers. The following year marked the debut of the first of Boardwalk Hall’s two home hockey teams, the

Layman Lee (from left), John Talley, Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives, Mike Aliano Jr. of Aliano Brothers General Contractors and Jamila Glapion of Fung Collaboratives attended the recent groundbreaking that is expected to transform a vacant lot into the first interactive living space in Atlantic City. RUSTY KENNEDY

Atlantic City Seagulls, who played until 1952. An NHL preseason game was played in1982, and following the $90 million renovation to Boardwalk Hall, the ECHL-affiliated, now-defunct Boardwalk Bullies took to the ice in October 2001 and won the Kelly Cup in 2003. More recently, Boardwalk Hall hosted the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic and the ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship, which will return next March. “We’re pleased to welcome the Devils back to Atlantic City,” said Jeff Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. “Boardwalk Hall’s great setting for ice hockey and Atlantic City’s great accommodations and attractions make a terrific combination for hockey fans of all ages. We’re looking forward to hosting the games and the fans.” The games will be played on the Art Dorrington Ice Rink. A local resident, Dorrington was the first African-American hockey player to sign a NHL contract when he joined the New York Rangers organization in the 1950s. He played on the Seagulls championship team beginning in 1951. Dorrington has been very active in his Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation, created to teach hockey to underprivileged youth in Atlantic City.

IF YOU GO The Albany Devils play games Nov. 25, Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Feb. 24 at Boardwalk Hall, Mississippi Avenue and the Boardwalk. Face-off is 4 p.m. each game. Tickets range from $11 to $26 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (800) 736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Series and group packages are also available.

By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

In Atlantic City, development plans come and go. Ideas that sound good on paper run up against the reality of economics, leaving a blank canvas where condos, hotels and retail once held promise. The boardwalk block between California and Belmont avenues near the Ritz condo qualifies as one such site. Indeed, once upon a time, the Tropicana proposed to partner on a non-casino hotel on that block. Thanks to a new partnership between the Atlantic City Alliance and the New York-based Fung Collaboratives, the empty acreage will get a new, if temporary, lease on life this fall with the first of a handful of public art initiatives. Ground was recently broken on a project expected to be completed by late October or early November and funded by the Alliance, the marketing arm of the casino industry. Fung Collaboratives, curated by Lance Fung, specializes in the creation of temporary art installations that integrate the work of several artists in one themed exhibit and provide a reflection of the surrounding environment. On the heels of the initial site will come

an even more expansive installation on the grounds of the former Sands hotel casino, demolished in 2007. A third site, set for next spring, promises to transform the area around Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk adjacent to Boardwalk Hall. The idea is to open an exhibition every year for the run of the five-year contract with the Alliance. By 2014, Fung hopes to add an indoor component. “We have little time and big ambitions,” said Fung, who has curated exhibitions at the Torino and Beijing Olympics, and in locations as varied as Santa Fe, San Francisco and Egypt. He is also known for the 2004 “Snow Show” exhibition in Finland, having presented the works of 30 international artists and architects, including Yoko Ono, Sir Norman Foster, Kiki Smith and Tadao Ando. For the Atlantic City Alliance, Fung will collaborate with landscapers, artists and architects from all over the country, but with special attention to New Jersey and the Atlantic City area. In addition to passive use, Fung hopes these areas will develop into a place for impromptu concerts, performance series, children’s workshops and more. “It will incorporate a ground and vertical element, which will cover the sight of the parking lot behind it,” Fung said. The installation will feature black, white and gray optical illusions. It will be painted with a cistern in the middle. That element will be covered with glass so you can walk over it. Free Wi-Fi will compel people to linger rather than just pass through, Fung said.

MUSIC IN THE NIGHT

The free Jazz on the Beach series has two last shows this summer — tonight at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk, and Friday night at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. THINKSTOCK

Free jazz series at Boardwalk includes Mimi Jones By William Sokolic Courier-Post Staff

There are two more chances to catch the free Jazz on the Beach series. One is tonight at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk across from Boardwalk Hall. The other is Friday night at Bartram Place and the Boardwalk. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. New York native Mimi Jones will headline tonight. A multitalented bassist, vocalist and composer, she released her debut CD, “A New Day,” and is working on her second. Jones has performed or re-

IF YOU GO The free jazz series is cosponsored by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation and Atlantic City Free Public Library, and funded in part by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Call (609) 441-9064 or (609) 377-7117 for more information.

corded with Lionel Hampton, Kenny Barron, Tia Fuller and Terri Lyne Carrington. In addition, Jones has toured around the world as a U.S. Jazz Ambassador. Luke Carlos O’Reilly opens. The Eddie Morgan Trio gets the nod Friday night. Morgan and his group will perform their entertaining brand of funky contemporary jazz and standards.


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