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HIGHLIGHTS & BRIGHT LIGHTS
DATELINE: March 7, 1969...The University of Colorado in Boulder... FLASH CADILLAC performs for the first time...
Over forty years later, reflecting on the events that led the Flash Cadillac band to their current success, a charmed history is told.
Not every band that quits school and piles into a van headed for Los Angeles can claim:
Instant popularity within the music industry.
Releasing four albums within three years (Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, Epic Records, 1972; No Face Like Chrome, Epic Records, 1974; Rock ‘n Roll Forever, Epic Records, 1975; Sons of the Beaches, Private Stock Records, 1975).
Being the first band to perform on American Bandstand without having a record (1971).
Appearing in two of the biggest impact motion pictures ever filmed (American Graffiti, 1973; Apocalypse Now, 1978).
Receiving a platinum album for their work on the sound track of American Graffiti, for which they wrote the only original music in one of the classic rock 'n roll collections of all time (MCA Records, 1973).
Appearing in the highest-rated TV program of that particular week with a script written especially for them (Happy Days episode “Fish and The Fins”, 1974).
Appearing on nearly every TV program featuring music: The Tonight Show, In Concert, Midnight Special, American Bandstand (four times), and more.
Moving from Los Angeles, building a 24-track recording studio on their 120-acre ranch in the Colorado Rockies, and recording two more albums on their Promised Land Record label (Flash Cadillac’s Four-Song Collector’s Edition, 1982; Rip It Up!, 1984) and one for Great American Music Hall/Fantasy Records, (Later Than Midnight, 1988).
Releasing A Night At The Symphony (Flash Cadillac Records, 1992), recorded live with the Colorado Springs Symphony conducted by Christopher Wilkins.
Featured as the House Band on the nationally broadcast Super Gold radio program.
In their 25th year of performing, releasing two more albums, Drivetime and Souvenirs (Flash Cadillac Records, 1994).
A release - 25 Years (Flash Cadillac, 1995) - a collection from their two and one-half decade career.
Their long-awaited Christmas release - Ghost Of Christmas Past (Flash Cadillac, 1996) recorded live with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, conducted by Christopher Wilkins. Flash Cadillac’s 1997 recording - Rock And Roll Rules - presents the Band’s original material and traditional rock ‘n roll at its finest.
Flash On The Prairie is released (Flash Cadillac, 2004). A live recording from one of their many appearances at the Conner Prairie Farm in Fishers, IN, sponsored by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
“Legends in their own minds”, Flash turns 40 (Boulder, CO - 2009) with a reunion, celebration concert, back to where the band began.
Returns to the legendary Surf Ballroom (Clear Lake, IA - 2011) with an over the top headline performance to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the last performance and tragic plane crash of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens.
Inducted into the prestigious Colorado Music Hall of Fame (September 8, 2012) proceeded only by John Denver for musical performers. Flash Cadillac continues to offer the finest in Traditional Rock ‘n’ Roll.
FLASH CADILLAC - A NIGHT AT THE SYMPHONY
Since 1992, Flash Cadillac has collaborated in creating the nation’s largest traditional Rock ‘n Roll Bands with American Orchestras to include: Alabama, Arkansas, Atlanta, Boca Raton, Buffalo, Cedar Rapids, Charleston, Charlotte, Chico, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Colorado Symphony, Columbus, OH, Columbus, GA, Dayton, Delaware, El Paso, Evansville, Flint, Fort Smith, Fresno, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Hartford, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, Indianapolis, Jackson, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Kerrville, Knoxville, Lake Charles, Long Beach, Longmont, Memphis, Minnesota, Modesto, Nashville, North Carolina, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Sinfonia, Omaha, Portland, ME, Portland, OR, Pueblo, Oregon, Phoenix, Reno, Richmond, VA, Rochester, Saginaw, San Angelo, San Antonio, Shreveport, Sioux Falls, South Bend, South Dakota, Springfield, MA, Toledo, Topeka, Tucson, Tulsa, Utah, Virginia, Wheeling, Wichita, Williamsport, Winston- Salem Piedmont and Wyoming, with musical charts especially arranged for them in a first-time ever presentation of Classic Rock with Classic Pops.
"...when Flash Cadillac combined it's '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll repertoire with the music of the Colorado
Springs Symphony, the world's first 80-piece rock 'n' roll band was born." -(Colorado Springs) Gazette Telegraph
"FLASH CADILLAC...the best rock and roll stage act I've ever seen...including The Rolling Stones." -Rolling Stone Magazine
"And while Jerry Lee Lewis may be 'The Killer', Flash Cadillac stole the show with their no holds barred act..." -Modesto Bee
"...their live performances prove they can cut all competition to ribbons." -Rolling Stone Magazine
"FLASH CADILLAC has been ahead of their time in more ways than will ever be recognized." -Phonograph Record Magazine
"Flash Cadillac rolled into the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Saturday night and promptly remade the Tulsa Philharmonic in its own image." -Tulsa World Staff
"These men put on an electrifying performance and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves while doing so." -The Calgary Herald
"The group is a virtual encyclopedia of rock's last early years...supremely entertaining." -The Denver Post
"But Flash Cadillac, you can't beat them" -(Clear Lake, IA) Globe Gazette
"Anyone who laments the passing of rock 'n roll...should shake, rattle and bop (not stroll) down to
where the fantastic FLASH CADILLAC will be ripping it up." -The Los Angeles Times
"Band is a team sport" - FLASH CADILLAC
WARREN KNIGHT: Bass Guitar and Vocals
DAVE “THUMPER” HENRY: Drums, Percussion and Vocals
TIMOTHY P. IRVIN: Vocals
ROCKY MITCHELL: Guitar and Vocals
PETE SANTILLI: Keyboard and Vocals
DWIGHT BEMENT: Saxophone
Flash Cadillac Participates in "A Community Rises" - A Benefit for the Waldo Canyon Wild Fire Relief Efforts.
As part of the massive neighbor-to-neighbor outreach to support Waldo Canyon Wild Fire relief, a benefit concert was held on Independence Day 2012 to support victims of the Waldo Canyon Wild Fire.
The Wild Fire Benefit was held at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, and featured musical guests performing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. These were Flash Cadillac, Michael Martin Murphey and the Flying W Wranglers (whose home base, the Flying W Ranch, burnt to the ground after 60 years of chuckwagon suppers and western entertainment). In addition, Isaac Slade from The Fray did a segment on grand piano.
The unprecedented event was simulcast live on our ABC, CBC, NBC, and Fox affiliates. The concert was hosted by our news anchors from all 4 networks. The two hours live to air program was also carried live on Rocky Mountain PBS television as well as Southern Colorado NPR's station KRCC and many other radio stations. This special event raised over $400,000 to support victims of the wildfire. Goodness Gracious Great Balls of Fire!
Click the following video to check out an excerpt of Flash Cadillac's, Dwight Bement performing "True Love Ways" with our Philharmonic.
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