Headhunters visit Europe, finally
Thursday, February 4, 2016
– Veteran band The Kentucky Headhunters are heading to Europe for the first time.
The band will play the Sweden Rock Festival June 9 in Solvesborg, Sweden, and the Ramblin' Man Fair July 24 in Maidstone, England.
Headlining the Sweden Rock Festival are Queen + Adam Lambert, Twisted Sister, Foreigner. Topping the Ramblin' Man Fair are Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry.
Although the Headhunters perform nearly 100 dates per year across the U.S. and Canada, their conventional way of travel has always been their tour bus due to band member Richard Young's fear of flying.
"I'm terrified to fly," he said. "But I'm not going to pass up the opportunity to go to Europe and perform with some of the greatest rock bands in history."
The band will perform their own set on the festivals' main stages, but also hopes to jam with Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry at Ramblin' Man Fair. The drummer of the band, John Fred Young, is Richard's son and also the nephew of The Kentucky Headhunter's drummer, Fred Young.
"It's really gonna be cool for The Heads and BSC to play on the same stage in the UK. Both bands are two generations of family based out of the same town, Edmonton, Ky.," said Young.
The Kentucky Headhunters released a blues album, "Meet Me In Bluesland," last year on Alligator.
Tour dates are:
Feb. 13 Veterans Appreciation, Black Diamond Harley Davidson | Marion, Ill.
March 11 Hoosier Park Casino | Anderson, Ind.
March 12 Indiana Grand Casino | Shelbyville, Ind.
March 17 Akwesasne Mohawk Casino | Hogansburg, N.Y.
March 25 Capitol Theatre | Lebanon, Tenn.
April 1 Smoke On The Water Festival | Thomaston, Ga.
April 28 Spring Motorcycle Rally Concert | Panama City Beach, Fla.
April 29 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon | Fort Myers, Fla.
April 30 The Orange Blossom Opry | Weirsdale, Fla.
May 1 Auburndale Speedway | Winter Haven, Fla.
May 7 Love Valley Arena | Statesville, N.C.
May 27 Bratfest - Willow Island | Madison, Wis.
June 9 Sweden Rock Festival | Solvesborg, Sweden
July 17 Craven Country Jamboree | Zehner, Canada
July 24 Ramblin' Man Fair | Maidstone, Kent, UK
Aug 13 Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival | Goodland, Ind.
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