Eagles, Glenn Miller tribute shows almost sold out

CERRITOS - An Eagles tribute show featuring the group's mega-hits, including "Take It Easy" and "Hotel California," opens at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 25.The tribute show, dubbed Hotel California, also features select solo titles composed by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. "The Hotel California tribute was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of the Eagles," theater officials said. "The show reproduced the band's studio recordings while recreating a classic sound that transcends the boundaries of rock, R&B and country to deliver a modern, action-packed show. The highly acclaimed presentation has become one of the most sought-after acts in the world." With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the Eagles are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. Named on Rolling Stones' list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," the band boasts six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and a long list of hits. The platinum-certified "Hotel California" sold more than 32 million copies globally, including 16 million in the United States. It was named one of "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets to the show range from $30-$60, although all $45, $55 and $60 seats are sold out. Meanwhile, on Jan. 26, the Cerritos Center will host a tribute to Glenn Miller & The Vocal Groups Vol. II. The concert features the Tex Beneke Orchestra, the Four Aces, the Ink Spots Generations, The Modernaires and The Pied Pipers. The Tex Beneke Orchestra is known for playing songs that Glenn Miller made famous, including "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo." When Miller disappeared on a flight to Paris in 1944, his widow appointed Tex Beneke to take over the Glenn Miller Air Force Band. The group eventually evolved into the Tex Beneke Orchestra, which is currently under the leadership of saxophonist Jim Snodgrass, who has toured with the Beach Boys, the Osmonds, Barry Manilow, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. With a sterling reputation for onstage showmanship and pop songs ("Mr. Sandman," "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"), the Four Aces was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. Ink Spot Generations ruled the music charts with "If I Didn't Care," a single that showered the band with global recognition. With its other hits, the ensemble maintained its popularity on the airwaves and music charts. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. The Pied Pipers was formed in Hollywood in 1938, when members of three different music groups merged and became one band. The ensemble ruled the music scene, earning a steadfast reputation for its distinctive modern harmony and phrasing. A historic pairing with the legendary Frank Sinatra resulted in one of the biggest hits of the pre-rock era - "I'll Never Smile Again" - which was No. one for 12 weeks. Tickets to the Glenn Miller tribute range from $35-$65. All $65 seats are sold out. Tickets to either show can be purchased online at cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 467-8818.

********** Published: Dec. 26, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 37