The Hit Men Sing the Hits Next Sunday at Van Singel Fine Arts Center
What are your song favorites from the 60's, 70's and 80's? Too many to mention, right? Well get ready to relive those favorites with the guys who probably sang them when they were hits!
No one captures the spirit of classic hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s like THE HIT MEN … because they are the ACTUAL musicians that helped make those hits happen. Their music, their stories are embedded in many of America’s most treasured songs.
Presented by the 2016-2017 Chemical Bank Series, THE HIT MEN are bringing their performance to the Van Singel Fine Arts Center for a 7 pm performance on Sunday, October 16th. THE HIT MEN are sponsored in part by Henry and Connie Mast, Terri Lynn Land and Dan Hibma, and Jon and Joyce Bower.
Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made songs by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Elton John, Sting, Carly Simon, Carole King, Tommy James & The Shondells, and many other superstars come to life like no other group.
To sum it all up, THE HIT MEN are great players, world-class entertainers – and most importantly (unlike any so-called "tribute bands,") THE HIT MEN members were there when the actual songs were recorded. Their licks, their solos, their grooves and their harmonies are embedded into the music and essential to the sound of these records that millions would come to and continue to love.
Keyboardist and group founder Lee Shapiro, has told the true story behind how the title and focus of "Oh What A Night" changed at the last minute before the vocal tracks were cut. "We hated it," he recalls. "Here we are, a bunch of young guys being The Four Seasons in the '70s, telling Bob Gaudio, who had a million hits and made zillions of dollars, that we didn't like the lyric. He wasn't happy at all, but he went back and rewrote it based on our input. He could have ignored us but he didn't. And as a result of that conversation, it ended up selling multi millions of copies."
Reserved seats are $45.50 for adults and $25.50 for students (high school and younger). Reserve tickets in person at the Van Singel box office or by calling (616) 878-6800, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 pm. Tickets are also available on line at www.vsfac.com. The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is located at 8500 Burlingame SW ( at 84th Street and Burlingame SW) in Byron Center, just 1.5 miles west of US-131. The Van Singel features free, easy parking and curbside handicap parking is available.