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Fab Fourth: KISS, Chicago and Cheap Trick Among Bands Playing Independence Day Concerts


iStock/ThinkstockPeople will be gathering together across the U.S. today to celebrate Independence Day and, as usual, a variety of music acts will help fans mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities. Among the classic-rock artists who will entertain audiences are KISS and recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago and Cheap Trick.

Appropriately, KISS’ July 4 performance in Tucson, Arizona, will mark the launch of a new U.S. trek dubbed the Freedom to Rock Tour. Chicago will play a special show at Los Angeles’ famous Hollywood Bowl that will feature accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a fireworks display. Cheap Trick will help the troops and their families at Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina celebrate the holiday.

Other well-known veteran rock acts set to perform around the U.S. include The Beach Boys, Foreigner, Grand Funk Railroad, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Styx.

Here’s an alphabetical rundown of many of the artists that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:

The Beach Boys — Brooklyn, NY, The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Cheap Trick — Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Bragg 4th of July Celebration
Chicago — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
Mark Farner — Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino – Casino Fest Park
Foreigner — San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair
Grand Funk Railroad, The Family Stone — Miami Beach, FL, North Shore Park
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts — Dublin, OH, City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration
KISS — Tucson, AZ, Casino Del Sol Resort
Michael McDonald — Camden, NJ, Wiggins Waterfront Park
The Romantics — Kansas City, MO, Jackson County’s 4th of July Celebration
Styx — Blue Ash, OH, Blue Ash Summit Park
War — Las Vegas, NV, Moapa Paiude Travel Plaza
Brian Wilson — Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall

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