Waterfront Concerts announced on Monday morning two new shows for the Maine State Pier, including 1980s rock icon Billy Idol on Thursday, June 4, and roots rock favorites Counting Crows on Thursday, Aug. 20. Tickets for both shows go on sale on Friday, April 17 via Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets for Billy Idol are priced between $30.75 through $89.75; tickets for Counting Crows are priced between $39.75 through $89.75.
As part of the infamous Bromley Contingent and a fan of the Sex Pistols, Billy Idol was inspired to front the British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s split in 1981. Determined to break through in America, Idol hooked up with guitarist Steve Stevens and formed a musical partnership that has lasted more than 30 years.
Idol has created some of rock’s most enduring anthems including “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “Hot In the City,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Cradle of Love,” among others. Idol released his seventh studio album “Kings & Queens of the Underground” in Oct. 2014.
Counting Crows are following up their critically-acclaimed seventh album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” with the US leg of their 2015 worldwide tour after the band returns from sold-out shows throughout Europe, Australia, and Canada. Counting Crows gained popularity following the release of its debut album, “August and Everything After,” which came out in 1993 and which featured the hit single “Mr. Jones” as well as “‘Round Here.” They have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love” from the movie “Shrek 2.”
For more information on upcoming concerts in the Machias Savings Bank concert series, visit waterfrontconcerts.com. Check cultureshock.bangordailynews.com for all the latest updates on live music in Maine.