If you’re gearing up for your trip to the Sturgis rally this year in South Dakota then you’re likely either a Country fan or a Rock fan as far as music goes. Biker culture and Rock go together like rubber and asphalt. That’s why it’s a particularly good year for music lovers at Sturgis 2014 as they have one of the biggest A & B list rock line ups in the rally’s history.
Here’s LeatherUp’s top ten headliners this year.
10.) Buck Cherry
Fans of in-your-face, no frills rock ‘n’ roll, get ready to rage! Buckcherry will be bringing its punk grit, gutter attitude, honest storytelling and razor-sharp hooks to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ during the 2014 Sturgis Rally. The rebellious rockers will be storming the legendary Wolfman Jack Stage on Saturday, Aug. 9, to close out the Chip’s final night of Sturgis concerts following performances by Sevendust and A Course of Action.
The arresting hooks and maximum metal swagger will practically knock you off your motorcycle when Queensrÿche makes its way to the Best Party Anywhere™ this August! The world-famous powerhouse quintet will be joining the jam-packed lineup of Sturgis concerts on the legendary Wolfman Jack Stage on Saturday, Aug. 2, prior to the headlining performance from The Cult.
An aggressive blend of bottom-heavy riffs and soulful, accessible melodies will bring you to your knees when Sevendust makes its Sturgis Rally debut on Saturday, Aug. 9 during the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. The Atlanta-based, alternative-metal band will take to the legendary Wolfman Jack Stage during the final night of Sturgis concerts, joining bandsBuckcherry and A Course of Action.
7.) Cheap Trick
Get ready for crashing chords, one-of-a-kind instruments and an irresistible blend of punk, pop and metal, because Cheap Trick is pulling out all the stops at the Buffalo Chip’s 2014 August music festival! These storied rock rule-breakers are capping off four decades of nearly continuous touring with an unforgettable performance at the Best Party Anywhere™, joining fellow groundbreaking rock rebels, The Pretty Reckless, on Friday, Aug. 8.
6.) Collective Soul
Feel a wave of electric energy wash over you as Collective Soul brings its grinding guitars and catchy choruses to the Buffalo Chip’s 2014 Motorcycle and Music Festival. Don’t miss your chance to see the multi-platinum-selling quintet celebrate 20 years of success with an unforgettable Sturgis Rally debut prior to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s performance on Sunday, Aug. 3.
5.) Motley Crue
Legendary glam metal rockers, Mötley Crüe, will be storming the Wolfman Jack Stage for one last no-holds-barred Buffalo Chip performance as a part of their “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” tour. The group is calling it quits after 33 years of merciless metal and going out with a bang by taking one final tour of the U.S. with special guest, Alice Cooper.
“We believe artists should be in control of their own destiny and that destiny also includes when it should be done so that their fans can forever be proud,” Mötley Crüe bassist, Nicky Sixx, said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Throughout the years, Mötley Crüe used their music to showcase their love of motorcycles, whiskey and women, and to portray their problems with substance abuse and general decadence. The group is currently working on their tenth and final album, which is tentatively set to be released sometime in 2014. All together, the band’s albums have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time.
Since their formation in 1981, Mötley Crüe’s onstage antics and outrageous looks have made them the must-see live band. But it’s their wild personas and offstage debauchery that served as the inspiration to their never-ending list of hit songs including “Kickstart My Heart,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Wild Side,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Dr. Feelgood” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.”
4.) The Cult
Plan to surrender to pulse-pounding beats and dark supernatural guitar attacks as The Cult takes you on a journey through post-punk, psychedelia and transcendental hard rock during the Chip’s 2014 August music festival. The British band worshipped for infusing a soulful mystique and authentic primal depth into a shallow era of rock is adding its mystically wild stage show to the Chip’s legendary lineup of Sturgis concerts on Saturday, Aug. 2. This is one show you won’t want to miss! If you are a Cult fan, you understand why you must be there. If you’re not already a Cult fan, after this show you will be!
The Cult’s music is highly revered by fans of other rebellious spirited bands like The Doors and The Velvet Underground. After the release of its debut album, “Dreamtime,” in 1984, The Cult quickly ascended through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global stardom. Born out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, the band infused innovation into the worlds of music and art as they headlined arenas and stadiums worldwide, amassed countless hit songs and sold millions of albums.
“We don’t have fans, we have devotees,” says vocalist Ian Astbury. “You either need it or you don’t. You either get it or you won’t. There is nothing casual about The Cult.”
3.) ZZ Top
Searing guitar solos, thick blues jams and perfectly choreographed stage moves will give you a high like no other drug when That Little Ol’ Band From Texas, ZZ Top, joins the Chip’s 2014 lineup of Sturgis concerts. Get ready for a party when these Chip fan favorites unhinge their catalog of rock, blues and boogie, following an electrifying Florida Georgia Line performance, Wednesday, Aug. 6!
The band has evolved throughout this record run, while managing to maintain both its blues roots and its original lineup! No matter when you got hooked by ZZ Top you’ll be belting out the words when timeless hits like “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and “Legs” echo throughout the amphitheater.
2.) Alice Cooper
The master of shock rock, Alice Cooper, will be bringing his dark theatrical stage show to the Sturgis Rally for the Buffalo Chip’s 33rd annual August music festival. Cooper is touring the country with glam metal legends, Mötley Crüe, as part of their “All Bad Things Must Come to an End” tour, and both will be playing at the Chip for a wild night of Sturgis concerts you won’t want to miss.
Alice Cooper’s groundbreaking sound and stage show have rattled the cages of generations of fans, with music that has spanned over five decades. After being discovered by Frank Zappa in 1969, Cooper was able to bring his rock psycho-drama to the masses, with shows that featured such props as electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and live snakes.
A huge catalog of hit songs including “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” “Under My Wheels,” “Welcome to My Nightmare,” “Elected” and “Poison” has served as the inspiration for countless heavy metal rockers who followed in Alice Cooper’s footsteps.
Alice Cooper’s remarkable career has earned him countless platinum records and sold-out tours, but he still stays motivated after over 50 years in the business. He has continued and recording new albums, and has even keep up with several side-projects including his “Nights with Alice Cooper” syndicated radio show.
1.) Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd set the bar high when they became the first band to sign on for a 2014 Sturgis Rally performance at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. The Southern rock gods will bring their unique mix of guitar-driven blues and traditional country undertones to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ the week of Aug. 3, 2014.
Originally formed in 1964 by three long-haired teenage rebels, Lynyrd Skynyrd is now considered one of the most respected bands in rock ‘n’ roll and is credited with the popularization of an entire musical genre—Southern rock. The Sturgis Rally favorites boasts a deep catalog of timeless hits including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Saturday Night Special,” “You Got That Right,” “What’s Your Name,” “Smokestack Lightning,” “Simple Man,” “They Call Me the Breeze,” and “Gimme Three Steps.” But Lynryrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird,” with its blazing triple-guitar solo finale, takes the prize—often credited as the most requested song in rock history.
“Whether ‘Freebird’ releases the inner air guitar player in you, or you simply find yourself caught up in a little ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ nostalgia, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Lynyrd Skynyrd produced some of the most loved and recognizable songs in rock ‘n’ roll history,” says Daymon Woodruff of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. “Pinnacled on generations of music lovers’ support, Skynyrd’s music is like your favorite bike, it just feels good to ride.”
While Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, the band’s music is equally rooted in country music. One listen to their candid down-to-earth lyrics should explain why they are universally loved among country music fans.
“Everybody’s so scared to say stuff these days, that’s not what I’m about,” says frontman, Johnny Van Zant. “We live in America, we can speak our minds. These are our values. That doesn’t mean we’re always right in everybody’s mind. Hopefully, we don’t offend a bunch of people. And if we do, well, get a record deal, man, and make your own songs.”
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