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Grand Funk Still Playing At 45

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Grand Funk Railroad, one of the great institutions of American rock, are enjoying a busy 45th anniversary year, with a packed schedule that sees them playing far and wide across their beloved United States this summer and beyond.

The multi-million-selling band, these days a five-piece, still feature two of the original trio line-up of GFR that was formed in Flint, Michigan 1969, bassist Schacher and drummer Don Brewer. This weekend (Saturday 12), they rock into Grand Island, Nebraska, for a show at Heartland Events Centre on a remarkable double bill with another massive name in American music history, the Temptations.

In the rest of July alone, Grand Funk will play further dates in Montana, New York, Oregon and Connecticut. Just like they always said, they’re an American band, and crowds still flock to see them — last summer, for example, they drew the biggest crowd of the season at the Rockin’ The Riverfront series in their own backyard of Detroit. GFO_-_American_Band_single

All those shows resound to the sound of a band who had an incredible run of 11 consecutive gold or platinum albums in a row, in the States alone, between 1969 and 1974, including two in 1970 that are both double platinum in the US, ‘Closer To Home’ and their ‘Live Album.’ Then there’s their two No. 1 singles, 1973’s ‘We’re An American Band’ and their remake of ‘The Loco-Motion’ the following year, two more top five hits, two more top 20s and 19 chart singles in total.

Schacher and Brewer are joined in the current Grand Funk line-up by a vastly experienced line-up, including vocalist Max Carl, formerly with 38 Special, for whom he sang lead vocals on their biggest US chart single, 1989’s top ten smash ‘Second Chance.’ Bassist Bruce Kulick played with Kiss for 12 years, while keyboardist Tim Cashion’s credits include Bob Seger and Robert Palmer.

You can read more about the scene of one of the band’s first triumphs, at the Atlanta Pop Festival of 1969, in this u-Byte from uDiscover, and then enjoy a full four hours of their greatest music in our uDiscover playlist here.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. dominick

    July 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    no GRAND FUNK with out MARK FARNER get him BACK.

    • gary busby

      July 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Mark is a christian rocker now, still awesome and doing it for the lord.

  2. Ted Vann

    July 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    GFR isn’t GFR without the main man himself. I was a massive fan in the 70’s / 80’s but would NOT pay money to see them without Mark Farner.

  3. RICHARD

    July 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    THE BEST AND WILL ALWAYS BE GOOD TO LISTEN NEVER GET OLD

    • carlos

      May 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      your right about mark farner i too love GFR ever since 1969 shea stadium i was there i still have tickets from the concert i still have their albums 1969 / and caught in the act was my favorate, but i wish i could see them here in florida , every time i want to see them the tickets are sold out , closer to home is my fav and t.n.u.c is my second then footstomping , the hell they are all good , nothings better without m.f hes the voice of all

  4. Bill Lund

    July 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    It’s despicable what they did to Mark. He was, and still is, the Funk of GFR.
    You couldn’t pay me to see these guys. NO MARK, NO GRAND FUNK RAILROAD!!!

  5. B.W."Crazy" Swayse

    August 3, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Its the rhythm section

  6. Dan Wark

    November 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    NO MARK NO SPARK !!!!

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