Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Buckinghams Will Join Happy Together Tour 2022 for 40+ Concerts

Are you ready for the most fun in live music? The concert tour of your teenage years returns, and Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna are delighted to announce they'll be performing on 44 of the more than 50 concerts that will take place nationwide this year! Beginning on June 1, The Buckinghams re-join the summer adventures of the rolling extravaganza better known as the Happy Together Tour 2022!

Performing their biggest hits of the 1960s and 1970s, The Turtles, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, The Buckinghams, The Vogues and The Cowsills return for the Happy Together Tour 2022. Combined, these musicians are responsible for at least 61 Billboard Top 40 smashes.

The first Happy Together Tour, produced by Howard Silverman and David Fishof, took place in 1984, and The Buckinghams joined in 1985 for the second HTT, sponsored by Members Only.

In 1985 that year the tour was named in the Top 10 highest grossing tours in the United States. After a few years, the musicians took a collective break from touring because suddenly there was new demand for the bands to headline new, solo, concerts. The Baby Boomers loved traveling to hear their favorite 60s bands in concert everywhere, even 20 years after their songs first ruled the airwaves on your transistor radios.

Ask yourself whether or not, 25 years from now, you or your kids will want to get a ticket to the reunion of some of the individual artists or bands presently topping the charts today. It's all about the strength of the songwriting and the skill of the musicians who bring them to life.

After a long break, the Turtles (originals Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) decided to "get the old tour back together again" and in 2010, The Buckinghams were part of the first anniversary tour, and popularity was just as strong as it was 25 years' prior.

For summer 2022, The Buckinghams already had many concert appearances booked, but Chuck Negron decided to forego the very rigorous tour, so it wouldn't compromise his health. The Buckinghams were able to step in for their friend. The Buckinghams will also keep their individual concert dates already booked, so their summer just became very full! They're continuing to live up to their 1967 title they earned from Billboard: "The Most Listened to Band in America."

Together with Mark Volman and popular vocalist/record producer Ron Dante (repping The Turtles), Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) will join crowd-pleasers including The Cowsills (Susan, Bob, and Paul), Gary Puckett (sans the Union Gap), The Association and The Vogues. In addition, one consistent backing band will accompany all of the headliners to make the jam-packed entertainment show fit in a 2-hour concert period.

If you're ready to search for your seats to summer fun, see where the tour will be coming in the list below and click on the venue link where listed to get more information and tickets.

2022 Buckinghams Happy Together Tour Schedule

Date/City/Venue

Wed, Jun 1, Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall, 7pm

Thur, Jun 2, Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre, 8pm

Fri, Jun 3, Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa, 8pm

Sat, Jun 4, Hiawassee, GA, Anderson Music Hall, 7pm

Sun, Jun 5, Melbourne, FL, King Center for Performing Arts, 7:30pm

Mon, Jun 6, Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium,8pm

Wed, Jun 8, Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 8pm

Thur, Jun 9, Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre of Durham, 8pm

Fri, Jun 10, New York, NY, Palladium Times Square, 8pm

Sat, Jun 11, Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury, 8pm

Sun, Jun 12, Lowell, MA, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 7pm

Wed, Jun 15, Quakertown, PA, Univest Performance Center, 7pm

Thu, Jun 16, Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak, 8pm

Fri, Jun 17, Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre, 7pm

Sat, Jun 18, Northhampton, MA, Calvin Theatre, 8pm

Sun, Jun 19, Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium, 7:30pm

Fri, Jul 8, Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, 8pm

Mon, Jul 11, Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre

Tues, Jul 12, Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion, 8:45pm

Thur, Jul 14, Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall, 7:30pm

Fri, Jul 15, Las Vegas, NV, The Smith Center, 7:30pm

Sat, Jul 16, Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Ballroom, 8pm

Sun, Jul 17, Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre

Sat, Jul 30, Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre, 7:30pm

Sun, Jul 31, Wilkes-Barre, PA, F.M. Kirby Center for the Arts

Mon, Aug 1, Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier, 7pm SOLD OUT

Tues, Aug 2, Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center,

Wed, Aug 3, Syracuse, NY, Landmark Theatre

Fri, Aug 5, Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort, 9pm

Sun, Aug 7, West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair - Main Stage, 7:30pm

Tues, Aug 9, Rochester, NY, Kodak Center,

Wed, Aug 10, Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion, 8pm

Thur, Aug 11, Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium, 7:30pm

Fri, Aug 12, New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort, 9pm

Sun, Aug 14, Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park, 7:30pm

Thur, Aug 18, Shipshewana, IN, Blue Gate Performing Arts Center, 8pm

Fri, Aug 19, Aurora, IL, Paramount Theatre

Sat, Aug 20, St. Charles, MO, The Family Arena, 7:30pm

Sun, Aug 21, Kansas City, MO, Muriel Kauffman Center, 7pm

Tues, Aug 23, Louisville, KY, Kentucky State Fair, 8pm

Wed, Aug 24, Effingham, IL, Effingham Performance Center, 7:30pm

Thur, Aug 25, Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place, 7:30pm

Sun, Aug 28, Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand, 7:30pm

Mon, Aug 29, Grand Island, NE, Nebraska State Fair, 2pm

When you attend these concerts this summer, be sure and post pictures of yourself at the shows on The Buckinghams' Facebook page. We want to see YOU there.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Happy Birthday, Nick Fortuna!

May 1st is an easy date to remember for any fans of The Buckinghams—it’s Nick Fortuna’s Birthday! Last night on 77WABC Radio, during Cousin Brucie’s Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, he was interviewing Carl Giammarese and they were discussing how Carl and Nick had been friends for 60 years now, going all the way back to high school. So, Carl wished Nick a very Happy Birthday coast-to-coast and Cousin Brucie wished "Cousin Nick" a great birthday as well. So, this birthday celebration began a little early this year. A very thoughtful gesture from Cousin Brucie, who's long been an advocate for the music of The Buckinghams.

So, we thought it would be fun to look at Nick’s pictures over the years. He is just like fine Italian wine—just gets better with age!

Here’s a photo by photo professional Kerry Quinn of the RI Blogger from The Buckinghams’ most recent concert (with The Box Tops) in Woonsocket, Rhode Island at the Stadium Theatre:

and another action photo she took as he imitates the host of the "Really Big Shoe":

Here are a few more from recent concerts, courtesy of several different friends who’ve shared them. Thanks to Nancy for these next two picures.

And let’s go back to the Happy Together Tour in 1985. The very first Happy Together Tour took place in 1984. The next year, the tour was sponsored by Members Only (manufacturers of men's cologne and clothing)--this was the year The Buckinghams were on the tour for the first time, together withThe Turtles and Gary Lewis & The Playboys among others. That particular year was special as it made the list of Top 10 Grossing Tours in the United States per Pollstar. You may notice a few things different about Nick's look back then:

Whether or not Nick had a beard, he's always had his trademark mustache. You can still recognize Nick in any photograph, even going back to the earliest days he was in The Buckinghams. Remember he and Carl Giammarese, Jerry Elarde, and Curtis Bachman were in The Centuries, before there ever was a band called Buckinghams! Now, flash back to 1966 and 1967 and here's the Nick you first met on the scene at sock hops and All-Time Hits and the very best days of growing up in Chicago.

Then, our first band together, the adjective "The Fabulous" was gifted to us by our manager Carl Bonafede, but here we are as The Centuries! Carl's cousin, Jerry Elarde, was the founder of the band and the drummer plus the lead vocalist. The three guitarists are Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, and Curtis Bachman. Photo courtesy of "Keep Rockin'" Magazine from October, 2009. Thanks to Liz and Lou Holly for keeping our music alive and thriving with this story they ran.

And then here’s elementary school (You can’t miss Nick in the second row). Does this man look to you like a future rock and roll star? Yeah, we think so, too!

All of us in The Buckinghams extended family and friends wish Nick an outstanding and very happy birthday and your best year ever in the year ahead!

If you'd like to add your own photograph of Nick to this story, please share your picture in the comments on Facebook and this story will be updated to include it permanently. If you met him at a concert, please identify the venue, city/state and year you all met. Please feel free to wish Nick a Happy Birthday in the comments on this story or on Facebook, or both.

More new concert photos at: https://thebuckinghamsconcertblog.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-buckinghams-and-box-tops-visit.html