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Vail Valley music: American Idol, 70s hit-makers visit Vilar

Kris SabelDirector's ChairVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley music: Blood, Sweat & Tears will perform a double bill with Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on July 2 at 8 p.m.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado -The first two shows of the Vilar Center Summer Concert Series hits the Vail Valley this week. Variety is the key in Beaver Creek as we feature rising star David Cook on Sunday, and two popular groups from the late ’60s and early ’70s united on stage for one great evening – Blood, Sweat & Tears will be joined by former Three Dog Night lead singer Chuck Negron on July 2.Cook took the world by storm when he won season 7 of “American Idol.” He’s now on tour in support of his platinum selling self-titled CD. “The Declaration Tour” is selling out venues all over the US and is in such demand that Cook recently extended the dates through October. Sunday’s concert is one of only two in Colorado, and we anticipate the show will sell out. Cook’s fan base spans multiple generations, and we look forward to seeing a lot of new faces at the center Sunday night. Singer/songwriter Ryan Starr will kick off the evening.On July 2, we have an evening of classic rock anthems from the late 60s and early 70s. The first half of the show features Blood, Sweat & Tears playing hits such “God Bless the Child,” “Spinning Wheel,” “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “When I Die.”The music fuses rock, blues, pop, R&B/Soul and jazz with the big band sound of their horn section. There have been over 130 different musicians involved with the band since it started in 1967, all of them committed to creating and playing great music and carrying on the tradition of this incredible group. Among the notable history of this iconic group: playing at Woodstock, first band to tour behind the Iron Curtain, 10 Grammy nominations and three Grammy wins including album of the year in 1969 for their self-titled release, which beat out some stiff competition, including The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”After the intermission, Blood, Sweat & Tears will come back out to back Negron. Negron will perform many of Three Dog Night’s greatest hits including “One,” “Pieces of April,” “One Man Band,” “Easy to Be Hard,” “Joy To The World,” “Old Fashioned Love Song” and many others. From 1969-1974, nobody had more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. The band was unique for its time, featuring three separate lead singers: Danny Hutton, Negron and Cory Wells. Hutton and Wells have sold out the Vilar Center twice as Three Dog Night, and we look forward to hearing Negron’s four-octave vocal range.Negron no longer performs with Three Dog Night due to disagreements and complications that stemmed from his drug addiction. His best selling book, “Three Dog Nightmare,” and his second book, “Three Dog Nightmare: The Continuing Chuck Negron Story,” describe how he spent his entire fortune on heroin and of the miracle that saved his life on Sept. 17, 1991. Chuck has remained clean and sober ever since. Negron has been extremely candid about his addiction and recovery. “The only reason I’ve included all the horrific life experiences that my journey has taken me on is because I want all people, young and old, to know what can be in store for them if they use drugs,” he said. “I’m tired of people sensationalizing, glamorizing and romanticizing the drugs and rock-n-roll life style. People die, lives and families are ruined and careers are ended before they start.”Negron is actively supports several drug recovery and rehabilitation programs.In his solo career, Negron has release several CDs. He performs over 70 concerts a year both with his own band as well as these special dates with Blood Sweat and Tears.

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