About a decade ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s then-education director Bob Santelli organized a series of trips that were more than mere tourism, delving into the music-related culture of such regions as the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana and San Francisco. Anyone who was on those trips will tell you what fun they were and what a sense of camaraderie developed between the travelers, as the connections of the Rock Hall enabled them to meet with music-related icons and have “backstage” experiences most tourists can’t.
Now Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy, owners of the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, are planning to replicate the experience of those tours. They’ll be the guides for a rock ’n’ roll excursion to London and Liverpool from October 2-9, organized by Kollander World Travel (best known for their European trips, including their famous polka tours.)
The trip is organized around a five-night set of reunion shows at London’s Apollo Hammersmith Theatre of the original 1969-1972 lineup of Mott the Hoople: Verden Allen, Dale Griffth, Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs and Overend Watts. Cleveland was one of the group’s biggest breakout markets in their early ’70s glam-rock years, and their popularity lingered in Cleveland’s support of Hunter’s solo career. Longtime Clevelanders will recognize Hunter’s “Cleveland Rocks,” as one of the songs that kicked off the weekend every Friday at 6 p.m. on WMMS-FM throughout the '80s.
Mark and Cindy have scored tickets for the group for the October 5 show. In addition, they’re planning some rock history-oriented sightseeing in both cities, a guided pub crawl, and special events and meetings with some of the musicians they’ve gotten to know through booking the club. Call Kollander Travel at 216.692.1000 for more details or to register for the trip. —Anastasia Pantsios
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