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Pop / Rock 03/05/2010

Rockers' Ultimate Road Trip: Head North To Experience Rush, Iron Maiden, Santana And Black Eyed Peas At 43rd Quebec City Summer Festival

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Denver, CO (Top40 Charts/ Dennehy PR) - Music lovers from throughout New England are invited to brush up on their French, pack their bags, and head north for a unique music festival experience like no other: the Québec City Summer Festival. Celebrating its 43rd year, this eleven-day festival features a wide range of musical genres and over 1000 artists performing at three main outdoor venues. Passes will be on sale on Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. at the regular price of $50 - taxes included, plus service fees - on the Festival website at

Festival goers can also purchase passes by calling 1-877-841-2010. The flashing pass for the Festival d'été de Québec is sold with a unique 'Smart' bracelet containing a microchip valid for the entire Festival. Both items, the pass and the bracelet, are mandatory for admission to the sites and resale of this wristband is strictly forbidden. Visit for details on the sale of Hydro-Québec passes.

'It's a steal!' exclaimed the General Manager of the Festival d'été de Québec, Daniel Gélinas. 'This Festival is not only affordable; it gives everyone the chance to see great shows and international stars. In Europe or the US, you'd have to spend a lot more for an event like ours.'

The enigmatic 'Bell Stage - Plains of Abraham' has been compared to Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Woodstock as memorable and captivating concert venues, and this year's lineup at the festival's largest venue will not disappoint:

JULY 9: Metal Legends IRON MAIDEN will attend the Festival on the Plaines of Abraham on July 9, bringing with them a huge new stage production for their first appearance in Quebec City in four years. Playing songs from across their illustrious career, they are likely to preview a song from their new album, The Final Frontier, which is expected to be released later in the summer. Maiden, who last week won a Juno for their documentary DVD Flight 666, will be joined by very special guests Dream Theater.

JULY 11: Roger Hodgson, who has been recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists, will follow on July 11. As the legendary voice, writer and arranger of most of Supertramp's greatest hits that led to more than 60 million record sales, he gave us amazingly enduring songs like: 'Give a Little Bit', 'The Logical Song', 'Dreamer', 'Take the Long Way Home', 'Breakfast In America', 'It's Raining Again', 'School', 'Fools Overture' and so many others that have become the soundtrack of our lives.

JULY 12: The Canadian group The Arcade Fire is back with songs that will be on their third album. The two-time Grammy Awards nominee is acclaimed by the public, the critics and such international greats as Davie Bowie, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel. In 2010, their song 'Wake Up' played in NFL Super Bowl ads to raise funds for Partners in Health in Haiti.

JULY 13: The Santana Universal Tone Tour 2010 gets underway with an initial North American leg and will be with us on July 13. The Universal Tone Tour 2010 will feature hits from Santana's four-decades-long career, as well as songs from a brand new studio album that he is currently putting finishing touches on. Santana will be joined on the road by special guest Steve Winwood, who will open the dates.
JULY 15: Legendary Canadian rock band, RUSH, always popular in Quebec City, will be coming to the Festival for the first time. Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for Limelight, Closer to the Heart, Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions, Rush has 24 Gold Records and 14 Platinum Records to its credit in the United States.

JULY 16: Six-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists The Black Eyed Peas will keep the party going on July 16 with their No 1 hits including 'Boom, Boom Pow', 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Imma Be'. This stop is part of the North American leg of BlackBerry presents 'The Black Eyed Peas 'The E.N.D. World Tour 2010' with Bacardi, as the Official Spirit. The tour marks the first time that,, Taboo and Fergie are united for North American headline dates since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour.

JULY 17: Having blown Festival fans away in 2005 and 2007, BILLY TALENT is pumped for its third appearance at the Festival on July 17. Blistering with energy, BILLY TALENT captures the spirit, attitude, and explosiveness that first launched rock's rebel cause. The group musically captures a pressing sense of urgency devoid of anything trite or gimmicky. Ultimately, Billy Talent is the type of band that pops as much for its melodic sensibilities as for its against-the-grain aggression.

JULY 18: Finally, the German band Rammstein will be closing the Festival with their first North American mega show. Industrial rock, pyrotechnics and visual effects are the trademark of this supercharged group, world record holders for sales of German-language albums. Since its start-up in 1994, Rammstein has built a solid network of diehard fans over the years. The Finnish cello quartet, Apocalyptica, will blow spectators away in the first part of the show with their takes on heavy metal hits and original compositions.

Francophiles will enjoy hearing performances in both English and French, and can meet well-known French TV personality Daniela Lumbroso and several top Francophone singers from here and abroad, past and present to be broadcast on French television in the fall 2010 on France 3, TV5 Monde and in Canada to a potential audience of 5 million television viewers. This will be the Festival's biggest TV production ever. Expect an emotion-packed evening of song on July 14 as Gilles Vigneault celebrates a career spanning 50 years.

The Molson Dry Stage at Parc de la francophonie offers the best in French song from such artists as Enrico Macias and l'Orchestre Arabo-Andalou, Sanseverino, as well as ambassadors of reggae from three generations - Bedouin Soundclash, Pierpoljak and the great Jimmy Cliff. Longtime Genesis fans can happily reunite with a former key member, guitarist Steve Hackett, whose complex and distinctive style greatly contributed to the band's rise to fame in the 70s. The guitar will be in able hands with Steve Hill and the folk-rock of Colin Moore, John Butler Trio and Trevor Hall, along with Passion Pit, The Cat Empire, Phantogram and Fool's Gold. Watch for hot new soul and R&B talent, Bobby Bazini, as well as Sam Shalabi, who will open for Enrico Macias with a tribute to Egyptian Shaabi.

At Place Metro at Place D'Youville, world music artists converge from the four corners of the earth. This year, the Festival welcomes Staff Benda Bilili, a Congolese orchestra made up of paraplegic street musicians, Charlie Winston, L'Orchestre Septentrional, Allen Toussaint, Éthiopiques collective, Mahmoud Ahmed as well as a first appearance by musician, producer, actor, director and winner of two Palmes d'Or at Cannes, Emir Kusturica, accompanied by The No Smoking Orchestra.

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