Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Black Crowes to headline Miller Lite Carb Day concert
by Race Author
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Black Crowes, “The Most Rock ‘N Roll Rock ‘N Roll Band In The World,” will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day concert on Friday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The concert is free to all ticket holders for Miller Lite Carb Day, which moves to Friday this year with a full schedule of exciting events on and off the track leading up to the 89th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.
The Black Crowes have been one of the most popular rock bands in the world since its multi-platinum debut album, “Shake Your Moneymaker,” was released in 1990. The band has sold more than 19 million albums worldwide and has developed a huge following by performing more than 2,000 live shows from 1990-2001, holding the unique distinction as one of the few contemporary bands to share the stage with such legends as Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Who, Neil Young and The Grateful Dead.
“There are few bands generating the excitement and buzz that The Black Crowes are right now,” said Joie Chitwood, IMS president and chief operating officer. “We are fortunate that their 2005 tour will include the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
All six of the band’s critically acclaimed studio albums have reached the top 30 or higher on the Billboard charts, with “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” reaching No. 1 in 1992.
Among The Black Crowes’ numerous hit singles are “Hard to Handle,” “Jealous Again,” “She Talks to Angels,” “Hotel Illness,” “Remedy,” “Thorn in My Pride” and “Kickin’ My Heart Around.”
“We couldn’t be more excited about Carb Day this year,” said Jeffrey Diem, marketing manager, Miller Brewing Company. “For Miller, it’s all about providing legal drinking age consumers with a unique experience. The Black Crowes at the Speedway is exactly that.”
To add to the excitement generated by moving Miller Lite Carb Day from Thursday to Friday, Miller significantly increased its involvement and investment by bringing a top-notch band like The Black Crowes.
Miller Lite is the official beer sponsor of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This concert will be part of a “15 Years of Cosmic Rock-n-Roll” spring tour for The Black Crowes, playing together for the first time since October 2001. The band's lineup includes founding members and brothers Chris Robinson (vocals) and Rich Robinson (guitars), and Marc Ford (guitars), Eddie Hawrysch (keyboards), Sven Pipien (bass) and Bill Dobrow (drums).
The Miller Lite Carb Day concert, which takes place on the Miller Lite Stage in the Pagoda Plaza, is the final event of an action-packed day for fans at IMS.
The final practice for the IndyCar Series before the 89th Indianapolis 500 starts the day, followed by the Futaba Freedom 100 race for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series™. The fastest pit crew in the IndyCar Series then will be determined in the popular Checkers/Rally’s Pit Stop Challenge, followed by the concert.