On Thursday, Feb. 7, multi-platinum artist Will Turpin will give his fans an intimate and interactive concert performance where listeners can attend without having to leave the confines of their homes.
Turpin is the latest rocker to utilize Stageit, an online concert venue where performers can create a live broadcast while interacting with fans during the show. Best of all, everyone who buys a ticket will get a free mp3 of the song performances after the show.
The live show starts at 9 p.m. EST and will be broadcast from the historic Real 2 Reel Studios in Jonesboro, Georgia. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at StageIt.com/WillTurpin.
“I’m looking forward to my first ‘live on the web’ performance,” states Turpin. “I’m always trying to embrace the options that technology brings, and Stageit has a style that makes the experience feel more like a live show.”
Turpin will perform the complete song list from The Lighthouse, his 2011 piano-driven power pop statement, as well as a few surprises, which could very consist of Beatles' covers including "Let It Be" or "Eleanor Rigby", both recent crowd pleasers in the band's setlist.
The broadcast is a great opportunity to connect directly with his fans while showcasing his new band, Will Turpin and The Way. In addition to Turpin (keyboards and vocals) the quartet's lineup includes Jason Fowler (lead guitar and vocals), Mark Wilson (bass and vocals) and Scott Davidson (drums).
The band is currently putting the final touches on their first full-length CD, Serengeti Drivers, also recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios. "On and On", a seductive love song enhanced by Turpin's spot-on whistling and Fowler's hypnotic acoustic fills, is surely destined for pop radio. A live performance is featured at the end of this article. Once Serengeti Drivers is released in spring 2013, Will Turpin and The Way will embark on a tour with dates to be announced later this year.
With his other band, Collective Soul, Turpin is a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Collective Soul has attained seven No. 1 songs and 19 Top 40 singles, making them one of the most successful bands of the 1990s.
If you have never seen Turpin live or only know of his Grammy-winning work with Collective Soul, an in-depth concert review spotlighting an Oct. 2012 festival gig is required reading. Entitled "Feelin' Alright with Will Turpin and The Way: The Ultimate Concert Guide", it is only a click away.
Last but not least, don't forget to browse the 16-image slideshow accompanying this article. The eye-opening set, photographed by the renowned Julie Hunter (JulieHunterPhoto.com or Julie Hunter Photography on Facebook), features Will Turpin and The Way's intense concert extravaganza held during New Year's Eve 2012 at Season's Bistro in McDonough, Georgia. And in case you didn't know, the chameleon-like musician, then sporting a mini mohawk, calls the Atlanta suburb home.
DON'T GO ANYWHERE! In memory of John Lennon's tragic murder on December 8, 1980, Will Turpin spoke at length about the late artist's influence, the terrible day Lennon was shot, his favorite Lennon music, how Collective Soul paid tribute to the erstwhile Beatle, how their writing styles are quite similar, and much more. Entitled "Will Turpin Remembers John Lennon On The 31st Anniversary Of His Death," simply click on the link to read the rest of the story. The complete Turpin interview links are below.
The Complete Will Turpin / Collective Soul Interview
- Part One: "Now I Play Bass in a Rock Band! The Lowdown with..."
- Two: "What Matters Most Is Your Vibe: A Really No Rules Conversation..."
- Three: "Some Songs Are Just Meant To Be: The Lighthouse Sessions with..."
- Four: "The Beatles' Epic Influence on Collective Soul Bassist Will Turpin"
- Five: "Turpin Remembers John Lennon on the 31st Anniversary of His Death"
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