September 24, 2020

2007-03-08 – Courier Post

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Rose Hill Drive band impresses some ‘bfjb’jgy‘é'fs,

If you can judge a band by its
fans. then Rose Hill Drive must
be something special. After all,
the youthful rock trio from Boul-
der, Colo. counts among its devo
tees none other than Pete Town-
shend and Roger Daltrey of The
Who.

And you should know the two
rock legends aren't just saying
nice things about the band, but
are, in a manner of speaking, put-
ting their money where their
mouths are: By the time The
Who's current tour ends, Rose
Hill Drive will have opened 16
shows for the classic-rock icons,
including Friday’s rave-up at
Borgata.

The two bands met last sum-
mer when Rose Hill Drive, which
currently is touring in support of
its self-titled debut CD, played
some British festivals headlined
by The Who. “Pete’s girlfriend
(Rachel Fuller) invited us to
come on her Intemet show to do
an acoustic thing. They were
there and everyone just hit off,"
says guitarist Daniel Sproul.

Even for a group that has
opened for the likes of Counting
Crowes, Wilco and Robert Ran-
dolph, meeting Townshend and
Daltrey was something special.
But the best was yet to come.

“It was crazy," Sproul recalls.

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“Last fall, we were in Vermont
going to a show and I got a call
saying we were going to open for
The Who at the Hollywood Bowl.
It was. like. ‘Wait a second! Is this
really happening?’ It was most
surreal."

Because of The Who dates,
Rose Hill Drive finds itself in a
schizophrenic situation. When
the band — which also includes
Daniel’s brother, Jake, on bass
and their neighborhood buddy,
drummer Nate Barnes — isn’t
playing hockey arenas and posh
casinos with The Who, it is gig-
ging on its own at small clubs.

“It’s definitely a rollercoaster
ride," says Sproul. adding that
while the dichotomy can play
with one’s mind, "if you get a grip
on it, it’s as cool as can be.”

Not that the unit has a prob-
lem with the smaller venues.
“The club scene is so intimate,
you can definitely feel the peo-
ple," he says.

Sproul admits he and his
bandmates haven’t spent that

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much quality time with members
of The Who. But then again, he's
certainly not complaining.

“The time we do get with
them, they’ve been very accept-
ing, very warm.” he ofl'ers. “But
to watch those guys on stage is
the most hwnbling thing. It’s one
of the most inspiring things I’ve

ever seen, to see someone of

Pete’s age still have that creative
spark.

“This guy’s still doing it and
he’s showing everyone he can
still do it.“

Show time is 8 pm. Admission

is $297, $247 and $97. For tickets
and information, call (866) 4849 or
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More nuptlals

Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding was
supposed to have ended its Show-
boat run April 12. But those in
command of the ’Boat report de
mand for tickets to the “environ-
mental" comedy that pokes fun at
Italian-American culture and
customs has been so “over-
whelming" they’ve decided to ex-
tend the engagement through
Sept. 3.

Show times are 7 pm. Thurs-
days through Saturdays and 1:30
pm. Sundays (no show April 14).
More shows are scheduled for
May 28 (1:30 pm), July 4 (7 pm.)
and Sept. 3 (1:30 p.m.). Admission
is $59.95 (includes dinner).

Call (609) 343-4003 or visit
www.harrahs.00m

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