POUGHKEEPSIE JOURNAL FRIDAY. MARCH 9, 2007 '
Rose Hill Drive warms up croWd for ‘rock gods’
Off night ﬁnds
band 1n New Paltz
By John w. Barry
Since Feb. 23, the Boulder, Colo.-
based band Rose Hill Drive has been
playing some of the nation's biggest
arenas. opening for the legendary
British rock band The Who.
Tonight, Rose Hill Drive is sched-
uled to open for The Who — now
only Pete Townshend and Roger Dal-
trey — at The Borgata Resort and
Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. On Sun-
day, Rose Hill Drive is set to open
up for The Who at Nassau Colise—
um on Long Island.
80, what’s a rock band to do on
a day off from playing to thousands
in a night, while opening for rock
royalty? They play to a couple hun-
dred people at a bar and restaurant
in downtown New Paltz.
Rose Hill Drive is scheduled to
play Bacchus in New Paltz on Sat-
urday at 10 pm. Admission is $6. a
bargain when you consider that see-
ing Rose Hill Drive open for The
Who would cost you $49—$199.
“We’re excited." said Bacchus
manager Deb Nemerofsky. “And
we’re really looking forward to it."
Saturday's show marks the sec—
ond time Rose Hill Drive has played
Bacchus. Bass player and lead vocal-
ist lake Sproul said the trio heard
of the Ulster County town from
friends who had moved there.
Sproul said New Paltz reminds
him of Boulder.
“The earth is just buzzing,” he said.
“It's a great place.”
Sproul said the people at Bacchus
are what brought the band back.
Who: Rose Hill Drive.
When: Saturday, 10 pm.
Where: Bacchus bar and
restaurant, 4 S. Chestnut St.
New Paltz. 1
Admlsslon: $6. Tickets will be
available at the door.
For Information: Call 845-
255-8836 or visit www.bac
is also available at‘ www.rose
hilldrive.com and www.the
"We love playing there," he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to go up and
play a show in a place we love. Great
people work there and great peo-
ple run that place and come to that
place. And they've got ping—pong."
Many in the Hudson Valley saw
Rose Hill Drive perform at last year's
Mountain Iam music festival at
Hunter Mountain. The band, which
also features drummer Natha’h
Barnes, played the second stage and ‘
Sproul’s band mate and brother. gui-
tarist Daniel, sat in with headliner
Gov’t Mule on Neil Young's “Cortez
Those qualities that landed Rose ,
Hill Drive a slot at Mountain Iam
were likely the same traits that caught
the eye of The Who, when Rose Hill
Drive shared a stage with Townshend
and Daltrey at last year's Wireless
Festival Leeds and the Hyde Park
Calling Festival, both in England.
Appearances on “In the Attic," an
online television program run by
Townshen'd and his wife, followed.
Then, The Who asked Rose Hill
Drive to open shows on their tour.
Members ofRose Hill Drive are Jacob Sproul, left to right. Nate Barnes and Daniel Sproul. The band plays Bac-
chus in New Paltz Saturday night.
”such a huge idol of mine. He's just
a rock god."
Rose Hill Drive on Sunday will
be warming up the crowd for these
“rock gods," playing Nassau colise-
um. an arena that holds more than
But while Townshend and
"It's just huge," Sproul said Of Daltrey fly from gig to gig, the
opening for The Who. “It's so
Townshend, Sproul added. is
guys in Rose Hill Drive, though
on a huge tour, travel in a van.
as they do when they are play-
ing their own shows.
“It's the segue deal for us,” Sproul
said. "The blessing is that while
we would be looking for the ratty
little venue. now it's a giant. And
we don't have to call and ask for
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