A band of rock and roll legends is gearing up for its 50th anniversary, and it’s looking to bring their music back to the city.
On October 18, a band called The Roots will play a show in Rockford that will showcase a number of their most beloved hits, including “Rock and Roll and the Roots,” “Ain’t Nobody Back Here,” “Big Train Song,” “I Got a Woman,” “Love Me Harder,” “Dizzy Gillespie,” “Hang on a Minute,” “What’s That Girl Doing,” “Tequila Man,” “No One’s Going to Take Away Our Music” and “Ace of Spades.”
The Roots have long been an integral part of Rockford, hosting the annual Summer RockFest every July, and the group’s fans have come out in droves to watch them play.
“When we did the Rockford show in ’98, the people in the audience, when they got back to their cars, they just kept saying, ‘What the heck?'” said Bobbie Stroud, the band’s lead singer and a member of the Rockforte Riverfront Park Band.
“They wanted to get back to Rockford.
I mean, you couldn’t have a better place for us to do that than Rockford.”
A concert in Rockfords hometown, Chicago, is scheduled for the weekend of November 18.
The Roots, a group of three musicians, formed in 1960, and have played in Chicago since 1968.
Their hits include “Big Railroad Song,” the classic “Love, Love, Love” and the “Aa-a-aa-aah-aah!” hits.
The band has released more than 100 albums and toured across the United States, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.