CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet, two of Southern rock’s biggest names, will share the stage Saturday, March 15, as part of the Bud Light Concert Series at Sugarloaf.

Legend has it that the term “Southern metal” was coined for Blackfoot, a Jacksonville, Fla., band with a long history. Touring the world with bands such as The Who, Deep Purple, AC/DC, ZZ Top and Ted Nugent helped solidify Blackfoot’s place in rock music, while Blackfoot’s headline tours gave America its first taste of bands like Def Leppard, Scorpions and Iron Maiden.

Blackfoot is probably best known for its hit “Train, Train.”

In 2003, a worldwide petition calling for the reunion of Blackfoot, caught the attention of founding members Jakson Spires, Charlie Hargrett and Greg T. Walker, and former lead guitarist Bobby Barth. Tragically, Spires died unexpectedly in 2005, but the band has continued on, bringing in New Orleans drummer Michael Sollars and returning to its Southern rock roots.

Molly Hatchet’s self-titled debut album was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multiplatinum status as the band established its reputation as working hard and living fast through intense touring with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger and The Rolling Stones. In 1979, “Flirtin’ with Disaster” was released and history was in the making.

Founding member Dave Hlubek has returned to play with Molly Hatchet after a 20-year hiatus and will be joined by longtime keyboardist John Galvin and Phil McCormack, who replaced Danny Joe Brown on vocals in 1996 after health issues led to Brown’s departure from the band. Bass player Tim Lindsey and drummer Shawn Beamer round out the lineup.

Molly Hatchet has continued performing classic hits such as “Flirtin’ With Disaster, “Gator Country,” “Whiskey Man” and “Dreams I’ll Never See,” as well as more current hits that underscore the band’s the spirit and Southern traditions.

This is a 21-plus show with proper identification required at the door. Tickets, $26 for general admission, are available by calling 1-800-THE-LOAF or at guest services at Sugarloaf. Doors open at 7 p.m. Blackfoot will take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Molly Hatchet.

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