Provo, Utah – March 24, 2015 – Utahans and visitors from around the nation will celebrate America’s 239th birthday with one of the world’s most iconic rock bands and the biggest fireworks show in years.
America’s Freedom Festival is thrilled to welcome rock and roll’s legendary JOURNEY to headline Stadium of Fire on Saturday, July 4th, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. Olivia Holt, star of Disney Channel’s popular series I Didn’t Do It, will also make a special musical appearance. The event, hosted by television personality and former Navy lieutenant Montel Williams, will conclude with the biggest fireworks display in Stadium of Fire history, claiming title once again as the largest stadium fireworks show in the United States.
Tickets to Stadium of Fire will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m., and will be sold at stadiumoffire.com and at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office in Provo. Members of the Freedom Festival’s email list will have the option to purchase tickets one day before the general public, so fans are encouraged to visit stadiumoffire.com to sign up for advance ticket opportunities.
“This year we’re throwing the largest, loudest and most patriotic party Utah has ever seen,” said Paul Warner, Executive Director of America’s Freedom Festival. “Everyone knows and adores the music of Journey. Their songs are still some of the best-selling and most-played after 30 years on the radio.”
“The one thing that remains the same is live performances,” said Journey’s Neal Schon. “So that’s why we’re still here doing this. It’s the one thing that can’t be hacked and one thing that you absolutely have to show up live to be able to do. And so I still love it.”
Blazing hotter than ever with the lineup of founder Schon (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards and backing vocals), co-founder Ross Valory (bass and backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion and backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals), Journey has created some of the best-known songs in music, such as “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and “Faithfully.”
The group’s seminal anthem — “Don’t Stop Believin” — is one of the top-selling catalog tracks in digital history, after being featured in the last scene of the electrifying series finale of HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ and then reaching another level of stratospheric success when it was covered by the cast of FOX’s wildly successful series ‘Glee.’ Three decades after its original release, “Don’t Stop Believin” has reached a new class of young fans and multiple generations are welcoming this legendary band, as it continues to bring its signature sound of classic hits and new favorites around the world.
Over the years Journey has earned multiple accolades, including 19 Top 40 singles; producing 25 Gold and Platinum albums; and receiving a Diamond certification for its Greatest Hits album, marking U.S. sales in excess of 15 million. In 2011, they drew nearly a million fans to their Eclipse World Tour and was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards in honor of their significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.
Guests at Stadium of Fire will also enjoy a special musical performance by rising star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt, who currently stars in Disney Channel’s hit series I Didn’t Do It. She’s also known to young people and their parents for playing the role of Kim on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It. Holt recorded songs for the Disney movie Girl vs. Monster (in which she also starred) and the Disney Channel Holiday Playlist. Holt will make her film debut in the Paramount feature “Same Kind of Different as Me,” opposite Renée Zellweger and Greg Kinnear, due out fall 2015.
This year’s host will be Emmy Award-winning television legend Montel Williams. Williams hosted The Montel Williams Show from 1991 to 2008. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1996. Before his career in television, Williams served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. He is the first African American enlisted Marine to complete and graduate both the Naval Academy Preparatory School and the U.S. Naval Academy. Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, is founder of the MS Foundation.
The Stadium of Fire event, now in its 35th year, welcomes approximately 40,000 people to LaVell Edwards Stadium each year, and is televised annually to over one million military men and women in more than 100 countries via the American Forces Network. Combined with July 4th’s Grand Parade and the Freedom Days vendor market in downtown Provo, almost half a million people attend Freedom Festival events over the Independence Day weekend.
Stadium of Fire is presented by America’s Freedom Festival, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization supporting educational programs and events that promote freedom and democracy. For the 11th consecutive year, the event will be produced and directed by the award-winning production team of Baruch/Gayton Entertainment Group.