With the Likes of KISS and Eminem, Mammoth Stage Gets Overlooked
EPICENTER Twenty Ten Music Festival presented by Right Arm Entertainment takes the stage at Auto Club Speedway on Sept. 25 & 26
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2010) – Its been on stage, literally, with the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel and the Eagles. Yet, it never gets its well-deserved recognition. Come the EPICENTER Twenty Ten: Music Festival presented by Right Arm Entertainment – Sept. 25 and 26 at Auto Club Speedway – it will face the same fate – on stage with the likes of KISS and Eminem, yet completely overlooked.
Seems unusual that something 140-feet wide, 80-feet deep and 65-feet tall can literally go almost unnoticed. But it does – each and every performance.
The mammoth mobile stage, weighing in at 100,000 pounds, will be the centerpiece of the non-music portion of EPICENTER Twenty Ten and rightly so. Built in Southern California by Brown United of Monrovia, Calif., the stage is the unsung star of the concert (or any event) according to Donn Mccusker, Touring President of the company, overseeing construction of the stage.
“It’s tops in the industry,” said the 20-plus year veteran. “We’re almost done here and we’ll be ready to go when the bands and the fans roll into town.”
Assembly of the stage isn’t an overnight achievement. It’s a 14-man job, working three, 16-hour days. It’s making sure every cable is taut, every nut and bolt is tight and every rope and cord secure. And when it’s all said and done, it’s breaking it down, packing it on 12, 18-wheelers and hauling it to the next venue.
The stage being constructed in the DiscoverIE FanZone at Auto Club Speedway now, arrived at the Speedway early this month from Denver, where it supported the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, Steve Miller, Weezer, Train and Cypress Hill in August at the Mile High Music Festival.
“We build it, tear it down and go on to the next venue,” said Mccusker. “How fast can I get in and get out – that’s all I’m worried about. Oh, and the weather. We worry about that too!”
Mccusker has seen his share of bands and special events over the past years. He’s overseen the construction of stages for Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day in Canada in 2002 (800,000 attendance); the Rolling Stones SARS Benefit Concert in 2003 in Toronto (500,000 attendance) and a stage and grandstands for the premier of the movie “Pearl Harbor” aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His favorite? “The Billy Joel / Elton John concerts. We’ve done about 30 of their shows so I know everyone that’s working there. That’s fun.”
For Mccusker, every concert is a new experience. Every event a new challenge.
“Talk about a challenge – let’s talk about Fenway Park in Boston,” he cringes. “Two-lane street, not much room, they don’t ‘shut the road down, I’m craning 10,000-pound pieces of the stage over the Green Monster! – now that’s a challenge.”
What’s next for Mccusker? A little time off.
“I’ve been going for some time now and need some time at home in Beijing,” said Mccusker who fell in love with Beijing after doing stage work for a Yanni concert in 1997 there. “I’m looking forward to going somewhere where they don’t speak English.”
Don’t miss the chance to see Mccusker’s handy work. But more importantly the chance to be a part of performances unique to Southern California at EPICENTER Twenty Ten including: Eminem’s first California concert since 2005; Blink-182’s only 2010 concert in North America; KISS and Rise Against’s only 2010 California appearance; plus the festival marks the first reunion show by Bush, who haven’t performed together since 2001.
Tickets are on sale by visiting www.autoclubspeedway.com/epicenter. General sale prices are as follows:
• Two-day ticket price is $149.50
• One-day ticket is $79.50
• VIP two-day ticket price is $395.00
• VIP one-day ticket price is $199.00
• Hotel and camping packages are available, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/epicenter for more information.
EPICENTER Twenty Ten is presented by Right Arm Entertainment (creators of Ohio’s successful Rock on the Range annual festival).
About Auto Club Speedway
This October the playoffs go golden! The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup roars into the Golden State and Southern California's Auto Club Speedway. Experience a weekend full of speed beginning with NASCAR Qualifying Day (Oct. 8), followed by the NNS CampingWorld.com 300 (Oct. 9) and culminating with Southern California’s “playoff” race – the Pepsi MAX 400 (Oct. 10).
Free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone.
Pepsi MAX 400 tickets start at $35 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under. And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.