FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (12/96)
Contact: Leah Frierson, Centenary student, 318-631-8395,
or Lynn Stewart or Amy Boltinghouse, Centenary News Service,
318-869-5120 or 869-5709
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College will host JACKOPIERCE, an up-and-coming rock band catering mainly to college students, at a public concert Saturday, Jan. 25.The concert will be held in the Centenary Gold Dome, beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets, which are priced at $5 for non-Centenary students and $10 for general public, can be purchased at Southfield Music, Garland's Super Sounds, CD Warehouses in Shreveport and Bossier, LSUS, Louisiana Tech and Centenary. They will go on sale Dec. 23.
JACKOPIERCE originated at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The founding members, Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce, both vocal guitarists, have been performing together as a duo since 1988. Today that duo has evolved into a band with the additions of bassist Clay Pendergrass and drummer Earl Darling. Both are song writers who each contributed to numerous other records before joining JACKOPIERCE.
Through the use of their upbeat guitar rock which contrasts sharply with their enigmatic lyrics, JACKOPIERCE was able to sell over 215,000 copies of their 1994 A&M debut record Bringing on the Weather. Their second A&M album, Finest Hour, was recorded in the garage space of producer Don Smith (The Rolling Stones, Cracker). Half of its tracks were cut with producers Stan Lynch, long-time member of the Heartbreakers, and Rob Jacobs (U2, Eagles).
Other artists with guest performances on the album include guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboardist Benmont Tench (also of the Heartbreakers) and guitarist David Immergluck. Finest Hour is filled with acoustic-driven melodies; harmonies; tributes to love and the road not taken; pleas for honesty and sanity, and many more themes.
Since the release of their first album, JACKOPIERCE has continued to tour the country, playing before sold-out crowds wherever they go. They have done more than 400 shows in 150 cities and have a mailing list of more than 20,000 fans. The week before their Centenary appearance, the band will play at the Texas State Inaugural Ball.
JACKOPIERCE publicists say the group has generated a following solely on the basis of their music, high-energy shows and constant touring, something most artists need major radio airplay and a video on MTV or VH1 to do. Opening acts will be two area bands: Windstorm and Tablet.
For further information, contact Leah Frierson, president of the Centenary Student Activities Board, at 318-631-8395.