Fortune Bay Concerts Bring Big Names To Tower Soudan

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2011 Updated Jun 26, 2011 at 9:49 PM CST

Tower, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) The show doesn't start for another two hours but fans are already lined up.
This isn't the Hollywood Bowl or Madison Square Garden or even the DECC.
It's Fortune Bay Casino in Tower and rock and roll hall of famer John Fogerty will hit the stage at 8 pm in the parking lot.

"Wooh, Fogerty! Go John!" said two of the four thousand people in the crowd.

John Veaudrin from the Calumet and Marble area is surprised the Credence Clearwater Revival front man would play such a small town.

"I am kind of surprised. It's neat he could be in this area and make a lot of people happy." said Veaudrin who hasn't been to a rock concert since ZZ Top in the Twin Cities thirty years ago.

It's no surprise to the people at Fortune Bay, though.
They've worked hard to get top names to their outdoor summer concerts over the last ten years.
This year, there will be four shows.
Casino staff members feel they will be an economic boost to the Tower Soudan area and to Fortune Bay owners, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

"The more people you bring into the area helps the economy. Everybody benefits from it so everybody is excited to see John Fogerty and the rest of the line up this year." said Bob Villebrun of Fortune Bay.

That line up includes Ted Nugent on September 4th, ZZ Top on August 13th and Montgomery Gentry on July 2nd.

While thousands enjoyed Elton John's concert in Duluth last May, thousands of other were disappointed when tickets disappeared quickly.

So far, the Fortune Bay concerts have had no such trouble so Fogerty fan John Veaudrin will be back to take in ZZ Top for the first time in decades.

"Yeah, I'm definitely going to plan on coming back for that!" said Veaudrin.

In Tower, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Other big names that have played at Fortune Bay over the years include Pat Benatar, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick.