Mark Farner and band to kick-off 50th anniversary tour

FLINT — Mark Farner’s American Band will officially kick off his 50th Anniversary tour in his hometown, at the famous Capitol Theatre.

Farner, a Lapeer-native, is one of the founding members, lead singer, lead guitarist, and wrote more than 90 percent of the Grand Funk music catalog.

He has always been known as the energetic driving force on stage, the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts.

From his soulful voice and power rock riffs, to fueling the Funk with his atomic stage presence. His story and his imprint on music starts with Flint and since 1969 from his humble beginnings and a blue-collar outlook, Farner has captained a global crusade for love and freedom and became a rock ‘n’ roll icon.

50 years later – he commands the stage with the same intensity performing epic hits that defined a generation – “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home)”, “Bad Time”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, “Foot Stompin’ Music”, “Heartbreaker”, “Locomotion”, “Mean Mistreater” and “We’re An American Band”.

Today, Farner’s amplifying his remarkable career another full decibel selling more than 30 million records worldwide, including 16 gold and platinum albums.

Mark Farner’s American Band will honor Farner’s golden anniversary in music, as well as shine a spotlight on his legendary contributions to society, in his 2019-2020 50th Anniversary Tour. A press conference was held Wednesday to announce the dates for the Capitol Theatre performance and the rest of his tour, but details were not available at press time.

Details of Farner’s tour will be available in next week’s View Newspapers. — G.G.

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