Beach Boys, Phil Collins To Be Featured On New PBS Concert Series

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Photos by FREDERIC J. BROWN and Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Photos by FREDERIC J. BROWN and Ian Gavan/Getty Images

PBS is bringing a whole new live musical experience into homes this spring for the new series Front Row Center. The series aims to bring the concert experience to a wide audience without having to leave your own home, and with the cost of ticket prices these days, it’s definitely a more affordable option.

Featuring some of the finest musical acts spanning the generations, Front Row Center, will highlight artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm]; [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phil Collins[/lastfm]; [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cheap Trick[/lastfm]; [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Secret Sisters[/lastfm] featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T-Bone Burnett[/lastfm]; [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello[/lastfm] and many more in its premiere season.

Kicking off on April 5th with T-Bone Burnett Presents: The Secret Sisters with Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan, Front Row Center will feature a diverse line up of artists across the generations of music playing their best hits.

Here are a few K-EARTH 101 artists featured on Front Row Center’s first season, according to the official press release:

April 19: Phil Collins: Going Back – Live at the Roseland Ballroom

This very personal concert sees Phil Collins take his superb 2010 release Going Back into the live arena for the first time, faithfully recreating the soul and Motown sounds that he loved as a teenager. His band includes three of Motown’s original backing band The Funk Brothers: Bob Babbitt on bass and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, as well as two stalwarts of Genesis live shows: Chester Thompson on drums and Darryl Stuermer on guitars. One hour.


May 10: Cheap Trick:

Well known for their four decades of almost non-stop touring and new music, the group combines their famous power pop and melodic sounds as they rock out in this special concert. Seventeen studio albums under their belt make for so many great songs including favorites like “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and “I Want You to Want Me.” One hour.


June 7: The Beach Boys: Summer’s Gone:

The legendary group reunite to celebrate their 50th anniversary (2012) with a look back at their career featuring never-before-seen archival concert footage, plus songs from their new album. 90 minutes.


Complete Front Row Center line up:

  • Beginning April 5: T-Bone Burnett Presents: The Secret Sisters with Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan
  • April 12: Colbie Caillat
  • April 19: Phil Collins: Going Back – Live at the Roseland Ballroom
  • April 26: Train
  • May 3: Moby
  • May 10: Cheap Trick
  • May 17: O.A.R.
  • May 24: Ben Harper and Relentless7
  • May 31: Richard Marx: A Night Out with Friends
  • June 7: The Beach Boys: Summer’s Gone
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