Acoustic-rock act America, which had a slew of huge hits in the 1970s, will come to Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown Friday night. It got us thinking about other acts named after countries — and cities, states and even continents (we’re talking about you, Asia). Here’s a list of some of the biggest ones who actually hailed from their namesake locale (Sugarland gets honorable mention, because although the act was named for Sugar Land, Texas, it spells its name as one word):
v Kansas: This 1970s rock band, known for grandiose anthems such as “Song for America,” was among the first to incorporate a violin.
v Boston: Another ’70s rock juggernaut. The band layered soaring solos over infectious guitar riffs on hits like “Don’t Look Back.”
v Chicago: Backed by its iconic big brass section, this Windy City act will live forever in box-set heaven.
v Alabama: Merging country and Southern rock, this act has become a crossover favorite for decades
v Youngstown: Of course! This short-lived boy-band vocal group trio had a minor hit in 1999 with “I’ll Be Your Everything.”
Presidential debate (6 p.m., broadcast and cable news networks): They’ve spent months launching verbal barbs at each other from afar. Now Barack Obama and Mitt Romney finally come face-to-face for their first presidential debate. Jim Lehrer moderates the event.
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Foo Fighters taking a break, says Grohl
Dave Grohl says his band Foo Fighters is officially taking a break.
Grohl, who was born in Warren, Ohio, sent an open letter Tuesday, calling the band “my life,” but noting “it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while.”
Grohl told fans Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival he didn’t know when the band would play together again, and affirmed that in the letter.
He created Foo Fighters in 1994 after his time as the drummer in Nirvana, recording the band’s self-titled debut before inviting other members to join. The band has been one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring critical and commercial successes, winning 11 Grammys, including five earlier this year.
Grohl says he’s now focused on his forthcoming Sound City documentary and album.
This spelling bee is for adults
The Mahoning Valley Young Professionals will host an adult spelling bee Thursday at the MVR Restaurant, Walnut Street, to help launch the club’s new professional development scholarship program.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the bee starts at 6:15.
Registration is $100 for a team; $25 for an individual; and $15 for a “heckler.”
Prices include food and one drink ticket. For information or to register in advance, go to mvypclub.com. All proceeds benefit the MVYP scholarship program.
Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers, as well as to the team or individual with the most spirit or best costume(s).