George Merced of Chrome will feel at home at the Avalon Hotel Conference Center on Saturday when the biker band raises the roof — literally — on its Rooftop Concert Series.
“My grandmother used to be a manager there and when I was a kid, I worked there right out of high school,” Merced said. “I actually met Def Leppard and Tesla at the hotel when I worked there, on the ‘Pyromania’ tour. I met them at Billie’s in the bar. I have a lot of fun memories, there, absolutely.”
So, Merced might have hit the roof if a band other than Chrome opened this series. “I remember being in my 20s and going to the rooftop lounge, back when they had it. Now that they’re bringing it back, being the band to open that night again, it’ll be awesome.”
Abbey Road will close the series on Sept. 1, which makes sense: The Beatles played history’s most famous rooftop show. In between, expect blues with Dollar Bill and the Spare Change; vintage ’70s with the horn-fueled Ruby Port; flashy Pittsburgh stage act Totally 80s; hard-rocking country with Next of Kin and folk-rock with BirdSong and more. (See the MUSE page for the list.)
“We wanted to get a great mix of all types of music,” said Karen Catalde, the director of sales and catering at the Avalon.
The rooftop is actually an open deck on the Avalon’s second floor which will include two bars. Appetizers and souvenirs, including concert-like T-shirts for the summer lineup, will be available.
Chrome will play songs you can sing along with from the 1980s to today, including Godsmack’s version of “Rocky Mountain Way,” plus hits by Buckcherry, Three Days Grace, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, Theory of a Deadman and more.
“I don’t consider us an ’80s band; we’re a rock band. We do a little bit of everything,” Merced said. “Right now we’re at about 85 songs. What’s nice about that is we can play the casino one night and Sherlock’s the next and fit in at either place.”
You will also hear songs by the bands Merced met at the Avalon — Def Leppard and Tesla. “I think it’ll bring back some fond memories for everybody,” he said.