America's Opening Takes Over Park City


Park City, Utah Nov. 15, 2002 (Park City Release)--The Chevy Truck America's Opening is more than just a ski race—it's a community celebration. Park City Mountain Resort continues with tradition, featuring world cup ski racing, Lunch at the Races, a FREE concert and street dance on Park City's Historic Main Street, public draws and a fireworks display. The band WAR will perform on the bottom of Main Street, next to the Marriott Summit Watch Plaza on Friday, November 22, 2002.

Back in the early 70's, during an anti-Vietnam America and when peace was the Country's motto, a young group of friends from the inner cities of Los Angeles got together and formed a band called WAR. According to the band, "Their mission was to spread a message of brotherhood and harmony," says WAR's founder, singer/boardist Lonnie Jordan. "Our instruments and voices became our weapons of choice and the songs our ammunitions. We spoke out against racism, hunger, gangs, crimes and the turf wars, as we embraced all people with hope and the spirit of brotherhood."

A legend of their own, WAR has been entertaining multi-generational audiences with their magic and musical melting pot blend of fuses Rock, Jazz, Latin and R&B for years. The band has been influential in the music scene and has sold over 30 million records to date. In addition to the millions of albums sold, the band has also received over 12 multi-platinum, platinum and gold albums, which include quadruple platinum. Their most recent album, The Best of WAR and More, has sold over one million copes and was certified platinum by RIAA in 1998.

WAR's influence on the new generation is evident as many musicians emulate WAR's musical style. Today, the band is as popular as ever with several samples of their songs used in films, commercials and artists producing remakes of their songs, including Blues Travelers, Beastie Boys, Janet Jackson and Smash Mouth. Many shows, including The Simpson's, Felicity and ER have used WAR's music "Low Rider" or "Why Can't We Be Friends", as well as companies such as Pizza Hut, Kodak Max and Chevy Blazer to promote their products.

WAR continues to tour and of course do what they do best - make music. Park City Mountain Resort invites you to come experience the infectious sounds of WAR's Lonnie Jordan (keyboards, bass, vocals), Ronnie Hammon (drums, vocals), Rae Valentine (keyboards), kerry Campbell (saxophone), Tetsuya Tex" Nakamura (harmonica,) Richard Marquez (percussion), JB Ecki (guitar) and be a part of the 16th annual Chevy Truck America's Opening World Cup Races.

"This America's Opening will be significant as it will be the first World Cup competition the resort will host following the successes and triumphs of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games," said Karen Korfanta, Park City Mountain Resort race department manager and America's Opening chief organizer. "The Olympics generated tremendous enthusiasm in Park City and our position is to build on that great feeling and continue to make America's Opening a meaningful celebration of leading athletes." She added, "The community has always provided tremendous support for the races and, now that the Olympics have moved on, it will be good to get back into the World Cup mode with the men and women providing more outstanding skiing."

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