Three-time Grammy winners Train will headline the closing stadium show at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Boy Scouts of America announced today.
For my money, this is the biggest musical act to perform at a national Scout jamboree since the Beach Boys in 1985. And I’m told it’s the earliest in the jamboree planning cycle that a headliner has signed on. That’s good news for participants and staff already registered for the jamboree, and it’s yet another enticing reason for Scouts and Scouters not registered to join us next summer in West Virginia.
You surely know Train, the pop-rock group from San Francisco that has performed together since 1994. And you know their hits, including “Meet Virginia,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and recent singles “Drive By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”
Train — consisting of Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar), and Scott Underwood (drums) — will perform Saturday, July 20, at the closing event, called the “Celebration of Scouting” show. They’ll light up the new stage at the stadium (the area called the arena at past jamborees) in front of tens of thousands of excited Scouts, Scouters, and visitors.
Train’s a big name for the jamboree, but they certainly aren’t the first recognizable people to speak, sing, or perform on the event’s big stage.
This isn’t a complete list, but here are some big-name guests at past arena/stadium shows (note that I’m only including in-person guests, not those who appeared via video):
2010: Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe, rock band Switchfoot, WWE personality Sgt. Slaughter.
2005: President George W. Bush, zoologist Jim Fowler
2001: (original show was rained out)
1997: President Bill Clinton
1993: Country singer Louise Mandrell
1989:Eagle Scout and acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, country singer Lee Greenwood
1985: Music legends The Beach Boys, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Nancy Reagan
1981:Entertainer Burl Ives, country quartet the Oak Ridge Boys
1977: Burl Ives
1973: Actor Danny Thomas, comedian and actor Bob Hope
1969: Wife of Scouting’s founder Olave Baden-Powell
1964: President Lyndon Johnson, TV personality Dan Blocker, entertainer Lorne Greene, Olave Baden-Powell
1960: Gunsmoke star James Arness, singers The Lennon Sisters
1953: President Dwight Eisenhower, cowboy Roy Rogers, actress Doris Day, actress Debbie Reynolds, screen legend Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope
1950: President Harry Truman, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower
Any to add?
I’d love to add to the list above to make it complete and accurate. If you have additions, please leave a comment below.
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