Extreme duo Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone have revealed they can’t wait to deliver this summer’s UK festival exclusive to Ramblin’ Man Fair fans.
And the announcement of the second of this year’s headliners – plus new additions Dokken, Rival Sons and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – comes at a time when Thunder’s Luke Morley has praised the increasingly inclusive two-dayer in Kent.
Speaking exclusively to HRH Mag, Morley, who played the main stage with Thunder last summer, said: “I love Ramblin’ Man. Long may it continue!
“Has there been a festival like Ramblin’ Man Fair in the UK before – something for every kind of ‘rock’ fan? High Voltage was similar but I was delighted when I heard about the idea for Ramblin’ Man.
“To be able to walk across a field and watch prog rock on one stage, country on another and classic rock on another was fantastic. Watching the same thing for two days would drive me mad.
“In the 70s everything was lumped in together – it was a case of anything goes. I went to Reading in 1975 and it was a pretty eclectic bill with everyone from Joan Armatrading to Judas Priest and Kokomo to Caravan. That was mental.
“Ramblin’ Man is the same but different. The best of both worlds. I was always a big fan of the concept and now I’m a big fan of the festival.”
Extreme join ZZ Top as headliners and a stoked Bettencourt said: “There will always be a special place for the UK in our hearts. Way before More Than Words hit around the world, the UK was ‘Getting The Funk Out’.
“Recognising Extreme as a rock band first and foremost will always connect us. We cannot wait to rock with you at Ramblin’ Man!”
Cherone added: “We are honoured to be headlining the Ramblin’ Man Fair. Extreme has always had a special relationship with UK fans and we look forward to a great night.”
Elsewhere organisers have pulled more big names out of the bag – and none bigger than Dokken! Formed in 1979, the band has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
Dokken’s classic 1988 live album Beast From The East was nominated for the inaugural Grammy Award For Best Metal Performance in 1989.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
Rival Sons head to Ramblin’ Man on the back of a prestigious opening slot on Black Sabbath’s The End tour and headline the brand new Grooverider Stage.
Look out for a full and exclusive interview with Morley in the first issue of HRH Mag – out in March!