A younger generation will have the chance to experience some of classic rock’s greatest hits live if Rick Bowen has his way. Mystical Orchestra,...

A younger generation will have the chance to experience some of classic rock’s greatest hits live if Rick Bowen has his way. Mystical Orchestra, a rock symphony in the same vein as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has unveiled plans for the Flashback: The Classic Rock Experience Tour. The trek, created by Bowen, will feature symphonic versions of the rock songs that defined the 1960s and ’70s.The 50-date experience begins tomorrow, August 27, in Mobile, AL, and continues through November 16 in Miami, FL.

“The intention is to present the music like it’s never been presented before,” Bowen said in a statement on the tour’s official Web site. “I wanted to do it even better than done originally.”

Each night’s performance will last nearly three hours and consist of two sets. The first set covers classic rock anthems and hits, such as “Smoke on the Water” by Purple Haze, and Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild.” The band will also perform multiple songs by classic rock heavy-hitters The Doors, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

The second set of the show is dedicated entirely to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, two of the classic rock era’s iconic bands. Mystical Orchestra will perform some of the most recognizable hits, including Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and — of course — Zeppelin’s epic “Stairway to Heaven.”

Bowen noted in the statement, “If we do our job right, this re-creation will be a night to remember, a concert event and experience for multiple generations, as we tour the nation.”

Mystical Orchestra features a 14-person band of musicians and singers, as well as an 11-piece orchestra. In addition to the musical experience, enhanced by two large screens and a 225,000-watt surround sound system, each night will feature a laser light show and pyrotechnics. Billboard.com placed the staging price of the production at almost $5.5 million. Bowen stated the average ticket price would be less than $40.

A second leg of the tour is in the works for February 2009.

Flashback: The Classic Rock Experience itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

August 27 Mobile, AL Civic Center
August 29 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
August 30 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
August 31 Ft. Lauderdale / Sunrise, FL Bank Atlantic Center
September 1 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Mem Arena
September 4 Savannah, GA Savannah Civic Center
September 5 Charleston, SC N Chas. Coliseum
September 6 Columbia, SC Colonial Center
September 7 Greenville, SC Bilo Center
September 10 Atlanta, GA Gwinett Center
September 11 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
September 12 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena
September 13 Raleigh, NC RBC Center Arena
September 14 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center
September 18 Hampton, VA Hampton Roads Coliseum
September 19 Richmond, VA Richmond Coliseum
September 20 Baltimore, MD 1st. Mariner Arena
September 21 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
September 26 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center/Or Spectrum
September 27 New York, NY NY Nassau Coliseum
September 28 Albany, NY Times Union Center
October 1 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
October 3 Hartford, CT Civic Center
October 4 Syracuse, NY War Memorial at Oncenter
October 5 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
October 8 Worcester, MA DCU Center
October 9 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena
October 10 Fairfax, VA / Washington, D.C. Patriot Center
October 11 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
October 12 Wilkes Barre, PA Wachovia Arena At Casey Plaza
October 16 Hershey, PA Giant Center
October 17 Toledo, OH Seagate Convention Centre
October 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
October 19 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
October 22 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center
October 23 Dayton, OH Ervin J. Nutter Center
October 24 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
October 25 Cincinnati, OH Bank of Kentucky Arena
October 26 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
October 29 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
October 30 Memphis, TN Fedex Forum
October 31 Bossier City-Shreveport, LA TBA
November 1 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center UT
November 2 Dallas/Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theater
November 6 Houston, TX Toyota Center or Woodlands Tent
November 7 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
November 8 Little Rock, AK Alltel Arena
November 9 Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall
November 12 Estero, FL Germain Arena
November 13 Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O’Connell Center
November 15 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center
November 16 Miami, FL Miami Arena