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.”

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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 27Mobile, ALCivic Center
August 29Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
August 30Orlando, FLAmway Arena
August 31Ft. Lauderdale / Sunrise, FLBank Atlantic Center
September 1Jacksonville, FLVeterans Mem Arena
September 4Savannah, GASavannah Civic Center
September 5Charleston, SCN Chas. Coliseum
September 6Columbia, SCColonial Center
September 7Greenville, SCBilo Center
September 10Atlanta, GAGwinett Center
September 11Asheville, NCAsheville Civic Center
September 12Charlotte, NCCricket Arena
September 13Raleigh, NCRBC Center Arena
September 14Roanoke, VARoanoke Civic Center
September 18Hampton, VAHampton Roads Coliseum
September 19Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum
September 20Baltimore, MD1st. Mariner Arena
September 21Newark, NJPrudential Center
September 26Philadelphia, PAWachovia Center/Or Spectrum
September 27New York, NYNY Nassau Coliseum
September 28Albany, NYTimes Union Center
October 1Rochester, NYBlue Cross Arena
October 3Hartford, CTCivic Center
October 4Syracuse, NYWar Memorial at Oncenter
October 5Providence, RIDunkin Donuts Center
October 8Worcester, MADCU Center
October 9Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
October 10Fairfax, VA / Washington, D.C.Patriot Center
October 11Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall
October 12Wilkes Barre, PAWachovia Arena At Casey Plaza
October 16Hershey, PAGiant Center
October 17Toledo, OHSeagate Convention Centre
October 18Cleveland, OHWolstein Center
October 19Pittsburgh, PAMellon Arena
October 22Youngstown, OHChevrolet Center
October 23Dayton, OHErvin J. Nutter Center
October 24Lexington, KYRupp Arena
October 25Cincinnati, OHBank of Kentucky Arena
October 26Columbus, OHNationwide Arena
October 29Nashville, TNSommet Center
October 30Memphis, TNFedex Forum
October 31Bossier City-Shreveport, LATBA
November 1Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center UT
November 2Dallas/Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theater
November 6Houston, TXToyota Center or Woodlands Tent
November 7New Orleans, LANew Orleans Arena
November 8Little Rock, AKAlltel Arena
November 9Birmingham, ALBJCC Concert Hall
November 12Estero, FLGermain Arena
November 13Gainesville, FLStephen C. O’Connell Center
November 15Lakeland, FLLakeland Center
November 16Miami, FLMiami Arena

Last Updated on August 27, 2008 by By Allison Reitz