PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will kick off its 2012 Starlight Concert Series at the Palmdale Amphitheater this Saturday, July 14 with a performance by Terry Lee Goffee, The “Ultimate” Johnny Cash Tribute.
Goffee’s show will feature classics such as “A Boy Named Sue,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hurt,” all performed by him portraying Johnny Cash in the first person, rather than just standing there singing the songs. Like an actor in a play, Goffee literally becomes his character, in this case Johnny Cash, from the moment he walks onstage until the end of the show.
A fan of Johnny Cash since he was about 8 years old, Goffee wanted to honor his musical hero, and began performing “Train of Love: A Tribute to Johnny Cash.”
In June 2003, he took the “Train of Love” tribute to Nashville for two performances. Cash’s brother and sister attended the show and were very complimentary afterward. Tommy Cash said, “My brother would be proud.” Joanne Cash Yates commented, “It’s a wonderful show, I would recommend it to anyone,” and “You don’t impersonate my brother, you pay tribute to him with honor.” Cash’s brother and sister enjoying the show was a great boost to Goffee’s confidence, and he came away from Nashville thinking he must be doing something right.
“Train of Love” sprang from Goffee’s appreciation and love, not only for the music of Johnny Cash, but also for the man himself. A champion of the underdog, a voice for those who often have none, an “outlaw” before it became fashionable. If you come away from this presentation with a better understanding of who Johnny Cash is, Goffee will have succeeded in his vision for this endeavor.
Terry Lee’s Tribute to Johnny Cash has taken him all across U.S., Canada, Ireland and the UK. In 2009 he was selected to provide the moves for the Johnny Cash character in Guitar Hero 5.
Admission is $5 for age 13 and older; guests 12 and younger are admitted free, and parking is free. A season pass is available to Palmdale residents for $15, a savings of $10 for all five concerts, and $20 for non-residents, a savings of $5 for all five concerts.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $10, which includes express entry and seating at the front of the stage, ensuring that VIP ticket holders can arrive just before the concert and still get one of the best seats in the house. VIP seating is theater style (first-come, first-served), with chairs provided courtesy of the Antelope Valley Mall. Guests 12 and younger will need to purchase a VIP ticket to be seated in the VIP area.
Season passes, VIP and individual concert tickets are on sale now at the parks and recreation office, located at 38260 10th St. East, is open Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm, and accepts cash, check, Mastercard and Visa. Palmdale residents must bring proof of residency (California I.D., drivers license or current utility bill) to purchase a season pass at the resident fee.
New this year, VIP and individual concert tickets can be purchased online at www.cityofpalmdale.org/starlight.