Sigh Of Relief. Harley Announces Its 105th Anniversary Concert Acts

Bikers remember Harley-Davidson catastrophic 100th anniversary HOG concert. The event was hyped during months with Harley announcing a secret headliner. The buzz was that the Rolling Stones would be playing and nothing was done by the Milwaukee Factory to stop these rumors. The opening act was country singer Tim McGraw, counting mainly young women as his primary fans. Not too shocking for a biker’s crowd. But, nothing could have prepared the crowd for the secret headliner: Elton John. As talented and a huge act he is, not exactly a rebellious Rock ‘n’ Roll star. Many laughed and way too many made homophobic remarks and headed to the exit. Elton was completely unable to relate to bikers and had to play front of a disconnected crowd. This year Harley-Davidson booked 2 “safe” acts: Aerosmith & Kid Rock. The 40,000 bikers expected to attend this concert should not leave before the 2 gigs are over.

Correction: It’s the concert for the 25th Anniversary of HOG, not the 105th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson. But it doesn’t change anything about what I wrote! Thanks to my readers.


12 Responses to “Sigh Of Relief. Harley Announces Its 105th Anniversary Concert Acts”

  1. 1 Flathead 13 Jan 5th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    HD hired Elton John??? What a great understanding of the biker culture! Aero & Kid will do better, for sure.

  2. 2 goldiron Jan 5th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Still, H-D is not appealing to a broader spectrum of younger riders, though. I surely thought that they might have taken the opportunity to approach that market during an anniversary celebration. They seem to have withdrawn themselves from providing that must have image to that particular segment of the market.

  3. 3 rodent Jan 5th, 2008 at 11:44 am

    They still don’t get it

  4. 4 Ryan Jan 5th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    IMO a step in the right direction

  5. 5 Nicker Jan 5th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    “…Elton John. As talented and a huge act he is, not exactly a rebellious Rock ‘n’ Roll star. Many laughed and way too many made homophobic remarks …”

    Some yeas ago, on a trip to the SF HD dealer, not remembering exactly which Embarcadero Exit to take, we followed a group of HD scooters figuring they were headed that way. And sure-nough, we ended up in the Dudley Perkins parking lot.

    The guys we followed were Huge, lumberjack-types. All riding new scooters and all decked out in new black leather chaps & pin-festooned vests (no colors). They congregated in the show room area obviously familiar with the sales department.

    Our way to the Parts Counter led us right by these guys, close enough to over hear part of their conversation. At that point, the one doing most of the talking, with a pronounced lisp and the animated bravado of a flaming-queen, was going on and on about being:

    “…THo glda not to have to THpend anoTHer day in LA, THo I don’t have to leave my bike out in THe THtreet overnight…”

    We must-a waited 10 minutes till someone asked us what we wanted. However, they had obviously spent a hell of a lot more money at Dudley’s then had and were getting a commensurate amount of attention.

    So, Elton at a HD event…? Out-a place…? Who knows….?

    Still, we couldn’t get out of the new Perkins Building fast enough.
    Well, lets just call it “unsettling” and leave it at that.


  6. 6 goldiron Jan 8th, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Evidently, this is not the entertainment for the 105th it is the entertainment for the 25th of H.O.G. The entertainment for the 105th has not been released yet.

  7. 7 Another Jimmy Jan 8th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I wish they’d put as much effort into design and QA as they did into t-shirts, hot dogs, and concerts 😛

  8. 8 Dave Jan 8th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Right you are GoldIron,
    This concert is for the 25th anniversary of H.O.G., not the 105th celebration. The concert is free to active H.O.G. members and one guest, all others are expected to pay $ 25 each. Concert date is Thursday, August 28 2008 at the Miller Park Stadium in Milwakee, WI.
    40,000 tickets for the event will go on sale March 12, at 8:00 AM.
    Group seating is available for H.O.G. members (25 seat Limit), log onto offical H.O.G. website or read the new issue of HogTales Magazine for more details.

  9. 9 Don Jan 10th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I believe that the concert costs $25 for everyone, hog members included. The 25th hog rally is free in the morning but the concert is a seperate ticketed event. I am glad to see Aerosmith and KR. I was at the hundredth and was totally bummed with elton. I just figured Harley was paying too much attention to the demographic of their customers which was something to the tune of early fifties with an income up around 65 grand, Instead of figuring out why that demographic bought a harley in the first place!

  10. 10 nakoma Mar 5th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    i was at the 100th and being right up front when elton came on was alitle sacrey!! alot of shocked and angry people. don’t get me wrong elton john is a great icon, just not for the biker family.hopefully hog will pull it off this summer and do the right thing.i have friends from scotland and england that are coming to represent their country in the parade this year. they would of loved elton!!

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