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Sailing for ‘rocky’ seas

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02-June-2012. An 18 deck cruise ship the length of four football fields is scheduled to set sail for Haiti in January, with some of rock’s legendary performers on board. Famous names set to appear for multiple performances include: Foreigner; Paul Rodgers; Creedence Clearwater Revisited; Kansas; Bachman & Turner; 38 Special; The Marshall Tucker Band; Blue Oyster Cult; Foghat; Molly Hatchet; Kentucky HeadHunters; Atlanta Rhythm Section; Pat Travers Band; Melvin Seals & JGB; The Artimus Pyle Band; Black Oak Arkansas; Royal Southern Brotherhood; Devon Allman’s Honeytribe; SwampDaWamp; Whiskey Myers; and Citizens Band Radio.

Rockingham native, Tony Bullard, will also be on board touring with his band The Blue Lords.

“It was kind of weird the way the whole thing happened,” said Bullard. “I was on the first Rock Legends cruise as a passenger. I met some people, they found out I had a band and the next thing I knew I was invited to perform on the next cruise.”

Although Bullard is looking forward to performing with some of his musical idols, he’s no stranger to sharing the stage with major acts.

Since forming in 1983, The Blue Lords have opened for bands like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, The Doobie Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Pat Travers, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, Steppenwolf and Jefferson Starship — to name a few.

“This cruise will be fun, we’ve opened for a lot of these guys before,” said Bullard, who described the Rock Legends cruise as “a floating extravaganza.”

“It’s like the ultimate backstage pass,” he said. “All the bands hang out with the passengers, and there are 66 concerts during the four days of the cruise.”

Bullard’s aunt, Marion McIntyre of Ellerbe, said she’s not surprised by her nephew’s success.

“He was always very into music, since he was a little boy,” she said. “He’s been true to his music and worked very hard to get to where he is today.”

McIntyre said she’s seen Bullard perform, and “It’s very good for that kind of music. My husband said his ears were still pounding even after we got home.”

The star-studded cruise will sail from January 10th through 14th round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Labadee, Haiti.