Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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April 10, 2014

Journey, One of Rock’s Greatest Bands, To Play the New York State Fair Grandstand

An Evening of Classic Rock Begins with Power-Pop Masters Cheap Trick

Journey will take people on an exciting trip through four decades of its well-loved songs at the New York State Fairgrounds Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, Richard A. Ball, Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, announced today.

Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco. The prestigious "Legend of Live Award" was presented to Journey at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards to honor the band's contributions to live music and the touring business and to acknowledge their commitment to fans and the art of performing live. The band's 2011 World Tour was one of the band's most successful tours ever, drawing nearly a million fans and ranked in the Top 15 Tours of the year. The band's seminal anthem, "Don't Stop Believin'," remains the biggest selling song from the 20th century in iTunes history. In 2013, Journey toured four continents and performed to more than half a million fans.

Cheap Trick will open for Journey. With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum recording awards, the band was honored in October 2007 by the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for their contributions to the music industry.  Their most current release, “The Latest,” has garnered glowing reviews worldwide and continues Cheap Trick’s reign as power-pop progenitors as they continue their legacy of over 35 years in the music industry.

Tickets prices at $65, $55, and $45 go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the State Fair Box Office and at the Fair’s only and official online ticket agent,  Tickets can also be purchased by phone, at 1 (800) 514-3849, option 1.

“Journey and Cheap Trick made some of the greatest music of the 1980s and continue to make great music today.  They will help us provide yet another full day of world-class entertainment at the Great New York State Fair and I encourage everyone to come see our shows, enjoy our rides, games, and exhibits, and see and taste the very best of New York agriculture,” said Acting Commissioner Ball.

A small number of tickets remain available for the Saturday, August 30 concert by Jason Aldean, with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.  Tickets remain available for the Thursday, August 21 concert by Brad Paisley, with Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham, and Leah Turner, and the Tuesday, August 26 concert by Train with The Wallflowers.

ABOUT GRANDSTAND TICKET SALES is the Fair’s official and only online ticket selling agent.  Ticket prices are the same whether tickets are bought online at or in person at the box office.  A $3.75 service fee will be added to the price of all tickets.  An additional fee will be charged for the use of a credit card.  Most major credit cards are accepted.  Your advance-sale concert ticket includes admission to the Fair.

Parking for box office sales is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Fair’s main gate beginning at 5:30 a.m.  Drivers should pull into the main gate area and proceed to the parking lot, which is to the left of the main gate.  Lineup can begin at 6 a.m. Tickets for people who require wheelchair accessible seating or who have mobility disabilities, or those who are hearing impaired will go on sale at the same time as general seating tickets. Convenient parking for people with disabilities who have either the proper license plate or hanging tag will be available via Gate 2. 

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 21 – September 1, 2014.  Its mission is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  The theme of the 2014 Fair is “Summer’s Best in Show.”

A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website,  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook at, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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