The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 18, 2013

Former Journey singer joins Hybrid Ice

By Karen Blackledge
The Daily Item

DANVILLE — Former Journey lead singer Kevin Chalfant will perform with Hybrid Ice during a concert Jan. 25 at Washies Fire Company.

Hybrid Ice, founded in Danville 43 years ago, will play Journey songs at the Railroad Street fire hall beginning at 9 p.m. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are limited and available at Washies and Reichart’s Mardi Gras. They are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

“We will be playing Journey hits and he will be singing them,” said long-time Hybrid Ice member Rick Klinger, of Danville. “We will be his band on Jan. 25,” he said. “We’re trying to bring some national singers into this area. We are calling the show Friends of the Ice.”

“We have quite a few singers we have access to and we have put quite a bit of work into this,” Klinger said.

Chalfant replaced Steve Perry after Perry left Journey. Chalfant was also lead singer with the band called The Storm.

He will be one of several singers featured with Hybrid Ice on a cruise Feb. 10-17. Klinger said the cruise is almost sold out. Bookings for the Royal Caribbean cruise are being handled by Nittany Travel of State College and Lock Haven. The cruise is called Legends of Rock Cruise 2.

“This is the first time I will be performing with Hybrid Ice. A bunch of my buddies worked with them in the past. I have performed in Pennsylvania quite a bit,” Chalfant said.

He plans to arrive in Danville a few days ahead of time so they can rehearse. “They’re really a great band,” he said.

Currently, Chalfant has his own band in Illinois. “The band also doubles as an all-star band. I bring in a lot of different singers — the same thing I am doing with the Hybrid Ice guys,”’ he said.

Chalfant has been performing ever since his first band in his native Illinois. “We rehearsed for two weeks, went out the first time and won a battle of the bands and I was hooked for the rest of my life,” said Chalfant, who lives 90 miles from Chicago.

Also a rock and country producer, Chalfant received an Award of Honor in 2007 at the Chicago Music Awards. He received a Broadcast Music Inc. Award for co-writing and singing one of the most frequently aired rock radio hits of 1992 and 1993. He temporarily replaced Perry in Journey in 1994 and in 2003 toured as lead vocalist for The Alan Parson Live Project.

He first enjoyed national success when he joined album-oriented rock group 707 in 1982. The band’s biggest hit was “Mega Force.” In 1984, he joined the band Steel Breeze.

He formed The Storm in 1990.

After Journey, he released a solo album in 1997 and two albums with the band Two Fries. He released an album of gospel songs and hymns in 2004 and a Christmas CD with fans caroling with him and his band in 2005.

He signed as lead singer for Kansas City AOR favorite Shooting Star and released an album in 2006 before leaving the band. In 2007, he released a solo album with his favorite Journey hits.

Hybrid Ice performed on a cruise sponsored by the same travel agency in December 2011.

On the cruise, Chalfant will be doing a Journey show with Hybrid Ice. Hybrid Ice will also do a show with Jimi Jamison and another show with Derek St. Holmes, of Ted Nugent’s band.

Also on the cruise will be John Cafferty, of the Beaver Brown Band, best known for its sound tracks from the film “Eddie and the Cruisers” and its sequel.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be in a situation we can work with these guys,” Klinger said.

Others playing on the cruise will include former Boston members Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian, Fran Cosmo, Rick Derringer, The Comets and special guest Michael “Tunes” Antunes.

Hybrid Ice, which does a mixture of originals and covers of bands such as Styx, Boston and Kansas, has four original members, Rusty Foulke and Klinger, both of Danville; and Bob Richardson and Chris Alburger, both of the Harrisburg area.

Jason Shaffer, of the Harrisburg area, is the only non-original member of the band.

Foulke also does solo performances, an acoustic electric act simulating an entire band and tours with former members of Boston.

Klinger is their drummer. Shaffer plays bass, Richardson is on keyboard, Alburger is lead vocalist and Foulke sings and plays lead guitar.

They have toured extensively and are best known for their classic rock show which includes hits from Boston, Kansas, Styx, Queen, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Who, Aerosmith and more.

Hybrid Ice has released three CDS including their own Magdelene, Scars on My Heart and Looking Glass.

They have performed with The Beach Boys, Toto, Bad Company, Ted Nugent, Hall & Oats, Todd Rundgren, Kansas, Foreigner, Joan Jet, Steppenwolf, 38 Special, The Outlaws and The Dixie Dregs.

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