Happy Together 2018 Tour, Lineup Announced

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One of the more popular annual outings of classic rock and ’60s pop, the Happy Together Tour, has put together an ambitious 2018 schedule with a top-notch lineup of stars who came into prominence in the ’60s. The tour is named, of course, for the Turtles’ big 1967 hit.

This year’s tour features an understudy for the Turtles’ Howard Kaylan, who posted the following on his Facebook page on Jan. 12:

“The Turtles continue to be the signature headliners of the Happy Together Tour. As always, founding member and singer Mark Volman will bring his infamous antics to the stage, however, for medical reasons, this summer the voice of The Archies, Ron Dante, will stand in for singer Howard Kaylan. Dante’s youthful sound is best known on hits such as ‘Sugar, Sugar’ and ‘Jingle Jangle.”‘

The rest of the lineup: The Association, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere and the Raiders) and The Cowsills. Together, they represent dozens of Top 10 radio hits.

[We’ve got the 2019 lineup and initial dates here.]

The Turtles have sold over 40 million records worldwide. Their hits include: “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “It Ain’t Me Babe” and “You Showed Me.”

Related: Our interview with the colorful Howard Kaylan

The Association is one of the most popular singing groups to have come out of the ’60s. They are best known for their #1 hits “Windy,” “Cherish” and “Never My Love,” as well as the Top 10 singles “Along Comes Mary” and “Everything That Touches You.”

Watch the Association perform “Along Comes Mary” during last year’s tour

In a span of two years, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap enjoyed five Top 10 singles including their 1967 debut, “Woman Woman,” as well as “Young Girl” and “Lady Willpower.”

Watch Puckett sing a favorite

Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, performs some of the group’s biggest hits including “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Shambala,” “One” and “Easy To Be Hard.”

Watch Chuck Negron “Celebrate” one of his big hits

As lead singer for Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mark Lindsay scored hits with “Kicks,” “Just Like Me” and “Good Thing,” as well as solo success on “Arizona” and “Indian Reservation.”

Watch Lindsay “Kick” things off at the :55-second mark

The Cowsills have been part of the last few years of the tour. Bob, Paul and Susan Cowsill are a family singing group and the original inspiration for television’s The Partridge Family and are best known for the songs “The Rain, The Park and Other Things,” “Hair,” “Indian Lake” and “Love American Style.”

Watch the Cowsills perform a #1 hit during the 2017 tour

As lead singer, Dante also enjoyed hits like “Bang-Shang-A-Lang” for the Archies and “Tracy” with the Cuff Links.

Watch Dante perform the Archies’ huge hit during the 2017 tour

It’s the ninth consecutive year for the tour. Tickets for many of the dates are available at Ticketmaster. (Alternatively, click here.)

Watch Flo & Eddie perform the tour’s theme song

Related: Our recap of one of the early dates on the 2018 tour

Happy Together 2018 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

June 07 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
June 08 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort & Spa
June 09 – Montgomery, AL – Montgomery PAC
June 10 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 13 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
June 14 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
June 15 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre
June 16 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Auditorium
June 17 – Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
June 19 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
June 20 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
June 21 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
June 22 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury
June 23 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
June 24 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
June 27 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody Tent
June 28 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo PAC
June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
June 30 – Asbury Park, NJ – Paramount Theatre

Jul 12 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys By the Bay
Jul 13 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Ballroom
Jul 14 – Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
Jul 15 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
Jul 18 – Sacramento, CA – Calif. State Fair
Jul 19 – Medford, OR – Britt Pavilion
Jul 20 – Lincoln City, OR – Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Aug 05 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
Aug 08 – Effinham, IL – Effingham Perf. Ctr
Aug 09 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion for the Perf. Arts
Aug 10 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino
Aug 11 – Manistee, MI – Little River Casino
Aug 12 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
Aug 13 – Indianpolis, IN – Indiana State Fairgrounds
Aug 15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Aug 17 – Aurora, IL – Paramount Theatre
Aug 18 – St. Charles, MO – Family Arena
Aug 19 – Kansas City, MO – Muriel Kaufman Theatre
Aug 21 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair
Aug 23 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities PAC
Aug 24 – Onamia, MN – Grand Casino Mille Lacs Event Center
Aug 26 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours


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  1. Mary
    #1 Mary 5 February, 2018, 12:22

    Please come back to Connecticut!!!

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  2. Randy
    #2 Randy 16 February, 2018, 23:40

    Why did you stop coming to Lake Charles, La We saw the Happy Together Tour at the Golden Nugget Casino June of 2016. Last year the tour didn’t come to our area and it looks like it will not again.

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  3. Lake City Leroy
    #3 Lake City Leroy 23 February, 2018, 23:48

    You’ve got some free space after the Oregon show, we’d love to see you folks hit at least a spot or two in Washington.

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  4. Guy Smiley
    #4 Guy Smiley 20 May, 2018, 19:34

    Not that I really care much about this tour anyhow, but calling it “The Turtles” without Volman —the guy who sang all the hit songs — is just plain wrong. I had read that he was bowing out due to health issues, so That’s why this article caught my attention.

    The Turtles always had a bit of a playful, subversive streak behind their power pop, so for Volman and the backing musicians to use the Turtles name — and add the guy who sang the songs for “The Archies” — is pretty sad.

    Don’t really care about any of the other acts on the tour either, but at least by saying “Formerly of Three Dog Night” or “Former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders” you know what you’re getting there.

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 21 May, 2018, 16:54

      Howard Kaylan is the lead singer and the one who is sitting out the tour. But yes, we agree that it’s not the same without him.

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    • Mojo13
      Mojo13 16 August, 2018, 19:13

      The Turtles sounded great and the one that was missing could not travel as per his Doctor’s orders. I know I didn’t sound as well when they invited us to sing along … It has been 55 years ago since I was 15….

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  5. Karen (Venison)
    #5 Karen (Venison) 12 June, 2018, 02:10

    Looks like you could squeeze Las Vegas, Nv in on July 16/17. Try contacting the East Side Cannery Casino and see if you can make a small stop off. I would love to see the Show for the 2018 Tour! Throw in a post and let Las Vegas know if you can slip in….

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  6. Mutzy54
    #6 Mutzy54 18 June, 2018, 19:43

    Great to see you are coming to Canada. Got my tickets as a father’s day gift. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Cheri
    #7 Cheri 3 July, 2018, 15:09

    Can you please schedule a concert in the Detroit area? Can’t afford a motel and tickets for closest show 4 hours away!

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  8. AW
    #8 AW 16 July, 2018, 01:53

    Last night show at the BH – Saban Theater was my third and LAST one!
    The singers are mostly the same guys who performe the same songs but this is not my main reason not to come back.
    The lighting during the show, when the strong yellow lights where directed at the audience, and done so VERY OFTEN was blinding and gave me major headache. I felt like driving at night on a dark road and the car coming toward you had the most bright lights on high beam and flashing rapidly On and Off. You can go crazey. Since this shtick was going on an off ALL THE TIME, I basicly sat with my eys closed waiting for the show to be over.
    The person who thought of this “brilliant” idea should be fired.
    I pay good money to have a good time and look at the stage and the performers. YOU CANNOT ENHANCE THE SHOW BY USING THIS OUTRAGEOUS STRONG FLASHING YELLOW LIGHTS INTO THE AUDIENCE EYES!!

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  9. K2KR
    #9 K2KR 16 July, 2018, 18:06

    Without Howard Kaylen as the voice of The Turtles, the show was a disappointment.

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  10. Ken
    #10 Ken 19 July, 2018, 04:13

    Thank you for coming to Sacramento. Excellent show. Thanks for the fond memories. Every band was excellent. Keep coming back to Sacramento.

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    • h
      h 6 August, 2018, 16:57

      The Wisconsin show was excellent even without Howard. We hope he is recovering very well

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  11. Vickie
    #11 Vickie 11 August, 2018, 20:50

    The whole place was singing loud and swaying with the guys in the band. The guys are in their 70’s but still soooooo hot! I couldn’t believe how much fun everyone had. This concert took me out of a very stressful era and back to the Happy together days. Stay healthy guys I want more.

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  12. Suzi
    #12 Suzi 18 August, 2018, 13:36

    Loved the show last nit in Aurora, Illinois! Can’t wait for next year! Please come back!

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  13. Kathy Rhodes
    #13 Kathy Rhodes 10 October, 2018, 09:26

    Loved seeing you at the Ryman in August. You need to look into coming to West Texas, The Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center! You would pack the house. Please consider this.

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