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May 25


Donnie Iris And The Cruisers


Saturday, May 25, 2024
Show 7:30pm
Doors 6:30pm

Warner Theatre

King Cool is Back!
After a year-long fight with bladder cancer, Donnie Iris  is certainly excited to be back on stage with his boys, The Cruisers! One thing is for sure the fight certainly hasn't affected the vocals, and now that Donnie is back, he is ready to return to The Warner Stage!! 

Donnie Iris found his early successes in the industry while performing with The Jaggerz and Wild Cherry. While with Wild Cherry in the late 70’s Donnie Iris found his identity as such, after performing under his birth name Dominic Ierace for the earlier part of his career. Struggling to build off the success of “Play that Funky Music”, Wild Cherry would break up in 1979. Nevertheless Iris had already sunk his teeth into another project with fellow bandmate Mark Avsec. Their first release saw the disco-influenced single "Bring on the Eighties" backed by a cover of "Because of You" in 1979; however it failed to garner attention. Iris and Avsec decided to go in a harder direction for their next release and returned to the studio with guitarist Marty Lee Hoenes, bassist Albritton McClain and drummer Kevin Valentine, who at the time was in the band Breathless with Avsec, to record his first full-length album. This line-up would form what would become known as Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. Iris released his first album in July of 1980, titled Back on The Streets, through Midwest Records based out of Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to the track "Ah! Leah!" receiving attention through airplay in Boston, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, MCA Records took notice and signed Iris to a five album deal before rereleasing the album nationally in October that year. They went on the record hits and fan favorites including “Love Is Like A Rock,” “My Girl,” "Do You Compute," "Tough World," "Sweet Merilee," "Injured in the Game of Love," "Agnes," "I Can't Hear You," and many more!  

Since the release of  "Ah Leah," Donnie Iris & The Cruisers have gone through changes in lineups, but have continued on, releasing eleven studio albums, one EP, two live albums, and two compilation albums including “King Cool,” “Fortune 410,” "No Muss, No Fuss," “Poletown” and “Elwood City,” as well as “Ah! Live!,” a compilation of live recordings of some of their biggest hits and “Ah! Leluiah!,” a Christmas album

Donnie has been a rock and roll icon for over six decades.

Tickets are $58.75, $48.50, $38.25 & go on sale Friday, March 29 at 1:00pm

Tickets can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling (814) 452-4857

Begins 3/28 10am




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