Former Rainbow/Deep Purple vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner, has

hooked up with Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Roger Daltrey, Ian

Hunter band), longtime Billy Joel drummer, Liberty DeVitto and an all-star cast of
other musicians in Hit Squad. In between working on his 9th solo album and
session work, Joe is looking forward to having fun singing some classics that
he always loved. His first full-length appearance with Hit Squad is THIS
SATURDAY AUGUST 14.

The idea for Hit Squad was born last summer when Byrd and DeVitto had a

casual conversation . It turned out they were off the road and itchin' to play out
live! So they gathered up a bunch of “like minded pirates,” including JLT.
Ricky elaborates on the concept, "We're going to be playing the stuff we played
when we first started out, before the Business became part of the Music. No
record companies, publishers, booking agents. This is about having fun, no
strings attached."

The repertoire will consist of songs such as "I'll go Crazy," "Little Queenie,"
"Girl Can't help It," "My Girl," "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "Route 66."
Byrd continues, "And maybe, just maybe, we'll throw in a few songs from our
respective checkered pasts! I'm thinkin' this is gonna be fun!!!” Liberty adds,
"I think this is gonna be the most fun I've had playing in a long time!"
Based on availability the revolving band consists of:
Liberty DeVitto - drums (Billy Joel)
Ricky Byrd - guitar & vocals (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Roger Daltrey, Ian
Hunter)
Richie Cannata - horns (Billy Joel, Beach Boys)
Andy Burton - keyboards (Ian Hunter)
Andy York - guitar (John Mellencamp, Ian Hunter)
Joe Lynn Turner - vocals (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
Simon Kirke - drums (Bad Company, Free)
Kasim Sulton - bass & vocals (Joan Jett, Utopia, Meat Loaf)
Hugh McDonald - bass & vocals (Bon Jovi)
Charly Drayton - bass (X-pensive Winos, Michelle Branch)
Fernando Saunders - bass & vocals (Lou Reed, Jeff Beck)
Christine Ohlman- vocals (Saturday Night Live Band)
Arno Hecht - horns (Stones)

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UPCOMING HIT SQUAD SHOWS:
Saturday, August 14th
The Downtown
http://www.thedowntown.com/
9 PM
190 Main Street, Farmingdale NY 11735
(516) 293-7700
Farmingdale, New York
tonight...
THE HIT SQUAD is
Liberty DeVitto - Drums - Billy Joel
Richie Cannata - Sax - Billy Joel
Ricky Byrd - Guitar & Vocals - Joan Jett
Joe Lynn Turner - Guitar & Vocals - Deep Purple
Hugh McDonald - Bass - Bon Jovi
Andy Burton - Keyboards - Ian Hunter
(NOTE: Joe is scheduled to sing most or all of the songs during this show)