Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association concert honors local inductees Lee and Vee to Hall of Fame


On Saturday, a local hero and a local hotspot will finally have their due when Tommy Lee is honored with an Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association concert.

Musicians Pro Shop is also inducted into the IRRMA Hall of Fame this year.

“This is our ninth annual fundraising concert to help sustain the mission of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Diane Sanders, IRRMA regional consultant in Southeast Iowa.

IRRMA’s mission statement says the association exists “to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievement, educating young people, and inspiring artists.”

“It’s been a great year for the homeboys,” said Sanders.

Indeed: Saturday’s concert honors pre-COVID-19 Hall of Fame inductees Tommy Lee and Musicians Pro Shop, both with Burlington roots.

“The Musicians Pro Shop continues to be such a great support for our events and provides backline auction and fundraising items to help support the events,” said Sanders.

IRRMA, established in 1997, is America’s oldest rock hall of fame.

Tommy lee

Tommy Lee is of course a true rock star from the Burlington area.

“Tommy Lee? Great musician,” said Dennis Duke, Iowa HOFer. “In the ’60s his band, the Newcastle Four, was a version of the Beatles.” One of Southeast Iowa’s most popular rock and rollers, Lee died in 2014 at the age of 65 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His last group was Not Dead Yet.

His funeral service was, as it should be, standing only, guarded by his trademark baby blue Fender Stratocaster on the memorial stage.

Joel Kipp, a member of Lee’s NDY group and founder of Musicians Pro Shop, was inducted into IRRMA in 2012.

“The Musicians Pro Shop and School of Music is, ideally, what the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association stands for,” Sanders said.

Robby vee

Rockabilly Hall of Fame rocker Robby Vee isn’t just the son of legendary Bobby Vee from “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” and 37 other Hot 100 hits.

Robby Vee is inducted into the American and Canadian Rockabilly Temples of Fame, and in 2019 he was recognized by the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association.

Vee has shared stages with many greats, from Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton to Carl Perkins, from Bo Diddley to Little Richard to the Everly Brothers, and – ready? Sir Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.

Vee is not only an accomplished guitarist and singer, he tells stories that connect generations.

But listen to what others are saying about Vee, then log on to to have a seat before they’re all gone.

“This cat can certainly play.” – Carl Perkins “Robby is a true slinger guitarist! – Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones “These guys could play on any stage.” – Sir Paul McCartney “Great band, great show.” – Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin.

And Billboard Magazine’s radio and TV editor Claude Hall said, “If this guy had been around in Elvis’ time, he would have given Elvis his money’s worth. “

Hillbilly rocker Robby Vee and his band perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pzazz Convention & Event Center in Burlington.  Richie Lee & the Fabulous 50s also performs.

Richie lee

Richie Lee – unrelated to Tommy – and his band, the Fabulous 50s, open the show with Lee’s ever-popular retro rock show.

Richie Lee is well known for his killer Buddy Holly knockoff – he was seven when he won a lip-syncing contest to look like Holly in Des Moines.

Lee was last seen in Burlington at a “Rock the Radio” party in honor of late radio personality Mad Hatter’s induction into IRRMA HOF.

Sanders said the local IRRMA team opened a museum at the Capitol Theater to honor all inductees in Southeast Iowa.

“It’s good for the community to come and support our mission,” she said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Pzazz Convention & Event Center, 3001 Winegard Drive in Burlington. The show time is 7:00 PM. Dancing is encouraged, but due to CDC guidelines, shaking hands with musicians is not recommended.

Tickets cost $ 30 in advance on Pzazz Player Services or online at VIP tables of 8 are available by calling (319 750-2499.

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