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Local rock stars to open for America, Jon Anderson at auditorium

Johnny A plays guitar with the Yardbirds at Lynn Auditorium last May. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — When the band America and Jon Anderson, founder of progressive rock band Yes, play Lynn Auditorium this month, North Shore musicians of note will warm up the crowd.

Lynn natives Barry Goudreau and Brian Maes will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday night, opening for America (“A Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Tin Man”). Goudreau, who found fame as a guitarist with the band Boston, and Maes, an in-demand keyboardist, singer and band leader, are currently members of Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room. The two have shared a rich musical history: both were members of Orion the Hunter, RTZ, Delp and Goudreau, and Ernie and the Automatics.

Guitar wizard Johnny A, who has ties to Malden and Salem, will open for Anderson on March 29. Johnny A for seven years was guitarist and musical director for J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, playing on Wolf’s albums, co-producing his album, “Long Line,” and joining him on world tours. For three years, Johnny A played lead guitar with the legendary Yardbirds, including a May 2018 gig at the auditorium.

Tickets to both shows are available at www.lynnauditorium.com.



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