On 9 December, Kaunas Zalgirio Arena will host a special celebration that is not to be missed by any fan of good music! For the first time ever, two Lithuanian and American rock ‘n’ roll queens – Dzordana Butkute and Suzi Quatro – will meet on the stages of major arenas. In the two major concerts “Born to Rock and Roll”, these charming ladies of the stage will perform with their live bands, so the audience will be treated to a double bill of some of the best songs from the arsenal of both superstars – “I Didn’t Love You”, “Alone at Home”, “I Like You”, “Because of You” and countless other hits from Giordana’s repertoire, while Suzi Quatro’s “Stumblin’ In”, “She’s in Love With You”, “Can the Can”, “If You Can’t Give Me Love” and countless others have long since become rock classics around the world.
Suzi Quatro or Susan Kay Quatro (her real name) was born in 1950 in Detroit (USA) into a family of musicians. From an early age, the future star learned to play piano and percussion, so her first public performance was in her dad’s jazz band, The Art Quatro Trio. Suzi was eight years old at the time and played the bongos. When she turned 14, she and her sisters formed a girl rock band called The Pleasure Seekers and recorded three singles. In 1971, Suzi moved to England to work with producer Mickie Most, and soon after, she was supporting Slade on their first big tour with Thin Lizzy. Suzi’s first step into the music Olympics was meeting the creative duo N. Chinn – M. Chapman, whose single “Can the Can” shot straight to the top of the playlists in the UK, Japan and Australia. In her home country, her duet with Chris Norman, “Stumblin’ In”, recorded in 1978, was a huge success, reaching number four in the US charts.
During her career, Ms Quatro has released 18 studio albums and sold more than 55 million copies. As well as being a musician and songwriter, she is also an actress and poet, and has published a collection of her poetry and memoirs, Through My Eyes. Suzi Quatro is one of the first members of the fairer sex in the history of rock music to have a male band around her. “I became the first successful woman in rock ‘n’ roll to lead men and play an instrument seriously. That didn’t happen before or after me…”, she told the London Express. Indeed, Suzi Quatro, the queen of glam rock, is still regarded today as the benchmark for almost all women playing electric guitars and living in the glamorous world of rock.
Dzordana Butkute, or simply our George, is an artist who has long lost the need for introductions. She is a woman of exceptional voice, looks and character, who brings arenas to their feet and captivates thousands of spectators with her sincerity, openness and talent.
One of the country’s best-known performers, songwriter, rock and pop star Dzordana Butkute made her debut in 1986 at the Lituanika festival with the band Impulsas. Soon after, she was noticed and invited to join the vocal instrumental ensemble “Nerija”, and a little later she started her solo career, which has been successfully continuing until today. She has released 20 albums and in the last decade has made a number of spectacular arena tours – „Nesudeginta ant laužo“, „Aš – Karalienė!“, „Neoninės pelių uodegos“, „Iki Mėnulio ir atgal“, and has been a much sought-after guest at festivals and the biggest city celebrations.
The concerts will feature songs that have been popular for decades, such as „Dėl tavęs“, „Suduzusios viltys“, „Taves ieškojo mama“, „Vienas namuose“, „Tavo pasaulis“, „Nemylejau taves“. The singer will also perform everyone’s favourite songs from today’s repertoire, such as „Isduodu tave“, „Nebijok, as su tavim“ and many other well-known hits.