State College cover band Burn Unit opened its Sunday morning set at THON 2018 with a rousing rendition of Journey’s classic song “Any Way You Want It.”
The group is comprised of a handful of local musicians who are no strangers to the State College bar scene. Emily Felice, Greg Folsom, Brian Kriley, Michael Stockdale, and Chris McGuire, who split their time with bands like My Hero Zero and Velveeta, among others, transitioned into P!nk’s “So What” before tackling Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).”
Felice, the band’s lead singer, made her way to the front of the gold ribbon on the BJC stage and belted out “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness as dancers milled around and enjoyed themselves.
“THON, we love hanging out with you,” Felice said to the crowd. “You guys are awesome!”
Next, Goldfinger’s “99 Red Balloons” and “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses rocked the BJC’s loudspeakers. The Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” and Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” followed suit before Felice slowed things down for the intro to “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.
KISS soon made an appearance on the set list as the group convened for “I Wanna Rock N Roll All Night,” then there was a tribute to the late Tom Petty with “American Girl.” For good measure, the band even tossed in a few lines from the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme midway through the song.
The set hit its crescendo with “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys and Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” Burn Unit capped off its performance with AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and Journey’s other karaoke favorite “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
Burn Unit will also perform at The Phyrst Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to wrap up THON weekend in style.