Hannity, Thompson make stop here
Freedom concert tonight at Arena; Senator plans event at Chamber

LAWRENCEVILLE - Radio and television personality Sean Hannity will kick off his Freedom Alliance Tour with a concert tonight in Gwinnett.

"It's a concert to reinforce the conservative values," said Gregory Howard, the chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party, who plans to be in attendance. "It's good to pump you up and re-energize."

As the first of five concerts nationwide, the event will feature music by Avalon, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels Band and Lee Greenwood and guest appearances by Larry the Cable Guy, Oliver North, Newt Gingrich and radio personalities Neal Boortz, Clark Howard and Scott Slade.

Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who has been considering a 2008 campaign for the White House, is expected to attend and has scheduled an event at the nearby Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, according to a release.

According to Chris Hendley, spokesman for the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the 10,000-seat venue is nearly sold out for the event, which costs $25 to $75 per ticket. The event is intended to raise scholarship funds for children of slain soldiers.

Howard said he felt fortunate to live in a county with a venue like the Gwinnett Center, which hosted the state GOP convention earlier this year.

"It's a great deal that it's in Gwinnett," he said of the Hannity show. "The arena has been a fantastic success in bringing shows from downtown."