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Courtesy Estate of Eric Carr via FacebookIt seems like everyone's angry at KISS these days -- former original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are upset at being shut out of playing at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the KISS Army wants to see the original four on stage, and now comes word that the family of one of the band's late members also has a bone to pick with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The estate of late KISS drummer Eric Carr is suing the group for alleged unpaid royalties stemming from four songs that Carr wrote for the band -- "Breakout," "Carr Jam 1981," "Carr Jam 1991" and "Little Caesar."
The songs appeared on various KISS albums, and the Carr estate says it's due a cut of the royalties, which vary from 5 to 50 percent. They say they've been paid from one source -- ASCAP -- but were due revenues from additional sources that were kept secret from them after Carr's death in 1991. "[The family] thought they were getting it all from one source," the estate's attorney, Robert Garson, told the New York Post. Garson believes the family is owed payments from four other sources, including the current band and Gene Simmons Worldwide, Inc.
Representatives from KISS have not commented on the lawsuit.
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Business WireKeith Richards has already won acclaim as an author for his award-winning 2010 memoir, Life. Now the Rolling Stones guitarist is seeking more literary satisfaction by writing an autobiographical children's book. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar is a picture book in which the legendary rocker recounts how his beloved grandfather helped inspire his own love of playing music.
The publication, which is scheduled to be released September 9 in hardback and ebook formats, features pen-and-ink illustrations by Richards' 28-year-old daughter, Theodora. The hardcover version will come packaged with a CD featuring bonus audio content.
Keith collaborated with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro on the story, which focuses on Richards' childhood relationship with his grandfather, Theodore Augustus "Gus" Dupree. Gus played music in a big jazz band, and encouraged Keith's own burgeoning interest in music. The book, which celebrates the Richards clan's multi-generational love of the arts, includes a number of personal family photos. Theodora Richards, who was named after Keith's granddad, based her illustrations on pictures from the family's collection.
"I have just become a grandfather for the fifth time, so I know what I'm talking about," says 70-year-old Keith about Gus & Me. "The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me."
Adds Theodora, "When I found out they wanted me to be a part of this project, my immediate instinct was to say yes, and I am so happy I did. To be able to explore my father's relationship with his grandfather was a gift in itself. The things that I've learnt during this whole process have just been life-affirming."
SanDiegoSymphony.orgDave Mustaine has started intensive rehearsals for his upcoming gig with the San Diego Symphony. As previously reported, the Megadeth frontman will be sitting in with the orchestra for its upcoming Symphony Interrupted concert.
Last weekend, Mustaine posted a photo of his guitar strapped into a seat belt with the caption, "My trusty warhorse and I are off to start the Symphony Interrupted rehearsal." He'll be performing a few classical compositions at the event: the "Summer" and "Winter" movements from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on the G String."
In a phone chat with ABC News Radio, Mustaine says that his background isn't as far away from classical as some fans might think.
"Classic is to me very heavy metal," Mustaine explains. "I was brought up on the British Invasion, listening to Led Zeppelin and their medieval songs and all their drama, and The Beatles with Sir George Martin and all of the classical layerings he did in the background. That's a big part of the stuff I was brought up on."
Mustaine also says his gig with the San Diego Symphony is "a great opportunity because I was born in La Mesa, [California,] and San Diego has one of the best symphonies in the nation, and the approach is pretty laid-back because they know that I'm self-taught. There are going to be so, so many people there who are virtuosos, that are going to be playing with me. I'm going to learn a lot -- I already have."
The Symphony Interrupted show will take place on Saturday, April 12, at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Get your tickets at SanDiegoSymphony.org.
Record CollectionJohn Frusciante continues to be a veritable fountain of musical material. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist is set to release his 11th solo album, called Enclosures. The collection is virtually a one-man production, with Frusciante writing, producing, engineering and performing all the tracks.
A known perfectionist, Frusciante says in a statement, "Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous five years."
Enclosure is available for pre-order beginning today, on Frusciante's website. Also starting today, fans who want to try-before-they-buy can score the first single, "Scratch," for free.
Enclosure will be released on April 8.
Columbia RecordsIn February 2013, Bruce Springsteen was recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a star-packed tribute event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now, a special featuring highlights from the show is set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 30, five days after a DVD and Blu-ray documenting the bash will hit stores.
The 2013 MusiCares gala kicked off with a selection of acclaimed artists from various genres and generations putting their own spin on Springsteen tunes. Among the many luminaries who performed were Neil Young and Crazy Horse; Elton John; Sting; Jackson Browne; Patti Smith; Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello; soul/gospel great Mavis Staples; R&B singer John Legend; contemporary rock acts Mumford and Sons and Alabama Shakes; and country stars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Natalie Maines and Emmylou Harris.
For the evening's finale, the Boss himself and his E Street Band hit the stage to play five-song set that ended with a rousing rendition of "Glory Days" featuring the concert's entire cast.
The gala not only celebrated Springsteen's music but also his philanthropic work. Aptly, the show ended up raising more than $6.6 million for the Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation, which helps musicians in times of need.
"MusiCares 2013 is a perfect fit for our programming, as AXS TV strives to deliver the best, and most unique, concert experiences to our audience," says the network's founder, Mark Cuban. "This event is truly inspiring -- not just because we get to see these talented acts come together to honor an icon, but because it shows the music community, as a whole, coming together to aid and honor their own."
The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Springsteen will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. on March 30.
Warner Bros.Devo has settled a lawsuit it brought against a website that sells merchandise related to classic TV shows and movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Devo filed its complaint against TV Store Online in late December, claiming the site was selling unlicensed "Energy Dome Hats" -- the hats the band wore on the cover of their 1980 album, Freedom of Choice, which featured their signature hit, "Whip It."
The band claimed TV Store Online violated its trademark and right of publicity. Both sides told a judge on Friday that they've reached a settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed.
Banger FilmsThe new Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from April 16 to April 27 in various New York City locations. The movie is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," and will offer a combination of archival footage and photos, animation, interviews and theatrical scenes.The film is scheduled to be released to theaters around the U.S. on May 30. The shock rocker has plans to include a pre-recorded Q&A segment that will be shown at the end of the upcoming screenings, and is asking fans to submit questions at the "Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice" section of the newly launched SuperDuperAliceCooper.com. Cooper will handpick questions and will record his responses for the video Q&A. The deadline for submitting questions is 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 15.
Super Duper Alice Cooper tells the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life story, from his childhood as a preacher's son to his transformation into one of the most outlandish frontmen in the music biz to his struggles with alcohol abuse during the 1970s and his reemergence as a clean-and-sober elder rock statesman. The movie will include new interviews with Cooper and some of his original band mates, as well as with such stars as Elton John, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider and Sex Pistols singer John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the latest movie from Banger Films, the Canadian production company also responsible for Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and the Metal Evolution TV miniseries.
AEG Live; RankinBillboard magazine has released the latest installment of its annual Money Makers list ranking the top-earning music artists of the past year, and a number of veteran rock acts made it into the top 10 of the tally. Bon Jovi ranks highest among rockers at #4 after earning more than $29.4 million during 2013. The New Jersey rockers can thank their massively successful Because We Can tour, which was the year's top-grossing trek, along with sales of their latest album, What About Now, and back catalog for their big payday.
Right behind Bon Jovi, in fifth place, are The Rolling Stones, who raked in in excess of 26.2 million bucks last year, despite scheduling a relatively small number of tour dates. Rounding out the list's top 10 was Fleetwood Mac, who earned about $19.1 million, thanks largely to the band's first tour in several years.
Further down on the tally is Paul McCartney, who brought in more than $13.7 million to land at #21. The Eagles are right behind Sir Paul at #22, having earned about $13 million, bolstered by the band's popular History of the Eagles trek.
Topping Billboard's Money Makers list is country-pop sweetheart Taylor Swift, with earnings of close to $39.7 million in 2013.
The magazine compiles its tally by estimating an artist's U.S. earnings based on touring stats, album and single sales and streaming data. The rankings don't include money from sponsorship or merchandise deals due to lack of substantial data.
Courtesy Scott Ian via PledgeMusic; Brian LoweScott Ian is a huge KISS fan, but he has an unusual opinion about the band's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Who cares?
The Anthrax guitarist counts the members of KISS as his very first musical heroes -- having seen them at Madison Square Garden as a little kid -- but he tells ABC News Radio, "I saw an interview Paul [Stanley] did recently, where he came out and totally ripped [the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame], totally called them on their B.S., and basically saying what I'm saying: Who cares about the Rock Hall?"
Ian tells ABC News Radio that he thinks Stanley's attitude is as rock 'n' roll as you can get. "I love that!," he says. "I love that an artist of his stature was able to have the balls to say that, 'cause generally nobody says anything [to offend the Rock Hall]."
Ian realizes this perspective may stand in the way of Anthrax ever being inducted and says, "I don't care if I ever get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." He does admit that he'd jump at the chance to induct KISS on stage, but would use the opportunity to blast the Hall of Fame for what he sees as its self-aggrandizing behavior.
And with that, Scott Ian says, simply, "From [now] on, I decided I'm not talking about it anymore. It's a complete waste of my breath."
KISS will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and others -- on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. KISS fans were disappointed to learn that the band doesn't plan to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, reportedly because of difficulties determining which incarnation should take the stage.
Interscope RecordsContrary to a recent article from Billboard reporting that U2's next studio album won't be released until next year, a spokesperson for the band tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the record is still expected to be released in 2014.
"U2's album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet," the rep says.
Billboard claimed that sources close to the group told the magazine that Irish rockers had delayed plans to release the album this year because they wanted to do some additional recording with two producers that they only recently had brought into the project -- Paul McCartney collaborator Paul Epworth and OneRepublic frontman/songwriter Ryan Tedder, both of whom also have worked with Adele. In addition, the sources said that a tour U2 had initially intended to launch in September was now slated to get under way in the summer of 2015.
U2's long-delayed follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon initially was supposed to have been issued later that same year as a companion piece to that album. The release has been move back numerous times for various reasons.
PonoMusicMusic lovers soon will finally be able to enjoy PonoMusic, the high-quality digital audio service that Neil Young helped develop. On Monday, some official details were revealed about the service, which will work in conjunction with a portable device called the PonoPlayer to offer what the company claims is "the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels."
In a statement, Young, who's the PonoMusic founder and chairman, says, "It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that. We couldn't be more excited about bringing PonoMusic to the market."
Users will be able to purchase and manage high-resolution music files using the PonoMusic desktop application. The PonoPlayer will be sold for a suggested list price of $399 at PonoMusic.com, but can be pre-ordered for a special discounted price starting this Saturday, March 15, at KickStarter.com. The PonoPlayer comes with 128 gigabytes of memory, which will allow the listener to store between 1,000 and 2,000 albums. In addition, memory cards can be purchased that will let users store and play additional high-resolution music files.
Recommended headphones and earbuds for use with the PonoPlayer also will be available at PonoMusic.com.
As previously reported, Young will be at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday to take part in an interview event at which he will discuss the launch of PonoMusic. The Q&A session will be held at the Austin Convention Center at 5 p.m. local time.
PaulMcCartney.comPaul McCartney is set to launch the 2014 edition of his Out There tour next month. The ex-Beatles legend has scheduled his first concert of the year on April 21 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
The event will be McCartney's first show in Chile since May 2011, when he gave a performance at Santiago's Estadio Nacional as part of his Up and Coming Tour. As with his 2013 concerts, McCartney is expected to play classic Beatles, Wings and solo material at the gig this April, along with selections from his latest studio album, New.
McCartney promises to be unveiling additional 2014 tour dates soon. You can find out the latest info about his Out There trek at PaulMcCartney.com.
Courtesy of Gene Simmons Gene Simmons will guest-star in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set to air this week. The KISS singer/bassist will play -- guess what? -- a rock star on the crime drama, accused of murder. In the hammy trailer for the show, Simmons is questioned by detectives for slaying a groupie and growls, "If you think I'm a killer, you can kiss my..."
This won't be the first time Simmons has played himself on a TV show. Besides starring in the long-running A&E reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels, he also made guest appearances in episodes of Ugly Betty and Castle. In addition, his voice has been featured in several episodes of Family Guy.
KISS fans may do well to hope that this doesn't mark Simmons' desire to return to an acting career. His band mate Paul Stanley recently griped to Guitar World that Gene's wanting to pursue acting in the '80s amounted to "questionable activities" that left Paul feeling "lonely and stress[ed.]"
Simmons' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode airs this Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Warner Bros. Records/RhinoA new box set featuring Black Sabbath's first eight studio albums with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne will be released on April 15. The eight-CD collection, Black Sabbath: The Complete Albums 1970-1978, spans from the heavy-metal legends' self-titled debut through Never Say Day!, Osbourne's final studio effort with the group until last year's chart-topping 13.
The discs will come housed in sleeves replicating the albums' original cover art and will be packaged together in a clamshell box. Among the many classic and influential songs featured on the Sabbath's 1970s albums are "Iron Man," "Paranoid," "War Pigs," "Sweet Leaf" and "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
The Complete Albums will arrive a couple weeks after Black Sabbath launches a new North American tour. The trek is scheduled to run from a March 31 concert in Brooklyn, New York, through an April 26 concert in Los Angeles, and also will include stops in 10 Canadian cities.
Here's the list of CDs included in The Complete Albums 1970-1978 set:
Black Sabbath (1970)Paranoid (1970)Master of Reality (1971)Vol. 4 (1972)Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)Sabotage (1975)Technical Ecstasy (1976)Never Say Die! (1978)
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Long Short ProductionsA new theatrical film based on two famous interviews that John Lennon gave a decade apart is set to get its world premiere this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Rubber Soul examines Lennon's dynamic personality and changing beliefs by contrasting recreated conversations that the late Beatles legend and his wife, Yoko Ono, had with Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970 and with Playboy in September 1980.
The movie was written and directed by Jon Lefkowitz, who used transcripts and available audio of the interviews to create the script. Lennon and Ono's Rolling Stone interview was conducted by the magazine's editor and founder Jan Wenner just before the couple's Plastic Ono Band solo albums were released. The Playboy interview took place while John and Yoko were recording 1980's Double Fantasy, just a few months before Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan.
Rubber Soul's debut screening will take place this Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30 p.m. CT at Austin's Stateside Theatre. Additional screenings are scheduled for Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. at Rollins Theatre at The Long Center and Thursday at 11 a.m. at the SXSatellite: Alamo Village cinema.
Photo: Eleanor StillsAfter undergoing a procedure to treat a coronary blockage last month, David Crosby is back on the road. The folk-rock legend and his longtime band mates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash kicked off a brief U.S. tour this past Tuesday that's scheduled to run until a March 24 show in Durham, North Carolina.
Coinciding with the trek, Crosby, Stills and Nash will be featured on a new episode of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The three stars will chat with Rather about their influential music careers and various other topics, including their memories of the trio's formation.
In a preview clip from the show, Nash says, "When David and Stephen and I put our voices and blended them together, before they hit the microphone, we knew that it was something very, very unique." Crosby, meanwhile, says the very first time Nash added his high harmony to what he and Stills were singing, "I knew at that moment what I was going to be doing with my life for quite some time."
CSN also will be headlining the second annual Light Up the Blues Concert, an Autism charity benefit co-organized by Stills, on April 5 in Los Angeles. In addition, the trio are slated to perform at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, on July 19.
Meanwhile, Crosby has now rescheduled all of the solo concerts he was forced to postpone when he underwent his cardiac operation.
Here is the list of upcoming CSN tour dates:
3/11 -- Des Moines, IA, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines3/12 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center3/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre3/15 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino Event Center3/18 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre3/19 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Embassy Theater3/21 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium3/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre3/24 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center4/5 -- Los Angeles, The Historic Theatre at Ace Hotel7/19 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Pavilion
And here are all of Crosby's upcoming solo concerts:
3/16 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolftrap3/25 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolftrap4/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour4/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour4/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour4/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour4/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour4/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall4/21 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall7/20 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery7/21 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
Metallica's 1991 self-titled album -- known by almost everyone as The Black Album -- is set to turn sweet 16...million in sales.
To date, the album has sold approximately 15,971,000 copies. According to Billboard, Metallica moves between 2,000-3,000 copies of The Black Album per week, and should therefore hit the 16 million mark sometime in June or July.
Some interesting facts about The Black Album:
-- It's the vehicle for some of Metallica's biggest hits, including "Nothing Else Matters," "Wherever I May Roam," "Enter Sandman," "Sad but True" and "The Unforgiven."
-- The album cost $1 million to make, had to be remixed three times and led to intense arguing between members.
-- Three of the four members of the band -- Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and James Newsted -- went through divorces during the course of recording and production. In an interview with Playboy, Hammett admited that he and his band mates felt intense pressure to try "to get something positive out of" the recording of the album in the midst of those tumultuous times.
-- The album was produced by Bob Rock, who commanded the members of Metallica to work much harder -- and adhere more to his schedule -- than any other producer had. Metallica fans later circulated an online petition asking the band to never work with Rock again because they believed he altered the group's sound too dramatically. Despite the fans' wishes, the band continued to partner with Rock through St. Anger in 2003.
The Black Album was Metallica's first to debut at #1, selling more than 650,000 copies during its opening week of sales.
Something Music/MRIFormer Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason will release a new album titled Future's Past on May 13. The nine-track collection offers updated renditions of some of his old group's classics and his own solo tunes, as well as several new songs.
Mason says the album includes "a great version of [Traffic's] 'Dear Mr. Fantasy' that is kind of a re-write," as well as a rendition of his early solo composition "'World in Changes' that is absolutely nothing like the original." Future's Past also features Dave's take on blues legend Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen" and a new tune titled "That's Freedom."
The cover art of Future's Past is a painting by Graham Nash, who based the illustration on a photo he took of Mason while at Nash's home in Hawaii.
While the album won't officially be available for another couple of months, Mason is treating fans who visit his website to a special pre-release offer, as well as a preview of the record. Those purchasing Future's Past on CD or vinyl at DaveMasonMusic.com will receive a digital copy of the record, as well as an exclusive download of a concert album titled Dave Mason Live at Belmont Park 1978.
In conjunction with the release of Future's Past, Mason has partnered with the Pledge Music website to offer various limited-edition items, including T-shirts, concert laminates and autographed CDs.
In other news, Dave has lined up a bunch of upcoming U.S. tour dates. Most of the shows will be with his latest project, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, which features the veteran rocker playing a set focusing on Traffic's first two albums.
Here's the track list for Future's Past:
"Dear Mr. Fantasy""World in Changes""You Can All Join In""As Sad and as Deep as You""Good 2 U""El Toro (Spanish Blues)""Come On in My Kitchen""How Do I Get to Heaven""That's Freedom"
And here are Mason's upcoming tour dates; all shows Dave Mason's Traffic Jam unless otherwise noted:
4/5 -- Bakersfield, CA, Bright House Networks Amphitheater4/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Yoshi's San Francisco4/25 -- Edwardsville, IL, Wildey Theatre*4/26 -- Naperville, IL, Wentz Concert Hall5/1 -- Newark, OH, The Midland Theater5/2 -- Springfield, OH, Clark State Community College/Performing Arts Center5/4 -- Geneva, NY, Smith Opera House5/9 -- Lewisburg, WV, Carnegie Hall Inc./Hamilton Auditorium5/16 -- Woonsocket, RI, Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center5/17 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre5/18 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre*5/22 -- Beacon, NY, Towne Crier Café
* = Dave Mason Band.
PRNewsFoto/CONVERSE Inc.The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have teamed up with contemporary R&B singer Frank Ocean and DJ/producer Diplo on a new collaborative recording that's the ninth and latest installment of Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" series.
The musicians joined forces to create a track called "Hero," which was recorded in London, Hawaii and Los Angeles. The song will be available for free download on Monday, March 10, at ConverseMusic.Tumblr.com.
"Working with Mick and Paul was a dream come true, add in Frank, it got even better," says Diplo in a statement. "The experience was just totally awesome."
Adds Converse executive Geoff Cottrill, "Each of these artists are masters at what they do and we could not be more excited to share such an innovative track for fans worldwide to enjoy."
Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" campaign brings together musicians from various genres to craft new, original tunes. Previous artists who have participated in the series include Gorillaz, Pharrell Williams, André 3000, LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, King Cudi and Foster the People singer Mark Foster.
Rock Against MS FoundationDoors guitarist Robby Krieger is the latest rocker to be added to the lineup of second annual Rock Against MS benefit concert, scheduled for March 26 at the famous Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles. The event raises money to support multiple sclerosis research.
Krieger joins a star-studded bill that also includes former Runaways members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Jack Russell's Great White, former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo, acclaimed drummer Kenny Aronoff and many others. Many of the participating artists are friends or associates of Nancy B. Sayle, a rock publicist afflicted with MS who has begun a foundation to help those fighting the disease.
During the event, Ford will be presented with the Certified Guitar Legend Award by Guitar Player magazine. Tickets for the fundraiser are available now, with prices spanning $35 for general admission to $1,000 for a reserved VIP booth for eight people that also includes a meet-and-greet with the artists.
The Loop was born in 1977, out of a goofy station that had all girl DJs and played sappy "Adult Rock." In '79, an eccentric Hawaiian guy bought the station and brought in guys like Steve & Garry, Sky Daniels, and a dozen or so other misfits. First order of business was losing the James Taylor and pumpin' out Nugent, Zeppelin, and everything that rocked… blowing up the disco records… and the rest is history. Amazingly, the Loop is still alive, and intends to be for a long time. So get used to it.
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