Wednesday, November 26, 2014

California Music Fest To Celebrate John Bonham, Randy Rhoads, Keith Moon & John Entwistle At NAMM 2015

Tichy/Sutton Productions has announced the first round of artists who will be participating in the inaugural California Music Fest at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, in January 2015.  For three nights, some of music’s most prolific artists will come together and pay tribute to their heroes for a legendary weekend of music and madness.

With Bonzo Bash creator Brian Tichy newly endorsed by Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion, the legendary Ludwig is revealed as the main sponsor of the 2015 Bonzo Bash!

Led Zeppelin's John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham is consistently regarded as the #1 drummer in rock. Bonham played Ludwig drums his whole career and his name is synonymous with Ludwig. Having Ludwig sponsor Bonzo Bash gives an added authenticity to the celebration! Tichy / Sutton Productions is very excited to have the two entities come together, all in the name of John Bonham!

Producers Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have been creating unique celebration concerts for the past several years, and have now combined them into one weekend of music and madness to coincide with NAMM January 22, 23 & 24, 2015.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 kicks off with Bonzo Bash. This was the first of these shows that Tichy & Sutton have produced, with the first one taking place in April 2010, on the 30th anniversary of Bonham’s passing.  They have since taken the show to both coasts, with California Music Fest 2015 sure to be the mightiest one yet. The show highlights the industry’s top drummers playing their favorite Led Zeppelin tunes. Tichy/Sutton have taken this Bonzo Bash one epic step further by including all 4 Ludwig drum kits Bonham used throughout his career with Led Zeppelin.  Each drummer will be accompanied by house band The Moby Dicks.
The following artists have been confirmed to participate in this year’s Bonzo Bash:
Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp / John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Joe Franco (Good Rats / Twisted Sister)
John Hummel (Lady Gaga)
Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
Corky Laing (Mountain / Bonzo Bash Legend Award Recipient)
Dave Lombardo (Slayer / Philm)
Robert Mason (Warrant)
Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
Gregg Potter (The Buddy Rich Band)
Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses / The Dead Daisies / Hookers & Blow)
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow / Black Sabbath)
Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Mr. Big)
Todd Sucherman (Styx)
Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson / Foreigner / Chris Cornell)
Mike Terrana (Rage / Yngwie Malmsteen / Tony Macalpine)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Franklin Vanderbilt (Lenny Kravitz / Stevie Wonder / Chaka Khan)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)

The Moby Dicks are: Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol), Chas West (Bonham), Brent Woods (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach).
Friday January 23rd, 2015 the madness continues with Randy Rhoads Remembered, a celebration of the brilliant and original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads. Tichy and Sutton created this event in 2013 after agreeing Randy Rhoads surely deserved recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads’, and Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne. Randy’s brother Kelle performs and his sister Kathy Rhoads, shares her stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved.
The following artists have been confirmed as participants in Randy Rhoads Remembered:

Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio
Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Michael Devin (Whitesnake)
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne / Firewind)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Night Ranger)
Nik Kai (Kemical Kill)
Stephen LeBlanc (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.)
Kiko Louriero (Angra)
Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Alselmo & The Illegals / Marzi Montazeri’s Heavy As Texas)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob / Tred)
Mitch Perry (Cher / Edgar Winter)
Kelle Rhoads  
Rowan Robertson (Dio / DC4)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey / Talisman)
Alex Skolnick (Testament / Alex Skolnick Trio)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Ronnie James Dio / Billy Idol)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Chas West (Bonham)
Brent Woods (Student of Randy Rhoads / Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies / Glenn Hughes)

In addition to this lineup, there will be some very specials guests - some will be announced and some won’t, so stay tuned!
Rounding off the weekend is the 2nd installment of Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon, a salute to The Who’s John Entwistle and Keith Moon. Tichy and Sutton first put this show on in April of this year at House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, and it was met with rave reviews. This show features renowned bassists and drummers getting together to celebrate rock’s mightiest rhythm section. This will be the 3rd and final show of California Music Fest taking place on Saturday, January 24th, 2015.
The following artists have been confirmed for Entwistle/Moon: The Ox & The Loon:
Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp / John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck)
Phil Chen (Rod Stewart / The Doors)
Michael Devin (Whitesnake / JBLZE)
Corky Laing (Mountain)
Dave LaRue (Joe Satriani / Steve Morse / Flying Colors)
Stephen LeBlanc (JBLZE)
Dave Lombardo (Slayer / Philm)
James LoMenzo (BLS / White Lion / Megadeth)
Robert Mason (Warrant)
Sean McNabb (Don Felder / Sons of Anarchy)
Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies / Thin Lizzy / Whitesnake)
John Moyer (Disturbed / Adrenaline Mob)
Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford)
Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
Mitch Perry (Cher / Edgar Winter)
dUg Pinnick (KXM / King’s X)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
Joseph Pusateri (John Entwistle Band)
Joe Retta (Sweet / Heaven & Earth)
Rowan Robertson (DIO / DC4)
Van Romaine (Steve Morse / Enrique Iglesias)
Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne)
Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Mr. Big)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Chas West (Bonham)
Brent Woods (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)

More artists for ALL shows will be announced soon, so keep an eye out!
Tickets available now!
California Music Fest Three Day Pass:

Individual show tickets:
Randy Rhoads Remembered:  1.23.2015
Entwistle / Moon: The Ox & The Loon: 1.24.2015
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Philly's All Things That Rock Fest Offers Music Memorabilia, Celebrities & More

Imagine 20,000 square feet of CDs, records, videos, music memorabilia and pop culture collectibles from the 1950‘s to today plus celebrities from the world of music, live entertainment gathered in one place for two days only. 

It’s the first All Things That Rock Fest – like comic-con for Rock N’ Roll - an event for entire family, featuring over a hundred vendors from around the world buying, selling and trading virtually every rock & roll lifestyle collectible at incredible prices.

The All Things That Rock Fest blasts off on Black Friday, November 28th from 10 am – 6pm and Saturday, November 29th from 10 am – 6 pm at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA  (PA Turnpike to Route 202S to Route 422W).

The All Things That Rock Fest also features celebrity guest appearances by the likes of Peter Criss, founding member and original drummer of KISS, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Artimus Pyle, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ed Kowalczyk, former lead vocalist for Live, Denny Laine, founding member of Paul McCartney & Wings and The Moody Blues, May Pang, author/photographer and close companion of John Lennon, Local favorite David Uosikkinen from the Hooters, Vince Martell from Vanilla Fudge, Billy J. Kramer, Liverpool star from the 60s, Richie Ranno from the power pop band Starz, local favorite Jade Starling from Pretty Poison ("Catch Me I'm Falling") and more to be announced. Eddie Trunk, host of the popular VH-1 Classic “That Metal Show” will emcee the event. WMMR's Jacky Bam Bam (Friday) and WMGK's Andre Gardner (Saturday) also will be appearing. These artists and others will be meeting fans, signing autographs, and posing for photo opportunities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their rare music memorabilia to the All Things That Rock Fest and visit Garry Shrum, Consignment Director of Entertainment and Music Memorabilia for Heritage Auctions. Shrum will offer free appraisals on All Things that Rock! Heritage Auctions is the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world. Puppet Guy Lee Zimmerman will entertain the crowd with his incredible rock & roll marionette show. Attendees can also tour the Gibson Guitar Bus plus the Rock Girls Bikini Bod Squad will also be there to entertain the guys while their wives are maxing out their credit cards at the mall. Artist schedules, newly added guests and advanced tickets are available at

Without question, the All Things That Rock Fest is a true Music Lifestyle Fair, bringing the most comprehensive collection of pop & rock music items ever assembled under one roof – new and used, rare, collectible, and common records, CDs, DVDs, tapes, 45s, 12-inch singles, posters, T-Shirts, books and memorabilia in all types of music, including: rock, metal, jazz, R&B, alternative, classical, new age, blues, soul, show, soundtracks, folk, comedy, disco, new releases, imports, out of print, and much more.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Joni Mitchell On Bob Dylan, Taylor Swift, Men & The Music Business

Joni Mitchell has rejected the description of her career, as 'the female Dylan' by explaining "I am much more original musically, and a much more original thinker". She also revealed that she shot down a potential biopic starring Taylor Swift. 

The 71-year-old singer, who described herself as an "emotional scientist" also hit out at sexism in the music industry.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, she declared "I'm a woman in a man's world. There are hardly any women in my business. There are oppressive men and exploitative men. Georgia O'Keeffe used to talk about them - men this and men that - too. The men said, 'You can't paint New York City' - she did some fantastic paintings of New York City. It's all male-dominant, and you're always with them. I'm on the road with 21 guys, and I love men's company, don't get me wrong. Even when they're stupid little boys, I still like them. I mean, love the sinner, hate the sin."

She also announced that she will not be touring in the near future. "Music is over for me, pretty much. I can't sing: I don't want to. I want to paint, and I want to write. I can't tour, I can't travel, I'm sick; I can fly two flights a year. I'm old. You have to know when to give up."

In the same interview, the singer put to rest rumors that there would be a biopic of her life starring Taylor Swift: "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones. It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes.' There's a lot of nonsense about me in books: assumptions, assumptions, assum­p­tions."

This month Mitchell reveals a four CD box set including 53 newly remastered songs recorded throughout her career. Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced was originally conceived as the music to a ballet about love. But after spending 18 months trying to distill the material to a single disc tracklisting, Mitchell abandoned the ballet and has released the full work in a box set.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rolling Stone Keith Richards Honors Grandad In Children's Book

The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has written a children’s book and is thrilled his daughter Theodora was able to help as illustrator. 

Speaking with a smoker’s rasp, the legendary Rolling Stones rocker is keen for a chat about his latest endeavor, a kids book titled Gus & Me — The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar.

“Gus has always been part of the family, although most of my kids didn’t know him of course,” Richards says in a break from The Rolling Stones’ Australian tour. “Gus lives with us by his jokes and his attitude really.”

Gus, as his family affectionately know him, is Richards’ late grandpa, Augustus Theodore Dupree, a jazz muso back in his day.

He toured the UK with his band, Gus Dupree and his Boys, and the now 70-year-old Richards credits him for nurturing his musical talents from a young age.

“Gus sort of led me into it I think,” reminisces Richards.

“He did it very subtly and I am always grateful for that. He used to see me looking at it (his guitar). It was up on a shelf in the parlour and every day he’d say, ‘when you can reach that, I’ll show you a thing or two’.

“And so I faked it and got a chair and a couple of books and I got the thing down. So he said, okay, you are smart enough to get it into your hands so I’ll show you a few tricks.”

Richards, now a grandfather of five, is upbeat, bubbly even, and far more coherent and considered than this scribe had expected from one of the world’s most famously hard-partying rockers.

The name Keith Richards immediately conjures images of the quintessential hard-living rock ‘n’ roll bad boy.

So to hear him speak about his family so passionately is refreshing and a little jarring.

Perhaps it’s just life when you age. We tend to slow down, although Richards is still holding his own playing with the Stones in stadiums around the world.

Even the thought of Richards making a cup of tea is at odds with his reputation.

“Oh I can make a good cup of tea mate, don’t you worry about that,” he laughs.

“I suppose it is natural in a way because they (people) only know me when I’m out there doing stuff. Meanwhile, I do have to have a roof over my head and I’ve got a wife and I have to do some of the stuff that most of us do and I enjoy it too.”

Even though he has that hard reputation, at the core for Richards he is just like most people who care for their family.

And he shared a special bond with his grandpa, just as many of us do, and wanted to celebrate that love for someone he remembers as a “very, very cool guy”.

“He had seven daughters and he lived in London off the Seven Sisters Road which he always used to joke about and saying that with the wife, that makes eight,” Richards recalls.

“He was surrounded by women, he only had daughters you know and they were all funny. My aunts are just as funny as he is and all musical.

“Somebody was always playing the piano or on the violin and I had an eye for that guitar.”

 Gus & Me — The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar is a physical memory that won’t be forgot, a testament to Richards’ strong relationship with his grandfather.

Adding to that family flavor, Richards’ daughter Theodora lent her creative hand as illustrator to the book.

“She has always been a great illustrator and to be able to work with your own daughter was quite fascinating. She would keep coming to me asking me what did Gus wear and what size should I be compared to him. She was very professional and did a great job and probably she is going to do thousands (of kids books) now.”

It was when Richards’ fifth grandson was born that the rocker decided to “do something for my grandad too”.

“Maybe behind it all is everybody somewhere has got a grandad and maybe he is more fun than you think and maybe he could show you some things that you wouldn’t think of,” explains Richards, who has five children as well as five grandchildren — aged from 18 to 18 months.

“I was just thinking of the extended family sort of thing and how we can really learn a lot from the old cats. Now I am one, I know the feeling.”

When not touring, Richards enjoys spending time with his family although he admits it’s hard to get everyone together.

“I don’t see them a lot but I get really into it when I do,” he says of his grandkids.

“They are all different ages so I have to gauge, I have got them from 18 to a few months and each one is different. It is usually mayhem (when we get together) but it all sorts itself out. We all sit around and have a laugh, somebody gets pissed.”

What do they call him?

“The universal term is grandpa.”

Thursday, November 20, 2014

KISS To Close Download Festival

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have carved themselves emphatically into the pantheon of Rock mythology with their huge choruses, unmistakable visuals and extraordinary, pyrotechnical live performances. KISS return to Donington, having graced Monsters of Rock in 1988 and 1996 and headlined Download, Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival, in 2008.

Meanwhile, bassist Gene Simmons said: To all our fans – our intention is to get on that stage, blow the heavens to smithereens and take no prisoners.

Main support comes in the form of the final ever UK Festival Performance by iconic hell-raising metalheads Mötley Crüe. With the Crüe due to disband for good in early 2016, Download will have the honor and privilege of bringing a truly unique festival career to a blazing conclusion.

Bassist Nikki Sixxx said: “It’s always an over the top day and night at Download Festival and we’re really excited to be coming over to the UK and playing the show.”

Rock legends making the ultimate festival pilgrimage don’t stop there as seminal shredder Slash polishes and shines the trusty top hat to make his second appearance at Download with one of rock’s top vocalists, Myles Kennedy, and The Conspirators.

Slash said: "Download is a very special event for me. It’s been a major destination since I started and I’m always excited to be a part of it."

Other veterans on the bill for the three-day festival are Judas Priest, Slayer, Kid Rock, Soundgarden, Hole, Korn, Weezer and Marilyn Manson.