American Metal Giants TESTAMENT Add More Dates to “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Routing
Support from Thrash Leaders EXODUS + Texas Metal Assailants SHATTERED SUN
TICKETS & VIP PACKS ON SALE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th
Get Your TESTAMENT and EXODUS Combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience via www.SLOTIX.com
TESTAMENT to Perform an Exclusive New Set List, Including The Legacy and The New Order in Their Entirety + Select Practice What You Preach Album Cuts
Bay Area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT recently announced what will surely be the greatest heavy metal tour of 2015, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour! The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour will include support from fellow Bay Area-thrashers EXODUS and Texas melodic metal assailants SHATTERED SUN. As of today, several new dates have been added to the run, including dates in Philadelphia, PA, Cincinnati, OH and more. See below for all new dates, listed in red.
All tickets go on sale on Friday, February 27th – visit venue web locations for more ticketing information.
TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Dates:
04/01/15 Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
04/02/15 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA
04/03/15 Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
04/04/15 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
04/06/15 Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
04/07/15 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
04/08/15 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
04/10/15 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
04/11/15 Mojoes – Joliet, IL
04/12/15 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
04/13/15 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
04/15/15 Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
04/17/15 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
04/18/15 The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
04/19/15 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
04/21/15 Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
04/22/15 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
04/23/15 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
04/24/15 The International – Knoxville, TN
04/25/15 – Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL, Welcome To Rockville Festival (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
04/26/15 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
04/28/15 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
04/29/15 – The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
04/30/15 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
05/01/15 – Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA, Lunatic Luau 15 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
05/02/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
05/03/15 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC, Carolina Rebellion 2015 (Festival Date, NO SHATTERED SUN)
The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour is your chance to meet TESTAMENT and EXODUS via a combined VIP Meet & Greet Experience package – available for the first time during this tour via www.slotix.com. VIP packages for all dates will be available on Friday, February 27th. The combined VIP experience includes:
- One Premium Reserved ticket or One General Admission ticket
- A Meet & Greet with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
- Individual & Group Photo opportunities with select members of TESTAMENT and EXODUS
- Exclusive TESTAMENT/EXODUS poster
- Collectible TESTAMENT/EXODUS commemorative laminate
- On-site check-in staff
In addition to its monumental line-up, the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour sees TESTAMENT serving up another surprise for die-hard fans of their early tenure. Each night, TESTAMENT will perform an epic headlining set that digs deep into the early discography that launched their worldwide career spanning two-and-a-half decades. TESTAMENT’s exclusive set will feature full-album performances of 1987’s classic body of work The Legacy and 1988’s unrelenting The New Order, in addition to select tracks from 1989’s mainstream crossover Practice What You Preach.
The Dark Roots of Thrash II tour marks the live re-introduction of TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio. This isn’t DiGiorgio’s first time playing with TESTAMENT, as he is credited for recording bass on 1999’s The Gathering and 2001’s First Strike Still Deadly. Additionally, the tour will mark the live debut of Alex Skolnick’s anticipated brand new signature ESP guitars and Budda amps. Learn more about the guitars and amps at these links.
In 2012, TESTAMENT’s Dark Roots Of Earth debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #1 on the Independent Albums chart, and #1 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart with the band’s highest first week sales since the inception of Soundscan. The album roared into the #9 position on the World Sales chart – a huge accomplishment for a metal band on a chart that included pop artists such as ADELE, JUSTIN BIEBER, LINKIN PARK, JENNIFER LOPEZ and MAROON 5. In 2013, TESTAMENT released their Dark Roots Of Thrash live DVD/CD, recorded via multi-camera angles at their sold-out headlining performance at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. Order both titles from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.
“Native Blood” is TESTAMENT’s award-winning video.
Visit TESTAMENT online at www.TESTAMENTLEGIONS.com.
This year, thrash architects EXODUS celebrate 30 years since the release of their first album, thrash metal’s classic blueprint Bonded By Blood. Keeping with that tradition, EXODUS was joined by their original guitarist, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, on their most recent release Blood In, Blood Out (2014). In its first week, Blood In, Blood Out doubled the first week sales of their most previous full-length release, in addition to securing their highest charting position ever – #38 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, as well as #2 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart and #6 on the Independent Albums chart. Blood In, Blood Out gained a strong foothold in European countries by topping several first-week international charts, as well as landing at #6 on Canada’s Hard Music chart. Order the dual-disc Blood In, Blood Out digi-pak from http://smarturl.it/EXODUS-Blood. EXODUS recently finished up a highly-successful tour with heavy music titans Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies.
“Blood In, Blood Out” is the latest video by EXODUS.
Visit EXODUS online at www.EXODUSATTACK.com.
ABOUT SHATTERED SUN:
Victory Records’ SHATTERED SUN are poised to dominate the metal scene. The six-piece is a remarkable example of hard work and determination, coming a long way from their industrious origins. SHATTERED SUN reflect the roots of their influences amidst their vigorous Southern backdrop, slamming together into a sound that is Hope Within Hatred, their debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records. What sets SHATTERED SUN apart from the crowd is their lyrical content in a time where it seems most heavy music is about negativity and angst. SHATTERED SUN empower with their message of hope and positivity.
“Hope Within Hatred” lyric video by SHATTERED SUN.
Visit SHATTERED SUN online at www.victoryrecords.com/shatteredsun.
TENACIOUS D’s “Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life” Tribute Version of “The Last In Line” Wins “Best Metal Performance” Grammy
TENACIOUS D’s “Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life” Tribute Version of “The Last In Line” Wins “Best Metal Performance” Grammy
A Tribute Album Created to Raise Funds for the “Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund”
100% of Monies Received by the Fund from the Purchase of
“Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life” Go Directly Towards Cancer Research
$132,000 Raised and Counting… Album Artwork by Mark Sasso
Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock and metal history, known for fronting legendary groups such as Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and of course, Dio. Sadly, in 2010, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer. The indisputable fact that his towering voice and legacy live on is solidified again with this past Sunday’s “Best Metal Performance” Grammy win for his classic track “The Last In Line”, re-recorded in homage to the singer/songwriter by Billboard chart-topping group Tenacious D (featuring Jack Black and Kyle Gass).
The winning cover version of “The Last In Line” was not only recorded to honor one of the greatest and most recognizable voices in heavy metal and hard rock, but to assist in raising funds for a very important cause.
The Grammy award-winning track “The Last In Line” appears on the Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute album, a compilation recorded and released last year to raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org). This Is Your Life features an all-star group of Dio’s friends and fans performing 13 of their favorite Ronnie James Dio tracks. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention, and was co-founded by Dio’s longtime manager and wife, Wendy Dio. 100% of the monies received from this album by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund goes directly into cancer research. So far from the sale of This Is Your Life, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has raised $132,000 towards cancer research.
Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and President/Founder of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund states, “We are so excited to see one of Ronnie’s songs be awarded with a Grammy. As soon as Tenacious D were announced as winners, Jack Black called me in excitement to tell me that we won the award. My only regret is to not have Ronnie here in body to see this happen.”
“This Grammy is all about Ronnie James Dio,” add Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. “We are so proud to have known Ronnie and this is just another testament to his greatness.”
The Ronnie James Dio’s This Is Your Life tribute compilation debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. Produced by Wendy Dio, widow of Ronnie James Dio and Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund President/Co-Founder, This Is Your Life includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Scorpions, Anthrax, Glenn Hughes and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years. See below for a full tracklisting, chock full of renditions by today’s most stellar classic, heavy metal and hard rock artists.
*Celebrate Ronnie James Dio’s life at the “Ronnie James Dio 5th Anniversary Memorial Weekend” in Los Angeles, May 15-17, 2015*
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the voice of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, is planning a weekend of activities in Los Angeles to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the singer’s untimely death from gastric cancer on May 16, 2010. The weekend will include a public Memorial Service, as well as a “BOWL FOR RONNIE” Celebrity Bowling tournament and the inaugural “RIDE FOR RONNIE” motorcycle ride and BBQ. Please visit http://www.diocancerfund.org/events/ for in-depth information on the weekend, and stay tuned for more details to be announced soon.
Namm is the National Association of Music Merchants being the world’s largest trade-only event for the music industry. The show is held at Anaheim Convent Center (generally those that manufacture, distribute and/or retail musical instruments/products) as well as trade and consumer focused media outlets. After the show on Saturday night (1/24/2015) the place to be was just minutes from the conventions center at The Grove where Schecter Guitars, Monster energy, Rock N Roll Industries Magazine, Coldcock Whiskey and Stone Brewing created a remarkable event.
The grove of Anaheim was at maximum capacity of 2,000 with all fans, musicians and exhibitors 21 & up in age coming together to become familiar faces. The attire of the evening was mainly metal, black, leather, lots of tattoos, some with bright fun colored hair and a few in all out costume.
Rock-N-Roll Industries Magazines were spread out around the venue along with a crew of photographers capturing the great time being had by all. A select number of people also received Rock-N-Roll Industries Magazine rings to rock. Complementary Monster and Coldcock Whiskey got everyone in full energy effect for DJ Metal Will who was spinning metal outside the whole night. While inside Schecter Sponsored bands put on memorable performances. Escape the Fate opened with a 45 minute fierce set followed by In the Moment with a 90 minutes set which included many costume changes. Fans singing along and dressed up as popular songs like “Whore” and “Sex Metal Barbie” prove the LA based bands success, with the after show party being the first of many of their concerts this year.
Aside from all music and mingling there was also the charity Take me Home which raised over $4,000 and one very lucky puppy was adopted that very night. Other sponsors of the event included TonePros, emg pickups, and Gator cases. Together all the sponsors created a truly remarkable event.
Be sure to check out the uploaded photos of Namm’s Schecter Party on Rock N Roll Industries Magazine’s Facebook page.
Written by: Jennifer Winkelman (Thee Vagabonds)
Photos by: Igor Vidyashev
Photos by: Matt Upton
Photos by: Ramon Cfpr Ward Jr
Metal Allegiance, a concert featuring some of the top metal legends, was a great kickoff for NAMM at the House of Blues of Anaheim on January 22nd. This was the second time these musicians got together after their debut on last year Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise. The lineup consisted of David Ellefson and Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Frank Bello and Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult). The night was hosted by Jose Mangin of Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal show, who did a killer job getting the crowd excited for the night’s festivities.
Scott Ian took the stage first, and opened the night with a spoken word set and it was surprisingly entertaining! Scott is witty and had everyone laughing. I was in the front row and every performer was as amazing as the next. Mike Osegueda of Death Angel was one of the many highlights of the night. His voice is one of my favorites in metal! He performed songs by Ronnie James Dio, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford who would be pleased with his performance! Troy Sanders of Mastodon really stood out with his vocals. He is a great front man and is fun to watch and is kind of crazy on stage. Even though it wasn’t your typical metal show, the audience as well as the performers were having a great time and headbanging to their favorite metal songs!
- ‘March of the S.O.D./Sargent D and the S.O.D.’ (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
2. ‘Freddy Krueger’ (Stormtroopers of Death cover)
3. ‘Rapid Fire’ (Judas Priest cover)
4. ‘Victim of Changes’ (Judas Priest cover)
5. ‘Fast as a Shark’ (Accept cover)
6. ‘Balls to the Wall’ (Accept cover)
7. ‘Into the Void’ (Black Sabbath cover)
8. ‘Heaven and Hell’ (Black Sabbath cover)
9. ‘Diary of a Madman’ (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
10. ‘Cold Sweat’ (Thin Lizzy cover)
11. ‘Lights Out’ (UFO cover)
12. ‘Stargazer’ (Rainbow cover)
13. ‘Kill the King’ (Rainbow cover)
14. ‘Piranha’ (Exodus cover)
15. ‘Attitude’ (Metallica cover)
16. ‘Refuse/Resist’ (Sepultura cover)
17. ‘Territory’ (Sepultura cover)
18. ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ (Iron Maiden cover)
19. ‘Revelations’ (Iron Maiden cover)
20. ‘Running with the Devil’ (Van Halen cover)
21. ‘Eruption’ (Van Halen cover)
22. ‘You Really Got Me’ (Van Halen cover)
23. ‘Atomic Punk’ (Van Halen cover)
24. ‘Cold Gin’ (KISS cover)
25. ‘I Love It Loud’ (KISS cover)
Photos by: Igor Vidyashev
Billy Idol performs at the Massey Hall in Toronto
Taking you back into time, Billy Idol performed as if the years hadn’t pass by. Idol and Stevens performed a spectacular set, connecting and sending the whole audience great vibes. There was such a chemistry as long time friends that showed not only in their performance, but in the set itself. It had the crowd cheering, jumping and dancing . It was a sold out show and highly recommended to attend if you can!
It’s performances like these that show such passion and spirit in music, and we can’t wait to see what Idol comes up with next. Check out the amazing images captured by Igor Vidyashev and don’t miss out if Billy Idol comes to play near you!
For Tour dates and more info be sure to check out http://billyidol.net/
LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES LINEUP ADDITIONS:
ROB ZOMBIE AND WEEZER
JOIN LINKIN PARK
AS FESTIVAL HEADLINERS
A DAY TO REMEMBER, HALESTORM, AND HINDER
ADDED TO GROWING LINE-UP
FULL LINE-UP TO BE REVEALED IN COMING WEEKS FOR
THREE DAY, MULTI-STAGE ROCK FESTIVAL
SET TO DEBUT JUNE 26, 27, AND 28
AT JAM RANCH IN GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO
VARIETY OF TICKETING AND CAMPING OPTIONS
ON SALE NOW
LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL continues to grow the line-up for the inaugural three day, multi-stage rock festival with the addition of seven-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock legend, visionary filmmaker, and author Rob Zombie and alt-rock heroes Weezer as festival headliners.
The two bands join previously announced headliner, GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum band, Linkin Park on the bill for the Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 festival at Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, CO. In addition, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, and Hinder have been added to the festival bill, with the full lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.
Zombie will take a break from producing his next feature film 31 to bring his raw live show, which will feature an arsenal of incendiary, infectious classics like “Dragula,” as well as the Top 10 Active Rock single “Dead City Radio and The New Gods of Super Town” off his most recent solo album release, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Arena-filling megastars, Weezer–Rivers Cuomo (vocals/guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar), and Scott Shriner (bass)–will perform tracks from their recently released ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, and a collection of hits from their 20-year catalog to the festival.
In addition, A Day To Remember, the Ocala, Florida band who’ve grown into a worldwide phenomenon since their formation in 2003 will join GRAMMY®-winning band Halestorm, who will be releasing their massively anticipated new album INTO THE WILD LIFE on April 7, and multi-platinum Oklahoma City, hard rockers Hinder, on the festival bill.
Says Lzzy Hale, lead vocalist and guitarist of Halestorm, “The boys and I are so stoked to be coming to Colorado for Loudwire Music Festival! This is one of the events we are looking forward to the most this summer! Prepare yourself for some crazy new tunes and your faces to be melted into your shoes!”
Produced by Townsquare Media, Inc., owners of Loudwire.com, one of the leading websites in the rock world, the inaugural LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL will feature some of the world’s greatest rock bands from all genres of rock–hard, classic, alternative, metal and indie–performing across three stages with the goal to create the most dynamic, interesting and fun rock music festival in the West.
A variety of ticketing and camping options are on sale for festival-goers. Camping scenarios include a fully immersive weekend with the festival’s on-site camping selections ranging from standard (within walking distance to the festival grounds) starting at $95 to premier (the closest camping to the festival grounds) and VIP (campgrounds for VIP ticket holders only, close to festival grounds) starting at $180.
Weekend ticketing options include General Admission passes for $79, Reserved Seating starts at $225 and the VIP Seating & Experience packages begin at $400. Additional festival information, including all ticketing and camping options, can be found here. Stay connected with up-to-date information on the LOUDWIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL by following on Facebook or @LoudwireFest on Twitter. Cheat Tweets: @LoudwireFest announces addition of @RobZombie, @Weezer & more #LoudwireFest
About Townsquare Media:
Townsquare Media, Inc. is an integrated and diversified media and entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates market leading radio stations, digital and social properties, and live events in small and mid-sized markets across the United States, delivering national scale and expertise to the communities it serves on a local level. The Company owns and operates 311 radio stations, over 325 search engine and mobile-optimized local websites, and approximately 500 live events in 66 small and mid-sized U.S. markets, making Townsquare Media the third largest owner of radio stations in the United States by number of radio stations owned. The Company supplements its local offerings with the nationwide reach of our owned, operated, and affiliated music and entertainment websites, which, on a combined basis, attracted approximately 80 million U.S. based unique visitors in September 2014, as well as certain large-scale live events. For more information, please visit www.townsquaremedia.com.
Highly-Anticipated Concert Event
‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’
Set To Kick Off ‘Classic Music Series’
in Movie Theaters on February 26
Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment to Bring a
Year of Exciting Cinema Concerts to Select U.S. Cinemas
DENVER–January 19, 2015–Fathom Events, Cinema 1 and Eagle Rock Entertainment are partnering to present a monthly “Classic Music Series” to be kicked off by legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Aerosmith. Fans will be blown away by Aerosmith on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. local time. Captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK, in June 2014 as part of the band’s critically acclaimed 2014 “LET ROCK RULE” definitive rock & roll event. Rock’s most lethal army–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford–rocked audiences in 16 countries with electrifying performances. The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 19-song set list includes the band’s iconic hits “Love In A Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,“ “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion” and many more.
Tickets for “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in more than 300 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”
“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” said Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”
“We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton says. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”
“Aerosmith are rock legends and I am very proud Cinema 1 is a part of bringing this incredible band’s live concert performance to theaters across America,” said Ray Carolin, CEO of Cinema 1. “I am certain their fans are going to be blown away when they experience ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014’.”
The first event in the “Classic Music Series,” “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014,” will be followed monthly by a who’s who of rock and pop which will be revealed shortly. Expected events include: a singer with a history of hits since the ‘50s face-to-face with a modern pop mega-star, the beloved progenitors of the jam band genre, one of the UK’s greatest and most influential rock acts, a lauded guitar god and many, many more.
Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens said, “Aerosmith fans won’t ‘wanna miss a thing’ with ‘Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.’ Music aficionados across the nation have a year full of great tunes ahead of them as the ‘Classic Music Series’ is set to bring the best of the best to the big screen all throughout 2015.”
For artwork/photos related to “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014” visit the Fathom Events press site.
AEROSMITH are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the recipients of countless awards including four GRAMMYs®, eight American Music Awards, six Billboard Awards and 12 MTV Video Music Awards among many other honors. Proving that they can cross genre-boundaries with ease, these rock legends have even taken home a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Single for their remix of Run DMC’s “Walk This Way.” With scores of multi-platinum albums, AEROSMITH continues to inspire generations to get their wings, get a grip and just push play. It is no wonder why they are one of the most beloved bands of all time.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the recognized leader in the alternative entertainment industry, offering a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events in movie theaters nationwide that include live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, the performing arts, major sporting events, music concerts, comedy series, Broadway shows, original programming featuring entertainment’s biggest stars, socially relevant documentaries with audience Q&A and much more. Fathom Events takes audiences behind-the-scenes and offers unique extras, creating the ultimate entertainment experience. It is owned by a consortium called AC JV, LLC., comprised of AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest movie theater circuits in the United States. In addition, Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live events to more than 775 locations in 171 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
About Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Germany, France & Toronto. www.eagle-rock.com.
ABOUT CINEMA 1
Cinema One, Inc. (“Cinema 1”) is a company that specializes in the creation of exclusive special entertainment programs. Cinema 1 provides audiences in 50 States, and 60 countries exclusive programs including concerts, sports, Broadway stage plays and musicals, comedy, classic films, and other unique performing art programs. Cinema 1, and their global partners provide audiences with great entertainment events, the best seats in the house, at very affordable ticket prices – surrounded by the best surround sound systems in the industry.
Rock n roll’s elite graced the red carpet and the stage at the Roxy, on January 12th , to raise money for music education at the first annual Adopt the Arts Charity event. Those in attendance included Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Butch Trucks (The Allman Brothers), Slash, Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Steve Lukather (Toto), Edgar Winter, Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien), Frankie Perez, and Adopt the Arts co-founder Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N Roses, Velvet Revolver). The backing band for the evening was The Disreputable Few. Orianthi walked in holding hands with Richie Sambora, both wearing stylish hats, and there was lots of bling flashing around everyone’s necks. These rock stars don’t age, they looked better than ever!
As I walked in to the delicately lighted room and past the auction items, there were chairs where people would usually stand. Once I sat down, a friendly server brought some appetizers. The catering for the event was delicious.
The show began with Matt Sorum talking about Adopt the Arts and how important music education is to both our youth and society as a whole. His co-founder Abigail Berman shared a few words, herself, and statistics about the decline in music education in California schools. Sadly, only one out of ten kids get an arts education.
They strongly pushed the message that the purpose of the evening was to raise funds for music education and to have fun doing so. And they raised a lot of money. During the intermission they auctioned off signed guitars, original photography and Matt Sorum’s signed drum heads. At one point the audience started making donations. I heard two $5,000 donations, $500 donations plus other smaller amounts. This was what the event was all about, donating for music education and about giving back to the arts, the concert was a bonus.
It was sold out with good reason. The honorees of the night were Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Billy Gibbons, lead guitarist of ZZ Top, and Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. These men are legends and to see them on stage and play in an intimate venue like the Roxy is an experience I will never forget.
Billy played all the classics and my favorite song, Cheap Sun Glasses. Highlights of the night included Edgar Winter playing the blues alongside Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora jamming shoulder to shoulder with his lovely lady Orianthi. They looked and sounded great together! Matt Sorum turned in his drums for the bongos for selected songs and did a great job getting the audience into the mood. The night was pure rock and roll and soul!
Something that touched me is when Butch Trucks talked about music’s impact on his life growing up. He said he was in marching band eighth grade through high school. He added that he is now 67 years old and sometimes it is hard for him to climb the three steps to his drums, but when he starts playing he feels like an 18 year old super hero. He added, “With music, you don’t need your head… you feel it!”
The concert continued with hit classics from the Allman Brothers. The Grand Finale was all the rock stars jamming out together in unison. It was star studded event that will go down in history! It was the first live event to have a full 360 view that viewers could watch online. It was also the first event like this for Adopt the Arts and I was a part of it!
Adopt the Arts Foundation really hits home with me. At the age of 7 I started playing the piano. I also took violin and cello lessons. It was really cool to learn how to play those instruments and play along with other students. As I grew into my teens I fell in love with rock n roll and metal. I started playing guitar at age 14 and I played all through high school and spent many Friday and Saturday nights at home with my guitar. As an adult I still sit with my original Fender guitar and play my favorite songs. I never made it to rock star status but I love music so much that I found away to be in the industry as a music journalist.
Programs like Adopt the Arts are vital to help develop well rounded individuals. Playing those instruments as a young child taught me discipline, responsibility, gave me confidence and it made me feel good about myself! It is sad and disturbing to hear that music and art budgets have been cut back drastically in California. As a society, we need to support non-profits such as Adopt the Arts. We have to show the youth the future is not just the internet and the latest technology, it’s about self expression and raw emotions. And music education highlights these very important qualities.
About Adopt the Arts
Founded in 2010, Adopt the Arts Foundation brings together well-known artists, public figures, and the general public to save the arts in America’s public schools. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, dreams, hopes, and imaginations of our children. Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making art and music available to public school students. In 2011, Adopt the Arts chose Rosewood Avenue Elementary (West Hollywood, CA) as its pilot school, working directly with the principal and the booster club to ensure that the students receive exposure to all the arts disciplines, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Adopt the Arts is paying the salary of the music teacher and has outfitted a music room with donated keyboards, guitars, and drums. With the help of the arts education branch of LAUSD, Adopt the Arts is identifying the most underserved schools in the district as it prepares for its next series of adoptions. In September 2012, Adopt the Arts donated 1,000 musical instruments (i.e. drum kits, keyboards, guitars, bass guitars) to LAUSD elementary schools. Each school site is available to be “adopted” by anyone that wants to help—whether a business, a working artist, celebrity or public figure—to underscore the importance of community involvement. As of December 2014, Adopt the Arts has now adopted Westminster Elementary School in Venice, CA and their music program will begin at the school in January 2015. (adoptthearts.org)
Story by Raquel Figlo