FOURTH ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND CONCERT BENEFITTING THE DIO CANCER FUND ON MAY 6TH ANNOUNCES STEVEN ADLER’S ALL STAR BAND LINE UP

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund‘s fourth annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert, is happening this coming Sunday, May 6th, 2018, will feature a performance from Steven Adler’s All Star Band! The Ride For Ronnie is thrilled to announce that in addition to Adler performing on select songs, the rotating line-up will include Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden, Steelheart), Ira Black (I Am Morbid, Metal Church, Lizzy Borden), Robert Crane (Black Star Riders), Mike Dupke (Dee Snider, W.A.S.P.), David “Rock” Feinstein (Elf), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol, Rock of Ages), Tanya O’ Callahan (Dee Snider), Carl Restivo (Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman, Street Sweeper Social Club, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Rihanna), Joe Retta (Dio Disciples, Heaven & Earth), Joey Scott (Lizzy Borden), Patrick Stone (Budderside), Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), and Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty).

In addition to the performance by Steven Adler’s All Star Band, this year’s event will also feature performances by Dio Disciples, Beastö Blancö (featuring Chuck Garric and Calico Cooper, daughter of rock icon Alice Cooper), Classless Act (featuring guitar god Slash’s son, London Hudson), One More From the Road (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) and Railgun.

Dio Cancer Fund founder/president Wendy Dio says, “We are so excited about the upcoming Ride For Ronnie, this time in its fourth year. We are looking forward to seeing all the wonderful musicians, motorcycle riders and fans who will be coming out to support us and our cause on Sunday.”

As announced, the event will be hosted by renowned radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, and as just announced – will be co-hosted by KLOS radio host Melissa Maxx.

“It’s a great honor to host the Dio Cancer Fund events. Ronnie was a dear friend, and I appreciate Wendy having me for this great and worthy cause,” says Eddie Trunk. “She and her team have been doing some great work to help those battling this horrible disease. I hope everyone comes out and joins us for a great day in memory of a great man with some great music!”

The Ride For Ronnie will raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention and research for a cure. Participating motorcyclists will ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Los Encinos Park in Encino for the afternoon concert. Last year’s Ride raised over $40,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund.

Riders taking part in the Ride For Ronnie will assemble for a continental breakfast at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11:00 am. The Ride will take them around the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley to Los Encinos Park in Encino for an afternoon of live music, raffle, live auctions, food trucks and much more. A silent auction booth will have many items available to bid on throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectibles, will be held from the stage between artist performances.

Beer, wine, sodas, and water will be available for sale, as well as delicious foods from food trucks including Slammin’ Sliders, G’s Taco Spot and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Sponsors lending their continued support to the RIDE FOR RONNIE include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Graffiti Wines, Archie’s Ice Cream, Solar Rain Water and LA’s premier rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS.

For information and tickets, please visit diocancerfund.org/events.

Ticket Prices And Important Times:

Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
(including Continental Breakfast) at Harley Davidson of Glendale
9:00am – 10:45am

Kickstands up at 11:00am

Rally and Live Concert
Los Encinos State Historic Park
11:45am – 5:00pm

Pre-Registration Prices:
$30/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$20 concert admission only

Day of Event Prices:
$35/rider (includes concert admission)
$15/passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only

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SLASH’S SON LONDON’S BAND, CLASSLESS ACT, GEARING UP FOR VERY FIRST SHOWS ON MAY 6TH AND 10TH

Emerging with a fresh and fiery sound, style, and spirit all their own, raucous rock ‘n’ roll upstarts Classless Act will descend upon Los Angeles for their first-ever performances this May. Founded in 2016 by 15-year-old childhood friends London Hudson (drums), who’s the son of Slash, and Nico Tsangaris (lead guitar), the band’s lineup is rounded out by Derek Day (23, lead vocals), Dane Pieper (20, rhythm guitar), and Franco Gravante (21, bass).

The Southern California quintet will make their live debut this Sunday, May 6th when they take the stage at the fourth annual Ride For Ronnie concert and motorcycle ride presented by the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. They join a high-profile bill headlined by Steven Adler’s All Star Band, Dio Disciples, Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute act One More From the Road, Railgun and Beastö Blancö.

Slash says, “The annual Ride For Ronnie event is a great collective effort for a great cause supporting cancer research and prevention, and with great live music and motorcycles, you can’t go wrong. It’s especially cool this year as my son’s band, Classless Act are performing. Stand Up and Shout.”

Next up, Classless Act will serve as direct support to Adler’s Appetite at a sold-out Whisky-A-Go-Go gig on Thursday, May 10th. They’ll bring unbridled energy, powder keg passion, and one anthem after another to this hallowed Sunset Strip stage. Handpicked on the bill by iconic Guns N’ Roses co-founder and Adler’s Appetite namesake Steven Adler, the show promises to be just one of many unforgettable milestones for the band in 2018.

“I love their music,” shares Adler. “It reminds me of a 21st century Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I just love all three of those bands. They sound great. I’m a real rock and roller; they’re a real rock ‘n’ roll band. I hope we get to do more shows together!”

Armed with songs like Pass The Medicine, God Damn Devil, Classless Act and Madhouse, Classless Act stand ready to carve out a legacy of their own. Calling legendary Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash “pops,” London certainly has music coursing through his DNA. However, the drummer aimed to build a legacy of his own and suggested to childhood buddy Nico they launch a band in 2016. Together, they rallied around a shared “sole purpose of creating kickass rock ‘n’ roll.” As London and Nico wrote countless songs, the boys invited Dane, Franco, and Derek into the fold as the identity solidified inspired by Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Motorhead.

London describes it best, “There isn’t a feeling that compares to playing music with these guys. Every time we get into a room together, it’s just so comfortable and natural. We all come together to make kickass rock ‘n’ roll and to have fun while doing it. It’s such a raw experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything else. I love this band.”

The name definitely captured a relentless and reckless spirit.

“I remembered Donald Trump being called a classless act, and I immediately thought, ‘That would be a great band name’,” recalls Nico. “It fits the sound. It’s hard and heavy rock ‘n’ roll that incorporates many flavors from different styles of music.”

For as much as they uncork raw youthful energy, Classless Act also recognize their roots. It’s the perfect cross-section of sounds.

“It feels quite different and it feels like something new,” says Derek. “From that, I’d say it feels like I’m a part of something that will bring back a power that was long forgotten–simultaneously bringing up a new way to hear a sound. It’s really great!”

About his bandmates, Franco states, “Playing with these guys is one of the most incredible and happiest experiences in my life.”

Dane agrees, “Everyone has a purpose in the band and everyone contributes to their own unique sound and style, which makes the journey all the more invigorating and incredible.”

Ultimately, this Act is about to vault to the head of the class…

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HOW BON JOVI STAYS RELEVANT WITHOUT LOSING ITS ROOTS

Bryan Reesman of Newsday reports:

The group conquered the glam masses in the ’80s, but Bon Jovi has since evolved and ascended to the status of rock royalty. The band’s latest release,This House Is Not for Sale, is its sixth number one album, and the guys were inducted last month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 35 years after being signed to Mercury/PolyGram Records. But when the group headlines two shows at Madison Square Garden on May 9th and 10th, do not expect a nostalgia ride. Bon Jovi has scored plenty more hits since the ’80s, and nearly half of their current sets are post-’90s songs.

“Jon wants to remain relevant, or certainly remain in the public eye and not be a tribute band to themselves,” says Derek Shulman, the former A&R vice president at Mercury who signed the band and helped develop them during the ’80s. Shulman says the group can play so many newer tunes because their fans “are patiently waiting for Livin’ On a Prayer and It’s My Life. And he has a such a huge litany of hit songs.”

“I’ve always felt that one of the really impressive things about what Jon has been able to do is advance his audience,” says Sirius XM host Eddie Trunk. “Whether you like what they do or not now is irrelevant. You have to respect and appreciate the fact that the guy has been able to constantly reinvent himself and the band and keep it relevant,” whether through lineup changes or mixing new music in equal measures into their concerts.”

Trunk notes Bon Jovi’s millennial radio conversion from rock to adult contemporary and the purposeful image shift from ’80s glam to a more mature look, plus the influence of fellow Jersey native Bruce Springsteen in creating a larger ensemble onstage. “He’s built his own E Street Band,” says Trunk. “He uses contemporary producers and different songwriters. He uses producers that aren’t known for making hard rock records. He’s put one of those guys, John Shanks, in the band, so it’s a completely different philosophy.”

Shulman attended the band’s Rock Hall induction last month and a celebratory party organized by Jon’s wife Dorothea that brought together the key players who helped the group achieve their massive success, including former manager Doc McGhee, songwriter Desmond Child and former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such. Child’s husband Curtis Shaw and their twin sons Roman and Nyro (Jon’s godsons) also attended the events.

“The party had these two long tables, it was like ‘Downton Abbey,’ ” says Child, who recently received the ASCAP Founders Award. “It was the most beautiful, perfectly executed event ever. The show was the next day, and everything went flawlessly. I don’t think they’ve played so exuberantly ever. They were so excited.” Child particularly praised the Bon Jovi camp for their gracious treatment of Sambora and Sambora’s partner Orianthi, and he was moved seeing Bon Jovi and Sambora perform onstage again.

Child first made his name writing and learning about arena rock songs with Kiss, then brought that know-how to Bon Jovi and Sambora, with whom he collaborated for over 15 years. “From day one, it was instant chemistry,” says Child. “The combination of the skills of the three of us is killer.”

Shulman enjoyed being around Jon and the band for their celebration, and he says that despite living in a world of billionaires, Jon, not to mention his bandmates, showed humility. “They didn’t forget who they were, what their roots were, and who had helped them over the years,” says Shulman. “That’s very unusual in this business.”

source: newsday.com/entertainment/music

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GEOFF TATE ANNOUNCES “OPERATION: MINDCRIME 30TH ANNIVERSARY” U.S. TOUR DATES

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime, original Queensryche singer Geoff Tate and his band, Operation: Mindcrime, will perform the platinum-selling album (released May 3rd, 1988) from beginning to end in its entirety, along with a set full of greatest hits including Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman.

The “Mindcrime” set will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as Revolution Calling, Operation: Mindcrime, I Don’t Believe In Love and the closing track, Eyes Of A Stranger. As fans might remember, Geoff performed the album in its entirety on tour in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Operation: Mindcrime — one of the most iconic concept albums of all-time — was the album that thrust Geoff Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the international spotlight.

Proving the music has stood the test of time, in 2006, Geoff and his Queensryche bandmates brought the theatrical interpretation of the “Mindcrime” saga to audiences all over the world. In October of that year, an epic performance was filmed and recorded, resulting in Mindcrime At The Moore, an album/DVD set released in July of 2007 that would debut at #1 on the Billboard Music DVD chart. It would mark the band’s first #1 chart debut, quickly selling over 50,000 units, achieving gold status.

In all, Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million albums at the helm of Queenryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. One of those Grammy nominations was for I Don’t Believe In Love (1990, in the new category of Best Metal Performance), a song that appears on the Operation: Mindcrime album.

As for Geoff’s current musical endeavor, his band Operation: Mindcrime has released three albums in three years as part of a trilogy: The Key (September 2015), Resurrection (September 2016) and The New Reality (December 2017).

The band currently on tour features Kieran Robertson from Scotland on guitar, Bruno Sa from Brazil on keyboards, Jack Ross from Scotland on bass, Scott Moughton from Canada on guitar, Josh Watts from England on drums and Geoff Tate’s daughter Emily, who will be singing the parts of Sister Mary. She’s also in the band, Til Death Do Us Part, who are special guests on this tour.

The forthcoming U.S. tour comes hot on the heels of the band’s European trek that began earlier this year, hitting venues in such countries as Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Further 30th-anniversary tour dates in the United States to be announced.

U.S. tour dates:

Jun. 7 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
Jun. 8 – Findlay, OH – All American Rock House
Jun. 9 – Fond du Lac, WI – Lakeside Park
Jun. 10 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Jun. 12 – Amityville, NY – Revolution Bar & Music Hall
Jun. 13 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
Jun. 14 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Jun. 15 – Washington, DC – City Winery
Jun. 16 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Jun. 17 – Lynchburg, VA – Phase 2
Jun. 18 – Warrendale, PA – Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Jun. 19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Jun. 20 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
Jun. 22 – Traverse City, MI – Ground Zero
Jun. 23 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop
Jun. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – The Venue
Jun. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Jun. 27 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub
Jun. 28 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Jun. 29 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
Jun. 30 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Aug. 03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

Aug. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 9 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
Aug. 10 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House Concert Hall
Aug. 11 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave
Aug. 15 – Sacramento, CA – Sofia Center
Aug. 17 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon
Aug. 18 – Santa Clarita, CA – The Canyon
Aug. 19 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose
Aug. 24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW SINGLE, “BRONX BOY,” ALL NEW LP DUE SUMMER 2018

Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member Ace Frehley has released a brand new single today titled Bronx Boy.

The new single is the first track of an all-new, untitled full-length solo LP to be released this summer. Bronx Boy is available on all digital music services starting today.

Listen to the song, below.

Ace online:

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“DISNEY SUPER GUITAR” FEATURING ZAKK WYLDE, PAUL GILBERT, GEORGE LYNCH AND MORE TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 27TH

The new instrumental album Disney Super Guitar features world-famous guitarists Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Tak Matsumoto (B’z), George Lynch (Dokken), Orianthi, and others performing hard-rocking, virtuosic versions of timeless Disney songs.

With cover art depicting Mickey Mouse “shredding” on an electric guitar, Disney Super Guitar releases worldwide on April 27th, through Walt Disney Records. In addition to the guitar stars already listed, the album also features Phil X (Bon Jovi), Ron Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), and Richie Kotzen.

Every song on Disney Super Guitar is a Disney classic updated to appeal to both guitar fans and Disney fans alike, and all songs are powered by a backing band comprising guitarist John Bruno, drummer B.J. Zampa, bassist Chris Vescera, and keyboardist Michael Vescera (Chris’s father), who co-produced the record with the album’s mastermind, renowned producer Death-Rider.

Disney Super Guitar is a natural follow-up to our first guitar-powered Disney release, which was Metal Disney” says Death-Rider. Metal Disney was released in 2017 and peaked at number one on Amazon’s Metal chart. Listen via Spotify here.

The guitar virtuosos on Disney Super Guitar enjoyed re-imagining famous Disney tunes in their own ways. For example, Grammy-winning guitarist Tak Matsumoto, who has sold over 80 million albums with his rock duo, B’z, takes When You Wish Upon a Star to new heights with a soaring, overdriven lead guitar rendition of the main theme — a theme that reappears later in the song as a down-home blues epilogue. “Everyone knows this beautiful melody, and I tried to express it in my own way,” says Matsumoto. “I am so honored to be a part of this album. I hope you enjoy the guitar sound from Fujiyama country!”

Meanwhile, Zakk Wylde gives Beauty and the Beast a brutal metal touch. “Originally, it was a beautiful, dreamy piece,” says Wylde. “Now, it’s a cruel nightmare. I take pride in that.”

Hellfire finds George Lynch performing the song’s main melody note-for-note in some places, yet, at other times, veering off into adventurous guitar approaches. “I mixed in everything from Roy Buchanan and Jeff Beck tricks to pick swipes and vibrato-bar moves,” says Lynch. “I threw in everything but the kitchen sink.”

Paul Gilbert took direct inspiration from the title of the song he chose. “I played electric guitar on Under the Sea,” he says. “To create an under-the-sea sound, I operated my wah-wah pedal as quickly as possible while playing my guitar parts.”

Disney Super Guitar track listing:

1. Zakk Wylde – Beauty and the Beast [Beauty and the Beast] 2. Paul Gilbert – Under the Sea [The Little Mermaid] 3. Tak Matsumoto – When You Wish Upon a Star [Pinocchio] 4. Mike Orlando – A Whole New World [Aladdin] 5. Orianthi – Someday My Prince Will Come [Snow White and the Seven Dwarves] 6. George Lynch – Hellfire [The Hunchback of Notre Dame] 7. Richie Kotzen – Can You Feel the Love Tonight [Lion King] 8. Jeff Watson – Colors of the Wind [Pocahontas] 9. Phil X – Chim Chim Cher-ee [Mary Poppins] 10. Ron Thal – Reflection [Mulan]

Listen on Spotify and to purchase, please visit iTunes and Amazon.

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