AliceCoopertophat Chuck Brennan, CEO of Dollar Loan Center and namesake of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, doesn’t do anything halfway. To celebrate the grand opening of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, the businessman, philanthropist and former music industry executive is planning the biggest entertainment event ever held in Sioux Falls South Dakota and recently added comedian George Lopez to a celebrity-packed week of performances.

Brennan is a native of Sioux Falls and helped develop the academy to serve Boys & Girls Clubs members in the area. After a $250,000 initial donation and commitment to financially support the program for the next 20 years, Brennan enlisted some of his famous friends to help celebrate its grand opening.

The star-studded events kick off with a performance by Night Ranger, one of America’s greatest rock bands, on Tuesday March 26th. World-famous comedians George Lopez and Louie Anderson bring a night of laughter on Wednesday March 27th with help from Rick and Cory Harrison from the hit reality series Pawn Stars. Alice Cooper rocks the house on Thursday March 28th with a little help from rock & roll super-stars including Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS, Robby Krieger of the Doors, Sebastian Bach, and Joey Allen of Warant. The Boys & Girls Club members get their very own rock concert on Saturday afternoon March 30th with 80’s rock tribute sensation Hairball. That same evening Hairball will be joined by Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt to bring down the house.

Tickets are now available at All shows are fundraisers to benefit the Academy and Boys & Girls Club of the Sioux Empire, with a free open house on March 29 that includes facility tours for the public. Sponsorships are also available.

“This will be an experience that has never happened before and will likely never happen again,” said Brennan. “These performers are friends and support my dream of bringing the joys of rock music to kids who would otherwise never be exposed to it. There are so many benefits of music education and I am very grateful that these legendary entertainment icons can help the children of Sioux Falls.”

Alice Cooper, who founded Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation in Phoenix, was on-hand to help Brennan announce the academy’s formation last year. “He has been an incredible mentor and supporter in helping bring the academy to my hometown,” said Brennan. “I grew up just a few blocks from here and know first-hand how important it is for kids to explore their passions and be supported in that,” said Brennan.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy will provide the first ever free music education program for children in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire, focusing on Rock & Roll instruments including guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums and vocals.

“This school will change the lives of many Sioux Falls children. But we can’t do it alone. We need the support of community members to make this into one of the finest Boys & Girls Clubs programs in the country, and a model for other communities.”

Brennan has a lifelong love for Rock & Roll. Before founding Dollar Loan Center in Sioux Falls, Brennan opened and operated one of the largest Rock & Roll concert halls in the Midwest, The Blitz Ballroom. Iconic bands including Joan Jett, Steppenwolf, Quiet Riot and Blue Oyster Cult all graced the stage at the Blitz during Brennan’s ownership of the venue.

Brennan’s company now operates in South Dakota, Nevada, Utah and California and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to community organizations including Opportunity Village and Henderson Little League in Nevada as well as Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.

This year, the company was named a “Best Place to Work” In Southern Nevada by Vegas Inc. magazine. Dollar Loan Center has received several industry awards from their peers forcharitable work. For more information, visit

Grand Opening Schedule Of Events

Tuesday, March 26th 8:30 p.m.:

Night Ranger

One of America’s greatest rock bands, this multi-platinum selling group with hits including Sister Christian, When You Close Your Eyes and the rock anthem (You Can Still) Rock In America kicks off the grand opening events in style.

Wednesday, March 27th 8:30 p.m:

George Lopez and Louie Anderson

George Lopez needs no introduction. He is one of the most famous and incredible comedians in America! Award-winning comedian, author and television star Louie Anderson will share his experiences as growing up one of 11 children. They will be also be joined by reality television phenoms Rick and Corey Harrison from the widely acclaimed History Channel show Pawn Stars.

Thursday, March 28th 8:30 p.m.:

Alice Cooper and special guests

An experience of a lifetime for rock music lovers! Rock legend Alice Cooper rock the house with friends including Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS, Robby Krieger of the doors, Sebastian Bach, and Joey Allen of WARRANT. Come check out your rock star heroes at this epic event. Kory & the Fireflies open.

Friday, March 29th Noon to 10 p.m.:

Rockin’ Open House—Free to the public

The public is invited to see this incredible facility, sign their children up to the Boys and Girls Clubs. There will be free Pizza by Pizza Patrol as well as performances by 5 great regional bands bands. After 5 p.m., only guests 21 and over will be admitted.

Saturday, March 30th 3 p.m.:

Hairball concert for Boys & Girls Clubs members

A free performance exclusively for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire. Popular 80’s Hair Metal tribute band HAIRBALL will give club members an experience of a lifetime with fun and energetic rock show.

Saturday, March 30th 8:30 p.m.:

Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt

Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil is without a doubt one of the most iconic lead singers in rock history selling more than 80 million album copies worldwide. Neil will rock the house with multiplatinum selling singer and songwriter Stephen Pearcy of Ratt. The prolific artists will be joined by HAIRBALL for an evening you won’t forget. Break out the Spandex!

*All performances include dinner and drinks. Maximum four-ticket purchase per person.





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rockagainstms Chevy Metal with members of the Foo Fighters joins the Rock Against MS Benefit Concert at the Whisky A Go-Go scheduled for March 27th.

The event hosted by Bob Coburn & Gary Moore of 95.5 KLOS with also feature Marky Ramone, Glenn Hughes, Lemmy, John 5, Blasko (OZZY), Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steven Adler, Kenny Aronoff, Gilby Clarke, Brian Tichy, Ginger (Rob Zombie), Piggy D, Tommy Victor, Phil Buckman (Filter), Brent Scallions (Fuel), Jack Russell, Jeff Pilson, Teddy Zigzag, Tim Kong (Soil), Jeff Bowders, Jeff Young, Chas West
and a huge surprise guest!


Meet and greet: 6:00 PM – Must have purchased this ticket – Photo only, not a signing
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

Pre-sale tickets:

$35 General
$100-Meet and Greet/general admission
$150-VIP Pass/Meet and Greet-Limited 50 Tickets Only

Purchase online at Ticketfly.

Day of tickets:

$40 General
$110-Meet and Greet/general admission
$175-VIP Pass/Meet and Greet-If Available

** Tickets that include the Meet & Greet – Please note that the Meet & Greet is at 6pm Pre-show during sound check! You will be escorted in and out. PHOTO ONLY – not signing.

To listen to an interview with John 5 and Glenn Hughes discussing the event, please click here.

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JasonNewsted Carlos Ramirez of Noisecreep reports:

Jason Newsted is in the fourth decade of his career as a full-time musician and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. “I’m spending 90 minutes a night on my Facebook page answering each and every message I get there from the fans. I’m a people person. It’s been great reconnecting with the fans on a one-to-one basis again like I used to do back in the day,” the bassist recently said during a conversation about the Metal EP, the debut from his Newsted band, which also features drummer Jesus Mendez Jr., guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and newest member, Staind axeman Mike Mushok.

Even though he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 for his work in Metallica, Newsted told Noisecreep he approached his new Metal EP with a garage band type of attitude. “I demoed these songs on my iPad. I love the immediacy of this material, and the iPad helped me capture the ideas as they hit me. At this point in my career, I don’t sit around and play scales till an idea strikes me. I wait for a good idea to channel through me and then record it.

I remember when I was in Metallica, my tech would have to lug around 7 road cases to each hotel room with my basses, road cases, mixing board, power amps, and a bunch of other crap. That’s why I love the compactness of the iPad and the freedom it gives me to record stuff wherever I am. It’s part of the reason a song like Soldierhead has teeth.”

Growing up in Michigan in the ’70s, Newsted was exposed to great hard rock and heavy metal from an early age. “Ted Nugent was huge for me as a kid. He was a God to us in Michigan. My first concert was Nugent when I was 12. His bassist back then was a guy named Rob Grange and he’s still a hero to me. KISS were this bigger than life thing back then, and since I was still so young, I loved that about them. After that, I discovered the small import section at my local record store and found Motörhead. That was a big moment for me. But when it comes down to it, Black Sabbath were my biggest teachers in all of this.”

With Staind’s Mushok in his band now, and the Metal EP garnering great reviews across the globe, Newsted said he doesn’t regret leaving Metallica in 2001. “I was second-guessed by a lot of people when I left Metallica, but my family was always supportive. I remember thinking to myself when I would hear all of the negative second-guessing from folks that didn’t even know me, ‘You weren’t there. You haven’t walked in my shoes. And really, you don’t know how much money I’ve saved either.’ [laughs].

It’s been 12 years since I called the meeting with Metallica to tell them I was out. All these years later, here we are talking about my new record. I feel like a kid again. I’m making a fresh start, and that’s quite an accomplishment. I’m in a band that I love that is going to be touring again. Metallica is still huge, but most importantly, James [Hetfield] is sober, stronger than ever and he’s got a beautiful family that he cares about. We’ve accomplished all of those things and now all of the dust is settled between us. We got to jam again at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and that was an amazing feeling. We’re business partners forever, and we have a great history together. It’s a beautiful thing.”

The Metal EP is available now on iTunes and CD. Watch Newsted’s video for Soldierhead below.


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IRON MAIDEN ft Lauderdale 2010 Iron Maiden will release Maiden England 88, a new, remastered, bonus-filled edition of their classic 1989 VHS, on March 25th. View a clip of the band performing Wasted Years below.

Filmed across two sold-out nights at Birmingham N.E.C Arena, UK in November 1988 during the band’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son World Tour, disc one contains the concert itself, which has been upgraded and extended from the existing and now includes three previously unreleased encores: Running Free, Run To The Hills and Sanctuary. Disc two features a bonus documentary that includes interviews with Maiden and their manager, Rod Smallwood, as well as a bonus bonus documentary,Twelve Wasted Years and five promo videos.

Maiden England 88 track listing:

Disc one – Maiden England ’88:

The Evil That Men Do
The Prisoner
Still Life
Die With Your Boots On
Infinite Dreams
Can I Play With Madness
Heaven Can Wait
Wasted Years
The Clairvoyant
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
The Number Of The Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden
Run To The Hills*
Running Free*
*previously unreleased.

Disc Two – The History of Iron Maiden Part 3

12 Wasted Years documentary
Wasted Years promo video
Stranger In A Strange Land promo video
Can I Play With Madness promo video
The Evil That Men Do promo video
The Clairvoyant promo video


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Little Caesar have released a video for Dirty Water, the latest single from their recent album, American Dream. Watch it below.

Best known for their cover of the Aretha Franklin classic Chain Of Fools (see video below), Little Caesar — consisting of Ron Young (vocals), Loren Molinare (guitar), Joey Brasler (guitar), Fidel Paniagua (bass) and Tom Morris (drums) — are getting to ready to embark on a tour of Europe in June.

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whitesnake Whitesnake have released a video for Fool For Your Loving, taken from the band’s forthcoming CD/DVD package Made In Japan, and it can be viewed below.

The new DVD/live CD package will be release on April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the Loud Park festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their Forevermore World Tour. The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

Made In Japan‘ contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, Forevermore, as well as classic hits such as Is This Love”, Still Of The Night and Here I Go Again. The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning ‘Forevermore’ album that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos.

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