THE COLLECTION OF LEGENDARY ROCK ICON RONNIE MONTROSE OFFERED AT CHARITY AUCTION

ronniemontrose400 Legendary rock icon Ronnie Montrose has been called the “Father of American Hard Rock,” an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. For the first time fans of Ronnie Montrose will have the opportunity to bid on a vast array of instruments, personal items and memorabilia from the late genius’ musical life which will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Highlights of the Montrose Collection at Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming Icons & Idols: Rock N’ Roll event include an extraordinary array of Ronnie Montrose’s personal guitars, played on stage and part of his unprecedented place in rock history. It also includes personal items, stage and studio equipment and memorabilia.

Luthier CJ Hutchins describes Ronnie Montrose’s 1997 Baker B2 “The Beast” guitar which is offered in the auction as “a very special guitar.” Hutchins tells the story of how for years Montrose’s sound was produced by a Gibson Les Paul that sadly was stolen off stage. Since Ronnie was more comfortable with a 25.5 scale length and a 17/8” nut width, he pretty much quit playing Gibson Les Pauls and Gene Baker made him “The Beast” to bring back the power into Ronnie’s arsenal. He added that “this was the go to guitar for a Les Paul that’s more Les Paul than a Les Paul.” (Estimate: $5,500-$6.500)

“Flat Top Red – If ever there was a man’s alter ego, Flat Top Red was it! If I had a dollar for everytime I heard the opening riff from “Rock Candy” played on a stage somewhere in the world, well, you get the idea,” said Ronnie’s luthier CJ Hutchins. He added “The Beast was much sweeter but Flat Top Red has more throat. He used it everywhere for nearly everything. He loved it so much; in fact, he had Gene make a clone of it, only in blue which he named “Blue Dog.”This very special guitar offered at auction is estimated at $5,000-$5,500.

Hutchins also explains the Bogner Shiva and how he would describe Ronnie changing guitar rigs like he changed his socks. Montrose was always looking for the elusive ratio between headroom and distortion and how the FX loop was engineered was also vital to him. He personally modified that part of the amp to make it more clean and less reactive to his tone, in other words more transparent. The Shiva was all he used at home, in the studio and on stage. “Gamma 4” was recorded with the Shiva. The custom modified amp will also be offered at auction with an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Other highlights include a Ronnie Montrose owned, played and personally modified 1963 Fender Stratocaster (Estimate: $15,000-$17,000), a Ronnie Montrose 2003 Taylor 712 CE guitar which he used as his main acoustic performance guitar (Estimate: $3,000-$3,500), original Montrose handwritten lyrics (Estimate: $1,000-$1,200), a Ronnie Montrose owned and played 1994 Fender Stratocaster “Skinny” model guitar (Estimate: $6,000-$7,000), a 1943 Gibson J4 “The Old Boy” guitar (Estimate: $6,000-$7,000), a Ronnie Montrose Custom MOOG System (Estimate: $800-$1,000), a Ronnie Montrose 1980’s SHO-BUD pedal steel (Estimate: $1,200-$1,400), a 2002 Baker BJ “Montrose” model guitar (Estimate:$4,000-$4,500) and much more. The full selection of Ronnie Montrose items can be viewed at www.juliensauctions.com. Once at the site you can click “flip catalog” and view all of the items.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to Sweet Relief, an organization that provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. For more information go to www.sweetrelief.org/news/ronnie-montrose.

“Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is thrilled to have been chosen by Leighsa Montrose as a beneficiary for the sale of Ronnie Montrose’s gear. We look forward to being able to honor Ronnie’s legacy by continuing to provide help to musicians in need who are suffering from Cancer, MS, Diabetes, Depression and other debilitating ailments. It is generosity like this that allows us to do our work in a real and meaningful way,” Bill Bennett, President of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Ronnie Montrose created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song Wild Nights during his time with Van Morrison. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger mark with his catch heavy-handed riffs on songs like Free Ride and “em>Frankenstein. It was his self-titled release Montrose that would become his iconic moment and a cornerstone of American hard rock. This release in 1973 gave fans such classics as Rock Candy, Space Station #5 and Rock the Nation. It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless others. His musical journey led him to the creation of GAMMA where he crafted songs like Voyager, Thunder and Lightning and Ready for Action. Known for always reinventing himself through his ownself-inflicted creative challenges he ventured through a brief instrumental period and brought the world Open Fire and Town without Pity.

“Ronnie was a force of nature and in his time here on this earth, he followed his own true north, making the music that came from his heart and inspired
millions. He was never afraid to step off the beaten path, and take the direction that his instinct told him to follow,” said his wife Leighsa Montrose. “He fully understood his gifts, and constantly pushed himself to evolve, improve, and make better music. He did this for himself, and he did this for you because he adored and appreciated his fans. I can only hope that youwill choose to celebrate Ronnie’s life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing. Ronnie would have wanted it that way. He loved being a guitarist, a composer, a producer, and a creator of magic. Please keep his energy, his joy, and his love in your hearts.”

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JUST CALL HIM DR. IOMMI, BLACK SABBATH GUITARIST RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE

TonyIommibig Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has received an honorary degree.

The founder member of the Birmingham heavy metal band was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University.

He said it was a “great honor” to receive the doctorate and thanked the university for his nomination.

The honorary degree was “in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music”, the university said.

It recognized “his role as one of the founding fathers of heavy metal music and his status as one of the industry’s most influential figures”.

Iommi said: “It’s brilliant. I couldn’t believe it.”

He planned to head straight from the graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral to join Black Sabbath in Helsinki for the start of their latest European tour.

He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during his career.

Other high-profile recipients of honorary degrees from the university included artist George Shaw, whose depictions of Coventry’s Tile Hill landscape have won him a Turner Prize nomination.

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source: bbc.co.uk

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JAKE E.LEE’S RED DRAGON CARTEL TO RELEASE THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT ON FRONTIERS RECORDS

jakeeleeband2013600 The newest band ready to take aim at the creative void in the hard rock world, Red Dragon Cartel, are set to release their debut album through Frontiers Records. The self-titled debut by the band made up of guitar legend Jake E. Lee, bassist Ronnie Mancuso, singer D.J. Smith and drummer Jonas Fairley is set for release on January 24th in Europe and January 28th in North America.

Jake E. Lee is best known for his work in Badlands and as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne on Bark at the Moon and The Ultimate Sin albums. Red Dragon Cartel also features various guest appearances from some of music’s most notable faces including legendary Cheap Trick vocalist Robin Zander, original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, Kill Devil Hill/Pantera bassist Rex Brown, Slash’s Conspirators Todd Kearns and Brent Fitz and In This Moment front woman Maria Brink. The album was produced by Ronnie Mancuso and Jake E. Lee and was executive produced, mixed and mastered by Kevin Churko (In This Moment, Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch).

From the opening riff of Deceived to final sustained piano chord of Exquisite Tenderness, it is clear Red Dragon Cartel has created an album that stands amongst some of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Infectious songs such as Shout It Out, Wasted and Slave showcase the band’s ability to write memorable hooks and vocal melodies. Robin Zander of Cheap Trick lends his voice to the track Feeder and Maria Brink of In This Moment lends her unique vocals to the track Big Mouth. Paul Di’Anno and Sass Jordan also lend their talents to the band’s debut. Jake E. Lee’s trademark playing style instantly shines through and picks up right where he left off. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon or digitally on iTunes that comes with an instant download of Deceived.

The track listing for Red Dragon Cartel is:

1. Deceived
2. Shout It Out
3. Feeder with Robin Zander
4. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
5. Wasted with Paul Di’Anno
6. Slave
7. Big Mouth with Maria Brink
8. War Machine
9. Redeem Me with Sass Jordan
10. Exquisite Tenderness

The band will be bringing these new powerhouse songs on the road playing a handful of dates in the US before embarking on a full tour in 2014. Tickets are currently on-sale and all information can be found on the band’s website.

December 12th – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
December 14th – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater (Support of Queensryche)
December 15th – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
December 20th – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d

For more information, please visit the following sites:

reddragoncartel.com
facebook.com/reddragoncartel
twitter.com/reddragoncartel

Watch the lyric video for the song, Feeder, featuring Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, below.

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RUSH DECIDE TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF

rush400pix Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Rush is giving its fans plenty of fourth quarter treats this year including a new live a new live CD/DVD a box set and a long-desired remixed version of its 2002 album Vapor Trails. Also, guitarist Alex Lifeson is hoping that will be enough to tide them over while the Canadian trio takes a break.

We’ve committed to taking about a year off,” Lifeson tells Billboard. “We all agreed when we finished this [Clockwork Angels] tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren’t going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that’s going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That’s the minimum. We haven’t stopped or quit. Right now, we’re just relaxing. We’re taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment.”

Since being inducted into Rock N’ Roll Hall of fame, the Rush guitarist was happy to cast a ballot for this year’s nominees.

“I put my votes in,” says Lifeson, whose impromptu “blah, blah, blah” speech was a highlight of the 2012 induction ceremony. “Certainly with Deep Purple and Yes and Nirvana, I think they’re all candidates, and I think KISS deserves to be in there, too. We have lots of great memories of working together with them, and I think they’ve been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard. I think for all the indifference we had before, actually going through it and feeling the love in the room and the sense of community we felt with all the other musicians that are in there, it’s a good thing provided it’s inclusive and it’s broad.”

Read more at Billboard.

source: billboard.com

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THE EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR 2014 TO FEATURE ZAKK WYLDE, JONNY LANG AND MORE

ExperienceHendrixLogo630 The Experience Hendrix Tour, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix that began in 1995, will return in 2014, reports Radio.com.

The tribute tour will feature such artists as Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, Jonny Lang and many more.

Running at a little over three weeks, Experience Hendrix will begin March 11th in Dallas, Texas, with an end at Detroit’s Fox Theater on April 3rd.

Wylde and Ana Popovic are the tour’s rookies, while the rest of the roster have played the circuit in some incarnation or form in years past. Experience Hendrix began in 1995 as the Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival at Bumbershoot. A full list of dates can be found below.

Experience Hendrix dates:

March 11 – Dallas, Texas – Verizon Theater
March 13 – St. Louis, Mo. – Fox Theater
March 14 – Chicago, Ill. – Chicago Theater
March 15 – Ames, Iowa – Stephens Auditorium
March 16 – Milwaukee, Wisc. – Riverside Theater
March 18 – Louisville, Ky. – Whitney Hall
March 19 – Charleston, W. Va. – Clay Center
March 20 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Benedum Theater
March 21 – Glenside, Pa. – Keswick Theater
March 22 – Atlantic City N.J. – Harrahs
March 23 – Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
March 25 – Red Bank, N.J. – Count Basie Theater
March 28 – Albany, N.Y. – Palace Theater
March 29 – Waterbury, Conn. – Palace Theater
March 30 – Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Theater
April 1 – Buffalo, N.Y. – Center of Arts
April 2 – Northfield, Ohio – Hard Rock Theater
April 3 – Detroit, Mich. – Fox Theater

For more information, please visit www.experiencehendrixtour.com.

additional source: billboard.com

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KISS THEMED TALK SHOW, “THREE SIDES OF THE COIN” INTERVIEW EDDIE TRUNK, CHAT POSTED HERE

eddiestudio Three Sides Of The Coin, a KISS talk show, co-hosted by Michael Brandvold (of Michael Brandvold Marketing), Mitch Lafon (rock journalist) and Tommy Sommers recently celebrated their 50th episode with special guest, Eddie Trunk. For over two and a half hours, the four delved into Trunk’s start in the music business at Megaforce Records, the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, his love and support of influential guitar hero Ace Frehley, his thoughts about the current KISS line-up, his sometimes shaky relationship with KISS frontman Paul Stanley and much more.

“There will be, very soon, a version of KISS with no original members,” muses Trunk about the band’s near future. “Nobody went to a KISS show in the ‘70s and said ‘I hope I catch a guitar pick from Spaceman tonight’. It was ‘I can’t wait for Ace’s guitar to smoke,’ stated Trunk about the band’s current branding. ‘It didn’t say bass by the Demon on KISS – Alive! It said Gene Simmons. They were the people,” added Trunk emphatically. When speaking of his personal relationship with affable KISS icon, Paul Stanley, Trunk declared, “Paul has always been hot and cold with me.” As for Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, Trunks says, “they are great musicians. I have no problem with Tommy and Eric. I don’t begrudge them at all for doing this.” Voicing his opinion on the different line-up changes, Trunk throws out, “I’ll never forget hearing Animalize for the first time, I was like ‘Oh, my God – KISS has a shredder in the band (Mark St. John)’ and it was exciting because it was different. That, to me, made line-up changes exciting,” and adds, “one of the beautiful things about being a KISS fan, I think, is that throughout their whole history every record was a different turn. Unmasked was a power-pop record, The Elder was a concept record, Creatures (Of The Night) was an all out metal record; whether or not you like these records is irrelevant. They took these different turns. You had all these different variations.” As for KISS’ being included on the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame’s ballot this year, Trunk says clearly that, “as KISS fans we have fought the perception for years that KISS is nothing, but a manufactured joke that can’t play their instruments or write songs. What’s offensive to me is that we’re here over ten years after they first became eligible and still trying to figure out if they should get in. They should have gone in the first time they were eligible.”

Watch the full interview below.

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