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THE OX AND THE LOON 4/24/2014 HOUSE OF BLUES

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50 years ago today, The Who had a gig.  20 years ago this week, the House of Blues on Sunset opened its doors.   Tonight, at the House of Blues, Brian Tichy created a marvelous show that paid tribute to Keith Moon and John Entwistle – the powerhouse rhythm section of The Who.  Like any Tichy show, this was a lot of great music to digest at once.  It was another historic event of great jamming by some top musicians. 

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The Natal drum set for the show was fantastic.   So pretty.

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Packed with an incredible list of top musicians, the show went on for hours with bass player after bass player, drummer after drummer and included many surprises, such as  the Drummer Achievement going to Kenny Aronoff and the Bass Award to Lemmy from Motorhead. 

 

Dave Lombardo and Dug Pinnick

GOING MOBILE

The Kids Are Alright

My Generation

SQUEEZE BOX:

VERONICA BELLINO AND JAMES LoMENZO:

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ACE:

BRIAN AND CHAD:

PHIL SOUSSAN:

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MIKE AND BILLY:

 

End of show:

PHIL CHEN:

MP AND STEPHEN PERKINS:

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QUICK THOUGHTS ON THE GOLDEN GODS AWARDS LAST NIGHT 4/23/2014

I watched the show on my computer while I chugged beer. 

WORST 4 HOURS I’ve ever spent ON THE INTERNET

The “Black Carpet” segment has awful.  I could tell by the lack or coordination and all the drunken attendees and participants that the show was going to be a mess. 

Some of the low/ funny points-

People not even moving to Slayer playing.   That was sad to watch.  The room looked pretty empty when the camera panned the wrong way.

The TV production was awful.  Everything went wrong.   All the acts were announced and then there were long periods of silence.  It seemed tremendously unrehearsed.

Zakk Wylde’s hideous piano ballad.  Honoring people is good, but Jani Lane was never in Motorhead and this song sucked. 

Billy Sheehan announcing Paul Gray as the winner of the best bassist award.

Deep Purple winning the comeback of the year.  Very “JEthro Tull-ish” (BTW, both of those bands rule, but wrong crowd).

It was silent before Suicide Silence played.  During their awful performance, they should just have stayed silent or been muted.  That new singer sucks.  It takes zero talent to sing and play music like that.  Zero.

Unfunny comedians.   There wasn;t anything that was amusing in the way of intentional comedy.  Unintentional on the other hand…

The long pauses between the presenters and performers were great.  Crickets chirping.

On the stream, there wasn’t anyone cheering in the crowd noise for any of the nominees.   It was probably that way live, too.

People that weren;t quite sober:  Ace Frehley, Marilyn Manson, Chuck Zito, Bam Margera, Andy Dick and most other people on camera.

“Most Metal Athlete” – horrible category.  Josh Barnett is cool, but he was an embarrassment.  And he recently got KTFOed.

Two less than good version of “I Hate Myself for Living You”.  I HATE MSELF FOR WATCHING YOU!

How I managed to stay awake through all of this is still something I can’t figure out.

At this point, my head hit the keyboard. 

When I woke from my coma, I watched the footage of GnR this morning.  Poor AXL.   at least the horribly out of tune guitar on “Sweet Child Of Mine” matched the vocals.   GnR was a great live band a few years ago and all the musicians still play the songs great and do a phenomenal job (minus the tuning of that one guitar).   

The video screen behind the drummer was really cool, but everything in front of it needed help.  I feel bad for the audience.

SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER screening THE GRAMMY MUSEUM 4/22/2014

It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to attend the screening of SUPER DUPER ALICE COOPER at The Grammy Museum

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After meeting up with the inimitable Shiny Diamond (one of the best concerts buddies on the planet), we took our place in line on the second floor of the Grammy Museum just outside the Clive Davis theater and waited for the doors to open for the screening of the “SHOCK DOC” about Alice Cooper. 

With the Ringo Starr exhibit still on display on the second floor (it’s nearing its closing date), a few people in line joined up in the vocal booth for an incredible rendition of “Yellow Submarine”.   It was too funny.

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Once inside the theater, we grabbed seats near the front.  Scott Goldman from the Grammy Museum came out and introduced producer Sam Dunn and director Reginald Harkema from Banger Films, who, as of late, have been making some really great rock/metal documentaries (Rush, Iron Maiden, Metal Evolution/collections of bands of related musical genres, etc.).

Not knowing what to expect, the movie was a pleasant surprise.  From Alice’s high school days to explaining how the “Alice Cooper” concept came about and up to becoming the master of shock rock was quite entertaining, as was the way the film incorporated the “Jeckyl and Hyde” theme in between segments , which represents the battle between Vince and Alice.

 

The narration of the film was fantastic (including commentary from Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider) and the way that pictures worked with the story really made it come to life.   

The story itself got deep, as it chronicled the alcohol and drug abuse during Alice’s career and gave a lot of insight into the man, his personal life and what he went through in playing the role of madman rock star.  It was very entertaining throughout the 97 minutes.  The most difficult part to watch was seeing a very drugged out Alice during an interview with Tom Snyder.  It was pretty sad to see.

The segments containing pictures and footage of Frank Zappa is extraordinary.  In addition to the normal pictures you would expect to see, there was a lot of extremely rare footage to enjoy – some which Alice had never seen prior to the movie.   The unique way the movie was edited made the pictures and scenes dance on the screen.   And the stories told throughout the movie were honest and some were also very funny.

From the die-hard Alice fan that wants to relive the times in his life to the casual and soon-to-be Alice fans, this is definitely a great movie to check out and you can see the passion and hard work of the filmmakers. 

Once the movie ended, there was a Q&A moderated by Mr. Goldman with Alice answering questions from the panel and the audience. 

 

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Many of the people in attendance were friends and family of Alice.   Members of KISS (Eric Singer and Bruce Kulick), Alice’s Former and current band lineup (including Kane Roberts, Orianthi and Glen Sobel), Dee Snider, some of the GTOs and other rock royalty were on all on hand to be a part of the event. 

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Diamond with Calico Cooper and Orianthi on the way out of the event.

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Shiny with Pamela Des Barres (I got to tell her that I LOVED her book “I’m With The Band” – it was one of my favorite reads from high school, along with The Real Frank Zappa ) and Mercury GTO. 

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Dee Snider rocking with Shiny Diamond!!

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Scott Goldman from the Grammy Museum out front with Diamond.

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It was pretty funny that the LA Kings game was letting out at the conclusion of the show.   Most of the fans looked sad and were walking with their heads down, so we assumed the Kings lost.  

As hundreds and hundreds of hockey fans passed by and a very small number of people realized that Richie Sambora and Orianthi were just standing out in front of the museum. 

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Alice barely got mobbed on his way out, either.  He stopped to take a picture with Diamond and he checked out the picture we took backstage at his show at the Gibson last June.  Alice liked it.

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It was a lot of fun to be able to chat about the film afterwards.  We got to hear some good inside scoops from Sam and Scot and see the pride and passion in what it took to make the movie.       

The doc is showing in Hollywood next Wednesday 4/30.  Go see it if you can. (more theater dates are on the website).

STEEL PANTHER HOUSE OF BLUES HAVING A THREESOME FINAL SHOW HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET 4/21/2014 HAL SPARKS JOEY FATONE

 

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STEEL PANTHER HAL SPARKS AND JOEY FATONE PARTY ALL DAY House of Blues Sunset 4/21/2014

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GLORY HOLE:

TOMORROW NIGHT:

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PHIL CHEN BRIAN TICHY CHAS WEST ROWAN ROBERTSON ROBBY KRIEGER JAMES LoMENZO BRENT WOODS LITA FORD CHERIE CURRIE LUCY’S 51 4/19/2014

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Sadly, Lucy’s 51 is about done.   Fritz Coleman MC’ed bass legend Phil Chen’s show with many special guests.    Fritz is a certified bad ass.   Close to 3 years ago, he opened the show with an excellent comedy routine at a Ray Manzarek (RIP) concert in Thousand Oaks, CA.   I always liked Fritz on the new, but he was my favorite after his hilarious routine. 

Fritz talked about his old TV show (IT’S FRTIZ!), where Phil was the bass player, Laurence Juber was the guitar player and Bruce Gary was the drummer.

Joined by Brian Tichy, Brent Woods and Rowan Robertson (formerly of DIO and current Billy Ray Cyrus and DC-4 guitarist), the music started with Freeway Jam by Jeff Beck (Phil was the bassist on that)  

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They were also joined by Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Chas West, who belted out some Rod Stewart tunes (also originally played by Phil). 

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Robby Krieger joined in and rocked some songs from The Doors with excellent playing by Kit Potamkin from Wild Child on keyboard and James LoMenzo did some harmonica and bass as well.   Robby sang some tunes by himself and then had a few guest vocalists join in.   The evening ended with some Led Zeppelin songs (and a Black Sabbath tune – perhaps more) by The Moby Dicks (West, LoMenzo, Woods and Tichy).   

 

BYE BYE, Lucy’s 51.

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FULL LINE-UP: ROBERT TRUJILLO, ACE FREHLEY, CHAD SMITH, ONI LOGAN, DUG PINNICK and Others ADDED TO;THE OX AND THE LOON CELEBRATION OF KEITH MOON and JOHN ENTWISTLE THE WHO HOUSE OF BLUES 4/24/2014

Heavy Metal Hill

Members of Metallica, KISS, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slayer, Foreigner, Rod Stewart & Poison to Salute The Who’s Keith Moon & John Entwistle: “The Ox & The Loon”

Tichy/Sutton Productions, creators of the highly popular shows “Bonzo Bash”: A salute to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham & “Randy Rhoads Remembered” bring you another night of star-studded rock n’ roll lunacy at House of Blues Sunset Strip featuring a celebration of The Who’s Keith Moon & John Entwistle.

April 24th, 2014 – A night of Rhythmic Lunacy Celebrating The Who’s Entwistle & Moon

“Keith Moon is hands-down one of my biggest drum heroes…not only the way he played, but the way he PERFORMED!” – Mike Portnoy [Winery Dogs, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold]

West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

On Thurs, Apr. 24th, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Tichy/Sutton Productions mount the first “The Ox & The…

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KISS TRIBUTE ‘MR. SPEED’ ON THE SEASON FINALE OF AXS TV’S ‘THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS’ APRIL 21

TRIBUTE BANDS 2014

TUNE IN ALERT…
DON’T MISS KISS TRIBUTE ‘MR. SPEED’ ON THE SEASON FINALE OF AXS TV’S
‘THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS’ APRIL 21 AT 11pE/8pP

The Hour-Long Live Concert Series Also Features “Los Angeles KISS Arena Football” Dance Team the “LA KISS Girls” on Stage During the Show

LOS ANGELES – April 16, 2014 – The third season of AXS TV’s THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS wraps up next week with a live concert performance by KISS tribute band Mr. Speed Monday, April 21 at 11pE/8pP. During the hour-long concert performance, the Los Angeles KISS arena football team’s LA KISS Girls dance team will perform on stage as a featured guest.

Broadcast live from the famed Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS also offers its live concert experience for free to fans in the Los Angeles area who wish to attend the show. Along with their…

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MR. SPEED to pay tribute to KISS on AXS TV’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands on April 21

MR. SPEED will pay tribute to KISS in the season finale of the third season of The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands Hosted by Katie Daryl on April 21. 

MR. SPEED is nearing the 20 year mark as a band paying tribute to KISS.    Founding member Rich Kosak (the “Paul Stanley” in the band) remembers becoming a KISS fan in winter of 1976, as he was “Drawn in by their “overall mystique”. 

The makings of the group started with two buddies that met at a record store and ended up playing KISS songs together on guitar.  When they made considerable progress in tackling the songs, they took the next step and put a band together.  Rich says, “I have found refuge in KISS since the first time I saw the commercial for the KISS radio on television. I was lucky enough to have been born at a time when they were riding high on the initial wave of stardom in the ’70’s and I was there.   I’ve been infected with it ever since and I still take tremendous pride in being first and foremost a fan..”  

Interestingly enough, the formation of what was to become MR. SPEED was inspired by the guys seeing a KISS tribute band in Metal Edge, a popular heavy metal magazine.  That particular band was called “Cold Gin”, which, at the time, happened to have the long-time and current KISS guitarist/collaborator, Tommy Thayer, playing the role of Ace Frehley.

MR. SPEED’s first show took place on June 24, 1994 in Pittsburgh, PA, and, to their surprise, the place was literally overflowing with people from the stage to the front door of the venue.

To date, the current members of the band have seen KISS a combined 130 times and they’ve enjoyed a rather storied career for a tribute band.  MR. SPEED’s hard work and effort has paid off with numerous, achievements, accomplishments and pleasant surprises.

Their largest show to date was in the base area of Ohio where they performed to a crowd of 5,000, which is an exhilarating experience for any band, let alone the opportunity to play live on national TV.  

They also make appearances at the large KISS EXPOs that attract thousands of members of “The KISS Army” – the largest fan club of any band out there.  With KISS’ incredible fan base of crazed fans, a tribute to the band may be the most meaningful of all tributes.  Rich describes the KISS Army members as “Fanatical, passionate, dedicated, enthusiastic and proud.”

At various expos and regular shows,  Mr. Speed has performed the first three albums in their entirety (Kiss (1974) Hotter Than Hell (1974)Dressed to Kill (1975)   During their career, they have also performed Revenge, Creatures, Asylum, Carnival Of Souls and they’ve even performed Rock And Roll Over as complete albums and have performed as many as 35 songs in a single show. “Those were marathon shows, but we learned what we were capable of and became better as a result of it.”

MR. SPEED was one of several tribute bands that were mentioned and shown by Gene Simmons on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels.  “It was a great feeling to know that we were a blip on the radar that is KISS.”

While playing the KISS Coffeehouse anniversary show in Myrtle Beach in 2007, the band was told there was a possibility that Ace Frehley would get up and jam with them.  Sure enough, at the very end of the show, Ace got up onstage to thank the crowd for attending.  He then turned to the band and said “let’s play a little number called ‘Shock Me’”.

Kozak describes it as “mind blowing” and “a dream come true”:

“I remember having a feeling of respect for him on stage, not wanting to get too close so that the fans could take photos of him without me in them.
When it was over I did get a great photo of us together as we ended the song. He began to walk off of the stage and turned and looked at me over his shoulder. He stopped and approached me extending his right hand. We shook hands and hugged.”

In addition to getting to jam with Ace, they have also shared the stage with rock icons Bruce and Bob Kulick, as well as current drummer, Eric Singer.

“I’ve always wanted to be considered by the band to be a legitimate tribute to them. Over the years, we’ve met just about everyone that has been in KISS. I always make it a point to thank them, especially the original members for allowing us to keep our tribute going. When KISS decided to mass produce the different Halloween costumes, they opened the door for anyone that ever thought of being in a KISS tribute to give it a shot. Each one of us has to start somewhere, but I can tell you that MR.SPEED does what we do out of complete respect for the legend that is KISS.”

They work hard and show massive amounts of dedication in putting on their concerts.   Not only do they oversee all of the making of their costumes for their shows, they travel with two large vehicles pulling trailers to shows and have driven as far away as Georgia and flown as far away as Puerto Rico to pay tribute to KISS.

Kosak emphasizes that “Since Day One, MR.SPEED has been about the music.  Anyone can wear make up and a Halloween costume and call themselves a KISS tribute band, but we have always said that if you close your eyes, we want it to sound like what you know KISS to sound like.   If you open your eyes, we want it to remind you of a time in your life when you saw KISS.   Whether it was in concert, in a magazine, on television or wherever.”

Collectively, MR. SPEED’s favorite KISS albums are Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun.  Some of their favorite songs include “Thou Shalt Not”, “Hell Or Hallelujah”, “Magic Touch” and their favorites to play are “Unholy”, “Tomorrow And Tonight”, “The Oath” and “Danger”.

Rich says, “We have always taken pride in performing songs like “Hooligan” or “Unholy”, “Shandi” or “Talk To Me”.….. and pushing ourselves to do ‘Got Love For Sale’ for that one fan that will walk away saying ‘I can’t believe that they played that’ is what we’ve always been about. 

Rich was at the filming of the movie “Detroit Rock City” (BTW, that’s a great movie if you’ve never seen it…. good soundtrack, too) in Hamilton, ONT. He didn’t make it on to the screen, but he was there and has some really cool memories of the day.

When asked about KISS merchandise/ memorabilia , Rich said, “I find myself trying to acquire the vintage items from the ’70’s that I never owned.”  His most cherished Kiss memorabilia is a bloody towel from the ALIVE II Tour in Pittsburgh and a framed Paul Stanley poster on which he signed “DO ME PROUD”.

“With MR.SPEED you will get a performance that is from the heart. This show will be the very first show that we perform in our brand new Love Gun costumes.  We take great pride in helping to create our own costumes as opposed to wearing something that comes from a bag.”

“I’ve always wanted to be considered by the band to be a legitimate tribute to them. Over the years we’ve met just about everyone that has been in KISS. I always make it a point to thank them, especially the original members for allowing us to keep our tribute going.  When KISS decided to mass produce the different Halloween costumes they opened the door for anyone that ever thought of being in a KISS tribute to give it a shot.  MR.SPEED does what we do out of complete respect for the legend that is KISS.”

The band has also been joined onstage by Robbie Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls, who pinned a MR. SPEED flyer on his shirt and sang “Cold Gin” with the band and recently, Simon Kirke from Bad Company and Chip Z’Nuff from Enuff Z’nuff attended their Valentine’s Day show in Chicago at the Hard Rock in support of the City Of Hope campaign.
“We never know who we might meet or whose life we might impact with our tribute. We had some pretty amazing experiences over the years happen between ourselves and our fans…we’re very grateful to each and every one of them.”


Rich lives less than an hour from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has visited it many times over the years.  MR. SPEED even performed at a gathering a few years back just outside the Hall where fans staged a march to make KISS inductees.

Needless to say, MR. SPEED  happy that KISS is now a part of the inductees to the hall and Rich says “maybe soon enough there will finally be something wicked cool to go see there.”

When asked about the newly formed LA Kiss football team, Rich said, “What’s not to love? It seems like great entertainment all around. I love the helmets that the team wears and it’s another opportunity for the fans to take part in celebrating something that ultimately leads them back to KISS.”

“We never know who we might meet or whose life we might impact with our tribute.   We had some pretty amazing experiences over the years happen between ourselves and our fans…we’re very grateful to each and every one of them…   We’re thrilled to have been invited to the party…we only hope that the fans will embrace us and our efforts as much as we have embraced this experience.” 

What to look forward to in the show:

For this show, we are sticking with a very classic set of songs that everyone will want to hear.  We’ve got to take 40 years of KISS songs and condense them into a “hit” package that will satisfy the die-hards as well as those that aren’t that well versed with KISS.

MR. SPEED feels very rewarded is thrilled to be take the stage at The Whisky on AXS TV that will put them “ into the hearts, minds and homes of millions of KISS and music fans all over the world.  What you see when you see a MR.SPEED show is from the heart and has been since the very beginning. ”

In the home stretch of playing to millions on television, MR. SPEED has made it to the iTunes age and are further honored by being on the The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands series.   Recounting the experience, Rich said, “The overall experience was great. Being able to visit L.A. and hide out in a studio for a day and record music that we all love is a blessing.  We were given a list of tracks and we narrowed it down to the few that thought would convey our sound and our emotion the best…   How can you miss when you’re dong something that has been such a big part of you for so long?”  MR. SPEED is also proud to have shared a bill with fellow season 3 tribute band “Draw The Line”.

The AXS TV show will be the first where MR. SPEED performs in their brand new Love Gun costumes.  KISS fans that are upset the original members did not reunite for a live performance at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame are definitely in for a treat on April 21 with this show.  Tune in to check out what’s in store for the exciting season finale of season 3 of AXS TV’s The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.