This week begins the “Summer of Sarzo” here at Dare to Support Rockers Who Care! Robert Sarzo and Rudy Sarzo are the main inspirations for this page. Not only are they fabulously talented musicians, but they are kind, sweet, and respectful to their fans, AND they are both involved in numerous charities, most notably as animal rights activists. Laura and I cannot think of any musicians whom we love and admire more than the Sarzo brothers! Look for tour information for both Hurricane (Robert Sarzo) and GUNZO (Rudy Sarzo) over the next few months, especially as GUNZO launches a national tour! Stay tuned for everything Sarzo, folks! <3 AB
On May 20 and 21, 1985, one of the greatest heavy metal summits of all time took place at Los Angeles’ A&M Records Studio for the creation of a charitable single, “Stars,” later issued by the project known as Hear ’n Aid. The cause was raising money for famine relief in Africa — as it had been for recent efforts undertaken by pop musicians, in both the U.K. (Band Aid) and the U.S. (USA for Africa), but that’s where the similarities ended and Hear ’n Aid stood alone.
But it was in fact 1984’s Band Aid that sowed the general seeds for Hear ’n Aid’s existence, along with a 48-hour radio telethon hosted by L.A. radio station KLOS, specifically, which happened to be attended by Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Jimmy Bain (bass), among many other stars. Together, the duo crafted a new song and asked their boss, Ronnie James Dio, to help with some lyrics and, before anyone could count to 11, heavy metal had an answer to Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and USA for Africa’s “We Are the World.”
Its name was “Stars,” and the roll call of hard rock and metal stars eager to lend their talents to those sessions was nothing short of astonishing. In common with those pop music efforts, “Stars” witnessed a string of leather-lunged singers trading lead vocals lines — namely Dio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Blue Oyster Cult’s Eric Bloom, Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow, Queensryche’s Geoff Tate, Y&T’s Dave Meniketti, Rough Cutt’s Paul Shortino and Dokken’s Don Dokken, as well as dozens more providing backup, including members of Motley Crue, Twisted Sister and W.A.S.P.
Distinct among all these musical charities of the time, “Stars” did its metal heritage proud by boasting an extended jaw-dropping guitar solo that collated fireworks of shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken’s George Lynch, Craig Goldy, B.O.C.’s Buck Dharma Roeser, Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, Journey’s Neal Schon, Quiet Riot’s Carlos Cavazo, Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis and co-songwriter Campbell, who also contributed rhythm guitar parts, along with Iron Maiden’s Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, who flew in from their band’s massive World Slavery Tour to do their part with harmony parts.
Unfortunately, obtaining legal clearance for so many artists signed to so many different record labels proved a daunting task that would delay the music’s release for months. The Hear ’n Aid compilation LP finally arrived in stores in January 1986, packing recordings donated by major names such as Kiss, Rush, Motorhead, Accept, Y&T, Scorpions, the Jimi Hendrix estate and Dio.
By then, “Stars” had also been made available as both 7” and 12” singles (peaking at No. 26 in the U.K., No. 39 in the U.S.), and the entire historic event was eventually celebrated by a 48-minute documentary filled with interviews, outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips. And while some of those involved feared that the legal delays had diminished Hear ’n Aid’s impact, one could likewise argue that they also extended awareness for famine relief for a few more months, well into 1986.
In any case, the nearly $1 million raised by Hear ’n Aid speak for themselves, and the still-unmatched collection of heavy metal star power that came together during those two days in the name of a good cause.
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Read More: 30 Years Ago: Heavy Metal Legends Convene for ‘Hear ’n Aid’ Sessions | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/hear-n-aid-stars/?trackback=tsmclip
A behind-the-scenes interview with QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali filmed during his recent appearance on VH1 Classic‘s “That Metal Show” can be seen below.
Asked how well he knew late OZZY OSBOURNE and QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads, Frankie said: “Not as well as people would assume that I knew Randy.”
He continued: “It was really funny, because I was a in a three-piece band called MONARCH, and it was all originals, and we were playing the same circuit — you know, the Starwood [in West Hollywood]. We actually played with QUIET RIOT a few times. And that band was a cross between LED ZEPPELIN and FREE; that kind of material. At one point, QUIET RIOT were thinking of getting rid of the drummer they had at the time. And so Rudy [Sarzo, QUIET RIOT bassist] had already known each other since 1972, so he wanted me to come down and audition. And I agreed — reluctantly I agreed — because Rudy and I were friends, and because QUIET RIOT were a great band, but, to me, QUIET RIOT was more of a pop band than what I was into. So I went down and played, and all sides agreed that maybe it’s not gonna work. But because of that, he was the one that told Kevin [DuBrow, QUIET RIOT singer] that he should get me in Kevin‘s new band after Randy left to go play with Ozzy. But when Randy went to audition for Ozzy, afterwards, he called me up and he goes, ‘Hey, Frankie.’ I said, ‘Randy?’ [He said], ‘Yeah. You wanna come and play with this guy Ozzy?’ And I said, ‘The guy from BLACK SABBATH?’ And he goes, ‘Yeah.’ And I said, ‘Okay. I don’t have a car.’ He goes, ‘I’ll pick you up.’ And we went down and we had some rehearsals, and it sounded great, and that was gonna be the band. But, ultimately, the label decided they were only gonna spend money on one guy, and the guy was Randy. But we kept in touch. He actually called me… I was in Germany doing a record for Tony Carey, who had just left Ritchie Blackmore‘s RAINBOW. And [Randy] called me up when he was in England doing the first Ozzy record. So we stayed in touch.”
“Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back”, the feature documentary on QUIET RIOT, screened this past Thursday, May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
The inspiring and surprisingly relatable documentary is an inside look at Frankie‘s road to recovery after losing his best friend Kevin DuBrow to a drug overdose in 2007 as he forges ahead to conquer his loss, regain his life and put the band back together.
The film begins in 2010, three years following the loss of Kevin DuBrow. Frankie Banali faces a crossroads in his life and finds himself talking to former QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo who said, “If you don’t carry on the legacy of your friend, nobody else will.”
At times both utterly tragic and downright hilarious, like an outtake from “Spinal Tap”, the film follows Frankie‘s journey through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by his singer and best friend.
The 105-minute character-driven documentary looks beyond the guts and glory of the common getting-the-band-back-together tale. “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” reveals an unforgettable man who uses ambition, relentless determination and principle to navigate through the obstacles that attempt to control his fate.
Watch for cameos from Matt Sorum and Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE), Dana Strum (SLAUGHTER), John 5 (MARILYN MANSON, ROB ZOMBIE) and Martha Quinn (original MTV VJ).
“When Frankie told me he was planning to meet with Kevin DuBrow‘s mother to get her blessing to go on with the band and find a new singer, I thought this would be an extraordinary story for a documentary,” explains director and producer Regina Russell.
Regina gained access to the private video and photo archives of the band. She followed Frankie for four years and interviewed many of the integral characters in the band’s history.
Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/how-quiet-riots-frankie-banali-almost-ended-up-in-ozzy-osbournes-band/#1l3iYgBH7IOXDbYw.99
Vinny Appice, who worked with Dio both in Black Sabbath and the offshoot band Heaven and Hell, took part in a rendition of “Rainbow In The Dark” with former Dio band members Rowan Robertson, Rudy Sarzo and Scott Warren, among others. Dio Disciples, which features ex-Dio members Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Warren, performed “Stargazer.”
Rock Feinstein of Elf joined figures with connections to Asia and Quiet Riot for “Mistreated,” which also featured Warren. Rainbow’s Jimmy Bain hooked up with Appice as well as members of Black Star Riders for “Stand Up and Shout.” Additional songs and performers, as well as video from the event, is below.
Great White, Rough Cutt and ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick were among the others who performed at the memorial, held at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010, at age 67.
Songs and performers from the Ronnie James Dio memorial:
“Lisa,” Lita Ford, Patrick Kennison, Marty O’Brien
“Heaven and Hell,” Great White
“Last in Line,” Great White featuring Lorraine Lewis
“Take Her,” Rough Cutt
“Mistreated,” John Payne, Rock Feinstein, Christian Martucci, Sean McNabb, Roy Mayorga and Scott Warren
“Rainbow in the Dark,” Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice and Scott Warren
“Sign of the Southern Cross,” Ann Boleyn, Craig Goldy, Sean McNabb, Simon Wright and Scott Warren
“Stargazer,” Dio Disciples
“Stand Up and Shout,” Ricky Warwick, Robbie Crane, Chris Broderick, Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice
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Read More: Ronnie James Dio Remembered by Former Collaborators Five Years After His Death | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ronnie-james-dio-fifth-anniversary-memorial/?trackback=tsmclip
Most of you reading this are probably too young to remember, but back in the 1980s rock stars loved getting together to record songs for charity. They didn’t love it as much as cocaine, but celebrity supergroups where probably a close second. The two most well-known of these were Band-Aid, a supergroup organized by Bob Geldof that raised money to fight hunger in Africa with “Do They Know It’s Christmas;” a song that portrayed the continent as a Mad Maxian hellspcape, and USA For Africa, which was led by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and also raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa with the (noticeably less bleak) song “We Are the World.” Each of these projects raised millions of dollars for their respective causes and had the added bonus of inspiring Vivian Campbell and Jimmie Bain of Dio to approach Ronnie James Dio with an idea for a heavy metal and hard rock version of these groups.
The three went to work writing a song that would eventually be called simply “Stars,” and on May 20th and 21st assembled a murderer’s row of heavy weight singers and guitarists to record the song at A & M Studios in Hollywood, California under the name Hear ‘n Aid. Among the participants were Dio himself, Rob Halford, Chris Holmes and Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.), Yngwie Malmsteen, Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), Ted Nugent, Don Dokken (Dokken), Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe), and Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche). Dio intended for the song to be released as a single shortly after it was recorded, but some legal malarkey with the record labels involved held the release up until New Years Day of 1986 when “Stars” finally saw the light of day. Dio and company also released a making-off documentary to and a full album featuring some additional songs by artists like Accept, Rush, and Motörhead to accompany the song. “Stars” peaked at #26 at the UK Singles chart in 1986, and, according to Ronnie James Dio, it raised $1 million that first year.
Now, nearly 30 years after the initial release of “Stars,” Dio’s widow Wendy has announced her intention to release the original song with loads of bonus material. On a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk she said, “We are in talks right now with a couple of record labels to reissue Hear ‘n Aid, with the funds going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. She went on to say, “We have so much stuff that was never released before — behind-the-scenes stuff that was shot during the whole time. We have photos galore of everybody that was involved in it, and I think it’ll be fantastic. We just have to work on it. It may not come out this year, because I want everything to be perfect, as Ronnie would want it to be, but I am in talks about it, and that will be coming out, definitely.”
Additionally, Wendy stated that a new Hear ‘n Aid track will be recorded for charity, although she didn’t reveal the names of anyone involved. Just that the line-up would consist of current and classic artists and proceeds would go to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund and it probably wouldn’t be out this year due again to legal bullcrap with some record labels. Below you’ll find the video for the original version of “Stars.” Yeah it’s cheesy, but it’s also a lot of fun and it was for a good cause. Keep your eyes peeled for more news regarding the new incarnation of Hear ‘n Aid.
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(of Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, and Whitesnake) TO OUR LIST OF DISTINGUISHED STAR PLAYERS ON APRIL 26th!! COME SUPPORT WITH US AND HELP RUDY & LET’S ROCK AGAINST CANCER MAKE PROGRESS AGAINST CLEAR CELL CANCER! THANKS ALL!!..AND SEE YOUR THERE!
Members of many well known Rock n Roll bands including Tesla, Boston, Whitesnake, Montrose, Ozzy Osbourne, Racer X, Ronnie James Dio Band, L.A. Guns, The Chicago Transit Authority and many others have organized a major charity event to raise money against cancer with proceeds to go to a fund for one of the Bay Area’s favorite son’s, MIKE BRUNZ ! Additional proceeds going to “Relay for Life,” an affiliate of the American Cancer Society that sponsors many charity events like this one to raise money in fighting our ongoing battle with this disease each year. The Event will be held at The Saddle Rackat 42011 Boscell Rd, Fremont, CA 94538 on April 26th, 2015. Doors open at 5:30. Go to Facebook: “Let’s Rock Against Cancer” for more info or for directions go to www.TheSaddleRack.com . If you are unable to attend this momentus event, your generous donations are still most greatly appreciated!Help us make MIKE better!!!
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MIKE BRUNZ is not only the sweetest guy one could ever meet (As ANYONE who has met him will tell you)…but an amazingly talented Live Sound Engineer! Mike has been a “First Call” for mixing Front-of-House Sound and Monitors for successful touring A-list rock bands in the Bay area for the last 35 years and he is now BATTLING CLEAR CELL CANCER! While on the job, Mike’s subtle and consistent gentle approach to technical conversation with his clients exudes his uniquely rare generosity of spirit towards every other human being he encounters. Devoted not only to his work, his wife, and his friends, MIKE BRUNZ is a steadfast and shining example of what we could all possibly learn more about as far as how to “treat” each other while on this planet! Now it’s OUR TURN to give back!! Mike wears his deep expert level knowledge of the art of mixing sound far behind a most friendly, humble, and reverent personality. Many great musicians, local radio personalities, and music industry folks want to reach out together to the local community and create a very affordable, fun, memorable night of music that will be remembered fondly for years to come as a major help towards Mike’s recovery. The event will include performances by major stars as well as very affordable RAFFLES and AUCTION for extra special signed guitars, cds, photos, shirts, and other memorabilia from many National Artists that will never be available anywhere else but at this event!!! The “Let’s Rock Against Cancer” event will be held at The Saddle Rack in Freemont CA on April 26th, 2015. Doors open at 5:30. Go to Facebook: “Let’s Rock Against Cancer” for more info or www.TheSaddleRack.com
Some of the Bands that MIKE has MIXED SOUND for (in no particular order) include:
Elvin Bishop, Montrose, Nightranger, Tower of Power, Kansas, Pat Benatar, Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, The Lovin Spoonful, The Temptations, Paul Rodgers Band, Survivor, Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers, Gary Hoey, Three Dog Night, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, War, Dokken, Yngwie Malmsteen, Quiet Riot, Molly Hatchet, John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Joan Jett, Pat Travers, Vince Neil, Blue Oyster Cult, The Tubes, 38 Special, La Guns, Dreamtheater, Robin Trower, Joe Cocker, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Chris Ledeux, Miranda Lambert, Bret Michaels, Little Big Town, Tyler Farr, Little Texas, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Los Lobos, The Surfaris, The Coasters, The Drifters, Shelly Wright, Eddie Money, Spyro Gyra, Gamma, Edger Winter, Billy Idol, Pam Tillis, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Zuccherro, Western Underground, Arlo Guthrie, Bad Company, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Howie Mandell, Dana Carvey, Bill Maher, Foreigner, Blackhawk, Cry of Love, Reo Speedwagon, Larry Bubbles Brown, 30 Seconds to Mars, Evanesance Maroon 5, Bruce Hornsby, Papa Roach, Smashmouth, Governor Grey Davis, Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, The Motels, The Fixx, Men At Work, Greg Kihn, Neil Geraldo, Pat Benatar, Zach Wilde, Trick Pony, Greg Allman, Marshall Tucker, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Mickey Thomas’s Starship, Mick Fleetwood, Sheila E, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood ,Bruce Hornsby , Y&T, Willie Nelson ,The Donnas, The Smothers Brothers, The Outlaws, Freddy Fender, Norton Buffalo , Robert Redford, Chris Young, Ted Danson, Lauren Hutton , Great White , Phil Vassar , David Carradine, Maria Muldaur, Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse , Dave larue, Rod Morgenstein. Vital Information with Steve Smith, Jason Bonham, Joey Belladonna of Anthrax, Paisley, James Otto, Robben Ford, Village People, Dierks Bentley, Leslie West and Mountain, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Lee Greenwood, Bobby Black, Bobby Bice, Big Brother and the Holding Company
THANK YOU TO ALL!!
PEACE BE WITH YOU & GOD BLESS US ALL!!
…………………………………KEITH ST JOHN
This morning, I was privileged to read a very touching story in a Geoff Tate group, a story that was written by Sherri Kirkwood to honor her late sister, Diana Kirkwood-Retzlaff. This story reminded me of why, despite some people’s opinions to the contrary, I still care about GT. It was nice to read about the lovely, compassionate side of GT that I’ve seen myself in person, the side that I know is still there. With her permission given, here is Sherri’s GT story:
My sister, Diana, loved Queensryche and her favorite song was “Silent Lucidity”. My only sister, she fell ill on October 1st, 2011. Back in 2006, my sister and i quit talking because of my decision to marry a guy i had just met and my sister asked me to wait at least 6 months, but i didn’t listen. I married the guy, then my sister and i quit talking. About three to four years later i was at work when i got a text from an unknown number asking if i had gone fishing lately. I replied back “who is this? ” The reply i got was ” your sister, ” now, i have many female friends that call me sister, so i asked which one. She replied Diana. We slowly got back into each others lives. I had only lived about 4 blocks away from her for a couple years when we weren’t talking. I got a text message from my sister’s husband on October 1st, 2011 saying only “ems here di dead. ” that’s it. I jumped in my car and sped out of my driveway. When i got one block over, i could see the lights at the end of her street. I sped to her house, going through the stop signs. I got there and there was only one rescue squad there, i beat the ambulance and the firetruck and they were only about 6 blocks away. I got inside her house and saw my sister laying on the floor, a rescue squad member performing cpr. I broke down. I had already lost one sibling. I couldn’t stand the thought of losing another. I lost one of my brothers on 3/27/90 to an accident. He was 16, i was 13. Now I’m watching my sister die. They had to take me out of the house when the ambulance got there. I had to call my parents, but i was crying so uncontrollably that my dad couldn’t understand me so he handed the phone to my mom. All i could get out was “Diana is dead get over here!” It only took my parents about five minutes to get there. The whole time the ems crew were trying to get her breathing started and get a pulse so they could get her to the hospital. They finally got a very weak pulse and intubated and loaded up in the ambulance. My folks took their vehicle, i rode with my sisters husband and we beat the ambulance to the hospital because he was driving on the highway in excess of 100mph. She was in a coma due to what they called an anoxic brain injury. She suffered from cardiac arrest that lead to respiratory arrest. Her husband gave my parents power of attorney over my sister. For several days, i could see that she was in there and prayed every minute i could for God not to take another sibling from me, Let alone my only sister. One night, she had another cardiac arrest, and the next day, i could no longer see my sister in her eyes. She was gone, but her body was still on life support. My folks called a family meeting after many neurologists said that IF she lived, she would be in a persistent vegetative state. I didn’t care, i told my mom i would take her home and take care of her. But after many tears and tests, it was decided to turn off life support. We decided on Sunday, October 23 at 12:22pm. Many questioned who chose the time and why. I insisted that if we had to turn it off, i get to choose the time. The time, 12:22 is the birthday of my brother that died, 12/22/73. Diana hung on due to extreme nursing incompetence who confused what the Dr ordered. She had been on heavy medications prior to her falling ill because of many medical problems, so the Dr ordered her morphine every two hours after they removed life support but the nurses didn’t give it to her per drs orders because they would come in with her meds and since she couldn’t voice any pain or any reactions to stimulus, they thought she didn’t need it. When my mom found out, she talked to the Dr, who my mom had worked with many times being a scrub tech in the OR for ten years. The Dr chewed the nursing staff a new one and ordered a morphine pump. They got the pump started on Monday. On the morning of Tuesday, October 25 at 6:06 am, i held my sisters hand as her heart took its last beat and her lungs took their final breath, then her body was finally at rest and no longer in pain. Now, before we quit talking, she had the Queensryche logo tattooed on the back of her calf. When i found out through a friend that Queensryche with Geoff Tate was coming to the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, i knew i had to go. I got tickets 0,1,2,3, and 4. I took two of my sister’s kids, my niece Kim, and my nephew, john. Along with my son, Drake, and johns gf Kelsey. I also took my sister. I took a bottle of my sister’s ashes. Her ashes were sitting on the table during the entire show. When my nephew and i went to the outside smoking garden, we passed the booth where they were selling the shirts, keychains, cds, etc. On the way back in, i stopped to look and that’s when i spotted the meet and greet passes. They were $50 each. I had already spent $100 on tickets and the rest of my money on drinks and food for them, so i asked my nephew if he could buy one for me so i could get pics and autographs. He didn’t bring his debit card but asked the lady running the booth if he knew his debit card number could be buy something. She had one of those apps that he could enter his card number and stuff and sign it with his finger. Much to my surprise, he bought 5 passes!! I broke down crying once again. I told him i would pay him back and he said if i hooked him up with my tattoo guy to get his tattoo in honor of his mom we would call it even. No problem!! After the concert, everyone without the passes was escorted out and then we all could start the meet and greet session. We all got our ticket stubs signed, cups signed, my shirt signed, the back of my phone signed, and the bottle of my sister’s ashes signed. I was able to spend a few extra minutes with Geoff and told him the story of my sister and why i brought the bottle of her ashes. He had tears welling up in his eyes as i told him about my sister. He did tell me that she was probably rocking along with us in paradise. It was an experience i will never forget.