11.21.2015

EVA UNDER FIRE:NEW BLOG!


I just finished creating a new music blog for EVA UNDER FIRE...This band is from Detroit and are creating a whole new scene! Not your average band by a long shot...Each one of these band members has their own very unique world view...read their bios HERE 


http://www.evaunderfire.com/


Creating blogs is fun and I love making them! I have made hundreds of custom blogs in my 7 years promoting online. My rates are VERY affordable and with my assistance you will be rocking the internet with your band, hobby, business, personal journal and many more ideas custom fit for you! We can help you with setting up other networking sites as well.

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11.18.2015

DETROIT COBRAS HEADLINE FESTIVUS 2015 DEC 19


For 30 years, South Oakland Shelter (SOS) has been ending homelessness for individuals and families in crisis. With an emphasis on homeless prevention, sustainable housing solutions, and career development, SOS implements strategies and programs that provide realistic options for homeless and at-risk people seeking stabilization and self-sufficiency.

http://www.festivustix.com/

Join The Howling Diablos for a Festivus Benefit Concert for South Oakland Shelter Saturday, December 19th indoors at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Enjoy great music, food & drink, and Festivus fun & games...

* Music: The Detroit Cobras, Howling Diablos and Royal Blackbirds!

* Food & Drink: $4 Detroit beer and cocktails, food trucks and indoors concessions

* Fun & Games: Feats of Strength Competition, Festivus Pole Unveiling, Celebrity Airing of Grievances, and more

* Holiday Market: Festivus T-Shirts, Festivus Poles and Festivus-In-A-Box

The concert is a benefit South Oakland Shelter to support their work with the homeless.
MORE INFORMATION ON EVENT HERE

11.11.2015

YOSEMIGHT ALL NIGHT!!

YOSEMIGHT

Deondre Charelle
November 11, 2015


NEW TOUR DATES:

We are excited to announce Yosemight’s winter show schedule. Yosemight will be returning to Colorado again. They will be making their way out to the north east. There are a lot of big shows coming up as well. Danksgaiving in Kent, Bass Jam in Columbus, and New Year’s Eve at Oddbody’s in Dayton, Ohio. Where will Yosemight see you? Please subscribe to our event page to keep up to date info where you can find Yosemight next.

11/15 Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dayton, OH
11/19 Casa Nueva Athens, OH
11/21 Buzzbin Canton, OH
11/25 The Phantasy Lakewood, OH
11/27 Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH
11/28 Kent Stage Kent, OH
12/2 Kaleidoscope WYSO 91.3 FM Yellow Springs, OH
12/3 MiniBar Kansas City, MO
12/5 Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club Kansas City, MO
12/7 Sancho’s Broken Arrow Denver, CO
12/10 Owsley’s Golden Road Boulder, CO
12/11 Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
12/12 Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
12/16 Papa Pete’s Kalamazoo, MI
12/17 Old Crow Bar Middletown, OH
12/19 Kings Rook Club Erie, PA
12/26 Skully’s Music and Diner Columbus, OH
12/31 Oddbody's Dayton, OH
1/8 The Club Above Ann Arbor, MI
1/13 Martain’s Downtown Roanoke, VA
1/14 Tin Roof Baltimore, MD
1/15 TBA
1/16 RAR Brewing Cambridge, MD
1/21 Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Dayton, OH
1/22 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH

Yosemight based in Cleveland, Ohio formed in 2012. Mixing elements of funk, rock, bluegrass, reggae, and Latin. The lineup: Luke Bergan (Guitar and Vocals) Nick Shaver (Bass and Vocals) Tony Kazel (Drums). They often include a killer horn section and kick ass keyboards too.


Had the pleasure of listening to a band that was a bit of a surprise to me. they hail from Cleveland, Ohio, and they were refreshing to hear. Great musicians who take the gig seriously and really know how to play. Yosemight, a funk jam band, more in the progressive vein, had just finished playing a regional tour when I first met them.

The audience fell madly in love with them, and after seeing them, I heard why.



Yosemight is a 3 piece band with horns/keyboards, these men meant serious business when it came to their sound, and I mean serious. Every aspect of their presentation was aimed for providing the best sound possible.

A seriously energized  show, that got the crowd dancing.. boy can these guys play.


They are remarkably down to earth when off stage, connecting with fans... no easy feat after they just finished electrifying the audience.



Yosemight is a band I highly recommend checking out. They have an EP out,  and is a group I foresee having a bright future. Glad my friend suggested listening to this band, and Detroit, you will love these guys.

In the mean time, I'm going to keep making love to my eardrums. Thank you, and I welcome you to the music mecca that is Detroit. Make yourselves, and your sound, at home here. Deondre Charelle



Twitter @yosemight

FLINT MUSIC PROMOTER DAVE WEST HAS DIED

 Dave West (RIP)

Sad news just in....Flint Sherwood Forest music promoter Dave West died at 6:29pm last night.

Dave West played a prominent role in supporting and promoting Flint area musicians during the early days of Michigan Rock & Roll and was particularly involved in our Sherwood Forest concerts.


Dave is best known as the inventor and developer of West Amplifiers, building and maintaining equipment for Grand Funk Railroad, which they used exclusively for many years, and supplying heavy duty sound systems for almost all of the major Michigan bands, including Bob Seger, Dick Wagner, Alice Cooper and the like, as well as dozens of local bands just getting it together. Services pending....

11.09.2015

ANNOUNCING DEONDRE CHARELLE AS OUR NEW MEDIA/MARKETING MANAGER!


Exciting announcement today! We are so fortunate to be adding Marketing wiz and Musician Deondre Charelle as our new Media/Marketing Manager for Detroit RocknRoll Magazine!

Deondre will be making appearances, reviewing talent, booking events, and managing all ad sales. He will be a very busy man.

As a guitarist Deondre has a variety or experience playing with some of Detroit's greatest Legends...He also has a Communications/Marketing degree from EMU.

Deondre brings a fresh  approach to the Detroit Music scene from all of his many different skill sets. He is amazing and so well spoken and inventive...We can't wait to get started! Welcome to Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine! xK

Email Deondre at detroitrocknrollmagazine@gmail.com


Deondre Charelle
Nov 9,2015

Your perception is your confinement: What you perceive is what holds you, makes you molds you. Is what you perceive possible beyond the mirror? Does this perception become a reflection that you cannot shake? Do your doubts speak to yourcore, manifesting at every second to each fiber?

This is your perception after all, and that very perception becomes what you see as truth for that very mirror is the magicthat makes it real in your life, forever in your inner being. Be careful of your perceptions, they just may become truth…Hello, My name is Deondre Charelle, guitarist of Zeal. I am also the new Media Editor for Detroit Rock N Roll magazine.

This job included reviewing new projects, new ideas in Detroit, the new hotspots in our music scene, as well as various other projects that will be affiliated with the DRNRM.
 
Been in the Detroit music business for quite awhile. Have  collaborated with Parliament Funkadelic before working on my project Zeal. I love the music culture, the culture of the art world. Researching the latest in the music scene in our areas and others, I enjoy down to earth conversations with the fans, the band, and the scene.

As a musician, I have 26 years of experience in theory, composition, and performance. As a human being, I enjoy writing short stories, discussing philosophy, drawing, history, and long conversations with people about good food. Surprise me, we may feature you on Detroit Rock N Roll, and we can advertise your business or merchandise on our page. Just email us, and we will be happy to accommodate you and your events.

11.03.2015

68,400 SQUARE FEET AND ALL ROCK N ROLL


Peter Cavanaugh:

My old friend Ron Bearup has some farmland in upstate Michigan and just went wild – creating the largest tractor-mowed book title in the history of literacy. This “Local DJ” covers 68,400 square feet with letters 80 feet wide and 60 across with 20 feet of spacing in between. It lies directly in the flight path to Harbor Springs Municipal Airport on Lake Michigan. When asked why he did such a thing, Ron said, “I liked the book!”

Buy Local DJ

10.21.2015

HOWLING DIABLOS WITH THE REEFERMEN DEVIL'S NIGHT!


Boo’s Productions Presents!

Howling Diablos Devil’s Night Concert
wsg/The ReeferMen

Hosted by Marc Pasman

Terrifyingly Funky Night of Detroit Rock N Roll!
Costumes Welcome/Prizes/FUN!

FRIDAY NIGHT OCT. 30th
9PM

Mr. B’s
215 S Main St (Downtown)
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 399-0017

10.20.2015

SWEET CRYSTAL RETURNS THIS FRIDAY!

SWEET CRYSTAL 

Returns This Friday To A Righteous Gig!


13 time Detroit Music Award winning band Sweet Crystal returns to one of their favorite events and venues - the 4th Friday Concert Series held every fourth Friday in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (also known as the Michael Guido Theatre).

Located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, join mega-talented host Rufus Harris as the band closes out the 2015 schedule for this prestigious and intimate night of music and message. Also sharing the night will be musician, singer and songwriter bassist Dray Hill.

Doors open at 8pm / Show starts at 8:30. Admission is $10 at the door. Money goes to support all the great ministries of CAMP (http://www.thecamponline.org/). 

This is the perfect venue for Sweet Crystal - they'd love to spend the evening with all of you there!

10.18.2015

MOTOR CITY BAD BOY RIKKI ST JAMES HAS DIED


Rikki in Detroit 2013 photo: (retrokimmer.com)

Rikki St James
February 20, 1954 - October 18, 2015
Son of Mary Santiago. Father of Ricardo A. Santiago and Brittany L. St. James. Brother of Andre Santiago, Lisa Bryson and Maria Santiago-Powell



Detroit Guitarist/Bass Player Rikki St James died today after suffering a brain aneurysm. Rikki was receiving chemotherapy for cancer as well..he was in good spirits until the end..we received several phone calls and lots of texts from him while he was at U of M hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The funeral service will be a private family affair.

Rikki loved his family especially his two children Brittany and Ricky. Our prayers are with them at this time....


Rikki St James was an old school Detroiter. He grew up not far from Tiger Stadium and his father owned the Security Seal business on Michigan Ave. Rikki worked along side his dad as young boy and worked in the building trades for over 30 years.

 Rikki  (retrokimmer.com)

In recent years Rikki has resided in Wyandotte, Michigan. He loved that small artist community. He enjoyed living there immensely.

Rikki was a very good chef..cooked authentic Puerto Rican dishes and loved to make Spaghetti Marinara from scratch on Sundays..He loved to eat the best foods. Rikki loved his many sports cars and his Softail Harley. Rode often with his pals in the Highwaymen.

Rikki was full of life, love, and laughter....

 Wyandotte Museum (retrokimmer.com)

But his true love in life was making music and meeting talented people. He loved to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and live their best life. He truly enjoyed living his life to the hilt. One of his favorite quotes was from Hunter S. Thompson..

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”



His career in music began when Rikki was hired to play Bass guitar in the second version of the band the Motor City Bad Boys. This was the greatest time in Rikki's life.

He talked often about the MCBB crowds that packed CBGB's, Max's Kansas City,  and the Great Gildersleeve back in NYC. He loved NYC and the glamour and nightlife.

  Mick Stevens, Rikki St James, Sirius Trixon, Glenn Dean and Jim Jam

The Motor City Bad Boys, one of the most fascinating rock bands to ever come out of the Detroit music scene. MCBB played Second Chance, Bookies, Max's Kansas City, CBGBs and Great Gildersleeves many times during the 70's.


RIP LOVE...xoK







10.16.2015

JON ANDERSON AND JEAN LUC PONTY LIVE AT THE DETROIT MUSIC HALL NOV 6!!


HEADS UP DETROIT! MUSIC LEGENDS JON ANDERSON AND JEAN LUC PONTY
LIVE AT THE MUSIC HALL ON NOVEMBER 6!


The AndersonPonty Band featuring music legends Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty will be performing at the Detroit Music Hall in Detroit on November 6, 2015.

YES's original singer/songwriter for 35 years, Jon Anderson has had a successful solo career, which includes working with such notable music artists as Vangelis, Kitaro, and Milton Nascimento.

International violin superstar Jean Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of his instrument in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music. Together these two music legends have formed a musical synergy that is unparalleled!



AndersonPonty Band Featuring Music Icons Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty To Release New CD/DVD “Better Late Than Never”

Los Angeles - One of the most eagerly awaited releases of 2015 by the AndersonPonty Band, featuring music icons Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty, is scheduled to hit the streets early Fall 2015! The new CD/DVD titled “Better Late Than Never” features outstanding performances by the band from September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, as well as some innovative production.

The AndersonPonty Band has created some breathtaking new musical compositions.

“Better Late Than Never” also showcases rearrangements of classic YES hits like “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”, “Roundabout” and “Wonderous Stories”, as well as some of Jean Luc Ponty's beloved compositions, with Jon's lyrical vocals and melodies enhancing the music and creating a very special and unique sound such as “Infinite Mirage” a new song incorporating Jean Luc's classic tune “Mirage”.

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars - well known guitarist who has worked with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson. The band visit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy.

Jean Luc Ponty was originally approached by Jon Anderson with the idea of working together as far back as the 1980's. Now 30 years later the dream has finally come to fruition! In support of the new release, a world tour is currently in the works. Also, a videography documenting the making of the “Better Late Than Never” album will be released along with videos and performances.

AndersonPonty Band tour dates:

OCTOBER
10/27 - Philadelphia - Keswick Theater
10/29 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10/30 - Ridgefield, CT - Ridgefield Playhouse

NOVEMBER
11/1 - Pittsburgh - Carnegie Theater
11/3 - Chicago - Arcata Theatre
11/4 - Milwaukee - Milwaukee PAC
11/6 - Detroit - Detroit Music Hall
11/7 - Toronto - Danforth Music Hall
11/10 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
11/11 - Long Island - Paramount Theater
11/13 - NYC - Ethical Culture
11/14 - Boston - Berklee Performance Center
11/17 - San Francisco - Regency
11/18 - Sacramento - Crest Theater
11/20 - Los Angeles - Saban Theater
11/21 - Scottsdale - Talking Stick

LAST CONCERT!! HUSH AT THE DETROIT PUB NOV 6


This is going to be a great night of Detroit music! Hush will be headlining a great night with HATCH and the amazing REDD...lots of special guests...This gig is at the DETROIT PUB on Harper in Clinton Township. We love the PUB...gorgeous venue!

 
November 6! With openers Hatch, Redd, and other special invited guests! Plus HUSH is rocking with the band and it's gonna be amazing! Plus...

It's FREE!!!

https://www.facebook.com/TheDetroitPub/photos/a.450142108765.248402.119549218765/10150645399048766/?type=3&theater

Go to the EVENT and hit that "Going" button and don't miss out.
More info to come! See you there!

Hush is an American hip hop artist from Livonia, Michigan.  Hush is also a fabulous producer and has worked with a variety of talent.

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10.11.2015

BRUCE "BEEZER" NAZARIAN OF BROWNSVILLE STATION HAS DIED

 Brownsville Station

The world lost one of the sweetest men I have had the pleasure to meet....I just met Bruce recently via the phone...he graciously wrote 2 Brownsville Station stories for  Detroit Rock n Roll Magazine. I am just shocked...What a charming and wonderful man...My love and prayers to his family and many friends...rip my friend.....xoxoK

 

I had been a session musician in Detroit for years, but also had a thing for rock and rolL.somewhere along the way I met Al Nalli, the band's manager, and the rest was history... 

I joined the band in 1975 - just as they were finishing the Motor City Connection album - that was the first one I played on...

After the band split-up in 1979 I went back to playing sessions for a while, and started a new band call The Automatix, with some session buddies of mine, and Shaun Murphy, a killer singer from Detroit who was our secret weapon. Shaun left just before the band got signed to MCA. in 1980-ish. "Bruce Nazarian"


Bruce was a musician, author, Apple certified computer engineer "digital guy", audio/sound expert, book author and a list of other accomplishment that you can read on his huge WIKI page



Bruce Nazarian (born in Detroit, MI)

In 1975, a chance meeting with band manager Al Nalli would lead to his joining Brownsville Station (of "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" fame).[4] During the next few years, he participated in countless live shows and recorded several albums with Brownsville, including "Brownsville Station" aka 'The Red Album'  which included "Martian Boogie"  and "Air Special" for Epic.  This  was to be Brownsville's last recorded work. He remained a member of Brownsville Station until May, 1979.

http://www.detroitrocknrollmagazine.com/2015/07/the-making-of-martian-boogie.html



In 1988, he recorded vocals and produced some demos for Anita Baker's "Giving You The Best That I've Got" album, and provided Anita with her first experience with recording on a Direct-to-Disc digital recording system.

Anita would later call again on Bruce to record her vocals digitally. This would be one of the last projects recorded at the W. 30th Street NYC studio location.

http://www.amazon.com/Recording-Production-Techniques-Musicians-Nazarian/dp/0825611776/ref=la_B001KI5GO6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444580953&sr=1-1

Bruce also had a long involvement with the written word. From 1985 to 1986, he was a contributing editor to MIX magazine, where he created "In Sync", a monthly column devoted to computerized music production, sequencing and MIDI.

In 1988, the textbook he had written for his university class "Recording and Electronic Techniques for Musicians" was published as "Recording Production Techniques for Musicians" by AMSCO Press. The book and all artwork were created on an early Macintosh 128K using MacWrite and MacPaint, making it one of the first books printed from an electronic manuscript. Many of the topics in the book are still relevant to today's digital recording process.

In 2004, he wrote "DVD Studio Pro 2 - The Complete Guide to Authoring with Macintosh", published by McGraw-Hill. In 2006, he wrote "DVD Studio Pro 4 - The Complete Guide to Authoring with Macintosh", published by McGraw-Hill. Both books covered DVD authoring with Apple DVD Studio Pro in great depth.

In 2009, he wrote "Fast Path to Blu-ray for Mac", published by The Digital Guy Press.

The industry truly lost one of it's brightest stars....

STOOGES SAX MAN STEVE MACKAY HAS DIED


Steve Mackay, saxophonist for The Stooges, has died due to complications from sepsis. Steve was 66.

Steve was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the 1960s, he went to Ann Arbor to attend  the University of Michigan's art school. This is when he met Iggy (Jim Osterberg) at a Carnal Kitchen gig.

Iggy invited Steve to jam with the Stooges. Steve played on: "Fun House" and "1970".

Following the recording of classic LP Fun House, Steve toured with the Stooges. when Iggy and the Ashetons reunited, he was invited back to perform on the band's 2007 album The Weirdness and 2013's Ready to Die.

 Stooges Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame..Steve second from left

Steve toured with the band in recent years. We got to see him in 2011 play with the Stooges at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor...he was fantastic!

Steve also made solo records and worked with so many other groups such as, Violent Femmes, Sonny Vincent, Mike Watt, and R. Stevie Moore

Iggy shared his thoughts on Steve's passing:

"Steve was a classic '60s American guy, full of generosity and love for anyone he met. Every time he put his sax to his lips and honked, he lightened my road and brightened the whole world. He was a credit to his group and his generation. To know him was to love him. - Iggy."


Rest in peace Steve...our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and legions of fans..

Enjoy this full Stooges show from Detroit



10.08.2015

☆☆NEW☆☆ UPLOAD YOUR MUSIC VIDEOS FOR PROMOTION ON DETROIT MUSIC STATION!!

http://detroitmusicstation.com/
 
Welcome to DETROIT MUSIC STATION, an on-line television / radio / live streaming music network that focuses solely on DETROIT-MADE music and the artists and musicians that create and produce it.

The goal is to help promote every song of every artist of every genre of music made in Southeastern Michigan by broadcasting music videos and live performances of this area’s greatest acts.

DETROIT MUSIC STATION will feature:

♦ 24 Hour Broadcasting of Detroit Music Videos.

♦ Simulcast music videos and programs into Local Music Venues, Clubs and Bars

♦ Live Musical Programming Featuring Well-Known Hosts and Musicians

♦ Free Audio Music Streaming Service

♦ Weekly Blogs Featuring Performers, Venues and Shows

http://detroitmusicstation.com/

♦ On-Line Store Featuring Merchandise of Detroit Artists and Musicians
If you are an area musician and wish to have your music video featured on our site, you can upload it by clicking on the link above.

If you wish to be featured on a DMS live show, submit  blog articles or sell your music, and merchandise, call for more information  313-638-2212.

9.29.2015

DETROIT METAL: REVERANCE 2ND LP RELEASE NOVEMBER 4!

 
Detroit power metallers REVERENCE, featuring Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and ex-Savatage drummer Steve “Doc” Wacholz, will release their new album 'Gods Of War' via Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015.

http://www.sledgehammergraphix.com/home/

The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (PRIMAL FEAR,SABATON, HYSTERIA).

'Gods Of War' track listing:

01. Gods Of War
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Until My Dying Breath
04. Angel In Black
05. Tear Down The Mountain
06. Blood Of Heroes
07. Battle Cry
08. Choices Made
09. Splinter
10. Cleansed By Fire
11. Race To Obscene

If REVERENCE stays on the same trajectory they have been, they’re soon to become a household name for metal heads everywhere. Though they play Power, this album should appeal to lovers of everything heavy metal. Their sound covers all the bases as far as I’m concerned. Gods of War is a brilliant follow-up to an already amazing debut, and one that you need in your collection. (MyGlobalMind Rating 9/10)

The following video clip features tracks from the new album: “Battle Cry“, “Angel In Black” and the title track “Gods of War“.



Bryan Holland says: It’s been 3 long years since you have had any new music from the power metal band REVERENCE. That’s a hell of a long time to go without some OLD SCHOOL METAL. So, with that being said, we are proud to give you this short sneak peek of what you can expect from REVERENCE‘s 2nd release ‘Gods Of War‘.

The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!

www.facebook.com/Reverencemetal
www.reverencemetal.com

9.11.2015

STEVE HUNTER GETS PAID: AEROSMITH/ALICE COOPER ROYALTIES TRIUMPH!

Steve Hunter

After 42 years, Guitar Player Steve Hunter is finally going to start receiving airtime performance royalties for guitar solos he played that helped make rock history!

This has come after the collection of sufficient evidence for his name to be officially connected with seven tracks that he did not get credit for when the albums were released.

At the top of the list is ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ from ‘Get Your Wings’ which was released in 1974 and although it has been common knowledge amongst many rock fans that Hunter did the opening half solos, that did not equate to any performance royalties until now.

The other six tracks are from the original Alice Cooper Groups album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’. Once again these albums were released without Hunter receiving credit for his solos on Hello Hooray, Raped and Freezin, Billion Dollar Babies, Unfinished Sweet, Generation Landslide and Sick Things.


Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was common to have musicians perform on records without getting credit, when record labels wanted to keep the fans focused on the main band or artist. There are numerous examples of this including the late Dick Wagner who also played guitar un credited on ‘Get Your Wings’ and of course the practice was well documented on ‘The Wrecking Crew’ film.

In those days things were often more informal or kept quiet, but as the digital age has grown, the documentation of who did what has become more pertinent.

These ‘ghosting’ players got paid a nominal session fee at the time, but unless their work was officially part of the album credits there could be no acknowledgement of their contributions with airplay performance collection agencies around the world. Unfortunately, the US does not pay airtime performance royalties to non featured players.


Often such contributions went unnoticed, a rhythm track here or there, but occasionally a contribution was made to a recording that in small part helped advance the career of the main artist as it went global with radio play. Peter Gabriel recently credited Hunter for coming up with the guitar parts on ‘Solsbury Hill’ in a new Daryl Easlea biography. This recording is also now paying Hunter airtime performance royalties.

‘Train kept A Rollin’ certainly helped Aerosmith move forward after it became a rock radio mainstay. It also became a part of Aerosmith’s ‘Guitar Hero’ ‘Legends Of Rock‘ video game, which sadly this performance royalty triumph does not cover.

However, any performance royalties are welcome at a time when Hunter needs it most as he is going blind with Pigmentary Glaucoma and touring is impossible without assistance.

There are many unsung heroes in rock music so it’s great to report that some justice has been done for Steve Hunter and this should give others hope.



There are many unsung heroes in rock music so it’s great to report that some justice has been done for Steve Hunter and this should give others hope.

9.06.2015

WHAT TO DO NEXT WEEKEND…SUMMER 2015 IS NOT OVER!


What to do when all the Labor Day Weekend events are over…
and you still want to party?

Arts, Beats and Eats all done?  Detroit Jazz Fest now a memory? How about a full day of music, message, food and fun that's family-friendly and totally free? 

On Saturday, September 12, thirteen time Detroit Music Award winning band SWEET CRYSTAL invites everyone to keep the good times rolling as we join 7 other high power bands to an outdoor all day free concert sponsored by the good folks at The Venue At The Bridge in Flint, MI.

11 hours, 8 bands - what a way to spend a Saturday in Michigan! 

Take I-75 to exit 118 and go east 1 block to the Kroger shopping plaza - couldn't be easier.

This electric line -up includes:

Super Heavy • 12PM
Second Day Story • 1:30PM
Still Water Creek • 3PM
One True King • 4:30PM
Living Stones • 5:45PM
Emily Torres • 7PM
Sweet Crystal • 8:30PM
Reign • 10PM

Add a Flea Market starting at 10AM, activities for the kids, food…. this will be the very definition of sweet! Don't let the summer slip away peacefully - keep it going hot and heavy as we celebrate all the blessings we've been given. Oh it's still on.

SWEET CRYSTAL
13 Time Detroit Music Award Winners

8.22.2015

NO TOMORROW AND JONESTOWN CROWS TONIGHT AT THE MAIDSTONE!



COME OUT FIGHTING
ARSON PARTY
NO TOMORROW(mi) (Featuring ex METALBLADE RECORDS 
members of THOUGHT INDUSTRY)
THE JONESTOWN CROWS

ALL AGES SO GET THERE EARLY!!!
DOORS 8PM, BANDS 9PM
$6

8.14.2015

DETROIT BASS LEGEND WR RON COOKE HAS DIED


W R (Ron) Cooke
Ron's Bands:
Catfish
Mitch Ryder/Detroit
Sonic's Rendezvous Band
Gang War
Scott Morgan
Dead City Prophets

A Detroit Rock Bass Pioneer, W.R.'Ron' Cooke has died.

Ron long ago staked his claim to fame in the dynamic history of the Detroit Rock scene over several years.


Never one to lay down his sword and go home quietly, He came roaring back to life with the help and support of many of Detroit's greatest talents. After beginning his career at an early age, he was able to play with some of the true rock greats over his expansive career.



From Bobby & the Daytonas, Detroit (W. Mitch Ryder/Jim McCarty/Johnny 'Bee' Badanjek/Steve Hunter/Steve Dansby/Rusty Day & More), (w. Blues legend Bob 'Catfish' Hodge), Cactus (w. Rusty Day), Gang War (w. Johnny Thunders of New York Dolls & Wayne Kramer of MC5 Fame), Sonic Rendezvous Band (w. Fred 'Sonic' Smith), The Boogie Man From Hell, Mike Katon and so many many more, leading him to his most recent project The Dead City Prophets.


Ron is survived by his ever loving wife Pam, their children and grandchildren. Thoughts and prayers to the family. xK

Ron really loved this gig at the Magic Bag..


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