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ALERT! THE DOORS: BREAK ON THRU – A CELEBRATION OF RAY MANZAREK TO APPEAR IN CINEMAS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN RAY’S 81st BIRTHDAY – TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH! GO SEE IT!

February 12, 2020

 

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GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC ALBUM, EMPIRE, BY PERFORMING IT IN ITS ENTIRETY, ALONG WITH RAGE FOR ORDER (1986), ON EXTENSIVE U.S. TOUR BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020

December 10, 2019

 

www.operationmindcrime.com

THE LEGENDARY DAVE MASON TO HIT THE ROAD, ONCE AGAIN, WITH LONGTIME BAND, TO CONTINUE POPULAR FEELIN’ ALRIGHT TOUR WITH DATES BEGINNING IN LATE FEBRUARY

February 2, 2020

 

www.davemasonmusic.com

CORKY LAING’S MOUNTAIN TO TOUR GERMANY, BELGIUM, FINLAND AND ROMANIA IN OCTOBER HOT ON THE HEELS OF NEW INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE, THE TOLEDO SESSIONS (VIA PRUDENTIAL RECORDS), ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

September 16, 2019

 

www.corkylaingworks.com

 

ROCK THE YACHT TOUR 2019 — FEATURING AMBROSIA, STEPHEN BISHOP, PETER BECKETT – THE VOICE OF PLAYER, JOHN FORD COLEY, WALTER EGAN AND LOOKING GLASS — SAILS FULL SPEED AHEAD WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF INITIAL TOUR DATES BEGINNING IN JULY

May 14, 2019
 
 
Contact: Jeff Albright
 
ROCK THE YACHT TOUR 2019 — FEATURING AMBROSIA, STEPHEN BISHOP,
PETER BECKETT – THE VOICE OF PLAYER, JOHN FORD COLEY
WALTER EGAN AND LOOKING GLASS — SAILS FULL SPEED AHEAD
WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF INITIAL U.S. TOUR DATES BEGINNING IN JULY
 
COME SAIL AWAY AND RIDE THE MUSICAL TIDE WITH ROCK THE YACHT 2019
FOR AN EVENING FULL OF GREATEST HITS PERFORMED BY THE ARTISTS
WHO HELPED SHAPE THE SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES
Here comes summer and the tide is high!
 
ROCK THE YACHT, the popular package tour featuring some of the most memorable artists and songs of the seventies, is “sailing” across the States once again!
 
This year’s illustrious crew — Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Player Lead Singer Peter Beckett, John Ford Coley, Walter Egan and Looking Glass — will be bringing a boatload of greatest hits on the summer trek which initially docks in such cities as Clearwater, Florida, Irving, Texas, Lake Charles, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi beginning in July.
All aboard!
 
If you’re “Holdin’ On to Yesterday,” then “Baby Come Back.”
 
“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl”… “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight.”
 
Of course, we could go “On and On” and tell you there’s an undeniable attraction between “Magnet and Steel.”
 
One thing’s for sure… you’ll hear hit after hit!
 
AMBROSIA, who headline this year’s tour, is an American rock band formed in southern California in 1970. They had five Top 40 hit singles between 1975 and 1980 and, after a hiatus in the late eighties, most of the original band members reunited and have been active with the group for the past three decades. In 1975, AMBROSIA released their self-titled debut album on 20th Century Fox Records that featured the Top 20 single, “Holdin’ On To Yesterday.” The legendary Alan Parsons engineered the album, which would be nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Engineered Recording” category. That same year, all four members of AMBROSIA would play on the first album from the Alan Parsons Project. In 1976, the band would release, Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled, which also received a Grammy nomination, setting the stage for the band’s signing to Warner Bros. Records. The year 1978 marked AMBROSIA’s biggest pop breakthrough with their first gold single, “How Much I Feel,” off Life Beyond L.A.. Two years later, they would have Top 20 single success with two singles, “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman (You & I),” featured on their One Eighty release. AMBROSIA appeared on the May 2, 2011 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as part of the host’s “Yacht Rock 2k11” theme show, performing “Biggest Part of Me” (during the show) and “How Much I Feel” (after the formal taping, but put up on the Late Night website). Today, the band consists of original members Joe Puerta (bassist/vocalist), Christopher North (keyboardist) and Burleigh Drummond (drummer) and they continue to tour all over the world, performing both their legacy hit material and more recent songs.
 
At the age of 13, STEPHEN BISHOP found himself a crossroads. A clarinetist with hopes of becoming a history teacher, he was forever changed after watching the Beatles one night on The Ed Sullivan Show. He soon convinced his brother to buy him an electric guitar, wrote his first song called, “Surf’s Turf,” and formed a band called The Weeds that played original and Top 40 songs at local fraternity parties. He headed to Los Angeles, where he walked the streets playing his $12 acoustic guitar, playing songs for various publishers in Hollywood. Through a friend, Art Garfunkel heard some of STEPHEN’s songs and, ultimately, recorded two for his 1975 Breakaway album. It wouldn’t be long before he was singing his songs in person for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Bette Midler and Michelle Phillips. STEPHEN signed a record deal with ABC Records and released his debut album, Careless, in 1976 that featured the hit songs, “Save It For a Rainy Day” and “On and On.” The album went gold as did his ’78 follow-up, which was simply titled, Bish. He sang the theme, “It Might Be You,” from the movie, Tootsie, in addition to writing or singing songs for thirteen other films including White Nights and Animal House. Yes, that’s STEPHEN singing “I Gave My Love a Cherry” on the staircase at the toga party, when John Belushi takes away and smashes his guitar.
 
PETER BECKETT – THE VOICE OF PLAYER is best known for the band’s international number one hit, “Baby Come Back.” Their biggest hit came about when PETER had just split from someone he had been in a relationship with for a long time. Still feeling the pain, he sat down with J.C. Crowley to write, and their moods were reflected in the song. First played on the radio in October of 1977, it would ultimately reach the top of the charts in January of 1978. Later that year, PLAYER — then consisting of BECKETT, Crowley, Ronn Moss and John Friesen — would be voted “Best New Single Artist” by Billboard magazine’s honor roll. Just two months after “Baby Come Back” hit the pinnacle position on the charts, PLAYER would experience another Top 10 hit with “This Time I’m In It For Love,” which also appeared on their self-titled debut album, Player. Quick to capitalize on their immense success, the band would release another album that year, Danger Zone, that featured a Top 40 hit called, “Prisoner of Love.” Where their first album captured the sunny sound of California pop, Danger Zone illustrated the band’s progressive pop/rock side with heavier guitars pushed to the front. The core of the band reunited in 2007 and in 2013, released their most recent studio effort titled, Too Many Reasons (Frontier Records). Since 2013, PETER has toured extensively, performing the hits he helped make famous.
 
There are songs you hear in your life that transport you to a certain time period or give you a special feeling. You associate those good times to the group that made them famous. Songs like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer” by England Dan and JOHN FORD COLEY seemingly have that kind of effect on people. Those popular Top 10 singles from the 70’s, along with such other songs as “It’s Sad To Belong,” “Gone Too Far” and “We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again” have made JOHN FORD COLEY a singing legend. He has spent decades touring, writing, recording, and producing. JOHN — most revered as half of the Grammy nominated duo England Dan and JOHN FORD COLEY — continues to have a busy tour schedule, performing the platinum and gold record hits for audiences around the world. As part of that duo, he would have six Top 40 hits, including four Top 10’s. Classically trained on piano and an avid guitarist, JOHN loves the craft and enjoys every audience he encounters. JOHN looks forward to being a part of ROCK THE YACHT this summer, stating, “Every now and then I get the opportunity to perform with friends and musicians whose music I really enjoy and what they contributed to the world by their music.”
 
WALTER EGAN is a musician, singer, composer, writer, artist, sculptor and general Renaissance man who is most widely known for his 1978 million-selling Top 10 single, “Magnet and Steel,” featured on his album, Not Shy (Columbia Records) produced by Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut. Four decades later, Walter’s signature song is still a staple on classic radio and can be heard in feature films (including the cult classic, Boogie Nights) and on television. In addition to the hugely popular “Magnet and Steel,” his other hits have included such songs as “Hot Summer Nights,” “Only the Lucky” and “Fool Moon Fire.” Today, Walter continues to make original music as a prolific individual artist, with several solo CD’s to his credit, and as a member of performing and recording bands including the Malibooz and the Brooklyn Cowboys.
 
LOOKING GLASS is best known for their hit, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” a song featuring singer/songwriter Elliot Lurie on vocals and guitar, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” was released in the summer of 1972. It quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling over a million copies and becoming one of the most played radio records of the year. Over time, the song has endured, consistently registering over 2.5 million Spotify streams per month and being recorded by such disparate artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kenny Chesney. It has been featured in numerous films and TV productions including “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Simpsons” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (Vol 2). “Brandy” was included on the “Guardians” soundtrack album, which is RIAA Gold certified, selling over 500,000 units. In 1973, LOOKING GLASS would experience chart success one more time with their song, “Jimmy Loves Maryanne,” that would enter the Top 40. The band was short-lived, disbanding in 1974, but Elliot Lurie would go on to release a solo album and eventually transition into supervising music for film and television, becoming an executive in charge of music for Twentieth Century Fox. He recently returned to his first loves — singing, writing and playing guitar. “Although I’ve constantly remained involved with music over the years, I was reminded that the most direct connection is still performing live to an audience.”
 
In addition to the four confirmed dates in Clearwater, Irving, Lake Charles and Biloxi, two Rock The Yacht dates featuring Ambrosia, Peter Beckett – The Voice of Player, John Ford Coley and Looking Glass have just been added in Cohasset, Massachusetts (South Shore Music Circus) and Hyannis, Massachusetts (Cape Cod Melody Tent) on August 15 and August 16, respectively.
All hands on deck!
 
Damn the torpedoes and come join the fun!
 
Sail into the sounds of the seventies with ROCK THE YACHT!
 
*If you’d like to interview one of the artists regarding the tour or need additional press materials, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at rockstarpr@aol.com.
 
 
**ROCK THE YACHT 2019 is expected to “dock” in other cities throughout the U.S. beginning in July. Additional dates to be announced soon.
 
 
ROCK THE YACHT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES SUMMER 2019
 
Wednesday, July 10 – Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida
Sunday, July 14 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas
Thursday, August 15 – South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, Massachusetts
Friday, August 16 – Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts
Saturday, August 17 – Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Friday, August 23 – IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi
 
 
 
Official Artist Websites
 
 
 
 
 
 

CORKY LAING — THE LEGENDARY DRUMMER FOR MOUNTAIN AND WEST, BRUCE AND LAING — SET TO RELEASE NEW BOOK, “LETTERS TO SARAH,” ON MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 12

May 7, 2019
 
 
 
CORKY LAING — THE LEGENDARY DRUMMER FOR MOUNTAIN
AND WEST, BRUCE AND LAING – SET TO RELEASE NEW BOOK,
TITLED “LETTERS TO SARAH” ON MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 12
 
“LETTERS TO SARAH” – CHRONICLING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF LAING’S LIFE – FEATURES EXCERPTS OF TOUCHING, MEMORABLE, HUMOROUS, INTIMATE AND HEARTFELT
LETTERS WRITTEN TO HIS MOTHER OVER 34 YEAR PERIOD
 
 
 
Corky Laing started his life in 1948 as the youngest of five siblings in Montreal, Canada. His early bands enjoyed a good local following, opened for many of the popular British invasion acts and, ultimately, got a record deal with Atlantic Records in New York. Through the teenage summers, his band was a regular on the Island of Nantucket, Massachusetts and frequented clubs in New York City. In September 1969, his life changed for good when Mountain happened. There started a few crazy years of rock mayhem. Mountain was followed by West, Bruce and Laing – a super group featuring Leslie West, Jack Bruce and Corky that was destined for greatness, but brought to an untimely end by the darker forces of the music scene. After West, Bruce and Laing, Mountain continued to tour and record on and off. The months and years off left Corky with plenty of time for his own musical explorations and other careers. He released a solo album, almost set up another super group, worked in a driving service and in real estate, had a senior position at Chappell Music and became a vice president of A&R at Polygram, Canada.
 
During his career, Corky has played, written and toured with the who’s who of rock. Keith Moon was a close pal, and Levon Helm, a mentor and friend. Eric Clapton played on his solo album and Tony Williams recommended to Jack Bruce that Corky should be included in West, Bruce and Laing. Corky Laing All Star Show Band included Mick Taylor, Lester Chambers and Meatloaf. Corky has written, among others, with Peter Frampton, Mick Jagger, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, and obviously, with Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and Jack Bruce. At the Lone Star Café in New York, he partied with the likes of Robin Williams and John Belushi.    
 
However, Letters to Sarah (Polite Bystander Productions, 2019) is a rock autobiography with a difference. In addition to the exceptionally honest and endearing voice of Corky chronicling the ups and downs of his life, there are excerpts from dozens of letters (out of the c. 200) that Corky wrote to his mother, Sarah, between the years 1963 and 1997. She had saved them all. The letters were a way for Corky, away on the road for years on end, to keep in touch with his roots and also, to make sense of his life. This continues in Letters to Sarah, as Corky relives the first 50 years of his life, up until his mother’s passing in 1998.
 
The book opens with a Foreword by the incomparable Kinky Friedman. It was written together with Corky’s manager and partner, Tuija Takala, PhD, who is a widely published academic author and who, initially discovered the letters to Sarah tucked away in a box at Corky’s rehearsal studio.
 
 
 
Letters to Sarah is now available on Amazon
 
Soft cover:
 
Kindle:
 
Audiobook (as read by Corky): Coming out soon!
 
 
 
Corky’s new album, The Toledo Sessions, will be released in late May (Rouge Records, USA) and he will tour (together with Richie Scarlet and Mark Mikel) the U.S. in August and September, and Europe in October and November. The fall will also see the release of a comprehensive Corky Laing Box Set (Gonzo Multimedia, UK).
 
 
If you’d like to interview Corky for a feature story or receive a copy of his new book, Letters to Sarah, for review, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at rockstarpr@aol.com. Thank you.
 
 
More on Corky:
 
Management:
 
 
“The cowbell king is an influential force in music (both in front of the audience and behind the scenes).
Never one to rest on his past achievements, Corky Laing is like a fine wine who just gets better and better as time goes on. Explore his journey in Letters to Sarah. It’s a groovy read front to back.”
 
BILLY AMENDOLA
 
 
When I heard ‘Mississippi Queen,’ I said: ‘now that’s a cowbell. More cowbell!’
Corky is a great man, a great drummer and an inspiration. He inspired me and if you listen carefully
you will hear a lot of cowbell in the KISS songs. Thank you Corky! God Bless You!!!
 
PETER CRISS
 
 
“As the drummer for Mountain, Corky Laing shares the title of one of the best players of that genre.”
 
LEVON HELM
(In his foreword to Corky’s Stick It book, 2001)

LISA S. JOHNSON — PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHOR OF THE HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED BOOK, “108 ROCK STAR GUITARS” — TO PROVIDE STUNNING IMAGES OF GUITARS FOR MODA’S FORTHCOMING EXHIBIT, “WIRE & WOOD: DESIGNING ICONIC GUITARS”

April 29, 2019
 
Contact: Jeff Albright (rockstarpr@aol.com)
LISA S. JOHNSON — PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHOR OF THE HIGHLY-ACCLAIMED BOOK,
“108 ROCK STAR GUITARS” — TO PROVIDE STUNNING IMAGES OF GUITARS
FOR MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA’S FORTHCOMING EXHIBIT
“WIRE & WOOD: DESIGNING ICONIC GUITARS” OPENING SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
 
 
“IMAGE CONSULTANT TO THE CURATOR” LISA S. JOHNSON’S “GUITAR AS ART”
PHOTOS TO BE FEATURED IN “WIRE & WOOD: DESIGNING ICONIC GUITARS” EXHIBIT
THAT WILL EXPLORE THE CREATION AND EVOLUTION OF THE INSTRUMENT OVER THE YEARS
 
 
“WIRE & WOOD: DESIGNING ICONIC GUITARS,” CURATED BY W. TODD VAUGHT,
TO FEATURE A DOZEN ICONIC GUITARS OWNED, PLAYED OR ENDORSED BY SUCH ARTISTS AS
BO DIDDLEY, BUCK OWENS, JACK WHITE AND JAMES HETFIELD, ENCOMPASSING
SEVERAL GENRES OF MUSIC INCLUDING BLUES, COUNTRY, ROCK, HARD ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE
 
If you’ve always been intrigued by the shapes and sounds of the electric guitar over the years, you’re in for a visual and educational experience like-no-other beginning Sunday, June 30, when the Museum of Design Atlanta unveils its newest and long-awaited exhibit, Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.
The inaugural guitar exhibit, which is expected to last through the end of September,

explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons, how they reached this status, and how technology will affect the instrument in the future.
Iconic guitars to be featured at the exhibit include those owned, played or endorsed by such guitar greats as Junior Brown, Bo Diddley, Billy Duffy, James Hetfield, Orianthi, Buck Owens, Rich Robinson, St. Vincent, Derek Trucks, Steve Vai and Jack White, representing such major guitar manufacturers as Ernie Ball, ESP, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Ibanez and PRS (Paul Reed Smith). Jack White’s featured guitar is a custom “Diddley Bow” that he created for the 2008 documentary, It Might Get Loud.
In addition to the actual guitars on display, one of the highlights of the Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars exhibit will be the numerous guitar “as art” images provided by renowned photographer Lisa S. Johnson.
Armed with a macro lens, laser-focused eye for detail and a unique, singular vision, Lisa S. Johnson’s “guitar art” has become embedded in pop culture’s six-string consciousness since the release of her critically-acclaimed deluxe leather bound coffee table debut, 108 Rock Star Guitars, on October 8, 2013 and its subsequent softcover edition published by the venerable Hal Leonard Corporation in November of 2014. The book was a 17-year journey that all began when she photographed the legendary Les Paul’s ancient Gibson during one of his famed sets at the Iridium club in New York City and the rest, as they say, is history. The book is registered with the Smithsonian Library and received the prestigious Graphis Silver Design Award in 2014.
Johnson, the “Image Consultant to the Curator” for Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars, is thoroughly excited about her participation in the forthcoming exhibit, stating, “It’s been such and honor and pleasure to work with curator W. Todd Vaught and MODA Executive Director Laura Flusche on this amazing exhibit that truly represents everything I’m all about as a photographer… recognizing, capturing and displaying the guitar as art. Whether you’re a musician or just a fan of music, you’ll love this exhibit.”
Vaught brings over 20 years of experience in multi-disciplinary design, management and story-telling to bear in Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars.
His interest in all facets of design, including architecture, interior design, graphic design and industrial design inform his interest in curating and designing exhibitions that weave together various media to tell compelling stories.
Over the past two decades, Lisa, as a true pioneer, has photographed more than two hundred one-of-a-kind guitars, perhaps more than any other photographer in the history of music. Her passion for the art and design of the guitar is unparalleled.
Some of her famous guitar images that will be on display at the Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars exhibit at MODA include Dave Mustaine, Willie Nelson, Tom Scholz, Brian Setzer and Zakk Wylde along with an unpublished image of Eddie Van Halen’s prized “Frankenstrat” and a never-before-seen image of Dave Grohl’s guitar. Visitors to the exhibit will be among the very first to see it! As for Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat,” it’s so iconic that a copy of it is housed in the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C..
Wire & Wood is all about the guitars that created some great music, live on stage and in the studio, since the instrument’s inception.
Music is the universal language and this exhibit is great for all ages!
MODA’s mission is to advance the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages.
MODA’s exhibitions invite visitors
 to learn about the power of design by participating in its processes with programs that empower children and adults to try on the mindsets of designers and to begin to think a little differently about the challenges that our world presents.
Located in Atlanta’s vibrant Midtown Arts Corridor, MODA, a Smithsonian Affiliate, holds the distinction of being the Southeast’s only museum dedicated solely to the study and celebration of all things design.
For additional information on the Museum of Design Atlanta (located at 1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309) and the Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars exhibit, please visit www.museumofdesign.org/wire-and-wood.
 
If you’d like to interview photographer, author and Image Consultant to the Curator, Lisa S. Johnson, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at RockStarPR@aol.com.
 
 
Additional Lisa S. Johnson press materials (including the guitar images of Willie Nelson and Tom Scholz) are available via this DropBox link: –https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f2oq0sp8rb8dxcr/AACv3xgrkeJRouSo28QA4M2aa?dl=0
 
Lisa S. Johnson Website and Social Media
 
Official Website – www.108RockStarGuitars.com
Facebook – 108 Rock Star Guitars / Cosmic 108
Twitter – 108RSGuitars (@108RSGuitars)
Instagram – 108RockStarGuitars (@108rockstarguitars) / Cosmic_108
 
 
Note: Copies of 108 Rock Star Guitars (both hardcover and softcover versions) will be sold at the exhibit.
THE WIRE & WOOD: DESIGNING ICONIC GUITARS EXHIBITION WILL INCLUDE:
THE DESIGN OF THE GUITAR 
Guitars are instruments of sound, but they have strong visual impact. While the individual components of every guitar are largely the same, they can be assembled in many different ways to create an endless variety of products. Does the shape, species of wood, or the length of the neck impact the sound?  Does form follow function or is image king?  Will the guitar continue in traditional form or will technological advancements change it? Wire & Wood will delve into the difference that design makes in making a guitar that sounds wonderful or creating one that is visually stunning. We’ll look at how musicians have used guitars as design elements in crafting their own images.
 
GUITARS AS MUSICAL ICONS
We will look at the design of some of the world’s most famous guitars to understand how they were created and how they became icons.  Guitar pioneers Leo Fender and Orville Gibson created some of the most well-known instruments, but they are not necessarily recognized for sound as much as for their visual impact.  Fender’s Stratocaster and Gibson’s Flying-V are instantly recognizable to many, but what about the Mosrite Mark II, the Danelectro 59M, Kramer 5150, and Gretsch White Falcon? This section will include an installation of Flying V guitars hanging from the ceiling.
 
TECHNOLOGY & GUITARS 
We’ll explore how technological advances have influenced guitar design in the past and how they are likely to do so in the future, including:
     -Acyclic Body Guitars as demonstrated through guitars on loan
     -Aluminum Body Guitars as demonstrated through guitars on loan
     -Guitars made by machining / CNC with the process demonstrated in photos
     -3D printed guitars as seen in an actual 3D instrument
 
INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES
The exhibition will engage visitors through a series of interactive activities:
     -Sound comparison of different guitars – Digital interactive allowing song samples to be compared on different guitars
     -Play a song – Digital interactive allowing people who cannot play a real instrument to “play” a song
     -Effects pedals – Interactive pedal display allowing users to use effects pedals
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JOHN LODGE, THE LEGENDARY BASS PLAYER, SONGWRITER AND VOCALIST OF THE MOODY BLUES, CONTINUES 10,000 LIGHT YEARS TOUR IN 2019 BEGINNING WITH HANDFUL OF NORTHEAST PERFORMANCES IN FEBRUARY

For all confirmed tour dates, please see John’s official website at www.johnlodge.com. Thank you.

“ROCK DOC” CHRONICLES NEIL RATNER MD’S EXTRAORDINARY AND COLORFUL LIFE JOURNEY FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS TO MEDICINE, BACK TO MUSIC AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN

November 15, 2018

“As a kid, I dreamed of two different career paths.
Either I would become a successful rock and roll drummer,
or I would become an MD.”

— Neil Ratner – “Rock Doc” —

“ROCK DOC” CHRONICLES NEIL RATNER MD’S EXTRAORDINARY AND
COLORFUL LIFE JOURNEY FROM THE MUSIC BUSINESS TO MEDICINE,
BACK TO MUSIC AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN

FORTHCOMING BOOK “ROCK DOC” — SLATED FOR BOTH DIGITAL AND AUDIO BOOK
RELEASE THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 3 AND SOFTCOVER RELEASE IN JANUARY OF 2019 —
TELLS MANY-A-FASCINATING TALE OF NEIL RATNER’S DAYS AS A ROCKER,
A DOCTOR AND OTHER NEVER-BEEN-TOLD-BEFORE STORIES AND ADVENTURES

In the mid-late fifties, a young Neil Ratner was banging his silverware on the kitchen table and anything else he could find, with the dream of becoming a rock and roll drummer.

But after being in a few bands in high school and not achieving the success he needed to continue, Neil packed up and began a pre-med curriculum at the University of Vermont.

To say the years to come and his life ahead would be “an incredible journey” would be an understatement.

“I wrote this book for a couple of reasons,” states Neil. “I’ve had this incredible life and I wanted to share it. And, of course, I want people to know the Michael Jackson that I knew… He wasn’t the Michael Jackson you think you knew from the press. Michael was a wonderful person… spiritual, sense of humor… and I think my stories will indicate that…”

ROCK DOC offers a unique insight into three distinct stages of Neil’s life; “The Rock,” “The Doc” and how his two passions combined to create “The Rock Doc.”

36 chapters, 317 pages, some three dozen images and countless stories.

The summer of 1969 would prove to be a very significant time for Neil. He took a summer job in New York City training to be an operating room technician and sublet an apartment in New York City’s gritty East Village. Rick Derringer, formerly of the band The McCoys (who had the massive #1 hit “Hang On Sloopy in 1965), lived upstairs and he and Neil struck up a friendship. Rick was working with both Johnny and Edgar Winter. Neil asked Rick to get him a job as a drummer to no avail and after the summer, Neil went back to the pre-med program at the University of Vermont.

But everything changed a year later when, in a surprise phone call, Rick asked Neil to be the road manager for Edgar Winter’s new band, White Trash (featuring Derringer, who produced the band’s self-titled album). Although Neil really wanted to be the drummer, he took the job and started his short but intense career in the music business. After about a year with Edgar, he took a job as special assistant for rock impresario Dee Anthony and toured with Dee’s bands Humble Pie, Peter Frampton, J. Geils Band and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

As a matter of fact, ELP were so impressed with Ratner that they invited him to move to London to be their full-time tour manager. During his time in London, Neil realized that there was a need for a new type of company to take care of all the touring needs of major groups and Circus Talents Ltd. was formed.

Peter Watts, the chief sound engineer for the Pink Floyd, and Neil had become good friends and Watt’s hooked him up with the technical experts to make the company happen… Watts was so impressed with Ratner’s company, he implored Floyd manager, Steve O’Rourke, to combine forces with them for the March 1973 North American leg of the Dark Side of the Moon Tour and beyond. The production was so successful that O’Rourke let Watts and Ratner use the combined equipment for a few more tours including a U.S. tour with Three Dog Night and T-Rex.

Struck down a bit by the rock and roll lifestyle (“I beat myself up pretty good”), Neil was hospitalized in London with kidney stones. While there, he had a life-changing experience after watching a 1955 movie titled, Not as a Stranger. featuring Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum and Olivia de Havilland, about a bunch of medical students going through their trials and tribulations.

Becoming a doctor was no easy task. Neil had to first finish college and was not accepted into a U.S. medical school for a variety of reasons, including limited spaces from large numbers of Vietnam Vets. Foreign medical schools were a legitimate alternative and after a crash course in Spanish at a language school, Neil and his new bride (married only a week) drove to Guadalajara, Mexico to begin four years of medical school.

Getting back into the American medical system involved a year of unpaid internship at a U.S. hospital after which Neil passed his exams and began a residency in surgery. After two years, Neil realized that surgery was not for him and was drawn instead to the other side of the operating table and a career in the specialty of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Neil Ratner took the bold step of helping to establish the new specialty of office-based anesthesia in New York City. In doing so, Dr. Ratner became an expert in the use of the new drug Propofol, a drug that would play a significant role in Neil’s future.

Although Dr. Ratner encountered many celebrities in his anesthesia practice, one would change his life. Eight years after establishing his office anesthesia practice, Michael Jackson walked into an office in which Neil was the director of Anesthesia. Neil became a trusted friend of Michael’s and for eight years (1994-2002) periodically traveled the world with Michael as his personal physician and friend.

“I liked Michael right away,” states Neil. “I was a doctor and a real music guy and we just hit it off,” adding “He was a wonderful friend and I miss him.”

The detailed story of how they met and their years together is all contained in the book.

Most of all, the book is about Neil’s journey which, in addition to his rock and roll stories and his time with Michael Jackson, includes stories about:

His time in Africa and his relationship with Nelson Mandela
His charity work in Africa and beyond
Neil’s struggles with addiction and the story of the fertility business and why he went to prison (with very unexpected results)
Denise Rich and the Dream Factory

Today, Neil and his wife of 42 years, Leann, reside in a town known for something else that occurred in the summer of 1969… Woodstock.

What better place for the Rock Doc?

For Neil, the story continues and the beat goes on…

Read all about it in ROCK DOC.

If you would like to interview “The Rock Doc,” himself, author Neil Ratner MD, or receive an advance copy of the book (preferably via digital e-book) for review purposes, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at rockstarpr@aol.com. Thank you and stay tuned for more details!

“Neil was there when I needed him. He was my neighbor when I lived in NYC, and I was working with Edgar Winter at the time. Out of nowhere, we needed a Tour Manager, and Neil, with no experience at that job said, ‘I’ll volunteer!’ He went on to be a great Tour Manager. And after that, had a long career doing things you’ll never expect. Thanks Neil.”

–Rick Derringer–

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Book Facts

Author: Neil Ratner, MD
Publisher: Rock Doc Entertainment LLC / Woodstock, NY
Soft Cover: 317 pages / 36 images (including a dozen of, or with, Michael Jackson) / 36 Chapters
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN: 978-1-7323790-1-5
Anticipated Release Date (digital and audio book as told by the author): Week of December 3, 2018
Anticipated Release Date (softcover): Week of January 20, 2019

Disclaimer and Dedication by the author, Neil Ratner, MD

This is a work of creative nonfiction. The events are portrayed to the best of my memory. While all the stories in this book are true, some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of the people involved. Conversations in the book all come from my recollections and are not written to represent word-for-word transcripts. Rather, I have retold them in a way that evokes the feeling and meaning of what was said and in all instances, the essence of the dialogue is accurate. Although I have made every effort to ensure that the information in this book was correct at press time, I do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

This book is dedicated to all those that have been told by others, “You’ll never.” Whether it is an educational goal, your dream job, a place in the world you long to visit, or just peace of mind; it’s not up to them. It’s up to you. Only you are capable of changing your life and making your dreams a reality. Don’t be defeated by others. Believe in yourself.

I also dedicate this book to Michael Jackson. MJ’s presence was with me for much of the writing, and I hope readers will see and appreciate the fascinating, caring, and supportive Michael I knew.

Last and most importantly, I dedicate this book to Leann, my soulmate and partner for the last 42 years. Life is filled with ups and downs and the true test of a relationship is what happens when times get tough. Leann’s love and support never wavered no matter how bad things got. Our bond has only strengthened, and I thank Leann for her infinite patience and tolerance in putting up with me for all these years.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO RIC OCASEK AND THE CARS FOR THEIR WELL-DESERVED INDUCTION INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME! THEY’RE UNDENIABLY THE COOLEST OF THE COOL WITH A SOUND TRULY ALL THEIR OWN! THANKS FOR THE GREAT MUSIC AND MEMORIES! JUST WHAT WE NEEDED!

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