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Rock Star Guitars From Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen,

Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jack White and Many More

Featured in Exquisite New Art Book 108 Rock Star Guitars

By Photographer/Author Lisa S. Johnson with Foreword by Les Paul

A Portion of Proceeds To Benefit The Les Paul Foundation

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson is a collection of stunningly personal and intimate portraits of the cherished guitars owned by the gods of rock. It is a music and fine-art photography aficionado’s backstage pass to witness up-close these six-stringed works of art belonging to Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Rick Nielsen, Slash, Jack White, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley and many others. The book, to be published by Glitterati Incorporated, is offered for pre-order now at and will be available at booksellers and online everywhere September 16, 2013. (108 Rock Star Guitars SRP: $108, ISBN: 978-0-9832702-5-6). A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Les Paul Foundation.

This exquisite, 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette, features 300 images that reveal—through Johnson’s signature macrophotography style—the intimate details, etchings, totems, and personal touches that embody the true spirit of the musician and that few—save for their stage crew—have seen from this perspective. Alongside these images, Johnson provides personal anecdotes describing her long quest to photograph these iconic instruments and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some the world’s most famous concert venues, to the artist’s private homes.

“I remember the first black-and-white pictures Lisa took of my guitars… they were wonderfully evocative,” writes the late legendary musician and inventor Les Paul in the book’s foreword. “I never could have guessed that she would one day produce the extensive, impressive collection of photographs presented here—images unlike any I have ever seen. Lisa’s passion for her subject is evident on every page of this magnificent book.”

In addition, Glitterati will issue a deluxe, limited edition of 540 signed and numbered copies, packaged in a die-cut collector’s box. (SRP: $540, ISBN: 978-0-9891704-0-6). Those books will include a hand-woven, silk chiffon scarf in deep purple, featuring the book cover design. Both editions will include a 16-page booklet, “The Inspiration Behind 108 Rock Star Guitars,” with additional behind-the-scenes photos and stories as well as a guitar pick printed with one of three custom holographic foil designs.

108 Rock Star Guitars is the culmination of Johnson’s 17-year journey that began when she photographed Les Paul’s guitar during one of his regular Monday night sets at New York’s famed Iridium Club. Renowned for his innovations and recognized as one of the pioneers of the solid body electric guitar, he wrote the book’s foreword a few months before he passed away in 2009. In his honor and memory, Johnson will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research.

Johnson’s innovative guitar photographs can also be seen in the book Eric Clapton: Six-String Stories, where 47 of her images are featured along with archival photos by acclaimed lensmen Lord Snowden, David Bailey, Terry O’Neill, Dominique Tarle and others.

As a former technical sales rep for Kodak, Johnson shot extensively, experimenting with processes and every type of film she had in her inventory. In 108 Rock Star Guitars, she showcases a variety of the last film stock ever manufactured for Kodak Professional and the transition to digital, in her gorgeous homage to image and music.

About Glitterati Incorporated:

Glitterati Incorporated is an intellectual property producer and publisher of distinctive illustrated books, ancillary gift products, and electronic media with offices in New York and London. Glitterati is an expert in producing and selling some of the most innovative products in the book industry. Working both domestically and internationally, Glitterati addresses the market needs of consumers while delivering products with the highest editorial, design, and manufacturing standards. Its offerings span across a variety of genres including fine art and popular culture, fashion and photography, architecture and design, cooking and gardening, children’s interest and lifestyle. Glitterati’s goal is to extend boundaries in the industry while creating deluxe products with broad appeal.

About The Les Paul Foundation:

The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

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May 21, 2013

The summertime blues are back and better than ever as the popular Rock’n’Blues Fest tour returns for a second consecutive year with such well-known artists as Ten Years After, Edgar Winter Band, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers.

All inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues, these five artists will be hitting the road together for approximately a month beginning July 27 at The Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer return from last year, where they performed many a sold out show with Johnny Winter, Leslie West and Kim Simmonds.

In 1967, four young musicians from Nottinghamshire, England — Leo Lyons, Ric Lee and Chick Churchill together with Alvin Lee — formed Ten Years After and became one of the biggest names in music and one of the most explosive quartets on the world stage. Their now legendary encore, “I’m Going Home,” performed at Woodstock in August 1969, was captured on film and exposed their jazz, blues, rock amalgam to a large audience, who were blown away by the intensity of the band’s performance when the Academy Award winning documentary was released. Their ten-minute appearance in the film is an acknowledged highlight and established Ten Years After a place in rock history. In 1971, the band had a Top 40 hit with “I’d Love To Change The World.” After Alvin Lee left the band for a solo career, Ten Years After ceased recording and touring. A chance opportunity in early 2002 for the other three original members of Ten Years After (bassist Leo Lyons, drummer Ric Lee and keyboardist Chick Churchill) to work together again gave them an insight into the intense, re-awakened interest in the band. In 2003, vocalist/guitarist Joe Gooch joined the line-up and the band soon released a studio album titled Now, which was followed by a live effort in 2005. Today, they are recreating the music, energy and excitement they’ve been known for over the past several decades.

“All the members of Ten Years After are enthusiastic about reuniting with Edgar, Rick and especially Canned Heat again,” states Ric Lee. “Original members Chick Churchill, Leo Lyons and I first performed alongside Canned Heat at the legendary Fillmore Ballroom on our first tour of the United States in 1968 and have remained good friends ever since. We are also excited to tour the U.S. as we pay tribute to band-mate Alvin Lee, while igniting a new wave of youthful excitement and appeasing long-term fans.”

Alvin Lee, for those unaware, passed away earlier this year from “unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.”

Joining Ten Years After for the Rock’n’Blues Fest “ride” will be Edgar Winter, who has certainly met with considerable acclaim in his own right with such monster hits as “Free Ride” and the chart-topping rocker, “Frankenstein.”

A multi-instrumentalist (keyboards/sax/percussion) whose music encompasses many different genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop, Edgar Winter first hit the national spotlight with his early recording of “Tobacco Road,” featured on his 1970 debut album, Entrance. Edgar would soon form the band White Trash and release two hit albums in ’71 and ’72 titled, Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Roadwork. Hot on the heels of the certified gold album, Roadwork, Edgar would put together an entirely new outfit called The Edgar Winter Group that would originally feature guitarist Ronnie Montrose. In 1973, the band’s first effort, They Only Come Out at Night, would spawn both the hit singles, “Free Ride” (#14) and “Frankenstein” (#1), and remain on the charts for an incredible 80 consecutive weeks. The pivotal album would eventually reach double-platinum status, selling more than 2 million copies. With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His music has been featured in several major national television and radio and advertising campaigns. In addition, his music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects.

“This is Edgar Winter, and we will be rockin’ the blues again this year on the Rock’n’Blues Fest Tour. For those of you who saw us last year, we will be doing a new and very different show. 2013 marks the fortieth year since the release of ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Free Ride’ on the album, They Only Come Out At Night. So we intend to celebrate the occasion by playing some of the songs from that album I haven’t done in years — like ‘We All Had A Real Good Time,’ ‘Hangin’ Around,’ and ‘Undercover Man.’ We are very excited, this one’s going to be a blast! It means the world to me to be playing the music I love, and see you all out there having a good time. So we look forward to seeing you at one of the shows, and get ready to ROCK ‘n’ ROLL!!!”

Joining the tour for the first time is Canned Heat who rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep. Emerging in 1966, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite. Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of all phases of the genre, the group specialized in updating obscure old blues recordings. Canned Heat’s unique blend of modern electric blues, rock and boogie has earned them a loyal following and influenced many aspiring guitarists and bands during the past four decades. Their Top 20 country-blues-rock songs from 1968, “On The Road Again” and “Going Up The Country,” became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock. Their cover version of Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Work Together” was actually their biggest hit as it rose to #1 in 31 different countries around the world.

“We are all looking forward to a great tour with our longtime friends of Ten Years After and Edgar Winter,” says Skip Taylor, Canned Heat’s longtime manager. “It should be as much fun for us as for the audience.”

Next on the bill is rock guitarist Rick Derringer, who’s had an illustrious career as both a solo artist and critical band member.

Air guitarists will surely be out in force when Rick breaks into his well-known rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” The song, released in ’73, continues to be a staple on rock radio and was featured in several movies including The Spirit of ’76, Rush, Stag, What A Girl Wants and the cult classic, Dazed and Confused. It’s a little known fact that years before his success as a solo artist, Rick had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965 called, “Hang on Sloopy.” The song would eventually be knocked out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” A year after its release, The McCoys would find themselves as the openers for the entire Rolling Stones American tour. In 1977, Rick would appear on the last Led Zeppelin North American Tour and, in the years to follow, would perform with such artists as Alice Cooper (“Under My Wheels”), Steely Dan (“Show Biz Kids” and “Chained Lightning”), KISS, Todd Rundgren and Weird Al Yankovic among others including the Winter brothers, Johnny and Edgar. From 1986 to 1992, Rick would tour with Cindy Lauper and co-write a song from her True Colors album titled, “Calm Inside The Storm.” In 2011, Rick toured Europe with Ringo Starr as a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band just prior to embarking on that year’s Hippiefest tour.

While most bluesy hard rock acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s hailed from the United States, there were several exceptions to the rule, such as Canadian singer/guitarist Pat Travers who also joins the Rock’n’Blues Fest tour for the first time. Born in Toronto, he first picked up the guitar just prior to entering his teens, after witnessing a local performance of the great Jimi Hendrix. His first touring gig came his way when he hooked up with ‘50s Rock & Roll vet Ronnie Hawkins. But Travers main love was hard rock so, after a year, he headed to London before returning to North America and setting his sights on the U.S. rock market. With the new Travers band, Pat enjoyed his most commercially successful period, resulting in a pair of Top 30 releases, “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)” from the album, Live! Go For What You Know, and “Snortin’ Whiskey” from Crash and Burn. Travers continues to tour and record regularly, rocking the masses wherever he goes…

“I am so excited to be part of a tour that has some of my favorite artists on it playing some of best music ever written and performed. This is Pat Travers and I’m champing at the bit to get the chance to play a lot of Rockin’ Blues on the Blues Fest Tour this Summer 2013.”

Change the world with Ten Years After!

Unleash “the monster” with Edgar Winter!

Work together with Canned Heat!

Hang on with Rick Derringer!

Watch the lights go out with Pat Travers!

You know where it’s at…

For more information or to request an interview with one of the artists, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at



Saturday, July 27 – The Cannery Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
Sunday, July 28 – The Winery – Saratoga, California
Tuesday, July 30 – Humphrey’s By The Sea – San Diego, California
Friday, August 2 – The Grove – Anaheim, California
Saturday, August 3 – Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park – Flagstaff, Arizona
Sunday, August 4 – Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, Arizona
Wednesday, August 7 – The Zoo – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday, August 9 – Country Club Hills Theater – Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, August 10 – Freedom Hill Amphitheater – Sterling Heights, Michigan
Sunday, August 11 – Empire City Casino – Yonkers, New York
Tuesday, August 13 – NYCB Theatre – Westbury, New York
Wednesday, August 14 – The Keswick Theater – Glenside, Pennsylvania
Thursday, August 15 – The Park Theater – Providence, Rhode Island
Friday, August 16 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, New Jersey
Saturday, August 17 – Casino Rama – Rama, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, August 18 – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, Ohio
Wednesday, August 21 – Hampton Beach Casino – Hampton, New Hampshire
Thursday, August 22 – Melody Tent – Hyannis, Massachusetts
Saturday, August 24 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, Florida

*More dates to be announced.


May 15, 2013



SOUND OF CONTACT are set to release their debut concept album, Dimensionaut, on Tuesday, May 28th in the United States and are currently out on tour in Europe as part of the InsideOut Music 20th Anniversary shows with Spock’s Beard and Beardfish.

Dimensionaut is about a man who has the ability to travel through space, time and alternate realities and yet struggles with his desire to keep a sense of grounded reality on Earth, with each song an episode and sub-story within the larger contact of the 72-minute album.

Recently a select few industry members and close friends and family were treated to a screening of the band’s fantastic debut music video for “Not Coming Down,” the first single to be taken from Dimensionaut.

That video premieres today, Wednesday, May 15, and is now viewable in all its six-and-a-half minute glory here, presented by

The band had this to say about the video’s concept and making…

“We’re excited to be premiering the music video for our single, ‘Not Coming Down,’ as it is not only the first full song most people will be hearing from our debut album, Dimensionaut, but it is also a significant moment in our concept album’s storyline,” says Simon Collins, co-writer/producer, vocalist and drummer for SOUND OF CONTACT. “Each of the music videos being made for our new album are like an episode in the overall story and this one reveals an event in our character’s journey where he hits rock bottom from a state of spiritual poverty. He is faced with the delicate balance of life and this acts as the catalyst for the realization of who he truly is, a Dimensionaut.”

“The song is also about a point of no return which can so easily be reached when certain lines are crossed, states Dave Kerzner, co-writer/producer and keyboardist for SOUND OF CONTACT. “Radical life changes can happen in any given moment to anyone. We sometimes forget how fragile we are…”

In the video, Simon Collins, son of legendary musician Phil Collins, is on vocals and drums, Dave Kerzner is on keyboards, Matt Dorsey on bass and joining them for the video is touring guitarist John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Fish). They are accompanied by a string quintet. Collins also plays the character “Dimensionaut” in the video, who is continually trying to escape who he really is. Actress Michelle Martinez plays his love interest and is faced with difficult challenges witnessing the resistance he has to his highly unusual life as well as a strange flying object that begins hovering above him as his condition deteriorates. She does her best to save him from his ultimate climactic moment of transformation.

The brainchild of Simon Collins and keyboardist/co-producer Dave Kerzner, SOUND OF CONTACT marks the beginning of something that Collins had always to wanted to put his hand to after ten years of promoting his own solo career. With the help of Kerzner as well as Matt Dorsey, Kelly Nordstrom and Hannah Stobart (Wishing Tree), and with an album mixed by Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC, Marillion), this vision has come to fruition.

The music can be described as a refreshing blend of modern and classic rock with influences ranging from Pink Floyd and The Beatles to Genesis, Yes and modern artists such as Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Coldplay.

To give everyone a first impression of what to expect from Dimensionaut, the band put together a teaser video with snippets of each song.

You can check it out here –

For more information on SOUND OF CONTACT, please see the band’s official website at

For interview requests, please contact Jeff Albright at The Albright Entertainment Group –

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Sound of Contact / May 2013 European Tour Dates Remaining with Spock’s Beard and Beardfish

Wednesday, May 15 – Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg, Germany
Thursday, May 16 – Das Rind in Russelsheim, Germany
Friday, May 17 – Zeche in Bochum, Germany
Saturday, May 18 – De Boerderij in Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Sunday, May 19 – Markthalle in Hamberg, Germany

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May 3, 2013


What do you get when you combine such classic songs as “Ride Like The Wind,” “Still The One,” “Dream Weaver,” “You Are The Woman,” “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” “Steal Away” and “Baby Come Back?”

An amazing flashback concert spectacle called the SAIL ROCK tour featuring Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree and Player.

Nothing but hits with the original voices.

In the summer of ’76, no matter where you were in America, it was likely that you were listening to many of those hits on your favorite radio station…”Still The One,” “Dream Weaver,” “You Are The Woman” and “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” along with Gary Wright’s “Love is Alive” were all staples of the summer.

Although you might have already been familiar with Orleans from their hit song, “Dance with Me” from the year before and Gary Wright due to his work with the British band, Spooky Tooth, it was 1976 that most of the artists became well-known with their hit singles and considerable chart success.

Here it is, well over three decades later, and not only do fans and followers remember the songs, they recollect the great memories that often come along with them.

Now’s your chance to relive some of those good times with an evening of SAIL ROCK.

Featuring seven artists who boast a combined thirty Top 40 hits, along with sixteen Top 10’s and three chart-topping singles, the inaugural SAIL ROCK tour is expected to begin in early July (see current itinerary below).

Christopher Cross was by far the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the #1 hit, “Sailing.” That year, his self-titled debut album, Christopher Cross, spawned no less than four Top 20 singles, including “Ride Like The Wind,” “Never Be the Same,” “Say You’ll Be Mine,” and, of course, his biggest hit off the disc, “Sailing,” which ultimately garnered Cross one of his five Grammy Awards (1981) for Song of the Year. The Grammy honors, which included Best New Artist, would be an unprecedented and record-setting achievement. Christopher soon scored his second number one hit, as well as an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award, with the song, “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” for the popular Dudley Moore comedy movie, Arthur. In 1983, Christopher would have another Top 10 song with “Think of Laura,” a song featured prominently in the daytime drama, General Hospital. In all, Christopher Cross had eight songs on the Billboard Top 40 charts between 1980 and 1983. Four years, two albums, eight hit singles, several world tours, five Grammy’s, and one Oscar marked Christopher’s meteoric rise to the top. Throughout the years, he has remained a unique artist, replete with that confounding blend of sensitivity, determination and conviction of his own artistry. Christopher continues to record and perform, averaging about 100 live shows per year.

From their earliest days as a favorite at colleges and clubs in the Northeast US … to studio and live collaborations with industry greats Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Little Feat and others… to Top 10 success with bona-fide classics such as “Still the One” and “Dance With Me”… now celebrating their 40th year of creating musical history together, Orleans has continually demonstrated “depth.” “Depth”: A word used to describe sports teams who are multi-dimensional, movies that must be seen many times, art that continues to reveal hidden meaning. In the throwaway world of Rock & Roll bands, how often do you see real depth? For the past four decades, Orleans has defied industry pundits and career counselors by doing many different things well. They’ve been performing live nearly every year since 1972, always with at least half the original members. They do it the old-fashioned way… they sing and play their own stuff. Their oldest fans are bewildered and amazed at the fact that they still sound as good as (or even better than) ever … especially their vocals! Younger fans are simply impressed. Everyone agrees… these guys “still have it”.

Although he’s probably best known for his massive hit, “Dream Weaver,” Gary Wright originally hit the popular music scene in 1967 as the singer and keyboard player for the band Spooky Tooth. In 1970, he would perform at the famous Isle of Wight festival with the band. Prior to the breakup of Spooky Tooth in 1974, Gary was invited to perform piano on George Harrison’s solo classic, All Things Must Pass. In 1975, Gary released his first solo album “The Dream Weaver” featuring the singles, “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive,” both of which would hit the #2 position on the Billboard charts the following year and remain classic rock radio mainstays until this very day. “Dream Weaver” would sell over a million copies shortly after its release and go on to be prominently featured in three major movies including Wayne’s World, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Toy Story 3. In 1981, Gary would achieve his third big hit with the release of “Really Wanna Know You.” Since 2008, Gary has toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. More recently, Gary released an album titled, Connected, featuring such musicians as Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter. He appeared on the Hippiefest tour in 2011 with Dave Mason, Mark Farner, Rick Derringer and Felix Cavaliere and is excited to be on this year’s Sail Rock Tour.

Gary states, “I am very much looking forward to playing again with such a great group of artists this summer. I’ve worked with Christopher Cross, Peter Beckett and Robbie Dupree in the past and I’m looking forward to working with Orleans and Firefall. It should be a great tour.”

Jock Bartley, Sandy Ficca, Bil Hopkins and Steven Weinmeister have been playing together in Firefall for over fifteen years, with Chris Ball joining the band in 2002. Firefall first hit the scene in May of 1976 with the release of their self-titled debut album that would be, at the time, the quickest album to reach gold status in the history of Atlantic Records. The second single released from the album, “You Are The Woman,” would enter the Top 10 and become their biggest hit. That summer, the band found themselves opening up for the legendary Fleetwood Mac. In 1977, the band would have another major hit with “Just Remember I Love You,” followed by yet another in 1978 with “Strange Way.” Both would hit #11 on the charts… Over the years, they would compile an impressive six Top 40 hits. Today in concert, Firefall can play over an hour of nothing but hits and radio recognizable tunes. There are plans to record a live CD to capture the fire and fun that sparks from the stage. They are currently writing songs for a new studio album, which will hopefully soon become a reality. Firefall endures because of the strength and integrity of their songs. It flourishes because of the energy and spontaneity that is so evident on stage and in the studio.

“Firefall is very excited to be playing on the Sail Rock tour with such great bands and artists of the 1970s,” says founding member Jock Bartley. “It’s an honor for us to be included. It’ll be hit song after hit song being played on this amazing tour, some of the top tunes from that amazing decade. What a roster! What an event!”

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 with an active roster 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 is currently going into the studio to record new material for an acoustic album.

“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,” says John. “Although I’ve performed with many of these guys on separate occasions, I’m excited to be able to perform with so many of them at the same time. It’s going to be like old home week for me. I’ll be singing along with everyone else. It was great music and I know everyone will enjoy hearing all of those songs back-to-back.”

Robbie Dupree began his music career in the clubs of Greenwich Village in New York during the late 1960’s. After years of performing in R&B bands (including New World Rising with renowned producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers), he moved to Los Angeles in 1978. A musical partnership with Rick Chudacoff and Peter Bunetta led to Robbie’s first recording contract on Elektra Records. His debut album from 1980 produced two major hit singles, “Steal Away” and “Hot Rod Hearts,” now classics. In 1981, Robbie was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist. His current release, Arc of a Romance, marks his tenth studio recording. His songs have been used in major films and television shows. Robbie continues to perform live in concert around the world.

“It’s going to be great fun to be a part of the Sail Rock tour, comments Robbie. “I get the chance to work with old friends and great artists . Although through the years we have all continued to record and tour, this show gives us an opportunity to revisit our hits from back in the day.”

The band Player — now featuring original members Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss — is, perhaps, best known for their international number one hit single called “Baby Come Back.” This song came about when Peter had just split from someone he had been in a relationship with for a long time. Still feeling the sting, he sat down with J.C. Crowley, to write, and their moods came out in the song. “Baby Come Back” broke on the radio in October of 1977, and reached number one in early January, 1978. Player was voted by Billboard Magazine’s honor roll as Best New Single Artist for 1978. Just two months after “Baby Come Back” hit the top of the charts, the band would follow up with another Top 10 hit, “This Time I’m In It For Love.” Both songs appeared on their self-titled, debut album, Player. As well as both playing guitar, Peter and J.C. shared the lead vocals on this album, except for “Tryin’ To Write A Hit Song,” which Ronn Moss took the lead vocals on. J.C. is also credited with playing keyboards and synthesizer as well as guitar. Player first performed live as the opening act for Gino Vanelli in November of ’77, then later with Boz Scaggs. It was in the middle of this tour that “Baby Come Back” became a huge hit, and the band took off from there. Later in 1978, the band would experience another Top 40 hit called, “Prisoner of Love,” from their album, Danger Zone. Player has now been reformed again with original members Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss, and have just released their new EP and album on Frontiers Records.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing some Rock and Roll with Peter Beckett,” says Ronn Moss. “We’ll make it fun, and it’ll be great to see a lot of our fans.”

For further information, photos or interview requests, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at



Friday, July 5 – Chautauqua Amphitheater – Chautauqua, New York
Saturday, July 13 – Fortune Bay Casino Resort Ballroom – Tower, Minnesota
Monday, August 5 – Wisconsin State Fair / Main Stage – West Allis, Wisconsin
Thursday, August 8 – Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts – Kettering, Ohio
Saturday, August 10 – River Edge Park – Aurora, Illinois
Tuesday, August 13 – Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown, New Jersey
Wednesday, August 14 – Indiana State Fair / Marsh Free Stage – Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, August 15 – The Family Arena – St. Charles, Missouri
Wednesday, August 21 – Sandy Amphitheater – Sandy, Utah
Saturday, August 24 – The Sunrise Marketplace Pavilion – Citrus Heights, California
Tuesday, October 8 – Norfolk County Fair – Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

*More dates to be announced.


April 11, 2013




In the three years since The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie brought back some friends for the 25th Anniversary Tour in 2010, “Happy Together” has become one of the most successful summer tours in existence, constantly hitting the road and celebrating the music of the 60’s for thousands of “Happy” fans to enjoy across North America.

This year’s Happy Together Tour — comprised of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders and Gary Lewis & The Playboys — will begin on Saturday, June 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi and subsequently land in more than fifty cities across the United States and Canada on a trek that is expected to last through early October (see below for itinerary).

“Happy Together Tour 2013 will be the biggest and most successful tour we have done in the past 7 years,” states Mark Volman (aka “Flo”) of The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. “It’s 54 cities over 9 weeks, and the groups on this year’s show bring with them hours of hit songs and memories certain to please every fan of the 1960’s. We are so excited to be a part of this great show. You don’t want to miss it!”

Hours of hit songs, indeed.

In all, the five artists on this year’s tour have over sixty Top 40 hits to choose from, including six number one songs.

Half of those Top 40 hits were Top 10!

The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie have headlined and hosted all the previous Happy Together Tours and will be doing the same for this year’s shows.

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap return from last year, while Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & The Raiders returns from 2010 and 2011.

Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, joined The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie on 2009’s Hippiefest Tour.

The relative newcomer to the Happy Together Tour is Gary Lewis & The Playboys, who shared the stage with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, The Mamas & the Papas, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams on the immensely successful 1985 Happy Together Tour.

“I’m very excited to be on the Happy Together Tour again with my great friends from the 60’s,” exclaims Gary. “We have wonderful acts and all you’ll hear is hits!”

From such songs as “Happy Together,” “Joy to the World” and “Young Girl” to “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” and “This Diamond Ring,” fans will, once again, delight in hearing the songs sung by the original singers that they’ve heard on the radio for the past several decades.

“Happy Together” by The Turtles hit #1 on the charts in 1967 (displacing the Beatles’ “Penny Lane”) and remains a staple on classic rock radio to this day. Although their biggest hit and signature song, it’s just one of their nine Top 40 hits, which includes such popular songs as “She’d Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” and “It Ain’t Me Babe.” In 1968, far ahead of their time, they would release one of music’s first concept albums, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, where they pretended to be eleven different bands with different names, each providing a song in a different genre. The album — which showcased their incredible range of vocal talent — spawned the hits “Elenore” and “You Showed Me” (both peaking at #6 on the Billboard charts). Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan have remained plenty busy over the years with both The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie and their extracurricular music activities. The band has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and continue to please audiences with their fun-filled performances.

Chuck Negron co-founded the hugely popular, multi-platinum band, Three Dog Night in 1967. The group went on to become one of the most successful bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s with 21 Top 40 hits and three number one songs including “Joy to the World,” “Black and White” and “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).” The band’s first gold record was “One,” which featured Chuck on lead vocals as did “Joy to the World” and many other of the band’s biggest hits including “Old Fashioned Love Song.” Chuck has kept the music that he helped make famous “alive” by continuing to perform throughout the decades.

This year’s Happy Together Tour starts on Chuck’s birthday and he’s looking forward to being a part of the festivities. “Performing with the Happy Together Tour is one of the highlights of my career!”

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties, boasting five Top 10 singles. Gary’s unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits such as “Young Girl” and “Woman Woman.” In 1968, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap sold more records than any other artist including the Beatles. Gary Puckett has performed on more than thirty network television shows and prime time specials during his career, even adding a command performance for the President and Prince Charles at the White House. The Union Gap disbanded in 1971. Gary continues to tour nationally and internationally.

Gary comments, “The Happy Together Tour is a tremendously fun and entertaining show both to do AND to see! It’s a pleasure and an honor to be one of the featured performers. Don’t miss it!”

“Indian Reservation” by Paul Revere & The Raiders hit #1 on the charts in 1971, selling over 4 million copies which made it the biggest selling single for Columbia Records for almost a decade. This massive hit followed quite a few that came before it from the band including “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Just Like Me” and “Good Thing” (as well as the Mark Lindsay Top Ten solo hit, “Arizona,” from 1970). In all, the band would achieve no less than fifteen Top 40 hits, five going Top 10. In February of this year, Mark released, “Like Nothing That You’ve Seen,” ultimately described by Little Steven on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Underground Garage” as the “coolest song in the world.” A full album, via Bongo Boy Records, will be coming out this summer.

“I’m hyper-excited about being back on the Happy Together Tour this year and I’m working out to get in top shape for my high energy show,” says Mark. “I hope to see you all out on that road and we’ll have some great rock and roll fun together!”

Aficionados of the 60’s pop classics have cause to rejoice with the return of Gary Lewis & The Playboys. It was the summer of 1964 when Gary Lewis & The Playboys were discovered by producer Snuff Garrett. By the following year, they had a song go straight to the top of the charts called, “This Diamond Ring.” After the second hit titled, “Count Me In,” went to number two, Gary and the band proved they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as “Save Your Heart for Me,” “Everybody Loves A Clown,” “She’s Just My Style,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her” and many more (seven in all). In 1965, Gary, himself, was Cash Box magazine’s “Male Vocalist of the Year,” winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960’s to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine’s Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. Still going strong, Gary released a new single last year titled, “You Can’t Go Back.”

For the second consecutive year, ten Belmont University students will be joining “Professor Flo,” Mark Volman, for an invaluable experience on the road in their own tour bus for approximately two weeks of the Happy Together Tour beginning June 14 in Clearwater, Florida.

Under the guidance of Volman — a founding member of The Turtles and Curb College professor of Entertainment Industry Studies — the students will be working with the artists on tour and crew professionals in the area of tour management, stage management, audio engineering, tour accounting and merchandise sales This will be in addition to learning the process of loading in, setting up, breaking down and loading out.

“This is a unique and wonderful experience for all of us,” comments Volman. “The students get a chance to see and experience first-hand what life on the road is really all about… We like to think of it as the Rock and Roll Reality Tour.”

Come on out, join the fun and imagine how the world could be, so very fine… so Happy Together!

For further information, photos or interview requests, please contact Jeff Albright / The Albright Entertainment Group at



Saturday, June 8 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi, Mississippi
Sunday, June 9 – Peabody Auditorium – Daytona Beach, Florida
Tuesday, June 11 – Stafford Centre – Stafford, Texas
Wednesday, June 12 – Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center – Midland, Texas
Thursday, June 13 – Long Center for the Performing Arts-Dell – Austin, Texas
Friday, June 14 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, Florida
Saturday, June 15 – The Pavilion at Seminole Casino – Coconut Creek, Florida
Sunday, June 16 – Tennessee Performing Arts Center / Polk Theater – Nashville, Tennessee
Tuesday, June 18 – Lebanon Opera House – Lebanon, New Hampshire
Wednesday, June 19 – Keswick Theater – Glenside, Pennsylvania
Thursday, June 20 – State Theatre – New Brunswick, New Jersey
Friday, June 21 – NYCB Theatre at Westbury – Westbury, New York
Saturday, June 22 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, New York
Sunday, June 23 – Wolf Trap Filene Center – Vienna, Virginia
Wednesday, June 26 – Cain Park – Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Thursday, June 27 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Friday, June 28 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Saturday, June 29 – North Shore Music Theatre – Beverly, Massachusetts
Sunday, June 30 – American Music Theatre – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Thursday, July 4 – Del Mar Fairgrounds / Grandstand – Del Mar, California
Friday, July 5 – The Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, California
Monday, July 8 – Ed Kenley Centennial Amphitheater – Layton, Utah
Tuesday, July 9 – Sandy City Amphitheater – Sandy, Utah
Wednesday, July 10 – Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino – Lemoore, California
Thursday, July 11 – Chumash Casino – Santa Ynez, California
Friday, July 12 – Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, July 13 – Talking Stick Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona
Saturday, July 27 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, New Jersey
Tuesday, July 30 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, New Jersey
Wednesday, July 31 – Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown, New Jersey
Friday, August 2 – Casino Rama Entertainment Centre – Rama, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, August 3 – The Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, August 4 – Wisconsin State Fair / Main Stage – West Allis, Wisconsin
Tuesday, August 6 – Indiana State Fair / Marsh Free Stage – Indianapolis, Indiana
Wednesday, August 7 – Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts – Kettering, Ohio
Thursday, August 8 – Centennial Terrace – Sylvania, Ohio
Friday, August 9 – Iowa State Fair / Grandstand – Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, August 10 – Ho-Chuck Gaming / Black River Falls – Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Sunday, August 11 – Peoria Civic Center Theater – Peoria, Illinois
Wednesday, August 21 – Effingham Performance Center – Effingham, Illinois
Thursday, August 22 – Kentucky State Fair / Fairgrounds – Louisville, Kentucky
Friday, August 23 – Paramount Arts Centre – Aurora, Illinois
Sunday, August 25 – Corn Palace Festival – Mitchell, South Dakota
Monday, August 26 – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, Minnesota
Tuesday, August 27 – Sanford Center – Bemidji, Minnesota
Wednesday, August 28 – McPhillips Station Casino – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Friday, August 30 – Little River Casino Resort – Manistee, Michigan
Sunday, September 1 – New York State Fair / Chevy Court – Syracuse, New York
Saturday, October 5 – All Seasons Arena – Minot, North Dakota


March 6, 2013


The year is 2013 and revolution is calling once again for Queensryche front man Geoff Tate, who is leading the charge with the band’s forthcoming studio effort titled, Frequency Unknown, due out April 23 on Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records.

Although “F.U.” might be perceived as a fitting tribute and salutation, it is, without question, a no-holds barred album of new music featuring original Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate along with an entirely new line-up consisting of bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake/Dio/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Robert Sarzo (Hurricane), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC/Dio), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001) and keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth).

For Frequency Unknown, Tate and company invited a few of their friends to come join in on the recording “fun” for what will mark Queensryche’s thirteenth studio album.

The result?

An album containing ten new hard-hitting, distinctively Queensryche songs, four newly-recorded Queensryche classics and an array of well-known guests including guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Ty Tabor (King’s X), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Craig Locicero (Forbidden) and Chris Cannella along with drummers Paul Bostaph (Slayer/Testament) and Evan Bautista.

Also appearing on the album will be bassist Jason Slater, who has worked on several previous Queensryche projects with Tate including Operation: Mindcrime II and American Soldier.

Slater co-wrote some of the songs on Frequency Unknown with Geoff Tate and is also the album’s Producer.

“I think that the idea of having guest appearances evolved from the time constraints we had imposed on the project,” states Tate. “And I must say that I was humbled by the enthusiasm and excitement of all the players that contributed.”

Frequency Unknown Track Listing

Give it to You
In the Hands of God
Running Backwards
Life Without You
The Weight of the World

Bonus Tracks
(newly-recorded Queensryche classics)

I Don’t Believe in Love
Jet City Woman
Silent Lucidity

Although times have changed for Geoff Tate, his hard rock wavelength, as represented on Frequency Unknown, remains the same.

With Geoff at the helm, Queensryche has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, toured in approximately 50 countries and received four Grammy nominations.

He remains one of the most well-known and respected vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal.

Frequency Unknown.

Coincidental abbreviation?


Fun for all metal heads to sink their teeth into?


Feel free to feast.

Please note: Beginning on April 6th at the Peppermill Casino in West Wenover, Nevada, the band will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime. The performance will include all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see current tour itinerary below).

Operation: Mindcrime was recently named one of the Top 10 Concept Albums of All Time by Guitar World magazine.


April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 – Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado
April 10 – Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, Colorado
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 17 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California
April 22 – Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California
April 24 – Emo’s in Austin, Texas
April 25 – The Concert Pub North in Houston, Texas
May 16 – Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 17 – The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois
May 18 – St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

*More dates to be announced.


Congratulations to our client, Nils Lofgren, who celebrates his 29th year with Bruce!

Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Ireland, Wales and Brazil… here they come again for another memorable show!

For all dates, please see

For info on Nils, please see

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS THIRD BASE COACH TIM FLANNERY SELLS OUT ALL FOUR BENEFIT CONCERTS FOR BRYAN STOW! We enjoyed being a part of it and ask that everyone continue to support Bryan on his road ahead.

January 15, 2013


Longtime San Francisco Giants third base coach, Tim Flannery (, has organized four more benefit concerts for Giants fan Bryan Stow who was critically injured when he was attacked in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the season opener for the teams in late March 2011.

The initial concert will take place on Thursday, January 24, at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California with the three subsequent concerts occurring at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California on Friday, January 25 , The Uptown Theatre in Napa, California on Saturday, January 26 and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, California on Sunday, January 27 (please see links below for info on each).

The shows will feature Tim — who has performed with such rock notables as Bob Weir, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Merle Haggard, Jackie Greene and others over the years — along with his band, The Lunatic Fringe and special musical guests.

The coach, former player and broadcaster thought his music would be the best way to help Bryan and his family.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now with VIP packages available for most.

All proceeds will be going to the Stow Foundation.

Bryan Stow — a proud father of two, a paramedic and huge fan of the San Francisco Giants — is on the road to recovery and making progress.

He sustained severe injuries to his brain and was placed into a medically induced coma after the incident.

It would be months before he would go outside.

Since the tragedy, he has amassed a fan club of his own including Tim, home run king Barry Bonds, two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Tim Lincecum and the entire San Francisco Giants organization.

It wasn’t long before Flannery got involved in fundraising efforts and, through a few concert performances and DVD sales of a show, he has generated almost $70,000 for the cause.

His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (founding members of the Grateful Dead) named Tim as their Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” last year (see

“Flan” continues his mission with the four shows this month.

On October 25, 2012, the world became a little brighter as Bryan attended Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park (Giants vs. Tigers).

We ask that you help spread the word and heighten the awareness of the forthcoming performances.

Thursday, January 24 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA / 8:00pm

2223 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
Direct link to event:
*Tickets are $49 with Pre-Party and VIP Tickets available for $100

Friday, January 25 at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA / 9:00pm

19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Direct link to event:
*Tickets are $20

Saturday, January 26 at The Uptown Theatre in Napa, CA / 8:00pm

1350 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559
Direct link to event:
*Tickets are $49 with VIP Tickets (including VIP Reception from 6:00pm – 7:30pm) available for $100

Sunday, January 27 at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz, CA / 7:00pm

320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Direct link to event:
*Tickets are $25 in advance / $28 at the door has all the information as well.

To see more of Bryan’s story, here’s the first interview he did on December 19, 2011 with Dr. Nancy Snyderman for the NBC show Rock Center with Brian Williams –


January 24, 2013



QUEENSRYCHE — featuring original lead singer GEOFF TATE at the helm — have just signed a worldwide record deal with Los Angeles-based independent record label, Cleopatra Records.

Although a line-up was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed.

The band will now feature GEOFF TATE along with bassist RUDY SARZO (Ozzy/Dio/Whitesnake/Quiet Riot), guitarist KELLY GRAY (Queensryche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist RANDY GANE and stellar new additions, guitarist ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane) and drummer SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC /Dio/Dio Disciples/UFO).

WRIGHT takes over for previously announced drummer BOBBY BLOTZER, who will be returning to RATT as an integral part of the band that made him famous.

“I’m very much looking forward to being involved in the Queensryche project with Geoff,” states SIMON WRIGHT. “I’ve always admired his singing and songwriting and working with Rudy Sarzo again is going to be cool! Between this and my other project, Dio Disciples, I look forward to a very busy year!”

QUEENSRYCHE, with all members cited above, will soon be entering the studio for the first Cleopatra effort due out later this year.

The recording will mark the band’s thirteenth studio album and its first with this particular line-up.

Legendary guitar slinger K.K. DOWNING of Judas Priest fame will be making a special guest appearance on the forthcoming CD as will King’s X guitarist TY TABOR and RATT drummer BOBBY BLOTZER.

TY TABOR comments, “I’m very happy that Geoff considered me for this record. It will be great to play with all of these great musicians.”

Beginning in early April, QUEENSRYCHE will be hitting the road to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s epic 1988 release, Operation: Mindcrime, performing all fifteen songs from the album (including “Revolution Calling,” “Operation: Mindcrime,” “I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger”) along with other well-known hits and rarities from the catalog they’ve compiled over the past 30 years (see list of scheduled dates below).

“I try to surround myself with the best players available and feel our longtime fans deserve nothing less,” says long time QUEENSRYCHE front man GEOFF TATE. “I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our best yet.”

Last November, TATE released his first solo CD in over a decade titled, Kings & Thieves (InsideOut Music) and toured with his solo band in support of the CD, which included dates with the legendary Alice Cooper.

For additional information, please see QUEENSRYCHE’s official website at


April 6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
April 9 – Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado
April 11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
April 12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
April 14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
April 16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
April 17 – The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California
April 18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
April 19 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California
April 20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
April 21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California
April 22 – Ace of Spades in Sacramento, California

*More dates to be announced.



Concert at Hard Rock Cafe New York Features Additional Performances by
Willie Nile, the Liza Colby Sound and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan

Rock and roll legend Gary U.S. Bonds and his band, The Roadhouse Rockers, headline the Light of Day Foundation’s first-ever show at the iconic Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Additional performances include Willie Nile, the Liza Colby Sound and Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan. Proceeds from the show benefit the Light of Day Foundation (, which funds research into possible cures, improved treatments and support for patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and other neuromuscular disorders. Proceeds from show will also go to Team Fox, the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The New York show kicks off an extended weekend of Light of Day concerts that include more than 20 events in Asbury Park, New Jersey from January 17 through January 21, 2013. Vincent Pastore, who played Sal Bonpensiero on the HBO hit show, The Sopranos, is hosting the Hard Rock Cafe New York show along with radio disc jockey Rich Russo, whose free-form show, “Anything, Anything,” airs weekly on 107.1 The Peak in Westchester County and 105.5 WDHA in northern New Jersey.

Bonds first rose to prominence in the early 1960s, when his song, “Quarter to Three,” released in June 1961, reached Number 1 on the Billboard chart. Bonds’ other Top 10 hits at the time included “New Orleans,” “School is Out” and “Dear Lady Twist.” He headlined a 1963 European tour, which also included The Beatles.

In the early 1980s, Bonds had a career resurgence when he collaborated with Little Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen for the albums Dedication and On the Line. His comeback song, “This Little Girl,” hit Number 5 on the rock chart in 1981. Bonds has been a dedicated supporter of Light of Day for many years and has appeared at various Light of Day events in the U.S. and Canada.

Gary recently released a Christmas CD titled, Christmas is ON!, over the holidays and his new book, By U.S. Bonds: That’s My Story is slated to come out early this year.

Singer-songwriter Willie Nile’s last three albums, Streets of New York, House of a Thousand Guitars and The Innocent Ones have received great critical acclaim. His hometown paper, The Buffalo News, called the three albums, “three of the finest recordings to ever straddle the worlds of singer-songwriter fare and good ol’ street-tough rock n’roll.” A long-time Light of Day favorite, Nile is known for his scintillating live performances.

Joe D’Urso is a singer-songwriter “blessed with one of those unmistakable whisky-tainted Asbury Park, New Jersey voices that makes the story in every song come alive,” according to a show review by Paul M. Sinclair. D’Urso and his band Stone Caravan have been part of Light of Day since its start 13 years ago. D’Urso serves on the board of directors of LOD.

Liza Colby formed her current band in 2009, combining her own original style with influences from the late 1960s, early 1970s and the British Invasion. Colby describes her sound as “rockin’ soul” that will make you get up and dance!

$25 for general admission and $75 for a seated VIP ticket, available through Ticketweb at

About Light of Day

The Light of Day concert series is now in its 13th year. What began as a single concert at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has grown into 35 shows in 12 countries in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

This year Light of Day concerts in Asbury Park, New Jersey will take place from Thursday. January 17 through Monday, January 21, 2013. The nearly weeklong run of events are about to formally be declared as Light of Day Week by the Asbury Park City Council for the second consecutive year. The concerts have become a full-fledged festival.

The funds raised are donated to help the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses by funding research into better treatments, cures and support for patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses.

The Asbury Park shows in 2012 raised nearly $300,000. September of 2012 saw the release on DVD and VOD of Just Around The Corner. The documentary tells the story of Bob Benjamin and the Light of Day Foundation.

Light of Day fields a team in the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. Over the last five years the Light of Day team has raised $80,000 which helped the Walk raise over $3 million for Parkinson’s research.

Light of Day has received press coverage in/on NBC Nightly News, CBS New York TV News, Talk Philly on CBS TV Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rolling Stone, Billboard, the New York Times,, NJ Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, the Home News Tribune, the Aquarian Weekly, New Jersey Monthly Magazine and many other regional, local and trade outlets.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 178 venues in 56 countries, including 139 cafes, 18 hotels and 8 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the companies’ two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida, both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Santiago, Nabq, San Jose and Guatemala City. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit

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