Now you get the chance to play and sing alongside these rock and roll legends! In addition to these mega artists, you will interact and play with our Rock Star counselors like Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, Gary Hoey, Joe Vitale (CSN, Joe Walsh), David Hull (Joe Perry Project), Kasim Sulton (Utopia), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) and so many more amazing rockers.
Hookers & Blow, the band featuring Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi, have announced an East Coast run of dates kicking off on January 2nd in Long Branch, NJ.
The band is excited to add longtime friend and world renowned stand-up comic Don Jamieson (VH1’s That Metal Show) as the “Master Of Ceremonies” for their upcoming January dates. Rounding out the HN’B lineup will be W.A.S.P. and Hotel Diablo bassist Mike Duda and Type O Negative / Danzig drummer Johnny Kellly along with an array of special guests.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
2 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
3 – The Palace Theater – Stafford Springs, CT
4 – Jewel Nightclub – Manchester, NH (with Tantric)
6 – Bowery Electric, New York, NY
7 – Deadhorse Music Hall – McKees Rocks, PA
8 – The Legendary Dobbs – Philadelphia, PA
9 – Rob’s Ballroom – Waynesboro, PA
10 – The Rockpile West – Toronto, ON
This one might be the most special interview ever. Special, important or exciting, no matter how you call it. Pamela Manning has passed some of her lifetime with a lot of groups that I love, especially with Guns N’Roses. She witnessed the best times of music, entertainment and other things and once she realised that there is something wrong, she succeeded to change her life in a better way. She is strong, successful, decisive and still very beautiful. She has no difference from that famous iconic photograph with Axl Rose. This interview is more than a conversation with secrets, it is a proof of how a strong woman can dominate her own life…
Saul was just 14 when he wrote and illustrated the following letter to Michelle Young — an ex-girlfriend who had just recently ended their relationship and, in a previous letter, blamed the decision on Saul’s unending talk of his guitar. The guitar obsession never ended and Saul soon became Slash, one of the world’s most admired guitarists and member of Guns N’ Roses, whilst Michelle stayed in the picture and after dating Axl Rose in the mid-80s became the subject of My Michelle, a song that frankly spoke of her drug-fuelled lifestyle, her father’s career in “porno” and her mother’s death.
Incidentally, the Starwood Club closed down two years later. Quiet Riot, however, went on to huge success and released an album in 1983 that topped the U.S. charts; unheard of for a heavy metal band.
(Source: Jeff at Hard Rock Memorabilia; Image of Slash in his youth via.)
I told Michelle Young she was a “civilian”, indicating her current clean and so discrete status as a normal, everyday mom to her son placed her far away from the publicity whore status of most of the bands and entertainers we’ve interviewed over the years. That said, it would also be fair to say that between growing up with the guys who would form Guns N’ Roses, inspiring a classic song and having some interesting dealings with some of those guys, she might have a few stories to tell. After spending some time in the artist management biz (working with Stone Temple Pilots, among others), “My Michelle” has absolutely kept a lower profile in recent years and reached a place where she’s comfortable talking about those fuzzy Sunset Strip memories. I recently had the pleasure of talking with Michelle about it all, read on…
At just 13 , Slovakian born, Katarina Benzova would leave home on an international modeling contract, sending her to live in all of the major fashion cities around the globe. It was through her extensive travels during her career as a fashion model that her ambitions finally outgrew the runway, prompting a deeper need to rediscover both herself and the rest of the world from the other side of the lens.And it’d be through the lens that she’d grab the attention of none other than the iconic Guns n’ Roses front-man, Axl Rose. Axl was so moved by the photos that Kat took of the band at a show in Vienna, that he immediately hired her as the bands exclusive photographer. She continues to tour with Gn’R as their tour photographer. She has quickly become one of the most in demand rock photographers and has shot and worked with other legendary bands like The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Kiss, Motley Crue, ZZ Top, Courtney Love,Def Leppard, The Cult, Thin Lizzy,Van Halen, to name a few.
Kat’s work can be found in publications such as: Rolling Stone Magazine, Vogue, Classic Rock Magazine, SPIN, NME, LA Times, etc
Ozzy Osbourne took home the Global Icon Award at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. 9, and Slash was on hand to pay tribute with a live cover of the classic Ozzy cut ‘Crazy Train.’
You can watch the performance above, which pulls pro-shot footage from the ceremony — including a couple of reaction shots from Osbourne, who was sitting in the front row with his wife Sharon.
Watching Slash onstage is nothing new for Ozzy; in fact, earlier this year, the two teamed up for a performance of Black Sabbath‘s ‘Paranoid,’ and Slash was also part of the Ozzy Osbourne & Friends tour in 2012.
Slash paid tribute to Ozzy in advance of the event, telling MTV, “Aside from being one of the mavericks of heavy metal he’s also one of the greatest entertainers and performers I’ve ever seen … He has amazing control over his audience. It’s actually stunning to be close, at the side of the stage and actually watch the command over his audience so yeah, it’s pretty intense.”
Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses, and Marc Canter, a friend of ex-guitarist Slash, was the first person to document the band. Canter would photograph and film the band, and collect tickets and ads from the very first day that Guns N’ Roses formed. He wanted to document his best friend’s band, which ended up being one of the most successful and well known rock bands of all time. In 2008 Canter was finally able to publish his photographic essay, detailing the band’s first historic gigs, with Reckless Road. Recently I caught up with Marc Canter, and we discussed how he got into photography, his relationships with GNR members, and why he stopped photographing the band.