Hair Metal Mansion correspondent JOE SCHAEFFER has checked in with the following:
This All-star studded event took place on March 25th in Los Angeles as the celebrities’ hit the Orange Carpet for the 5th ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS BENEFIT CONCERT & AWARD SHOW.
It was hosted by comedians Bill Burr and Craig Gass along with guest comedian Jim Florentine. This amazing evening was comprised of comedy, music, art and awards. The night was to help raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money build the first of many MS resource centers across the nation and outreach program services.
The Rock Against MS Foundation presented seven amazing individuals the Platinum People Award as they honor the humanitarian spirit of extraordinary individuals who have shown courage, compassion, and unselfish character. This list includes artists and crew members who have donated all their time freely for MS and the cause – This year’s recipients are Theresa Larivee (production), Dave Estey (crew), Howie Simon (Nelson, Alcatrazz), Gretchen Bonaduce,Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N Roses), The Maglieri Family/ Whiskey A Go-Go.
This year Rock Against MS had an additional category for the Platinum People Award. This additional award was recently added for public figures that have created awareness and outreach to educate people of this. Rock Against MS is privileged to honor and celebrate the life of the world’s most iconic and influential comedian, Richard Prior. “Richard’s genius wasn’t just making people laugh, he used his comedy as a way to communicate the truth,” explains Pryor’s wifeJennifer Lee Pryor. “More than anyone, Richard could appreciate RAMS’ mission to not remain silent. RAMS uses every means possible to enlighten, inform and educate the public about MS. Telling the truth is their genius too.”
This was the debut of Nancy Wilson (Heart) and her side project Roadcase Royale featuring Liv Warfield (Prince’s New Power Generation). Joining Nancy (Guitar) and Liv (Vocals) was lead guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart members Chris Joyner (Keyboards), Dan Rothchild (Bass), and Ben Smith (Drums).
FEATURED ARTSTS INCLUDED:
ACE VON JOHNSON (Faster Pussycat), ANTHONY “TINY” BIUSO (Cadillac Tramps), BILLY SHEEHAN (Mr. Big/The Winery Dogs), BRUCE WATSON (Foreigner), CHRIS FRAZIER (Foreigner), DUG PINNICK (Kings-X), GILBY CLARKE (Guns ‘N Roses), GRETCHEN BONADUCE, HOWIE SIMON (Nelson/Alcatrazz), JEFF PILSON (Dokken/Foreigner), JERRY CANTRELL (Alice in Chains), LISA M. FOREMAN (Toddsplanet), JOE RETTA (Dio Disciples/Sweet), JOEL HOEKSTRA (Whitesnake), MARTY O’BRIEN (Lita Ford), MATT STARR (Mr. Big/Ace Frehley), MICHAEL BLUESTEIN (Foreigner), MICHAEL DEVIN (Whitesnake), MIKE INEZ (Alice in Chains), PATRICK STONE (Budderside), PHIL BUCKMAN (Fuel), QUEEN NATION (Tribute Band), RICHIE KOTZEN (The Winery Dogs), ROBERT SARZO (Hurricane), RODGER CARTER (John 5), RUDY SARZO (Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake), SCOTTI HILL (Skid Row), SHAWN DUNCAN (Odin/Killer Bee), STEVEN ADLER (Adler/Guns ‘N Roses), TANYA O’CALLAGHAN (Ronnie Wood).
Starting with a tribute to fallen rock stars with ELP’s “Karn Evil 9” and ending with an all star line up performing AC/DC’s “It’s A Long Way to the Top”, the crowd was treated to over 4 hours of fantastic music.
Congratulations to Nancy and all the musicians for a successful night. Huge thanks go out to the event staff, sponsors and public relation people behind the scenes as well.
Album 1 located here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jschaef00/albums/72157681880153945
Album 2 located here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jschaef00/albums/72157681870083205
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