Posts Tagged “Words Of Encouragement”

Legendary guitarist Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will attend the first ever student concert on September 28 at the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy in Sioux Falls to support both the academy and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire.

Brennan Rock & Roll Academy founder and Dollar Loan Center CEO, Chuck Brennan, had the pleasure of meeting the legendary guitarist Slash at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin, where Slash opened for KISS. Earlier that day, KISS made a stop by the Academy for a dedication of the KISS rehearsal rooms.

Brennan and Slash hit it off from the get go and started discussing the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy and the fact that it’s the first-ever free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs. “Slash was so impressed that he immediately wanted to get involved and show his support to the academy and the kids,” Brennan said. “Slash will be the first celebrity rock star to watch the kids perform and see their concert.”

But that was not enough for Slash. When he found out that one of the student bands had chosen the GUNS N’ ROSES version of “Knocking On Heaven’s Door”, he insisted that he get up and jam with the kids.

“Can you even begin to comprehend how cool it’s going to be for these kids who just learned how to play and are performing their first little concert in front of their peers to play with Slash?” Brennan said.

The student concert at the academy will feature three student bands that have been learning how to play instruments and rehearsing since the academy opened in April. The concert is NOT open to the public, which makes it even more special for the children.

After the show, Slash will meet the students and offer words of encouragement.

“This is a HUGE deal for not only the students and academy but also the community. This music program has taken on a life of its own around the country — having Slash brings it to the next level for sure,” said Brennan.

The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy is the first music program EVER in support of the Boys and Girls Club. Brennan made a 20-year commitment to the incredible program and facility in which the costs will exceed over $3,600,000.

“This academy means the world to me — it is in my home town and I myself was a member of the Boys and Girls Club growing up. It is amazing to receive so much support from iconic rock stars,” Brennan said.

“Since opening in April, many iconic rock stars have visited the academy and performed including KISS, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Robby Krieger, NIGHT RANGER and even George Lopez,” adds Brennan.

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“Blown Away”, the new video from Canadian rockers CONEY HATCH, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s reunion album, “Four”, which will be released on September 24 in North America and September 27 in Europe via Frontiers Records.

Once dubbed “the loudest band in Toronto,” CONEY HATCH is back with its first record of new material in over two decades. “Four” is chock-full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.

Formed back in the early ’80s in Toronto Canada, original members Andy Curran, Carl Dixon, Dave Ketchum and Steve Shelski released three records on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots on tour with the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, ACCEPT, TED NUGENT and CHEAP TRICK, to name a few. After three releases and many miles of success and rocky road under their belts, the four band members went their separate ways in 1986.

The story of this reunion is an amazing journey that only fate could be responsible for. Late one night, on his way home from a recording session in Australia, a weary Carl Dixon had a near fatal head-on car collision that left him clinging to life. While Carl was still in an induced coma, his wife reached out to the other members of CONEY HATCH and asked them to offer words of encouragement over to the phone to Carl. She held the phone to his ear as he lay unconscious in his bed. “I told him to get better quick,” says bassist/vocalist Andy Curran. “I said we had a lot more rockin’ to do with CONEY HATCH. I really didn’t think we’d play together again but it just came out of my mouth… and Carl remembered it!”

After many operations, Band-Aids, stitches, titanium rods, doctors, nurses, medicine and sheer gut-determination Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original bandmates in August of 2010 in Hamilton Ontario in front of 7,500 hungry HATCH fans. News of that show travelled fast and the original CONEY HATCH was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the U.K.! The rave reviews flooded in after that sweaty night in Nottingham and the band returned to their homeland to find a record deal offer waiting for an all new CONEY HATCH record.

After much discussion and soul-searching, the band decided to grab the opportunity from Frontiers to work together again. They enlisted the help of long time friend and Juno Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly Furtado, Hillary Duff, Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John etc) to capture the new recordings.

“All of us are thrilled to have recorded a fourth CONEY HATCH record,” says Curran. “We never thought it would happen but the stars aligned and hell froze over! The new material feels like it could have been the record after ‘Outa Hand’ before ‘Friction’… Its raw and not too overproduced, but still has that vintage HATCH sound. Sonically, we did a ‘2013 L.A. botox face lift’ job and it sounds pretty fresh. The recording process was extremely challenging as the four of us all live separate lives in four different towns…it was honestly like herding cats, but eventually we got them all in the same bag! We’re very happy with the final outcome.”

“Four” track listing:

01. Blown Away
02. Boys Club
03. Down & Dirty
04. Do It Again
05. Connected
06. Revive
07. We Want More
08. Devil U Know
09. Marseille
10. Keep Drivin’
11. Holdin’ On


Carl Dixon (lead vocal, guitar)
Andy Curran (vocals, bass)
Steve Shelski (lead guitar)
Dave Ketchum (drums)


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A one-minute video clip of the four members of METALLICA offering words of encouragement and support to THE MINI BAND — the Thatcham, United Kingdom-based group made up of 8- and 10-year-olds whose performance of METALLICA’s “Enter Sandman” has racked up nearly three million YouTube views in six weeks — can be seen below.

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Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers has posted the following statement online, announcing his decision to miss out on the band’s forthcoming festival appearances;

“Thanks for all the great feedback and kind words of encouragement regarding my back injury! I’m feeling much better after several months of resting, but I’m not 100% yet, so I’ve decided to sit out some of the summer festivals in order to make a full recovery sooner. Filling in for me will be an old friend of the band and an amazing player: David Andersson. David has helped Soilwork out in the past, and we’re grateful that he’s offered to step in once again and make these shows possible!”

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Guitarist Peter Wichers of Swedish metallers SOILWORK has issued the following update:

“Thanks for all the great feedback and kind words of encouragement regarding my back injury! I’m feeling much better after several months of resting, but I’m not 100% yet, so I’ve decided to sit out some of the summer festivals in order to make a full recovery sooner.

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