CLASSIC ROCK CARES/JOHN ENTWISTLE FOUNDATION
Featuring: Brian Johnson/Cliff Williams (AC/DC)
Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
Steve Luongo (John Entwistle Band)
B.B. KINGS ---New York City July 15th and 17th
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT…..
The late JOHN ENTWISTLE long ago secured his living legacy with the
booming bass lines that anchored the WHO spanning nearly four decades of
success, highlighted by the bands induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1990. That being said it will be the spirit of the JOHN
ENTWISTLE FOUNDATION (www.
johnentwistle.org) that will speak volumes to who the man really was.
“The Ox” as he was affectionately known by family, friends and
fans leaves behind far more then the staggering body of work of the WHO,
he leaves us with the essence of giving back to those in need.
*Founded by his dynamic drummer STEVE LUONGO the
JOHN ENTWISTLE FOUNDATION will be the pulse of a “Generation”
of underprivileged children “Gettin in Tune” as they are able to
flourish in the joys of music.
*With the 2007 summer tour season in full swing with acts
like the POLICE and GENESIS scoring top dollar with reunion shows
across the globe; one tour that most certainly is a “Bargain” is
the CLASSIC ROCK CARES tour. The elite group of vintage
Rock ‘n’ Roll vets will “Join Together” for a series of
shows in June and July to help support this worthy cause.
*For fans of the many great artists on the CLASSIC ROCK
CARES tour that can’t attend the shows please be sure to visit the site at
www.johnentwistle.org to make a
donation. There are tour tee shirts available with the proceeds going directly
to the kids.
*The ROCK REPORT had the distinct honor to
speak with two of Rocks most discernable voices who will be lending their
legendary vocals to the CLASSIC ROCK CARES ALL STAR LINE-UP.
Upon seeing the shows @ B.B. Kings (www.bbkingblues.com)
the Rock Report would not be doing its Rock and Roll duty if we didn’t
recognize the stellar band backing the foundation front men. On lead guitar is
the smoking strings of world-class guitarist MARK HITT, and on bass doing
“The Ox” more than proud is JEFF GANZ.
*One of the most daunting tasks in Rock ‘n’ Roll history may
well have been preserving the powerhouse sound of the mighty AC/DC
following the loss of the legendary BON SCOTT. While SCOTT’S aura
will never be replaced, BRIAN JOHNSON wasted no time establishing a new
era in the band steamrolling ahead with the landmark record “Back in
Black”. Check in the bands official site for updates on a new album and
2008 tour @
Ross CAT- Thank you BRIAN for your valuable time,
this really is a worthy cause and kudos to the guys who are donating their time
BRIAN JOHNSON- No problem at all I’m going to be a
complete slut about promoting this series of shows. We need money to help these
children and we are going to do everything humanly possibly to raise the
awareness of this great foundation.
*Drummer STEVE LUONGO along with my AC/DC mate
CLIFF WILLIAMS has done a tremendous amount of work to do just that.
CLIFF who has been on the board invited myself to dinner a while back and
asked me if I would like to sing a few songs and it just so happens that’s what
I do, so naturally I said YES and we’ve had a ball ever since.
*While many of the artists on the board will be doing several
of the gigs there are many more who contribute in other ways like PETER
FRAMPTON, ROGER GLOVER (Deep Purple), LESLIE WEST (Mountain), and
football star DOUG FLUTIE.
*While the primary purpose of this particular tour is to
help in the funding of musical education for underprivileged children, the
JOHN ENTWISTLE FOUNDATION is universal in its contributions. Through
concerts and auctions they have helped in the Disaster Relief of Hurricane
Katrina as well as The March of Dimes, The Children’s Cancer Hospital, and
Alliance of the Arts. While there are only a limited number of shows music fans
and friends can continue to donate year round at
Ross CAT- You mentioned how much you’ve enjoyed this
experience jamming with these accomplished artists, tell us about the new
material that came about from these sessions? As a matter of fact a very cool
new song can be heard at the foundation website called
“Chain Gang on the Road”.
BRIAN JOHNSON- Oh thanks so much we wrote that in
about a half hour, CLIFF pulled out the banjo and STEVE started
tapping away, it was loads of fun. The song isn’t on a record but we did write
three or four new songs to take out on the road with us for the foundation. We
know the fans attending the shows are looking forward to hearing the hits but we
also wanted to put a little effort in to give fans that are supporting the shows
something special. We put together a couple of crackin’ songs, one is called
“Blood Alley” and the other one is kind of a funny song about the “lords
lettuce” that will be featured on the TOTALLY BAKED soundtrack.
*Ross please let folks now that this charity is unique in the
respect that all of the monies collected will go directly to the children,
that’s why I got involved, to me that is so cool. So many children in this
world face hardships through no fault of their own and we hope to help them by
giving them the opportunities that we had as aspiring musicians.
*The JOHN ENTWISTLE FOUNDATION
doesn’t have a big office or staff in
York City to support. Each and every musician that is performing is doing this
out of the goodness of their hearts, not one person hesitated about donating
their time in helping
JOHN reach out as you said for “Generations” to come.
Lastly BRIAN I would be
lynched by my readers and colleagues if I had you on the line and didn’t ask
what is in store for AC/DC?
BRIAN JOHNSON- Funny you should ask that, this little tour
will be a bit of an adventure for both CLIFF and me. CLIFF had an
accident last year injuring the tendons in his hand so he has worked really hard
in therapy, this will be his first time playing out. As for me I get to give
the old pipes a test run since it’s been almost five years since AC/DC
has been out on tour.
*I can tell you this, the boys are in the studio in
so we’re ready to get off our asses. After being on the road for thirty years
we didn’t really feel the need to rush things. But I think now it’s time, when
ANGUS and company tell us their ready for us we’ll
gladly head back into the studio.
The ROCK REPORT would like to thank BRIAN JOHNSON
for being so generous with his time. We would also like to thank LAURIE
LUONGO for her tireless efforts to help promote and support this worthy
*JOE LYNN TURNER: Like the libraries and schools
that the CLASSIC ROCK CARES tour is helping fund,
born JOE LYNN TURNER’S
Rock ‘n’ Roll resume reads like a musical encyclopedia, appearing on
over forty albums. His versatile vocals have made JLT the foremost front
man in Melodic Rock worldwide over the last three decades.
*JLT and his prolific pipes have Rocked
along side music’s most elite guitarist. His work with RITCHIE BLACKMORE
in both RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE was masterful under difficult
JLT has enjoyed a steady solo career he really shines in the coterie of
guitar greats like YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN and GLENN HUGHES.
Ross CAT- Thanks JLT for your time and kudos also
to you for being part of the CLASSIC ROCK CARES tour.
JLT- Absolutely not a problem at all glad to do this for the
worthy cause we are supporting. This thing has been really snowballing and
that’s a good thing. This tour is just a small fraction of the folks who donate
their time and effort, folks like ROBIN ZANDER (Cheap Trick), EDDIE
MONEY and MARTHA QUINN are also giving generously. The person
who really deserves a majority of the credit is STEVE LUONGO an
accomplished drummer who played along side THE OX for many years is the Founder
and Executive Director of this righteous foundation. Let us not forget
LAURIE LUONGO whose contributions have been imperative.
*Like BRIAN said we are really looking forward to
playing these club dates. The way things are going with our government it seems
funding for things that we used to take for granted is no longer available,
especially to children of underprivileged families.
*As accomplished musicians we look at our craft as an art,
music is an endeavor that will forever help free the mind and spirit of every
individual exposed; whether you are playing or just listening.
* We want to share the gift of music and enable
underprivileged families the opportunity to participate and more importantly
enjoy it in any way he or she sees fit.
*In simple terms In the memory of JOHN ENTWISTLE we
are going to hit the road and kick some ass for the kids. It really is a great
feeling to give back that in itself is its own reward.
Ross CAT- The tour sounds truly inspirational and THE
ROCK REPORT is stoked to catch these two tremendous shows in NYC.
*This has really been a busy year for yourself coming
off a successful tour of
in support of your new disc “Second Hand Life”
which will be available in the States later this summer.
JLT- Yeah it has
been great, I’m always one to stay busy I’ve been blessed in that respect
working with the many great musicians you mentioned earlier.
*This little tour will be a blast; I’ve been on the road as
you said in
JAPAN as well as RUSSIA, even after thirty years it’s like a
dream being able to see the world doing what I love to do.
* While I was in RUSSIA I had the honor to play for the PRIME
MINISTER it was outrageous. I even got to jam with my buddy YNGWIE MALMSTEEM it
was a gas playing the old songs again.
You’ve built yourself quite a reputation as being
a go to guy on vocals for many of Rocks guitar virtuoso’s, tell us
about those relationships?
JLT-Well I’m not just a vocalist, I feel the
combination of being a singer/songwriter and guitarist allows me to contribute
in so many more ways in my collaborations. I have been very fortunate to work
with so many great musicians in many different settings. My psychological
makeup allows me to side step a lot of the bullshit and concentrate on making
music. I think that helps bring out the best in me and whomever I may be
working with whether it’s BLACKMORE, MALMSTEEN or HUGHES.
*The creative process can be volatile and that’s not always a
bad thing, you just have to be able to channel all the emotion into something
positive. Whether I’m working in a band environment or as a solo
artist I take pride in what I’m trying to express and how it translates to the
listener, everyone I’ve ever worked with I believe shares that same passion.
*The ROCK REPORT would like to thank JOE
LYNN TURNER for his time as well as LISA WALKER for putting this
together. Be sure to check out his amazing catalog of work, as well as news on
his new release “Second Hand Life” @
REPORT Concert Preview
KEVIN CRONIN/DAVE AMATO (REO SPEEDWAGON)
Buffalo/Erie County Botanical Gardens
Wednesday June 27th 2007
EVERYBODY LOVES A HAPPY ENDING…..Since
it’s inception in 2001, the NIGHTLIFE ROCK REPORT has strived to change
the tune of those narrow minded masses who think that a classic Rock ‘n’ Roll
band has nothing left to contribute to contemporary music.
*One of those groups that fit those criteria is REO
SPEEDWAGON, the band from the mid-west has been able to Rock and “Roll
with the Changes” for almost four decades. The Billboard
busting band stormed the charts throughout the 70’s and 80’s with over a dozen
top ten hits, they are at it again with a brand new record titled “Find
Your Own Way Home”. The arena rockers that have sold over 40 million
records and counting are “Back on the Road Again” in support of an
eclectic collection of compelling new tunes. The first single, the patented
power ballad “I Needed to Fall”, is firing up the Adult
Contemporary charts in the top twenty-five and can currently be heard as part of
the STAR 102.5 (www.mystar1025.com)
* REO SPEEDWAGON is fresh off their first European
tour in over two decades and plan on “Shakin’ it Loose” with a
“Dangerous Combination” of classic cuts mixed with future classics
from the new disc. This leg of the tour “Keeps on Rolling”
into November, check out the bands website @
www.speedwagon.com for dates and
*The ROCK REPORT had the chance to catch up with the
aesthetic singer/songwriter KEVIN CRONIN as they prepare to present a
very special acoustic set at the Buffalo/Erie Botanical
Gardens this Wednesday Night as part of the STARRY NIGHT IN THE
GARDEN Series. The sixth annual event is presented by
STAR 102.5; whose sister station by the way is 107.7 THE LAKE which
also graciously carries the Lighthouse ROCK REPORT as part of
their LAKE MUSIC “Local Music Initiative”, be sure to check
out their cool website @
*Ross CAT- Thanks
so much for your time, congratulations on the success of the new disc.
While the band has successfully toured throughout its
distinguished four decade career this will be the first tour in support of a new
record in a decade. Does that give this trek a different vibe bringing out
No question about it. We just returned from touring
and we are hitting on all cylinders. It’s great to play the songs that we all
grew up with, but it really fires you up when you look into the crowd and see
people of all ages singing the words to the new songs.
Ross CAT-The new CD “Find Your Own Way Home”
has been in stores since April and is also available in WAL-MART
stores in a very cool 3 digi-pack form. It contains the aforementioned new
release and is also accompanied by a recent unplugged session with the band at
XM Studios. The third disc is another XM performance from a few
years back when the band revisited its masterpiece “Hi Infidelity Then
Again...LIVE in celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary. Tell us
how that all came together?
K.C.-The idea for the unplugged thing was really kind of a
last second decision, at one point we thought it would be impossible to
meet the release date. When we decided to add the extra material we had to
change gears and pull a couple of all nighters.
*That was part of the beauty and fun of making the new
record, we worked hard but at a leisurely pace, there was no record label
breathing down our necks.
*I think after it was all said and done it really adds a rare
component to the recording process behind the new songs. It was actually cool to
share the intricacies of the new songs with any fan who truly wants to dig in
Ross CAT-Being from the generation that witnessed the
staggering success of “Hi Infidelity”, I really appreciated the
“Then Again…LIVE. What was it like to re-record those songs after a
K.C.-The XM people have been really
supportive of the band and have an amazing facility.
*It was a bit challenging but we had a blast; we had
literally never played the entire album straight through like that. As a matter
of fact there are a few of the songs on the album that have never been played
live by any incarnation of REO SPEEDWAGON.
Ross CAT-From a fan perspective it really brought back
some memories not to mention tastefully touching up the classic tunes. It was
also a treat to hear consummate guitarist DAVE AMATO strut his stuff on
the classic album.
K.C.- Absolutely, obviously
DAVE had some rather large shoes to fill in this
GARY. RICHRATH was REO for a long period of time; he
certainly taught me everything that I know about Rock ‘n’ Roll in a lot of ways.
* That session definitely helped DAVE put his
signature on the songs; more importantly the recording of the “Find Your Own Way
Home” music really loosened things up within the band, DAVE really added
a shine to the new songs. His guitar work on the new CD is exceptional, he
worked extremely hard and stepped outside the box. The communication level
between prominent producer JOE VANNELLI and the group was truly
*This line-up has been together almost as long as the
original line-up, everybody is really tuned into the inner workings of the
group. As a band REO really does our best to serve the song, the song
really does come first.
*Dave is also the one that kept the power ballad “I Needed to
Fall” alive during the recording sessions, there where times I wasn’t sure if we
could find the right groove for it. It ended up being the lead single and as
you mentioned it’s climbing the charts.
The new disc has been garnering
rave reviews abroad; it combines an assortment of musical styles and
arrangements, while harkening back to the classic REO sound and it’s
influences. Tell us about the song selection process?
K.C.- The process really began back on the “Achilles Arch
Tour” with our buds from
We didn’t have any expectations when we started this album. I really think the
success is due to the fact that this was written for all the right reasons. It
was about someone writing a song and getting excited about it. As professional
musicians that’s all it really takes to get the creative juices flowing and
that’s exactly what we did.
*It’s been a really great feeling and bonding
experience for the band. The fact that we are starting to reap the rewards of
our hard work reaching the charts for the first time in nineteen years is just a
* Honestly, the most awe- inspiring aspect about the whole
experience is sharing this high with the fans both old and new.
Ross CAT- Lastly, this Wednesday night will be an
intimate evening with you and DAVE AMATO, tell us about what’s in store
K.C.- We are really looking forward to the “Starry Night”
event. It will be an unplugged potpourri of REO songs with cool little
story lines in between.
*I would like to say that we are hoping to make
another stop later down the road on the tour with the full SPEEDWAGON in
*The ROCK REPORT would like to thank nice guy
Rocker KEVIN CRONIN for checking in with us from the road. We would also
like to give a shout out to Anna Loynes of SCOOP Management
for making it happen.