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  BRIAN TICHY - MVP FOR NAMM WEEK 2014 WITH BONZO BASH AND RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED TRIBUTE SHOWS

Tony Conley

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As usual, Anaheim was wall to wall rock for a week, but this year there was a pretty clear cut winner.

Competing with such awesome shows as Metal Masters V, Jake E. Lee and The Aristocrats at The Grove, and a raft of Uli Roth/Extreme Cream concerts is a tough business, but Brian Tichy pulled off the absolute doubleheader of the week with his latest version of the now legendary Bonzo Bash series, and his newfangled Randy Rhoads Remembered tribute.

Coordinating twenty-eight drummers through thirty-one songs is no easy feat - hell, just lining up and scheduling the event must have seemed like a life's work, but to actually make it run like clockwork over five hours is nothing short of amazing. Then there's the quality of the performances - nothing demonstrates better the love for the legacy of John Bonham than does the enthusiasm, passion, and precision every drummer, and musician on the bill provided.

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This was my first Bonzo Bash, and as I stood at the edge of a packed house of adoring rock aficionados I was truly amazed at the sheer beauty and power of the event. Actually, the best moment of the evening for myself was not a musical moment, but rather it was seeing Bill Ward get the Bonzo Bash Legend Award.

Brian Tichy had appeared on my radio show a few weeks before the event, and he told me that he had reached out to the legendary Black Sabbath drummer in an attempt to get him out for the show, and to present him with the award, but he wasn't certain that it would come to pass.

I could see the hopefulness in Brian's eyes as he recounted stories of earlier award recipients (with a great tale about awarding an unaware Carmine Appice), and I remember thinking that he was hoping too damned well to not have that happen. It happened, and Ward's long and eloquent speech was for me the crowning moment of the evening. You can watch it at the bottom of this page. At a show called a tribute, I can not imagine a better example.

Musically, the show was aces - The Moby Dicks (Chas West/Vocals, Brent Woods/Guitar, Michael Devin/Bass, Stephen LeBlanc/Keyboards) were flawless in their role as Zeppelin redux, and Tichy even looked the part in his tan suit and bowler hat. As for the drummers, everyone played great, but a few that stuck out to me were Corky Laing (ex-Mountain), Charley Benante's awesome take on Dazed and Confused, Tichy's show opener Celebration Day, and of course, the ever present Mike Portnoy, who had just lit up The House of Blues two nights earlier, providing the big beats behind Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan's reunification for the Talas/DLR classic Shy Boy at the Samson/Hartke Metal Masters V show.

Not to leave my train of thought, but it was awesome seeing Anthrax's Scott Ian standing shoulder to shoulder with Slayer's Kerry King paying tribute to Jeff Hanneman at Metal Masters V.

Vocally, Chas West had the night of a lifetime according to many who have been watching him with Tichy's semi-regular Zeppelin tribute band, The Moby Dicks. He was helped out by Oni Logan (ex-Lynch Mob), who blew mean harp and nailed a smoldering When The Levee Breaks with drummer John Hummel.

From watching an incredible array of drummers walking down the red carpet in the press area to the final ringing notes of Courtney DeAugustine's stunning take on Stairway To Heaven, I can't see how this could have been better executed. I was speaking with ex-Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan both before and after his performance, and it was not dissimilar to an speaking with an athlete before and after a big game.

Excited and pensive before hand, and wondering about his performance immediately after, any apprehension could have been spared, for on this night, it all worked. Rock was magic. It seemed that the presence and the tales of Bill Ward, and longtime Bonham drum technician Jeff Ocheltree brought a bit of the Black Country to this evening.

Two evenings later Tichy moved his rock history lesson forward by a decade to celebrate the life and music of Randy Rhoads, whose brief time here influenced so many guitarists, and won the love and respect of millions. Randy Rhoads Remembered was born of a conversation between Tichy and his Bonzo Bash business partner Joe Sutton during strategy sessions for this year's Bash, and their formula worked very well once again. While not as misty-eyed wonderful as The Bonzo Bash, by all accounts, for a first outing it definitely went down a success.

The guest guitarists were the word of the day, and Gus G, Brad Gillis, Nuno Bettencourt, Marty Friedman, Tracii Guns, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Alex Skolnick, Kiko Loureiro, Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), Phil X, Jeff Young, Mike Orlando, Robert Sarzo, Brent Woods, Phil Demmel, and Rowan Robertson all took their spins at recreating the Rhoads catalogue, as well as drummer Corky Laing bringing the room to its feet with a rowdy version of the Mountain classic, Mississippi Queen. They were joined by ex-Ozzy bassists Rudy Sarzo, and Phil Soussan. The show came to a close with thirteen guitarists simultaneously serenading the standing room only crowd with an orchestral Dee.

I must admit - this is all second hand testimony. This show was booked as an early show, starting at 7.00pm, and I was busy doing my weekly radio show, Rock Ain't Near Dead, in another section of Los Angeles. I had featured both Brian Tichy, and RRR contributor Kiko Loureiro on the show in the weeks before the shows, and it was great to talk to them as they prepared for the big night. I've watched all the extensive YouTube coverage of the show, and spoken with both participants and players - everyone agreed that they hoped they've not seen the last of Randy Rhoads Remembered.

So, as it turned out, Brian Tichy did the near impossible - he coordinated three consecutive nights of music, engaging well over 100 artists (I haven't even mentioned his Friday night Pussywhipped VIP show, which featured an all female roster of tribute bands including Judas Priestess, Hammer Of The Broads, and my pals The Iron Maidens). He did it with drum sticks, guitar picks, and a smile upon his face, which could not have been always easy. Putting this type of weekend on is a Herculean task, and my bowler is tipped in his direction.

Los Angeles isn't for everyone, but it's home to me. Great rock is never far away, and there's stories being written in real time every night. You'll find out that I'm fond of saying, "Rock ain't near dead," and it is certainly alive and well when left in Brian Tichy's more than capable hands. I'm already looking forward to seeing what happens next year.

Thanks to Brian Tichy, Joe Sutton, Noelle Kim, Nichole Russo, and everyone who made these events possible.  

Bonzo Bash 2014 Set List:
1. Celebration Day: Brian Tichy
2. The Rover: Stephen Perkins (Janes's Addiction)
3. Houses Of the Holy: Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
4. The Wanton Song: Chris Frazier (Foreigner)
5. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You: Athena (Femme Fatale / Ex Wives Of Rock), Jeff Young (former Megadeth), Tracii Guns on guitar
6. Wearing And Tearing: Gene Hoglan (Testament / Dethklok), Laura Christine on guitar, Shaun Williamson on vocals
7. We're Gonna Groove: Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson)
8. Heartbreaker: Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
9. Communication. Breakdown: Corky Laing (Mountain)
10. Whole Lotta Love: Matt Starr (Ace Frehley)
11. Misty Mountain Hop: Jimmy D'Anda, Mick Sweda on guitar, James Lomenzo (Megadeth) on bass
12. Four Sticks: Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Shaun Williamson on vocals
13. When The Levee Breaks: John Hummel w/ Oni Logan on vocals
14. Living Loving Maid: Seven Antonopolous (Revolting Cocks)
15. I Can't Quite You Baby: Khurt Maier (Salty Dog)
16. Custard Pie: Simon Wright (Dio Disciples, Queensryche, AC/DC), Bernard Fowler on vocals
17. Dancing Days: Rikki Rockett (Poison), Robert DeLeo on guitar
18. Since I've Been Loving You: Dave Lombardo (Slayer/ Philm) w/ Gerry Nestler on guitar, Gerry Nestler (Philm) on guitar
19. Nobody's Fault But Mine: A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister / Tred / Adrenaline Mob), Mike Orlando on guitar (Tred/Adrenaline Mob)
20. Kashmir: Brian Tichy, Bobby Rondinelli, Tracii Guns on guitar
21. Dazed And Confused: Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
22. Good Times Bad Times: Brian Tichy & Michael Devin on vocals, Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass
23. The Song Remains The Same: Ray Luzier (Korn), Billy Sheehan on bass
24. Achilles Last Stand: Brian Tichy, Robert DeLeo on bass
25. For Your Life: Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
26. Fool In the Rain: Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Robert Mason (Warrant) on vocals
27. Out On The Tiles: Joe Travers
28. D'yer M'aker: Mark Schulman (Pink)
29. Immigrant Song: Thomas Lang (StOrk)
30. Bonzo's Montreaux/Night Flight: Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Tichy on Timpani
31. Stairway To Heaven: Courtney DeAugustine (Montrose / Frank Hannon Band) on drums/vocals, Tichy & Tracii Guns on guitar





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"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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