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FASTER PUSSYCAT, BULLETBOYS, BANG TANGO, SISTER SIN and SWIRL will team up for the "Summer Rock Fest" tour in July/August. So far the following dates have been confirmed:
07/31 - Glendale Heights, IL @ Shark City
08/01 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverstar Entertainment Complex
08/06 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
08/07 - Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
08/08 - New Bedford, MA @ New Wave Café
08/19 - Houston, TX @ Scoutbar
08/20 - San Antonio, TX @ Scoutbar
08/21 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
08/22 - Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly
08/27 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
Metalunderground.com has been announced as a sponsor for the Rock Against Diabetes event, taking place in Las Vegas at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008. The event will be hosted by L.A. music promoter/Club Manager and the infamous and notorious winner of Big Brother 8, "Evel" Dick Donato. The fundraising concert's line-up currently consists of Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big fame), and Bang Tango, with the possibility of more bands to be added. Proceeds from the event and related auctions will go to raise awareness of diabetes, educate diabetics on mitigating the effects of the disease with proper nutrition, and to help fund a facility in Abbotsford, BC, where this technology will be put to the test by using the information provided to actually prepare and deliver the food to diabetics in the area that are new to the disease, or incapable to prepare or afford the necessary foods.
While the bands on Rock Against Diabetes may not be the favorites to the majority of our readership, they represent some well-known names from the 80s metal scene. Moreover, the event represents a good cause, and I'm proud to be involved with spreading the word about the Rock Against Diabetes benefit concert. Diabetes affects millions of people and even if not directly affected, nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected directly or indirectly by diabetes. Several of the staff on Metalunderground.com have been affected to various degrees.
Ellie Timms, a freelance photographer and journalist who will be covering the event for Metalunderground.com, is a diabetic herself and has been deeply affected by the disease. Discussing the importance of the event, Ellie commented: "Being a diabetic and coming from a family of diabetics, I know the harsh reality of how diabetes can and will slowly kill you if you're not given the proper education and treatment. Rock Against Diabetes is fighting for world-wide awareness that education, nutrition, exercise and research can forever change and give quality of life to diabetics. WE DO NOT HAVE TO DIE!"
So help us spread the word about this event and make it as big a success as it can be!
The 2008 Rock Against Diabetes event will now be hosted by L.A. music promoter/Club Manager and the infamous and notorious winner of Big Brother 8, "Evel" Dick Donato. Dick brings a massive viewership of his own fans, in the targeted 20-55 range, which is important to the event's mission.
Event organizer Darrin Buchanan comments: "Dick will bring an amazing quality that the show was lacking. A soul, charm, charisma and true entertainment that will make the show all the better event for all that sign on to watch."
Additionally, Eric Martin (of Mr. Big fame) has been added to the bill for the second year in a row.
In other Rock Against Diabetes new, event organizer Darrin Buchanan, Dave Meniketti of Y&T, and Tracii Guns will be featured on the Red and Jerry show on April 15th, starting at 7:00pm EST. The show will be recorded and broadcast on www.rockinmetalrevival.com.
The second anual Rock Against Diabetes event will be held in Las Vegas, at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008, featuring Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band and Bang Tango.
The second annual Rock Against Diabetes charity benefit will move from a live Vancouver venue to the sound stages of online music experience innovator Deep Rock Drive. The event will be held in Las Vegas, at the Deep Rock Drive venue on August 23rd, 2008, featuring Y&T, LA Guns, Faster Pussycat, Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band and Bang Tango. Rock against Diabetes was created in early 2007 by music writer/charity organizer and newly diagnosed diabetes sufferer/new diabetic amputee Darrin Buchanan, with the initial live event taking place on June 23rd, 2007 in Vancouver BC, starring Eric Martin of Mr. Big.
Darrin saw two very important things after his diagnosis and subsequent below-knee amputation: The need to get the word out to people, so they knew the dangers of the disease, and the need to do so in a way that was entertaining and above all cost effective for all. The goals of this annual event are to help the BC Children's Hospital Endocrinology department, to ease the pain and care of children with diabetes, and help the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in the ground-breaking diabetes research they have done in the past few years. Darrin's own initiative, self funded to this point, is to deliver an online resource to all pre-, new, and long-time diabetics that will take the mystery and confusion of eating the right foods. 88% of diabetic complications can be avoided with a proper safe diet. Further funding is needed to actually launch this program, and get the consultation from nutritionists and Endocrinologists to keep the program accurate and safe. The further vision is to start in his home city of Abbotsford, a food servoce facility to prepare these foods for diabetics in the community that are unable to cook them, or afford the proper foods.
Darrin met Danny Socolof of Deep Rock Drive in late 2007, and after a short time both saw the potential that an online worldwide broadcast could have on this very special event. Some amazing continued sponsorship from companies such as Minarik Guitars, Atari Canada and The CW TV Network and My LVTV made perfect sense to deliver this event to many people as possible, free for many to watch. An agreement was made and Deep Rock Drive offered their many services to Rock Against Diabetes for the 2008 show. People are urged to visit www.deeprockdrive.com to get a full understanding of what is to be offered from this one-of-a-kind experience.
To kick this event off in 2008, the Rock and Entertainment auctions will kick off in mid-April, with many items yet to be added, and the release of the only 100 tickets available to the live show - to see all of the bands and share in some in-house only action - will slowly become available in special auctions from the bands performing and Rock Against Diabetes. Be sure to check the Myspace page, as well as Rock Against Diabetes page for more information and add Rock Against Diabetes as a friend on Myspace, and show your support.
BANG TANGO will be hitting the road shortly. Confirmed dates are as follows:
14 - The Starline - Fresno, California
15 - Tremors - Riverside, California
25 - RPM’s - Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
26 - Webster Hall - Manhatten, New York
28 - The Haunt - Yonkers, New York (with BRITNY FOX)
29 - Trailside Inn - Factoryville, Pennsylvania (with SKID ROW)
18 - Bikelahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma
19 - Bikelahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma
13 - Rocklahoma - Pryer, Oklahoma
SKID ROW has scheduled the following dates:
Jan. 04 - House of Blues - Hollywood, CA *
Jan. 05 - Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA *
Jan. 06 - Saddle Rack - Fremont, CA **
Jan. 09 - Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
Jan. 10 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
Jan. 11 - Sunset Station - Henderson, NV
Jan. 12 - Angels Roadhouse - Yucaipa, CA
Jan. 24 - Vince Neil's Motley Cruise - Miami, FL
Feb. 23 - Riverside Convention Center - Victoria, TX
* With L.A. GUNS, BANG TANGO
** With L.A. GUNS, BANG TANGO, VAINS OF JENNA
According to former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy's official web site, BULLETBOYS will no longer be taking part in the Metal In America 2006 tour. The trek, which is scheduled to kick off in early February, will now feature headliner Pearcy alongside BANG TANGO and PRETTY BOY FLOYD.
Here are the 2006 Metal In America Tour dates:
02/03/06 - The Avalon, Santa Clara, CA
02/06/06 - Ecks Saloon, Lakewood, CO
02/08/06 - Westown Theater, Bay City, MI
02/09/06 - POV's, Andover, MN
02/10/06 - Muddy Waters, Cedar Rapids, IA
02/11/06 - The Hayloft, Mt. Clemens, MI
02/12/06 - The Double Door, Akron, OH
02/15/06 - Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
02/16/06 - Muclcahy's, Wantaugh, NY
02/17/06 - Jaxx, Springfield, VA
02/18/06 - Webster Theater, Hartford, CT
02/19/06 - The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
02/23/06 - Red Rooster, Winston-Salem, SC
03/02/06 - Amos' Southend, Charlotte, NC
03/04/06 - The State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
03/08/06 - Stampede, El Paso, TX
03/10/06 - Empire Ballroom, Las Vegas, NV