Building The Metal All Stars
Metal All Stars producer Gabe Reed gives you a look
behind the curtain of one of the year’s
loudest touring packages.
There’s a lot of talent in the inaugural Metal All Stars tour launching in Europe at the end of March. With Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil appearing on most dates, the trek’s lineup features a bevy of musicians steeped in metal cred, including Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-Accept), Cronos (Venom) and Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly). A complete list follows the interview.
While chatting with Pollstar, producer Reed described the Metal All Stars concept and how the outing developed from an idea into reality. Reed also discussed the tour’s future, including plans to play South America as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Of course, every story has a beginning. For Reed, that first step towards becoming a tour producer just might have happened when he was a young lad.
You’ve worked with tours for much of your professional life. But what was the first concert you ever went to as a fan?
KISS. I believe Heart was opening up for them. It’s crazy to [say] but I think I was about 6 years old.
Were you already a KISS fan?
I actually was. It’s a funny story because the first major concert I ever promoted was a KISS concert in South America. It’s kind of a [full] circle. … I always think it’s a little bit funny that … If I had known when I was a kid that one day I would be working with KISS and doing a big concert, I would have told you you were crazy. I guess that’s how life works out.
Where did you grow up?
In Texas. When I was a teenager I moved out to California with my father. When we moved out here it was kind of like the thick of the ’80s Sunset Strip scene. Being like most teenagers I got into a band. We all had our dreams back then of making it happen. … Something I guess I can’t ever live down … I met Penelope Spheeris and she had me in her movie “Decline Of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years.” That was a long time ago but whenever I’m hanging out with friends, they’re like, “Aren’t you that guy?”
That’s kind of how I grew up. When I got a little bit older and wiser, hopefully, I [went] to UCLA and ended up being a lawyer. I went to law school in Dallas. I lived in [Dallas] for quite a while. I still live there but I’m in L.A. a lot doing business. But we primarily base ourselves out of Dallas.
Do you think you would be doing what you’re doing today if you hadn’t moved to Los Angeles while a teenager?
I probably wouldn’t have. The music business is a business where it’s all about who you know and building personal connections with people. When I was living in L.A. in the ’80s I met a lot of the same people I know today. Some of them I do business with, others I may not do business with but we’re still friends. I was also … probably the only one they knew from that time period with a law degree that could help them out.
Were you the only heavy metal fan in law school?
No, there were a couple of guys who were big fans of metal, maybe more metal than me. I have one friend that ended up working with me on a few of the tours, in a lawyer capacity, who’s a big Iron Maiden fan.
Will the acts on the Metal All Stars Tour share the same backing band or is the band itself made up of all-stars?
This idea for the Metal All Stars is kind of a fan-focused idea where you want to give the fans the best value possible. So rather than go see a show where you have some filler songs and you wait around for the hits, I thought a great show for myself to see was to have each guy come out and play three or four of his biggest hits. … Basically, how the show flows is you’ll have Zakk Wylde come out and play some Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne songs. Then you’ll move on to the Pantera era with Phil Anselmo singing four or five big Pantera hits.
The show kind of moves along and each guy in the band holds his own as having done something in the music business that qualifies them to be an all-star.
Obviously there has been press where people have said it would be cool to see Zakk Wylde play with Phil Anselmo, etc.” [The tour] gives everyone an opportunity to see this, not just in a jam in a club, but in an arena setting where you’re seeing a real show [with] great combinations and various musicians we’d all like to see play together. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see that happen.
We have a backup band that is out there at all times. But it’s more of an organic thing and if Zakk Wylde wants to stay out there and play with Max Cavalera, that’s his prerogative and we’ll make it happen. We try to keep it a little loose so if there’s chemistry there and some guys want to get together and play then the set list can change a little bit.
With some of the musicians having other projects this year as well, how much rehearsal time actually involved assembling everyone in the same room?
First off, with modern technology they all get together from wherever they are. Prior to rehearsals they do some pre-production. Once we get everyone together it’s probably 10 days before the tour. They get plenty of rehearsal time in during that time period.
How do you handle customs during a European tour? Do you call each country’s Customs office in advance to let them know your plans or are you a complete surprise to them when you roll up to the border?
You have to arrange it. We have a guy, that’s all he does, he deals with Customs. Frequently you have a lot of freight. Moving people isn’t as difficult as moving the freight. I’ve had my share of run-ins over that. When you do international tours … it’s a little different than in the United States where you put everything on a semi and truck it to the next city. In South America, Europe and most international shows you have to fly your freight from place to place. The expense involved is usually a lot more than when doing shows in the United States. The other problem is every time you hit a country you have to clear Customs. I’m not completely up-to-date on what all their fees are, it always seems to be a fortune every time you enter a country.
That’s why international tours … [are] a lot more complicated, with all due respects to touring in the United States. … When you’re going from Chile to Bolivia, for example, you can have a lot of issues pop up. And we’ve had our fair share. We’ve had situations where our freight was stuck in one country and we had to get to another country on the day of the show. For whatever reason it’s been held up at Customs and everyone’s at the venue waiting to do the load-in. … But for the most part you try to keep things streamlined.
Considering all the special effects that metal bands are known for, are there ever awkward moments such as explaining to Customs officials why you’re carrying pyrotechnics?
Sometimes. You have to be very aware as to what the local laws are. To go from one country to the next … the next country might ban pyrotechnics completely and you may have to buy it all locally, which can cause another issue with trying to get all of that done in one day.
The No. 1 rule for touring these countries is preparation. Getting ahead of the ball. … That’s the thing with experience. I can’t say when I first started out doing this that it was always a smooth road. But you learn from your mistakes and after a few years you get it together and try to head off the potential crises as much as you can. … The idea is to take everyone on tour, have a good tour and have everyone go on their merry way after the tour and be none the wiser about all the crazy stuff that had to be done to get them there.
Phil Anselmo of Down
Rock On The Range, Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
May 20, 2012 (Jason Moore)
What about the musicians themselves? Are they also flying or is everybody gathered on one happy bus for the tour?
That’s the whole issue with these all-star type of things. People are spread around the world with their own projects, bands or whatever they are doing. The first show is in Sophia, Bulgaria, so the first few days before that you’re going to have a lot of people coming in at various times. But once everyone is in Europe we’re going to fly between all cities on the same plane. Or where that’s cost-prohibitive or when the next city is close by, we’ll probably take tour buses.
Typically, what I like to do is charter a plane. You put everyone on the same plane, it’s a lot simpler that way. Everyone is getting there at the same time.
Plus, with a plane there’s no chance of someone wandering off during a gas or rest stop.
[laughs] Well … sometimes even the most perfectly laid plans can go awry. We did a tour in 2012 called the Rock ’n’ Roll All-Stars. We had a big plane, everyone was on the plane. But we had about 15, 16 musicians and once they got off of the plane they were roaming the gift shops or whatever. That was always a crisis having to round everyone up and make sure they got on the bus to the hotel. It sounds like it might be easy but sometimes it’s not.
Is this the first Metal All Stars tour?
It is. We did the Rock ‘n’ Roll All-Stars … in that lineup we had Gene Simmons, various members of Guns N’ Roses, Joe Elliott from Def Leppard. We toured in South America. That was a very difficult tour. We had a lot of egos and personalities involved. We had some problems with the promoters in South America. What I tried to do with the Metal All Stars is learn from all of those lessons and try to put together a smoother operation.
The other thing is this tour kind of appeals to a different demographic. … I had always seen that real metal is a worldwide phenomenon. The fans are very loyal. You always get a tremendous turnout for these shows. There’s a lot of respect within the Metal All Stars between each of the guys in the band. They’ve known each other for years and have a lot of respect for each other’s abilities and their legacies. It’s sort of like a traveling circus, “controlled chaos,” I guess you could say, and you have to put together the right personalities. And watch out for these other things like freight, transportation, hotels, Customs, local officials and all of that.
Joey Belladonna of Anthrax
The Fillmore, Detroit, Mich.
April 6, 2013 (Scott Legato / RockStarProPhotography.com)
With the Metal All Stars tour it appears that every musician is stepping out of his comfort zone since the tour isn’t built around them or their own band. Is there a limit to how many people they can bring with them?
The bottom line is important so we try to limit it to essential personnel. … Cavalera, for example, [is bringing] his wife, Gloria, [who] is also his manager. … In large part, in the modern touring business we try to limit expenses as much as possible. It’s all about the bottom line in the end of it. If you can’t make some money you’re probably not going to do this again and the people that will be disappointed are the fans. We try to keep it lean and mean.
About the artists stepping out of their comfort zones … the most repeated thing I hear from the musicians themselves is that they really like doing this. When you’re in a band it’s like being in a marriage. You’re with [the same] group of people for the last 20 years and it’s kind of like clockwork, it works the same way when you do the shows. In this you can step out of the circle a little bit and do something a bit different, play with friends you’ve always wanted to play with. The musicians enjoy doing it and they get paid doing it so it’s a win-win situation. But it’s like a breath of fresh air to step out of your marriage, I guess you could say, and do something new.
So it’s like one big fun trip for them?
Hopefully. We’re trying to make it that way. If they go home and tell other people about it, maybe we’ll have a tour next year with a different lineup.
When assembling a lineup for a tour like the Metal All Stars, is some of the booking accomplished through word-of-mouth? That is, do you book one artist and he tells a friend about it and that friend comes to you asking to join up? From what you’ve been saying, it sounds as if some of the work involved doesn’t necessarily go through normal business channels.
That is actually true. It’s good to put together people who are already familiar with each other, who are already friends. It makes it a helluva lot easier to make things run smoothly if you have guys who don’t hate each other, for example. I’m not going to name names, but there are a lot of bands out there who are successful touring entities right now who all travel separately and don’t want anything to do with each other. It’s always a positive environment to have people in the band who actually like each other and want to be in the same place with each other.
On any tour, especially on an international tour, most of the time you’re traveling. You’re playing a show for up to two to three hours but the rest of the time you’re on the plane, in the bus, waiting to get through Customs, whatever. But if you’re shooting the shit with your friends, it takes a lot of that edge off of having to wait around.
With all the various musicians, how do you arrive at a setlist?
When we put together the setlist, what we try to do as fans is figure out which songs we in particular would like to hear this guy singing. We’ve all been to a show where [the act] will play their entire new album. To be honest with you … these days tickets are not cheap so if you’re paying $150 to hear an hour of whatever this guy’s new album is, you’re frankly disappointed even though I respect their wish to play whatever they want. The thing is, we all like to hear the hits, we all like to get our money’s worth out of a show. So when we put together a setlist we, of course, [check] with the artists and make sure they’re OK with it. But we try to concentrate on the [artist’s] four biggest, well known songs. Those are the songs we’d like him to perform.
Typically, every artist knows what is his bread-and-butter and they know what fans want to hear. So everyone is usually pretty cooperative about it. The interesting thing is … they get to play with a different set of accomplished, legendary musicians. That puts a new twist on it. It’s not like the same song they’ve been playing for the last 20 years.
Wolf Den, Uncasville, Conn.
November 10, 2012 (Jim Hackett)
You have Vince Neil appearing on most shows as a special guest with the exception of Bulgaria, Romania and Belarus.
Due to some scheduling problems he couldn’t do those shows. I’ve worked with him in the past and he’s a good friend of mine. He brings a lot to the show and to the table. He puts kind of a new dimension on the show. You’ve got a lot of metal guys going up there and Mötley Crüe, obviously, isn’t heavy metal, but I think they’re more of a harder rock band than people give them credit for. So I think he’s going to fit right in.
So booking Neil was one of those instances of who you know rather than calling his reps and making a pitch?
Actually, with Vince it was a different situation. The promoter in Russia had a special request. He actually went out and communicated with Vince and asked him if he would like to be a part of the tour. So it organically came about. But after the fact everyone said, “What about Vince going out? That would be great.” So we worked it all out and, thankfully, he was nice enough to go out on the tour with us.
What is the ticket price equivalent in American dollars for this tour?
The thing is that it’s in Euros, but we’ve tried to keep the ticket prices, on average, around $50. Of course, as always, there’s going to be more expensive and less expensive tickets. We’ve tried to be competitive. Kind of the original focus of this from a touring business standpoint was give the fans a valuable ticket where they could see the equivalent of seeing ten of their favorite bands in one show. Ordinarily they might go to a festival and pay a lot of money to sit there for two days and hear all these songs.
Do you think there will be a Metal All Stars next year?
Definitely. After Europe we have plans to go to South America. We are working on putting something [together] to tour in the United States … all this year. Then next year we’ll do the Metal All Stars again. Due to people’s obligations and things like that, I’m sure we’ll probably have a different lineup or a partially different lineup. That’s the complicated thing about doing these all-star tours – getting the availability of all these different artists. You have to work around their schedules. It’s not always an easy thing to do.
We look forward to getting out there and seeing all the fans. This has been a project that originated from just being an idea. Now it’s reality. And it becomes more of a reality once we get out there and do some shows – put the pedal to the metal, so to speak. We’re all excited to get out there and see the fans. Hopefully they’ll enjoy the show.
“There’s a lot of respect within the Metal All-Stars between each of the guys in the band. They’ve known each other for years and have a lot of respect for each other’s abilities and their legacies.”
Metal All Stars lineup:
Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-Accept)
Max Cavalera (Sepultura, Soulfly)
Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)
Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar)
Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne)
Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth)
Jasin Todd (ex-Shinedown)
Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall)
Kobra Paige (Kobra And The Lotus)
Jon Donais (Shadows Fall)
Jesse Billson (Heaven Below, Level Zero)
Aaron Rossi (Ministry, Prong)
Bones Elias (Rock Of Ages)
Here are the dates:
March 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria, Arena Armeec
March 24 – Bucharest, Romania, Romexpo
March 26 – Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena
March 28 – Gdansk, Poland, Ergo Arena
April 1 – Minsk, Belarus, Palace Of Sport
April 3 – Stockholm, Sweden, Hovet
April 5 – Riga, Latvia, Arena Riga
April 6 – Helsinki, Finland, Hartwall Arena
April 8 – St. Petersburg, Russia, Sport Hall Yubileiniy
April 9 – Moscow, Russia, Moscow Arena
Special Guest Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe appears on all dates except March 23, 24 & April 1.
METAL ALL STARS ANNOUNCE LEGENDARY
VINCE NEIL OF MOTLEY CRUE AS SPECIAL GUEST OF
2014 EUROPEAN TOUR
There have been quite a few unmistakable characters that heavy metal has given us over the years. And in early 2014, an impressive amount of these renowned names will unite as the Metal All Stars, for a one-of-a-kind tour.
Confirmed artists include:
Phil Anselmo (PANTERA, DOWN)
Joey Belladonna (ANTHRAX)
Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY)
Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT)
Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, SOULFLY)
Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL)
Ross The Boss (ex – MANOWAR)
Blasko (OZZY OSBOURNE)
Nick Menza (ex-MEGADETH)
Jasin Todd (ex-SHINEDOWN)
Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL)
Kobra Paige (Gene Simmons Records artists KOBRA AND THE LOTUS)
Jesse Billson (HEAVEN BELOW)
Aaron Rossi (MINISTRY, PRONG)
Bones Elias (ROCK OF AGES)
In addition, the Metal All Stars have announced that the legendary Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe will be a special guest on some shows of the 2014 European tour playing your favorite Motley Crue hits.
And as the organizers point out, “Please be assured that we still have other artists to announce and will do so as soon as reasonably possible as well as more dates!”
Current confirmed dates run from March 23rd to April 9th, 2014, including Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Latvia, Finland, and Russia, and will feature sets that include renditions of all the performing artists’ respective classics.
In addition to hearing an evening of metal classics being performed in different kick ass line-up configurations, the performances will be benefiting a great cause, as auctions will take place at the concerts to benefit Ride for Dime Inc., an organization that raises funds for such charities as Little Kids Rock, Toys For Tots, IAVA, and many more.
The Metal All Stars was put together by Kendra Helms Media and Gabe Reed Productions as a way to give the world’s metal fans an opportunity to see metal legends in one blockbuster show. As Gabe Reed commented “as a metal fan, this is the show that I always wanted to see – 2 plus hours of legendary metal!” Gabe Reed Productions is a global production and touring company, that has organized international stadium shows/tours for powerhouse artists including KISS, Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses, and Rock N Roll All Stars that featured Gene Simmons of KISS, along with members of Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Alice in Chains and more, and was featured on the season finale of the highly successful television show ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels.’
And the participating artists seem to be looking forward to the Metal All Stars tour as much as the fans are. As Joey Belladonna has stated, “I can’t wait to rock Europe with all of these metal legends! It’s going to be insane and a once in a lifetime opportunity for the fans!” Additionally, Brian Fair pointed out, “Tons of great artists, great singers, musicians – it’s going to be a killer time and a killer party. Some one-of-a-kind events, see you soon!”
It’s not often that such a stellar cast is assembled for one tour, and sharing one stage. Soon, lucky European headbangers will get a chance to get a mega-dose of metal on a single night, with the upcoming 2014 Metal All Stars tour.
CONFIRMED METAL ALL STARS EUROPE
2014 TOUR DATES:
March 23 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Armeec Hall
March 24 – Bucharest, Romania – Rom Expo
March 26 – Lodz,Poland – Atlas Arena (*)
March 28 – Gdańsk,Poland – Ergo Arena (*)
April 1 - Minsk Sports Palace - Minsk Belarus
April 3 – Stockholm, Sweden – Hovet (*)
April 5 – Riga, Latvia – Arena Riga (*)
April 6 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwal Areena (*)
April 8 – Saint Petersburg, Russia – YBL Arena (*)
April 9 – Moscow, Russia – Live Arena (*)
(*) Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe will be a special guest performer at these engagements
Claes Nobel, Gabe Reed Productions and World Peace One Press Conference Streams to an Audience of
Over 2 Million Viewers
Hollywood, CA, December 22, 2012 Gabe Reed Productions, Claes Nobel and World Peace One held a news conference at the Rolling Stone club in Hollywood on December 20, 2012 to announce a series of global concerts in 2013 as part of a 10 year global peace multi-media initiative. The press conference was streamed live to over 2 million viewers around the world.
The conference, organized by Gabe Reed Productions and World Peace One, announced plans for WP1’s groundbreaking 10 year humanitarian World Peace Initiative, including a panel of dignitaries, entertainment luminaries and humanitarians including:
• Claes Nobel, Senior member Nobel Family / Great Grand-Nephew Dr. Alfred Nobel, creator of the Nobel Prize
• Doug Ivanovich, Founder & Chairman WP1 Foundation, Live Aid, Farm Aid, VP of Skylink, Social Activist
• Paul Flattery, Producer Live 8, Live Earth & 9/11 Concert For New
York “world broadcasts” & Billboard Music Awards
• Dr. Hans Reinisch, CEO, WP1 Music and former Managing Director, EMI Europe/Capitol Records
• Chuck Peil, VP of Reel FX; Rise Of The Guardians /
Dreamworks, Looney Tunes / Warner Bros.
• Maestro J. Calandrelli, Composer, Producer, Arranger- Streisand,
Bocelli, T. Bennett, J. Groban, Celine, McCartney
• Gabe Reed, Concert Promoter, KISS, MötleyCrüe, Rock N Roll All Stars w Gene Simmons & Guns N Roses, etc.
• Ray Charles Jr., Film Producer, Academy Award-Winning Movie “Ray,” and Hotel California
• Carl Schleiter, World Stage Tickets, International Concert and Event Ticketing Specialist
• Steven-Elliot Altman, President WP1 Games, and former longtime Games Director at Acclaim Games
• Curtis Pickering, CEO, World Education University, Strategic WP1 Global Educational Alliance
• Reginald J. Comissiong Evans: Organizer, Television
Producer/Director, Promoter and Motivational Speaker
Also in attendance was Columbine High School Survivor Richard Castaldo.
“World Peace One is a 10 year Global Peace initiative whose aim is to organize and mobilize humanity through a series of methodical stepsa and efforts intended to inspire compel and engage humanity’s collective genius, to move forward into properly sequenced steps and stages that lead to true and lasting peace.”
Gabe Reed Productions taps Epochal Artists/EMI artist
Brand New Machine to open Guns N' Roses' India tour
Gabe Reed Productions, known as the organizer of the highly successful ROCK AND ROLL ALL STARS TOUR , has given a giant opportunity to Rock N Roll newcomers Brand New Machine as they have been tapped as direct support for Guns N' Roses on their current run of shows in India and Indonesia.
Tonight BNM will support Axl and co in Gurgaon, India at Leisure Valley. Compete dates are below:
7 - Bangalore, India - Bhartiya City
9 - Mumbai, India - MMRDA Grounds
12 - Gurgaon, India - Leisure Valley
15 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Lapangan D Senayan
"It is a dream come true for us getting a chance to play with an iconic band like Guns N' Roses," commented vocalist Brantly Thompson. “We can’t wait to experience these countries and give them a shot of our culture right in the arm. Brand New Machine is ready to bring a sleazy rock show to Asia. This is going to be one giant party and we can't wait."
Brand New Machine will release their debut album in 2013 via Epochal Artists/EMI.
Gabe Reed productions is a Global Production and Touring company that has organized International stadium shows/tours for powerhouse Artists including KISS, Motley Crue, and Rock N Roll All Stars featuring Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott, Gene Simmons, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and more, and was featured on the season finales of the highly successful television show Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
GABE REED PRODUCTIONS PROMOTED
ROCK N ROLL ALL STARS TOUR FEATURED ON
GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS
SEASON FINALE EPISODE
Gene Simmons Performs
Rock & Roll All Star Band
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons performs in South America with Billy Duffy, Matt Sorum, Sebastian Bach and the rest of the Rock & Roll All Star Band.
Rock N Roll All Stars complete South American Tour
The Rock In Roll All Stars completed a successful tour of South American with stops in Paraguay, Argentina and Peru. Special thanks to all of the fans that came out to see the shows. Below is fan filmed footage from the shows
Welcome to the Jungle - Featuring Sebastian Bach
I love it loud - Featuring Gene Simmons
Rock N Roll All Night - Featuring Gene Simmons
Animal - Featuring Joe Elliott
Shine - Featuring Ed Roland
Patience - Featuring Sebastian Bach, Joe Elliott, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum
Youth Gone Wild - Featuring Sebastian Bach
Burn - Featuring Glenn Hughes
Calling Dr Love - Featuring Gene Simmons
Rock N Roll All Night - Featuring the Rock N Roll All Stars
South American Press Coverage of Rock N Roll
All Stars Tour
Vive La Vida
Charlie Sheen and Gene Simmons Promo Spots for the Rock N Roll All Stars tour
Jo Hale, Jason Merritt / Getty Images
MEMBERS OF KISS, DEF LEPPARD, GUNS N’ ROSES FORM SUPERGROUP
by: Dave Lifton
Latin America will be getting a thunderous dose of heavy rock, as the Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars, an 11-piece supergroup comprised of Gene Simmons of Kiss, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard and many others will tour South and Central America this spring. A press conference was held at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood on Thursday (March 1) to announce the details.
Joining Simmons and Elliott in the massive band will be Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke (Guns N’Roses), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) and Billy Duffy (the Cult).
The project was the brainchild of Sorum and promoter Gabe Reed. “We thought it would be a really great idea to put together a band of some of our favorite musicians from the history of rock,” tour Reed said. “I think it’s going to be exciting to go see the hits of Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, the Cult and Alice In Chains. That’s where the vibe came from.”
The tour will begin April 19 in Asuncion, Paraguay and play 10 dates, mostly in capital cities throughout South and Central America in little more than two weeks. The last stop on the tour will be June 5 in Bogota, Colombia.
4/19 – Asuncion, Paraguay
4/21 – Sao Luis, Brazil
4/23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
4/25 – Santiago, Chile
4/27 – Lima, Peru
4/29 – Quito, Ecuador
5/1 – Guatemala City, Guatemala
5/3 – San Jose, Costa Rica
5/4 – Panama City, Panama
5/5 – Bogota, Colombia
Glenn Hughes, Matt Sorum, Gene Simmons Talk Rock And Roll All Stars In New Video Interview
Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon recently conducted an interview with Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH), Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES), and Gene Simmons (KISS) talk about the upcoming tour in Latin America, with Rock And Roll All Stars Band. Watch the interview below:
This past Thursday in Los Angeles, a press conference was held by promoter Gabe Reed who announced that major concerts that will be happening in South America in April and May under the moniker Rock and Roll All Star Band featuring the following:
- Gene Simmons (KISS)
- Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD)
- Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES)
- Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES)
- Gilby Clarke (ex-GUNS N’ ROSES, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA)
- Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, ex-DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH)
- Ed Roland (COLLECTIVE SOUL)
- Sebastian Bach (ex-SKID ROW)
- Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL)
- Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS)
- Billy Duffy (THE CULT)
The updated tour schedule is now as follows, with venues to be confirmed:
19 – Asuncion, Paraguay
21 – Sao Luis, Brazil
23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 – Santiago, Chile
27 – Lima, Peru
29 – Quito, Ecuador
1 – Guatemala City, Guatemala
3 – San Jose, Costa Rica
4 – Panama City, Panama
5 – Bogota, Columbia
Matt Sorum & Duff McKagan to Reunite for Star-Studded Latin American Tour
New details have emerged about a recently reported upcoming tour of Central and South America featuring an impressive lineup of hard-rock stars. The trek will feature a collective called Matt Sorum's Rock N Roll AllStars that, in addition to the former Guns N' Roses drummer, will include fellow GN'R alumni Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, as well as Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Def Leppard's Joe Elliot, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, founding Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach and more.
According to an official source, the tour will launch on April 19 in Asuncion, Paraguay, and will make a total of 10 stops. An official announcement about the trek will take place Thursday at noon PT at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, California. Most of the participating artists are expected to be in attendance at the media-only event.
In a Twitter message posted Monday, Sorum revealed that fans can expect "a killer show playing all of our bands' greatest songs."
Los Rock n’ Roll All Stars, liderados por Gene Simmons darán concierto en Colombia
Gene Simmons, de Kiss; Joe Elliott, de Def Leppard; Glenn Hughes, de Deep Purple; Ed Roland, de Collective Soul; Matt Sorum de Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult; Duff McKagan, de Guns N’ Roses y Velvet Revolver; Gilby Clark, de Guns N’ Roses; Mike Inez, de Alice In Chains; Steve Stevens, de Billy Idol, y Sebastian Bach, de Skid Row son los artistas que se reúnen en un mismo escenario bajo el nombre Rock N’ Roll All Stars.
Este proyecto que se presentó en el Teatro Roxy de Los Ángeles el pasado primero de marzo, es posible gracias a la gestión de Matt Sorum y el promotor Gabe Reed. “Creímos que sería una gran idea formar una banda con algunos de nuestros músicos favoritos de la historia del rock“, explica Reed.
Estos once rockeros presentarán su show igual número de ciudades latinas entre abril y mayo, siendo Bogotá la plaza que los acogerá el 5 de mayo.
“Esta es una gran oportunidad de tener a todas esas estrellas en un mismo escenario“, dice Juan Pablo Ospina, empresario del concierto.
En el show, que dura entre dos horas y dos horas y media, los músicos interpretan canciones de las bandas a las que pertenecen, así como varios clásicos del rock. Además, en cada país participará un invitado especial.
La gira comienza el 19 de abril en Asunción, Paraguay, y luego de pasar por Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica y Panamá, finaliza en Colombia en el Hipódromo de Los Andes, Bogotá.
Las boletas estarán disponibles en los próximos días en Ticket Express y costarán $291.000 en platinum y $158.000 en preferencia.
Rock And Roll All Stars se presentó en conferencia de prensa
El pasado jueves 1 de marzo se presentó en conferencia de prensa en Los Angeles el mega proyecto Rock And Roll All Stars que ha sido anunciado para tener su primera presentación en Lima el próximo 27 de abril. En el encuentro con los periodistas estuvieron presentes Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach, Duff McKagan y Matt Sorum entre otros.
Rock And Roll All Stars está compuesto por músicos de las bandas de rock más importantes de la historia. Así encontramos a Gene Simmons (Kiss), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N 'Roses), Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N 'Roses), Gilby Clarke (Guns N 'Roses, Rock Star Supernova), Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) y Billy Duffy (The Cult).
El promotor Gabe Reed fue el anfitrión de una conferencia de prensa el pasado jueves en el Teatro Roxy de West Hollywood, California, para anunciar oficialmente la presentación del mega grupo que recorrerá en América del Sur y Central, en abril y mayo de 2012.
En la conferencia de prensa estuvieron presentes, Simmons, Sorum, McKagan, Clarke, Bach y Hughes.
“Para mí ser el cantante en el primer proyecto paralelo de Gene Simmons es increíble”, dijo Sebastian Bach. “Es un sueño hecho realidad, de hecho si me hubieran dicho de niño que un día estaría en una banda con Gene Simmons y Glen Hughes, mi respuesta habría sido, 'no, no eso no sucederá', y me hubiera equivocado, jajaja”.
“¡Nos vemos pronto en Sudamérica y Centroamérica! Vamos a tocar los mejor de KISS, Deep Purple, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row y Def Leppard!, ¡nos vemos pronto en la gira!”, sentenció el rubio cantante.
Según refiere la web Blabbermouth.com, a pesar de haber sido anunciado como parte del proyecto, el exbajista de Metallica, Jason Newsted no apareció en la conferencia de prensa del día jueves.
Rock And Roll All Star se presenta en Lima el 27 de abril en el Jockey Club del Perú.
Ver a leyendas del rock ya tiene precio
Las entradas saldrán a la venta el sábado 3 de marzo. Los detalles sobre el repertorio de Rock and Roll All Stars se darán a conocer durante la próxima semana
Los seguidores del rock tienen una cita obligatoria el 3 de mayo con representantes de los grupos más influyentes de las últimas décadas, en el espectáculo Rock and Roll All Stars.
Las entradas para el concierto, que incluirá a figuras como Gene Simmons y Sebastian Bach, saldrán a la venta el sábado 3 de marzo, de acuerdo con información revelada ayer por Brunka Producciones y VM Latino, coproductores de la actividad musical.
“Queremos invitar a todos los roqueros a vivir uno de los mayores eventos y reunión de estrellas que se han hecho en el país; por eso, intentamos mantener precios asequibles”, destacó Guillermo González, uno de los socios de Brunka.
Visita única. El concierto incluirá presentaciones de estrellas del heavy metal de los años 80 y 90, como Gene Simmons (Kiss), M att Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, The Cult), D uff McKagan (Loaded, Velvet Revolver, Guns N’Roses), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabath), Jason Newsted (Metallica, Voivod), Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) y Ed Roland (Collective Soul).
Los precios de las entradas son de ¢44.000 en palco, ¢39.000 en gramilla, ¢24.000 en platea y ¢19.000 en sombra. Estarán a la venta en Specialticket.net, puntos Servimás, tiendas Bansbach e Insomnio.
Los detalles sobre la cantidad de canciones que interpretará cada uno de los músicos, así como el repertorio del concierto se darán a conocer el 1 de marzo.
Ese día, se realizará una conferencia en Los Ángeles para presentar el proyecto para toda América Latina.
Seriedad. Los productores costarricenses está trabajando con Gabe Reed Productions , responsables de giras de Mötley Crue y Flo Rida.
Para asegurarse de la transparencia del proceso, la producción viajó a Dallas, Estados Unidos, para firmar los contratos y reunirse con los representantes de los artistas.
“Tenemos el respaldo de una productora seria en Estados Unidos. No es como si hubiéramos firmado el contrato por correo o negociamos por teléfono. Los contratos los firmamos en persona, ya están legalizados y hay testigos”, afirmó González.
El Rock and Roll All Stars se realizará actividad –cuyos detalles se revelaron hoy, en conferencia de prensa– será el jueves 3 de mayo, en el Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, a las 8 p. m.
Another rock super group has been formed, and this one is arguably one of the biggest yet, name-wise.
Apparently assembled by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, the Rock ‘N’ Roll All Stars are comprised of the following:
Gene Simmons (KISS)
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
Duff McKagan (GN’R, Velvet Revolver)
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)
Gilby Clarke (GN’R)
Ed Roland (Collective Soul)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Mike Inez (Alice in Chains)
Late last week, members of the group appeared at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California, for a press conference in which they detailed an upcoming South American tour.
A quote from promoter Gabe Reed, who conceived the project with Sorum:
“We thought it would be a really great idea to put together a band of some of our favorite musicians from the history of rock. I think it’s going to be exciting to go see the hits of Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Billy Idol, the Cult and Alice In Chains. That’s where the vibe came from.”
Considering the busy schedules of many of the musicians in this group, it’s likely that the Rock ‘N’ Roll All Stars’ touring rotation will be a revolving door of whoever is able to tour at a given time – much like how random surprise guest musicians turn up at the Camp Freddy cover band gigs in Hollywood every now and then.
May 3, 2012 San Jose, Costa Rica - Stadium Suprisa
Stay tuned for more dates!
Charley Gallay / Ethan Miller / Jo Hale, Getty Images
MEMBERS OF GUNS N’ ROSES, SKID ROW, KISS + MORE SET FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ALLSTARS by: Amy Sciarretto
Talk about an all-star line up. Current and former members of genre heavyweights Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Kiss, Alice in Chains, The Cult and more are coming together for Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars, which is being dubbed a live show unlike anything else you’ve seen. That’s an understatement. The Allstars will tour South and Central America in both April and May of this year.
A press conference was held on March 1 at West Hollywood’s famed Roxy Theatre, with the likes of Gene Simmons, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in attendance and talking about the upcoming event.
Contrary to previous reports, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will not be a part of this project…if that’s the best way to describe it.
Perhaps Bach said it best: “For me to be the singer in Gene Simmons’ first-ever side project is amazing to me! Dreams come true, indeed.”
A true dream come true would be this tour hitting North America, don’t you think?
The participating artists are as follows:
Gene Simmons (Kiss)
Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’Roses)
Duff Mckagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’Roses)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses)
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath)
Ed Roland (Collective Soul)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)
Mike Inez (Alice in Chains)
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
DUFF MCKAGAN, MATT SORUM, GENE SIMMONS Attend 'Rock 'N' Roll Allstars' Press Conference - Mar. 1, 2012
Comprised of musicians from some of the biggest bands in recent rock history, the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars is a live show unlike any before. Bandmembers include:
* Gene Simmons (KISS)
* Joe Elliott (DEF LEPPARD)
* Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES)
* Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES)
* Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA)
* Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH)
* Ed Roland (COLLECTIVE SOUL)
* Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW)
* Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL)
* Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS)
* Billy Duffy (THE CULT)
Promoter Gabe Reed hosted a press conference earlier today (Thursday, March 1) at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California to officially announce the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars tour of South and Central America in April/May 2012. Also attending the press conference were Simmons, Sorum, McKagan, Clarke, Bach and Hughes, among others.
Commented Bach: "For me to be the singer in Gene Simmons' first-EVER side project is amazing to me! Dreams come true, indeed. If you would have told me when I was a boy that some day Gene Simmons, Glenn Hughes and myself would be in a band together, my reply would have been, No, we will not,' and I would have been wrong, haha!! See you soon Central and South America!! We are gonna rock the best of KISS, DEEP PURPLE, GUNS N' ROSES, SKID ROW and DEF LEPPARD! See you soon on tour!!!"
Check out several photos from today's press conference below.
Despite the fact that he was previously announced as one of the musicians taking part in the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars tour, former METALLICA and VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted will **NOT** be making an appearance at the event.