Message From Tony
13th January 2012
Stuart Smith, who alongside drummer Richie Onori are the main driving force behind the Heaven & Earth project albums, has just provided me an update on how the new one is coming along.
1. Back in Anger
2. Waiting for the End of the World
3. No Money, No Love
4. House of Blues
5. I Don't Know What Love Is Anymore
An Update from Toto's David Paich
David also attended the playback party for Mike Porcaro's recent release "Brotherly Love."
Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman.
Mark has been battling Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility.
The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark's creative direction while he was unable to perform.
For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the shows will go on.
We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark's speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark's family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage.
Many thanks and Shine On!
Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don
My prayers and well wishes go out to Mark and his family at this time.
Sadly this seems to be something we're hearing all too much of these days, so many of our favourite and classic rock musicians although not getting any younger, are getting hit just the same as so many people we all hear about suffering with one thing and another and while people will say, 'It's a fact of life, we all get older ...' I disagree in current times as I think it's happening a little too much more than in previous years.
Now that is a very sad fact of current life.
You'd think for as much money that goes into cancer research that we would be closer to a cure, but who's to say? Sad days ....
Something good from Eddie Van Valen this way comes ...
Over at www.VHND.com this message was just posted and I have to say, it's certainly a good gesture from Eddie Van Halen, just prior to Van Halen launching their first new studio album in what seems a lifetime and first tour since 2007.
I guess some may say, well based on ticket prices for the upcoming tour - With so many dates. - that he'll get all the money back to buy new ones!
Hmmm ... No comment!
Eddie Van Halen just donated 75 of his own personal guitars to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a national organization that promotes music education for children.
In a statement, the guitarist simply explained, “Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.”
Van Halen also acknowledged that his immense success motivated him to give more children a chance at self-fulfillment through music. "If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation.”
The generous gift, which will be dispersed among 7 Los Angeles schools at Van Halen’s request, is already making an impact. Michael Flores, a student at Garfield High, tried out one of the guitars and told CBS2, “I think its great … Compared to what I played in the beginning, this sounds amazing.”
Watch CBS2′s video report of Van Halen’s impact on Garfield High School and check out CBS2 for the full story.
The Associated Press reports that Van Halen instructed staffers at Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation that the guitars were to be used in schools, not sold — and the lucky schools who received them weren’t told who donated them until the day they arrived.
Hopefully the guitars will be kept secure under lock and key when students aren’t using them, as the Foundation recommended.