AC/DC, Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake Rockers For Japan Benefit To Be Webcast
The show will take place Saturday, April 16 at Harper's in Reseda. Organized by Terry Ilous and will include members of some of the '80s most popular rock and metal bands.
A live streaming broadcast will be done by Front Row Entertainment (Frontrowent.tv) and viewers will be able to watch the event for free online; a link to the Red Cross will be provided and the musicians who are participating request that those watching make a small donation.
Ilous and Jeff Paris have also written a song and are creating a video that will feature many of the participating musicians. The song will be recorded, and the video shot, live at the benefit. It will subsequently be available on iTunes. Proceeds from the event and sales of the track and video will be donated to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief efforts.
"Japan has always been very supportive of our kind of music, and this is our small way of giving back," says Ilous.
In addition to Ilous, performers who have committed to the show and recording/video project include Chris Slade (AC/DC, The Firm), Rudy Sarzo (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Öyster Cult), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigneer, Billy Idol), Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big), Juan Croucier (RATT), Jon Levin (Dokken), John Payne (Asia), Teddy Zigzag (Guns N' Roses), James Lomenzo (Megadeth/Black Label Society), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (Survivor /Msg), Simon Wright (Dio/AC/DC/Ufo), Robert Sarzo (Hurricane) and Mitch Perry (MSG/Asia/Edgar Winter).
Other vocalists contributing to the benefit song include Don Dokken and Paul Shortino. The show will also feature guitarist Michael Thompson, an American musician well known in Japan. Line6 will provide the backline and Spaun Drums will provide all drums.
New artists are being added to this roster daily, and Ilous promises one very big surprise, to be unveiled at the show.