Everyone had a great time at the 8th annual RockGodz Hall of Fame at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. The performances were incredible, and Rick Springfield made a surprise appearance and performed with Brett Tuggle after inducting him.
The 2019 8th annual RockGodz Hall of Fame inductees are
Alex Skolnick is both an original member of Testament and a New York improviser of multiple styles. Emerging as one of the original melodic thrash guitarists, he has gone on to release several critically acclaimed albums with the Alex Skolnick Trio. In 2005, he reunited with Testament, the impact of which has eclipsed the band’s initial run, including being featured on Slayer's recent farewell tour. As a writer, Skolnick has been a contributor to UNBUILT. He has also written for The Talkhouse, Guitar World, Guitar Player and other publications. Whether carefully listening and playing alongside improvising instrumentalists or loudly shredding with Testament or Metal Allegiance, it’s safe to say that Skolnick has found his own niche as a guitarist.
Bob Glaub is a session bass player from Los Angeles who has recorded and toured over the last five decades with legendary artists and bands that include Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, Donna Summer, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger, Neil Diamond, Bee Gees, The Doors, The Beach Boys, The Doobie Brothers, Journey, Bon Jovi, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton, Taj Mahal, Aaron Neville, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon as well as hundreds of others. Glaub currently tours with Jackson Browne and continues to be in demand on a wide variety of recording projects.
An award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Brett Tuggle is one of the most in-demand players in the music industry. He has toured and recorded with artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Page, David Lee Roth, Chris Isaak, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Steven Tyler. Tuggle played and toured with Rick Springfield on the heels of Springfield’s hit single "Jesse’s Girl," and later, David Lee Roth after he split from Van Halen. During this period, Tuggle was able to stretch his songwriting legs, co-writing several songs with Roth including the top 10 single "Just Like Paradise" in 1988. He lives in Los Angeles and does session work when not on tour.
Burleigh Drummond grew up as an Army brat on military bases around the world, most notably four years in Ankara, Turkey. The enchantment with drumming began here and still runs rampant through his system. Drummond was a founding member of Ambrosia in 1970 and has also performed-recorded-produced with Alan Parsons, The Lost Dogs, Player, Bill Champlin, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Michael McDonald, etc. To date, Burleigh and his wife and musical partner, Mary Harris, have recorded three albums of their own group Tin Drum and produced over 200 albums for other artists.
Kortchmar has played, produced and written for James Taylor, Don Henley, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and many more. As a songwriter, Kortchmar has either written alone or collaborated with numerous artists and has penned such tracks like Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” and “New York Minute,” as well as Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” and “Shaky Town,” to name a few. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kortchmar was a member of The Section, best known for both their work in support of some of the top-selling singer-songwriters and solo singers in the history of music. Recently, Kortchmar put members of The Section back together again and they now perform regularly live around the world as The Immediate Family.
Greg Leisz is a Southern California-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. He has worked as a touring and recording musician with many of the best-known artists in the music world. He plays guitar, pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin and banjo. Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Joe Cocker, David Crosby, Bill Frisell, Bonnie Raitt and Robert Plant are a few of the artists with whom he has recorded and performed. He is currently touring and recording with Jackson Browne and is a member of the group Charles Lloyd and the Marvels. He appeared on back to back Grammy-winning albums of the year in 2014 (Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories) and in 2015 (Beck’s Morning Phase). The Americana Music Association awarded Leisz a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was awarded a Grammy in 2011 for his work with Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs on the album God Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise.
Bova won his Album of the Year Grammy as a producer on Celine Dion’s, Falling Into You. His rock roots have always been a major part of his work. Bova is featured as keyboardist and synthesizers on some recordings by Meat Loaf, Robert Palmer, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop to name a few. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has contributed to hundreds of recordings by significant mainstream artists including Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and many more. Bova has been the creative muse for legendary producer-songwriter Jim Steinman’s over-the-top operatic rock and pop songs since they began working together in the ’80s. He continues to produce, arrange and collaborate with new and exciting young artists.
Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Pasadena, CA and started doing session work, launching quite a career. Keltner's drumming style typically melds deceptively simple drum patterns and a casual, loose feel with extraordinary precision. Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. He and Starr were the drummers on the Concert for Bangladesh, rock music's first charity benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York. In addition, he has also worked with Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Harry Nilsson, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Ziggy Marley, Bill Frisell, John Mayer, Diana Krall,, Conor Oberst, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boz Scaggs, Sara Bareilles, Jenny Lewis, and Phoebe Bridgers and many more.
JOHN 'JR' ROBINSON
John 'JR' Robinson started playing piano at age five and drums at age eight. He turned pro when he started his first band at the young age of 10. JR won his first Grammy with the hit record, Chaka Khan's Rufus "Ain't Nobody" in 1983. JR has become the most recorded drummer in history. He has played on over 500,000,000 records! Some of the hits are "We Are The World," "All Night Long" and "You Are" by Lionel Richie, "I’m Just A Gigolo" and "California Girls" by David Lee Roth, "Higher Love," "The Finer Things" and "Back In The Highlife" by Steve Winwood, "Change The World" by Eric Clapton, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and Rod Stewart’s "Rhythm Of Your Heart," just to name a few. JR will continue to add his magic on many hits, movies and jingles to come with his recognized sound employing a great time, great songs and a great groove.
Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley met each other at a Hollywood Party in early 1977. Beckett was a rock musician from Liverpool and Crowley was a country singer from Texas. Within a week, they started writing songs together. A short time later, they enlisted the help of Ronn Moss on bass and John Friesen on drums and Player was born. Player enjoyed success following their number one single “Baby Come Back” which was written by Beckett and Crowley and sung by Beckett. Their second single "This Time I'm In It For Love" reached #10. Beckett continued to write and produce several more albums as Player. Concurrently, he spent nine years touring with Little River Band as a song-writer, vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Peter Beckett is still going strong, both as a solo artist touring with many other classic '70s bands and with his own band.
Rachel Bolan is the co-founder and songwriter for the band SKID ROW. Bolan realized that he wanted to be a performer at a very young age when he went to see Liberace with his parents and grandmother. “I was only 5 years old, but was taken aback by the energy that filled the venue,” Bolan said. It was after that moment he began listening to all the records that his brother and sisters owned. The first record he purchased was The Rolling Stones—Sticky Fingers. It changed his life. After that, he was turned on to the likes of Alice Cooper, Kiss, Sex Pistols and Ramones to name a few. His first gig was in 1978 at Manasquan High School in Manasquan, NJ. In 1986 Bolan met Snake and the rest is history. Outside of Skid Row, he produces other bands and writes songs for other artists, sports teams and with Snake writes music for ESPN.
Richie Zito’s career began at 15 years old when Gerry Wexler signed him to Atlantic Records. In 1973, Zito moved to LA and soon attained success as a prolific session musician, recording with artists including Elton John, Ringo Starr, Tina Turner, The Beach Boys, Rick James, Donna Summer, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Richie and Giorgio Moroder. In 1980, Zito became a member of Elton John’s Band. They recorded 3 albums and toured the world culminating in a Concert at Central Park for 450,000 people. Zito played guitar on the notable motion picture soundtracks for Scarface, Top Gun, American Gigolo, Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, and Streets of Fire. He continued his career by producing records for Eddie Money & Ronnie Spector, Joe Cocker, The Cult, Cher, Alice Cooper, Little Richard, Poison, Heart a #1 for Cheap Trick, and a #1 for Bad English, to name a few. In 1990 Zito was honored with Billboard’s Producer of the Year Award. As a songwriter, Richie Zito wrote songs for Diana Ross, Roger Daltrey, and Graham Nash.
Rita Wilde is an award-winning broadcaster and a pioneer in radio. Wilde was named Program Director at KLOS, the premier rock station in LA, at a time when women were barely visible in rock radio. As an on-air personality and Music Director at various Southern California stations, Wilde had a decades-long career in the Southland where she interviewed the most significant legends in music at the peak of their fame and had a principal seat at the table in the male-dominant PD arena. She’s been the national radio host for some of music’s greatest moments, including Woodstock’s 25th Anniversary Special and for Album Network Radio Specials. Wilde garnered an international reach, having been a rock reporter on Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s rock stations, and was Tokyo Radio’s LA host. She’s acknowledged as one of the most prominent women in media and entertainment. Wilde’s reputation and experience in music are unique among broadcasting women.
Multi-Platinum producer-mixer-engineer Ross Hogarth has been working in the music industry for over four decades. Some of his timeless work includes Motley Crue, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Ratt, Dio, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge and R.E.M. 2012 brought the release of A Different Kind of Truth, the new record from Van Halen, first with David Lee Roth since 1984 and the first in 16 years, co-produced, engineered and mixed by Ross. 2019 has been busy already with Ross producing a Johnny Winter tribute with Edgar Winter. Some of the special guests already on this timeless piece of work are Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Gregg Bissonette and Waddy Wachtel.