The 4th annual Rock Against MS took place at the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood, the 5th major event for Rock Against. Over the past four annual Rock Against MS shows the guests have included Billy Idol, Robbie Krieger (Doors), Marky Ramone, Steve Lukather (Toto), Lita Ford, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses) Phil X (Bon Jovi), Orianthi (Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper), Richie Kotzen (Winery Dogs), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Brett Scallions (Fuel), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty) and Bruce Kulick (Kiss).
The performers at the most recent one included Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Lucky Lehrer (Circle Jerks), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot), Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big), Pat Torpey (Mr. Big), Dug Pinnick (King’s X) Petty Cash, Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Attika 7), Shania Twain band, Jack Russell’s Great White, Shawn Duncan (DC4, Bulletboys), Jeff Duncan (DC4, Armored Saint,) Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Patrick Stone (Adler’s Appetite), Steve Ferlazzo (Avril Lavigne), Tanya O’Callaghan (Maynard James Keenan) Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford), Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and Phil Buckman (Fuel).
The show was hosted by comedian Craig Gass, and, in total, there were around 50 musicians that performed. The event held a raffle for a guitar signed by all the performers and signed drumheads were thrown into the audience by Rock Against MS Founder Nancy Sayle. Sayle, a well-known publicist who was diagnosed with MS herself six years ago, has been bringing awareness and raising money through a number events in addition to Rock Against MS. She gave out five awards to performers who had played at all the shows or had been a major part of the fundraiser, which included Jack Russell, Stephen Perkins, Marty O’Brien, Phil Buckman and event photographers Gary and Jill Bandfield (Tourbus Live). The setlist included songs from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jane’s Addiction, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Ramones, Great White, Queen and more.
Text and photos by Alex Kluft
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