JANUARY-Six String Salute 2020 premiered a virtual concert in support of Crew Nation on Sept. 28th, 2020.
Song Salute 2020: The Concert To Benefit Crew Nation which is powered by Music Forward Foundation, is a charitable 501c3 organization, which is administering the fund as a global relief for live music crews, and this Six String Salute was organized by Manic Merch, The Chop Shop Guitar Show, Chipster PR, Sun Broadcast Group and Live Nation. On September 17th, they premiered virtually in support and celebration of the touring and venue crews who are the backbone of the live music industry, and who depend on shows to make a living. This stellar event was streamed worldwide exclusively via Live Nation’s Youtube channel and Live From Home platform, with 100% of net proceeds benefitting Crew Nation. Six String Salute brought together guitarists and guitar-centric acts who wore their hearts on their sleeves and bared their soles within exclusive performances with some brilliant rock and roll stories added in. This incredible 2-hour and 22-minute showcase was hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality and Commander, Steve Black (The Chop Shop) and he shared, “we are here because 2020 has killed the concert industry and people can’t tour and that means road crews who are backline workers, techs, drivers, caterers, and anybody in the industry who has been affected by the pandemic closures,” further details can be viewed at Facebook @sixstringssalute2020 http://sixstringssalute.com http://www.chopshopradio.com/about
KISS‘ longtime stage manager Steve Roman shared his best back stage memories of Kiss on tour.
Todd Park Mohr was truly mind-blowing. Todd’s the guitarist for the 80’s American rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters. He thanked fans for supporting and thanked Crew Nation. They shared an outside performance from back in early September 2020, showing social distancing, and was filmed from Red Rocks empty stadium, as they projected a divine cover of Jimmy Hendrix’s. Purple Haze! https://www.bigheadtodd.com
Steve Black popped back in to share there is a link to all the autographed items and merch they auctioned off like a Blue denim house of Blues jacket, photographs of Slash from Guns N Roses, fine art photos of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, all signed by the photographer, and an autographed Ibanez JS140M Electric Guitar, Soda Blue worth $1,750 by Joe Satriani.
Epic Tantrum dedicated their new track, Franklin Park Blues, to Seth Goldburg from their newest album, Abandoned in The Strangers Room (Jan.20, 2020). https://epictantrum.com
Guitarist Richard Williams of the American rock band Kansas dropped in for some words of encouragement. https://www.kansasband.com
For these reasons, Live Nation and nonprofit partner of the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, created Crew Nation, which is a global relief fund for touring and venue crews. Since its inception in 2020, the organization has already raised $15 million, which has been distributed to 15,000 crew members across 36 countries. The fund was launched with an initial $5 million donation from Live Nation and another $5 million raised by artists, industry leaders, and partners, which Live Nation then matched to bring the total to $15 million. Nurit stated, “These individuals have dedicated their lives to bringing all of us some of our favorite concert memories.” Smith tells Variety, “They are highly skilled, will be out of work for a large period of time and we need to support them. The entire industry needs to come together to support the backbone of our industry.” In order to meet the overwhelming demand, a one-time grant of $1,000 is given out to each crew member after they complete a simple application process. Though it may not seem like much, these small grants have been enough to make ends meet and keep hope alive for out-of-work crew members, there is much more work to be done — and money to be raised — to ensure that these craftsmen and women receive the help that they need. In order to assist as many people as possible, Crew Nation is hoping to double its current funds to $30 million. Thanks to some key backers, who have come up with innovative ways to help raise money, the organization is well on its way. Metallica’s All Within My Hands charity highlighted Crew Nation during its Month of Giving, and donated $170,000 to the fund; Fender has auctioned off guitars autographed by Jeff Beck, Flea, Tom Morello, Brad Paisley, Duff McKagan, and Eric Clapton; Twenty One Pilots donated a portion of the proceeds from their album “Level of Concern” to Crew Nation and created an exclusive hoodie to benefit the fund; Yeti held an auction in collaboration with Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band and Green Day featuring one-of-a-kind roadie coolers; Kygo hosted his virtual Golden Hour Festival in support of Crew Nation; Anderson. Paak gave 100% of the proceeds from merch celebrating the anniversary of his album “Ventura” to the fund, and the list goes on. “We need to support these specialized workers who spend their lives committed to perfecting their craft,” says Smith, who’s hopeful that tours can return in summer 2021. “It can take hundreds of crew to turn an artist’s vision into reality on stage. It’s been great to see so much support from the artist community and we hope that continues until everyone is able to get back to inspiring indelible memories for all of us,” he said. http://Crew Nation Storecrewnationstore.com
American musician Andy Wood is the lead singer and lyricist for the alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. He truly captivated us with his ‘3rd and Lonely” which is the title track from his 2019 released album “Junktown.” https://www.andymusic.com
Brian Heartly, tour director for Megadeth, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Judas Priest, spoke about Judas Priest and their 50th Anniversary Tour, which will be June 1st in Europe thru the States he hopes.
Rock n Roll Hall of Famer, English musician, songwriter, singer, and producer Steve Hackett dropped by to wish everyone well. http://www.hackettsongs.com
Chris Caffery is an American musician, best known for his work as a member of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who stopped in to chat about stories on the road with TSO and is now offering “Sick Of This Shit” Summer Tour 2020 T-shirts, his tongue-in-cheek salute to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. They are available via Zazzle but you need to create an account in order to view and purchase a shirt. “I’m working on the new Spirits Of Fire record and I’m pretty sure I have all the tracks I need musically written for that. We’ll be doing the final recording of it in the next three or four weeks. It’s gonna be a cool record, I’m very happy with it. In the midst of all this, I recorded a single. I wrote this song called ‘S.O.T.S. (Sick Of This Shit)’. I had Tony Dickenson from TSO throw some bass on it and John Macaluso did the drums. I’m finishing up mixing it right now. I have a lot of my friends and fans from my Facebook music page asking me to send them some mp3’s of them singing and it worked out pretty well. There was a part in the verse that had harmonies (the word COVID) and then ‘Sick Of This Shit’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hfvRQTuk3Q&feature=emb_logo I ended up using 30 tracks from other people and they became my COVID Choir! It’s just a really fun heavy metal song. It’s one of my favorite metal songs that I have ever written. I played it for Jon Oliva yesterday. He told me I do a really good Jon Oliva! He pretty much taught me how to sing metal and how to get that out of my voice. Doctor Butcher had those kinds of sarcastic lyrics. He thought this song could definitely be a Doctor Butcher song.” https://chriscaffery.com
If you are out of work due to postponed or canceled shows, learn about relief and giving here https://www.livenationentertainment.com/crewnation
Bid on one of a kind music memorabilia auction items by visiting https://www.ebay.com/usr/homusicforward
Enjoy the full 2-hour and 22-minute showcase fundraiser here at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=search&v=3536854083044953&external_log_id=b51a6a32-5428-4edb-b570-2b1864ab9ebc&q=six%20string%20salute