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Friday, December 17, 2010

"Jailhouse Rock" Benefit Concert in Nashville, TN

I had the good fortune to attend the "Jailhouse Rock" benefit concert at 12th & Porter on December 5th in Nashville. This show was a real treat for me because some of my favorite Metal rockers took the stage and melted faces. :) The main line up consisted of Carlos Cavazo (guitarist for Quiet Riot), Vinny Appice (drummer for Dio and Black Sabbath), Rudy Sarzo (bassist for Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Ozzy), Scott Warren (keyboards for Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell) and Chas West (vocals for Jason Bonham Band). There were also guest appearances by Mark Slaughter, Kip Winger and Kenny Olson.

The "Jailhouse Rock" concert was hosted to raise money for the Williamson County Literacy Council GED and education programs to benefit the rehabilitation of prison inmates. Rudy Sarzo commented, "When I got the call, I jumped at the opportunity to participate with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. That old cliché fits in this case – insanity is expecting the same results by repeating the same thing over and over again. If you keep locking people up and then don’t offer some kind of training program, the results get worse. You gotta give these people a hand up. The outcome has to be better than it is now. With an education program and a job, everyone wins."

The band played classics from Led Zeppelin, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and even the Beatles. I thought Chas West did an amazing job as the lead vocalist for the night and Mark Slaughter surprised me with some smoking lead guitar work.

It was a great show, the band was tight, the stage lights and sound were awesome and it was all for a good cause.

Photos courtesy of my beautiful and talented wife, Claudia Lopez Rhea. flickr.com/photos/claudiarhea/