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Monday
Nov172014

Interview - LA KISS - Schuyler Hoversten, (co-owner and inaugural Team President)

Staying within the concept of the web site, we generally feature the 'rock stars' who create the 'music' we know and love, but sometimes by being a slave to your own format, you might miss out on discovering some of the key component players, who make things happen behind the scenes.  A perfect example is Schuyler Hoversten, co-owner and inaugural Team President of the LA KISS (arena football) team, who oversees all aspects of the business - including sponsorship, ticketing, and merchandise revenues.  In addition to managing the team’s brand identity and marketing efforts, Hoversten also oversees the LA KISS game day entertainment experience, which is more rock and roll than many of the 'bare bones' concerts you'll see being put on these days by bands from the genre.
 
Schuyler Hoversten is no stranger to success either, as prior to joining LA KISS, Hoversten oversaw the business development for the Los Angeles Dodgers for four years, tasked with increasing the team's revenue streams.  Under his leadership, the Dodgers set new revenue records year-over-year, in addition to implementing first-ever brand entitlement and activation spaces at Dodger Stadium, including the United Club Suites, Lexus Dugout Club and Ketel One Lounge.  Given Hoversten’s ability to succeed in multiple roles, he became the youngest Team President in pro sports at the age of 32.  As the team’s inaugural President, Hoversten was tasked with building the company from the ground up - in a matter of months - while simultaneously generating revenues.  Additionally, Hoversten negotiated a TV broadcast deal with KCAL, attracted major corporate and strategic partners for LA KISS, created the limited edition series of KISS bobblehead games, and pioneered the non-traditional game day entertainment the LA KISS home games are known for.  With his quick success, he was offered the opportunity to become co-owner of the team on June 4th 2014, making him one of the youngest owners of a professional sports organization.  A 'star' indeed.
 
Rock Music Star was honored to be given the opportunity to pick Schuyler Hoversten's brain and get his insight on what he has in store for the LA KISS in their upcoming season, and what it's been like managing the team, along with co-owners Brett Bouchy, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
For full interview, click here.
Thursday
Nov062014

Video interview - Alice Cooper group - Tommy Henriksen

By John Jeffrey

On October 29th, before a performance in Syracuse, NY, I caught up with Tommy Henriksen (guitarist/songwriter) of the Alice Cooper group for this exclusive Rock Music Star interview. While he's not the biggest "name" in Rock, he is a very likeable guy and very honest, as he discusses all of the guitar lineup changes since joining Cooper and tries to answer why "W2MN" while looking good on paper, did not translate well into a "great" Alice Cooper record. Also talks about his new solo CD, producing Beasto Blanco and mixing Ryan Roxie's new EP and how he would like to produce the next Cooper CD with Bob Ezrin.

Saturday
Oct252014

Concert review - GWAR - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY - October 19, 2014

Review and photos by John Jeffrey & Diana MacDonald
 
Buffalo, NY - When interviewing Dave Brockie (original lead singer of Gwar who died earlier this year of a heroin overdose) for the first time in 2011, it had come to fruition to find out that we shared the same vision on what the future of the entertainment industry will become.  We similarly believed that in the future, they will bring deceased actors and musicians back to life, in movies and in concert, through various forms of technology (holograms, CGI, etc.).  So it came as no surprise that just three years after our conversation that fans would be seeing Gwar perform live onstage, to a tape of the now deceased Brockie's vocals, while video was being shown of Brockie (as his character Oderus Urungus), on a film screen, center stage.

For full review and more photos, click here.

Monday
Oct202014

CD review - Roxie 77 - "Ameriswede" EP

By John Jeffrey
 
Take some 90's power pop, mix it with some 70's garage rock, and sprinkle in some 50's do-wop, and you'll have a pretty close recipe to Roxie 77's "Ameriswede" EP.  Ryan Roxie has been at the helm of the number one guitar slot in Alice Cooper's solo band for the better part of the past 20 years, and has figured out what Kane Roberts, Vinnie Moore, Al Pitrelli and a slew of other guitar shredders could not.  Being the lead guitar player in Alice Cooper's band is not about cramming as many notes as possible into eight bars of a classic Cooper track or figuring out what the mode of the month is, but it's about being authentic and playing for the song, which is exactly what Ryan Roxie does on the "Ameriswede" EP.


For full review, click here.

Wednesday
Oct082014

Interview - Alice Cooper band - Chuck Garric

From Lake Tahoe to "Dragontown," Chuck Garric has been quietly building a resume as one of the most rock solid bass players in the business.  From playing with L.A. Guns and Ronnie James Dio, to becoming a stable mate in Alice Cooper's solo band since 2002, plus stints playing the "Gene Simmons" part in Eric Singer's nod to the 90's version of KISS - in Singer's cover band, ESP, Garric is now breaking his silence.  And he is determined for the world to recognize the talents he possesses outside of the confines of bass guitar.  In addition to switching from four strings to six, Chuck Garric has also assumed the role of lead vocalist and front man, in his relatively new band, Beasto Blanco.
 
Beasto Blanco was formed in 2012 by Garric and lead guitarist Chris Latham.  Together, they set out to create a live, raw power, rock & roll band that would let them indulge in their influences and imagery that shaped their collective musical background.  To rear the sound out of the Beast, the band hired Garric's Cooper bandmate, Tommy Henriksen, to produce their debut CD, "Live Fast, Die Loud."  Right from the first roar of recording, they realized they were on to something great, as Beasto Blanco is a band that's tapping into a truly unique rock sound - staying true to their old school roots, with a innovative attitude and fresh technology.
 
Although Garric is currently on tour with Alice Cooper, supporting Motley Crue on their "Final Tour," he's chomping at the bit to unleash 'the Beast' again, once a substantial break occurs in Alice's constant touring cycle.  While on a short reprieve, Chuck Garric granted Rock Music Star an exclusive interview.  During our discussion, Chuck Garric revealed to us what he has planned next for all of his Alice Cooper fans and the Beasto Blanco converts.

For interview, click here.