Category Archives: Beyond The Stage
Ever since the Rams and Raiders packed their bags and headed out of Los Angeles in 1994, there have been numerous attempts to bring a professional football team back to the number two television market in the country. For nearly two decades, NFL teams have used the threat of relocating to Los Angeles to get new taxpayer-funded stadiums built in their respective cities. The wait is finally over…well, sort of. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who have attached the KISS name and logo to virtually every imaginable item (including KISS caskets), are bringing professional football back to L.A. with an expansion Arena Football team called – you guessed it – the L.A. KISS.
Simmons and Stanley are not the first rock stars to own an Arena Football team. That distinction belongs to Jon Bon Jovi, who was a majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul until 2010. Bon Jovi’s bandmate, Richie Sambora, also held a minority stake in the team at one point. However, while the boys from Bon Jovi may have been the first rock stars to own a professional football team, Simmons and Stanley are the first to actually make it an extension of the brand that they have built up through the years.
“As a fast-paced, high-action band, this partnership with the AFL was an obvious fit for us” stated Simmons. “Attending an L.A. KISS game in 2014 will be similar to a live KISS show, with thrilling, heart-pounding action.”
The L.A. KISS are not likely to quench the desire to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles, but it should make things interesting until that day finally arrives.
Sammy Hagar is an incredibly successful rock star and businessman who wasn’t always “standing on top of the world.” Quite the opposite! Hagar grew up as one of four kids in a poor household held together by a single mom. “Right Now,” Hagar is in the process of helping others that find themselves in a similar predicament, by donating to local food banks around the country.
“My mom was always half on welfare or food stamps and would get in line during Thanksgiving or Christmas when people were giving away free turkeys. I grew up like that, and remembered how it made a big difference in our life,” says Hagar.
During this summer’s Four Decades of Rock tour, Hagar is donating money to the local food bank in each city where he performs. While many wealthy people simply write a check, Hagar’s approach to donating is more important than the actual dollar amount because he is raising awareness of a problem that is more prevalent in the United States than many people realize or choose to believe.
“Food banks in local communities are the biggest bang for the buck in my search for the simplest and most reliable way to help others,” states Hagar.
Red Rocker fans who attend the Four Decades of Rock tour this summer will be learn about their local food bank during the concert. “I redid the video for ‘Right Now’ to bring it up to date. I’m putting in information from each local food bank” states Hagar, who will also be showcasing video footage of people collecting food.
On August 31st, 10,000 fans will attend Hagar’s concert in St. Louis with free tickets that they received in exchange for a donation to specified St. Louis charities, including the local food bank. There was no stipulation as to how much each person had to donate to receive the ticket. According to Hagar, “You could pay $4 for those tickets, or $4,000.” The concept clearly resonated with fans, as all 10,000 tickets sold out in a matter of 20 minutes.
Although these charitable donations are tied into the tour supporting his upcoming album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, Hagar regularly donates proceeds from his Beach Bar & Grill restaurants to various charities through The Hagar Family Foundation.
Kudos to Sammy Hagar for being one of the good guys of rock & roll beyond the stage!
In the 1980s, Bret Michaels was the poster boy for glam and hair metal with Poison. Many of his hair metal brethren enjoyed success similar to Poison, but few, if any, have been able to reinvent themselves time and time again to remain just as relevant to this day. His latest project, Rock My RV is another innovative way to keep Michaels in the public eye, while at the same time reinforcing his good guy persona. Whether you are a fan of his music or not you can’t help but like him as a person.
Michaels has become an inspiration to many people. In 2010, he dealt with some major health scares, but he refused to let anything stop him from living his life to the fullest. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, Michaels has achieved all of his success in the face of adversity.
Rock My RV is not Michaels’ first time at the rodeo, so to speak. Aside from a very successful and enduring music career, he has carved out a niche for himself on reality television with Rock Of Love, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, and Celebrity Apprentice 3, where he emerged victorious and earned $640,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
Celebrity Apprentice may be an ego-driven reality show for Donald Trump, but Rock My RV with Bret Michaels is the polar opposite. Michaels’ RV knowledge is clearly apparent, but it is his passion for helping other people, his can-do attitude and his incredible creativity that makes the show so entertaining to watch.
Rock My RV is engaging mainly because of Michaels’ ability to come across as a regular guy even though he is a tremendously successful rock star and businessman. He makes you believe that you too can live the rock star life, at least where RVs are concerned.
The first family that Michaels helped left them overjoyed with the end result, but the more intriguing story of the night was the makeover that was done on the touring RV used by the company TapouT for charity events around the country.
TapouT founders, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Tim “SkySkrape” Katz have already cashed in on their idea to create a clothing line around the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) lifestyle, but they continue to tour the country to give back to the community. Their primary mission is to visit children with cancer and members of the military (Wounded Warriors) in an effort to inspire them in their respective fights.
The reveal of the updated RV took place in the dark of night to showcase pyrotechnics that are usually reserved for hard rock concerts. With a great deal of pride, Michaels took Caldwell and Katz on a tour of the RV which was outfitted with a custom spiral staircase leading to a rooftop party deck and an air-compressed, water-cooled, Gatling gun to fire t-shirts into crowds. Already in awe of what Michaels help to create, Caldwell fought back the tears as he was shown the name of his departed co-founder, Charles Lewis, inscribed on the headrest of the passenger seat.
You don’t have to have an RV to be fascinated by Rock My RV. After watching the show, you’ll probably want to go out and get one for Michaels to “rock.”
Rock My RV airs on Sunday nights at 9pm/8pm Central on Travel Channel.
Aside from some hard rock artists with Mexican heritage, there isn’t much of a connection between hard rock music and Cinco de Mayo. However, there is no shortage of tequila lovers in the hard rock community, Sammy Hagar in particular. The Red Rocker – one of the most successful hard rock artists of all time – has amassed more of his fortune from his Cabo Wabo brand of tequila and his Cabo Wabo Cantina restaurant chain than he has from playing music.
Hagar has done an incredible job of branding Cabo Wabo, so his success should come as no surprise. Cabo Wabo is not just tequila, it’s an invitation to a Cinco de Mayo party that never ends. The lifestyle that Hagar has created around the Cabo Wabo brand even makes non-tequila drinkers want to join the party.
Hagar’s passion for tequila has inspired two hard rock party anthems that are ideal for any Cinco de Mayo celebration – “Mas Tequila” and “Cabo Wabo.” Take a shot (or two) and crank up the speakers to kick your Cinco de Mayo party into high gear…Sammy Hagar style!