Message From Bruce

- November 7, 2014

Bruce KulickTuesday night I was invited to attend Classic Rock Magazine's Roll of Honor Award show held at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA. It was an amazing night filled with a "who's who" of the rock world. From Queen's Brian May and their new singer, Adam Lambert, who won the Band of the Year award, Aerosmith's gunslinger Joe Perry, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, the one and only Ozzy Osbourne with his wife Sharon and kids, to Julian Lennon, Eric Idle (Monty Python) and Jeff Lynne from ELO, the list went on and on.

The mood was festive, I'm a big fan of the magazine, and it was their first time stateside after nine years of the awards being held in London. Sammy Hagar was the host, and he's such a personable and funny guy he made the show move along successfully.

Other winners and guests included Gregg Allman, drummer John Densmore, Dave Mustaine, Eric Burdon from The Animals, producer Eddie Kramer, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses, John Varvatos, Zakk Wilde and Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme. Joe Elliot gave an award, and so did Henry Rollins and Scott Ian.

It was super fun. After April's Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, this one was similar but still unique with its vibe. Some live performances included Scott Weiland's new band The Wildabouts, and a real crowd pleaser was Rival Sons. Glenn Hughes's band California Breed were great, and later on Kings of Chaos played with Sammy Hagar, Glenn Hughes (hitting notes that prove he is an alien!), Joe Elliot, Brian May, Billy Gibbons and Joe Perry sitting in!

Bruce KulickI was right in the front getting blown away from the amps on full blast. It was quite cool to see some of my heroes like Brian May and Billy and Joe jamming on stage right in front of me. I left thrilled to have attended, and was especially happy to be there to say hello to quite a few of the rockers. Chatting with Julian Lennon was surreal for me, as I've always felt he is super talented, and what stories he must have in his life! He was appreciative of our conversation about the music business.

Sharon Osbourne made a really great comment about the state of Classic Rock when she asked, "Who will be replacing these rock pioneers in ten years?" Well, thankfully all us "classic rockers" are still playing and loving the idea of being on stage. So I am looking forward to rockin' on "forever."

Thank you, Chuck Brennan, for a very cool last minute invite. He was one of the sponsors of the event and owns the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy, a free music program for the children of the Boys and Girls Club in South Dakota.

Happily, I feel Classic Rock will thrive and be valid for a very, very long time. Amen!

Bruce Kulick

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