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Chickenfoot News: Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani taking part in Ronnie Montrose tribute, new display at Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (video)
Chickenfoot's Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani will take part in “A Concert For Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music.” The event will see Sammy reunite the original Montrose band, plus Satriani, to perform the group’s landmark 1973 debut.
"A Concert For Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music" will feature the original Montrose lineup (Sammy Hagar, vocals; Bill Church, bass; and Denny Carmassi, drums), performing the landmark first Montrose album, with special guest Joe Satriani on lead guitar. The original Gamma lineup (Davey Pattison, vocals; Glenn Letsch, bass; Denny Carmassi, drums) will also be on hand, with special guest Marc Bonilla on lead guitar.
There will also be an All-Star band, comprised of many of the great musicians that Ronnie played with over the years. Some of the confirmed artists include: Neal Schon from Journey, Steve Smith formerly from Journey, members of Tesla, Eric Martin from Mr. Big, Rickie Philips from Styx, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS and Jimmy DeGrasso from Y & T and Alice Cooper.
The Montrose tribute will be held at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco this Friday, April 27. Ronnie Montrose passed away March 3, committing suicide after a lifelong battle with depression.
A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the Ronnie Montrose Fund for San Francisco Bay Area Musicians through SweetRelief.org.
A new Chickenfoot display at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas; it features images and autographed gear from the band. Bassist Michael Anthony’s wife, Sue, shot a quick video to show fans what it’s all about.
Journey News: Neal Schon comes clean on affair and ex-wife talks to E! News; Steven Tyler connection, Journey Greatest Hits 2 out soon, Steve Perry “respectful declines” invite to join band onstage again
Why can't anybody see it's just two kids in love? Two people in love for years that never consumated that attraction?...two people in love while one or both of them are still married? Two people in love that are living a fairy tale? There's been plenty of news on the whole Neil Schon/Housewife of DC Michaele Salahi hook-up. Now, the two have spoken openly to The Daily Beast about their relationship and set the record straight regarding when they met what has really happened the last few months.
“It’s like a fairy tale. It is, it really is,” Schon said. “I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years.” The couple were interviewed together and separately, and both confirmed that they met and dated before Salahi married her White House party-crashing husband Tareq Salahi. Michaele Salahi says her long battle with multiple sclerosis forced her to choose the more stable of the men nearly 15 years ago.
The two had been secretly communicating for over two years. That’s long before Schon reportedly married Ava Fabian in July of this year. There’s some doubt the Paris wedding was legally binding however, and Schon wouldn’t comment on it.
Schon sent the Salahis tickets and backstage passes to a Journey show near their home in Linden, Va. Tareq recorded the footage of his wife kissing on Schon at that show that’s now circulating all over the internet.
“What happened was … she takes off her wedding ring, OK, right in front of Tareq—takes it off,” Schon told The Daily Beast. “And then she proceeds to come into my dressing room where I’m sitting down. I have tennis shoes on and she’s, like, nine feet tall over me.”
“And she looks down at me like she’s standing on stilts and says, “I love YOU. And, that’s never gonna change. And when that happened I said, ‘Get over here! This has taken 15 years!’” Apparently that night Michaele almost left on the tour bus with Schon but instead waited nine days before leaving her husband. “I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I realized I was hurting myself.” She said she left everything behind and didn’t even pack a bag as she caught a flight to be with Schon.
One of his Neil Schon's ex-wives has spoken out to E! News about the affair. Amber Kozan was married to the rocker for seven years before divorcing in 2008. They have a 9-year-old daughter together.
After learning of her ex's affair with the still-married Salahi, Kozan said she's been trying to protect her kids from all the negativity. "I'm shielding the children," she says. "It's been hard and hurtful. I can say that Neal has clarified to me that he loves me and our kids and that he always will."
A second source close to the Schon told E! News that his affair with Michaele is nothing new and that the duo's flirtation has long been known within their inner circle. "This did not start in 2009, this has been going on before [Neal] and [Amber] were married. If you snoop around the D.C. socialite ring from the [Real Housewives of D.C.] castmembers to their friends who are maybe not on the show, they'll tell you. It's a small world."
The source tells E! that Neal recently married current wife Eva in Paris, and that he has four ex-wives in total, including a quickie marriage from his distant past. "Another former wife has problems and another is hidden out in L.A. It's all very touchy," the source explains.
Tareq Salahi told E! News in an exclusive interview that his marriage had been "happy" and "perfect" and that he was blindsided by the affair that he says has been going on behind his back for two years. "Michaele used to always tell me that she would never want to date a rock star like Neal Schon, because of that lifestyle... the lifestyle of, there's always cheating... There's guys who are always doing these things backstage. She always told me, she never wanted to be associated with that," he says. "I mean, Neal really should be ashamed of himself for doing this, this was a beautiful marriage we had, and I was just blindsided that it was going on for two years. I just had no idea."
Michaele Salahi has had a rocker fetish for quite awhile! More than 5 years ago she was captured in a pair of possibly salacious backstage photos with Steven Tyler. Michaele Salahi and her ex-husband Tareq apparently showed up at an Aerosmith concert without backstage passes, but she managed to weasel her way back without one. She then disappeared for an hour behind closed doors with Tyler, only to reemerge with the photos and an all-access V.I.P. laminate pass for ALL Aerosmith concerts for the rest of eternity. We all wonder how she managed that amazing feat. Hmmmm...
TMZ reports: “We’re told Michaele’s explanation for the pic, at the time, was … she and Steven were just seeing who had a flatter stomach. Steven’s rep had no comment.”
Journey's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, will be available as a single CD, digital download, and special gatefold double-vinyl edition (which includes a code for a free digital download of the vinyl remastered album) starting November 1. This new collection spans singles and album tracks recorded between 1978 and 1996.
Journey's original Greatest Hits collection is one of the top-selling American rock albums of all time with worldwide sales in excess of 25 million. In conjunction with the double-LP version of Greatest Hits Vol. 2, the original Greatest Hits will also be issued as a gatefold double-vinyl edition on the same date, November 1 (which also includes a code for a free digital download of the vinyl remastered album).
When asked about his experience in the remastering back to vinyl of the original recordings of the Journey Greatest Hits and the new Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Steve Perry replied, "I truly forgot how sonically exciting and just plain better these Journey tracks sound back where they originally lived...on Vinyl. The stereo separation, the center imaging and the sonic depth of the tracks themselves is more true to what we all loved about these original final mixes. All the instruments and voices, to me personally, sound so damn good that all I want to do is reach for the volume and turn it up!"
"I'm very excited to be releasing this compilation," said Neal Schon. "Many of these songs were written in our earlier days by Steve Perry and myself, and hearing them again brings back great memories. 'Little Girl' has an extra special meaning for me because it's one of the songs my father, who worked with us for many years, worked on with us. All our songs have stood the test of time, and I hope our fans will enjoy this collection."
Jonathan Cain added, "Escape was my first album with Journey in 1981 and I never looked back. A lot of the songs in those days were in pieces -- like a puzzle to figure out. The connection we had was magic -- and like a Super Bowl team -- we always found a way to get it right."
Covering 18 central years in the Journey saga, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 includes tracks from the band's fourth album, Infinity (1978), produced by Roy Thomas Baker, which marked the entry of Steve Perry's distinctive lead vocals into the lineup ("Feeling That Way," "Anytime," "Patiently"). Their next album, Evolution (1979) was also produced by Baker and features "Just The Same Way". Departure (1980) was the first of seven consecutive studio albums by Journey to reach the Top 10, and platinum or multi-platinum, over the next 16 years ("Walks Like A Lady," "Good Morning Girl," "Stay Awhile").
Journey's popularity was so overwhelming that they were able to release a single from their double-LP concert set, Captured (1981). "The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)" broke inside the Top 40, and was the #2 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.
Journey's hold on the charts continued with Escape (1981), the band's first #1 album. Escape spent nearly three years on Billboard's Top 200 chart and produced four hit singles -- "Who's Crying Now," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Open Arms" (all on Greatest Hits) and "Still They Ride" along with the rock staples, "Stone In Love," "Mother, Father" and the title track "Escape" (all on Greatest Hits Vol. 2). Escape was produced by Mike Stone (Queen, Kiss, America and others) and Kevin Elson, who went on to produce the next album, Frontiers (1983). Frontiers ("After The Fall," "Chain Reaction") debuted the week before Michael Jackson's Thriller hit #1 -- thus the LP had the distinction of being one of many albums to occupy the #2 spot (for nine weeks) during Thriller's reign at the top.
Raised On Radio was released in 1986, featuring an assortment of top studio musicians including noted jazz-funk-R&B bassist Randy Jackson (of American Idol) who went on to tour with Journey through 1987. Raised On Radio was another double-platinum album for Journey, spending 67 weeks on the album chart, and spinning off the Top 20 hit "Suzanne."
In 1992, Journey became one of the first American rock bands to release a deluxe multi-CD box set, Time(3). Comprised mostly of hit singles and key album tracks from the band's first dozen albums, Time(3) also contained a number of previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Among these was "Little Girl," from the original motion picture soundtrack of Dream After Dream, an obscure foreign film whose entire score was performed by Journey, issued by Columbia in 1980.
A Journey reunion took place in the '90s, and the recording of Trial By Fire (1996) was the result, with Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Steve Smith all on-board for their first album together since Frontiers. Featuring "When I Think Of You," Trial By Fire rose to #3 and continued Journey's platinum streak.
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 wraps up with a live concert version of "Mother, Father" -- a highlight of Live In Houston 1981 - Escape Tour, a Columbia/Legacy archive release in 2005 which featured both video and audio versions of the same 75-minute program.
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Track Listing:
1. Stone In Love
2. After The Fall
3. Chain Reaction
4. The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)
6. Still They Ride
7. Good Morning Girl
8. Stay Awhile
10. Feeling That Way
12. Walks Like A Lady
13. Little Girl
14. Just The Same Way
16. When I Think Of You
17. Mother, Father (Live In Houston, 1981).
For more check out www.legacyrecordings.com.
Ex-Journey vocalist Steve Perry has maintained an active connection with his fanbase, With the upcoming release of the new Greatest Hits Vol. 2, Ex- Journey vocalist Steve Perry took some time to catch fans up with his latest happenings. He occasionally answers questions on his official fan site to shed light on both his career and current activities.
He responded to Neal Schon’s recent comments that Perry has an “open door” to come out and jam with the group anytime by calling it a “kind invitation” but one that he says he will “respectfully decline.” He would undoubtedly have to make room for a reality housewife.
Perry praised to his former musical bandmates and termed their past work together as “a magical moment in time,” giving individual kudos to each of the players for their role in helping to create Journey’s now-legendary body of work. He put further emphasis on his point, saying “I will NEVER stop believing in all the original and amazing music we created together!”
When asked what he misses about performing live, he recalls how much he enjoyed “the interaction between myself and the crowd” and the ability to “sing in front of that audience and run around…pain free.”
Perry doesn’t rule out a return to recording, which has been heavily rumored to be doing in the recent past. He says that he’s “itching to get back into the studio soon” and that only some “personal setbacks” have kept him from doing that recently.