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Local Bands Rally for Tsunami Aid

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Local Bands Rally for Tsunami Aid

Both fans and musicians in Colorado are rallying to support the Tsunami relief effort, including Mercury Project who raised $9,000 last week for Unicef, and the sold out “Local Bands Aid Foreign Lands” show this Friday at the Ogden featuring Love.45, The Fray, ION. Attendees will also be able to bid on a signed guitar donated by Drum City and Guitarland.

Next Thursday members of Laymen Terms and Head Full of Zombies, along with Love.45, The Broadcasters, Forty Watt, Phat Daddy, Arch Hooks, Gretchen Wagner, Redraw the Farm will gather in Colorado Springs venue The Ritz to raise money for the American Red Cross. It was the feverous push by Greg Sands, drummer for Colorado Springs bands Laymen Terms and Head Full of Zombies and Dave Weed, bass player for the Zombies, to pull this together in a short amount of time. <Go to Weekly Picks for more information>


Music Contributes to Tsunami Relief EFFORTS

NextAid, Bud Brothers and John Digweed Respond RAISE $5,000 FOR THE Tsunami Crisis and Save the Children

NextAid teamed up with promoters Mick Cole and Freddy Be a.k.a. the “Bud Brothers”, inviting world famous DJ John Digweed to play at their long running weekly event at Las Palmas nightclub in Hollywood, which sold out, raising $5,000 for the Save The Children foundation.

NextAid is a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that brings artists, musicians and the global community together to help the most impoverished and vulnerable children on the planet, with a focus on creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS.

“A world-changing disaster like this cannot and should not be ignored, says co-founder of NextAid Lauren Segal, who got together with the Bud Brothers to quickly put together plans to channel aid to the children affected by the Tsnunami. “Even though we were all in mourning in the aftermath of the Tsunami, we felt it would be socially irresponsible to not take action in raising money for the victims, specifically the children. We knew an artist as progressive and compassionate as John Digweed would donate his time to us without hesitation,” said Segal.

Within 8 hours, over 170 pre-sale tickets were sold online. The next day, a line of eager Digweed fans and those wanting to help the victims, formed outside of the venue four hours prior to the event. “I was so pleased by the response. At a time of such sadness, there’s nothing better than to see people help out,” said Mike Cole, whose father, a Phuket resident, was fortunate to be in the U.K. at the time of the Tsunami.

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A statute in memory of legendary punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his wife, Linda Ramone in a public ceremony on January 14 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, which was located closely to where his bandmate Dee Dee Ramone is buried.

Some of Johnny’s closest friends spoke and his own words were written in the stone: “If a man can judge success by how many great friends he has, then I have been very successful. – Johnny Ramone”

Artist Wayne Toth created the bronze statue, playing his Mosrite guitar.

With the passing of Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone is now the only surviving member of the original band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.



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