ABOUT THE PALM SPRINGS ALL-STARS!
When Queen keyboardist Spike Edney heard that a Save The Plaza Theatre committee had been formed to raise money to restore the iconic Plaza Theatre, he was overjoyed that the jewel in Palm Springs’ crown was being saved after remaining dark for so many years. He contacted committee chairman, J.R. Roberts, and offered to produce a celebrity concert in support of the SAVE THE PLAZA THEATRE restoration project. It was this that prompted the formation of “The Palm Springs All Stars.”
During my 38-year career as Queen’s live keyboardist and touring musical director, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in music, and over the years have crossed musical paths with guitarist Brian Ray (Sir Paul McCartney) and drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult). When I realized that they resided in Palm Springs also, I contacted them, and we formed this collaboration with the sole intent of doing something to help restore this beautiful and historic theatre.
The Palm Springs All-Stars are a collection of talented, concerned citizens and lovers of this fabulous city and its musical heritage. The PSAS are a fluid and ever-expanding union of all those who can bring their talent to the table, in a combined effort to save the Plaza Theatre.
The wealth of locally based talent and friends from afar will ensure that the premiere appearance of The Palm Springs All Stars at the “ROCK THE PLAZA” concert will be an unprecedented stellar event, featuring music, mirth, and mayhem. It will be a night to remember and all for a great cause!”
Alice Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood, and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.
Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn.
The Alice Cooper band was discovered in 1969 by Frank Zappa in Los Angeles, where he signed them to his record label. Their collaboration with young record producer Bob Ezrin led to the break-through third album “Love It to Death” which hit the charts in 1971, followed by “Killer,” “School’s Out,” ”Billion Dollar Babies,” and “Muscle of Love.” In 1975 he released his first solo album, “Welcome to My Nightmare” accompanied by the legendary groundbreaking theatrical Welcome to My Nightmare concert tour. Associated with that album and tour was the ground-breaking network TV special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare.
Alice’s solo career skyrocketed in the late 1970’s with a succession of hit singles including “You & Me,” and classic albums, including “Lace And Whiskey” and “From The Inside,” and bigger and even more elaborate concert tours.
In the ‘80’s Cooper explored different sounds, highlighted by the new wavish album “Flush The Fashion,” the heavy metal “Constrictor,” and “Raise Your Fist And Yell,” and then 1989’s melodic hard rock album “Trash,” which featured the massive hit single “Poison” and became his biggest selling album and single worldwide.
As a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Rodgers has released 34 LP’s/CD’s and has sold in excess of 125 million. He has formed and led three iconic British bands to worldwide success, “Free” with guitarist Paul Kossoff, “Bad Company” with guitarist Mick Ralphs, and “The Firm” with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
Some of the hits include ‘All Right Now’, ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, ‘Bad Company’, ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Ready For Love’, ‘Rock n’ Roll Fantasy’, ‘Shooting Star’, and ‘Radioactive’.
Preferring to keep a low profile, still Dr Rodgers’ awards and accolades are many but receiving Britain’s prestigious ‘Ivor Novello Award’ for his songwriting achievements was a top honor. Other recipients include Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Adele, Sting, and Elton John.
Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as “One of the Greatest Singers of All Time.”
Queens of the Stone Age
Joshua Homme, affectionately known as Baby Duck, is best known as founder and frontman of Queens of the Stone Age. He’s also 1/3 of Them Crooked Vultures, the occasionally active band in which he sings and plays guitar alongside Dave Grohl & John Paul Jones. In 2016 he produced and co-wrote Post Pop Depression with Iggy Pop and served as bandleader for Iggy’s limited and uniformly epic series of live shows supporting that album.
Homme’s musical odyssey stretches back to his emergence from the desert with Kyuss, after whose dissolution he would form QOTSA and co-found Eagles of Death Metal with childhood friend Jesse Hughes.
In keeping with his unyielding need to keep us musically satiated, Homme created The Desert Sessions, a long running series of albums featuring various artists captured in sessions recorded in the Palm Desert.
Photo by Patrick Rivera
Orianthi Panagaris is an internationally renowned, award-winning virtuoso guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer who has been wowing audiences since age 15 performing alongside Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood, and Alice Cooper, among others. She was hand-picked by Michael Jackson for his post-retirement “This Is It” album and tour. As a solo artist, Orianthi’s debut album “Believe” delivered the international hit single “According to You,” and was certified platinum. Her most recent release is “Live from Hollywood,” followed by the new studio album “Rock Candy” with the lead single “Light it Up”.
Photo by Austin Nelson
Guitarist Brian Ray’s extraordinary career has been a real-life rock and roll fantasy. Best known as a key member of Paul McCartney’s band for the past 20 years, performing more than 500 concerts and recording seven albums with him, Brian has had the rare opportunity to have worked with some legendary musicians throughout his professional life.
Brian’s career began at age 18 when he was introduced to R&R and blues singer Etta James, who was then on the verge of a comeback. Brian impressed Etta and quickly signed on as her musical director and guitarist, a position he would hold for more than 15 years. Brian went on to write One Heartbeat, a big hit record for Smokey Robinson.
In 2017 Ray was signed by musician and actor Little Steven Van Zandt (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, The Sopranos) to Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records label where continues to release highly regarded singles, enjoying worldwide airplay.
Spike has been the legendary rock band QUEEN’s keyboard player since 1984 and is one of the most respected and versatile session musicians and musical directors in the business.
In between QUEEN and SAS Band (aka Spike’s All-Stars) commitments, Spike has also toured, performed and recorded with many of the living and late legends of our time; from touring with Ben E. King and Edwin Starr back in the ‘70s, to working with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Elton John, Slash, Axl Rose, Pavarotti, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, George Michael and many more.
Spike and his All-Stars have made television appearances and performed at select private, public and major corporate events across the globe. Several of those internationally televised concerts with his all-star band backing an array of stars, include the finale of Prince Charles’ 2000 & 2001 Prince’s Trust “Party in the Park” concerts and the 2003 Nelson Mandela “46664” concert for aids. Spike acted as Musical Director for the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert Series for Aids, between 2003-2009. Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones are also amongst those that have called upon Spike and his band to put something special together for a private occasion.
Other concert appearances of note include “The Freddie Mercury Memorial Concert”, “Live Aid”, the “Unesco Concert for Iraq”, the Queen’s Golden & Platinum Jubilees at Buckingham Palace and most recently “The Taylor Hawkins Tribute” (Wembley).
It is his extensive network of artist and musician friends that Spike calls upon to put together each unique All-Star show.
Spike has just finished the European Queen + Adam Lambert “Rhapsody Tour” and is currently writing his autobiography.
Guns n’ Roses
Photo by Michael Segal
Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winning musician Matt Sorum speaks through the drums. Each hit or kick that Sorum has committed to tape or knocked out on stage can be felt by anyone within earshot. Whether it’s the epic percussive backdrop behind Guns N’ Roses’ “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” the propulsive punked-out beat fueling Velvet Revolver’s “Dirty Little Thing” or touring with The Cult, Sorum’s playing remains unique, undeniable, and unforgettable. The future is most important to Sorum who is currently in the studio working on new music and recently finished production on ZZ Tops’ Billy F Gibbons latest album while currently working on his non-profit Adopt the Arts, Matt’s charity to keep music alive in schools. He sits on the board of Dolphin Project with activist environmentalist Ric Obarry and Matt is U.S. Ambassador to Animals Asia.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1994, Jon has toured with many major artists including The Who, Sheryl Crow, Robben Ford, and Shakira. He also has played on recording sessions for albums from many artists as well as major movies and television shows including the Emmy winning score of the ‘Batman and Beyond’ animated series.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jon Button was inspired by his 4 older musician siblings to start playing at a young age. Piano at age 4 laid the groundwork to move to string bass and bass guitar at 7. By 14 he was playing in local jazz and blues bands, symphonies, and pit orchestras. In high school Jon was honored with making the All-National Orchestra, All National Jazz Band, and winning a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music’s summer program for high school students. Jon then accepted a scholarship to study in the world-renowned music program at University of North Texas, where he played in their Grammy nominated top jazz band.
Pete Thorn has recorded and performed with Chris Cornell, Don Henley, Melissa Etheridge, and many others, and he has released two solo albums. He is well known amongst the guitar community for his popular YouTube channel.
Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis
Teddy Andreadis is a highly esteemed and accredited multi-instrumentalist and singer. His talent and versatility have earned him recognition, not only in the United States, but around the world.
He has shared the stage with a potpourri of diversified and celebrated names like Carole King, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Bruce Willis, and Beth Hart.
Through the years, Teddy has gained a reputation as a rock-solid keyboardist, a wailing harmonica player, a soulful singer, B3 player, and an insightful musical arranger. In addition to his own album, Innocent Loser, Teddy has contributed his talents to the albums of Billy Bob Thornton, Lee Oskar, Nikki Sixx, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, and Slash’s Snakepit. His work may also be heard on many videos and movie soundtracks.
(Host) SIRIUS XM DJ
For the last 21 years Chris Carter has hosted the radio show Breakfast with the Beatles. Airing weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s The Beatles Channel and on Sunday mornings on Los Angeles’ KLOS, the nearly 40 year old show is the first and longest-running Beatles
Carter started his music career as a founding member and bass player with alternative rock/power pop band Dramarama in 1982. After Dramarama originally split in 1994, Carter formed QM Management to manage many acts including the Wondermints who became Brian Wilson’s backing band for the last 20+ years.
Carter also produced the award-winning film Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a rock documentary about influential Los Angeles disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ-FM. In 2003, the film won “Best Documentary” in the Santa Barbara Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary by the Independent Spirit Awards. Chris is married and has a 20-year-old daughter who attends Belmont University in Nashville, and currently is on the air 8 days a week!
We’d also like to thank the following for their support
MiShell Modern and Jay Nailor
The Desert Sun www.desertsun.com
Paul & Cynthia Rodgers
Dr. Charles Justiz