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Slash, Duff McKagen & Matt Sorum Reunite for the Dolphin Project This Monday!

292246-250There is no shortage of Guns N’ Roses fans here in the Brown Paper Tickets offices. Walk by any given desk and you may hear the distinctive whine of Axl Rose’s vocals or a wicked Slash guitar solo coming out of their tiny little computer speakers or headphones. What can we say? Many of us are children of the 90s. So, you can imagine our excitement when we heard about the Kings of Chaos show coming up on Monday, November 18 in Hollywood featuring Slash, Duff McKagen and Matt Sorum. Essentially 3/5ths of the legendary Guns N’ Roses! They’ll be performing alongside Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol’s band, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor. A veritable who’s who of hard rock!

This is the King’s only North American appearance and it will be an intimate, one-night-only event benefiting Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. The Dolphin Project is an international organization dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.

“This is a rehearsal for the BIG one. We plan on taking the show to Japan,” says Ric O’Barry, whose life and work was featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. “We’ll add a few Japanese friends to our lineup and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn’t a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands,” added O’Barry. “Dolphins are respected and protected in this part of Japan. It’s the opposite of Taiji, but very few people know about it. This concert will hopefully change this by bringing positive, international media attention to what is right about Japan.”

Kings of Chaos will play the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and will also feature additional special guest performers.

“I’m thrilled to bring a bunch of heavyweights together for a fun night with fans,” said Matt Sorum. “The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved.”

Kings of Chaos made its live debut in Australia earlier this year at the Stone Music Festival and will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.

Once again, this happens this Monday, November 18 at the Avalon Hollywood Theatre in Hollywood, California. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $350 for a V.I.P. experience, including special seating for the show, gift bags and photos with the Kings of Chaos. Tickets are on sale now here, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

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The Mid-Week Beat: Happy Birthday to Geezer Butler and Ron Asheton!

Today marks the birthdays of two men that are, in no small part, responsible for the creation of both heavy metal and punk rock. Both are considered titans in the world of heavy rock. One is still with us and one, sadly, passed away a couple years ago.

The two men I’m talking about are Geezer Butler, original bass player and chief lyricist for what is largely considered to be the first “heavy metal” band, Black Sabbath and Ron Asheton, guitarist of the legendary Stooges, the band credited with creating the attitude, aesthetic and sound that would become known as “punk rock.” Separated by only a year these two men represent a musical generation who were brought up on the peace and love of 60s rock, but who opted for a darker and more aggressive style. They are proof that a new rock and roll revolution was under way on both sides of the Atlantic and the sound that these two men helped form would provide the groundwork for two genres that would dominate the 70s and 80s and continue to influence fans of heavy music for decades to come.

Geezer Butler was born in Birmingham, England on July 17, 1949 and formed his first band Rare Breed as a teenager with his friend John “Ozzy” Osbourne in the autumn of 1967. Eventually they incorporated local guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward to form the blues band Polka Tulk, who eventually changed their name to Earth and then to Black Sabbath in 1969 when it was discovered that another band called Earth was already playing gigs in their small English touring circuit. Black Sabbath’s debut LP was released on Friday, February 13, 1970 and reached number 8 on the UK album charts, signalling a successful run of releases that would have Sabbath packing arenas throughout the 70s and into the 1980s.

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