For my 40th birthday in 2008 I thought a novel way to raise funds would be to have bands/authors I have enjoyed so far in my life and have them kindly plug two fundraising pages for donations to their fans (be it through a gig, email newsletter, etc) for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Donna Louise Trust (see links for JustGiving pages for these charities).
The grand total raised in 2008 was = £1,034.63
…comprising of £672 from the Bearstock 3 gig in Feb (£168 each to Diabetes UK; Parkinson’s Disease Society; Bees United and Spelthorne Crossroads for Carers); £110.70 raised for the Donna Louise Trust via Justgiving.Com; £173.04 for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy via Justgiving.com and £55 from the above EBay auctions.
Please support the bands/authors who have supported my fundraising efforts by going to one of their events or buying their music or books -please visit them all 🙂
This classic song ‘Magic Power’ by TRIUMPH says it all about the power of music.
ROBERT RANKIN author of many fabulous books (everyone should read all of his Brentford trilogy books and ‘The Toyminator’).
Check out Manchester rock station DJ PAUL ANTHONY who is kindly plugging this website. He used to host an excellent rock show on Signal back in the late 80’s called ‘Mutha Knows Best’.
ROBIN GEORGE has had solo success with ‘Dangerous Music’ (and the classic single ‘Heartline’). More recently he has been a member of Damage Control who fetaure Spike (The Quireboys), Pete Way (UFO) & Chris Slade (Asia/Uriah Heep). Damn fine blues rock! He has donated signed CD’s for EBay and is currently working on a charity CD.
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER author of urban unease, dark comedy, mystery & horror. Try his excellent Bryant & May mysteries or one of his dark short stories collections, the latest of which ‘Old Devil Moon’ is out now. Not to mention his classic ‘Roofworld’ which introduced me to this very talented and enjoyable author.
THE HEAL are a west London based modern rock band. Like the FOO FIGHTERS but better!
UFO are one of best hard rock bands around, enjoying major success in the 70’s they are still going strong today. Their latest album ‘The Monkey Puzzle’ is a ‘must have’.
WAYSTED formed by UFO bass player PETE WAY are back with original vocalist FIN. Their latest album ‘The Harsh Reality’ is a cracking slice of good time rock ‘n’ roll. (Grab a copy of their ‘Save Your Prayers’ album which features a certain young DANNY VAUGHN on vocals)
MITCH MALLOY Great solo artist & songwriter, he’s had hit albums in the US plus top 20 singles and is now busy getting ready to release a new album.
LEC ZORN who plays classic AOR/melodic rock and he will be plugging this website on his website and MySpace.
Personal message from Lec – “Jason, thanks so much for the mention and to all who read this, I enthusiastically endorse Jason’s charity. I’ve always known that melodic rock has the power to change people’s lives in positive ways but I’ve never seen anyone put it in action like this! I applaud Jason’s efforts and I hope it inspires many others to follow suit!”
VINNIE MOORE is currently guitarist with UFO and check out his solo albums plus he’s played with many other rock legends including ALICE COOPER.
The HEAVY METAL KIDS are still going strong and you must grab a listen to their ‘Hit The Right Button’ CD – pure class.
The TAZ TAYLOR BAND feature guitar wizzard TAZ TAYLOR and the band’s recent album features former RAINBOW/MSG vocalist GRAHAM BONNET.
Rock journalist DAVE LING is a legend and inspiration to all budding rock journos worldwide. He currently writes for ‘Classic Rock’ magazine and has previously contributed to ‘Kerrang!’, ‘Metal Hammer’, ‘RAW’ and many more.
DAVE BURN plays in a UFO tribute band called UUFO plus he has released a string of solo albums.
TEN YEARS AFTER are one of the seminal 70’s rock bands and they are stil going strong today featuring original members Leo Lyons, Ric Lee, and Chick Churchill plus Joe Gooch on guitars.
NEWMAN is the band of Steve Newman, a very talented hard rock/AOR singer/songwriter and he kindly plugged this site in November as part of his website relaunch. (Check out his new CD ‘Primitive Soul’)
CHRIS SINGLETON plugged this page on Saturday 24th Nov via his blog (Chris is a very talented singer/songwriter who compses pop rock gems – check out his song ‘Get Up’ for proof)
BERNIE TORME & GMT plugged this site at the following gigs during Nov/Dec at York, Bury, Swansea & London (GMT are ex-Gillan members BERNIE TORME & JOHN MCCOY along with drummer ROBIN GUY. They play hard rock with a little punk edge – get their suberb debut album, one of the strongest debuts by any band in many a year)
GLYDER plugged this page on Friday 18th January when they launched their new album, ‘Playground For Life’ at the Sugar Club, Dublin. (Glyder are the natural successors to the mighty THIN LIZZY and are one of the best new bands out there who mix the clsssic 70’s rock sounds into their own modern hard rock style)
LION MUSIC record label will kindly plug this page on their My Space site and newsletters plus sone of their artists have kindly agreed to help out. Lion Music is home to HOUSE OF SHAKIRA, AWAKE, MILAN POLAK, SUN CAGED & many more.
RHODE ISLAND RED (featuring NIKK GUNNS) will plug this page on thier MySpace site.
A BIG thanks to BATTTTTTY for helping with many of the artists above. Check out one of her websites here
The PayPal donors… Chris Singleton, Michael Eaton