THE OX AND THE LOON The House of Blues Sunset 4/24/2014

On the heels of the 2014 Bonzo Bash, a wildly successful tribute to John Bonham and the inaugural and historic Randy Rhoads Remembered, which paid tribute to the late Ozzy Osborne guitarist , Brian Tichy has done it again with another incredible tribute honoring rock legends from The Who – bass player and drummer of The Who – John Entwistle (“The Ox”) and Keith Moon (“The Loon”).    

An all-star cast was assembled at The House of Blues Sunset for “The Ox and The Loon” and the bill was packed with an incredible list of top musicians, a Buzzard Bass and Natal replica kit of The Who, the show went on for hours with bass player after bass player, drummer after drummer and included many surprises, such as Lemmy being presented with a bass legend award and a drum award going to Kenny Aronoff.

The “backing band” included the keyboard wizardry of Stephen LeBlanc of Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience throughout the show, Dio/Billy Ray Cyrus/DC-4’s Rowan Robertson, The Moby Dicks’ Brent Woods and Tichy on guitar.  Many of the “groupings” of musicians for the evening would give any band out there a run for their money. 

I Can’t Explain and Join Together started the show with the legendary Phil Chen on bass, Tichy on drums, Robertson and Woods on guitar, LeBlanc on keys, and the incredible Joe Retta on lead vocals.   Those songs made The Who’s music really come to life and were worth the price of admission right there. 

Squeeze Box and The Kids Are Alright featured the lead vocals of Foreigner’s Tom Gimbel, with Sean McNabb on bass, LeBlanc on keys,  Tracii Guns on guitar, and Rikki Rockett on drums.  Afterwards, Guns jokingly referred to their act as “Guns-n-Rocketts”. 

Going Mobile featured PHILM/ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Whitesnake’s Michael Devin on vocals, King’s X/KXM’s Dug Pinnick on bass and the guitar trio of Woods, Robertson and Tichy.  Joe Retta returned on vocals and PHILM’s Pancho Tomaselli played bass for BARGAIN and “Summertime Blues”.  The crowd was loving every minute of it and seeing Lombardo play Moon’s drum parts was definitely a highlight of the evening.

On See Me, Feel Me, the incredible drumming of Veronica Bellino wowed the crowd, along with Oni Logan’s stunning vocals, James LoMenzo on bass.    The Moby Dicks’ Chas West then sang lead on The Punk and the Godfather.  

Drummer Stephen Perkins was “The Loon” and Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson was “The Ox” for a super-charged version of My Generation

Kenny Aronoff gave a commanding performance on drums for Pinball WizardBoris The Spider and I Can See For Miles featuring Phil Soussan on bass, with Devin taking over for him on Who Are You.

MIke Portnoy and Billy Sheehan of the Winery Dogs (and a subsequently assembled all-star Who Tribute band from 2008) joined West, Robertson and LeBlanc for incredible versions of Tommy Overture, Amazing Journey and Sparks.

Bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Stephen Perkins of Infectious Grooves fame were joined by Dug Pinnick on vocals and Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter for a ferocious version of The Real Me and Long Live Rock, which included Logan, Devin and Retta joining in on background vocals.   

Chad Smith then played Young Man Blues and Baba O’Riley with Tichy doing some “Townsend-windmilling” on guitar, the incredible James Lomenzo on bass and Devin singing and showing off some harmonica skills.

Days before his 63rd birthday and after just being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ace Frehley took the stage with his solo band’s drummer, Matt Starr, with The Cult’s Chris Wyse on bass for “The Seeker”, “Substitute” and  “Behind Blues Eyes”, along with an elated Tichy on acoustic, who had also has run last summer with a tribute to 70s era KISS with Bumblefoot Rex Brown and Mark Zavon).

Rounding out the super-group portion of the performance, Tracii Guns then joined Devin, West, Woods, LeBlanc and Tichy for Love Reign O’er Me.

Already clocking in at around 3 1/2 hours on a weeknight, you’d think the show was over, but in true “Bonzo Bash style”, most participating musicians of the evening got up and played a rousing rendition of Won’t Get Fooled Again with the show ending in true to form fashion, as the replica drum kit and Phil Chen’s bass were trashed in the show’s closing.   This was another historic jam that will surely go down in the rock history books.    Anyone in attendance that was yet a fan of The Who became one and the existing fans now have an even deeper appreciation for Moon, Entwistle and the incredible catalog and legacy of the band.

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PHIL CHEN BRIAN TICHY CHAS WEST ROWAN ROBERTSON ROBBY KRIEGER JAMES LoMENZO BRENT WOODS LITA FORD CHERIE CURRIE LUCY’S 51 4/19/2014

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Sadly, Lucy’s 51 is about done.   Fritz Coleman MC’ed bass legend Phil Chen’s show with many special guests.    Fritz is a certified bad ass.   Close to 3 years ago, he opened the show with an excellent comedy routine at a Ray Manzarek (RIP) concert in Thousand Oaks, CA.   I always liked Fritz on the news, but he was my favorite after his hilarious routine.

Fritz talked about his old TV show (IT’S FRITZ!), where Phil was the bass player, Laurence Juber was the guitar player and Bruce Gary was the drummer.

Joined by Brian Tichy, Brent Woods and Rowan Robertson (formerly of DIO and current Billy Ray Cyrus and DC-4 guitarist), the music started with Freeway Jam by Jeff Beck (Phil was the bassist on that)

They were also joined by Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Chas West, who belted out some Rod Stewart tunes (also originally played by Phil).

Robby Krieger joined in and rocked some songs from The Doors with excellent playing by Kit Potamkin from Wild Child on keyboard and James LoMenzo did some harmonica and bass as well.   Robby sang some tunes by himself and then had a few guest vocalists join in.   The evening ended with some Led Zeppelin songs (and a Black Sabbath tune – perhaps more) by The Moby Dicks (West, LoMenzo, Woods and Tichy).

BYE BYE, Lucy’s 51.

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HUGE ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR THE OX AND THE LOON – A TRIBUTE TO ENTWISTLE AND MOON – HOUSE OF BLUES SUNSET 4/24/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Los Angeles – April 10, 2014   

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THE OX & THE LOON

Members of Metallica, KISS, Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Whitesnake, Slayer, Jane’s Addiction, Rod Stewart, Foreigner, Dio and Poison to Celebrate The Who’s Legendary Rhythm Section; John Entwistle (The Ox) and Keith Moon (The Loon)!

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Thurs, Apr. 24th, (Doors at 7:00 PM) at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Tichy/Sutton Productions bring you “The Ox & The Loon,” a night of rhythmic lunacy in honor of legends John Entwistle and Keith Moon of The Who. After many popular Bonzo

Bashes and the first sold out and highly acclaimed Randy Rhoads Remembered celebration at NAMM 2014, world renowned drummer Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton have put a night together to honor the most groundbreaking rhythm section in rock history.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this incredible celebration,” says Ashley Austin of Artist Legacy Group, manager of the Keith Moon Estate. “This event is truly a reflection of Keith’s lasting and undeniable legacy.”

Tichy stated, “We wanted to do something different and unique by celebrating the “other half” of rock bands! But not just the other half of any rock band, the other half of a rock band that has the most legendary rhythm section of all time! We are beyond psyched to announce the expanded line-up of performers graciously coming aboard to make this a night unlike any before! These amazing artists get together to give it back to the legends who wrote and broke the rules of rock ‘n roll!”

Ok! Hold on to your hats! Not only is legendary guitarist Ace Frehley of KISS, Chickenfoot’s Michael Anthony, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers partaking in the celebration, but get a look at the rest of the rock godliness that is performing in honor of the mightiest rhythm section ever!!!  This once in a lifetime gathering is going to be so massively entertaining, you won’t want to miss it! Long Live Rock!

BASS LORDS!

Michael Anthony (Van Halen / Chickenfoot)

Phil Chen (Jeff Beck / Rod Stewart / Pete Townshend)

Michael Devin (Whitesnake)

James LoMenzo (John Fogerty / Megadeth)

Sean McNabb (Dokken)

Jeff Pilson (Foreigner / Dokken / Dio)

Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize)

Pancho Tomaselli (WAR / Philm)

Robert Trujillo (Metallica)

Chris Wyse (The Cult)

DRUM EMPERORS!

Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty/ too many to name)

Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck/ DMC/ SLAMM)

Dave Lombardo (Philm/ Slayer)

Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction/ Infectious Grooves)

Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs/ Transatlantic/ Dream Theater)

Rikki Rockett (Poison)

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers/ Chickenfoot)

Matt Starr (Ace Frehley)

Brian Tichy (S.U.N.)

VERY SPECIAL GUESTS!

Ace Frehley

Michael Devin (Whitesnake) – Vocals

Tom Gimbel (Foreigner) – Vocals/Guitar

Tracii Guns – Guitar

Stephen LeBlanc (JBLZE) – Keys

Joe Retta (Heaven and Earth, Sweet) – Vocals

Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4) – Guitar

Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob) – Vocals

Brent Woods (Vince Neil) – Guitar

More Bass Lords, Drum Emperors and Special Guests to be announced soon!

Drum Legend Mike Portnoy had this to say, “Keith Moon is hands-down one of my biggest drum heroes…not only the way he played, but the way he PERFORMED! I had the great pleasure of putting together my own Who Tribute band back in 2006 w Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert & Gary Cherone and it was more fun than any drummer should ever have! So it’s my great pleasure to be able to re-visit my hero once again with this very special tribute “The Ox & The Loon”

Speaking of drum legends, former Slayer and current PHILM stickman Dave Lombardo expressed his heartfelt thoughts on being part of O&L: “[I’m] Looking forward to taking part in an evening honoring a band that is, without question, one of the most influential of our time. From auto-destructive art, to bombastic drums… they are one of the few bands that have truly made a mark in rock history.”

“When Joe Sutton and I first talked about this I couldn’t have agreed for a better way to celebrate two of the best musicians and friends of my life and whom else better to promote it, thanks guys,” says The Who’s production engineer and longtime crew member Cy Langston.

Bass Heavyweight Jeff Pilson said, “There’s not a bassist alive who ever played in the 70’s and 80’s (and all times for that matter) that doesn’t owe a humongous debt to John Entwistle. His melodic sense, his feel and chops, and his SOUND form the basis of most every rock bass player’s foundation. To finally have a show dedicated to the insane rhythm section of Moon/Entwistle is not only long overdue, but is going to be a case study in all-out rock intensity. I’m so honored to be a part of this and I can’t wait to play these monstrous rock tunes live and over the top! Sit back and enjoy an evening of music by the masters!!!!”

Drummer Extraordinaire Stephen Perkins said, “Moon & Entwistle make a wonderful noise together — truly… full of wonder.”

Lord of the Low-End James LoMenzo had this to say; “In my mind, no rhythm section in the history of Rock & Roll stirred up more excitement than the “Ox” and the “Loon.” Pound for pound and note for note there could not have been a more enigmatic pairing of talents.

John Entwistle rewrote the book on what the Bass guitar was in the sixties and what it would and has become throughout the past 5 decades. His style and tone has left an indelible mark on my playing since I discovered it as a young bassist. If you would ask me who my favorite drummer was throughout my formative years as a young rocker, I would almost indelibly reply ‘Why, Keith Moon of course…!’ For me, his raucous assault that was the engine for my favorite band (The Who) can only have been directed and held together by my hero “the Quiet One” John Entwistle. This, in my mind was a unity of divergent style unified by attitude. Keith, demonstrative. John, subdued. Both working together at the edge of a ridiculously taught tether that would constantly feel as though it were going to come completely apart! But, …it never did!”

Matt Starr (Ace Frehley / Burning Rain) weighs in with his thoughts on this historic celebration, “Keith Moon may have been The Loon in his personal life but behind the drums he was an absolute surgeon. With sniper-like precision. Driving a car into a swimming pool is one thing but gracefully executing 6 to 10 four stroke riffs in the middle of the first verse without stepping on the vocal is a Herculean feat of artistry.

To hear the brilliance of John and Keith and action take Live at Leeds in turn the balance completely to the left. Without vocals you are hard-pressed to figure out what song you’re listening to. These men were orchestras unto themselves interweaving & supporting each other with effortless grace and raw power.

At their best, The Who were the ultimate infusion of intellectualism, composition, and primal fury. At their worst, they were the greatest rock ‘n roll band ever.

Building on the success of the Bonzo Bash and most recently the Randy Rhoads tribute, I have no doubt that Brian Tichy’s Ox and The Loon will be his greatest event yet. I am once again honored to be asked by Brian to be included in what will no doubt be an amazing night of music and celebration.”   Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck/SLAMM/DMC) shares her thoughts on being part of the show, “Keith Moon’s energy was the driving force behind The Who… and it is a force to be reckoned with! His energy will always live on and continue to resonate and influence. I am honored to be playing among the talented musicians of this event and pay tribute to one of rock and roll’s greatest drummers.– Rock!”

Joe Retta, amazing vocalist for The Sweet and Heaven And Earth said, “As a singer I am envious of Roger Daltrey. How fortunate it must’ve been to have such an amazing rhythm section. The two of them sometimes feel like a pounding locomotive. And yet can convey intimate subtleties and intricate compositions. Oh, and did I mention “chops”? Damn! So good it makes me laugh sometimes.”
Ox & Loon creator Brian Tichy said, “The more I listen to Moon and Entwistle, the more I am blown away and inspired! Where do you start? Where does it end? It doesn’t! I am so looking forward to this night and putting together a show that brings us all together for the common love of a rhythm section that catapulted The Who to the top of all things rock ‘n roll!”

Mike Portnoy about Keith Moon and Amazing Journey:

Mike Portnoy & Amazing Journey Young Man Blues:

Mike Portnoy & Amazing Journey doing “My Generation”:

Jeff Pilson singing lead with Dokken on “Just Got Lucky”

Chad Smith playing “Won’t Get Fooled Again”with The Bombastic Meatbats:

ALL HAIL THE WHO’S KEITH MOON & JOHN ENTWISTLE!

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For all press and VIP info: contact Noelle Kim: ProducerNoelle@gmail.com or (310) 849-3444 The Who (L-R: Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Pete Townsend)

Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

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Robert Trujillo (Metallica)

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Show creator Brian Tichy (S.U.N., Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol)

Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, Dream Theater)

Dave Lombardo (PHILM, Slayer)

Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Elton John, Meat Loaf, Styx ETC!)

Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)

 

Rikki Rockett (Poison, Rockett Drum Works)

Bassist Phil Chen (Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck +++) (pictured with Robby Krieger of The Doors)

 

Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken, Dio)

 

Michael Devin (Whitesnake)

James LoMenzo (Black Label Society,Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Megadeth)

 

Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne/ Billy Idol/ Big Noize)

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Matt Starr (Ace Frehley Band)

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Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)

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Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck)

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Tom Gimbel (Foreigner)

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Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob)

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Brent Woods (Vince Neil Band)

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Stephen LeBlanc (JBLZE)

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Rowan Robertson (Dio, DC4)

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Joe Retta (Sweet, Heaven and Earth)