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Platinum Rock All Stars Deliver an Arena Rock Tour de Force to Adoring Fans at Arcada Theatre

October 29th, 2016
Kelly Milionis

The Platinum Rock All Stars, comprised of some of the most recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll history, with pedigrees befitting rock royalty; delivered an Arena Rock Tour de Force to adoring fans at the Arcada Theatre on Saturday, October 22nd, in St. Charles, Illinois.  No matter which of their favorite artists fans were there to see, they stood in unison, in appreciation, giving a standing ovation before, during, and after each song performance, in deference to their favorite ‘rock gods’; Geoff Downes of Yes, ASIA, and The Buggles on keyboards; Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, and Rod Stewart on drums; Gene Cornish of The Rascals on guitar; Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Blue Öyster Cult on bass; Phil Naro of Peter Criss’ KISS Army, and Talas on vocals and guitar; and, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses on guitar.  Creatively talented world-renowned consummate professionals they all are, skillfully adept on their instruments, some of the aforementioned were original members of the bands responsible for writing and performing the evenings most recognizable tracks in the recording studio, who now found themselves standing side by side with journeymen musicians who performed their take on historical parts to songs already given.

From the very first note, The Platinum Rock All Stars welcomed concertgoers into their rock ‘n’ roll jungle, capturing the hearts and blistering the ears of fans who literally lost their collective minds during the nearly 105 minute onslaught of hit song, after hit song, after hit song, of pure classic rock ‘n’ roll.  So much excitement surrounded the concert, as Gene Cornish of The Rascals briefly touched upon in his greeting from the stage, “How Ya Doin’ Everybody?  Hey, the Cubs are winning!  It is my great pleasure, this is our very first American date so you are our very first audience in America!  Thank you so much for coming!”  What more could anyone ask for in one evening; having an opportunity to hang out with ‘rock gods’, watch them perform what would be their first and only American concert, listen to their historically successful rock songs, while our Chicago Cubs were on the big screen TVs attempting to win and advance to the World Series!  Not a bad Saturday evening.

As the evening progressed, band members showcased their individual and collective talents that led to moments of pure musical brilliance.  Individually, Geoff Downes showcased his dexterity on the keyboards with a killer lead on “People Got To Be Free” – The Rascals, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal had a cool guitar solo on “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne, and Carmine Appice had a powerful drum solo on “Do You Think I’m Sexy” – Rod Stewart.  Collectively, The Platinum Rock All Stars turned “You Better Run” – The Young Rascals, “Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles, “Groovin‘” – The Rascals, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” – Yes, “People Got to Be Free” – The Rascals, “Heat of the Moment” – ASIA, and “Good Lovin’” – The Rascals into band highlights.  There were a few memorable fan participation moments as well, loud call and answer during the chorus of “You Keep Me Hanging On” – Vanilla Fudge, another loud call and answer during the chorus of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses, and a full sing-along of “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake.

The most poignant moment of the evening came when Rudy Sarzo and Phil Naro led the Quiet Riot rock anthem, “Cum On Feel The Noize” as our Chicago Cubs were viewable on the two big TV screens playing for the right to go to the World Series.  To think these ‘rock gods’ could simply turn back the Cubs Curse with this head-banger…hmmm, it certainly seemed to work as we communally yelled our heads off for that first out of the ninth inning.  Then, Gene Cornish led his hit song, “Groovin’“, made famous by his group The Rascals, and if by some magical coincidence, “Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon” soon became “Groovin’ on a Saturday Evening”, as Groovin’ we indeed were…cheering that glorious double play sending our Chicago Cubs into the World Series!

Organized and developed by forty-year entertainment industry veteran, Bruce Pilato, (who has worked with many of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll including Ringo Starr) and presented by Ron Onesti, owner of Onesti Entertainment Corporation and operator of the 900-seat Arcada Theatre, The Platinum Rock All Stars delivered an enthusiastic, highly energetic, and free-spirited evening of entertainment, cramming as many of their ‘arena rock’ favorites into the venue as they could, shakin’ its walls while threatening to let loose the hair on many heads.  Well attended by the over-50 age group; I found myself entering the Arcada Theatre with a full head of long-manned rock ‘n’ roll hair, but by the time The Platinum Rock All Stars were done with me, I departed the Arcada Theatre completely bald from the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll head boppin’ experience!

I indeed had fun…as did all in attendance!

Platinum Rock All Stars Setlist:
Welcome To The Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses
You Better Run” – The Young Rascals
Hot Legs” – Rod Stewart
Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles
You Keep Me Hanging On” – Vanilla Fudge
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses
Cum On Feel The Noize” – Quiet Riot
Groovin‘” – The Rascals
Owner of a Lonely Heart” – Yes
Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake
People Got to Be Free” – The Rascals
Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” – Rod Stewart
Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
Heat of the Moment” – ASIA

Encore:
Good Lovin’” – The Rascals

Chicago Music Magazine

Geoff Downes, Carmine Appice, Gene Cornish, Rudy Sarzo, Phil Naro, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal to make U.S. Debut as The Platinum Rock All Stars at Arcada Theatre

October 20th, 2016
Kelly Milionis

Impeccably accomplished!  Supremely qualified!  Without a doubt some of the most recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll history, with pedigrees befitting rock royalty.  Geoff Downes of Yes, ASIA, and The Buggles on keyboards; Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, and Rod Stewart on drums; Gene Cornish of The Rascals on guitar; Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Blue Öyster Cult on bass; Phil Naro of Peter Criss’ KISS Army, and Talas on vocals and guitar; and, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses on guitar, have joined together to form The Platinum Rock All Stars ready to bring their respective highly acclaimed collection of classic hit songs to life at the Arcada Theatre, 105 East Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174, on Saturday, October 22nd, at 7:00pm.  Tickets are available through Extremetix here.

Billed as a ‘Supergroup’ by their press one-sheet, The Platinum Rock All Stars are in reality just a bunch of cool guys who are consummate musicians that have a sincere love of their profession and a complete dedication to and passion for their craft.  And, together with their fans, enjoy fun times and one heck of a good party.

“I think if you go back to when ASIA was formed, that was billed as the first Supergroup in the 80s.” explains legendary musician Geoff Downes.  “I was fortunate to be a part of that.  And, I think the whole thing is that a lot of people think these things are manufactured and that they get put together by someone in the backroom.  But I’ve known certainly most of the guys socially that we’re playing with now.  Once you get your head down into it, you don’t feel that you are in a Supergroup, you just feel you’re in another band.  It’s a great band!  We’ve only had a couple of days rehearsing.  It’s real interesting to play with these guys.  I expect a change from the other bands that I’ve been involved in.  We all seem to get on pretty well and it’s a wealth of music that we have between us.  And, we’ve sold a lot of records between all of us too.”

It can be very difficult to understand that so many aspiring musical artists never enjoy any modicum of success.  To have one hit song and a couple of years of success in the music business/entertainment industry is in and of itself miraculous.  But, to have more than thirty, forty or even fifty years of high achievement, accomplishment, and success is nothing short of magical!  Those who are extremely talented and highly regarded, who continually aspire to keep themselves at their very best, to be the very best they can be, to not only wanting to set the bar but to raise it every time out, is a testament to their dedication, virtuosity, resiliency, extreme creative talents, respect for the process, respect for other creative and talented individuals, and a deep desire to succeed…just like each member of The Platinum Rock All Stars.

“It’s actually very natural,” adds Downes.  “I think the main thing is that we have a lot of respect for each other and that is key in making good music.  When you think about the guys I’m working with and all of the respect that we have, it’s kind of a symbiotic relationship.  You may not really be able to work with some people, but in this case, we feel very confident and optimistic.”

One look at the proposed setlist suggests an incredible time to be had by all:  “Roundabout” – Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart” – Yes, “Only Time Will Tell” – ASIA, “Heat of the Moment” – ASIA, “Video Killed the Radio Star” – The Buggles; “You Keep Me Hanging On” – Vanilla Fudge, “Superstition” – Beck, Bogert, and Appice, “Hot Legs” – Rod Stewart, “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” – Rod Stewart; “Good Lovin‘” – The Rascals, “People Got to Be Free” – The Rascals, “Groovin‘” – The Rascals, “You Better Run” – The Rascals, “How Can I Be Sure” – The Rascals; “Cum On Feel The Noize” – Quiet Riot, “Here I Go Again” – Whitesnake, “Is This Love” – Whitesnake; “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne; “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Guns N’ Roses.  This indeed is one fun show surely not to be missed!

Yes, indeed, this is one fun show surely not to be missed…The Platinum Rock All Stars debut U.S. show at Arcada Theatre, 105 East Main Street, Saint Charles, IL 60174, on Saturday, October 22nd, at 7:00pm.

View The Platinum Rock All Stars Sizzle Video Reel on YouTube here.

The Platinum Rock All Stars promo photo left to right:  Phil Naro, Rudy Sarzo, Carmine Appice, Gene Cornish, Geoff Downes, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal

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The Rockpile, Toronto’s mecca of rock, rocked by Platinum Rock All Stars Band

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By Lachman Balani

TORONTO: The Rockpile is the go-to venue for rock music, where rock will never die. It is a very unassuming place on Dundas Street, east of the 427 highway in Toronto that frequently puts on rock shows.

Oct 19 was a night to remember as Carmine Appice (US incredible drummer), Gene Cornish (US accomplished guitarist), Geoff Downes (UK superb keyboardist), Phil Naro (US amazing vocalist), Rudy Sarzo (US/Cuban deadly bassist ) and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (US guitarist extraordinaire), together known as The Platinum All Stars Band, blew off the top of The Rockpile.

The inimitable Carmine Appice

The inimitable Carmine Appice

Bassist

Bassist

These six musicians have at one time or the other played with well-known bands such as Vanilla Fudge, Guns n Roses, Yes, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult, Rascals, Classic Albums Live and more. Combined, they have sold more than 150 million albums, so you can well imagine the excitement that filled the air at The Rockpile.

Gene Cornish

Gene Cornish

They played all the top hits of the bands they were a part of letting loose with Guns n Roses raunchy `Welcome to the Jungle’, getting the audience all pumped up right from the start.

Then followed Rod Stewart’s `Hot Legs’,  exciting the air followed by the world famous popular number `Video Killed the Radio Star!’, that would play in all the clubs in India as well. Every last number that followed was a super hit: `You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ (Vanilla Fudge), `Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door'(Guns and Roses), `Come on Feel the Noise!’ (Quiet Riot), `Groovin’ (The Rascals), `Owner of a Lonely Heart’ (Yes), `Here I go Again’ (Whitesnake), `Crazy Train’ (Ozzy Osbourne), `Do You Think I’m Sexy?’ (Rod Stewart), `Sweet Child of Mine’ (Guns N Roses), `Heat of the Moment’ (Asia) and many more.

Together these musicians could have played songs all night long into the crack of dawn and still not run out of material!

Geoff Downes

Geoff Downes

What set this magical rocking night apart was that all the songs were done by musicians who were part of all those globally famous bands who did those songs originally. Their wizardry and mastery over their instruments was incredible. Each one was as superb and superlative as the next.

Phil Naro

Phil Naro

The music gripped the audience and totally blew their minds as they sang and danced with all the songs. There was plenty of head banging as well and a lot of actions by middle aged folk that defined a totally new cool!

The crowd wouldn’t let them leave!

Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot

But all grand things must come to an end and so it was as the band came back for the last song sending The Rascals’ `Good Lovin’ everybody’s way!
Yes folks, a fabulous night with a real super group of kick-ass platinum rock stars!