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Mark Goodman is a radio DJ, TV personality and actor. He became music director of the station WMMR and then became a part of the air staff at WPLJ, the number one rock station in New York. Mark left WPLJ to join the as yet unknown music video channel called MTV. As one of the 5 original VJs Mark interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney and Sting, to Bruce Springsteen. Mark joined SiriusXM when they launched a new channel called Volume. It is the world's first talk channel about music. Mark now hosts a live call-in show weekdays on the channel and continues to interview big stars and upcoming talent everyday.
MARK GOODMAN - HOST
Jens Ritter is a German artist. He grew up in a musical environment, which aroused his passion and love for the electric guitar. After his studies of mechanical arts, his focus was creating avant-garde guitars for Prince, George Benson, Nile Rodgers, Lady Gaga and other major music production artists. Ritter’s guitar sculptures left their traditional purpose and turned into abstract art pieces to express his interrogations about the contemporary and future purpose of music and its technical elements, as well as its interaction with human nature. Later on, Jens Ritter added music and recording equipment to his art pieces and installations.
JENS RITTER - ARTIST
Ed Oates is an American businessman. He co-founded Software Development Labs in August 1977 with Larry Ellison and Bob Miner. Software Development Labs later became Oracle Corporation. Mr. Oates is a guitarist in the band CHOC'D. His participation at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps helped him create his most recent business venture, Rock Your Business, LLC. Rock Your Business brings world class talent into the corporate world by providing exclusive team building and leadership workshops to companies and organizations.
ED OATES - TECHIE
Patricia Anne Boyd is an English model and photographer. She was one of the leading international models during the 1960s and, with Jean Shrimpton, epitomised the British female "look" of the era. Boyd married George Harrison in 1966 and experienced the height of the Beatles' popularity, as well as sharing in their embrace of Indian spirituality. She divorced Harrison in 1977. She later married Harrison's friend Eric Clapton in 1979 and they divorced in 1989. Boyd inspired Harrison's songs such as "If I Needed Someone", "Something" and "For You Blue" and Clapton's "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight".
PATTIE BOYD - MODEL/
Born in Wallasey, England in 1949, drummer and backing vocalist Nigel Olsson came into prominence in 1970 as one-third of Elton’s live “power trio”. Nigel was a mainstay of Elton’s touring & recording band in the ‘70s and ‘80s, playing on all his classic recordings and amassing an extremely loyal following. As a solo artist, Nigel has seen four of his singles hit the pop music charts, and he has made a name for himself in the world of vintage auto racing as well. Back in the band since the ‘One Night Only’ concerts in 2000, Nigel is once again providing the soulful heartbeat, so essential to Elton and Bernie’s songs.
NIGEL OLSSON -
Will Calhoun is an American drummer, who is best known as a member of the rock band Living Colour. Calhoun has also played with Jungle Funk and HeadFake, recorded jazz albums and appeared with Pharoah Sanders, B.B. King, Herb Alpert, Dr. John, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Marcus Miller, Public Enemy, and Ronnie Wood. He plays on "Crimson Deep" from the album "What Lies Beneath" by Finnish symphonic metal singer Tarja. He is also a member of the Stone Raiders musical band.
WILL CALHOUN -
Tommy Thayer is the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band KISS. Regarded as one of the most influential rock and roll bands of all-time, KISS's career milestones are staggering including sales of over 100 million albums worldwide. Since 2014 Tommy has been developing animated series and intellectual properties for TV, film, new media and mobile. He is currently on the board of directors of the Oregon Military Museum Project (Portland, Oregon), the Arnold Palmer Education Fund (La Quinta, California), and the Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) Board of Trustees, where in 2018 he was honored with an honorary doctorate of humane letters in recognition of his career and philanthropic leadership. (tommythayer.com)
TOMMY THAYER - LEAD GUITARIST OF KISS
Imelda Mary Higham, professionally known as Imelda May, is an Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Although known primarily as a singer, she also plays the bodhrán, guitar, bass guitar and tambourine. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians, such as Billie Holiday. May also had her own music TV show The Imelda May Show, showcasing the best of Irish and international talent.
IMELDA MAY -
As the Producer of the Atlanta Jazz Festival from 1984 - 1987, and the Founder and Producer of the Montreux Atlanta International Music Festival from 1988 - 1994, Mark Johnson presented some of the world’s most talented artists in venues across Atlanta. Johnson conceptualized and created a partnership with Montreux Jazz Festival producer Claude Nobs, the City of Montreux and the City of Atlanta to create this sister event in Atlanta. Johnson turned the Festival over to the City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs to become a founding member of the House of Blues, opening HOB venues in Cambridge, New Orleans and Los Angeles. He broadcasted the House of Blues Radio Hour hosted by Dan Ackroyd, and broadcasted the Friday Night from the House of Blues concert series. As a talent manager, producer and presenter over 30 years, Johnson was instrumental in bringing the House of Blues to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, featuring performances by an array of diverse artists that Johnson has had the privilege to work with.
MARK JOHNSON -
Raymond Cooper is an English musician. He is a session and road-tour percussionist and occasional actor, who has worked with several musically diverse bands and artists including George Harrison, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and Elton John. Cooper absorbed the influence of rock drummers from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice and John Bonham. Incorporation of unusual instruments, such as cowbells, glockenspiel, and tubular bells, along with several standard kit elements, helped create a highly varied setup.
RAY COOPER -
Hall of Fame member, Ian Paice is an English musician, best known as the drummer and the longest standing, original member of the English rock band Deep Purple, which Paice co-founded in 1968. After Deep Purple temporarily split, Paice went on to form a new group, Paice Ashton Lord in 1976 and then in 1979, at the request of David Coverdale, he joined Whitesnake for 3 years. Paice also had many notable collaborations over the years with artists such as Gary Moore, Paul McCartney, jazz legend Eddie Harris and George Harrison, amongst others. "The Band's hits include the iconic “Smoke On The Water”, which tells a true story of the Montreux Casino studio burning to the ground before a recording session.The smoke from from the burning casino spread over Lake Geneva, as the members of Deep Purple watched from their hotel, hence the title of the song.”
IAN PAICE -
DRUMMER OF DEEP PURPLE
Billy Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor; best known as the guitarist and lead singer of American rock band ZZ Top. He began his career in the Moving Sidewalks, who recorded Flash and opened four dates for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top's First Album in early 1971.
BILLY GIBBONS -
GUITARIST/ LEAD SINGER OF ZZ TOP
Adam Chetwood is a guitar player specialising in international artist touring campaigns, promotional shows, TV and Radio appearances, recording sessions and musical direction. Past credits include Mark Ronson , Paolo Nutini , Imelda May, Karen Elson and White Denim. As part of Imelda May’s band personnel , recent performances have included Bluesfest Byron Bay Australia,Cordoba Guitar Festival Spain, and opening act to Jeff Beck at the Royal Hospital Concert in Chelsea. Adam is guitar player for Wayne McGregor’s Carbon life Ballet for the Royal Ballet.
ADAM CHETWOOD - GUITARIST
Born in Norway, Bernt Bodal is long time businessman and musician. Bernt started his music career as a founding member and bassist of the Norwegian band HØST in 1972. He is also the bass player for the band Aunt Mary. Simultaneously he has managed to keep his bass playing skills on a very high level, playing with many of the international rock scene’s biggest stars. In 1978, he emigrated to Seattle, WA and had a long successful career in the fishing industry. He started working at American Seafood Company in 1991. After holding many top management positions, Bernt became Chairman and CEO in 2000. Currently, he remains on the board and owner of American Seafoods.