KISS, Alice Cooper and dozens of rock & roll legends team up for epic charity concert.
Photo of Chuck Brennan and Paul Stanley by Soni Giles for KISSONLINE.
Rock & roll fans were treated with a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a charity concert to raise money for music education. Alice Cooper, all of the members of KISS, Rob Zombie, Europe and dozens of other rock legends came together at THE Fundraiser in Las Vegas and performed for thousands of fans at the Orleans Arena.
Organized by Chuck Brennan, founder of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, THE Fundraiser included live performances of some of the greatest rock & roll hits of all time by the artists themselves. Backed by tribute band HAIRBALL as the house band, THE Fundraiser included more songs by more headliners than any other rock concert in history. Performers included Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer of KISS, Vince Neil, Rob Zombie, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Stephen Pearcy of RATT, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Joey Tempest & John Norum of Europe and Kip Winger of Winger.
Alice Cooper has been a long-time supporter of the academy. He was on-hand in Sioux Falls for its groundbreaking last year and grand opening concert series this Spring. The academy’s “Welcome To My Nightmare” recording studio was dedicated in his honor. Cooper operates his own performing arts charity, Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock, in Phoenix. “You should see these kids when you go out and play in front of them,” he said. “They are in these rooms trying to learn guitar and then they see the real guys right in front of them. You can see the inspiration in their faces.”
Another academy supporter performing at THE Fundraiser was Jack Blades of Night Ranger. Night Ranger wrote a song on the stage of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy this year that will be included on their upcoming new album. “All those times when we were young and didn’t have a place to go to get our creativity going,” he said. “Chuck (Brennan)-and Alice with Solid Rock -have made places for kids to go to let their creativity just run wild.”