JOHN 5 & THE CREATURES April 16th Reggies Rock Club

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“When I drove to LA when I was 18, from my parent’s home in Grosse Pointe, I never thought I would be standing on the stage with some of the world’s most renowned performers. I never dreamed I would be making records with bands I grew up listening to. I just wanted to play guitar. I just wanted to have a career as a session musician, make music and that would have been happiness enough. I can tell you honestly, I still grin from ear to ear completely humbled by what life, music has done for me. I feel like the happiest man alive sometimes – I kid you not!” – John 5, LA, February 2013.

 

John 5 is undoubtably one of the hottest shredders on the planet right now. His impressive resume of working with frontmen such as Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, Dave Lee Roth and his current gig as the right hand man for Rob Zombie, show he’s impressive skills have not gone unnoticed, but it doesn’t do him justice to label John 5 as a shredder – he’s a guitarist, a great guitarist – and there’s little he can’t put his hand to.

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Ron Bennett March 10, 1959 – March 12, 2017

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Obituary for Ron Bennett

Ronald Bennett Jr., of Cedar Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 12, 2017, at his home. Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at the funeral home, as well as one hour prior to the service. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

 

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Bennett (Dean Gillis); siblings, Shawn West, Mark (Sarah Sutton) Bennett, Dale Bennett (Anne Gard), Kelley McNeese, and Jeffery (Stacey) Bennett; six nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and -nephews; special cousin, Billy Bennett; many aunts, uncles, extended family members, and friends; and cats, Danny and Cy.

 

Ronald Michael Bennett Jr. was born March 10, 1959, to Ronald Sr. and Ruth (McClure) Bennett, in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from Regis High School in 1977, then attended Iowa State. Most recently, he worked for Rockwell Collins in Maintenance, where he worked with his cousin and best friend, Billy. Ron enjoyed music, and singing for different bands as well as running his own karaoke business. He was interested in aviation, always attending the Osh Kosh Air Show. He and Billy could often be found bidding on items at local auctions and sales. Ron volunteered for the American Diabetes Association on many occasions, including the Tour de Cure. Ron participated in yearly deer hunting trips with his family after being taught by his grandfather, Ed McClure; it was a family tradition, even if he wasn’t any good. He loved spending time with animals and kids and was always having fun with and entertaining the kids at family events. He was a giving, supportive person, and cared immensely for others.

 

Ron was preceded in death by his father Ronald M. Bennett Sr.; grandparents; brother-in-law, Bob West; several aunts and uncles; and cat, Fat Baby.

 

Memorials may be directed to the family to contribute to causes Ron would appreciate.

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New Biography Of Late AC/DC Frontman BON SCOTT Due In The Fall

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A new biography based on late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, titled “Bon – The Last Highway: The Untold Story Of Bon Scott And AC/DC’s Back In Black”, is scheduled for publication later this year. The new release comes from Jesse Fink, who previously wrote the 2015 book “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC”.

 

The death of Bon Scott is the Da Vinci Code of rock.

 

The legend of the man known around the world simply as “Bon” grows with each passing year; in death, AC/DC’s trailblazing frontman has become a rock icon. But how much of it is myth?

 

At the heart of “Bon – The Last Highway” is a special — and unlikely — friendship between an Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan troublemaker. Jesse Fink reveals its importance in Bon’s story for the first time.
Leaving no stone unturned in a journey that begins in Austin, 1977, and ends in London, 1980, Fink takes the reader back to the end of the ’70s, a legendary era for music that saw the relentless AC/DC machine achieve its commercial breakthrough but also threaten to come apart.

 

With unprecedented access to Bon’s lovers, newly unearthed documents, and a trove of never-before-seen photos, Fink divulges startling new information about Bon’s last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.

 

In the early hours of February 19,1980, Bon left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair’s Renault 5, parked outside Alistair’s East Dulwich apartment.

 

That evening, Bon’s lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King’s College Hospital.

 

Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on “Back In Black”, AC/DC’s tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest-selling rock album of all time.

 

The 1977-80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn’t a harder-working band in the music business. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock ‘n’ roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

 

“Bon – The Last Highway: The Untold Story Of Bon Scott And AC/DC’s Back In Black” is scheduled for a U.S. release on November 7.

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