Bash Fest is an event that began when NAMM kicked off and continued on through January 20th, where the Bonzo Bash was about to happen. It all takes place at the old-school Yost Theatre in downtown Santa Ana. What’s Bonzo Bash you ask? Well…it’s only a tribute to one of the world’s best drummers, Led Zeppelin’s own John Bonham! Yeah, an entire night dedicated to the music of one of the most influential rock bands in the world. Epic…and it all kicked off with a badass guitar solo and the drummer from the first night, Brian Tichy who was ever-present throughout the night.
Before that, we were treated to an acoustic performance featuring three beautiful members of Paradise Kitty. (An all-Girl Guns N’ Roses Tribute Band) There was some very impressive guitar licks, making quick work of that acoustic guitar while the vocals bellowed out some beautiful melodies.
Then it began, the house band for the Bonzo Bash changed time signatures and key during the massive opening guitar solo and a frenzy of fantastic drummer’s flew on and off the stage throughout the whole night.
Lez Warner (The Cult), Johnny Dee (Britny Fox), Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction), Simon Wright (Dio and more), Rachel Rine (Paradise Kitty), then…the one and only, Carmine Appice (Vanille Fudge)! That’s quite a lineup, but it didn’t stop there. Carmine Appice told stories and played a part in dedicating the show to the memory of Alphonse Mouzon, then back to the music with Carmine on the sticks! More and more drummers took the stage, and you can check out the pics for yourself, but the star of the show was this 13-year-old badass named Logan “Robot” Gladden. Thirteen years of age and this kid has the intensity and focus of someone twice his age and the discipline of someone three times his age! Amazing performance followed by a wicked drum solo! Rightfully so, he banged the gong and took a bow.
More and more musicians shared the stage for this night of dedication to music and musicianship. The display was phenomenal and intense as we were all blown away that night. The stars came out and there were many more than I could even mention, celebrating percussionists and musicians alike after a day of NAMM!
Big Jon / BackStage360
Editors Note: Below is the Set List provided by Brian Tichy on his FB page
BONZO BASH SET LIST
JAN. 20, 2017
I’ve been asked by some people for this, so
here it is…
BONZO BASH 2017 SET LIST!
(DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALPHONSE MOUZON)
8:00 BONZO’S DELIGHT INTRO TAPE
8:03 ACHILLES LAST STAND – BRIAN TICHY AND HOUSE BAND
*DOUG STARTS INTRO OFF STAGE AS BAND SLOWLY SAUNTERS ON
*DOUG HOLDS LAST NOTE OF INTRO UNTIL TICHY HITS THE SNARE TO START
8:15 JOE SUTTON SAYS HI AND INTRODUCES THE MOBY DICKS
THE MOBY DICKS:
DOUG ALDRICH (DIO, WHITESNAKE, DEAD DAISIES) GTR
PHIL SOUSSAN (OZZY OSBOURNE, JOHN WAITE, LAST IN LINE) BASS
CHAS WEST (BONHAM, RESURRECTION KINGS) VOX
STEVE FERLAZZO (NUNO BETTENCOURT, SOUNDCHECK LIVE FOUNDER) KEYS
8:18 THE OCEAN – LEZ WARNER (THE CULT)
8:26 DANCING DAYS – JOHNNY DEE (DORO PESCH, BRITNY FOX)
8:33 TEN YEARS GONE – STEPHEN PERKINS (JANES ADDICTION / TABITHA)
8:44 CUSTARD PIE – SIMON WRIGHT
(DIO, AC/DC, HELLION, GEOFF TATE’S QUEENSRYCHE, RHINO BUCKET)
8:53 RAMBLE ON – RACHAEL RINE (FEMME FATALE, PARADISE KITTY)
9:00 IF PRESENT, INTRODUCE DRUM LEGEND, MODERN DRUMMER HALL OF
FAMER, BONZO BASH LEGEND …. CARMINE APPICE
(VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS, BECK BOGART APPICE, ROD STEWART,
TED NUGENT, OZZY OSBOURNE, KING KOBRA, AUTHOR)
9:03 DEDICATE THE SHOW TO THE MEMORY OF ALPHONSE MOUZON
9:04 COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN – APPICE ON STICK CLICKS
& TICHY ON ACOUSTIC
9:07 OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY – ROB AFFUSO
(SKID ROW , SOULSYSYTEM, FOUR BY FATE)
9:15 IMMIGRANT SONG – JIMMY D’ANDA (LYNCH MOB, BULLETBOYS)
****ROBERT MASON (WARRANT , LYNCH MOB) VOX
****CHUCK GARRIC (ALICE COOPER, BEASTO BLANCO) BASS
9:23 WHAT IS AND WHAT SHOULD NEVER BE – KHURT MAIER (SALTY DOG)
9:32 D’YER MA’KER – RICH REDMOND
(JASON ALDEAN, CLINICIAN, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, TEACHER AND AUTHOR)
9:40 WANTON SONG – JASON SUTTER
(CHRIS CORNELL, MARILYN MANSON, FOREIGNER, SMASHMOUTH, NY DOLLS)
9:49 THE ROVER – LOGAN “ROBOT” GLADDEN (13 YEAR OLD BADASS!)
9:57 ROCK AND ROLL – AQUILES PRIESTER (TONY MACALPINE, HANGAR)
10:02 BAS ST. LEGER SPEAKS
BONHAM COLLEAGUE WHO BONHAM TOOK OVER THE GIGS OF AS A TEEN,
10:06 GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES – DEEN CASTRONOVO
(JOURNEY, REVOLUTION SAINTS, OZZY OSBOURNE, HARDLINE)
10:14 ROYAL ORLEANS – GREGG POTTER (BUDDY RICH BAND)
(TICHY ON BONGOS)
10:22 OUT ON THE TILES – JOHN HUMMEL
(MATT O’REAR BAND / NJ BADASS / LADY GAGA) ***MITCH MALLOY (VOCALS)
10:30 BLACK DOG – JASON BITTNER (SHADOWS FALL , FLOTSAM AND JETSAM)
10:39 SONG REMAINS THE SAME – RAY LUZIER
(KORN, DAVID LEE ROTH, ARMY OF ANYONE, JAKE E. LEE)
10:49 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN – DAVE “CHILI” MORENO (PUDDLE OF MUDD)
*****ALDRICH AND TICHY ON DOUBLE DOUBLE RED NECKS!!!!!
10:59 TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT – STEVEN WOLF
(KATY PERRY, MILEY CYRUS, BEYONCE)
11:08 MISTY MOUNTAIN HOP – JASON HARTLESS (TED NUGENT)
***GREGG FOX- KEYS (RENAISSANCE ROCK ORCHESTRA, THE MOBY DICKS)
11:17 FOOL IN THE RAIN – CHAD SZELIGA
(BREAKING BENJAMIN, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SCOTT STAPP)
****ROBERT MASON – VOCALS
11:27 KASHMIR – JEFF KATHAN (PAUL RODGERS, SPIKE AND THE IMPALERS)
11:40 HANS SOLO – BRIAN TICHY
11:43 NO QUARTER – TICHY FEATURING STEVE FERLAZZO ON KEYS
11:54 ***THANK THE STAGE CREW AND BEHIND THE SCENES CREW***
PHIL AGEN, LEE HOLLISTER, RYAN SEELBACH, TODD BURR, RAT, ROBBIE COPE,
NOELLE KIM, LYNN AIRINGTON, NICKY PARRY, ED STEELE, PAUL MOSS, PAULA SERNA
***IF CHARLIE BENANTE HAS NOT ARRIVED FROM HIS OTHER GIG, THE MOBY
DICKS WILL PLAY WITH TICHY UNTIL HE SHOWS!
HEARTBREAKER / NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE / WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
12:00 ISH DAZED AND CONFUSED – CHARLIE BENANTE (ANTHRAX)
12:30 MOBY DICK – TICHY AND ALL DRUMMERS ON STAGE!!!!!
WE WILL HAVE EVERYONE GET UP ON STAGE WITH PERCUSSION AND THEN
START THE SONG. EVERYONE PLAYS THE WHOLE TIME.
START THE CONFETTI!!!!!!!
WHEN THE DRUM SOLO IS SUPPOSED TO START, TICHY JUMPS OFF KIT AND ONE
BY ONE, EACH DRUMMER PLAYS 8 BARS AND WE CALL THEIR NAME OUT!
*AFTER ALL NAMES ARE ANNOUNCED, TICHY LEADS BAND INTO THE
OUTRO OF MOBY DICK
12:45 ISH DONE!
PLEASE STAY ON STAGE WHEN WE END IT SO WE CAN ALL FIT
ACROSS THE FRONT OF STAGE FOR A BADASS PHOTO!
YOU ALL RULE! THANKS FOR YOUR TALENT, FLEXIBILITY AND
LIFE IS SHORT, SO WHILE WE ALL GET TOGETHER ON THESE RARE
OCCASIONS, THANKS FOR MAKING IT ALL WORTH IT!!!!!