So there ya have it! Three incredible days of music from some of the best in the business and a weekend that I’m sure none of us will ever forget!
First and foremost, on behalf of Brian, Mark and myself, we would like to extend the HUGEST thank you to the man himself… Mr. Andrew McNiece! Without him, none of this would have ever been possible and we cannot begin to thank you for all of your kindness and generosity that you have shown all of us here at Rockeyez over the years. Thank you for helping to keep the music alive through melodicrock.com all these years and through special moments like this and although it may not have been as financial a success for you as all of us and your readers had hoped, you are still a hero and true crusader to every single one of the musicians you feature on your site and every single one of your readers that you reach every day because despite what “main-stream society” dictates about what should and shouldn’t be popular in the music industry, like we here at Rockeyez strive to do, you have already succeeded a thousand times over which is giving these artists who may otherwise be silenced… a voice! Thank you Andrew… thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the great artists we got to meet and watch perform through out the weekend starting with, of course, Ted Poley. What can we say that we haven’t said before about you Ted? Your kindness and support over the years has been just overwhelming… thanks so much to you and all the members of your band including our other dear friend, master guitarist and song-writer Vic Rivera, bass-player extraordinaire Doug Odell, the man who holds it all together Mr. Eddie Campbell and how could we forget the always amazing Edward Faust behind the skins. Thank you all! Every one of us here at Rockeyez is very, very proud to consider you all friends.
And since we’re on the subject of friends, the same could be said about all of the guys in TRIXTER as well. Mark, PJ, Steve & Pete, thank you all for all your support and for always making us feel like we’re home… you guys are the best! Eric Ragno, the man, the myth, the legend! Thank you for all your kindness and for always making us feel like we’re as an important a part of your world as you are to ours. Jim Jamison, always a great thrill to see you... thank you for all your kindness & support. Marc Ferreira and all the guys in GOODBYE THRILL, thanks for everything… your level of professionalism and kindness is an example you could teach a lot of people. Adam Holland, Gerrard Zappa, Mike Morales and all the guys and crew in VALENTINE, thanks so much for always making time for us and becoming such an important part of our Rockeyez family and finally, Michael Eden, you’re a true friend and supporter… thank you for everything!
We would also like to thank all of our new friends including one of the nicest guys we had the pleasure of meeting all weekend long Terje Eide from ON THE RISE (we REALLY wanna see ya perform next time!!!), Jess Harnell and all the guys in ROCK SUGAR, FARCRY, 7th HEAVEN, Joe Vana & MECCA (was an absolute honor to meet you and hear your amazing gift live!), Rob Lamothe, Jim Peterik, Toby Hitchcock and all the guys in PRIDE OF LIONS, BOMBAY BLACK, the amazing Terry Brock, Rob Marcello and the rest of DANGER DANGER, all the guys in EDEN’S CURSE, John Kivel (well, maybe not a “new” friend… thanks so much for all your hospitality!), Kevin Chalfant (didn’t get to see ya as much as we had liked but thanks so much for being a part of this incredible event), Dave Meniketti & the rest of Y & T, CROWN OF THORNS, Mark Weis (thanks for always having the time for us), Gus Monsanto, Alex Ferreira, Reb Beach & WINGER, Wally Palmar, Derek St. Holmes, Freddy Curci & ALIAS, TALON, the entire staff at the Bennigan’s & Holiday Inn in Elgin and finally, the entire staff & crew at The Road House. THANK YOU ALL!!!
But most importantly, a very special thank you has to go out to all the fans who came out for this incredible weekend and to support Andrew McNeice, melodicrock.com & the music that you all love. Thank you all, our hats are off to all of you… thanks for helping to keep the music ALIVE!!!