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Ronny will be kicking off 2014 with a bang when he performs daily at 2014 Winter NAMM for his sponsors and does appearances (Jan 23-26th). He will also be headlining the NAMM kick off event at the Anaheim Convention Center Hilton on the NAMM stage on Jan 22nd at 10pm. (The event is free admission and open to the public, no NAMM badge required!!) After NAMM Ronny will be playing all over the place in 2014 to promote his new Inertia CD that is now available on FNA Records (http://fnarecords.net/). You can also download the CD at I-Tunes and CD Baby.
After having a very busy Winter NAMM in January where Ronny played daily for several of his sponsors daily at the show and performed at various NAMM events at night such as the Rocking Rags NAMM event, Neil Turbin's NAMM Metal Jam as well as performing on the main NAMM stage at the Hilton with his band. He also signed a few new endorsements at the show with FXConnectx, Cleartone strings and Eventide. Ronny then headlined Shredfest at Brick by Brick in San Diego on Feb 8th. In March Ronny is once again playing the LA Marathon on 3/17 and then the main stage at NASCAR's Royal 300 Race at Auto Club Speedway. Along the way Ronny will be finishing up mixing the new Inertia CD and yes, making a new video. The CD release party on April 6th will be at Daly's Bar in Long Beach and will be a red carpet event where Ronny will be performing the entire Cd with his band and there will be some very special guest performing as well.
We just wanted to update everyone on everything Ronny has going on these days. First off, his new singe "Inertia" was released on I-Tunes in early November. (Get it now!!) The CD of the same name will be released in January 2013. There will also be a new video for the single. If all that wasn't enough Ronny will be recording a new song with his former band from the 80's Forever Young for the Eonian Records compilation CD to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. The CD will also be released in January 2013. Ronny is also excited to be a new Fix Pedalboards endorser. He will be using their boards exclusively for all live performances. Ronny has also been playing a lot of cool shows lately and just had a blast opening for guitar legend Michael Schenker in San Diego on Nov 11th at Brick by Brick. (The place was packed.) Ronny was direct support and really enjoyed playing for the San Diego fans. He then spent the week in Arizona for the Thanksgiving holiday and also did a shoot for a few of his sponsors in the ghost town of Jerome. On November 29th Ronny co-headlined a show at the Gaslamp in Long Beach, California with his good friends the Back Beat Brawlers (featuring Gabriel the Gun, founding member and formerly of No Doubt). It was a great show and they're already planning more shows together. In Jan 2013 Ronny will be playing everyday of 2013 Winter NAMM and will be playing the main NAMM stage in the Hilton on January 25th at noon and on January 26th at 6pm. Both performances are open to the public and all ages. No NAMM badge is required. More events will be added as the date gets closer. Stay tuned...
Ronny will have a featured interview in the October issue of Screamer Magazine.
Ronny made a big splash at the 2012 Winter NAMM in January. He played daily at the show for his sponsors Jet City Amplification, Essential Sound Products, M.I.A. Products and did signing events at the Dean Markley booth where he had a blast signing his cool Dean Markley Ronny North promo shots and taking pics and meeting all his fans at the show. Ronny even managed to attend a couple of the NAMM after show parties and he performed on the main NAMM stage on Jan 21st with his great friends the Union Hobos at the Convention Center Hilton in front of a packed house. On Jan 24th Ronny went on the air live in the studio on the "Just Mo" Internet Radio Show. Ronny was on the entire hour long show and was interviewed , took calls from fans and they played lots of his music on the air. The interview went so well that the station offered him his own radio show. Ronny's new radio show "Get your Shred on With Ronny North" premiered on Jan 31st and was a great success. Ronny is the host of the show and he only plays guitar instrumental music and playing up and coming unknown shredders right alongside the big guys.The best part is all you up and coming shredders can send in your guitar instrumental music and Ronny will play your stuff on the air. The show airs the last Tuesday of every month on www.wpmd.org. Ronny then played at Shredfest on Jan 26th during the all instrumental concert. On top of all this, Ronny has also been very busy doing press lately. He is a featured interview in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Rock N Roll Industries Magazine. Ronny is also featured performing one of his songs live on the magazine's website.Ronny also did an interview for the Hollywood Rock N Roll Website.... (Both interviews can been seen on the press page of this site.) Ronny will once again be performing at the 2012 LA Marathon on March 18th. Ronny has big plans for 2012: his new CD is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2012 and there will be lots of shows and clinics coming up in both America and overseas.....
Ronny has been very busy lately. He recently signed on to endorse both Tattoo Golf wear and Jet City Amplifiers. Ronny is really excited about both endorsements and strongly feels that it's always great to change up a few things in the rig every now and then to keep things fresh. Ronny will be using a variety of Jet City amps in his live rig. At this time, the new live rig will center around their JCA-100H and JCA-100HDM 100 watt tube heads. We will be updating the gear page with new pics and specs soon.
Ronny kicked off his 2011 when he headlined the 2011 NAMM kick off event at the Anaheim Convention Center on Jan 13th. His performance, which was a big hit, was in front of industry types and was covered by the music press. Ronny then performed everyday of the NAMM show for his sponsors and also did a few signing events. He also signed a few new endorsements as well including deals with Traveler Guitar, Tattoo Golf Apparel, and P Whammy to name a few. He has a new signature RN P Whammy bar coming out in 2011. Ronny then did a cool guitar clinic at Sam Ash Music in Westminster, which was the final clinic of a series of clinics Ronny did for Sam Ash Music and his sponsors Dean Markley, Seymour Duncan, Morley, and Rock & Roll Gangstar. Ronny opened for Steel Panther at the HOB in Hollywood the following week.
Currently Ronny is working on some new music and he is planning his upcoming summer shows (including headlining the North Fork Music Fest in July) and clinics. Ronny is also going to be featured in some upcoming ads for his sponsors in the upcoming months in the guitar magazines.
We had a blast playing the R&R Gangstar Clothing party on Aug 27th. It was quite the event and the place was packed. We will be posting a bunch of pics from the event. Next up, we will be playing the Tribal Bar in LA on Sept 12th. Randy Jacobs and John Huldt are also playing. We then play the Angel City Cafe in Bellflower on Sept 18th. John Huldt and Alexander Sack are also playing. I will also be doing some Guitar Center Guitar Clinics at GC Southbay on Sept 15th (7pm), GC Pasadena on Sept 17th (7pm), and GC Cerritos on Sept 18th (1pm). The clinics are free and we'll have some cool giveaways with gear and swag. Morley and R&R Gangstar Clothing are helping sponsor the events. We will also be playing the Vets Standdown 2010 event at the Vets Center in Compton on Sept 25th. On Sept 29th, we are returning to play the Whisky alongside Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. Admission is only $5.00. On a related note, I just found out I will be featured in upcoming ads from both Morley and Floyd Rose Upgrades...
I will be playing the Tribal cafe on Sept 12th with my friends The Randy Jacobs Band and John Huldt.
I will be opening for my good friend Gary Hoey at the Brixton in Redondo Beach on Aug 14th. I hit the stage right before Gary at 9pm. We also have a discount list that gets you in for $10.00. If you want to get on the list, just e-mail us with your info. Also don't forget that I am also playing at the Taste of Marina Del Rey Festival on Aug 8th at 3pm. Go out and get my new CD Light if you haven't already. It's available on the merch page well as at www.bestbuy.com and CD Baby. Yes, it's also available at select So Cal Best Locations.
I have 3 big shows coming up in the next 3 weeks. First up is my headlining show at Angels Sports Bar in Corona on July 30th. I hit the stage at 11pm sharp. I will also be calling in live to WFLM radio (www.wflmradio.com) from Angels at 6pm (PST). I will be chatting live with DJ Rage Goddess. It's internet radio so everyone can log on and listen. Of course, I will be hanging out after the performance to do a meet and greet by my merch booth. Yes, all the new RN Merch will be on sale at the show. On Aug 8th, I will be playing at the Taste of Marina Del Rey Festival (www.tasteofmarinadelrey.com). I will be playing at 3pm. It should be a great show by the sea. Last, but not least, I will be opening for my great friend Gary Hoey at the Brixton in Redondo on Aug 14th. I will be going on at 9pm right before Gary. It will be a great show. If any of you saw Gary and I trading licks on stage at this year's 2010 Winter NAMM show, you'll know what we mean. We have a discount list for the show so you can get in for $10.00. All you have to do is e-mail us or call the RN Hotline (562 214 5075) with your name and we'll put you on the discount list. Hope to see everyone at the shows.....
I had a blast hanging at the 2010 Comicon show in San Diego on Saturday. I attend the show every year. As always I ran into a few friends and even managed to get a few cool things. (You'll see one of the new purchases on stage at my headlining show July 30th). On July 25th, I will be live in the KNAC Radio studios in Hollywood when I go on the air on the Uncharted Radio show (www.knac.com) at 6pm (PST) with DJ Craig Williams. We will be chatting live about my upcoming shows and events as well as playing some of my music. I will then be going across Hollywood right from the KNAC studios to shoot an episode of the Brenda Carey Cable show. It will definitely be a long day. On July 30th, I will be making another radio appearance when I call in live to WFLM Radio (www.wflmradio.com) to chat with DJ Rage Goddess at 6pm (PST). I will be calling in from my headlining show at Angel's Sports Bar in Corona. Also don't forget that my brand new Light CD is now available at www.CDBaby.com, at www.bestbuy.com, and a few Best Buy store locations in Southern California.
I once again attended Comicon this year in San Diego. It was a great show and sold out as always. I even saw a few friends. Highlight of the show was when I got a picture with Puff 'N Stuff. Crazy that I have almost been attending the show for a decade at this point... Next stop I am appearing live on the air in the studio on KNAC Radio (www.knac.com) on July 25th on the Uncharted Radio show at 6pm (PST). I will be chatting on the air about my upcoming shows and events as well as playing some of my music. After the appearance, I will be rushing across Hollywood that night to tape an appearance on the Brenda Carey Cable show. It will definitely be a long day and as always, an adventure......
I just took delivery of a custom J Taylor custom RN V!! The guitar was built to my specs by my long time high school friend John Taylor. John has built guitars for many high profile players including Garth Brooks. The guitar features neck-through construction with a very light mahogany body, 22 jumbo frets, 20 degree flat radius fretboard, Duncan pickups, original Floyd trem with a Floyd Upgrade brass block and trem stop, a D Tuna and custom green polka dot finish. I have hardly put the guitar down since I received it.... As you can imagine, it's my new favorite guitar... On that note, J Taylor guitars are currently making me a second guitar that's shaped like an Iceman as we speak... Yes it will be green...
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The Palm Springs shows were a big a success. On top of the shows I was also featured in the Desert Entertainer magazine (I was on the cover) and the Desert Valley Star. (They did a small interview with me.) My guitar clinic at The Musician's Outlet in Palm Desert was also a big success. I will be doing more Palm Springs shows before the end of the year. Next up I will be headlining at Angels Sports bar in Corona. The last time I did a show there, it was packed. I will also be doing some Guitar Center Clinics in the near future for Morley and a few of his other sponsors. On August 8th my band and I will be performing at the Taste of Marina Del Rey. The Gin Blossoms are the headliners...
I will be taking over Palm Springs this weekend. I will be featured in an interview in the Desert Star Newspaper and am also featured in and on the cover of the Desert Entertainer Paper. Both papers come out on July 8th. I will be headlining two shows in Palm Springs July 9th and 10th when I plays at the Oasis Bar in Thousand Palms. Special guests opening both shows are Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. The shows both kick off at 8pm. I will be doing a free guitar clinic at the Musician's Outlet in Palm Desert at 6pm on July 10th. I will be playing a few songs and showing everyone some of my signature licks and exercises. There will also be a meet and greet and some free giveaways at all the events. You will be able to purchase my new CD Light at all the events as well as the brand new 2010 Ronny North T-Shirts. See everyone in the desert this weekend....
It's been a crazy summer so far and it's not letting up any time soon. We had a blast last weekend playing the Special Olympics Summer Games. It was my 10th consecutive year playing the event. It's always great to play for the athletes. Crazy how time flies... That night we played Fretboard Alchemy at Paladinos with Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. It was a great show. We are really starting to pick up steam with the Fretboard Alchemy shows. Next up I'm playing at Norwalk High School on June 18th for the kids. Always fun playing my old school and the kids really dig it. In July we are headlining 2 shows on July 9th and 10th at the Oasis Bar with special guests Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. I'll also be doing a free guitar clinic at The Musicians Outlet Music Store in Palm Desert at 6pm on July 10th before my show at the Oasis. Everyone who attends the clinic will get a discount on the club show that night. I will also be doing a few Guitar Center Clinics for my sponsor Morley in September. (Stay tuned.) The Light CD is now available at CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and we just signed on to have it sold at Best Buy and at Bestbuy.com. The CD will be available there in 3 weeks I'm told.
I just judged the Norwalk High School Senior Project on June 9th and now will be playing two cool shows this Saturday(June 12th). First up, I will be playing the main stage at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. My band and I hit the stage at 3:30pm. It's my 10th consecutive year performing at the event and best of all admission is free. It really is a great cause. Come down and support all the athletes. That night we will be performing a late show at Fretboard Alchemy at Paladinos along side Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. It all kicks off at 11:30pm. Next up my band and I will be headlining two shows at the Oasis Bar in Palm Springs. My friends Dallas Perkins and John Huldt will be joining us on the shows.
I just judged the Norwalk High School Senior Project on June 9th and now will be playing two cool shows this Saturday(June 12th). First up, I will be playing the main stage at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach. My band and I hit the stage at 3:30pm. It's my 10th consecutive year performing at the event and best of all admission is free!! It really is a great cause. Come down and support all the athletes. That night we will be performing a late show at Fretboard Alchemy at Paladinos along side Dallas Perkins and John Huldt. It all kicks off at 11:30pm. Next up my band and I will be headlining two shows at the Oasis Bar in Palm Springs. My friends Dallas Perkins, and John Huldt will be joining us on the shows.
We have lots going on. I just got finished judging Guitar Center's King of the Blues guitar competition for the last 3 weeks. I had a blast doing it and was fun meeting everyone at the events. Next up we are playing the Special Olympics Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach for our 10th consecutive year. We're playing the main stage at 3:30pm. Admission is free. We then play Fretboard Alchemy at Paladinos in Tarzana at 11:30 that night along side Dallas Perkins. On July 9th and 10th we are headlining 2 shows in Palm Springs at the Oasis Bar in Thousand Oaks. Our friends Dallas Perkins will be joining us on the bill. It should be a fun show and yes, we will be selling all the latest RN Merch at the show.
I thought I would do something different with today's Blog. I'm going to run you through my day yesterday, gearing up for my headlining show at Angels in Corona. After I was awakened by a few calls on Saturday morning, I got up and started getting everything ready for my show at Angels that night. First I went through my guitars and made sure everything was ready to go. I had re-strung everything the night before. What a fun Friday night I had... LOL.... I then started getting everything ready to be packed. My road manager Chuck and my guitar tech Kimo then came by to help me pack everything and to take some of the gear with them. Lots of road cases to deal with. After all that, my assistant Karen came by (It was now late afternoon.) and we got something to eat before we came back and she helped me get my stage clothes together for the nights show. Well before you knew it, we were off to the show to load in. Of course the Saturday traffic on the 91 fwy really sucked and it took us forever to get the the club. We finally got to the club around 7pm and Chuck and Kimo arrived a few minutes after. We quickly unloaded all of my gear and then my band mates arrived. Once we got all the gear situated, I had to call in to WFLM Radio to do a live on-air interview. It went really well and I was on the air for 40 minutes or so. By then I was starving and so the band and crew piled into my car and we grabbed some dinner at Don Jose's in downtown Riverside. We had a nice dinner. when we got back to the club, the bands had already started playing. We got all of our stuff ready to go including our merch stand. I even got to meet the guys in Eden who were really cool. There was a great turn out at the show. Before we went on, I got to hang a bit and chat with friends that came to the show. while Eden was on, I changed in our dressing room into my stage attire. I then had a meeting with my stage manager Chuck to see how everything was going so far. During our meeting Mr Sholtz the promoter came in and chatted with us for a few and even brought me a pitcher of Coke. (The perks!!!!) Then it was time to hit the stage. We just went out and tore it up. Great show..... The crowd was amazing and shouting my name the entire time we were playing. My guitars were definitely not digging the hot club and I made quite a few guitar changes because nothing was staying in tune. I actually went through all my guitars. My tech Kimo was on it for sure. My guys were tight. I'm so lucky to have my band, Bryan and Charles, and my entire crew. They are on it and we definitely have fun hanging for sure. Chuck my road manager has been a life saver. He deals with everything so I can just concentrate on playing. After we got off stage, I did a little meet and greet and signed pictures by our merch table. It was also cool to see that everyone was digging our new 2010 RN T-shirts. It was now 2am. That was my Saturday night. Yes, we got lots of pics and video. Stay tuned.....
So much going on. I will be playing a special solo performance at Fret Board Alchemy at Weber's Place in Reseda on May 12th. There will also be an open jam at the end of the night. On May 15th, I am headlining at Angels in Corona with my band. It will be a crazy show that you won't want to miss. I will also be doing a special meet and greet after the show and you will be able to buy all the new RN merch including the new Light CD and the new RN shirts. My band and I will also be doing shows all over this summer. We will be making some big show announcements soon. We can say that you will be able to see us play out of the country this summer. Stay tuned... I will also be shooting my new video later this month.
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Well it's been a very crazy week. It started when we got a new rhythm guitarist in my band on Sunday. Gretchen Schultz is our new guitarist. She's great and really fills out our sound. I then went live on KNAC Radio that night. I had a blast on the Uncharted Show with Craig Williams. We did a great interview and they played lots of my music off the new CD. The next day we played to packed house at the House of Blues in Hollywood opening for Steel Panther. It was a great show and things got way out of control in our dressing room after. One of the highlights was the pole dancing competition with strippers in the middle of our dressing room!! The girls had major skills... LOL..... Today we played Pasadena Convention Center for the 2010 LA County Science Fair. We had a blast playing for the kids and got 7 complaints a minute for 3 hours about our volume and yet we are invited back to play the 2011 event as well as a School District Benefit. LOL... Next stop the LB Grand Prix on Sunday...
As you all know I recently came back from playing Japan. Well it was a great experience to go over there with my friends Kelle Rhoads and Kelly Garni and to play for the Japanese fans doing the Randy Rhoads tribute shows. We also did a bunch of press as well. It all started when we landed in Tokyo and were picked up by the promoter. That drive into Tokyo at night was amazing. It's such a magical place. On our first day in Tokyo, I couldn't sleep so I decided to go walking through the city in the early am before we got picked up for rehearsals. What a great city!! I took so many pictures of my little morning adventure. I came back to the hotel, changed, and met everyone in the lobby. We were then picked up by the promoter by van and they took us to exchange some money so we had Japanese currency. We also got Kelle R some cigars. We then were of to the club where we were rehearsing with the Japanese drummer we were using for the shows. Once at the club we went through the songs we were doing and signed all the concert programs for the tour. (It was hundreds of them!!) We also met the other groups playing the shows with us. Everyone was cool. The shows went great and we had a blast doing all the interviews and meeting all the fans every night and on the streets of Japan. I did manage to break away one night to hang with my friend Kyoko and her friend Kae. We did a little shopping and I went to this great record store in Tokyo and got a bunch of very cool bootleg concert DVDs. They even had me sign a picture for them to hang up in the store. I also took a picture with the owner. I guess all the rock stars go in there when they're in Tokyo. There was pictures hanging from everyone... The Bullet train was also an awesome experience. Nagoya was cool. After the last show, the promoter threw us a cool end-of-tour party. Next thing you know, a week had gone by and we were on the way back to LA. We landed back in LA on the 20th of March and I played the LA Marathon on the 21st at 8am. It was definitely tough but I survived. Our friends Death Valley Pornstar played with us and we all had a blast playing for the 25,000 runners. It was our second year in a row playing the event. Of course it was in the 90's the day of the race. I then played the Wood party the following weekend, and The Cat Club on April 2nd. Next stop is playing with Steel Panther on April 12th at the House of Blues in Hollywood and then the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 18th. Then we'll be doing some shows all over America to promote my new Light CD that came out in March.
As I write this I can hear Tokyo traffic outside my open hotel window. I am here in Japan for a week to play the Randy Rhoads tribute shows and to do some press and some TV appearances. I'm really looking forward to tearing up the Japanese stages and also excited about doing my first interview with Young Guitar Magazine this week. We had a great flight in last night and had a cool traditional Japanese dinner with the promoter. I'm getting ready to go walking around downtown Tokyo before I go to rehearsals this morning. I'm ready to be big in Japan!!
It's been a crazy year so far. Let's run through it a bit. I kicked off the year playing 2010 Winter NAMM in January, and then played with Dilana on February 5th at the Roxy and had a blast. We then played the main stage at Nascar's Stater Bros 300 Race at Auto Club Speedway on Feb 20th. On the 21st, I taped a guest appearance on a new TV show that will be airing in the fall. (I basically parodied myself...) I had fun making my acting debut. Thinking about getting a SAG card... LOL..... I then played the Van Gordon running event for my old high school (Norwalk High) on the morning of March 27th. We then played the Artists for Haiti Concert at Cozy's that day at 2pm and rocked the place. Kelle Rhoads and Janet Robin (solo artist and current guitarist for Air Supply) came up and jammed with my band at the event. Next stop is Japan. I'll be doing a short Japanese tour on March 14th with KKR (featuring Kelle Rhoads, Kelly Garni and myself ). We will be headlining a series of Randy Rhoads Tribute shows in Japan. We will also be doing lots of press while we're there and some TV appearances as well. I will be sending daily updates to my Facebook and Myspace pages through out the tour. My band then plays the LA Marathon again on March 21st. Last but not least, my brand new guitar instrumental CD Light drops on Monday (3/5)!!
I am proud to announce that I have signed on to endorse Dean Markley Strings. I am very excited to be working with the company and to be using their great products.
Ronny shaking hands making his endorsement offical with Mr Dean Markley himself and Dean Markley's David Lienhard.
Southern California guitar hero Ronny North's long awaited new guitar instrumental CD Light will be released at the end of March. The CD was produced and engineered by Ronny and features 11 brand new guitar instrumental tracks. The video from the CD's first single "Tomorrow is Burning" featuring the giant bunnies has become quiet popular on video shows and on You Tube. Radio has also been playing the song in regular rotation and the song actually placed #24 on KNAC Radio top 40 countdown. The song was going against all the major bands and was the only instrumental track in the count down. No small feat for sure. Ronny recently went on KNAC Radio (www.knac.com) to world premiere the entire CD on the air. The songs from CD will be available as a down load first and then the actual CD will be available shortly after. Ronny and his band will be doing a short tour to support the CD in the summer. On that note, Japanese fans will be the first to be able to buy the new CD since it will be available for purchase along with other tour merchadise during Ronny's Japanese tour with the "Tribute to Randy Rhoads Project" in March. The band consists of Randy's brother Kelle Rhoads on vocals, original Quiet Riot bassist Kelly Garni on bass, and Ronny on guitar. The band will be doing a week long Japanese tour to honor the great Randy Rhoads. Rumor has it that Ronny and his band will also be playing Japan in the near future. Stay tuned....
RANDY RHOADS' Brother, Former QUIET RIOT Bassist Schedule Tribute Concerts In Japan - Jan. 28, 2010
Kelle Rhoads (Randy's brother), Kelly Garni (former QUIET RIOT bassist) and Ronny North will join forces again to play three Randy Rhoads tribute concerts in Japan (in Osaka, Tokyo and Nogaya) on March 15-17, 2010. Kelle will be handling vocals for the band, which is being billed as "A Tribute To Randy Rhoads Project" featuring Kelle Rhoads, Kelly Garni, and Ronny North. The trio will be in Japan for a week and will be taking part in a bunch of signing events as well as doing press the entire time.
Garni played alongside Randy in QUIET RIOT and was a close friend of both Randy and Kelle.
Ronny North was invited by Kelle Rhoads to play guitar with the guys at a recent Randy Rhoads event and they hit if off so well at the show that they decided to do it again in Japan.
At this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, the limited-edition Jackson Randy Rhoads Relic tribute model guitar was unveiled.
According to The Music Zoo, Randy's tribute model is a direct replica of his original 1980 Jackson asymmetrical V-shaped guitar that he personally designed. He intended to call this body style the Concorde and it is widely regarded as the "first pointy guitar." The original guitar had been kept at the Rhoads family music school since his death, and they say it had not been out of the case in over 20 years.
Randy's original guitar was built in 1980 by Tim Wilson and Mike Shannon. Shannon is still with Jackson today and he'll personally build the extremely limited run of 60 guitars.
Suggested Retail Price for the guitar: $12,619.56 (in honor of Randy's birthday: December 6, 1956)
In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.
We had a great NAMM in January and now it's time to kick off 2010. We will be releasing my new CD Light this month and we have lots of stuff coming up. Here we go:Feb 1st: Appearance on VM Underground Radio at 8:30pm (PST). I will be chatting about my show with Dilana on Feb 5th and the Japanese shows in March. (www.v-m-u.com).
Feb 5th: I playing with Dilana from Rockstar Super Nova at the Roxy.
Feb 27th: My band and I will be playing at Cozyís in Sherman Oaks (14058 Ventura Blvd) for a Haitian Relief Concert. There will be killer bands, the most amazing collection of paintings, photographs and music Instruments for the silent auction, and an awesome raffle with all kinds of enticing goodies. Every cent goes to the Red Cross, Unicef and Doctors Without Borders.
March 17th-19th: I play the Randy Rhoads Tribute Concerts in Japan. I will be performing with Kelle Rhoads and Kelly Garni at 3 shows in Osaka, Tokyo, and Nogaya. On top of the shows, we will be doing a ton of press and a couple Japanese TV appearances as well during the week we are in Japan.
March 21st: My band and I will be returning to play the LA Marathon again. We will be performing on the stage at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd. during the race. It all starts at 7:30am.
June 18th-20th: Summer NAMM in Nashville. I will be back to play summer NAMM again for Brace Digital Wireless as well as a few other of my sponsors. I always have a blast in Nashville and we have some big stuff planned this year. Stay tuned!
On top of all this, we will be adding more shows and clinics along the way.... Stay tuned!!!!
Kelle Rhoads, Kelly Garni and I will be joining forces again to play 3 Randy Rhoads Tribute Concerts in Japan on March 17-19th 2010. The shows will be in Osaka, Tokyo and Nogaya. Kelle Rhoads, the brother of Randy, will be handling vocals for the shows. Kelly Garni, the original Quiet Riot bassist, played alongside Randy in the band and was a close friend of both Randy and Kelle. I was invited by Kelle Rhoads to play guitar with the guys at a recent Randy Rhoads event and we hit if off so well at the show that we decided to do it again in Japan. The project is billed as "A Tribute to Randy Rhoads project" featuring Kelle Rhoads, Kelly Garni and myself. We will be in Japan for a week and will be doing a bunch of signing events as well as press the entire time.
Here's a video from the All Star Jam at Howl at the Moon in Universal City. The event was for my good friend Kruzing Kenny's B-Day. The song's a little rough but fun. The crowd did dig it. I usually don't do jams but I had a blast at the show. Now if they can just get rid of those horrible pianos...... LOL... Video is shot by Kenny.....
It's been a crazy week. I did a week at NAMM. I got a lot done and locked in several new endorsements. (Stay tuned.) I played the NAMM stage in the Hilton on Friday night with my band. My good friend Gary Hoey joined us on stage and it was a blast trading licks with him. We definitely have to do it again soon. (Maybe at Summer NAMM???) It was also cool to meet Victor Wooten. We're both Essential Sound Product endorsers and so we got to meet at the booth. He even told me he dug my playing, which is a huge compliment coming from such a great artist such as himself. It was a very hard show, but I survived and met so many cool people and attended some great after parties. On Saturday night, I was hanging with Brad Gillis in a kitchen talking gear. He's a very cool guy and a player I look up to. On Monday, I came home and found out that I will be doing some clinics all over the U.S. in the near future for a few of my sponsors. On Monday night, I then did the Metal Zone Radio show and had a blast. I will also be going to Japan in March to play 3 Randy Rhoads tribute shows with Kelle Rhoads and Kelly Garnie. On top of that, I will be playing the Roxy on Feb 5th with Dilana and I also just signed on to do Summer NAMM again in June. It's going to be a crazy next few months. Oh yeah, my new CD Light is done and will be out in March.
It was a crazy day at the show. My highlight was Victor Wooten telling me he liked my playing today at my demo at Essential Sound Products. I signed a new endorsement. (Stay tuned...) I got a chance to have lunch with my great friend Gerry. I also saw so many friends and met many cool people. I have some cool meetings lined up tomorrow and we play the Hilton stage at 7:30pm (Jan 15th). My good friend Gary Hoey will be jamming with us. Come on down if you can. The show is free and open to the public.
I'm proud to say that my new CD Light is finally done. We finished mixing a couple days ago. Jim Deccico mixed and mastered the CD at his studio Pyram Axis Digital. The tracks sound great. It was definitely an adventure making the CD. My guys played great on it and I used so much gear on this CD. Definitely more than I have ever used on a CD ever. I used so many guitars and was pulling guitars out of storage that I hadn't used in 20 years. Among the guitars I used were axes by Greg Back, Tipton, Kramer, Charvel, Gibson (my Les Paul rules!!), Fender, Boulder Creek (the main acoustic I used on the entire CD), Italia, Tennessee, Floyd Rose, and many more. I think I used at least 20 different guitars on the project and almost all my pedals at one point or another. I also used my cool custom VL Effects booster on a lot of tracks. As for amps, it was almost all Laney for all the high gain stuff (I used my vintage hot rodded AOR anniversary head along with my VH-100R and GH-100 Heads.) and my vintage Fender Vibro Champ for the clean sounds. It was a hard CD to make but we're now done. I hope to have the CD out in late-January.
Here's a little snippet of footage from Rhoadsfest:
It's been crazy lately mixing the new CD and getting ready for Christmas. I had a blast this morning taping an interview for the Hard Rocks Night Radio Show. The show will air on January 1st, 2010. I'm also excited about my new custom made JT Guitars Randy Rhoads V that's being made for me for NAMM. I will be using it at all my demos during the show. I'll be doing lots of press in the next few weeks for my new CD that will be out in January.
See you at NAMM...
It was real honor to play at Rhoadsfest this weekend. To top it off, it was on Randy's B-Day. The adventure began when we arrived at soundcheck at 3pm and then found out that we weren't soundchecking until 4pm. I used the time to have Karen shoot some pics of me with my new BSH Pedal board and with my Les Paul behind the club. We got some great shots but it ws freezing. I then got a call from Kellie Garnie letting me know where he was. (He drove in from Vegas to play with Kelle Rhoads and me when we performed that night.) I chatted with him for a minute and let him talk to Kelle as well. We then went into the club and waited for our chance to soundcheck. It was a great hang while we were waiting and when Michael Angelo arrived. (He was the headliner of the show.) It was great to hang with him and chat a bit. I had so much fun meeting all the other bands on the bill at soundcheck. We finally got to soundcheck and ran through our stuff. It sounded a bit weird on the stage but we had fun. After that myself and my band went to have dinner down the street at the Rainbow. When we came back to the club, there was a nice line to get in the club. (Always great thing.) I chatted with a few fans outside the club and got a few pics with everyone who wanted one with me. We then went in the club and hung in the dressing room. We were sharing our room with Michael so it was a great hang. We had both Kelle R and Kellie G as well as my band, Carmine Appice, and Michael Angelo all hanging in our room. Needless to say, fun was had by all. Michael is a really funny guy and cracking us all up. We even shot a few in the dressing room as well. We then hit the stage and just tore it up. The crowd was great and the sound was much better than soundcheck. At the end of our performance, Kellie G and I traded licks. We then watched Michael's headlining set and he just tore it up. After that I talked with some of the fans and said my goodbyes to everyone and we got out of there. It was a great night and a great honor to be invited by the Rhoads family to perform at the event. Playing with my great friend Kelle Rhoads was so cool.
Well I did have a great Thanksgiving and then the adventure began. I'm no longer working with Nikita Guitars. Definitely for the best... I am currently talking with a few companies as we speak. I'm not in a hurry so we'll see what happens. I am really excited about my new Randy Rhoads V that is being made for me by my high school friend Tim. Hopefully I'll have it by NAMM. I did manage to also get some Christmas shopping in. (I would have never been able to do it without my assistant Karen helping me.) I don't enjoy Christmas shopping.... LOL...... We did do it at night so it wasn't as bad. (Karen actually did her shopping during the day. I wouldn't have survived...LOL...) I did also take care of a few other biz things (Stay tuned for a big announcement) and I worked in my studio a bit. On Sunday, I did the Notes for our Troops Radio show. I called in from the car and was on for an hour. I called as I was en route to rehearsals for Rhoads Fest. After the interview, I rehearsed with everyone for the Rhoads Fest show at a studio in the valley. I had a blast playing with my great friend Kelle Rhoads. It was also great meeting everyone involved in the show. While I was waiting to play, my great friend Al Bane came down to the studio and fitted me on a couple of my custom Shrine stage shirts. Al is altering them for me. Being thin sometimes my clothes don't fit correctly so I have to have them tweaked. Al is a total pro and has made custom clothing for so many major rock stars. He definitely has it down. We also managed to do a little photo shoot in the lobby of the studio before I played. I then played with Kelle. We're going to be playing the classic Quiet Riot song "Back to the Coast". It was a blast running through the song with him. I even brought my old cream Les Paul with me (just like Randy's!!). I also used my BSH pedal board and it rocked. Everyone there was digging it. That night we went to see the Lynch Mob/Dokken show at HOB Disney. what a great show!!! Lynch Mob was amazing!!! George was on fire!!!! The place was packed. I saw so many friends at the show. It was great chatting with everyone. At the end of Dokken's set, the original line-up came out and did a few songs. Definitely a great show and a long weekend. Now I'm back to work on my CD. I'll be finished this week. My whole weekend this week is already booked. Looking forward to playing at Rhoads Fest on Dec 6th!!!!! Rumor has it I might be jamming with my friend Joey and his band this Friday at Boomers in Lakewood. (Stay tuned!!)
P.S. What's up with Tiger?????? At least my weekend wasn't that bad....LOL.....
Doing final over dubs on the new CD. We should be done by this weekend. On a related note, we might be releasing a few live tracks in the near future that were recorded when we played for Nascar at the Copart 300 Race for 1000's of race fans at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Sept 10th. I'm attending the Hollywood Music and Media Awards tonight.... Should be fun.... See you on the Red Carpet...
I'm very proud to be part of the Traveling Guitar Charity alongside some truly amazing guitar players. We will all be playing the beautiful Traveling Guitar hand made by Keith Ballurio at Ballurio Guitars in the next month and we will all be signing the guitar. The guitar will then be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to a great charity.
This ad will be running in the Jan issue of Premier Guitar Magazine.
I will be having a Video Release party on Nov 14th at Dalys Bar in Long Beach. Admission is free. My band and I will be performing at 9:30pm and yes, the Giant Bunnies will be hanging out with everyone. Alexander Sack will also be performing.
My brand new single "Tomorrow is Burning" has been posted on my myspace sites so everyone can hear it. The new video for the song will be released this week as well. The song will be available in November as a digital download only at CD Baby. The full length CD Light that the single is from will be released on NAMM weekend in January 2010.
Well our video shoot on Sunday Morning went great. We had so much fun. Everyone on the shoot was great and you really have to see what the bunnies are doing this time... LOL... We're putting the video out on Halloween. I then went live on KNAC Radio and world premiered my brand new single "Tomorrow is Burning". I had fun at the KNAC studios chatting live on the air with KNAC DJ Craig Williams. We played the song and a few others as well. We also filmed the entire interview. After my appearance we were driving down Melrose and I got hit and ran by another car. The remainder of my night was in a police station in Hollywood. Welcome to my world.... LOL..... No one was hurt and so that's a great thing and my car can be fixed. Today I'm jamming with some big people in Hollywood. (Stay tuned...)
I have finished the mix on my brand new single "Tomorrow is Burning". The mix and mastering of the song was done by Jim Decicco at Jim's Pyram Axis Studios. I will be world premiering the song live on KNAC Radio on Oct 25th when I visit KNAC's Hollywood studios live to appear on the Uncharted Show with KNAC DJ Crazy Craig Williams at 5pm (PST). Tune in if you can... The single and the new video for the song will be released on Halloween 2009!!!
Myself and Jim Decicco finishing up the mix of my new single "Tomorrow is Burning" at Jim's Pyram Axis Studios....
Well it all started when we arrived at Auto Club Speedway at 7:30am for sound check. It was freezing!! I was blowing mist the entire sound check. The crew at Auto Club Speedway is the best and really know their stuff. We were up and ready in no time and ran through a couple of songs. Thankfully it warmed up before we hit the stage and next thing you knew, it was show time. KLOS Radio DJ Uncle Joe Benson introduced us onstage again, which was a real honor. He's such a cool guy and a radio legend here in LA. I even got a picture with him this time. We had a blast playing our set and we were on for more than an hour. The crowd was really into it, which is always a great thing. I used my X2 wireless this time and was running all over the huge stage. We videoed and shot pics of the whole performance as well as recorded it. After our performance, I met a lot of fans and signed a bunch of stuff and we even sold a few CD's as well. I then got to drive a real stock car which was totally a blast!!! I definitely want to do it again soon... LOL... We then went with my friends and hung in the infield of the track at their camp. We had the best time hanging with everyone there. Definitely a great day...
Lots of stuff going on this month. We kick it off by playing the main stage for Nascar's Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct 10th. It's always a blast to play for the Nascar fans. We're so ready to tear it up again. On Oct 11th, I will be calling in live to the Notes from our Troops Radio show to chat live on the air with my pal Sharon Jacobucci (the author of the book "Don't Fear the Meter Maid"). Sharon will be on promoting the release of her new book on the show. (The book features pics of Sharon with several big celebrities on Venice Beach and I'm in it too...) The show goes on at 1pm (PST).... My video for "Permission to Land" is entered in the KLOS radio video contest. Voting starts on Oct 12th and you can view all the videos in the competition then. We really can use everyone's support on this. On October 25th, I will be live in the KNAC Radio studios in Hollywood when I appear on the Uncharted Show with KNAC DJ Crazy Craig Williams to world premiere my brand new single "Tomorrow is Burning" live on the air. I'll be on at 5pm (PST). If you tune in, you'll be able to hear the song a week before its official Oct 31st Halloween release date. I'm very excited about the song and it was mixed and mastered by my great friend Jim Decicco at Pyram Axis Studios. There will also be a cool new video for the single and yes, the giant bunnies will be back... LOL... You'll be seeing the video very soon. My brand new full-length instrumental CD where the single is from will be released in January 2010.
I will be live in KNACís Hollywood studios on Oct 25th at 5pm (PST) when I make an appearance on the Uncharted Show with Crazy Craig Williams to world premiere my brand new single "Tomorrow is Burning" from my upcoming new full-length instrumental CD Light that will be coming out in January 2010. Tune in if you can and be the first to hear the new song a week before itís official Halloween release.
It's been a crazy week getting ready for our show for Nascar next Saturday and getting ready to mix my new single "Tomorrow is Burning". On Thursday after rehearsals during the day, my drummer Charles and I came back to my studio and tracked the outro music for my new video. On top of Charles laying down a great drum track, he also played some great keyboard tracks for the music. Of course I put down a ton of guitars as well. We had a blast in the studio doing the track and after we finished, we watched Captain EO in the studio. We mix tomorrow. Once again as always, Jim Decicco will be mixing the track at his Pyram Axis Studios. Did I mention I also just got a great new BSH diamond plate pedal board and my new custom RN In Tune picks arrived?? I can't say enough great things about the crew at In Tune picks and their great service. I'm honored to be endorsed by them. On top of all that, I attended the LA Amp show today and had a blast. Loni puts on a great show! I saw lots of friends at the event including my buddies Doug Doppler, Greg Back, Kirk Fletcher, and the crew from Premier Guitar Magazine to name a few. I also saw some amazing new gear that I'm very excited about. (Stay tuned...) Next stop Nascar next weekend. We're so ready!!!!
I will be playing the main stage for Nascar on Oct 10th at the Copart 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Come on down if you can...
I just wanted to put all the rumors to rest. I would like to announce that I am no longer working with Tregan guitars. I am proud to say that everything was very amicable and Tony and I are still great friends and plan on hanging out at Winter NAMM. We had a great last couple of years, but it wasn't meant to be. I sincerely wish nothing but the best for Tony and the Tregan Guitar Company. We had many great times working and hanging out together and who knows maybe we'll work together again in the future. I have had a few meetings and we'll see what happens in the coming year. I will be playing a cool new RN guitar made by Nikita Custom Guitars at my Nascar show on October 10th at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
I have been invited to be one of the performing artists in this year's Traveling Guitar event. I will be playing the guitar in November when it get's to California. Here' s a little info on it:
Annually, the Traveling Guitar Project sends two custom-built guitars on a journey from artist to artist, state to state, collecting stage time and autographs. At the end of their journey, the guitars are auctioned with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support music programs. These guitars will now go on the road dressed in the finest D'Addario strings and accessories. Keith Ballurio, founder of the Traveling Guitar, said, "We are thrilled with the addition of D'Addario as a sponsor of the Traveling Guitar. The quality of their products and their company commitment to giving back and supporting charitable projects make them a perfect fit for our organization."
Lots of cool thing happening lately. Plans for the video are going well. (Stay tuned...) We also have a few other big things coming up that I'll be announcing soon. It was great headlining the Vet's 2009 Standdown event yesterday. Alexander Sack and Gary Jibilan also played. It was a great show, but it was so hot!!!!! I'm always up to play for the troops and Vets anytime they'll have me. We'll be playing another event in the very near future for the Vets at the Long Beach facility. I also found out that I'll be back to play another event at Norwalk High School as well in the very near future. On that note, I just attended the Norwalk High Mixer last night and had a blast seeing some of my former class mates. My buddy Jenny did a great job getting the whole event together. We're also playing the main stage again for Nascar Copart 300 Race at the Auto Club Speedway on Oct 10th. Also don't forget that my feature interview in Rock Thiz Magazine comes out in October. It's one of the best interviews I've ever done and I'm on the cover as well. Stay tuned for a couple big announcements soon...
Last night I attended the Steve Vai "Where the Wild Things are" movie premiere charity red carpet event. It really was a great movie and they really went all out. It was all for a great cause to raise money for the Hollywood Arts org ( www.hollywood-arts.org). It's always fun to walk the red carpet and we met so many great people and best of all, they had popcorn for the movie!!!! As for the movie you really have to see it. Man just when you think Steve can't do it any better, he just tops it with something like this. Lots of great shots in the movie and his new band is just amazing. If you're into guitar, you have to see it for sure. Oh yeah once I got home from the event, I practiced for a couple hours... LOL.....
I had a blast being one of the judges for Guitar Center's King of the Blues guitar competition last night at the Guitar Center in Cerritos, CA. The other two judges were Briana Alexis from the band Absinthe and Rich Morales owner of Hot House Studios. Richard and I were judges for the whole competition to the end. It was great to be invited to participate in the event. After the event, we all went out to BJ's and grabbed some drinks and dinner with the winner Sam Hooper and GC's Tyler Lewis. Rumor has it that Richard and I will be also judging the upcoming Guitar Center drum off competition. Stay tuned...
At the GC King of the Bluse semifinals, GC's Tyler Lewis, winner of the semi final Sam and event judges myself, Briana Alexis and
Richard Morales at the Guitar Center in Cerritos, CA 9/10/09
I will be live on VM Underground radio on Sept 7th (www.v-m-u.com) at 8:20pm (PST). I'll be chatting live about my "Permission to Land" video that is in the Rockstar Star 987fm video contest. You can vote for the video once a day @ www.987fm.com until Sept 8th. Tune in to the show if you can....
P.S. Yes, I am playing the Nascar Copart 300 Race at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 10th.....
We are going to let our friends and fans be in my new video that we will be shooting soon. The new video will once again feature the giant bunnies. If you are interested in being in the video, just e-mail us and we'll get back to you. We had a blast making the last video and this one is going to be even crazier for sure...LOL....
Ronny's new BSH custom pedal board....
I had a crazy weekend. I attended by friends cool party on Saturday in the Hollywood Hills. We had a blast and met lots of cool people. On Sunday I attended the Orange County Musicians swapmeet. It was a great event and there was so much cool gear. I got a great Boss Chrous pedal for $20.00. After that I came home, rested for a bit and then went to see George Lynch play at a local club. It was a cool show and I ran into lots of friends. Tonight I did a live interview on VM Underground radio to talk about my video that's in the Star 98.7FM video contest. To vote go to www.987fm.com/pages/rockstar09/page-rockstar09vids.html?page=6. It was a fun interview. I actually called in to do the interview from the Marilyn Manson concert. It was also a great show and I saw lots of friends there too. This week I judge the guitar contest at Guitar Center on Thursday and I play the Blue Cafe on Sunday.
We need everyone's vote to help Ronny's "Permission to Land" video win the Star 98.7FM's video contest. You can vote more than once. To vote go to: www.987fm.com/pages/rockstar09/page-rockstar09vids.html?page=6.
Thanks for your support!!!
I've been doing a lot of press lately. On Thursday I had a blast getting interviewed by Rock Thiz Magazine. It was one of the most fun interviews I've done in years. It's great when the reporter does their home work on you before the interview. I was also just notified that my picture will be featured on the cover of the issue that I'm featured in. (I'll let everyone know when it's coming out when I know.) On August 18th, I went on the air live on the Letters for our Troops USA Radio show. We were on for 90 minutes and talked about the troops and the Vets, what I have coming up, and played lots of my music. I also recorded a B-Day song for one of their loyal listeners for the show that I actually recorded right before we went on and I literally sent it to them 5 minutes before we went on the air. The song was a big hit and it's definitely out there for sure. I have actually posted it with my other songs on the Ronny North US Fans Myspace page. They actually played the song twice in a row because everyone liked it so much. I've also received a bunch of e-mails from people who dug the interview and the song. The best part of the whole thing is that the show is dedicated to the Troops and our Vets. Now back to recording my new CD and I'll also be doing some more press as well.....
Today I tracked even more guitars on songs from my new CD in my studio. I pulled out a few of my old guitars from back in the day to use on the tracks alongside my current gear. After a day of tracking, I took care of a few biz things on the phone and then picked up Karen and went to see my friend John open for Steel Panther at the Key Club. The place was packed (They announced that it was sold out!) and John's band kicked butt. As always Steel Panther were crazy. We caught a few songs and got out of there. It was a fun night. Now back to tracking tomorrow....
It's been a crazy last month so I thought I'd let everyone know what's been goin on. On July 7th, I did a fun guitar clinic at the Rock and Roll Emporium in Huntington Beach. (You can now buy our Satan Kitty T shirts and my CD's and T shirts at the store - www.therockandrollemporium.com. I then attended a cool party at my friends house on July 11th. It was an Alesis reunion event. I used to work for Alesis back in the day... It was great to see all my former workmates. The party went off but we left at 4am and it was still going strong. On July 12th I played the World Famous Baked Potato with my band. We opened for my friend Adrian Galysh and had a great turnout. It was a great pairing and a great night of guitar. I also made a few radio appearances that week and then I was off to play Summer NAMM in Nashville from 7/16-7/19. I landed in Nashville on July 15th in a crazy thunder storm with pink lightning. (Yes pink!!) My good friends Randy and Cindy met me at the airport and we then went to get some dinner and they led me to my hotel. Of course when I pulled up to check in to the hotel I ran into my buddies at Premier Guitar Magazine and of course we had a drink in the hotel bar and before you knew it, we were closing down Broadway Blvd. (The bars close at 3:30 am in Nashville!!) We had a blast but I had to be up at 8am to pick up my assistant Karen at the airport. She couldn't fly in with me as usual and so she had to take a later flight. Well as soon as I layed down it seemed that the phone rang and it was Karen telling me she just landed. I got up, got in the car and picked her up. We then came back to our room. She threw all her stuff on her bed, changed and we were off to get something to eat and to see the people at T-Mobile. (My phone freaked out and lost a lot of my #'s on my flight into Nashville... Don't ask...) The guys at T-Mobile were cool and got my phone working even though I lost a lot of #'s. Karen and I then attended the Artist Relations event at our Hotel and checked out some cool new gear. We were then off to do a little shopping at the Opry Mills Mall. We really didn't find anything this time. (We did get a bunch of stuff last year...) We did get to get some onion rings at the Tony Romas there. (I'm all about the 1/2 loaf of onion rings.) We even saw country star Marty Stuart with his family in the restaurant. That night we attended the NAMM mixer event and went to dinner with a bunch of friends. My buddy K-9 owns a limo company and took us around Nashville in one of the limos. Nothing like doing dinner in a limo. We were in limos so much during the weekend that getting back in my rental car wasn't the same..... LOL.... I had fun playing everyday of NAMM and saw so many friends and met a lot of cool people. I played the show for Chunky Knobs, Spider Energy Drinks, Essential Sound Products, Ti-Sonix, and Tregan Guitars. It was crazy running all over the show and playing for everyone. We also hung with our buddy Jenn all weekend. One of the highlights was seeing Tommy Emmanuel and Muriel Anderson and many other great players play at the Yamaha party at the Ryman Theater. Such a great show. On Sunday morning Karen and I did a photo shoot in downtown Nashville and got some great shots. We did the show and Pete, Karen and I headed off to the airport for our flight home. We were all pretty burnt and slept almost the whole flight. It was so cool to be home. Of course there was a heat wave in LA when we landed. (It was so hot in Nashville!!) The following weekend, I did Comicon in San Diego (We had a blast at the show!!) and then played a show at Club Vodka opening for Bang Tango in Hollywood. It was tough spending the day in San Diego and then doing a show that night but we pulled it off and I had a great show that night and made a lot more fans. We also did a shoot after I got off stage in the backstage area of the club and hung out with all the bands on the bill. It was crazy because I got added to the bill at 11pm the night before. A lot of driving but we survived. I then did a few radio shows that week. I also got a chance to see a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel TV show in Hollywood from the control room of the show. It was definitely cool and everyone on the show was so cool. My buddy John from Sennhieser hooked us up. Last weekend we attended the World Guitar show and had a blast seeing tons of friends and some really cool gear. Larry Briggs puts on a great show for sure. I have a few new cool products coming out including my new Ronny North signature Guitar hero controller faceplate. It looks just like my guitar and even has the N on it. You'll be able to get it on the merch page very soon. Now back to work on the new CD. I'll also be one of the judges at Guitar Center's King of the Blues Guitar competition in August. Yes, I'm also on Twitter and Facebook.....
Tracking guitars today for the new CD. Basically just touching things up from previous sessions. My buddies at Sennhieser got me a cool E-906 mic that I'll be using for the tracking my guitars. All I had to do was put it up against the grill of my cab and I got a great sound asap. So easy... Of course I'm using one of my Laney VH-100R heads with Groove tubes and my signature guitar and my Morley Wah. So far everything is going smooth. Yesterday I ran into a few technical difficulties in my studio but got through it. My plan for today is to do some heavy guitar tracks this afternoon and some acoustic over dubs tonight. I plan to finish my song "Tomorrow is Burning" today as well as a few others. Listening to the basic tracks (we have so many tracked!!), I realized how great my band is. Charles and Bryan are really locked in and solid on all the tracks. It's definitely the next step. I hope to have the CD out before the holidays.
I will be live on the radio on the Rocking Billy Hot Rod and Blues Radio Show WRFN 98.9 FM at 7:00 pm (Pacific). If youíre not in Nashville you can tune in on the internet at www.radiofreenashville.org. I will be calling in live to chat with Dj K-9 about my adventures at 2009 Summer NAMM in Nashville on July 17-19. Iíll also be chatting about attending Comicon in San Diego last Saturday and my gig opening for Bang Tango that night in Hollywood. Tune in if you can.
I'm very excited to announce that we finally have the Ronny North Guitar Hero Faceplates ready to go. It took a while to get it to look right but it now looks just like my signature guitar. Painted Axe really did a great job on it. Stay tuned for some pictures of the face plate soon. You will be able to order them on the merchandise page on this site.
Well after doing Summer NAMM in Nashville, I thought I was going to be off for a couple weeks and was looking forward to attending Comicon today. Well last night I got a call from Joe Sutton when I was out to dinner with my assistant at 10pm. He asked if I would be into playing today at Club Vodka to fill in for a band that cancelled. The headliner was Bang Tango. Club Vodka is at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. I told Joe that I would have to see if my guys could do it and that I was attending Comicon all day today in San Diego. Well it ended up that my guys had other plans since they thought we were going to be off this week. I told Joe that I could do it on my own playing to my backing tracks if he was up for it and he was. The thing was it was going to be tricky to do the show and to attend Comicon. I was up late on Friday night packing everything for the show and for Comicon. Our plan was to get to Comicon when it opened at 9am, see the show, hang with my sponsor Shrine Clothing for a bit at their booth at the show, and then rush back home to play at Club Vodka at 9pm. To do this we had to leave at 6am for San Diego this morning. We actually left on time (at 6:15 am) and got to San Diego in no time, grabbed a bite to eat, found parking relatively quickly and were in the show right when it opened. We had a blast at the show and got some cool stuff. (I got a cool light saber!!!) We even saw Gene Simmons, Oliva Munn from G4 TV, Scott Ian and lots of other stars. We had the best time at the show. We got so many pictures. We also had fun hanging at the Shrine booth with their crew. After seeing everything we decided to cut out a little early and got home in time to hit up GC to get some strap locks for my new V and to grab some dinner at Red Chile (my favorite local mexican resturant). After dinner I checked out my guitars. (I hadn't seen them since I was in Nashville for NAMM last weekend.) I did a quick set up of my new Floyd Rose V and put on the strap locks so I could use it tonight at the show. We left the house in time to make it on time for my performance but hit some major traffic on Hollywood blvd that made us late. We actually got into the club at 10 til 9pm. I set up quickly and the sound man Adam was just so cool. I was ready to go right on time. I brought a very brisk set up and just used their backline with a couple of pedals. (I never do that!!) Since I didn't have my band, I played my set to my backing tracks. Karen was running my Zune with my music and we programed in my set before we left for the club. I kicked my set off with our new song "Tomorrow is Burning" and just kept it going. The crowd was great and I got an killer response and gained lots of new fans. It was a great show and it's always good to play in front of lots of people who dig what you do. After I got off stage, I got to chat with everyone and also took pictures with lots of people. We then decided to do a shoot in the hallway in the back of the club. Karen got some killer shots that we will be using for lots of stuff in the future. I had a great time hanging with all the bands that were playing the show and chatting with them backstage. I made lots of new friends and we had a very funny talk with Chris Holmes (his band Psycho Squad was also playing tonight) and my buddy Al Bane. I also got to chat with Joe Sutton for a bit and I thanked him for inviting me to play the show. It was a great day and we actually survived.....
Well after a long night out hanging with Karen and Jenn in downtown Nashville, Karen and I got up at 7am and shot some new pics around town. We got some great shots that we will be using in the future for some upcoming promo stuff. After that we packed up got ready for the show, checked out of the hotel, and I played one last day at NAMM. I only played at Essential Sound products on Sunday. I had a blast jamming at the booth all day and showing everyone what a difference the ESP cable really makes with your amp. We even got to finally walk the show on Sunday. I saw a few cool things and and had a couple of meetings. We'll be making a few announcements in the near future. It was a fun show and I had fun playing for all my sponsors and everyone in Nashville is so cool. Definitely a great town for sure and it's always fun to visit. Now if they could just make the weather a little more tolerable..... LOL.... We'll be posting tons of pics from the show later this week. I got home last night and had a brand new flying V from Floyd Rose waiting for me in my living room. I can't wait to unpack it and take it for a spin. (After a few North modifications...LOL....) Great to be home. Now if the ringing in my ears would just stop.......
It's cooler today. I played so much today at the show. I am making lots of new fans and meeting lots of cool people. I had some great jams at the Essential Sound Products booth. We Went to the Yamaha Party tonight and saw Tommy Emmanuel and Muriel Anderson and several other great acoustic players at the Ryman. It was so good. Tommy and Muriel killed. After, we did dinner at the Hard Rock and we're currently out drinking. (I'm actually writing this in our bar at the hotel...) I am doing a photo shoot in the morning and then playing the show and flying home. I am definitely looking forward to going home to LA. I am playing at Essential Sound and at Chunky Knobs/Spider Energy tomorrow at the show.
Well it all started when I landed at Nashville airport on Wednesday night in a crazy thunder and lightning storm. (The lightning was pink...) My good friends, Randy and Cindy, met me at the airport and we got some dinner. After dinner they led me to my hotel and I thought I was going to check in and have an early night since I had to pick up my assistant Karen at the airport early the next morning. Well when I pulled up to the hotel in my rental car, the Premier Guitar Magazine crew were standing out front having a smoke. Well before you knew it, we were in the hotel bar having a drink and then went on to hit the bars on Broadway. We ended up closing the bars down at 3:30am. It was a long night but I had a blast hanging with the guys. Before you knew it I had to pick up Karen at the airport at 9am. I brought her back to our hotel, she changed and we attended the Artist Relations event. We then went to Gruhn's guitars and to the Opry Mills Mall. We grabbed some onion rings at the Tony Roma's at the mall and even saw Marty Stuart there while we were eating. We then came back, changed clothes and attended the NAMM mixer. My buddy K-9 hooked us up and took us all out in his limo to dinner. In the car we had Lance, Ed, Nathalie, Jerome, Dan, Karen and myself. Nothing like dinner in a limo... We ate at Merchant's on Broadway and had a blast taking the place over. K-9 totally hooked us up and got us seated instantly. We then came back in the limo and called it an early night since I had to play the next day at the show. The show went great today and all my demo's were a blast. Met lots of new people and made a bunch of new fans. I'm playing every day of the show for Spider Energy, Chunky Knobs, Tregan Guitars, Ti Sonix, and Essential Sound Products. After the show we came back, took a short nap and then attended a NAMM party at a club down the road. It was fun hanging with my friends and catching up with my old friend John who lives here. K-9 again hooked us up and picked us up in the limo to take us to Blackstone's for dinner. It's been a fun show so far and I have 2 more days to go. Did I mention that there was a fire scare at our hotel while we were out tonight and they evacuated the hotel... sorry I missed it... We ended the night in our hotel bar and chatting with friends. We'll be posting lots of pictures from the show soon... If you get to the show come by and say hello.....
P.S. Where's my 3rd Pretzel????
Well it's been a crazy getting ready for Summer NAMM in Nashville. Last week I popped by Shrine and picked up a few things for the show. It's always great hanging at their offices. The whole Shrine crew are the best. I'll be hanging with them at their booth at Comicon next weekend in San Diego. I then went from them to see Greg Back who does all my guitar work for me. We went over my guitars for NAMM and installed a cool Ti Sonix Titanium Floyd nut on my Tregan RN Prototype guitar. (My production model already has a Ti Sonix nut on it.) It's crazy how much difference changing the nut on your guitar makes on the tone. Both guitars sound much better and have a more open sound. I'll actually be playing at the Ti Sonix booth at Summer NAMM later this week. When I got home I had a package waiting for me. Vincent from VL Effects made me a couple cool new overdrive pedals and sent them to me from Paris. Both are very cool and I plan on using them at NAMM. It's really hard to believe that it's already been a year since I was at Summer NAMM the last time. Time really does fly. I then had rehearsals with my guys on Thursday at Hot House studios to go over our set for the Baked Potato. Everything went really smoothly and we were good to go. After practice we went to McDonalds like we always do and made out a set list for the show (that I ended up forgetting the day of the show...). On Saturday I attended a couple of parties. The first one was for a friend of my assistant Karen's. Sad to say it was very boring and we cut out early. We then attended my friend's party that I was invited to. The party was just down the road so it was cool. It was sort of an Alesis reunion of sorts. (I used to work at Alesis back in the day...) It was so great to see all my old workmates again and the party was kicking and Karen was really enjoying the Sangria... My friend has a great house and it even had a cool hill in the back on their property that you could see the whole city from. Needless to say we were at the party until almost 4am and it was still going strong when we left. We were going to do a shoot in the morning but neither Karen or I were in any shape to do it. On Sunday we played the Baked Potato opening for my good friend Adrian Galysh. After dealing with a bit of LA traffic we had a great sound check and decided to all have dinner at Miceli's a couple of blocks from the club. The resturant is a cool Italian place and all the servers sing and take requests. They have a drummer and a piano player backing everyone who sings. It was very entertaining and the food was great. After dinner I rushed back to the club and Karen and I did a shoot in the alley behind the Baked Potato before the sun went down. We then sat in the back alley with my drummer Charles until it was show time. We went on right on time and there was a great crowd for us. (Always a plus..) Lots of my friends came down including my buddy Becki and my great friend Lance from Ti Sonix. We had a blast playing for everyone and had a great set. Thanks to Chuck the soundman at the club. We had a great mix!! We actually shot video of a lot of our set and I'll be posting some footage up on my sites soon. After our set Adrian and his band hit the stage. It was great to see them play and they were so good. It was a great show over all and we all played to a full club which is always a plus. We'll definitely be playing with Adrian again soon. Today I did some running around and went to Draven to get some new clothes and shoes for NAMM. It's crazy that I've been with Draven for over 10 years. I also got a bunch of traveling stuff from Target. Hard to believe that NAMM is this week. I'll also be hanging with my pal McKenna (Aka the Rock Angel) and her family in Nashville and we might even get to jam a bit. (I was told by her father that she has my song Remember down...) I can't wait to see her play it. If she's got it down I might have to get her in my band.... :).. Karen and I are also looking forward to getting some shopping in at the cool Opry Mills Mall and going into Outdoors World... If you haven't been in one you really have to..... Then there's Gruhn Guitars. When you're in Nashville you have to go to Gruhns if you play period. And of course seeing all my friends in Nashville. We'll be hanging with our pal Jenn all week in Nashville so I'm sure we'll get in lots of trouble like always.... LOL.... If you get to the show come by and see me. I'll be playing for my sponsors Spider Energy Drinks, Tregan Guitars, Chunky Knobs, Essential Sound products and Ti Sonix. I'll also be attending both the Artist Relations event on Thursday and the NAMM mixer that night. Hopefully I'll survive...
Well I did the Warren Michael's Radio show on July 2nd. I had fun chatting with Warren on the air and taking a few calls. On July 3rd we played for the Vets on the base in the afternoon and then played the Save Lives Animal Benefit at the Key Club in Hollywood that night. Both shows were fun and were for great causes. On the 4th we attended a cool July 4th party with some friends and I got to hang with my long time friend Weechee who I've known since I was 18. It was cool watching the fireworks with everyone while we were standing on top of a huge RV. Next up I'm playing a guitar clinic at the R&R Emporium in Huntington Beach on July 7th at 7pm. Admission is free. We'll also have a lot of cool Ronny North merch for sale including our very popular Satan Kitty women's T shirts. I will be performing and talking about how to get noticed in the music industry. I will also be talking about how to get endorsements. (I'm currently endorsed by 48 companies!) On July 12th we're playing the world famous Baked Potato in Studio City. We go on at 9pm. We're opening for my good friend Adrian Galysh. July 16th-19th I'm in Nashville for 2009 Summer NAMM. I'll be attending the Artist Relations event on July 16th and then performing everyday of the show for Tregan Guitars, Chunky Knobs, Essential Sound products, Spider Energy Drinks and Ti Sonix.....
Well, my weekend started out on Friday when I took care of some biz during the day including a meeting on the base in Long Beach for the Vets. (We're playing for them next Friday.) That night Karen and I were working on some promo stuff for my website and some upcoming events when we had a whole possum adventure. (More on that later...) Nothing better than dealing with a possum on a Friday night.... LOL... In the end all was well and the possum went on his way. On Saturday I took care of some more biz. (We've received a few offers to play on 4th of July. Stay tuned...) Then we were off to play the Long Beach Metal Jam on Saturday night. We had a blast playing the show and everyone was cool to us and I even got to meet Pro Wrestler Gene Snitsky. We got to chat a bit and he was very cool and we even got a picture together. Don't even get me going on the 710 Fwy issues and detours we had to deal with on the way to the show.... A crazy day but I survived.... This week we play the Vets event on Friday during the day and the Key Club that night for the Animal Benefit Show with Mandy Lion headlining....
It's been really crazy lately on all fronts. On Friday I sat in with the guitar class at Norwalk High School and showed the kids a few things on my Boulder Creek Acoustic. It's always great to hang with the kids and I'm all about getting kids into music. Saturday we had a blast playing the main stage for the Special Olympics Summer Games. It was our 10th consecutive year playing the event. I recently signed on to endorse Essential Sound Products power cords and man, what a difference they make when you use them on your tube amp... My amps sound so much better. I'm so hooked!!! After our performance I had so much fun meeting all the athletes and signing stuff for them and taking pictures with everyone. At this point I'm friends with much of the Special Olympics staff and some of the athletes so it's always great to see my old friends at the event. We have some cool stuff coming up in July. On the 3rd we are playing a very special event for the Vets on the base in Long Beach. On July 7th I'll be doing a very cool Guitar Clinic at the Rock & Roll Emporium in Huntington Beach, Ca. I'll be performing and speaking about the music industry and how to get endorsements. The last event I did there was packed. If you're interested in attending I suggest you call the store and reserve a seat. On a related note, I am also working on a recording project with R&R Emporium co-owner Andrew Kirby. (Stay tuned...) On July 12th my band and I are playing the world famous Baked Potato jazz Club opening for my good friend Adrian Galysh. We hit the stage at 9pm. On July 16th-19th, I'm in Nashville, TN for Summer NAMM. I'm attending the Artist Relations event and then I'll be playing the show every day for Spider Energy, Chunky Knobs, Tregan Guitars, Essential Sound Products, and Ti Sonix. Oh yeah, I'll be doing some press while I'm in Nashville including a live radio appearance. After NAMM there's our upcoming tour in August. Stay tuned.....
I had a blast doing the Warren Michaels radio show last night. I was on for an hour. Today I sat in with the guitar class at Norwalk High School and showed the kids a few things with my Boulder Creek Acoustic. It was fun. Tomorrow we play the Special Olympics Summer Games at Cal State Long Beach at 3pm. Admission is free. Come down if you can...
As always my life is an adventure.... The last couple weeks have been nuts.... I survived my B-Day on May 28th... On May 29th Karen and I saw Butch Walker play at the El Rey theater. It was an amazing show as it always is everytime we see him play. If you're not into the Butch, you really should check out his stuff. He's a great artist for sure. We saw a few friends at the show and even saw Matthew McConahey there as well. We played the LA Marathon on May 25th and had a blast playing for the runners and the spectators. Last weekend I filled in on guitar at a private event with my buddies in Absinthe and had a blast. Lately I've been dealing with a lot of biz stuff and have signed on new endorsements with Spider Energy Drinks, Chunky Knobs, Big Bends Nut Sauce and Essential Sound Products power cables. I will be playing for all 3 and at Tregan guitars at Summer NAMM in July in Nashville. We'll also be playing the Special Olympics Summer Games on June 13th. We're playing a special event for the Vets on July 3rd and the World Famous Baked Potato on July 12th opening for my good friend Adrian Galysh. Then I'm off to play Summer NAMM. Looks like we will be doing short tours in America and Canada as well this summer and I'll be playing some clinics as well. I've also been bombarded with requests for radio and magazine interviews and I'll be doing them all. (You thought I wouldn't????) I just did a cool interview live on the air in Nashville 89.9 FM last week. Have a few big things coming up.. stay tuned........ Oh yeah the new CD will be out this summer for sure.......
Ronny will be calling in live to the Rocking Billy Hot Rod and Blues Radio Show 98.9 FM in Nashville or log in on your computer at www.radiofreenashville.org tonight at 8:30pm (central time), 6:30 (Pacific). You can even call in live to the show and ask Ronny questions on the air (615-662-8229 press option 1). They will be playing Ronnyís music and chatting on the air about what heís got coming up and his upcoming appearance at Summer NAMM in Nashville in July.....
Ronny will be live on the Radio Free Nashville Radio Show (www.radiofreenashville.org) tonight at 6:30pm (PST). He'll be chatting live on the air with DJ K-9 about his music and performing at Summer NAMM in Nashville in July. Tune in if you can....
Well today we played the LA Marathon. It all started when we all met up at 6:30am to get to our stage to set up. When we arrived Briana was already there as was the soundman Alfred who was a very cool guy. We re-arranged the stage set up a bit and got all the gear up in no time. Absinthe was also playing on our stage so we decided it would be easier for them to just use our gear. They went on first and tore it up playing a few new songs as well. They were playing when the first runners went by our stage. After their set we quickly kicked off our set and played until the end. We had a blast playing the event and we even had my buddy Pete from Spider Energy Drinks out to support us as well so we had the big Spider banner up behind us. (Yes I'm now a Spider Energy Artist!!) Stay tuned for more info on that soon. We will be doing some really cool stuff with Spider this summer. It was so cool to play for all the runners and the crowd. It was also great working with our sound guy Alfred that really had it together. It was a great event and we survived. After we packed up Pete took Karen and I to lunch at Jerry's Deli down the street. At lunch Pete told us a great story that happened the last time he was there eating when he bumped heads with actress Salma Hayek. Unfortunately we didn't see Salma this time... (Damn!!) We had a great lunch, talked a little biz and I came home and crashed. Definitely a long day and a fun way to spend Memorial Day entertaining all the runners....
It's been a crazy week again. Yesterday I did the Letter from the Troops Radio show and had a blast on the show for two hours taking calls. The show is all about the troops and their families and show hosts Warren and Jamie are the best. It was a great appearance. I did the entire interview from the car while I was in traffic on the 5 fwy on the way to Hollywood. I then went to see my great friends Absinthe rehearse in Hollywood. It was great watching them gear up for their shows this weekend and it's always a blast to hang with Briana and the gang. Today I had a great meeting with my sponsor Lance from TiSonix. We had a great lunch at Gilberts and Lance hooked me up with a cool new TiSonix Floyd nut for my main Treagn RN guitar. I already installed it and will be using it at my show on Monday at the LA Marathon. Tonight I attended a clinic from my friend Mickey Shuman at the LA Recording Academy. It was a cool event and it was packed. After we hung with Mickey and John from the school and then Karen and I went to dinner.
I'll be live on the air on the Letters from Our Troops radio Show (www.lettersfromourtroops.org) tonight at 6pm (Pacific). You can also call in to the show and ask me questions live. Tune in if you can. Rumor has it that my buddy Sharon Jacobucci might call in to the show tonight as well. I'm featured in her new book "Don't fear the Meter Maid' that will be coming out early next year. Robert from Metallica is also featured in the book.
I had a very interesting weekend. It all started on Friday morning when I had a great meeting with my buddy and my assistant Karen about some biz stuff. After the meeting Karen and I met her friend at the movies to see the new Angels and Demons movie. (It was very good.) We then grabbed some dinner and I came home and worked on my Les Paul. On Friday I got a few packages in the mail including my new Tonepros aluminum tail piece for my LP. (Thanks Dwight for getting it to me so quickly.) While I was changing the tail piece, I changed the strings (I also got a shipment of SIT strings on Friday) and I even cleaned off my fingerboard. (It had years of gook on it...) I used my Guitar Force fret board cleaner and cleaned my fingerboard off in nothing flat. (The stuff works great!!) My guitar is now rocking better than ever and sounds great with the new Tonepros tail piece. (It also has a Tonepros bridge as well.) I've really been getting into my Les Paul again lately. I still dig my signature guitar but it's been fun playing my old guitar again. (I've had my LP forever...) On Saturday I got some practice in and then went with Karen to a party at the Cat and Fiddle on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood that her former workmates were throwing. Karen had a blast seeing all her old friends and I sat in a booth while Karen worked the room catching up with all her friends and took care of a lot of biz on my Black Berry while I was there, including calling with my pal Sharon in New York about the details for my photo shoot for her book on Tuesday on Venice Beach. I will be featured in her book called "Don't Fear the Meter Maid". The book already has a publishing deal and will come out early next year and will be avaialble at all book stores. Sharon has been a meter maid in Venice Beach forever and she knows everyone on the beach. The book features pictures of Sharon and lots of Venice Beach celebs including lots of movie stars and even Robert Trujillo from Metallica. It's very cool that she has invited me to be shot for the book. After the party we went to Amoeba Records down the street (the greatest record store ever!!). We looked around for a bit and I even got a cool Billy Sheehan bass instructional DVD for $5.00!!! I've been brushing up on my bass chops lately. On Sunday Karen and I hit up the swapmeet and found a few cool things and then attended my pal Megan's wedding reception later that day. Megan and her new husband Devin are my great friends. They are expecting a child this fall and I'm very happy for them. I've already been asked by the proud parents to give their new child guitar lessons when the time is right... I'll have the kid shredding in no time...... The party was a blast and Karen and I had a blast hanging with all their friends and family. (Everyone was so cool!!) The party was in the middle of a hall with a bunch of cool classic cars that were just amazing to look at. 0 (Karen and I got a chance to check most of them out...) We even got a cool golf cart ride as well around the lot. Definitely a great party.... After the party Karen and I decided to have dinner at Disneyland. Since the party was in the OC Disney was on the way home and so it worked out great. We quickly arrived at Disney and had some dinner. The park was actually not that crowded and so it was cool. After we ate we cruised around the park a bit and decided to go on the River Boat ride. After we did that, we went on the Pirates of the Carribbean. Once we boarded the ride, we got going and then the ride stopped because we had a 5.0 earthquake while we were on the ride. After being stuck in our boat for 15 minutes, they got the ride going again and we went through the whole ride and unboarded. Apparrently after big earthquakes, Disney shuts the all the rides down for an hour for inspection to make sure everything is still safe. We were done anyway and so we checked out the Nightmare Before Christmas store and answered all our texts from friends e-mailing us about the quake and if we were ok. After that we decided to call it a night. That was my weekend. I also just found out I was recently featured in Muen Magazine in a featured interview. The magazine is a cool rock magazine so that was cool. Metal Mike from the magazine did a great interview with me a while back so it's great that it came out. I do so much press that I sometimes loose track of stuff that I've done... LOL... It's great to be in Muen Magazine. When I get a copy of it, we will be posting the interview up on all my pages. This week is already looking to be crazy as well. Stay tuned!!!!
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Been working on a bunch of stuff. I will be calling into the VM Underground Radio show tonight (www.v-m-u.com). As always I'm sure I'll get in trouble... LOL.... I have a few other things brewing and I'm attending my buddy Megan's wedding recption this weekend which should be fun. I've also been doing some recording as well. Next week I'm doing a shoot for my friend Sharon's book (tentatively titled "Don't be afraid of the meter maid"). Sharon is definitely the queen of the parking meters on Venice Beach. She's been doing it forever and is friends with everyone. The book features pictures of Sharon and all her friends that she's met in Venice Beach. Lots of famous people (lots of movie stars and regular people as well) in the book including Robert Trujillo (Metallica). There is already a publishing deal for the book so it will be available everywhere. We're shooting on the beach in Venice with my Tregan RN guitar. It'll be cool to be in the book with all the famous people. I'll keep everyone updated on when the book comes out. I'll also be announcing a few new endorsements in the very near future. We also just shot some pictures for Graphtech that you will be seeing in some of their promotional stuff in the near future. I've been a long time Graphtech endorser since the 90's.
I had a great meeting in Venice Beach, took care of some biz on the phone on the way home in traffic, and then I did a really cool radio interview at midnight on the Bella and Boone radio show. The show is for the troops and we were on for over 2 hours and talked about everything and they played a bunch of my music. Bella and Boone were great and they have already invited me back on for another appearance.
Well today was the benefit show at New River Elementary. I actually graduated from that school... We had the best time playing the event and it was all to raise money for the Music Program for the school district. Everyone was so great and I had a blast meeting all the kids and signing tons of promo pictures. Principal (Mrs Centeno) was great and I was honored to be invited to headline the event. My parents and my brother Steven and my sister Jennifer even came down. (They still live across the street from the school...) My great friend Billy Moses from the Infectious Radio Show came down as well. We even managed to finish before the rain started. It was a great night and I signed so many autographs and took so many pictures with everyone and enjoyed every minute of it. We even did a quick shoot on the jungle gym before we played. Next stop we play the LA Marathon on May 25th. Might be doing some shows in Canada very soon... Stay tuned..... World famous strip clubs.... Need I say more????????
Well it's been a crazy week so far. On Tuesday my assistant Karen and I went bowling and I called in live to VM Underground Radio and talked about what I have going on lately. On Wednesday my buddy/sponsor Ed from Chunky Knobs came into town this week so we've been having a blast hanging out. We hit the Rainbow Bar and Grill on that night and had a blast as well as a few too many drinks... LOL..... Yesterday I had a very hectic day. It all started out with rehearsals at 10am with my band. I then did a quick call in to KUCI Radio and went live on the air to push the charity show I'm playing tonight. After my 10 minutes on the air, we resumed practice and then I went to lunch with my bassist Bryan. We always go to the same McDonalds by the Hot House Studios. When I went to order my lunch the girl behind the counter told me my order before I said a word. We really need to start eating at other places.... LOL..... After lunch I rushed back and visited the GM service center. My AC was having an issue and they always hook me up. Well the car needs a new AC fan that is being fixed as we speak. I came home changed and was off to Hollywood for a photo shoot with Ed for Chunky Knobs in Hollywood. While in traffic I took care of some biz calls on the way to pick up my assistant Karen for the shoot. After getting Karen we picked up Ed at his Hotel and we were off. Of course when we got to Hollywood Blvd it was closed for a movie premiere. (They were doing the premiere for Star Trek. We had no idea....) On that note, Ed and I saw Samuel L Jackson walk past us while we were waiting for Karen to buy something in the Virgin store after the shoot. We got some great shots that you will be seeing soon in upcoming Chunky Knobs promo stuff. After the shoot we went to Benihana's for dinner. It was so good and my great friend Pete met us at the resturant. We had a great dinner. (As you know it's my favorite place to eat...) Of course we had Sushi..... (I love Sushi!!!!) After dinner we all joined Pete for a private event at the Key Club for the Music Saves Lives Foundation. We had a great time and we got to hang in the VIP section the whole night. After that we joined Ed and his fiance' Nathalie for a drink at their hotel. It's been a crazy week and tonight I headline the Benefit for the Music Program for the Norwalk Unified School District at New River Elementary in Norwak. This is a great event to raise money to keep the kids playing music. It starts at 6pm and admission is free.
I am the featured Morley artist of the Month for April 2009 on the Morley website (www.morleypedals.com). I am a long time Morley endorser and am honored to be featured on the site. I have been using Morley Wah's since the beginning and I am really digging my new Morley Lynch Dragon 2 Wah these days. I am also featured on the Graphtech (www.graphtech.com) website on their artist page. I have also been a Graphtech endorser for over 10 years and use several of their products including their cool new Ghost Floyd bridge with Piezo's for getting acoustic guitar sounds out of your standard electric guitar. Check out both these great sites if you get a chance....
I had a blast doing my 3 Radio interviews this week. On Monday I went on the Flashrock Radio Show. On Tuesday at 6:20pm I was on the Letters from our Troops Radio Show (www.lettersfromourtroops.org). The show is dedicated to the troops and vets that have or are serving in our armed forces. I was on for 40 minutes and had the best time chatting with show hosts Warren and Jamie. It was a fun appearance and they tell me the show was quite popular with their listeners. After that show I went on live on the Infectious Radio Show at 8pm and went on for a few minutes and talked about what I had coming up. It was a crazy week. I have already been invited back to appear on the Letters from Our Troops Show on May 19th. I will be on the whole show and will be taking calls live on the air and hopefully get to speak to a few troops during the show. As you know I'm all about supporting our troops and Vets. On that note, yes it's true I will be playing on 9/11 for the troops in San Diego. Stay tuned for more info.
I will be doing two radio shows tonight that I thought I should tell you all about. Before I get into it I'd like to talk about my interview last night on Flashrock Radio that a few of you have e-mailed me about. I went on live last night on the Flashrock Radio Show (www.flashrock.com). Right before we went on, they told me that Jackie their dog and the official mascot of the studio had passed away on Sunday night. Needless to say I was crushed and had to compose myself for what I planned to be a fun interview. Once we went on the air I talked about Jackie and how cool of a dog she was and that how she really did touch all of the lives of anyone who has been to the Flashrock studios. It really is a great loss but we do have to believe that she is now in a better place. Our pets are really like our kids sometimes and Jackie was a very special dog with a personality all her own. R.I.P. Jackie!!!! My deepest condolences to the whole Flashrock crew. On a more upbeat note, I will be calling in live tonight at 6:15pm (PST) to the Letters from our Troops Radio show (www.lettersfromourtroops.org). We'll be chatting live on the air about the troops and the events I have done for them and events I have coming up. It will be a great show and you really do need to tune in if you can. At 8pm (PST) tonight, I will be calling into Infectious Radio (www.infectiousradio.com) and my long time friend Infectious Radio DJ Billy Moses. The show is a long time supporter of my music and it's always great going on the show. We'll be playing some of my music and we'll be chatting about all the cool stuff I have coming up. Tune in to the shows if you can.
Well we had a eventful day today. It all started out when I did my clinic for my sponsor Morley Pedals at the Guitar Center in Pasadena. We had a great turnout and I had a blast playing it and meeting everyone. I also got to take my new Morley Lynch Dragon 2 Wah for test spin at the clinic. It's a great pedal. I plan on using it all the time now. It's got some great features and it sounds great. We gave away a bunch of stuff including a cool Morley pedal. I even brought my old Les Paul out for a few songs. It was cool to play it again live. Of course I rocked my Tregan RN signature guitars as well and even let a few players in the crowd try it out after the clinic so they could tell me what they thought. (Everyone dug it.) I hung around a bit and talked with everyone and signed a few promo pictures. Everyone at GC was great and the whole event went very smoothly without a hitch. After we left GC Karen and I popped by Rock-a-Way Records for their big sale and we got a few things. On the way home I had an idea to shoot some pictures in the industrial area in LA. We were in a very bad part of town and it was getting dark but we got some great shots while they were filming a movie on the bridge right behind us. I even climbed onto a train for a few shots. (The last time I did that over 10 years ago the train actually started moving while we were shooting...) It was definitely a challenge jumping off a moving train with my Les Paul on... LOL..... Karen really got some really cool shots...
I will be doing another cool clinic for my sponsor Morley Products. On that note, I am also the Morley artist of the month for April 2009 (www.morleypedals.com). The event will kick off at 2pm at the Guitar Center in Pasadena. I will also be giving away some cool stuff as well. Oh yeah, I'll be using my new Morley Lynch Dragon 2 Wah at the event and might even do a few songs with my old Les Paul that I've recently started using again. (It really is a fun guitar to play...) Of course, I'll be using my Tregan Ronny North signature guitars as well. Come down if you can...
Well I had a fun interesting Easter. It kicked off when I went to the swap meet with my assistant Karen in the morning. Karen then ditched me to do the Easter thing with her family like she always does every year. I then got to work with Caroline and Briana in my recording studio on a new Absinthe track. We had a blast doing the demo and it was really great to work with them in my studio. We were working on their new song "2000 Miles Away". Definitely a great rocking track and Caroline really put some cool vocals on it. I hope I get to produce the real version of the song for their upcoming new CD. It's always easy to work on stuff with talented people who know what they're doing. Maybe they'll play the song at their upcoming Cat Club show.....
Well today was Ronny North Day at Norwalk High School. My day started this morning when I got up at 6:00am. (Ouch...) I then got a call from the Fox 11 News producer telling me that they were going to have their News copter (with Rick Dickert) fly over the school for my day and have us wave to it at 8am. This was really cool because I watch them everyday. Well my assistant Karen came over shortly after and helped me get ready. I had to be at the school at 7:45am to do the first guitar class at 8am. Well once I got the call from Fox News I dropped NHS Principle Dina Wilson a call to see if it would be cool to get the guitar class students in front of the school for the News Copter Fly by at 8am. She said it was cool. Well as always I was running late and we arrived at the school at 7:55am. We quickly parked my car in front of the school right as the kids were coming out in front of the school by the High School sign (that had my name on it). As soon as we all got in front of the sign the Fox producer called me on my cell and said that the helicopter would be there in a second. Well next thing you know we have the chopper hovering right above us in front of the sign and we all waved at them for a few minutes while they shot us on camera.They then talked about me and my day on the air on Fox News. They then came in low and circled us for a minute and took off. It was a great thing and it aired on Fox 11 News today at 10am. I taped it and we will be posting the footage up on this site soon. It was so great that they came by and it was very exciting for sure. After that I sat in with the guitar class at the school and showed the students a few things and Briana even gave them a brief music theory lesson. The kids were great and I finished off my time in the class fielding a few questions and showing them some cool guitar tricks and signing stuff for them. We then had an hour before I was scheduled to speak in the school's career center about the music biz. Karen, Briana and I decided to grab a quick bite at Jack in the Box down the street (where I used to go when I was in school there). We grabbed a quick bite and got back just in time for me to speak in the career center for the students. We had a great time and I told them about some of my adventures in the biz and how it can be a great thing to be a musician. After my talk my guys arrived and we got set up for our performance for the students. We had a blast playing for everyone and the kids dug it. My guys rocked it. After our performance I signed a ton of my promo pictures for everyone and answered questions. We then packed up the gear and I sat in the 1:30pm guitar class. The kids were great and we had a blast hanging out and I showed them a few things and at the end a few of the kids jammed a cool Metallica song for everyone. When class was over, I signed pictures for everyone who wanted one and answered questions and showed them a few more things. It was a great day and everyone at the school was so great to us. (I wish all the teachers and the principle were as cool as the ones at the school now when I was a student way back when...) It was an honor to be invited to have my own day at Norwalk High School. I really want to thank NHS Principle Dina Wilson for making it happen. It was a great day.
Ronny is very excited to announce a new endorsement with My Carpal Tunnel.com. Like many guitarist every once in a while Ronny gets sore
wrists from playing too much. The Carpal Solution from the company is a revolutionary cool brace that you wear at night to help cure the soreness
that many players endure. Like most players with soreness Ronny has tried everything with little or no luck. This is a truly great product that every
serious player should try.....
On Saturday we played the 4th annual Inglewood Games Skateboard Contest. It was a really great event that benefits the Inglewood youth. You know I'm always up to help charities that help the kids so we were totally up for it when I was invited to play the event. We arrived at Darby Park to play and the place was packed. Everyone was so cool to us and Josh from Swing House Studios totally hooked us up on our sound since he was our sound guy. We had the best time playing for everyone and they totally were into in (always a good thing). After we played I hung out and signed tons of stuff for the kids and got to meet everyone and take pictures with everyone that wanted one with me. I even got to check out some of the skaters doing their thing. To top it all off, I was presented with a very cool guitar figurine and a games medal from Bob and Bryan from the games. I was so honored that they presented the award to me. I'm putting it in my recording studio so I see it everytime I'm working on my music. I'd also like to thank Heidi from Darby Park for being so cool to us. Everyone was so great to work with and best of all it was all for the kids. I hope we get invited to play again next year...
I have a few things coming up that I want to let everyone know about. This Saturday April 4th we're playing the Inglewood Games Skate Contest at Darby Park in Inglewood, CA. It's an all day event and we play at 3pm. That night I will be attending the Champagne the Pain Red Carpet Event at the Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood. On April 7th I will be playing Ronny North Day at Norwalk High School (my old school...). I will be sitting in with both the guitar classes that day and then my band will be performing for the entire student body. I was recently "Principle of the Day" at the school a couple weeks ago. I had a blast. On April 18th I'm doing another clinic for my sponsor Morley Pedals at the Guitar Center in Pasadena. Admission is free and I'll be giving away some cool free Morley gear. Hope to see you at our shows and stay tuned for some more cool stuff we have coming up....
Well today was the big day for me. I got to be "Principle for the Day" today at my old High School (Norwalk High). I was invited by the very cool current NHS principle Dina Wilson. Well I arrived at 9am and was immediately taken into a teacher/student meeting in the caffeteria. It was very enlightening to listen to the students and the teachers discuss openly what methods of teaching might work better for the student body. They even discussed how new technology can actually help with the learning process if done correctly. Very cool stuff and a great teaching staff for sure. (The teachers weren't that cool when I was in school...) Principle Dina was great to hang with at the school and everyone was so cool as were the students I got to meet. At 11am we went to the school district office for another meeting with Principle Dina and a few of her teachers. It was a cool meeting and then we attended a luncheon there at the district office. The Luncheon was for all the Principles in the school district and their respective Principle's of the Day. It was great to meet everyone and to hear everyone speak. I even said a few words. I had a great time at the event and I feel very honored to be invited to be the "Principle of the Day". On April 7th the school will be having Ronny North Day. We will be performing at the school and I will be sitting in on both guitar classes at the school.
Yes it's true. I have been invited to be "Principle for the Day" at Norwalk High School on March 24th. Should be a fun day for sure. On April 7th, the school will be having Ronny North Day. My band and I will be performing for the entire student body and I will be sitting in on both guitar classes at the school.
On Thursday, we had a blast playing the Cat Club with Absinthe opening for Dizzy Reed's Star Fuckers. Great crowd, fun club. On Saturday morning, we did a shoot at my old High School which actually went very well and we got some great shots. High School principle Dina was cool enough to have my name put up on the High School marquee for the shoot. Rumor has it I might be doing an event at the school before I leave for my tour. Next stop we play the Whisky a Go Go tomorrow in Hollywood at 10pm with Absinthe going on before us at 9pm. Should be a great show. Then we play the So Cal Rock Fest on March 7th. Absinthe plays at 7pm, we play at 7:30pm, and Xno plays at 8pm. It's an all day Festival at Club Sachi's in Long Beach with a ton of bands playing. It's an all ages show.
Yes, it's true. I will be one of the headliners on the Glasstones Guitar Revolution Festival this summer. Here's the first few dates of the tour. We will be adding lots more soon as well as the info on the other acts on the bill. It's going to be big I can assure you. I already know but can't say yet. When I can tell you guys, I will... Stay tuned!!!!
Here's the dates:
May 1 2009 3:00P
Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Macon, Georgia
May 2 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Macon, Georgia
May 8 2009 3:00P Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Saint Petersburg, Florida
May 9 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Saint Petersburg, Florida
May 15 2009 3:00P Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Gainesville, Florida
May 16 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Gainesville, Florida
May 22 2009 3:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Miami, Florida
May 23 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Miami, Florida
May 29 2009 3:00P Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Orlando, Florida
May 30 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Orlando, Florida
Jun 5 2009 3:00P Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Jackson, Mississippi
Jun 6 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Jackson, Mississippi
Jun 12 2009 3:00P Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Jun 13 2009 10:00A Guitar Revolution Tour Festival Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Well, so many great things have been happening that I don't know where to start. We had the best time playing at the Nascar Double Header Race on Feb 21st. We played the main stage and had a blast. The Nascar people treated us so great. We played to a ton of fans and I signed autographs after our performance for over an hour. (Cool!!) We even got to watch some of the race which was so cool. Man, those cars go so fast... It was the coolest thing. Briana even made a few new fans as well. That night we attended my buddy Sean Crosby's party and had a blast hanging with everyone. On Monday night, I called in to the Flash Rock Radio Show and talked about the 3 shows we're playing with Absinthe this week. I have some very big announcements coming really soon. It's going to be a great summer!!!!!! Stay tuned!!!!!!!
Ronny and his band will be rocking the main stage at 2pm for the Nascar Double Header Race in Fontana this Saturday. Yes, Briana Alexis from the all girl band Absinthe will be rocking with them on second guitar with her cool Gibson SG. They're saying that there will be at least 20,000 fans in attendance and it will be nationally televised.
I thought I'd reflect on my past year today on Valentine's Day. In 2008 I had some major highs and lows in both my personal and professional life. Through it all even at my lowest points, I was still amazed that even on a bad day, that I could get in my car to drive somewhere and turn on my XM Radio or a CD and hear a great song that would totally turn my day around. I was in a much better mood in nothing flat. It's a great thing how great music can really pump you up. That's the reason I became a musician in the first place. I truly believe that music is a very powerful force in our lives. After surviving 2008, my 2009 is looking to be my best year ever in my career. I have a great band in Bryan Talbot and Charles Wiley (with a little help from Briana Alexis on second guitar every now and then). I could also have never done any of it without my assistant Karen period. Plain and simple, I'd be dead without her. Also my manager Annie Miller has been a great force in getting me out there. I have also made some great new friends. We will be doing some very big things including embarking on the biggest tour that I have ever done in April on the beautiful new Glasstone Prevost tour bus. I will also be playing the Special Olympics Summer Games for the 10th consecutive year on June 14th at Cal State Long Beach. I feel truly blessed that I have the support of all my sponsors (Having my own signature guitar doesn't suck for sure... LOL...) and I am able to live my dream as a professional guitarist and help people and charities in need with my music. Ever since I got my first KISS record for Christmas when I was 13, I knew what I was born to do. It's still a thrill to look down at my fret board on my guitar while I'm playing and seeing my name on the finger board at the 12 fret. See you all on the road in 2009!!!!!
Here's our bus for the 2009 tour!!! We'll be adding more dates as we lock them in. See you on the road.....
Ronny has done a brand new interview with Metal Monthly. You can check it out at www.metalmonthly.com. Omar from the magazine did a really great interview with me and you should really check it out if you get a chance.
Here's the performance schedule for the Nascar Double Header Race we're playing at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. We are performing on the main stage. Yes, Briana Alexis from the all girl band Absinthe will be playing second guitar with us during our performance.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Ė NASCAR DOUBLEHEADER
7:00 a.m. - Parking Lots Open to Public
8:00 a.m. - Backstretch Crossover Gate # 54 Closes
9:00 a.m. - Opportunity, California FanZone Gates Open to Public *
9:00 a.m. - TV Exhibition Run
9:35 a.m. - Stater Bros. 300 Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
10:00 a.m. - Pam Lyn King Performance (Opportunity, CA FanZone stage)
10:30 a.m. - Carl Edwards Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at Gate 12
11:30 a.m. - San Bernardino County 200 Driver Introductions
12:00 p.m. - San Bernardino County 200 Qualifying NCWTS Race
2:00 p.m. - Ronny North Performance (Opportunity, CA FanZone stage)
2:15 p.m. - Auto Club 500 Final Practice
4:15 p.m. - Stater Bros. 300 Driver Introductions
4:45 p.m. - Stater Bros. 300 NNS Race
After the Race (appx. 7:30 p.m.) - Rock Ní Racing Concert Featuring Rev Theory
* Opportunity, California FanZone Gates open to Hard Card Holders one hour before the gates open to the public Ė you must have your Hard Card to gain early entrance.
Well it's been a crazy last few days for sure. We've been busy getting ready for our upcoming shows and the Pandemonium Fest Tour. We also just signed on to play the main stage at the Nascar Double Header race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on Feb 21st with Rev Theory. It's going to be nationally televised and I'm told there will be 20,000 fans in attendance. I actually got a chance to go out and see my friends Unorthodox play on Saturday. (I rarely have a chance to go see anyone play these days...) They really rocked the place and it was great to see them. On Sunday my assistant Karen and I went to dinner with my buddy Megan Tomczak at the Rainbow with her crew and had a blast. I will be playing at one of her upcoming events for the Big Cat Foundation in the very near future before I leave for my tour. Upcoming shows I have coming up are: the Cat Club with the Star Fuckers on Feb 26th, The Whisky on March 2nd, and the So Cal Rock Revolution Festival at Club Sachi in Long Beach on March 7th. I'm also proud to announce that I have a signature RN Guitar Hero Controller faceplate coming out this spring by Painted Axe and I have just signed on to endorse Gripmaster Products. I have been using my Gripmaster for my hands for over 10 years and so it's really a great thing to be working with the company. If you are a guitarist or bassist, you have to get one of these things. I've had one in my car forever. I use it while I'm in LA traffic... Why not keep your hands in shape while you're stuck in the car going some where...
Today was a crazy day. As you all know, I'm still battling my cold that I caught at NAMM. I've been in bed for almost two weeks. Today I made my first adventure out into the world since NAMM. I woke up early this morning and did a live in studio appearance on KUCI 88.9 FM (www.kuci.org). I had a blast hanging out with KUCI show hosts Tani Tinuviel and Janeane Bernstein. It was a fun appearance and I even played a little acoustic guitar on the air as well with my cool Ti-Sonix equipped Boulder Creek Acoustic. After my interview, I took care of a lot of biz at home and signed on to do a big tour for the summer. (Stay tuned...) Tonight I played the Foundation Room at the House of Blues in Hollywood. Since my bassist Bryan was out of town, I played the show solo. It went really great and there was a lot of people which is always great. The crazy thing is that I just signed on to play the show on Tuesday. I had a blast playing the show and everyone at the club was great to me. I'm definitely looking forward to playing there again soon. It just keeps getting crazier....
Eonian Records has just announced that Ronny's Then & Now CD will be released on the label on March 10th. The CD features Ronny's music from 1989 until 2008. Among the tracks are music from Ronny's hair metal days with singers up until his present instrumental project. The CD also features the brand new single "Permission to Land" along with the video for the track that is included on the CD itself. Ronny plans to do a short tour to promote the release as well......
Yes the rumors are true. Ronny will now be giving private guitar instruction at the Lesson House Music School in Chino, CA. Ronny will be teaching his unique exercises and views on how to make you a better guitarist in a short amount of time. Anyone interested in taking private lessons with Ronny, drop us a line and we'll get you the info on how to get signed up.
Well last night we played Paladinos. It was especially challenging since I have been sick in bed since Sunday night. (I caught something at NAMM!1) I have talked to a few friends that were at the show and they are all sick as well. I've been out of it for a week now. So getting up for the show at Paladinos was definitely a challenge but as you know, the show must go on. I managed to get my car packed and picked up my assistant Karen and we were off to the show. Karen thought that getting some dinner before the show might help me get through it. We decided to hit the Arby's down the street from the club. While we were waiting for our food, I called in live to the VM Underground Show. It was a fun appearance and Vic couldn't believe how shot my voice was. After the interview, I arrived at the club, chatted with Brian the promoter, who is a very cool guy, and then we did our thing. We actually played a great set and my guys were on it. Briana tore it up as well with us, which was cool. It was definitely tough on me to get through the set but I survived. (I actually almost passed out a couple times during my set, but I got through it!!) As soon as we were done, we packed up and I rushed home, took a shower, and got back in bed. I think I must have sweated out my sickness during the show because today I actually feel a little better. I'm going to rest all day today so I can really tear it up tomorrow at the Tobacco Lounge. Hope to see everyone there.....
I've received a bunch of e-mails asking me what gear I was using during my performance on the NAMM stage in the
Hilton on Jan 15th. Here we go:
Guitars were my Tregan Ronny North signature guitars (one tuned standard and one tuned down to D with a D-Tuna). Both guitars are outfitted with Floyd Upgrades Brass trem Blocks on their original Floyd trems. Pickups are Seymour Duncan 59 in the neck and Alt-8 in the bridge. Strings are SIT (9-42) on standard tuned guitars and (10-52) on guitars tuned down to D. Straps are by Levys Leathers and custom 121mm RN picks by Intune. My amp was a stock Laney VH-100R head and a Laney 4x12 cab with Celestion G-65 speakers. My pedalboard was a Morley Tremonti Wah, Boss Chorus, a delay pedal, and a X2 wireless mounted on the board as well as the channel switcher for the amp. (I switch from clean to dirty.) I have a MXR power brick powering everything. The pedal board is by Coffin Case. All cabling is Tsunami RN signature cable and the pedalboard is wired to the amp with a Pedalsnake guitar audio snake.
My week at Winter NAMM started on Tuesday when we went to dinner with my sponsor Tony G owner of Tregan guitars. We had a great time at dinner. (We went to Benihanas!!) It was just Tony, my assistant Karen, and myself. Tony and I even had some great sushi as well. On Wednesday we attended the Artist Relations event at the Hilton. Sphynx and Briana met us there. We all had a great time at the event and I met some great people. Bob Kulick (guitarist for KISS, Meatloaf and many others) even played my Tregan guitar and dug it! We also checked out the Bulgera amps and they were pretty cool. They even let Briana borrow one for our show on the NAMM stage on the 15th. Jessica and Randy from Artist Relations are the best. Briana and I even shot a little video for them before we left. After that Briana took off and Karen and I checked into our hotel, got some dinner, and met up with Sphynx, Brian, JT, Church, and a few friends in the Hilton Bar and had a few drinks. I even called into the VM Underground radio show and chatted on the air live for a bit. On Thursday, it was our first day at the show. My demos at Tregan went great. We left the show a little early so we could get some dinner and I could rest before our performance on the NAMM stage in the Hilton lobby that night at 11pm. Our show went great and the place was packed. My guys were on it and we tore it up. Briana came out at the end of our set and played my song "Race with Me" with us. She really rocked it and the crowd went nuts. The hour onstage went by like nothing. After our set, I was chatting with everyone and signing autographs for over an hour from the stage. We had the best time and to top it off we have already been invited back to play the stage at 2010 Winter NAMM. After our set me and my crew all hung in the Hilton until closing. After that we hit up Del Taco for some late night Quesadillas. (We ate at 4am...) On Friday it was another crazy day at the show that went by quickly. It was also great to run into people who really dug our performance on the NAMM stage on Thursday. We hung out in the bar in the Hilton all night and then my bud Gary Hoey invited us to a crazy after party in a suite in the Hilton. It was a blast hanging with everyone until the cops busted it up at 4am. Saturday was nuts. We even met the Z02 guys from the TV show. They were the coolest guys and Karen and I even got pics with them. Saturday night we had dinner, went to the Fender party to see Gary Hoey play, and hit the Hilton Bar once again. We hung with my buddy Keri Kelli who had just finished his show with Alice Cooper just before we go there. It was great to hang with friends. Of course we ended up at the after party with Gary yet again. Sunday went by in a flash and before you knew it, NAMM was over. We survived.......
Tonight we taped the New Music Monday show at Hot House Studios, www.hothousestudios.com. The show was broadcast live on the Hot House website. Show host Stephanie Rose was so good and really did a great interview with us. We played a few songs as well. We will definitely be working with Stephanie again for sure. The show went very smoothly and Richard did a great job with his crew shooting it.
Me and my band will be playing on the Hot House Studios New Music Monday internet music show (www.hothousestudios.com). You can log on live at 5pm (PST) and watch us play live at the studios and get interviewed by show host Stephanie Rose. This will be our last performance until we play at NAMM on Jan 15th. (I will be playing evereyday of NAMM for my Sponsors.) Tune in tonight and see us play if you can. Should be a fun show......
It was some weekend for me. It all started when I did my Morley Pedals Clinic at the Guitar Center in Cerritos. We had a great turnout and I had a blast playing the event and meeting everyone after. My manager's daughter Summer (she's quite the young actress!!) introduced me before I played and she also picked the winners of all the prizes. We gave away a free Morley pedal, some cool Morley and Tregan Guitars shirts, some Cd's and even some free rehearsal time from Hot House Studios (www.hothousestudios.com). After the event we rushed home, got my gear, and set up and did sound check at the Totally in Chains event that I was playing that night. After sound check we had dinner, came home, and changed and then I rushed off to see my chiropractor for a quick tweak. My chiropractor Jack Havran is the best and was cool enough to see me at the last minute on a Saturday. I felt so much better after my visit. We then rushed to my show. It was great playing the event and Briana came onstage and played "Race with Me" with us at the end of our set. (It sounded great!!) She will definitely be playing with us a lot more and will be playing on stage with us when we play on the NAMM stage in the Hilton in Anaheim on Jan 15th at 11pm. Another cool thing at the show was that it was my first show with my new X2 wireless system. (As you know I'm a new endorser.) The unit performed flawlessly. It's so cool to be free and to not get tangled in anything any more. I'll be all over that stage at NAMM on the 15th.... Eddie, who owns Totally in Chains stands, was the headliner of the event and put on a great show. He plays the saw!! (You really have to see it to believe it...) We met a lot of cool people and even John Easdale from Dramarama was in attendance. We are friends and it was cool to catch up with him after our show. After the show Karen and I got some Del Taco and called it a night. This morning we attended the Comic Book Convention at the Shrine Auditorium. We had fun and got a few things and attended the new Underworld Movie press thing. (We got cool free Underworld Beanies.) After the show we went shopping to get all my last minute stuff for NAMM. Next stop,The New Music Monday Show at Hot House Studios tomorrow night....
Tonight we played on the Ear Candy internet Music Show. My great friend Stef Nielsen hosts the show. After we arrived, we learned that tonight's show would be her last Ear Candy Show at www.highdesertcommunity.com. After enduring crazy traffic to get to Hesperia where the show is broadcast (it took me over 2 hours and it took Bryan over 3 hours to get there!!), once we arrived we got everything up pretty quickly and started shooting. We were interviewed by Stef and then we performed 4 songs. Stef even danced with us when we played my song "Permission to Land". They told me that over 7,000 people were logged on to watch the show while we were on. The crazy part was during our interview we had a 5.0 earthquake hit us as we were taping. The quake was centered a couple miles from us. Crazy stuff!! We got it all on tape. After the show we all went to Chili's and had dinner with Stef. My buddy Sphinx also joined us. (He was also at the shoot.) We had a great time at dinner. Just another adventure....
Today I appeared live in the studio on the Mom's Rocking the House Radio Show on KUCI 88.9 FM/ www.kuci.org. I had the best time on the air chatting with show host Janeane Bernstein. I also played a couple songs live in the studio. I will be helping Janeane put together a new all-girl group to play at her Momapallooza concert in May. (Stay tuned.) I will be back on KUCI on Jan 29th at 9am (PST).
It's been a crazy week so far. I've been running around getting all my NAMM stuff together. On Monday I did the Flash Rock Radio show and had a blast hanging with the Flashrock crew and having their world famous spaghetti. Tuesday was spent talking to sponsors. (I also had to pick up my new speakers that Celestion sent me at their local warehouse.) I then stopped by my manager Annie's house since she lived close to the warehouse. I had fun hanging with her and her family for a bit and then I went back to more running around getting stuff and getting gear ready for NAMM. I also took care of biz with Karen for our new Satan Kitty Clothing line (www.myspace.com/satankittyclothing). We will have clothing from the line at NAMM. Today I rehearsed in the morning with my band, and then ran to have my Laney heads looked at Ampwerks (the Laney service place). Armand who is the tech at the shop is just the coolest and really knows his stuff. After a couple tweaks I was fixed up. I then got a text to take the bunny suit to the dry cleaners. (You really can't make this stuff up... LOL...) It was a whole other adventure taking the suit to the dry cleaners... LOL... Yeah, they were looking at me funny. I had my assistant Karen on my cell phone when I went in and she was laughing the whole time while I explained what it was. Tomorrow I do the KUCI radio show at 10 am (88.9fm). I'll be playing live in the studio. I then tape the Ear Candy Music Video Show tomorrow night with my band. Friday more rehearsals. Saturday is my Guitar Center Clinic for Morley Pedals and then we play an event for my sponsor Totally in Chain guitar stands in Whittier. (It's open to the public and all ages. Check my shows page for more info!) Monday I tape another video show and then there's NAMM.... It's definitely been nuts and it's going to keep going... Welcome to my world.......
I are proud to announce that I have signed on to endorse X2 Wireless systems. These are very innovative wireless systems that sound just like you're using a cable. I am very excited to be working with the company and will be using my X2 wireless at all his upcoming shows including all my NAMM apearances. Check them out at www.line6.com.
Ronny and his long time assistant Karen have created a new clothing line called Satan Kitty Clothing (www.myspace.com/satankittyclothing). They plan to start shipping the first T-shirts by early February 2009. Ronny and his crew will be wearing the new Satan Kitty Shirts at Winter NAMM from January 15th through January 19th. After all, there's a little Satan Kitty in all of us...
I survived a very crazy week last week. It kicked off when we played the Whisky and had a great show. I then had a rehearsal with Xno. I survived New Year's Eve when I went on the VM Underground Radio Show live in their studios and had a blast on the air with Vic. We then went to Stef's New Year's Party to bring in the New Year. We had a blast hanging with Stef and her cool friends. (Great party!!) I spent New Year's Day going through my gear for my show with Xno. On Friday Jan 2nd, I played with Xno to fill in the guitar slot for one show at their headlining show at the Roxy in Hollywood. The show went great and there was a great crowd. I had fun playing with my friends and it was cool to be able to help them out in their time of need. I spent all this weekend rehearsing for my upcoming shows and my NAMM appearance on Jan 15th. (Stay tuned for more info on that!) This week I'm going on the Flashrock Live Radio Show (www.flashrock.com) tomorrow night (1/5/09). I'll be live in the studio with Briana from Absinthe. It should be fun and the whole Flashrock crew is the coolest. On that note, my appearance on their video show that we taped last week will air on Jan 6th. On Thursday, I'm going on the air live on KUCI Radio (89.9fm) in the morning. I'll be live in the studio as well. That night we're taping the Ear Candy Video Music Show with show host and my great friend Stef Nielsen. On Saturday Jan 10th, I'm playing my Morley Clinic at Guitar Center in Cerritos, California. It's a free event and we'll be giving away some cool free Morley gear. It starts at 1pm. The last clinic I did at the store was packed. That night I'm playing for my sponsor Totally in Chain Custom Guitar Stands at their Launch event in Whittier. We have a big surprise for anyone who attends the show. We'll be having a special guest playing with us onstage. On Monday Jan 12th, we're taping the Hot House Studios New Music Monday Internet video show. It's going to be yet another crazy week. And then I have NAMM from Jan 14th-Jan 19th. Did I mention that the Bunny from my video will be making an appearance at the Tregan Guitars booth on Saturday Jan 17th??? Stay tuned!!!!!!
It's been a crazy month so far and it's going to get even more crazy in January. We taped the Flashrock Live video music show on Sunday and had a blast. What a great group they have at their facility. Definitely the best show taping I have ever done. Our show will air on Jan 6th,2009. (www.flashrock.com) We played 3 songs and were interviewed by Stef Nielsen. Last night we played the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip and had a great show and a great turnout. Everyone at the club treats us great so it's always great to play there. (Thanks Celina!!) On Jan 2nd, I'll be filling in with Xno at their headlining Roxy show to fill in for their departed guitarist. On Jan 8th, we're taping the Ear candy Cable show with show host Stef Nielsen (www.highdesertcommunity.com). On Jan 10th, I'll be doing a free guitar clinic for my sponsor Morley Pedals at Guitar Center in Cerritos, CA. It starts at 1pm and we'll be giving away some free cool Morley gear. That night we'll be playing a show for my sponsor Totally in Chain Stands in Whittier, CA. It's an all ages show. On Jan 15th, I play my first day of NAMM at the Anaheim Convention Center and then We're playing on the NAMM stage in the Anaheim Hilton's Lobby at 11pm. It's a free show and open to the general public and of course all ages. I'll be playing everyday of NAMM for my sponsors. On Jan 24th, we are playing the Charity Awareness Concert at the Tobacco Lounge in Riverside with Kottak (featuring James Kottak from the Scorpions) and Vizionz. There will also be an all-star jam at the end of the show that I will be playing in. I also added a few new sponsors. I now endorse Floyd Upgrade Products, Man Glaze Nail Polish, and Totally in Chains Guitar Stands. Did I mention that I now also have a Ronny North Guitar Hero faceplate for the Guitar Hero Controller??? We are going to premiere it at the NAMM show. It looks just like my signature Tregan RN guitar and even has the big N on it.....
Well like everyone, I've been going nuts with all the holiday stuff. I've also been dealing with all my music stuff. Then there's the Christmas parties. I was very lucky to attend 3 different happening parties this year including one at the Sony Pictures lot that was very happening. I've also been getting a little Christmas shopping in as well. Thank god the girls have helped me with all that. Last Saturday I was with everyone at the Tobacco Lounge shooting the commercial for our Jan 24th show. It was a great day and I had such a blast hanging with all my friends. Bill and Donna have a great club and I'm looking forward to the show on Jan 24th. I've been taking care of a lot of business as well lately. In the last couple weeks I have added 3 more endorsements (Floyd Upgrade Products, Totally in Chain guitar stands and Manglaze Nail Polish). I have also started working with Painted Axe (www.paintedaxe.com) to create the new Ronny North signature guitar faceplate for the Guitar Hero game. The faceplate looks just like my Tregan Ronny North guitar and even has the N on it.... It wil be available in Jan 2009 off my website (www.ronnynorth.com). This week we're taping the Flashrock video show (www.flashrock.com) and we play the Whisky on Dec 29th. Lots of stuff coming up... Stay tuned!!!!
Ronny North has joined forces with Painted Axe (www.paintedaxe.com) to create a new Ronny North signature Guitar Hero faceplate. The faceplate looks exactly like Ronny's signature Tregan guitar. It even has the N... The faceplate will be available at Ronny's website (www.ronnynorth.com) in January 2009. Now you can rock Ronny's guitar while your playing Guitar Hero game......
It was yet another crazy weekend for me. On Friday, we went to see my manager's daughter Summer in her first play. Summer was so great in the play and I think she definitely has a future in acting. On Saturday I did a photo shoot in the morning and then we went and saw my buddy Mal of Alternative Guitar and Amplifier Company. He has quite an operation and it was fun to hang with him at their place. We then came back and changed and went to see Gary Hoey play at the Voodoo Lounge. It was a great show and we had fun hanging out. What a great place.... It was good to see Gary and his band and to chat a bit. On Sunday, Arlene and I hit the swapmeet, got some lunch at Red Chile, and then I met my buddy Brianna at Hot House Studios where we went through her rig and worked on her guitars. She's now rocking!! After that we went to GC in Cerritos and bought a couple more pedals for her rig as well. It was fun to try out the gear and to see what worked for her. After our GC adventure we stopped by my friend Eddie's pad to drop off something. Brianna was having a blast at Eddie's cool place and even took Eddie's Hoola hoop for a spin... LOL.... (She was quite a sight doing the hoola hoop in her cool new leopard skin heels...) After that we called it a day. It was a very crazy weekend for sure. Did I mention that I signed an endorsement deal with a nail polish company on Friday???? Yes, it's true.... Stay tuned!!!!!!!! That's 3 new endorsements this week........
I'm proud to announce that I have signed on to endorse Floyd Upgrade Products (www.floydupgrades.com). They make high quality Titanium After Market parts for Floyd Rose trems. I currently have their Trem Blocks on the Floyds of my Tregan RN Signature Guitars and what a difference it makes. Other than making the guitars sound so much better, the blocks make the guitars much louder. If you use a Floyd, you have to try their stuff!!!!! A few of the endorsers are Warren Demartini, CC Deville, DJ Ashba and many more.....
Well it was a fun night last night at the Whisky. We had a good sound check and were hanging in the dressing room chatting when the whole club went dark. Apparently the club blew a breaker. Well after they walked everyone outside, we all had to wait for the eletrician to fix the problem. It only made us run about 20 minutes late which was no big deal. Me and my band actually all went across the street to the Hustler store to kill some time and to check out all the great stuff they have there. (I even got a cool shake there to hold me over until we had dinner after the show!!) It was so cool to play the Whisky again and we had a blast playing and the crowd really dug us. (Always a great thing!!!) My guys were on it. We're really in our groove these days and it's so great to be playing with Bryan & Charles who can really play my music. The club also loved it. (We've already been invited back to play the club again on Dec 29th!) Everyone on the crew for the club was so great to us and I can't say enough great stuff about the promoter Celina. She was great to us and a pleasure to work with. I'd also like to mention that my great friend Sphinx came down to support me and really helped me deal with my gear throughout the night. It was also cool because we were playing right after my good friends Absinthe on the bill. They went out and did their thing. My buddy Briana (guitarist for Absinthe) even used my rig for their set. It's always a blast hanging with her. We had a lot of friends come down to see us including my good friend Mal from Alt Guitars. He showed me some of their new stuff that they'll be showing at NAMM this year. The guitars were very cool!! Even my great friend Kelle Rhoads came down to see us play. We had a blast hanging with him in our dressing room. My pal Megan Tomczak from VH-I's ROCK of LOVE III also came down with her crew. She is so cool. It was very nice of her to take the time to come down since she's been really busy promoting ROCK of LOVE III lately. You'll be seeing a lot more of her when the new show starts airing in January. My buddy Junkman from KNAC was in attendance as well and joined us for dinner. Karen, Sphinx, Junkman, Bryan, and myself had a late dinner down the block at the the Rainbow. We had the best time hanging out with the local talent and watching Junkman get his dance on with a very willing female in front of our table.... LOL..... I think he should definitely make a Dance DVD... LOL..... It was very entertaining just watching everyone coming to say hello to Junkman at our table. Even Lacey (Everyone's fave red head...) came over to say hello. After we all had a great dinner, we were walking out and we ran into my buddy Mike Inez in the Bow parking lot. It was great to see him and we all chatted a bit before calling it a night. I finally got home around 3:30am. Definitely a fun night but I'm tired. We'll be posting a ton of pictures soon.... Oh yeah, my Tregan RN guitars rule!!!! They worked perfectly like always........
Well while most people were out Christmas shopping, I had a crazy day yesterday. We were attending a BBQ during the day in Oceanside and I was doing the VM Underground Radio Show that night in Hesperia (Very far from Oceanside...). Even though most people were off that day the traffic wasn't bad at all and we got to the BBQ in nothing flat. It was a great party and we had fun hanging with everyone. My friend Jason was throwing the party and it was a great chance to check out his new house. (It's very cool.) Unfortunately we couldn't stay long and had to miss the jam after dinner since I had a long drive ahead of us to get to Hesperia to do my live in studio interview on the VM Underground Radio Show. My buddy Stef from the Ear Candy Cable Show was also going to hang with us in the studio. Well we actually got to Riverside in nothing flat and even had time to stop off at the Ontario Mills Mall to go to the Virgin Music store. We got to the studio just in time to go on and Stef arrived at the same time. Well we had the best time on the air for the 3 hours we were there. During the show, I played a bit. Vic interviewd both my buddy Megan Tomczak from Rock of Love III and my new friends Kottak. (We're playing with them again on Jan 24th at the Tobacco Lounge.) Stef, Vic, Karen, and I had the best time on the show. Karen even had a few drinks and was feeling no pain... (LOL...) and Stef even danced while I played my song "Permission to Land". (See the video!!) After we got off the air at 11pm both Stef and I did a few Radio ID's for some of Vic's sister stations and hung and chatted a bit. Oh yeah we got a ton of pics since Karen was shooting the entire time. Stef even got some video as did Vic. I'm told that Vic will be posting the POD cast (www.v-m-u.com) of the show soon.
On Tuesday I took my first Yoga class with my buddy Coco teaching us. I had a great time and it's definitely quite the work out. Coco was laughing at me the whole time because I brought a 31 Flavors Chocolate milkshake in with me to sip on throughout the lesson. (I'm all about the health food...LOL...) I'm definitely hooked on it and I'm already scheduled for my next class. I felt so relaxed after the class. After, we hung out with Jay and Coco for a bit and chatted in their cool place. I never thought I'd ever do Yoga but I'm glad I did. Don't forget I'm on the VM Underground Radio Show on Friday. I'll be live in the their studio once again and yes, I'll be playing guitar. I'll be on from 8pm until the end of the show!!! It's going to be way crazier than my last appearance.....
We had the best time playing the Charity Awareness Concert this Saturday at the Mission Tobacco Lounge in Riverside. After enduring major traffic getting to the club (It almost took us two hours to get there. It took us 30 minutes to get home...), once we arrived we called Church and he had a parking spot reserved for us in front of the club. He really had everything so organized and everyone at the Tobacco Lounge was so great to us (Especially Bill). The club is very cool and I'm looking forward to playing there again soon. All the bands on the bill went out and did their thing and it's always great to do events with bands where everyone is cool and there are no egos. Some of the people in attendance at the event were Stef from Ear Candy, Vic from VM Underground Radio, Coco & Jay from the Yogi World Radio Show (88.9FM), and so much press (always a great thing!!). The place was totally packed which is always a great thing too!! We had the best time playing for the event and went out and tore it up!! We even premiered our brand new song "Psykodelic Mariachi" and everyone dug it. It was also great to hang with everyone and make some new fans. James Kottak (Scorpions drummer) and Athena Lee came up at the end of the show and did a great set of their songs (with James on lead vocals and Athena on drums) that were really catchy. My only complaint about their set was that they didn't play long enough. After their set I got to play in the All Star Jam which was so much fun. It was also great to jam with James (A great drummer!). We played a bunch of classic songs including Zep's "Rock & Roll", KISS' "Rock & Roll all Night" and VH's version of "You Really Got Me" to name a few. It was also cool to hang with James and Athena in the dressing room. Both were so cool. James also said some really cool things about my playing and my tone which really made my night. Best of all it was all for Charity. Next I'll be going on the VM Underground Radio Show live in the studio again this Friday (www.v-m-u.com). I'll be playing live on the show and I'll also be playing Vic's guitar as well which I've had for a couple weeks to set it up to shred. Maybe if we're lucky, we'll get Vic to shred a little on the show??? Next week we're playing the Rockin Unlimited Charity Show at Lake Irvine on Dec 6th in the OC!!!!
On Tuesday I appeared at the Femme Metale event at the Rock & Roll Emporium in Huntington Beach. We had the best time at the event and the Femme Metale crew is always a blast to hang with. On Wednesday I went on the Yogi World Radio show (88.9FM/www.kuci.org). It was fun chatting on the air with show hosts Coco & Jay about the Charity Concert and my upcoming events. Last night I attended the LA Music Awards with my crew. We came down to support my good friend Crenshaw who won last night. I was also interviewed on camera at the event for the Long Beach'n with Mo Cable show. Saturday we're playing the Charity Awareness Concert in Riverside at the Tobacco Lounge. It will be a great show for a great cause. I'll also be playing in the All Star Jam at the end of the show with James Kottak & Athena Lee. Come down if you can. Admission is free!!!!
I had a very busy weekend this weekend. It kicked off when I appeared live in the studio on the VM Underground Radio Show. Well the show is in Hesperia (The high desert!!). Getting there in Friday night traffic was definitely an adventure itself. Vic from VMU kindly invited me to come down to the studio to push the Charity show next weekend. To make things even more interesting once we got on the 15 fwy the winds were at least a 100 miles an hour and were pulling my Trailblazer all over the place on the freeway. Once we arrived in Hesperia we had some trouble finding the studio since they really don't have street lights there. Karen actually had to get out of the car and look at all the addresses on the street where the studio was. Fortunately we found it pretty quickly when April came out to greet us. Once we got inside we went on the air almost immediately and I joined in on the interview that Vic was in the middle of. We had a great time doing the show and I played a bit as well. I was on for 3 hours and we talked about everything and my new pal Megan Tomczak from VH-I's Rock of Love III called in on the show as did my great friend Church from the band Vizionz who organized the Charity Awareness Concert that we're all doing next weekend. We all had the best time on the show and were laughing the entire time. In the studio was Vic, April (aka my new Fiance... LOL...), and Karen. On a related note, since we were rushing to get to the radio station we ended up having dinner around 1am on Friday. On Saturday we grabbed something to eat and we were off to San Diego to do my Guitar clinic for the troops on the Navy Base. I was pretty burnt from our late night doing the radio event so driving to San Diego was a challenge especially driving through all the smoke from the fires. Once we arrived it was a blast to play for the guys and we gave away some cool prizes from my sponsors Morley and Tsunami cables. On that note, Keith from Tsunami Cables came down with us to the event. It was a great event and I have already been invited back to do another event in the spring. Today I got a little rest then Arlene and I had a nice lunch at Red Chile (Our favorite Mexican Food Resturant!!) and then we all went to see the movie "Repo the Genetic Opera" in Hollywood tonight. It was so cool and I highly recommened it. This week, I'll be recording some more, appearing at the Femme Metale event on Tuesday (11/18) at the Rock & Roll Emporium in Huntington Beach, and then I'm attending the LA Music Awards with my crew on Thursday. Saturday we're playing the Charity Awareness Concert in Riverside at the Mission Tobacco Lounge. It's going to be a busy week........
We had a very Disney weekend last weekend. On Friday we had dinner at the park and went on some rides since the park wasn't very crowded at all. (Rare for a Friday night...) On Saturday we attended the Black Market event for Bat's Day. It was at the Double Tree Hotel a couple of blocks from Disney. It's basically a big Goth Swapmeet with lots of cool clothes and stuff. My sponsor Shrine Clothing was one of the prime sponsors of the event. I had a blast hanging with the Shrine crew at their booth meeting everyone. Both the girls bought a bunch of stuff at the show and I didn't get anything (except a cool show T-shirt that Peter from Shrine gave me). On Sunday we attended the Comic Book Convention and then went to "Bat's Day" at Disney that night.
After our shows last weekend thing just kept going. Church has now invited us to play the Charity Awareness Red Carpet event on Nov 22nd at the Tobbacco Lounge in Riverside. It should be a blast and admission is free. This week I've been tracking more guitar tracks for the songs for my next CD. We're over halfway done. On that note, we'll be premiering yet another new song at the event on the 22nd. The song is called "Psykodelic Mariachi". Next Saturday (Nov 15th), I'm doing my guitar clinic for the troops in San Diego. It should be a blast for sure. Then we are also playing the Rockin Unlimited Festival on Dec 6th at Irvine Lake. Did I mention that I also just played on my friend Monica Yonge's new song??? Monica is a cool indie artist in Canada. It's a Christmas song that I played all the guitar and bass. On another noter, we went to Disney for dinner last night and had a blast. It wasn't crowded and we went on lots of rides.....
See everyone at Bat's Day!!!!!!!
We had a very crazy weekend this weekend. We played two shows in a row for Charity. On Friday we played the Halloween event for the Vets in LA. We had a blast playing for them and they really were a great audience. It's such a great thing to support our Vets that have fought for us to keep our way of life. Anytime they need us to play for them, we're there for sure. On Saturday we played the Church's Charity Concert for Covenant House at Biacci's Nightclub in Upland, California. The place was packed and there were several cool bands playing on the bill including my buddy Church's band Vizionz that headlined the show and rocked the place. We had a blast playing for the crowd and they were definitely into our thing. (Always a great thing...) We went out and just rocked it. We played songs off all my CD's and a few from the upcoming brand new CD. I've also been having a blast using my Digitech Whammy pedal onstage lately. I had the best time meeting everyone and taking tons of pictures with all my new friends, including my new friend Stef from the Ear Candy Cable show (We'll be doing the show soon...) and my new buddy Mike from the band Waiting for Decay. (Mike gave me their CD and it rocks!!) Everyone was so cool. It was also cool to hang with my buddy Vic from VM Underground Radio all night. Church did a great job putting on the show and the club was great. We shot tons of video and pictures. On that note, the show was also broadcast live on www.highdesertcommunity.com. Best of all we raised money for Covenant House. Next stop I'm doing a guitar clinic for the troops at the Navy Base in San Diego on Nov 15th and then the Rockin Unlimited on December 6th at Irvine Lake.
I will be live on the VM Underground Radio Show (www.v-m-u.com) tonight at 8:30pm (PST). I'll be talking about the two shows for charity that I'm playing this weekend. It'll be a fun appearance as it always is when I am on the air with Vic.... You never know what's going to happen.... LOL..... On that note, both shows this weekend are free admission. Come down if you can and support two great causes.....
Thanks to my friend Joe from Club Vodka we attended the Slaughter show last night at the Key Club in Hollywood. It was an interesting evening for sure. We got into the club right before Slaughter went on and were right in front of the stage on the floor. The show was cool and we had a great time hanging with my buddy Jenn and her gang the whole night. We also had a little adventure that they handled for me... LOL... I saw so many friends at the show and we even saw Frank Stalone at dinner... LOL... In the end we survived and that's all that matters.....
Well we decided to take a few days off and go to AZ to relax and most importantly, shoot some new pics for a few of my sponsors. We flew out of LAX on Thursday night and got through pretty smoothly other than the security check from all of our metal bracelets. We landed in Phoenix at 8:30pm and it was hot. (It was 91 degrees!!) We got our luggage and we were off in our rental car for Clarkdale. We made pretty good time and decided to get some fries and onion rings at the local Burger King when we got off the Freeway on the Hwy 89 ramp. As we came over the hill into Clarkdale listening to the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" blaring on the radio, I realized what a great band the Who is and what a different world Clarkdale,AZ is from LA. We got to the house unpacked and crashed pretty quickly. The weekend went by quickly and it was nice to cruise around to our usual stops by the house and to, of course, spend some time hanging in the creek in Sedona which was awesome. I also got some golf in as well and I managed to pop by and see my friend Ted at Verde Valley Music. On Sunday, we did a photo shoot in downtown Jerome at 7:00am and we got some great shots around the town. We shot new pics for Tregan, Digitech, Tsunami and AMT Electronics. After the shoot, we did a little running around and then we went to lunch with my grandfather and my mother at the Grand Hotel in Jerome. The hotel is in an old Hospital. It was decorated for Halloween and all the servers were dressed up in costumes. You also had a great view of the whole Verde Valley and of course, the Red Rocks. After lunch, we hung out a bit in downtown Jerome and did some shopping. It's definitely a trip how much Jerome has changed since I was a kid spending the summers there with my grandma in the early 70's... Before we knew it, we were in the rental car on the way back to Sky Harbour airport to fly back to LA. It went by so fast. I will be back in March to do another guitar clinic at Verde Valley Music. (Stay tuned...)
I've been a bit busy lately with a few things. Besides getting everything ready for Winter NAMM with all my sponsors (I will be playing lots everyday of the show. Hopefully I'll survive... LOL...), I have been invited to do a Guitar Clinic for the Navy and Marines that will happen on November 15th at the Navy base in San Diego. It's going to be a great event. My band and I had a great time playing for the troops on the base in September when we headlined their Music Fest Concert. It was so great to meet everyone at the event. We also have been in the studio for the last month tracking new songs for my next CD (tenatively titled Light) that we will have out next summer. The title song is definitely one of my best. We have already tracked drums for 6 songs. Charles did a great job laying down all the drum tracks quickly. I've been tracking guitars the last few days. It's sounding so good. Last week I did another clinic for Digitech at the Sam Ash in Ontario. I had a blast playing but it was so hot!!!! I also taped my interview in Hollywood for the "Best of Hair"radio show. I had a blast hanging with DJ Ravenwolf and his co-host Champagne during the interview. Yesterday we had a great rehearsal and even went over a brand new song to boot. As always we all went to McDonalds after and hung out. Coming up, we're doing the Vets Halloween event on Halloween and then we do the Convenant House Charity event on November 1st. In December, we're playing the Rocking the Oaks Concert at Lake Irvine. Today I'm home packing since I'm flying to AZ this afternoon to hang at our house there to get in a little relaxation and some golf. We'll also be shooting some new pics for a few of my sponsors as well in Jerome. On that note, I have been invited to do another Shred Guitar Clinic at Verde Valley Music in Clarkdale,AZ in the spring. The last one was packed as I'm sure the new one will be. I will be stopping in to the store this weekend to hang a bit with my buddy Ted who owns the store. I will be posting some blogs from AZ so stay tuned. Tomorrow at this time I will be in a creek in Sedona... It definitely won't suck...
I had a blast playing my Digitech Clinic on the Digitech Truck at Sam Ash in Ontario on 10/9. It was so hot when I hit the stage but I made the best of it and met a lot of cool people after my performance. It's really great to be working with Digitech and to be invited to participate in these events. I will also be playing for Digitech at Winter NAMM in January. On yeah, my Tregan RN signature guitar worked perfectly at the clinics and so did my new RN Tsunami cables....
We've been tracking my next CD for the last few weeks off and on. I plan to release the CD in the summer of 2009. Today Bryan came over and banged out 3 bass tracks. We tracked my songs "D.I.D.", "Tomorrow is Burning", and "Minute of You". The songs are definitely coming along. I'm hoping to finish off all 3 songs this week and move on to the next 3. I'm planning on putting at least 12 new songs on the next CD. The title song "Light" is definitely one of my favorites. Next stop I'm taping a radio interview in Hollywood tomorrow for the Best of Hair radio show and then I'm doing another Digitech Clinic on Thursday at the Sam Ash Music at the Ontario Mills Mall. My clinic on Saturday at the LA AMP Show went great!!! Come on down if you can. It starts at 3pm.....
Well we arrived at the LA Amp Show a little bit after noon after we had a great burger at Beeps, a local burger stand that my buddy Jon Levy recommended to us on Saturday at the show. Well it was as great as he described it and the Chocolate shake was amazing.... LOL.... After lunch we walked into the show and started day two of my LA AMP Show adventure. We stopped and said hello to our great friend Jen at Moody Leathers. (Their booth was in the lobby of the hotel) After we chatted a bit we checked in with the Kaliphoria guys and then I decided to check out the show. I grabbed one of my guitars and went and tried out a few things and managed to have a couple of great meetings as well. It was a really fun show and I managed to take care of some business as well. I had a blast playing the show and had a blast all weekend. I also ran into so many friends and saw some cool gear. I even ran into my buddy Warren Demartini when we were getting ready to leave. It was great to hang with him for a few in the Fender room. After that we checked out the LA AMP SHOW Jam in the main room. Carl Verheyen was the headliner. We caught a few songs and he was rocking as always. I even ran into Loni Spector at the Concert. Loni is a friend and he's the one who puts on this event every year. He's a very cool guy and he even bought me a beer... LOL... It was a great show... Next stop is my Digitech Clinic at Sam Ash Music at the Ontario Mills Mall on Oct 9th at 3pm. I'm also doing a live in-studio radio interview this week in Hollywood as well. (Stay tuned...)
P.S. Oh yeah, both my signature RN Tregan Guitar and my signature Tsunami RN cables worked perfectly all weekend and everybody that tried them loved them. Always a great thing...
Well I had a blast today playing the LA Amp Show. My demo on the Digitech Truck at 2pm was cool. I had a great crowd and everything went smoothly. My only prob was that I really don't know how to use my Zune very well and I had a little difficulty going through my backing tracks. (My assistant Karen usually runs the Zune at my demos but she couldn't make the show today. She will be with us tomorrow though.) I won over a bunch of new fans and gave away a bunch of promo CDs as well. After the Digitech Demo, I played in the Kaliphoria Amplifier room for Greg Back Guitars. Kelly of Kaliphoria and his wife Rachelle were just the coolest to hang with. His amps are pretty cool as well. It's a 15 watt recording amp that sounds pretty cool. I was running my pedal board with all the Digitech pedals through it and I was getting some pretty cool tones. Premier Guitar Magazine even came by and filmed me shredding through the amp with my Tregan RN guitar and my Tsunami RN signature cable. We also ran into so many of my friends, which was great. It was a fun day and I'll be back tomorrow playing in the Kaliphoria Amplifiers room all day. I'm also hoping to check out the show tomorrow as well since I really didn't get a chance to see anything today. If you attend the show tomorrow, come by and see me. It was great to meet so many of my Myspace friends today...
Well this weekend was definitely an adventure. It started on Saturday morning when Karen and I decided to get something to eat before our drive to San Diego for Music Fest which we were playing at. Well I thought the burger stand down the street would be a great idea and Karen agreed. Well we arrived at the place and it was closed. It seems that there was a water scare (There was something in the water...) and so a lot of the resturants in Downey were closed. We ended getting something else to eat in Bellflower. After that we packed the car and we were off to San Diego. We actually got there pretty quickly even though it was foggy the whole drive with enough time to meet up with my buddy Keith from Tsunami cables so he could get me a prototype cable for me to try out for the shows I was doing Saturday. I recently signed on to endorse Tsunami Cables and we're currently developing a Ronny North signature cable that we hope to have out later this year. We decided to meet up with Keith on SeaWorld Drive. I thought I could just pull off the freeway and park on Sea World Drive. Well there was no where to pull off to the side of the road. I ended up turning into the Mission Bay park thing. We then had to drive around the whole island just to park by the entrance so we could meet up with Keith. I was parked on the sand right next to the water. Keith arrived after a few minutes and we were off again to the Navy base. We arrived at the Navy Base a few minutes later and actually made it through security with no problems. We quickly parked and walked over to the stage where everyone told us that the stage just blew up 5 minutes ago. After talking to the sound guy he told me that there was a power surge and that it blew up all the power amps for the PA. Definitely not a good sign. After a little meeting they decided to call in a smaller PA and that we would now be playing inside the building instead of outside on the big stage. Oh well I came to play... We got everything going and were only about 30 minutes behind schedule. My buddy Gary Jibilian was the first one up. He just tore it up... After him there was this girl popstar name Abrina that did a few songs with backing tracks and dancers. After her a cool band that consisted of sailors from a few of the ships played. They did a bunch of cool blues covers and a few originals. They were definitely good. It was now time for us to hit the stage. We were up in nothing flat and dove into our set opening with "Life Inhibited". After the song we were greeted with a thunderous applause. (Always a great thing...) I talked a few minutes to everyone and thanked them for doing what they do to ensure our way of life here in America. I also thanked them for having us and what an honor it was for us to play for them. We then dove into "Permission to Land". We had a blast on stage and it was truly a blast to be there and I also gave away a bunch of stuff through out our performance. After our set I did an autograph signing session and hung met everyone and also got a few pictures with anyone who wanted a picture with me. I was signing for an hour and we actually ran out of stuff to sign. It was so cool meeting everyone and talking guitars as well... I also let everyone try out my new signature guitar. (Everyone liked it...) It was an awesome experience. The Navy has already invited me back in November to do a guitar clinic. I definitely can't wait.... After we got out of there we didn't have time for dinner. (We hadn't eaten since 11am it was now 8pm.) We had just enough time to get to the Winston Beach Club where I was going to join Jibilian onstage for a jam during their set opening for Banyan. We found the club easily and found parking quickly. We went in the club and Jibilian was setting up. I got my amp up, did a little sound check with them and it was show time. Jibilian just tore it up during there set and when it was time for me to get up and play with them, I just hoped I could keep up with Gary's crazy playing on his NS Stick. (You have to see him play...) We had a blast jamming and the crowd was definitely digging it. After the set I noticed a few people from the Navy thing came down to check us out at Winston's as well including my buddy Keith from Tsunami Cables. I chatted with everyone for a bit and then Karen, Keith, and myself went looking for somewhere to eat. (We were originally supposed to have dinner with Keith before the show so we were all starving at this point!! It was now 10:30pm...) Someone at the club told us about a cool resturant down the street that we could walk to but we never found it. We ended up walking to a cool resturant on the beach. We had a great dinner and Keith and I talked a little biz. After dinner we were pretty toasted. It was definitely a long night but we survived and we got home quickly. After all that, I was up early on Sunday to hit the swapmeet with Arlene. I managed to find a ton of new CD's. (I'm all about CD's.) After the swapmeet we went to lunch. On Sunday night I went on the Uncharted Radio Show on KNAC.COM. My buddy Craig Williams was kind enough to invite me to the studio to do a live interview. We arrived on time but couldn't find the studio. After cruising up and down Melrose we finally found it and ran in just in time to go on the air. I had a blast on the air chatting with Craig about everything including Ice Blocking. Craig has been playing my stuff on the station for years. We played all kinds of my music while I was there including "Benihana Breakdown", all of the DISCONNECTED CD, and "Race with Me". I even managed to get the new Andy Timmons CD from the station's "Free CD"s bin....(Cool!!) It was a long weekend but I survived. Next stop, I'm doing the LA Amp Show this weekend for Digitech and Greg Back Guitars.....
Ronny is proud to announce that he has signed on to endorse Tsunami Instrument Cables. Ronny and the company are currently developing a Tsunami Ronny North signature cable. Ronny used the prototype cable at this weekends shows and it worked and sounded perfectly. The cables will not knot up on stage. This is a common problem with long cables. Ronny's custom 50-ft Tsunami stage cable did not knot up once for either of the shows Ronny played in San Diego this weekend. The RN signature cable will be available in various lengths and will only be available at first in Ronny's trade mark PSYKO GREEN. All other Tsunami cables are available in several colors.
It's been a very busy day today. I went through all my gear for tomorrow's show for the troops. Lots of tighting things up and making sure everything was ready to go. After that I washed my car. (Something I usually do I Fridays...) I squeezed in some biz calls as well. I also had to find one of my combo amps to use for Saturday night's show when I jam with Jibilian at the Winston Club in Pacific Beach. After a bit of looking, I finally found my amp. I then took it in the house and fired it up in my living room and it actually worked fine. (I hadn't used it in over a year!!) After that I took care of a few e-mails and grabbed some dinner. When I got back from dinner I went on the radio on VM Underground to chat live on the air with Vic about my show tomorrow for the troops. As always we went way off subject and had a blast..... We did eventually talk about the show but also talked about picking up chicks at the Alcohol Education courses (You have to take the classes if you ever get booked for a 502 aka drunk driving...), the presidential debate, the troops over seas, my guitars and my new video.... It was a great interview and I had a blast. Now I'm home packing for tomorrow. I'm spending Saturday in San Diego at the Music Fest Concert for the troops. (We play at 5pm.) I'm then having a business dinner in SD before I jam onstage with my friend Gary Jibilian and his band at the Winston Beach Club in Ocean Beach at 9pm. They are opening for Banyan (featuring Stephen Perkins of Janes Addiction and legendary punk bassist Mike Watt). It will be a long day for sure but I'm up for it. On Sunday I'm going on the air live at KNAC Internet Radio (www.knac.com) to join Crazy Craig in the studio at 3pm (PST). It should be fun for sure. We'll be talking about my music, my video, my new signature guitar, and who knows what else. I'm sure we'll play a few of my songs as well. Definitely tune in if you can.....
We're playing the Music Fest Concert this weekend for the Navy and the Marines at the Navy Base in San Diego. It's going to be a great show. We had practice today to run through all the songs we'll be playing. Everything sounded great and we're now ready to go. On top of everything I was asked to do a guitar clinic for the Marines and Navy sailors that play guitar the day of the show. It should be a blast. Nothing better than a service guy that can shred..... LOL.... After the show for the Navy I'll be jamming with a friend's band at a local SD Club....... It should be a fun day if I survive.......
I had an interesting weekend. On Friday night we attended the Uli Jon Roth show at the Brixton Club in Redondo Beach. It was a show for all the attendees of his Sky Academy Seminar that was going on all week at the club. My great friend Greg Back hooked us up for the show. It was a last minute thing that I got invited to since when I got the call, I was helping produce a local band at Skyline Studios. We raced to meet Greg at the show and actually made it on time. Uli and his band started out the evening playing songs from his new CD and then went into his older material. We were right up front at first but eventually went and sat in the VIP section. Uli plays so loud.... Up front all you could hear was him... It was also great to see all my friends at the show. I got a chance to catch up with my friend Doug Aldrich for a bit before he went on stage to play with Uli. (Doug tore it up!!) I also ran into my buddies Greg V., Kent and Alex. I also made a bunch of new friends as well. Once we got up to the VIP area we were sitting with Greg Back and my friends Warren Demartini and his wife Cathy. Don Dokken even came up to our area for a bit and was cracking us up before he went on stage to do a few songs with Uli. We had the best time hanging out checking out the show until Warren went on. When Warren finally went on he really tore it up as well. It was a really long night. (The show lasted almost 6 hours!!) It was a fun night. If it wasn't for the very comfortable leather couches in the VIP section of the club, I don't think we would have survived.. LOL... When the night was over, we finally got home around 3am..... On Saturday I helped produce vocal tracks for a local band that I'm helping produce at Skyline. The session went really well and we manage to track all the vocals for the song in nothing flat. After that I was toast and came home and crashed since I was running on very little sleep. The rest of the weekend I just took it easy...... Next Saturday we're off to play for the Navy for Music Fest. I can't wait!!!!It's always a blast to play for the troops......
Since my video for "Permission to Land"is definitely getting out there since we put it out and I have received so many e-mails from everyone and asking what's up with the bunnies. I thought I'd run through the whole adventure we went through making it. I actually had the concept for the video for 10 years. I wanted to do a bunny video for my GOING PSYKO CD that came out in 2006. I thought it'd be a fun video to do but for whatever reasons we couldn't get it going. Well when the opportunity came up to make the video for my new song "Permission to Land", I jumped at the chance. Once I got the crew together I was off. I quickly drew up the storyboards for the shoot showing all the shots I envisioned for the video in order. After I drew up my sketches, I had my little brother Steven (Who's a real artist) draw them for real. We also had to find the costumes. We lucked out and got a great deal on them since the store was having a big sale to clear out stuff for the new Halloween Costumes. (Yes we own the Bunny outfits!!) After procurring the costumes, Arlene and Karen went to work tweaking the bunny outfits. We all had fun doing it. LOL... Our big break came when we got Paul Kim from Skyline Productions (www.skynetcentral.com) involved in the shoot. After meeting with Paul he got my concept immediately and was really into it. He was also into doing it quickly since we really had a very limited time frame to do the project since the video had to be done in time to make it for the window we had. The video will come on my new Eonian Records Cd Then & Now as a bonus feature. We basically had two weeks total to plan and finish the video. After getting Paul and the costumes together, all we had to do was get the car for the video. Luckily my great friend Bill had a very cool Pontiac Muscle car he said we could use for the shoot. We also decided to have Bill be the boy bunny driving around. We also had to find the location to shoot the driving scenes. We had the bar scenes under control since we shot at Dalys Bar so we were cool there. Well after looking all over I couldn't find a cool location. After another fruitless search a few days before the shoot, I remembered a location in Brea from when I was a kid. Since we were in the area we went to check it out at night on the way home from scouting locations. Well it was perfect. I was just amazed that it was still there after 30 years. We were now all systems go. We found the location just in time. Well before you knew it We were all standing on a deserted road in Brea at 6:30am on a Saturday morning for the first day of the shoot. Thankfully everyone found the location without any trouble. After we all had a couple donuts we were ready to go. We got Bill and Arlene suited up in the costumes. (Karen was our costume handler as well as one of our photographers and she also videoed lots of behind the scenes footage...) While we were getting the costumes together, Paul and his crew set up for the car shots. The first shots we did were Bill driving around in the car. They shot lots of shots with him going by and then shot some stuff from inside the car. It never gets old watching a bunny drive a muscle car on a deserted road... LOL... We were all sitting with all pf our cars and the gear off the side of the road around the curve when they were shooting the car scenes and the car would come racing past us with Bill in the bunny suit driving.... We then shot the scenes of me in the back seat playing. We basically just drove the car up and down a mile stretch of deserted highway. Everything went very smoothly. Bill and Arlene were having so much fun in the costumes doing the scenes. After we got those shots we shot a bunch of stuff including the scenes where I'm playing next to the dancing bunnies and the scenes where I'm walking in the middle of the road. In between scenes Karen shot a bunch of pictures of me. We got some really cool shots. By 9am we were almost done but it was getting really hot and Arlene and Bill were really burning up in the costumes so we had to take breaks for them to cool down. I'd also like to point out that Paul and his crew really had it together and were really quick setting up for all the shots. They really made the whole shoot go very smoothly. After the shoot on day one we all went to a local Denny's to have breakfast and to watch the footage we shot. Everything looked great... (Always a good thing...) After breakfast, me and the girls hit the Brea Mall for a little shopping at Hot Topic. (They were having half off the half off...) Of course the girls found tons of stuff and I found nothing.... LOL... After that I came home and crashed. On Sunday morning we were at Daly's Bar at 7am to shoot the car drop off scenes and the band performance footage. We got set up in no time and we were shooting the car drop off scenes by 7:30am. After a bit we were starting to get a bit of a crowd watching us shoot. I'm sure a bunny driving a car around the parking lot wasn't helping us keep it on the D.L....LOL... After that we shot all the stuff in the bar. We had a blast shooting the scenes and everyone was having so much fun and cracking up in between takes. Paul was really great getting all the scenes done smoothly. My great friend Billy Moses also helped us on Sunday. After we played the song a 100 times for different shots, we shot the Bunny pick up scenes at the bar and we were done. Those were definitely the most fun to shoot. We also had fun with the band doing the running out of the bar scenes chasing after the car. We were done by 11am and that was a wrap. A couple days later, Paul edited the video at the Skyline studios and I came by and made a few suggestions. we were done. We did the whole shoot in 6 days... On the last day, I did a live on air interview on the VM Underground Radio show from the Skyline Studios. We talked about the video and my adventure making it and of course the bunny thing. I could have never done the project without Skyline Productions or my crew. Paul really understood my vision for the video and he made it a reality. I will definitely be doing more projects with Skyline in the future. We're already planning the next video.
Well we finished the video. In less than a week we have finished my first music video for "Permission to Land". I can't say enough great things about Paul Kim at Skyline Productions (www.skynetcentral.com). He has really brought my whole concept of the video to life and the final product looks great. The whole process has been surprisingly painless. We will be posting the video up soon. I'd also like to thank everyone who helped us get this done and all the work everyone put in to make this happen. After finishing the video on Friday night Vic from the VM Underground Radio show called me at the studio and we talked live on the air for 45 minutes about the music industry and about the colds we have managed to catch. As always it was great to do the show and I had a blast and I'm sure I shook up a few people as well with my comments. (What's new...) After I did the interview, I came home had a late dinner (We ate at 10pm...) and then I came home and took some Thera Flu and passed out... On Saturday I played the Stand Down 2008 event for the Vets. Even though I was still feeling the effects of my cold (I'm actually writing this as I recover in bed), I played the show for this great cause and survived my hour performance even though I had a few dizzy spells during our set. We had the best time at the event and everyone was so cool to us and it was a great honor to meet all the Vets that have served our country in the past wars. I'd also like to mention that my sponsor Laney was really great in getting me a new amp for the event. They really are the best and I'm so proud to be a Laney endorser and feel so fortunate for all the support they give me. My new amp really rocks and I really put it through it's paces on Saturday.... After our performance we hang out a bit and met everyone. It was a cool day. I'm now home in bed battling my cold trying to get well. Just another weekend...
We have started editing the video and it's looking great. Paul from Skyline Productions (www.skynetcentral.com) really knows what he's doing. He really did a great job on the whole project and it's been a blast working closely with him on my new video. I will definitely be doing some more projects with him in the future including one that we'll be starting on as soon as my video is completed. (Stay tuned!!) Tonight we're finishing it up. I hope to have the video up on my pages this weekend.
Well day two started at 7am at Dalys Bar. After setting up the gear we were shooting by 8am. We started off by shooting the car scenes with the bunnies. We also shot the departure scenes of the band being left behind which were fun. Everyone on the shoot was having a great time and the whole experience went so smoothly since Paul and his crew from Skyline Productions had it together. It was a blast working with them and I'll definitely be using them for my next video for sure. After we shot the outside scenes we start shooting some inside stuff in the bar. We shot some great scenes with the bunnies and we also shot some performance footage with my band and some stuff of me playing alone. It was a great shoot for sure and it's so cool we were able to bring my vision of the video to life. I'd also like to mention that Bill and Arlene played the bunnies in the video and did a great job. I'd also like to thank my assistant Karen who did a great job on the set keeping everything organized and she was also shooting pics of the shoot and videoing the behind the scenes stuff as well. Both Arlene and Karen helped me get everything together for the shoot and were both very important to the shoot itself. My band was also great during the shoot and my great friend Billy Moses was also a huge help at the shoot on Sunday. I can't say it enough how we wouldn't have been able to do any of the video without the help of Paul J Kim and his crew from Skyline Productions (www.skynetcentral.com). They made the whole process go very smoothly. Now we're off to edit the project this week. The video will be featured on my new Eonian Records CD Then & Now that drops on November 4th...
Well at 6:30am this morning we were all standing on a deserted road in Brea Canyon for my video shoot. We had some bunnies, a muscle car and a film crew. We were shooting the video for my new single "Permission to Land". Skyline Productions was shooting the whole project for me. Paul from Skyline was directing and was totally on top of things and his crew was the best and made the whole shoot go very smoothly. The girls were also a big help as well. Arlene is playing the the part of the girl bunny in my video and Karen kept everything organized and shot behind the scenes video and got shome great pics as well. My great friend Bill is the boy bunny driving around in the muscle car. He was kind enough to lend us his cool muscle car for the entire shoot. We got all the shots in no time at all and even got a great shot of us backing up the freeway off ramp. (Yes, that's totally illegal!!) We were done in no time at all and we all watched the footage while having breakfast at a local Denny's. The footage looks great!! Tomorrow we shoot the bar scenes with my band......We're almost done.....
P.S. It never gets old watching a muscle car drive by with a bunny at the wheel.......
Well I have been going nuts getting ready to shoot my first music video. We have a great team in place for the shoot. Skyline Productions will be shooting my video for me. We also have my great friends Deborah Joy and Billy Moses helping us out. My friend Bill is lending us his cool muscle car and will be playing the part of of the bunny in the video. We will be shooting at a few locations over the course of the shoot. It will definitely be an adventure to say the least. Even my little brother Steven has helped us out by drawing up my storyboards for all the shots we're doing. The video will be on my new Eonian Records CD Then & Now and it will also be going out to all the usual music video shows...I'll be posting blogs as we go along with the process to let everyone in on our daily adventures of the shoot.
After dealing with major traffic on the way to San Diego on Saturday, we finally arrived at Club Dreamstreet. It's a cool club and everyone at the club was cool to us. We did a fun soundcheck and ran through a few songs including "Rock Lobster" and we were ready to go. We had a blast playing our show and we won over some new fans along the way. We videoed a few songs during our set including "Tomorrow is Burning" and "D.I.D.". We'll be posting the footage up on the sites soon. I was watching the footage yesterday and it looks and sounds great. After we played, we all went to the Hard Rock Cafe like we always do when we're in SD. My friend Bryan joined us for dinner. Like always, I got the Spicy Mac & Cheese and it rocked!!! We're back in SD on Sept 27th when we play the Music Fest for the Navy and the Marines. It'll be a great show. Next stop is our show for the Vets on Sept 13th.....
On Saturday I actually got to play golf with friends. It was a great day and the course was pretty wide open. I was actually leading my group throughout the round before I ran into some putting issues on the 7th hole. I even sank a 20-foot putt on the 5th hole to save par. Either way, I had a blast playing with everyone and it felt great to swing a club again. I'm hoping to play again this weekend. My swing was actually not bad and for the most part, my game wasn't in that bad of shape, which is scary since I haven't touched a club in months. (The music thing is definifitely messing with my golf game...) I really do need to get my game together since I'm scheduled to play in a tournament next month. (The last one I was in a few month ago, my team got 4th...) On the band front, we have just booked a show at the Dreamstreet Club in San Diego next Saturday (8/23). It's an early show and so we're hitting the stage at 7:30pm. We always have a blast playing SD and we have always had a great following there so this should be fun. For additional info, go to the club's website (www.dreamstreetlive.com). We have been tracking new songs for my CD that's coming out in 2009. (It's called Light.) We will be debuting a few of the new songs at the show including the songs "Tomorrow is Burning", "Light", and "D.I.D.". It'll be the first time we have played the songs live. We will be announcing a few other new shows in the near future so stay tuned. After a lot of hustling, I finally got everything together to do our video shoot. We will be shooting the video for my new single "Permission to Land" in the near future. My great friend Deborah Joy has signed on to help me with the project. It's so great that Deborah is now on the project with her great knowledge of video and the whole process. This has been a major undertaking to get everything together for this. I will be letting everyone know more about this later. The video will be going out to all the video outlets once it's finished. Hopefully I'll survive this...
I've been recording a bunch of stuff lately for my next CD Light that will come out next year. I've also been recording some stuff for some other projects that I'm working on for friends. It's been fun. We've been rehearsing the new songs so we can play them at our upcoming shows. My favorites this week are the title track "Light" and another song called "Tomorrow is Burning". They couldn't be more different from each other. The new CD is definitely going to have a wide range of music on it. On that note, my Tregan RN signature guitar has been working out great in the studio. I've been using it for all the down-tuned material. I've also been using my new Boulder Creek Acoustic on the tracks as well (especially on "Light"). Great stuff! You will be able to hear some of the new songs at our upcoming shows, but the Light CD won't be out until early 2009. Some of the tracks that will be on the new CD will be "Light", "Minute of You", "Tomorrow is Burning", "Moonlight Smile", "Yesterday's Gone", "Sad Boy", "D.I.D.","Essence of You", and "New Sun" to name a few. We might be putting up a couple of the rough mixes of the songs in the next couple months to get everyone's input on them. (Stay tuned!!) Did I mention that we are going to be shooting a video for "Permission to Land" in the very near future???? I'll be talking about that more later... We might be having some of my fans in the video. If you're interested in possibly appearing in my video, drop me a line. We will be shooting it in LA soon...
On Saturday I attended the Guitar Show at the Pomona Fairplex. It was fun. Larry Briggs, who puts on these shows with his family, hooked us up and is the coolest guy. It was the first time in ages that I wasn't playing the event. It was great to chat with him and to just hang out at the show. We did see some great stuff and we ran into some friends as well as a few people that wanted to know if I was playing for anyone at the show this year. I didn't buy any gear at the event, but I did pick up a couple of cool DVD's. (A vintage Michael Shenker DVD and an Alcatraz DVD live in Japan with concerts with both Yngwie and Vai!!) Great stuff..... I will be playing at the Arlington show in October. After the show, we came home rested and then went to See Lynch Mob play at the Key Club in Hollywood that night. It was a great show and George was just killing. The band sounded so good. I saw a few friends at the show and after George's set, we hung in the VIP lounge a bit and watched the dancers do their thing......
Well it seems everyone liked my interview on VM Underground Radio last night. (Cool!!) I had a blast doing the show. Note to self, don't have margaritas before doing radio interviews...LOL.... Yesterday I also did a really great interview with Muen Magazine. It's definitely one of my better interviews... I'll keep everyone posted when it's coming out. I've also been gearing up for some clinics and shows that we're planning. I'll be doing some promotional shows for Eonian Records to promote my new CD soon. (Stay tuned...) They will be all over. (Chicago, Indiana and LA have already been mentioned...) I'll also be doing a trade show in Texas soon as well. More radio stuff is the top priority in the next couple of weeks. It never ends... Did I mention that I attended my 25th High School reunion last weekend???? Yeah, that was an adventure for sure.... Everyone was so old and Fat... Did I also mention that I hated High School????
Tonight I went on the VM Underground Show (www.v-m-u.com) to premiere my brand new song "Permission to Land" on the show. I also chatted with Vic live on the air for a bit. As always we got in some trouble on the air. I'm sure me having margaritas at dinner 10 minutes before I went on the air didn't help. I had a blast on the show as usual. Vic and VM Underground have been big supporters of my music since the start. I'm sure I'll be getting e-mails about the show tonight.......LOL......
Well, after the earthquake in the morning, I was scheduled to do a live on-air interview on Infectious Radio at 8pm. They were also going to premiere my brand new song "Permission to Land". It's the first single off my upcoming Eonian Records debut Then & Now. Well, I called into the show on time and I couldn't get through. After a couple of attempts, I called show host Billy Moses on his cell. I told him that I couldn't get through. They checked the line and discovered that it was indeed not working. After a few tries, they still couldn't get it going and so we eventually tried to do the interview over Billy's cell set on speaker phone. Well, that really didn't work either. We pretty much gave up when the whole show went down off the air. It turns out that the earthquake messed up the stuff at the radio station. Welcome to my world... I will be doing the show again soon once they figure out what's going on...
Well, I was in my backyard on my patio talking on the phone with my record company when we got hit with a big earthquake. I actually gave them a play by play on the quake while it was happening. It was a 5.4 and lasted for 30 seconds. It was a trip watching all the houses on my street shake like crazy. My cat Zena was laying by me and took off across the patio when the shaking started. (She's now fine...) It's been a while since we have been hit with a big quake. Of course, now it's on all the TV channels and I'm watching TV while they take people off the rides at Disneyland and they evacuate the buildings in LA. They say that the quake was also felt in Vegas and San Diego. There's already been over a dozen aftershocks... There is some damage throughout but it seems no one got hurt. My friend Evan at Seymour Duncan was listening to my new song in his offices at Duncan in Santa Barbara when the quake hit. He said that he thought it was my song rocking the place... I thought that was funny... What was cool is while I was outside on the phone, I heard a big boom when the quake was going... Fun stuff...
Well, after months of adventures, my brand new song "Permission to Land" is finally finished. It's the brand new single off my upcoming Eonian Records release Then & Now. It was an adventure getting the song finished. We recorded the drums and a couple of the guitars at a friend's studio in Pomona where I originally planned to do everything but that didn't work out for a few technical reasons with their computers. It was also the first time that my new drummer Charles has recorded with us and he just came in and nailed it as you will hear. I tracked guitars (including all the solos) and bass at my NBN Studios. I also played bass on the track. I'd like to mention that my great friend Kent was cool enough to let me use his studio to cut the drum tracks and a couple of the rhythmn guitars. I'd also like to mention my other friend Alex was also great help in getting this project going and helped us get some great drum tracks at the Pomona sessions. He engineered and helped produce the stuff we tracked at that studio. It was Alex's idea to track the song there. After we finished there, I did like I always do and tracked my guitars in my studio by myself. I also ended up tracking all the bass for the song. After several false starts on mixing the song in Pomona (We started in April...), I got the ok from my record label to bring in my great friend Jim DeCicco to mix my song. As always Jim did an amazing job mixing and mastering the song. We mixed at Jim's studio Pyram Axis Studios. He has mixed all my instrumental CD's and we have a great working relationship. I'm glad that I'm finally finished!! Jim really came through and got the song mixed. As always I produced the track myself. I will be world premiering the song tonight on my live interview on the Infectious Radio Show (www.infectiousradio.com) at 8pm (PST). Definitely tune in if you can. It's going to be a great interview and your first chance to hear my new song...
I had a pretty crazy Saturday. It all started when we did a early morning shoot for a couple of my sponsors. We were shooting at 7:30 am!!! We got some great shots. It was my first shoot with my brand new Boulder Creek Solitaire acoustic guitar. I recently signed on to endorse their really great acoustic guitars (www.morganhillmusic.com). I'm really digging the guitar and I'm going to be using it this week on both my new songs we're tracking for my next CD and for a song I'm doing for a friend. That night I attended my 25th High school reunion. It was a trip seeing old friends and meeting people who I supposedly went to school with... LOL... After that we went to see my friend Gilby Clarke play. on the bill opening for him was Lucas Rossi from Rockstar Supernova. We arrived in time to catch a few songs of Lucas' set. He was actually pretty good even though I wasn't a fan of his when he was on the show. Gilby came on soon after and tore it up. His new band is on it. Very tight... After they played I chatted with Gilby a bit and headed home. I even saw my good friend Alex Calise at the show. It was great to see her and to hang a bit. Once in the car, we got a text that my new song was mixed and that I could come by the studio and pick it up if I wanted to. Since we were in the neighborhood, we headed for the studio and picked up the song. After that I we were pretty burnt and called it a night. (It was almost 2am...) We were going to go surfing in the morning (5 hours later...) but decided to get some rest instead and see some movies on Sunday... Just another weekend...
P.S. I'm planning on debuting my brand new song "Permission to Land" tomorrow when I do my live interview on the Infectious Radio show (The Billy Moses Show)!!!
Today we attended Comicon in San Diego. We got to San Diego at 9:30am this morning and got some burgers at Jack in the Box before going into the show. Well, it took us way over an hour to find parking at the show and all the lots were full. We finally found parking and we were off into the show. We first went to my sponsor's Shrine Clothing to hang at their booth a bit before checking out the show. It was great to hang with the Shrine crew a bit. They were telling me on how crazy the show was yesterday and how they had already sold out of a bunch of stuff. We had a blast all day at the show and saw some cool stuff and got a few pictures. We saw a few stars along the way. The girls bought a ton of stuff and I really didn't find anything all day but did get a couple things before we left. After the show, we had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe like we always do after the show. Like always I had the Twisted Mac & Cheese (My fave!!). We survived the show... YAY!!!! Now on to the rest of my weekend, this weekend I'm finishing the mix on my new single, doing a photoshoot, and attending my class reunion...
Well, I had another day of running around today getting ready for Comicon this weekend. On that note, I stopped by to see my great friend Angie from Shampu Salon. She squeezed me in and did my hair today. (I'm not a natural burgandy...) Angie also gave me a little trim as well... My hair looks great and it's always fun hanging with Angie and seeing all her Webcast adventures on all her websites... I also jammed with her boyfriend and my good friend Michael while my hair was setting. If any of you rockers are in So Cal and need your hair done, Angie is the best. She's the only one I let touch my hair period. Her salon is Shampu's @ 562 208 2390.
I have been very busy this week. I have been working in my studio on my new song called "Light". It's the title song of my new instrumental Cd that I plan on releasing in January 2009. I've also been tracking a new song for my great friend Monica Younge. Monica is a great solo artist from Canada. She also founded the Indieguitarists.com website. Her song is a cool Christmas song that will be on her upcoming Christmas CD. I am playing bass and all the guitars on the track. I have been having a blast tracking my parts for the song. I will be using both my Tregan signature guitar and my new Boulder Creek Acoustic guitar on both tracks. On top of all this, we are also mixing my new song "Permission to Land" at Pyram Axis Studios with my great friend Jim DeCicco at the helm. Jim has mixed almost all my stuff forever and he really know his stuff. Did I also mention I'm appearing at Comicon this weekend for my sponsor Shrine Clothing???? Let's see if I survive the week.....LOL....
P.S. Yes my Tregan Ad is in the new Guitar Player Magazine with the Black Crowes on the cover....Cool.....
Ronny has signed a new endorsement deal with Boulder Creek Acoustic Guitars (www.morganhillmusic.com). He will be using the guitars on his upcoming new CDs that are scheduled for release later this year, including the long awaited ACOUSTIFY CD. He will also be using the guitars for all his live acoustic work. The company makes a truly innovative instrument and Ronny is very excited to be working with the company.
We decided to shoot some pics of me skating yesterday. As most of you know, I do skate when I have a chance (Which is very rare these days). It was cool to get my skate on. We shot at the riverbed near my house. Even though we shot at 7:30pm, it was very hot. I had fun skating but I ended up breaking the king pin on one of my boards while riding and then taking a spill, cutting my hand while shooting my other board into the water. Good times... LOL... It was fun and we're going shoot some more pics at the skate park this weekend.
After a quick Happy Meal for breakfast, I was off to Greg Back's to have my guitar looked at. I arrived at his house around noon. After Greg made a few adjustments, we hung a bit and I had some of his legendary lemonade before I was off again to go to Pyram Axis Studios to start the mix on my new single "Permission to Land". We got everything going and Jim will be mixing the track this week. I'm really excited about the track and I'm looking forward to releasing the track in August. It's going to be the first single off my brand new CD Then & Now coming out on Eonian Records this summer. I've also been doing a ton of interviews as well. It's now 7pm and I'm finally home. Now I need to figure out what to have for dinner. Welcome to my world...
Well my weekend was a bit nuts. On Saturday I recorded an interview for the Best of Hair Radio show with DJ Ravenwolf at their radio studios in Hollywood. The interview went well and I had a good time. We will be posting the interview soon on all of my sites. DJ Ravenwolf is a long time supporter of my music. This week I've also done interviews for Modern Guitar Magazine and Metal Monthly to name a couple. I have been doing so much press since I have returned from Nashville. After my radio interview on Saturday, I attended a cool party at my friend Jim's house in the Hollywood Hills. It was a very cool event and we had a blast and I met some cool people and watched all the people jam throughout the night. Jim had a great set up on his big outdoor patio with all the gear to jam. Behind the band you could see LA. It is a great view since his house is way up in the Hills. We also had a blast sitting by the fire pit in his yard. It's always fun hanging at Jim's house when I get the chance. It was also cool watching all the fireworks in LA and from Dodger Stadium from Jim's yard. We also got to watch the lightning from a storm in the high desert. It looked very cool and reminded me of when I'm in Arizona. On Sunday morning we went surfing. After an adventure with the machine that gives you the ticket to park in the lot, we were off. The waves were definitely not happening and so we used our Boogie boards instead and had the best time. (I'm still sore...) After we were finished, we went for a walk under the pier and checked it out. (I'm sure we'll be shooting under there soon... LOL...) We grabbed a donut on the way home, cleaned off all of our stuff, took showers and we were off for some lunch at Red Chile (a great little Mexican Resturant that I have been going to since I was a kid). Lunch was great. After that I came home, rested a bit, and we all went on a Blues Cruise that my brother was playing on. It's a ship that cruises around the Long Beach harbour while the band plays. It was definitely an adventure for sure. Now it's time to get back to work. This week we're mixing my new single "Permision to Land" from my new Greatest Hits CD Then & Now. My good friend Jim Decinco will be mixing it at Pyram Axis Studios. Jim and I work great together. He has been mixing my stuff forever and knows what I like to hear. We're hoping to have the single out by the end of the month. Oh yeah, I'll be doing more press too...
Well we played the Del Mar Fair in San Diego yesterday. I have never attended the Fair or played there so I had no idea what to expect. Our adventure began with all of us meeting at my house to caravan to the show. We actually left on time but had one small flaw in the plan. My Drummer Charles was driving and my bassist Bryan rode with him. They followed us in my car. Well, Charles drives at 20mph all the time and as you all know I don't. LOL... After 15 minutes on the freeway, they were 10 miles behind us. We actually got off the freeway waited for 20 minutes to meet up with my friend Jason in Oceanside to get some new posters he made me and got back on the freeway and arrived at the fair only 5 minutes after the guys. LOL... We got to the fair with no real traffic and found the special gate and drove into our lot with no problems. I checked in and the Fair people shuttled all of us and our gear in golf carts across the Fair to the stage we were playing on. It was fun getting carted through the Fair on the carts. We had 3 carts with all of us and all the gear. I got to ride in the back which was a blast. The O'Brien Stage was right next to the main entrance of the fair. After getting all the gear situated behind the stage we had a couple hours until show time. We were scheduled to play at 6pm and it was now 3:30pm. We all decided to cruise the fair and see what was going on. The weather was actually not that hot but there was a ton of people. After walking around a bit and catching some of a wrestling match, the guys decided to get something to eat. We told them we would meet up with them at the stage in a bit and we went to check out some more stuff. After we cruised for a bit more we grabbed some Pizza and a Coke and went back to the stage to eat our dinner and to check in with my guys and make sure everything was cool with all our gear. When we arrived back at the stage everything was cool and the little girl that was playing before us was on stage doing her thing. She was a poppy songwriter type behind a piano. We really were playing on the Disney stage and were the only rock act playing on it for sure. Our little poppy friend had a good crowd while she played her stuff and I thought for sure we would clear the place out when we hit the stage. Well before you know, it was show time. We got set up quickly and we hit the stage right on time. We used my usual intro music which I'm sure got some people's attention. I also made the announcement on what kind of music I played before we started to warn everyone that it was going to be loud. We hit the stage and dove into my song "Life Inhibited". When the song was done, I stood there for a second to see what would happen expecting to see people leaving. Well, that was not the case, The crowd was into it and we had a big cheer. COOL!!!! Throughout our two hours on stage, we had a great crowd that was with us every step of the way. I gave away a ton of promo CD's and tossed out so many guitar picks. Also of note, we were told to turn down on 5 seperate occasions throughout my show by the Fair staff. One time from the parking lot staff outside the fair!! (I'm not kidding!!) We definitely won over a ton of new SD fans. (Always great!!) My guys Bryan and Charles really had it going on and really rocked all of our songs. Charles even won over a SD fan who was in tears when she came up to him on the side of the stage to tell him she really liked his playing. After we got off stage I signed a ton of my promo pictures and we sold a bunch of CD's. I had a blast talking with everyone and made a few new friends as well. (We're going to go skating soon...) Everybody at the fair was great to us and I'm looking forward to playing the event again next year. We shot so many pictures and video too. I'm going to try to post some video from the show later this week...
Summer NAMM Day 3!!!! (Plus A rundown of our whole adventure!!)
By Sunday we were pretty burnt... I had to be at the show early to do a big meeting with someone. (Stay tuned...) Well even though we got up on time we managed to still get to the show just in time for me to play at 11am at the Tregan booth. (I got up at 7:30am!!!) I'm sure having to pack everything for our flight home didn't help. (We actually sort of started that after we got back on Saturday night but were just too tired...) Our packing experience really wasn't that bad. (More on that later...) We got the van packed, got ready for the show, and we were off. On the way to the Convention Center, we stopped off at Jack in the Box and grabbed some breakfast. (I had a cheeseburger kids meal!!) Our hotel was only 5 minutes from the Convention Center and so we got there in nothing flat and actually got to park in the parking garage. (1st time we did all week...) The parking around the show definitely wasn't happening!! (Don't get me started...) We parked close and we were in the show in nothing flat and got to the Tregan booth right on time. I got set up and I was playing in no time. Laney was kind enough to get me a cool tube combo amp to use at the booth for the whole show. My new Tregan RN signature guitar (www.treganguitars.com) has been just great. It definitely works and I'm very happy that Tregan had the vision to make it for me when so many other companies didn't get it. The guitar was definitely a hit at Summer NAMM and everyone who played loved it. I'd also like to mention that Greg Back (www.gregbackguitars.com) was a major part of the creation process since he made the prototype guitar for Tregan. Greg and I really got it dialed in so that it's my perfect guitar. My demos at the show went great and I had a blast showing everyone at NAMM what my new Tregan RN guitar could do. After my demo at Tregan I went over and played at the AMT Electronics booth. I had a blast at their booth hanging with Chris and Riff. The pedals really do rock and it was fun showing everyone what they can do. On that note, as always I used my AMT Extreme III pedal for all my NAMM demos at the show. It's a great pedal to get the full volume amp thing at a resonable level. After my demo at AMT we decided to try to see some of the show. (I hadn't seen anything yet since I had been so busy playing demos...) Well we did try to see some stuff but we kept running into people I know and after talking to everybody, we really didn't have the time to see the show. I also had to do a couple meeting as well. I also shot a little video promo thing for my buddy Randy at Artist Relations in a hallway at the Convention Center. Then it was back to play at Tregan one last time. After my demo I signed a bunch of promo pics for all the Tregan dealers and we were off to try to see some of the show since we only had an hour before we had to leave for the airport. Well, we ran into everyone and I ended not really seeing anything... We got out of the show and went back to the van so we could pack everything for our flight. We managed to squeeze everything into the luggage and I changed so I would be comfortable for our flight. All we had to do was gas up the rental car and we were off. Well this was no small feat. As you know you have to top off the tank of the rental car before you turn it back in. Well when we pulled into the Exxon station, I thought this would be a quick stop. Nope, I was wrong... When I got in to pay, the clerk there was this guy trying to buy a ton of beer (at least a couple of cases) and then he also wanted cigarettes. Well of course he wanted a special brand of cigarettes that they didn't have. (He was calling the clerk by her first name so I suspect he's been there before.) After going through every brand he found something he liked. Then when the clerk carded him he was old enough but one of the guys with him (Who was at least 60) didn't have an ID so she couldn't sell anyone the beer. Finally the clerk let me pay for my gas and then continued to argue with the beer guys. Well of course the gas I put in didn't top off the tank so I had to go back in to pay for more gas. Well the guys were still arguing about the beer thing. There was a guy in front of me that was waiting to buy a couple packs of cigarettes. Well once again the clerk told the beer guys to hold on so she could take care of us. Of course the guy in front of me decided to pay for his stuff in pennies and dimes... (I swear...) By this time another clerk arrived so he took care of us while the girl clerk continued to argue with the beer guys about IDs. The great part was that the new clerk was definitely not a math wizard by any means and kept messing up counting all the pennies and dimes. Finally after the 19th try he got it... In the end it took us at least a 1/2 hour to get gas! We got on the freeway and we were at the airport in nothing flat. We turned the car in and we were off to check the bags. Well since we got a few things in Nashville we knew we would be a bit heavy when they weighed our stuff. Well the place was packed and it seemed that everyone at NAMM was leaving Nashville at the same time. When we finally got to the front of the line, of course our bags were indeed to heavy. After a little moving stuff around we were good. Now off to security check... As always I beeped going through metal detector. They quickly scanned me and saw that it was my bracelettes. We were all good. We grabbed a quick piece of pizza and we sat down to catch our flight. Of course we saw everyone we knew at the airport. My buddy Jon Levy from Premier Guitar was actually on our flight as well as my friend Don Lace. Jon sat with us and chatted until we boarded. Even though I was very tired, I really didn't get much sleep on our flight but it did go pretty quickly. (On that note, Matt Sorum (Gn'R,VR) was also on our flight but I didn't see him.) When we landed it was a dash to get our luggage (It all arrived!!) and as soon as I walked to the sidewalk my car pulled up. As I was driving us home on the 105 fwy, I was thinking it was great to be home... I'm glad we survived Summer NAMM!!
Here's a few highlights from our week in Nashville:
1.) As soon as we landed on Wednesday night in Nashville, we had just got the rental car and pulled out of the garage when Tony from Tregan called and wanted to go to dinner. We literally through our stuff in the hotel room and we were off to dinner. We went to the Grand Ol' Opry Hotel Dome and had a great steak dinner.
2.)On Thursday we attended the Artist Relation event at noon. We saw some great gear and I got to meet Mark Slaughter who is a great guy. We chatted a bit. After that I got to go to Gruhn's guitars on Broadway. It's a world famous guitar shop that specializes in vintage instruments. We also went to the Opry Mills Mall. The Outdoor World store is an adventure in itself... You have to go there if you can... I had a blast shooting stuff. Here Fishy fishy... Pull!!!!
3.) Going to dinner with everyone on Thursday night to Kobe's Steakhouse. My good friends Randy and Cindy from Sevenspell offered to take us to dinner on Thursday. We met them at the NAMM Mixer at the Convention Center. Well it was open bar and of course I had a couple drinks. I then decided to invite everyone to go with us. So we had Tony, Randy, Cindy, Grant Austin Taylor, and his Mom & Dad David and Aimee all in our van going to dinner. (Karen drove since she didn't drink.) We got to the resturant just before they closed and had a whole table to ourselves. There was another big party at the table next to us. We were the only parties left in the resturant. Well we just tore the place up and were throwing ice at everyone including the other party. I'm sure Kobe's regretted letting us in. LOL... We had the best time and our chef was great. He was telling me that he was really in a Black Metal band so we were talking music the whole time. I almost talked him into letting me cook on the grill a bit but he chickened out. LOL... I also taught Grant how to eat with chopsticks. He picked it right up. To my dismay they didn't have Sushi. Definitely a Travesty!!! It was the most fun I had all week for sure. I think it might have been a little much for Randy and Cindy. LOL... We'll definitely have to get them some therapy now... After that everyone ditched us once we got back to the Convention Center so my gang decided to hit Broadway (The Sunset Strip of Nashville) to hit some bars. Well it was all country music which is fine but I wanted to rock. After a bit we decided to call it a night. One thing, everyone in Nashville is just so nice. It's a great thing...
4.) My demos at Tregan all weekend and especially on Friday because it was the debut of my new signature guitar. We even did a photo shoot in the morning before I went to the show. Meeting all the great people was awesome. My guitar was a big hit. (GREAT!!) That night we first attended the Peavey Party. (Thanks Jen for the passes!!) Reeves Gabriel and Johnny Hilland were playing the show. We just saw Reeves play and he was so amazing. WOW!!! Did I mention it was also open bar??? We then rushed off to meet the Tregan crew. Tony from Tregan took all the endorsers to Italian dinner at the Opry Hotel We had a blast!!!
5.) On Saturday I played so much and had some great meetings. I had a blast shredding it up at the AMT Pedals booth. Chris and Riff are the coolest guys. We went to dinner with Grant and his crew at the Hard Rock Cafe. (Great Twisted Mac & Cheese!!) After that I was off to the On the Rocks club to join my new friend Kristy Rose on stage with her band for a song during their show. It was fun and I'll be posting pics soon. We then decided to check out Nude Karaoke at Printer's Alley. We chickened out once we go there. (It was in a very seedy strip club...) We did run into my fellow Laney endorser and fellow shredder Rob Marcello. Great guy and very funny... We hung a bit and got some pictures together. He's definitely a real rockstar. LOL... I wanna grow up to be just like him....
6.) Last but not least, doing all the press with all the magzines and websites this weekend. Thank you!!!! It's so great to finally be acknowledged for my playing and now my new signature guitar. Hang on. Here we go!!!!!!!!
Summer NAMM Day 2!!!!!
Our day kicked off with some breakfast at Arby's. We were then off to the show. I actually got to the Tregan booth on time for my 11am performance. The booth was packed all day and my demos went great. I was also interviewed on camera for Premier Guitar Magazine's website. We talked about my new signature guitar and I played a bit. I also played at the AMT Electronics booth throughout the day. I have yet really to see anything in the show even though I did manage to have a few great meetings with some very cool companies. (Stay tuned...) I have also met so many great people and on that note, I have talked with several magazines and you'll be seeing some new interviews with me soon. My new signature guitar has been a big hit with the press and public. It's been a blast hanging with Tony from Tregan all weekend. I finally found a guitar company that gets me. After the show we went to dinner with my buddy Grant Austin Taylor, his family and friends Simon and Bill Boyer at the Hard Rock Cafe. We had a great time and I had the Twisted Mac & Cheese and a Margarita (like always..). After dinner I jammed on stage at the On the Rocks Night club with my new pal Kristy Rose and her band. We got there a little early so we chilled on her bus until she went on. I joined them for a rocking version of Wild Thing. It was pretty out of control and the crowd was going nuts. After that we decided to hit Printers Alley to see what was going on. It was happening but not our scene. We did run into Rob Marcello and we chatted a bit and got a picture together. He's a really cool guy and a great player. We're also both Laney endorsers. After that we were pretty burnt and decided to call it a night. On Sunday I'm playing at Tregan and AMT a few more times and then we're off to LA. Let's see if we survive....
Summer NAMM Day One!!
Today was nuts!! It started this morning with a photo shoot before breakfast with my new Tregan RN production guitar. We were waiting for a used record store to open and decided to shoot some pics on some cool stairs in the shopping center. We then grabbed some Jack in the Box and we were off to the show. It was hell finding parking. (We parked so far way from the convention center!) We finally got in and I immediately started playing at the Tregan booth. All my performances all day were packed. I also played at AMT Pedals. It was a long but good first day of NAMM. My new guitar has been getting a great response. I've also seen so many friends at the show. After the show we attended the Peavey Party. (Thanks for the passes Jen!!) Reeves Gabriel played and he was so good. We had a blast at the party but we had to leave early to meet the Tregan crew for dinner at this cool Italian Resturant at the Opry Hotel Dome. We had a great time at dinner and after that I was pretty burnt and so I decided not to play at tonight's event and to get some rest instead. Tomorrow's a whole other adventure... Stay tuned... I'm playing at the Tregan Booth (1436) at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and at 5pm. I'll also be playing at AMT Pedals (234) throughout the day as well. I'll be giving out picks and signing pictures at both booths all day.
See you at the show......
Our Nashville Adventure!!!!
Well today was our first full day in Nashville. After over-sleeping we had Chicken & Waffles for breakfast and then we were off to the Artist Relations event at noon at the Convention Center. We checked out some cool new gear and I hung with my buddy Grant Austin Taylor for a bit. We also met Mark Slaughter who was also invited to the event. He was a cool guy and we chatted a bit. After the event we went to Gruhns guitars which was cool, had a margarita at the Hard Rock and then went back to the convention center to pick up my new Tregan RN signature production guitar. (It's cool!!) We then decided to check out the Opry Mills Mall. Well we got on the freeway at 5pm and the traffic was at a standstill. (Just like LA!!) We eventually got to the Mall and walked through the whole thing including the Hot Topic and the aquarium. Of course I didn't find anything and Karen bought a ton of stuff. We also checked out Outdoor World. They have everything for outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and golf. They even sell boats and they have a lake with huge fish in it to go fishing in... The store was like an amusement park. LOL... We then rushed back to the hotel to change before we met up with my friend Randy at the NAMM mixer thing at 8pm. We actually got there almost on time. LoL... Well everyone was in attendance and it was open bar. We all had a blast and then went to Kobe's Steakhouse for dinner. Our group was Randy, Cindy, Tony G from Tregan, Grant, his Dad David, his Mom Amie,and us. We had a blast at dinner and closed the place down. Our Chef was in a Black Metal band and I taught Grant how to use Chopsticks. Karen drove all there in our van since most of us (especially me!!) had a lot to drink at the NAMM thing. After we came back we hit Broadway Ave and checked out the bars. After the long night, we're tired and the first day of the show is tomorrow...
Weíre in Nashville!!!
We had a good flight. When we landed, I ran in to my friend from LA at the luggage pick up thing. (He was also here for NAMM). After getting our car (We got a van), we drove into Nashville. We weren't in the car for 5 minutes when Tony from Tregan called and wanted to know if were here yet. I told him we were and he invited us out to dinner. We quickly checked into our hotel and Tony picked us up. We went to dinner at the Grand Ol' Opry Hotel. It's in this huge dome. It was so cool... We had a great dinner and just hung out. After that we were pretty tired. It was a fun first day in Nashville. Can't wait to go sight-seeing tomorrow... I've seen so many people I know already. Tomorrow night we're attending the NAMM mixer event and hanging with my friend Randy who lives here. It's going to be a crazy week...
P.S. The weather is great. It's in the 80's. Way cooler than LA this week. It was a 100 degrees in LA when we left...
Ronny will be performing a song with the New Wave Crime Syndicate tonight at Club Sachi in Long Beach, CA. New Wave Crime Syndicate features Keri Kelli, Robbie Crane, Mike Fasano and Sean Katlen.
Happy New Years!!
Ronny is kicking off 2008 with a bang by participating in Winter NAMM 2008. First off, he and his band will be playing a free show at the Hilton at the Anaheim Convention Center on the NAMM stage in the lobby on Wednesday, January 16th. They hit the stage at 8pm sharp. This show is open to the public and so you do not need a NAMM badge to attend. This show is all ages. Ronny will also be performing all weekend long (Thursday, January 17th through Sunday, January 20th) for various sponsors, including PreSonus (daily at 2pm), Laney Amps (daily), and Lightpicks (daily).
Ronny's latest CD DISCONNECTED is now available at CDbaby.com. Check it out at http://cdbaby.com/cd/ronnynorth!!!
DISCONNECTED is also available at www.totalmusicnut.com!
Ronny will be in the next issue of Fireworks Magazine, which is a bi-monthly magazine. Check it out if you can.
Ronny has signed a distribution deal with Nightmare Records in order to get his DISCONNECTED CD in record store. Stay tuned for more info. The CD is currently available on the Merchandise Page.
Happy Easter to all!
Ronny is in the current issue (March 2007) of Guitar Player Magazine (on page 36, I think). Check it out if you can!!
You can now PRE-ORDER the Disconnected EP on the merchandise page.
Last night Ronny and the boys ROCKED San Diego!! They had such a blast playing at the Shredfest. Everybody in San Diego is just the coolest. Greg Vaughan simply tore the place up and the all-star jam at the end was just incredible. Ronny can't wait to play San Diego again!!
NAMM was a huge success!!! Ronny and his gang was there all 4 days and it was extremely busy going from demo to demo. Ronny performed at the Mills Acoustics booth most of the days. He then would go to Brazen Guitars. On Saturday, he played a great little set at the Minarik Guitars booth to tons of people. He played to backing tracks on his ZUNE and it worked perfectly. (Thanks to his assistant, who is now called "Zune Girl"!!) On Sunday, Ronny got to roam around the whole thing and take care of a lot of business. On Thursday night, Ronny played at the Fender Ave Bar and Grill NAMM Showcase. It was being taped and shown live on the internet. He then had to rush to the Mills Acoustics NAMM Showcase at Hot House Studios in Sante Fe Springs to headline. Ronny and his band played an amazing set that was very well-received. Friday and Saturday nights were spent at parties and then at the Hilton Bar, where everyone hangs out. It was a great time. These 4 days just flew by. Next up, the Shredfest in San Diego on Thursday...
Happy New Years to everyone!!
Last night, Ronny played at the Best Buy/Minarik Guitars Showcase in Riverside. Despite the rain and the wind, there was a lot of people there and everyone enjoyed it. It was the first time that Ronny played to backing tracks coming out of his new ZUNE. (His band couldn't make it!) After only a few glitches, Ronny went up there and rocked the place. When his set was over, he met a lot of really cool people and hopes to work with some of them in the future!! Rock on!!! Next up is NAMM!!
Ronny and the boys had a great show last night at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, Everybody wad rocking out and enjoying it.
Ronny will be in the March 2007 Issue of Guitar Player Magazine and also in their Myspace column. He is very excited about it because it is a dream come true since he has been reading the magazine since he was 13.
For the holidays, Ronny has a limited number of "Have a PSYKO Christmas" shirts and buttons available. To purchase, visit the merchandise page.
On December 1st, Ronny went on the air live in the studio on the Primespot Radio Show ( www.kbeach.org). He had a blast hanging with show host Kari, did a great interview, and played some tracks off his Going Psyko CD. Primespot Radio has been a long time supporter of Ronny's and he is very grateful! On that note, you can hear Ronny's music on the following radio stations: Metal Rock Radio 97 FM (www.metalrockradio97fm.com), Myspace Radio (www.myspaceradio.com), Radio Metal Storm (www.radiometalstorm.com), High Octane Radio (www.highoctaneradio.com), and VM Underground Radio (www.v-m-u.com).
Ronny will be finishing up 2006 with 2 shows in Southern California: The Blue Cafe in Long Beach on Wednesday, December 6th and the Lighthouse Cafe in Redondo Beach on Tuesday, December 19th.
2007 is already shaping up to be a big year for Ronny. He will be kicking it off by playing daily for his several of his sponsors (such as Brazen Guitars, Mills Acoustics, Amt Pedals, among others) at Winter NAMM in Anaheim. He will also be performing at a few NAMM Showcases; most notably, the Mills Acoustics Showcase on Thursday, January 18th. Earlier that same day, he will be playing at another NAMM Jam at the Fender's Bar & Grill in Fullerton. Besides NAMM, Ronny's Disconnected EP will be released in January. The Psyko Guitar Instructional DVD, Ronny's signature PSYKO DRIVE pedal from AMT Pedals, the Ronny North signature pickups from WB Pickups will all come out in early 2007. Stay tuned for more information and other big things that Ronny has in the works.
Ronny's interview in All Access Magazine comes out on Wednesday, November 15th. Be sure to check it out! You can get All Access Magazine free all over California and abroad. Check out their website at www.allaccessmagazine.com.
On Saturday, November 4th, Ronny won for Best Guitarist at the 2006 All Access Magazine Awards that were held at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. Ronny was extremely shocked and overjoyed that he won!! (It couldn't have happened to a greater guy!!) After his win, Ronny walked around and was congratulated by everyone. He then left with his crew and went to the Bow to celebrate!!! CONGRATS!!!!
Happy Halloween!! Ronny is very excited to be playing at the Knitting Factory for Halloween. Club Vodka is putting the show on and it is a great pleasure to be working with them again. Hope to see everyone there and be safe!!
Ronny and his entourage (affectionately called "The Norths") had a blast in Texas. You can read all about it in Ronny's Blog on myspace. Now that the dust has settled, Ronny plans to finish the DISCONNECTED EP. While the next big outting is NAMM in January, there will probably be a few local shows before that. Stay tuned...
Happy Friday the 13th!!!!
Ronny and his great band had a good time playing at The Blue Cafe in Long Beach on Wednesday. They can't wait to play there again. Ronny is now gearing up for Texas next week. It should be a hectic but very fun and exciting 2 days. Ronny will be posting updates on his myspace page daily and so all of you can enjoy the experience too.
Ronny's show at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach was great. Everybody in the crowd loved it and they have already been invited back.
In other news, Ronny has been nominated for 2 ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE Music Awards: Best Instrumental Group (#4) and Best Male Guitarist (#26). You can vote at www.allaccessmagazine.com/vote.php!! The Awards Ceremony will be at the Knitting Factory in November.
First off, Happy October to everyone! Secondly, over the weekend, Ronny tore it up in Hollywood! The place was kind of small, but that didn't stop Ronny from doing what he does best. All of the people in the crowd loved it. Best of all was that Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, The Doors), who is one of Ronny's great friends, picked up the bass and did "Freeway Jam" with Ronny and Nick. It was amazing!!! Next up for Ronny is Martini Blues in Huntington Beach on Saturday the 7th and then The Blue Cafe in Long Beach on Wednesday the 11th. Hope to see everyone there! Both shows should ROCK!!!
On Monday, September 25th, Ronny will be doing an interview with Six String Bliss (www.sixstringbliss.com ). It should be a great POD Cast and Ronny will be talking about his upcoming DISCONNECTED EP as well as his shows and latest gear.
After that, Ronny is very excited to be making his triumphant return to Hollywood at Michael's Pub on Saturday, September 30th. It has been awhile since he has played the town and so he is just raring to go.
On Saturday, October 7th, Ronny will be back in Huntington Beach at Martini Blues. His good friends Christopher Marshall and Angelspin will also be performing.
Another thing that Ronny is excited about is going to Arlington, TX for the Guitar Show on October 21st and 22nd. It should a jam-packed weekend filled with guitars.
Other upcoming events are Winter NAMM 2007 in Anaheim, CA and rumor has it, that Ronny will soon be playing a show for the Troops in another country! Stay tuned for more details!!
In the upcoming months, Ronny will be featured in ads for Guitar Wheel, Minarik Guitars, and AMT Pedals. On that note, the Ronny North Psyko Drive Pedals will be released through AMT Pedals later this year.
The Disconnected EP will be available in the fall of 2006 and the Acoustify CD will be available in the winter of 2006.
Ronny North is now on YouTube! You can see his live performance of "Hollow" from the Randy Rhoads Tribute Show.
Lastly, apologies go out for not having the news updated in a long time. The web designer has been lazy!!
Two of Ronny's songs are in the Top 10 on High Octane Radio in Texas!!
High Octane Radio listeners top 10 / top rated songs for July 31st (1 - 5 scale):
1. DAVID NEIL CLINE - Take It Or Leave It (4.5)
2. TY OLIVER - Driven (4.5)
3. RONNY NORTH - Race With Me (4.5)
4. SECOND HEAT - Down in Lousiana (4.5)
5. RONNY NORTH - Remeber (4.5)
6. TUFF - American Hairband (4)
7. Tommy Lee - Tired (4)
8. LOURDS - Always (4)
9. AMERICAN ANTHEM - Kill Myself (4)
10. AMERICAN ANTHEM - Cold As Hell (4)
PUMP 5 - Seaside Drive (4)
Dope - Always (4)
Danny Danzi Band - Fool (4)
CHEAP TRICK - Perfect Stranger (4)
Roxx - Rockin' Horse (4)
MISS CRAZY - Billie (4)
BAPTiZED X FiRE - Juggernaut (4)
Ronny has a very successful trip to Austin, TX for Summer NAMM. Read all about it on his myspace page. Next, Ronny will be performing Saturday, August 5th, and Sunday, August 6th, at the California World Guitar Show at the Fairplex in Pomona (1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768). Also on Saturday, August 5th, Ronny and the boys will be playing at the Randy Rhoads Tribute Show at Surf City Saloon (18528 Beach Blvd. @ Ellis, Huntington Beach, CA 92648). After that, the gang will be playing San Francisco, Texas, New Mexico, and Connectiut in the next few months. Stay tuned for more details...
Ronny will be playing at Summer NAMM in Austin, TX, for Minarik Guitars, AMT Pedals, and Pedalsnake audio snakes.
In the summer of 2006, Ronny will have a signature model guitar out by KGB Guitars that will feature a Sustainiac. an original Floyd Rose with a Turbotrem Bar, Seymour Duncan pickups, and a cool camouflage finish on a single cutaway body of Swap Ash. www.myspace.com/kgbguitars
Ronny will also have a Ronny North signature Overdrive/Distortion Pedal coming out from AMT Electronics.
You can now listen to 4 of Ronny's song on www.audiocandy.com.
You can now get Ronny North Ringtones for your cell phone!!! Check them out at www.myindietones.com!!
Ronny will once again be one of the judges for Guitar Center's Annual Guitar Competition. Anyone can enter the event or can just come on down and check out all the players. The event is every Tuesday in March. For additional information, call (562) 402-4106./p>
Ronny is proud to announce a new addition to the band: Drummer, Nick Horn. To find out more info on Nick, check out the Band Bio Page!!
Ronny North NY Tour has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details.
New CD Going Psyko will be available on 1/19/06.
Ronny will be performing at NAMM in Anaheim all weekend and he is doing a big demo at the Minarik Guitars Booth (Hall E Booth 1570) on 1/21 at 1:30pm. He will also be performing daily at the booths of Floyd Rose, Atomic Amplifiers, and Pedalsnake. He will be making appearances at the Washburn and Carvin Booths throughout the weekend too. Check out www.myspace.com/ronnynorth for daily updates on Ronny's NAMM adventure!!!
The show that was supposed to take place at the Plush Grill on Friday, Dec 23rd, has been cancelled.
Ronny's song "Remember" will be featured on the Starbucks Coffee "Emerging Artists" Compliation CD on their Hear Music record label. The CD will be released in early 2006 and will be sold exclusively at all Starbucks locations.
In NAMM related news, Ronny will be appearing at the Washburn booth, Atomic Amplifiers booth, AMT Pedals booth, Tipton Guitars booth, Pedalsnake booth, and Axetrax booth. He will playing right before Dick Dale on January 21st at 2pm at the Minarik Guitars booth. Ronny will also be performing at the Atomic Amplifiers After-Show Concert on one of the nights. More details coming soon!!
Ronny has decided to re-schedule his Masters Class until early in 2006. The class will still be held at Hot House Studios. Anyone interested can leave a message on the Ronny North Hotline (562-214-5075). Ronny will also be doing another GC Clinic in the near future!! Stay tuned for details!!
In other news, there are still a few free tickets left for Saturday's show at Cinegrill!!
Over the weekend, Ronny and the boys opened for Yngwie Malmsteen at the Ventura Theatre. The show went great and they won over some new fans.
In other news, Ronny just signed on to endorse Washburn Guitars and Randall Amplifiers. He will performing at the 2006 NAMM Show for several of his sponsors.
Ronny's first Shred 101 GC Clinic went great. There was a great turn out!!
Ronny and the boys had a blast playing for the LA County Fair crowds during all four of their shows and they have already been invited back to play again next year! They even survived the over 100 degree temperature during the daytime shows!!
Ronny just signed on to endorse Pedal Snake audio snakes. He will use them
exclusively on his upcoming tour.
In other news, Ronny will be doing a few solos on his good friend Canadian artist Monica Younge's upcoming new CD.
Also, please check out Ronny's page on Myspace.com at www.myspace.com/ronnynorth.
Ronny played at the Santa Monica World Guitar Show on Saturday. He performed at the Minarik Guitars booth all day and had a blast meeting everyone who came by. He put his Minarik Diablo through its paces during his demos and managed to win over a few new fans as well (which is always a good thing!). Ronny will be doing a lot of stuff with the Minarik guys in the next few months...
You can listen to Ronny's new single "Benihana Breakdown" now on the MERCHANDISE page.
A review of Ronny will appear in the August 1st Edition of Music Connection Magazine!
Ronny is currently mixing his new single "Benihana Breakdown" at Pyram Axis Studios with Jim Deccinco manning the board. The song will be released on July 28th.....
Ronny is very excited to be playing 3 times at the Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival. Ronny and the boys will be debuting the brand new song "Minute of You" at their performance at the Festival's Media Day on July 28th.
Ronny did an interview for www.indieguitarists.com and it is now featured on their website. Check it out!
Ronny will be one of the three artists featured in the Minarik Guitars Ad in the NAMM issue of Music Connection, which should hit stands around July 14th.
The Seymour Duncan User Group Day Jam CD is now available for free at www.seymourduncan.com. (It can be found in the User Group Day Forum!) Ronny's song "D-Funk" is Song #2 on Disk 2. (George Lynch's song is Song #1!!). Check it out!
Over the weekend, Ronny and the boys "woke up the neighborhood" by performing at the Special Olympics in Long Beach. Ronny and his band have played this event for the past few years and once again, they all had a great time for a good cause.
In other news, last night, Ronny, Jason and Mike tore it up at Blind Melons in San Diego (which was located almost on the beach and next to some really cool shops!). The guys were so well-received that they have already been invited back to play there in August. Stay tuned!!
Thanks to everybody who came out to Ronny's Birthday Bash. It was alot of fun and everyone had a blast.
The show that was originally scheduled for RJ's in Beverly Hills on Saturday, June 4th, has been rescheduled to July. Stay tuned for the new date!
As mentioned previously, Ronny is going to be on the Seymour Duncan User Group Day Jam CD that will be released through Seymour Duncan in the next couple of weeks. The song that he plays on is called "D-Funk" and is a funk rock free-for-all jam. Other artists on the CD are George Lynch and Kat Dyson. Be sure to check it out!!
The Forever Young CD will be available in June. Keep checking the merchandise page for more information.
In April, Ronny attended the Seymour Duncan User Group Day and at the end of it, there was this amazing jam session. It turned out so well that a CD version of it is being released. Ronny is featured on the CD and you can get it for FREE if you go to the Seymour Duncan website.
Ronny just signed on to endorse Oakley sunglasses. He has been wearing their glasses for years, and so it is an especially cool thing that now he is an official endorser. He looks forward to working with the company.
Ronny and the guys (Jason and Mike) had a great show at the Studio Suite on
Friday, May 6th, and they won over a bunch of new fans.
The next day, Ronny did the Amp Show and played all day at the AMT Pedals Suite. He even had a few visits at the show from fellow Seymour Duncan Users who had also attended the Duncan Day festivities a few weeks ago. All in all, it was a crazy weekend!! On a related note, Ronny will be featured on the Seymour Duncan Jam CD that was recorded at the Duncan Jam in Santa Barbara. Stay tuned!!
Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone!!
Ronny will be the featured artist for July on www.indieguitarist.com. They will have an interview with him as well as some cool pictures.
Ronny and the boys have had a very busy April so far!- Ronny was a judge at Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon So Cal Finals on the 12th.
- They played the Hub on Friday the 15th and did a short set. The band had a blast playing and meeting everyone after their set. The bar even stayed open after hours so the band could hang out longer and party. On Saturday the 16th, they played the Tsunami Relief Show at Pharaohs Lost Kingdom. They hit the stage at 12:15 pm in 100 degree heat and after their set to cool off, they all went in the water park.
- Ronny attended the Seymour Duncan User Group Day on the 22nd at the Duncan factory in Santa Barbara. The company had a day for a bunch of their end users and artists to have a tour of the factory and also to try out a bunch of new products. (Ronny has been a Duncan endorser for 9 years!) That evening the company hosted a Banquet Jam for all the attendees. The Banquet was kicked off with a scorching performance by the Seymour Duncan Band. Anyone who has ever seen Seymour play knows that he can really tear it up on his Telecaster. Other performances during the evening were by Prince's guitarist Kat Dyson (who is a great guitarist and a great singer to boot!) and George Lynch (everyone already knows how great he is!). Ronny also played (right after George!) and went out and tore it up in front of all the attendees which included several high profile Duncan endorsers as well as everyone who attended the all-day event and several people from the music equipment industry and from all of the major guitar press. On that note, Ronny's performance at the event went over great!! Ronny states, "I had a blast at the event and I made a lot of new friends."
- Ronny just laid guitar tracks down for the Techno Band Space Drums' (www.spacedrums.com) new CD. Ronny states that it was really cool to be able to play on the track since he's a major fan of Techno Music.
Ronny will be attending the Seymour Duncan User Group Day Event at the Seymour Duncan Factory along with several other endorsees this Friday, April 22nd. This event is for the endorsees to tour the factory and learn how to wind their own pickups! There will be a cool banquet/jam on Friday night. Ronny has been endorsing SD pickups for the last 9 years!!!
Ronny, Jason, and Mike will on Long Beach Community Television (LBCT) on Monday, April 4th at 4:30pm on Charter Cable channels 65,69, and 95. They will be interviewed as well as play a few songs. If you have cable and live in or around Long Beach, check it out!
Ronny will be calling in to the Prime Spot Internet Radio Show ( www.kbeach.org) tonight at 9:30pm right before he goes on stage to play at RJ's!! He will be talking with hosts Kari and Mo about the Tsunami Relief Concert as well as the upcoming Forever Young CD. They will playing some songs off the FY CD and so tune in if you can.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Ronny will be calling in to the Prime Spot Internet Radio Show ( www.kbeach.org) on Friday, March 18th. He will talking with hosts Kari and Mo about his upcoming shows, judging the Guitarmageddon contest, his upcoming CD's, and the whole Forever Young thing. The show is on from 9pm to 11pm and is broadcast from the Cal State Long Beach campus. Prime Spot is a big supporter of Ronny's and they play his music all the time.
Ronny will be reissuing the Forever Young CD next month. Forever Young was one of the bands that he was in during the '80's. They were one of the top drawing acts on the Sunset Strip and played regularly at the Whisky, Gazzarri's, and the Roxy. For more information, keep checking back or visit either www.paulgold.net or the yahoo groups fansite foreveryoungfansite. (Quick note: for those of you who don't know, Paul Gold was the singer for Forever Young.)
Ronny's interview on the Tormented VH Fan Site is now up. This is one of the most informative interviews that he has ever done and also has some cool pictures. Click here to read it!!
On a related note, Ronny is mentioned in KNAC.com DJ Junkman's NAMM recap. Click here to read the article.
Ronny judged Round 1 of the Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon on March 1st and had a blast. Other judges included Swirl Girl guitarist (and Ronny's good friend) Duane T Jones and Jim Warino (another of Ronny's friends) from Rock City News. Ronny states that it was very cool to see all of the young players tearing it up!! The competition is every Tuesday throughout March at 6:30pm at the Guitar Center in Cerritos, which is located at 11159 183rd St. (562-402-4106)(right across the street from the Cerritos Shopping Mall). If you are in the area, come on down and check it out!!
Ronny will be one of the judges for Guitar Center's 2005 Guitarmageddon guitar off contest. This is the second year that he has been invited to do this. The contest will be held at a few different GC's, but Ronny will only be at Cerritos store. The whole thing kicks off on March 1st. Ronny states, "it is a great honor to be a judge in this competition and it's exciting to see all the up and coming players!!"
Rock For Relief Update: the guys had a really great show at Canes and won over alot of new fans. Best of all, it was for a great cause!!! Their tour of the battleship (the USS Decatur), before the show, was very cool as well.
Happy Valentine's Day!!
Ronny and the guys really tore it up at the Red Cross Tsunami Relief Benefit at Squid Joe's on 2/12. There was a great turn out and all the bands were cool. On top of that, some players from the WPFL team the So Cal Scorpions were on hand meeting everyone and signing lots of autographs. It was a great night and best of all, they raised money for the Tsunami victims. (Check the gallery for some pictures from the show!)
Next stop is the Rock for Relief show at Canes on 2/20. On a related note, the band have been invited to take a private tour of a US battleship (the USS Decatur), which is based in the SD harbor, before they play on Sunday. The guys are very excited about it and look forward to meeting the crew of the ship. (Stay tuned for pictures!!)
After recovering from NAMM 2005, Ronny has been inspired by the experience and has started writing a bunch of new songs. Some of the new songs will be debuted at the upcoming Tsunami Relief shows!
Ronny was recently approached by some TV Producers about possibly doing a TV show. He is currently is talks with them. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!!9>
Ronny had a very good NAMM show this year. He demoed at AMT Pedals, Tipton Guitars, Sustainiac, and at Atomic Amps. His demos were very well received and he ended up signing a lot of autographs every day. Ronny was also invited to play at a few after-show NAMM jams but managed to miss them all because of other stuff happening at the show. When all the smoke cleared, he secured new endorsements with Atomic Amps, Sustainiac, AxeTrak, and Black Kross Pedal Boards. He is currently in the process of finalizing some other endorsements. (Stay tuned!) Ronny is also going to be working with a company to develop a brand new product from the ground up. (Again stay tuned!) He is very excited about the top-secret project: "I am very flattered that the company invited me to be involved in the project and I think I could help them design something that will be very usable to guitarists like myself!" On a related note, this was the first year that Ronny used Tipton guitars for all of his demos. According to him, "the guitars held up great and the only problem I had was on Saturday during my demo at Atomic when I knocked the neck loose on my Burned Tipton when I rammed the neck of the guitar into the ground (which is something I regularly do!!). The crowd loved it and so it was worth it! After a quick tightening of the neck bolts, we were back in business. It seems that the Tiptons are tough enough to survive my sedate laid-back style!!!"
Ronny, Jason, and Billy have been touring clubs all over Southern California . The shows have been going great and have gotten awesome response! Ronny also has played at several trade shows and guitar clinics throughout the year, including clinics for Tipton Guitars. Keep checking the web site for show and appearance schedule updates!
Ronny will be releasing a new acoustic instrumental CD, Acoustify in early Fall 2004. The first single, Morning Breeze has been released. Ronny will be playing several more acoustic shows throughout the Fall and Winter.
Ronny recently inked a licensing deal with MTV, who will use many of the instrumental works from Ronny's Smeared CD on The Real World - San Diego show.
Ronny's new instrumental CD Smeared is now available, and has been getting rave reviews. Check your local music store, or order your copy from ronnynorth.com!
Ronny had a very successful and very busy show. He played throughout the show including performances at the Seymour Duncan and Italia Guitars booths. On top of all this, he managed to score several new endorsement deals and make several new fans!
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