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Ronnie James Dio – 5 Years Remembered

Posted in music, photography with tags , , , , on May 17, 2015 by Kevin Estrada

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Ronnie James Dio – 5 Year Memorial

Hall Of Liberty : Forest Lawn

Hollywood Hills

May 16, 2015

(all photos © Kevin Estrada/www.kevinestrada.com)

    SOUNDCHECK & BACKSTAGE MOMENTS : Photos 1-34 THE EVENT :  Photos 35-146

-WELCOME:    EDDIE TRUNK – introduces DR. SANDY KAPOOR (SUAS Medical Director & Board Member)

SPEAKER 1:   DR. SANDY KAPOOR (speaks about SUAS)

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces LITA FORD

SPEAKER 2:   LITA FORD (speaks about song “Lisa”, written about her mother who passed from cancer)

PERFORMANCE 1:   “LISA” – LITA FORD & PATRICK KENNISON (acoustic)

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces WYN DAVIS (Producer), & DEAN SCHACHTEL (SUAS Board Member):

SPEAKER 3:   WYN DAVIS

SPEAKER 4:   DEAN SCHACHTEL

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces GREAT WHITE

PERFORMANCE 2:   “HEAVEN & HELL” – GREAT WHITE (acoustic)

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces APRIL EPPILITO

SPEAKER 5:   APRIL EPPILITO (speaks about her son)

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces LORRAINE LEWIS with GREAT WHITE

PERFORMANCE 3:   “LAST IN LINE” – LORRAINE LEWIS with GREAT WHITE

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces SHEILA MELODY (SUAS Board Member

SPEAKER 6:   SHEILA MELODY

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces ROUGH CUTT (Paul Shortino, Amir Derakh, Chris Hager, Matt Thorne, Dave Alford)

SPEAKER 7:   PAUL SHORTINO (speaks about Ronnie producing the song)

PERFORMANCE 4:   “TAKE HER” – ROUGH CUTT

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces ROCK FEINSTEIN (Ronnie’s Cousin & band mate from Elf

SPEAKER 8:   ROCK FEINSTEIN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces John Payne, Rock Feinstein, Christian Martucci, Sean McNabb, Roy Mayorga & Scott Warren

PERFORMANCE 5:   “MISTREATED” – JOHN PAYNE, ROCK FEINSTEIN, CHRISTIANMARTUCCI, SEAN McNABB, ROY MAYORGA & SCOTT WARREN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces VINNY APPICE & STEVE MIGNARDI

SPEAKER 9:   VINNY APPICE

SPEAKER 10:            STEVE MIGNARDI

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces Gabbie Rae, Rowan Robertson, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice & Scott Warren

PERFORMANCE 6: “RAINBOW IN THE DARK” – GABBIE RAE, ROWAN ROBERTSON, RUDY SARZO, VINNY APPICE & SCOTT WARREN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces RUDY SARZO

SPEAKER 11:           RUDY SARZO

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces Ann Boleyn (of Hellion), Craig Goldy, Sean McNabb, Simon Wright & Scott Warren

PERFORMANCE 7: “SIGN OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS” – ANN BOLEYN, CRAIG GOLDY, SEAN McNABB, SIMON WRIGHT & SCOTT WARREN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces CRAIG GOLDY & SCOTT WARREN (Members of Dio)

SPEAKER 12:            CRAIG GOLD

SPEAKER 13:            SCOTT WARREN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces Oni Logan, Joe Retta, Craig Goldy, Bjorn Englen, Simon Wright & Scott Warren

PERFORMANCE 8: “STARGAZER” – ONI LOGAN, JOE RETTA, CRAIG GOLDY, BJORN ENGLEN, SIMON WRIGHT & SCOTT WARREN

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – introduces SCOTT (BIG SCOTT) SENTINELLA

SPEAKER 14:            SCOTT (BIG SCOTT) SENTINELLA

PERFORMANCE 9: “STAND UP AND SHOUT” – RICKY WARWICK, ROBBIE CRANE, CHRIS BRODERICK, JIMMY BAIN & VINNY APPICE

SEGUE: EDDIE TRUNK – “That was… Ricky Warwick, Robbie Crane, Chris Broderick, Jimmy Bain,Vinny Appice & Scott Warren” introduces WENDY DIO

SPEAKER 15:            WENDY DIO – Thank you / Closing Speech                                                                   

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If You Can’t Shoot ‘Em…Draw ‘Em!

Posted in music, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

Edward Van Halen & Randy Rhoads
July 7 & July 10, 1984
Drawn By Kevin Estrada

Not too long ago, my Mother and my Step Father were cleaning out their garage and came across a few of my things that had been buried away for years. It was like Christmas morning for me when my Mother handed me a box filled with memories from my childhood. Among the items were these two drawings that I drew when I was a teen back in 1984.

I was so into the rock and roll visuals to the point that if I wasn’t sneaking my camera into shows taking the photos, I was at home drawing the photos. I would throw myself on my bed, crank my music up and draw for hours on end. I studied rock photography like my life depended on it…my nose was always stuck in the latest issue of Cream Magazine or Circus Magazine. I knew all the names by the time I was 11 or 12 years old – Neil Zlozower, Fin Costello, Neal Preston, Mark Weiss, the list goes on and on. Those were my heroes…and they still are.

Obviously, Eddie and Randy had a huge impact on me growing up. These guitar slingers were bigger than life and I would dream of someday working with them one on one. Unfortunately, working one on one with Randy Rhoads would never happen for me…I drew this about 2 years after his death. These pictures were drawn just a few days apart…I must have been really itchy to get to another show.

These drawing mean a lot to me. When I look at them, I remember the passion and the excitement that drove me to live my dream of becoming a rock photographer…I never gave up. Yea, I know people say dreams are lame, but dreams really can come true…I am living proof. Today, I still have that same passion and excitement that I did back in the early 1980’s when I would dream about photographing my favorite band in the dressing room as they readied to hit the stage. I am blessed that my dream came true.

Pasadena Openers…Odin

Posted in music, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2008 by Kevin Estrada

ODIN
Perkin’s Palace
March 16, 1984

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Part three of a five-part series that I am doing this week on local L.A. bands in the ‘80s that were opening acts on some big gigs at my favorite venue as a kid – Perkin’s Palace in Pasadena California.
***

Odin was fairly new to the L.A. rock scene, but they rapidly built a strong and legitimate following around the rock circuit. Their street cred became undeniable, quickly getting the band added to the big shows – like this one at Perkin’s Palace. At this point, Odin had just recorded their first 7” single, Caution (which I bought that night at the show for $2.00). Despite the homemade artwork and misspellings on the single, Odin looked like a band on the verge.

From 1983 through 1985, Odin’s sound was heavy and fast – pulling influences from bands like Armored Saint and Metallica, but adding the Blues elements of Aerosmith and Van Halen. Odin’s opening act days were numbered, and the band soon found themselves headlining most of the rock venues in Los Angeles.

I was a big fan of this band, their early material was the perfect combination of chuggy guitar riffs and melodic metal hooks mixed with raw, punk rock production. Their 7” sounded like it was recorded in a basement for $10, but this was the perfect sound for this band.

After their first full release, Don’t Take No For An Answer in 1985, I – along with many others – lost interest in Odin as the the band became influenced by the early stages of “hair metal.” Odin drastically changed their sound, their live show, their clothes, their hair, and their overall outlook on music. I was pretty bummed out that a solid, quality band would give in so quickly and jump on the “hair metal” bus, especially after working so hard to gain the respect that they had built. But, for every one of me that they lost, I am sure they gained two or three “hair metal” fans…but that was not my thing.

Legendary club owner,Bill Gazarri, proclaimed that Odin would be bigger than Van Halen, but Odin’s potential remained unfulfilled. A major label deal failed to come their way. But it would be their appearance in The Decline Of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, that would turn the band into cult metal heroes or the laughing stock of rock, depending on how you look at things.

Photographed with one eye on the camera and one eye looking over my shoulder on my trusty, smuggled in Canon AE-1 and a cheap, no name 70mm-210mm lens. Shot on Kodak negative film.

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