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Thunder Valley’s Summer Concert Series kicks off

Thunder Valley's outdoor amphitheater

Thunder Valley’s outdoor amphitheater

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Summer Concert Series got off to a great start Saturday night as Rick Springfield stormed Thunder Valley Casino’s outdoor amphitheater with his hit song ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ along with Eddie Money, who was ‘Playing for Keeps,’ and Loverboy who was simply ‘Lovin Every Minute of It.’

As the Sacramento region saw temperatures heading north of 100 degrees for the first time in 2014, Thunder Valley Casino kicked off their Summer Concert Series in style with thousands of fans filling the outdoor amphitheater to capacity for a 6:30 p.m. start time.

George Bernhardt (L) and Rick Springfield

George Bernhardt (L) and Rick Springfield
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A number of fans heading to their seats were voicing their opinions on the lineup and the sequence of performances. Many people I spoke to thought Rick Springfield didn’t warrant being the headliner of the show and wanted to see Eddie Money as the closer. Those fans were sorely disappointed when Eddie Money opened the show, followed by Loverboy and then finally Rick Springfield.

All three bands brought their A-game with Eddie Money kicking off the season opener with “Baby Hold On” and “Walk on Water,” with the crowd cheering and singing along.

Money was joined by the Eddie Money band consisting of Tommy Girvin (guitar), Lee Beverly (bass), Glenn Symmonds (drums) and Chris Groves (keyboards).

Eddie Money

Eddie Money
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Mister Sox!

Mister Socks!

The 65-year-old Money gave a great performance with plenty of audience interaction as he tossed one lucky audience member his tambourine. At one point, Money grabbed Mr. Socks (a stuffed monkey) out of the director’s chair it was sitting in and Money sat down in its place, throwing the monkey to the ground. (Cody, the monitor technician, brings Mr. Socks to all the summer shows. The Thunder Valley crew has taken in Mr. Socks as their mascot.)

Money continued with a number of his hits ending his set with “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Shakin.”

I attempted to contact Money after the show to talk to him about his abuse of stuffed animals, but he couldn’t be reached for comment.

Read: Glenn Symmonds Beats Cancer Like a Drum Part1 and Part2

Glenn Symmonds of the Eddie Money Band

Glenn Symmonds of the Eddie Money Band

Loverboy followed Money with original band members Mike Reno (lead vocals), Paul Dean (guitar/vocals), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Matt Frenette (drums). They were joined by their newest member Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (bass).

Loverboy began their set with “Notorious” and “Lucky Ones,” with Reno shouting out to the audience in between songs.

Mike Reno of Loverboy Click for more images

Mike Reno of Loverboy
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The 59-year-old Reno sounded excellent and put on a higher energy show than Money, but his performance was lacking the crowd interaction that complements Money’s performance.

While I think Money would have been better suited following Loverboy, I believe Loverboy’s high energy performance proved that they could follow the likes of Money.

Loverboy finished their set with “Turn Me Loose” and “Working for The Weekend.”

Rick Springfield jumped on stage with all the women going wild as he started his set with “Living in Oz,” followed by “I’ve Done Everything for You.” He was joined by George Bernhardt (guitar), George Nastos (bass), Jorge Palacios (Drums) and Brett Tuggle (keys).

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Rick Springfield
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The 64-year-old Springfield was all over the stage, acting like he was still in his 20’s rather than his 60’s. He put on quite a show for the ladies in the audience including what appeared to be a group of women from the 1986 Springfield Panty Droppers – at least based on their sign. Most female fans refer to themselves as Ricks Chicks.

Fans were singing along with the majority of songs, including a cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar.”

A number of female fans came prepared with roses. Each time a bouquet made it up on stage, Springfield would grab the roses and thrash his guitar with the buds, spraying petals all over the stage.

Panty Droppers in the house!

Panty Droppers in the house!

Springfield did a great job of audience participation when he jumped off the stage and headed into the arms of waiting fans – much to the delight of the Panty Droppers.

Springfield ended his set with “Jessie’s Girl,” and afterward apologized for cutting his set short due to a curfew.

I know some fans out there will continue to argue that Eddie Money should have headlined the show, but Springfield deserved the slot, especially with his popularity among women and his highly energized performance.

This was a great start to what promises to be a great Summer Concert Series at Thunder Valley Casino.

Next Friday comedian George Lopez performs and Saturday heats up again with V101’s Summer Jam featuring Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa. Just added to the lineup – Martina McBride and the incomparable Diana Ross! Check out the full schedule at http://thundervalleycasino.com/Entertainment.

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Glenn Symmonds – Beating Cancer Like a Drum – Part 2

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

This is part two of a two-part series about Glenn Symmonds, longtime drummer for Eddie Money and cancer survivor. If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

The Epiphany

In 2006, after spending a couple of years living on a sailboat and playing solo gigs in and around Southern California’s Dana Point area, Glenn realized his partying ways had to stop. It hit him while watching Keith Urban perform on a tiny black and white television on his sailboat. Thinking to himself, ‘I should be performing on the big stage,’ he realized he had blown through two marriages, lost his son, his home and self-respect.

That night Glenn sold his sailboat and, with his Harley in tow, jumped in his van and headed to Nashville. It was during this time Glenn’s ex-wife, who happened to own a bar, told him she served people every night and he drank more than anyone she knew, cementing his decision to clean up his act.

After 30 years of living the rock-star lifestyle, Glenn sobered up and is happy to report that he’s been sober for over 7 years.

Own your own "Beat Cancer Like a Drum" t-shirt!

Own your own “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” t-shirt!

Glenn now helps friends and acquaintances through their struggles by staying in contact and giving them words of encouragement as much as he can. Even while traveling, Glenn can be found texting friends to check-in and make sure everything is going ok.

Tami – Take 2

A few years ago, Tami and a few of her friends headed to John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Tahoe to take in an Eddie Money performance. Tami was able to score free tickets, and her friends had just won some money, so things were looking good. Her friends made a point of saying how it was the best night ever, free tickets, free food, and an Eddie Money concert to boot. Tami piped in and said, “The only thing that could make this night any better is if when the curtains are raised, it would be Glenn Symmonds sitting on the drums.” She didn’t think in a million years he would be, but when the curtains came up there he was. She had thought he was still out of the country.

For the next couple of years Tami would meet Glenn at the airport whenever Eddie Money was playing in the area. She would routinely take him to get his haircut, and then hang out with him at his shows. During this time both of them were married and their relationship remained platonic.

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Team Symmonds – Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds
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Then in 2011, just before Christmas, Eddie Money came to Thunder Valley Casino Resort, and for the first time since Tami and Glenn knew each other, neither of them was in a committed relationship – Tami broke it off with her boyfriend the day before.

Prior to the show at Thunder Valley, Glenn and Tami were eating at Fat Burger located inside the casino when Glenn realized neither of them were in a committed relationship. Out of the blue he asked Tami if she minded if he kissed her. Tami jumped at the chance and said that was fine with her. Glenn responded, “Okay,” and went back to his meal, much to Tami’s chagrin. According to Tami, Glenn didn’t deliver on the promised kiss until “way, way after the show!” – she said it was worth the wait.

The Battle

On April 29, 2013 the battle started in earnest as Glenn went under the knife to remove a tumor in his bladder. Doctors also performed a biopsy and administered a round of chemo directly to the organ.

A couple of weeks later the results came back positive for cancer in the bladder, so the battle continued with more surgery and chemotherapy.

Glenn did his research and started eliminating meats and sugar from his diet. According to Glenn, cancer loves sugar! He also turned to juicing after reading about the Gerson Institute’s success rate in Mexico.

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Glenn goes in for his first operation
Credit: Tami Landrum

As the battle raged on, Tami headed to FaceBook to keep friends and family informed.

In one post Tami wrote, “Update from Camp Symmonds: Long night with little sleep, but our patient is hanging in there & doing okay I promise you I have been reading him every post, comment, message & text. I wish I could respond to everyone personally, but you guys are so amazing with the support, I just don’t have the time! I read to him for a while and then we have to take a break because he is just so overwhelmed with emotion…”

Glenn’s cancer is in remission, but he’s still undergoing some painful chemotherapy to insure it stays that way. The treatment is expected to last three years.

Glenn continues to read up on his battle with cancer and has tried a few ‘experimental’ treatments to cover all his bases. One such treatment almost blinded Tami, but that’s another story.

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Glenn Symmonds with Eddie Money Credit: Tami Landrum

The Support

Like most musicians, Glenn didn’t have health insurance and was overrun by medical bills. Not only was he battling cancer, but the bills that go along with it.

Glenn has been overwhelmed with the support he has received from family, friends and fans across the country who have purchased his “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” T-shirts and his latest CD “Friends of Glenn’s” featuring Glenn’s closest friends, to raise money to help pay for his outstanding and ongoing medical expenses. Take a peek at Glenn’s FaceBook page and you will see countless supporters wearing his T-shirt!

Regarding Tami’s support, Glenn refers to her as the “Arms of Love that helped carry him through this ordeal.” He especially loved the way she informed everyone about his cancer. Glenn said, “Tami, would tell people, ‘We have cancer,’ not Glenn has cancer, but we have cancer. I just love that about her.”

Eddie Money jumped at the chance to help “Glenny,” by performing at a benefit concert in Glenn’s old hometown of Spokane. They played at The Roadhouse along with several other bands, raising over $6,000. It was an epic night of talented performers including, Peter Rivera, Sammy Eubanks and Chris Rieser and The Nerve.

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

School Teacher Shannon Kidd and her kindergarten class

Shannon Kidd, a teacher in Illinois, joined the cause along with her kindergarten class. Kidd, also a cancer survivor, held a Beat Cancer Day at the school and her students wore yellow in support of bladder cancer, light green for lymphoma, or purple in support of all cancer survivors. The class made yellow hearts to support Glenn and his fight, writing out, “Beat Cancer Like a Drum.”

The Album

Glenn’s latest album, “Friends of Glenn’s” came about as a way to help raise funds to pay his skyrocketing medical bills.

The album is a celebration of Glenn’s music and each track is one of Glenn’s original compositions recorded by friends. Each artist had the freedom to record the song in their own unique style, with no input from Glenn – talk about putting it all on the line!

friends-of-glennThe result is a wonderful collection of diverse music that will appeal to everyone.

Featured on the album are: Eddie Money, Tommy Girvin, Richard Bryant, Josh Harris, The Cold Hard Cash Show, NOWIKNOWFORSURE, Steve Acho, Jonathon Roniger, Larry Pancake, Jeff Symmonds (Glenn’s brother), Dustin Walker and Through His Eyes, Danny McCollim, The Delivery Men, Larry “The Wiz” Fucher and Robert Lesher and Tupelo Blue

The closing track is a brand-new recording by Glenn himself! A candid, solid cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

You can find out more on Glenn’s Facebook page as he spotlights each artist on the album, providing readers with some insight into the history of the artist and their relationship to Glenn.

The Proposal

Glenn recently made the move to Sacramento to be closer to Tami “The Arms of Love” Landrum, and because the two have spent so much time together, Glenn started making it a point to tell Tami, “You know, one day I’m going to marry you.”

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum Credit: Tami Landrum

Glenn Symmonds and Tami Landrum
Credit: Tami Landrum

After several hundred times of making the statement (slight exaggeration), Tami finally told him he needed to stop because it was becoming a joke.

“Ask me for real, or don’t say it at all,” Tami replied.

The following day as Glenn was thinking about Tami and the possibility of marrying her she walked through the door, overjoyed with tears, Glenn blurted out “Will you marry me?”

Tami, taken aback by the words ‘Will you,’ and not ‘I’m going to,’ paused to process the information. Meanwhile, Glenn started to panic, thinking she was going to say no.

Tami looked him in the eyes and, in her most serious voice, said, “For reals?”

After Glenn explained how serious he was, Tami relented and agreed to marry him.

And they lived happily ever after – in a rock star kinda way.

Want to see Glenn?

Anyone living in the Sacramento area will be able to catch Glenn opening for The Cold Hard Cash Show at Marilyn’s on K on June 10.

Can’t wait for June 10? On June 7, you can catch Glenn at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, where he will be performing with Eddie Money, Rick Springfield and Loverboy.

Don’t forget to say hi to Tami at the merch table!!

Glenn Symmonds – Beating Cancer Like a Drum – Part 1

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino (2011)

Glenn Symmonds performs at Thunder Valley Casino (2011)

SACRAMENTO, CA – Glenn Symmonds is the longtime drummer for Eddie Money and a solo artist. He recently moved to the Sacramento area and will be opening Thunder Valley Casino’s Summer Concert Series on June 7, when he performs with Eddie Money, Rick Springfield and Loverboy. He will also be opening for The Cold Hard Cash at Marilyn’s on K on June 10. This article is based on a recent interview with Glenn.

Enough of that . . .

Glenn Symmonds has a resume typical of most rockers – drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, teacher and father. Throughout a career that spans 4 decades, he’s had the opportunity to perform with the best of the best and continues to tour as drummer with longtime friend and fellow rocker, Eddie Money.

Last year, the rug was pulled out from under the 59-year-old, when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Devastated by the news, Glenn set out on a mission to “Beat Cancer Like a Drum,” and friends and family circled the wagons in support.

Tami Lundrum and Glenn Symmonds Credit: Tami Lundrum

Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds
Credit: Tami Landrum

It was April 29, 2013 when Glenn’s world of friends discovered the devastating news and were introduced to his “faithful sidekick” Tami Landrum. Tami posted to Glenn’s FaceBook page announcing to everyone his battle with cancer.

“Hey Facebook… This is Tami. For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news,” she goes on to explain, “Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”

And so the battle began and a relationship blossomed.

Before we get into Glenn’s battle with cancer and his relationship with Tami, let’s take a look at where Glenn has been for the past 40 years.

The Beginning

Glenn, originally from California, moved with his family to Spokane, Washington when he was 11-years-old. It was his family’s attempt to stop Glenn’s troubling behavior, which included cutting school and stealing.

Throwback Thursday  Credit: Glenn/Tami

Throwback Thursday
Credit: Glenn/Tami

Glenn attended West Valley High School, where his love for music started. During that time Glenn joined local bands and toured the area on weekends. According to Glenn, Spokane was a “melting pot” of musical talent.

Dean Rowbotham, the West Valley band director, was instrumental in developing Glenn’s skills as a musician. Graduating in 1973, Glenn left for the San Francisco Bay Area where he would eventually meet Eddie Money. A year after leaving, Rowbotham wrote a letter telling Glenn how proud he was of him.

While in Spokane, Glenn attended Tower of Power performances whenever they toured through Washington and Idaho. That’s where he met Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi. The two quickly became friends and Garibaldi invited Glenn to his hotel room to listen to him practice lessons he was studying with his teacher, Chuck Brown. After listening to Garibaldi, Glenn vowed to move to California as soon as he could and take lessons from Brown.

Own your own "Beat Cancer Like a Drum" t-shirt!

Own your own “Beat Cancer Like a Drum” t-shirt!

Soon after graduating high school in 1973, Glenn, at the age of 17, made good on his word and headed for the Golden State in search of Chuck Brown. He left in a van, with a U-Haul trailer in tow, and headed to the San Francisco Bay Area. He had no place to stay and only one destination in mind – lessons with Chuck Brown.

As Glenn was working with Brown honing his skills, he quickly settled into the music scene. In 1974, he was approached by a neighbor who had heard him practicing on the drums. The young man asked him if he could fill in for his drummer who failed to show up for rehearsal. After hearing him play, the man asked him to join the band and said, “My name’s Eddie Money and I want to be a rock and roll star by 25, I don’t have a lotta’ time!“ The rest, as they say, is history.

Glenn played for Eddie for a couple of years before joining ex-Santana percussionist Coke Escovedo to record an album and tour with Escovedo. Afterwards Glenn moved to Los Angeles where he recorded and toured with many acclaimed musical groups.

Glenn would cross paths with Eddie a few years later in Hollywood, where they recorded a song for the movie ‘Americathon’ starring John Ritter entitled, “Get A Move On.” That single went to No. 28 on the Billboard Charts.

In 1986 Glenn joined Eddie Money for the ‘Take Me Home Tonight Tour!” and has continued working with Eddie to this day.

Tami and Glenn - Stylish hat provided by Tami Credit: Tami

Tami and Glenn Stylish hat provided by Tami
Credit: Tami

Glenn meets Tami

It was in 1989, when, unbeknownst to Glenn, he would meet his future sidekick and staunchest supporter in his fight against cancer.

Glenn was performing with Eddie Money at Caesar’s Tahoe in the first of three performances. At the end of his performance Glenn tossed his drum sticks out into the crowd. Tami Landrum, one of Eddie’s biggest fans, was lucky enough to catch one of the flying sticks.91gPtkQ7e+L._SL1500_

After the show, Glenn was walking into the bar when he noticed a fan (Tami) holding one of the drum sticks he tossed into the crowd. Being the gentleman that he is, he asked, “Oh I see you caught my drumstick, did you want me to sign it?” Without skipping a beat, Tami replied, “No.”

As one can imagine, this had never happened to Glenn before. When Glenn asked her why, Tami explained, “I’ve seen you guys play over 30 times, and I know you can do some killer drum solos. I’ve seen you really nail it, but tonight you didn’t even play a solo. So I’m not interested in you signing it on a night you never even played a solo.” Tami went on to challenge Glenn, “I will be here tomorrow night to give you a chance to redeem yourself.”

The following night when Glenn came out on stage, he walked to the front where Tami was standing, bowed to her and then took his place behind the drums. According to Tami, that was the moment she fell in love with Glenn, knowing he was the one for her. In her mind she saw the two of them running away together, living life on the road on the tour bus. Only there was a slight problem – unbeknownst to Tami, Glenn was a married man.

A short time after that fateful night, Eddie Money was performing in the Bay Area. Tami wrote a letter to promoter Bill Graham explaining her perceived relationship with Glenn. Bill provided her with backstage passes and, prior to the show, Tami made her way backstage to Glenn’s dressing room and knocked on the door. She was greeted by Glenn, and to her surprise, he introduced her to his wife, devastating Tami.

The above photo of Tami and Glenn in their younger days has been hanging on Tami’s living room wall since the time it was taken, surviving numerous moves and relationships.

(To be continued)

Read: Part 2 of Glenn Symmonds Beating Cancer Like a Drum

Thunder Valley Summer Concert Series heats up

LINCOLN, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort just announced three more shows to their Summer Concert Series, adding to the already stellar line-up.

Just added:

Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. – The Go-Go’s with; Patty Smyth and Scandal; Martha Davis and the Motels; Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes with Pete Byrne.

Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. – Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult.

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Eddie Money
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and in an odd pairing . . .

Friday, September 5 at 7 p.m. Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad.

Previous shows already announced:

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

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Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.

 

 

 

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
That Metal Show w/Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor and more Friday, July 25 – 6:30 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm
Bill Cosby Saturday, September 6 – 7:30 pm
Big Block Part featuring Morris Day, Guy, Sheila E and more Saturday, September 13 – 6 pm
Martina McBride Friday, September 19 – 7:30 pm
Diana Ross Saturday, September 27 – 8:00 pm

 

Thunder Valley’s 2014 Summer Concert Series

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
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LINCOLN, CA – As Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s 2014 Summer Concert Series nears, it’s obvious that once again they will be bringing another diverse lineup for the 2014 season.

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Rachel Steele

This year’s lineup includes the likes of Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money all on one stage.

Get your groove on with V101’s Summer Jam with Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa.

How about a little country? Country band Alabama is back on the road and will be stopping by Thunder Valley with Sacramento’s award winning Rachel Steele and Road 88.

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans Click for more images

Howard Jones wearing his Ray Bans
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Tired of music and just want a good laugh? There will be plenty of laughs with George Lopez on June 13 and Larry the Cable Guy on July 18.

Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight

Step back in time with Jack FM’s third annual Rewind Festival with the Thompson Twin’s Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina ex Katrina and the Waves and The English Beat.

Get your romance on with Charlie Wilson and Brian McKnight, for what is bound to be a soulful night of love.

 

 

 

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Eddie Money Saturday, June 7 – 6:30 pm
George Lopez Friday, June 13 – 8:00 pm
V101’s Summer Jam w/ Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Salt-N-Pepa Saturday June 14 – 6:30 pm
The Go Go’s with Patty Smyth, Martha Davis and more Saturday June 19 – 6:00 pm
Gregg Allman, Leon Russell and Blackwater Saturday, June 28 – 6:30 pm
Alabama with Road 88 Saturday, July 12 – 7:30 pm
Larry the Cable Guy Friday, July 18 – 8:00 pm
The Go Go’s and more Saturday, July 19 – 6:00 pm
George Benson and Chris Botti Saturday, July 26 – 7 pm
New Edition Friday, August 1 – 7:30 pm
Deep Purple with Blue Oyster Cult Friday, August 8 – 7:00 pm
Credence Clearwater Revisited w/38 Special Saturday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd Friday, August 15 – 7 pm
Yes Saturday, August 23, 7:00 pm
Charlie Wilson with Brian McKnight Friday, August 29 – 7:00 pm
Rewind Festival w/ Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina, The English Beat Sunday, August 31 – 6:00 pm
Foreigner with Grand Funk Railroad Friday, September 5 – 7:00 pm

 

Eddie Money to fans: Help Glenny

Eddie Money Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Eddie Money is turning to fans in support of his long-time drummer Glenn Symmonds in a statement posted on the rockers website today.

Earlier this month we reported that Glenn Symmonds was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder. Symmonds told CelebrityExaminer that there were warning signs as far back as January of this year, and warned people to pay attention to any abnormalities with your body.

Read: Eddie Money drummer hospitalized

Symmonds was briefly hospitalized to remove a tumor and have a biopsy performed on his bladder. While they removed the tumor, test results show that the cancer has spread to the muscles of the bladder. As Symmonds endures a 12-week chemo treatment, his medical bills are on the rise.

Read: Glenn Symmonds needs your help

Money is asking fans to help support Symmonds, who he refers to as Mr. Shakin’.

Glenn Symmonds Photo: Randy Miramontez

Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Randy Miramontez

“We are in the early stages of planning some benefits to help him with the crazy costs of his cancer treatments and once we have the details nailed down you will be the first to hear all about it.” Money wrote in a statement, “In the meantime, as much as we are helping… the cost of his treatment is so ridiculously high that we can’t make a dent in it without reaching out. It’s tough being in this business sometimes and not having the benefits of a 9 to 5 day job. a lot of musicians, Glenn included, don’t have health insurance and that makes a situation like a cancer diagnosis even more devastating.”

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Money knows and understands that everyone has financial obligations, including himself with a wife, five kids and a mortgage.

Imploring fans to help as much as possible, no matter how big or small the contribution, Money goes on to say how much “it will be greatly appreciated by all of us in the E$ Family. I know times are tough, they’re tough for everyone, even rock & roll stars! But everyone pulling together and giving what they can, will make a difference. It’s the kind of thing this great country was built on!”

In closing Money said, “I am sharing the link with you, the best fans in the business, in hopes that you can help Glenny out. A donation in any amount is welcome and please share the link on your social media. Let’s get this to go viral!”

Symmonds to his fans, “I want to thank them for the amazing outpouring of love & kindness during this time.”

Donate to the Glenn Symmonds Assistant Fund

Drummer for Eddie Money needs your help

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Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Tami Landrum

Last week we reported that Glenn Symmonds, longtime drummer for Eddie Money and solo artist, was hospitalized for the removal of a tumor and a biopsy of his bladder.

The results are in and it’s not the good news everyone was hoping for, as Symmonds is headed for more chemotherapy to rid his bladder of this nasty disease.

As Symmonds struggles to rid himself of cancer there’s one thing he faces that all musicians face at some point in their career – Medical bills.

It’s at times like these that musicians need your help.

Their music uplifts and entertains each and every one of us on a daily basis. Whether it’s Symmonds or another musician you may know  facing insurmountable medical bills, make the move to help them out by purchasing their CD’s, merchandise, or, if a fund is available, donate to their fund.

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Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Donate to the Glenn Symmonds Assistant Fund

There is some help out there for musicians in the form of education, although it’s lacking and may not help everyone – more on that in a minute.

I had a chance to ask Symmonds some questions about his recent diagnosis, his fans and his motivation.

CelebrityExaminer (CE): Was this something that happened all of a sudden, or was there warning signs?

Symmonds: There were warning signs as far back as January (4 months ago). There was blood in my urine. I was passing blood clots a couple times when urinating, which I mistook for premature kidney stones.

glenn-symmonds-early-califCE: What motivates you to kick some cancer ass?

Symmonds:. I have a teenage son and I want to see him grow up and get married and become a father. I want to spend time with my grandchildren someday. I’ve been sober for 6 years and feel like I am living my life to the fullest right now…. enjoying my music, my friends, my family, and the love of a beautiful girl for what feels like the first time. I have a lot of living to do!

CE: How are you holding up in light of what is happening?

Symmonds: The initial shock of a cancer diagnosis floored me. It took me a few days to really absorb the diagnosis and get out of a ‘poor me’ state of mind. I have been on an emotional rollercoaster this past week, sometimes I am overwhelmed by the love and support of my fans and friends. I am really positive about my upcoming chemo treatment and optimistic about the results to come.

CE: Anything you want to share with your fans?

Syymonds: I want to thank them for the amazing outpouring of love & kindness during this time and let them know that while I missed a few gigs this weekend, I am back out on the road next week and plan on staying on the tour during my chemo treatment as long as I can.

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CE: What music is currently helping you through this personal crisis?

Symmonds: I turn to the creative process to help me when in crisis mode. As soon as I was able to comfortably hold a guitar in my hands after the surgery, I was singing and writing. I am also keeping myself busy and happy by helping some of the younger musicians in town where I live with lessons and  recording and mixing their work.

CE: Tami Landrum (Symmonds personal assistant and love interest) has been extremely vocal, updating your fans throughout your ordeal. Is there anything you would like to say to her publicly?

Symmonds: I would tell her she is the most giving person I have ever met and that she is beautiful inside and out, without even trying to be. She is smart, kind & loving… I feel so blessed that she is in my life. And then I would ask her to marry me!

CE: Musicians and other artists have historically had a difficult time when it comes to healthcare. Is there anything that you would suggest to other artists that might help them out before healthcare becomes an issue?

Symmonds: Stay in school! Seriously, here’s something people may not know… The pay scale that a musician works for in 2013 is the same as it was when I started out in my career in 1973. We haven’t received the cost of living raises like everyone else. There are also more musicians than ever looking for gigs these days and fewer opportunities to play. Just having a regular paying gig with a successful touring band is a blessing, insurance benefits are unheard of.

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Again, Symmonds is not alone when it comes to musicians and medical insurance.

In March 2010, Future of Music Coalition (FMC) conducted a survey to determine how many musicians actually had medical coverage.  The survey found that, of the 1,451 respondents, 33 percent said they do not have health insurance, almost twice the national average of 17 percent.

FMC found that 86 percent of the respondents said they couldn’t afford insurance, but after working with those same musicians through their Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) program, they found that some of them could actually afford insurance.

Musicians are now faced with a new dilemma when it comes to healthcare. Obama-care mandates that in 2014 all individuals will be required to have health insurance. As components of Obama-care rollout, advocates, artist managers, service organizations and associations, will need to educate musicians about the changes in the law and how they can protect themselves as an individual with either private plans or public exchanges.

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Eddie Money drummer hospitalized

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Glenn Symmonds
Photo: Randy Miramontez

Longtime drummer for Eddie Money and solo artist Glenn Symmonds was hospitalized Monday morning for the removal of a tumor.

Symmonds’ personal assistant and love interest, Tami Landrum, posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, “We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done.”

According to Tami’s post, Symmonds was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week and remains optimistic, since CAT scans indicate his kidneys are in good shape.

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After high school, Symmonds headed to California from Spokane where he met Eddie Money. It all happened in Oakland when Money’s drummer didn’t show up for rehearsal. Money had heard Symmonds playing drums next door, so he asked him if he could fill in. Symmonds has been performing with Money off and on for over 39 years and tours regularly with Money and his band.glenn-symmonds-early-calif

Symmonds was scheduled to appear this Friday with Eddie Money at the Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair in Thibodaus Louisiana.

Symmonds has performed with a host of other greats including The Cult, Etta James George Benson and  many more. When Symmonds isn’t touring with Money he’s touring on his own.

As a singer songwriter and accomplished guitarist, Symmonds has recorded two solo albums ‘Southern Poets, Trains and Troubadours, and his latest album ‘Early California.”

The single “Railroad Man,” off of his first album is a tribute to his father, Robert “Guitar Whitey” Symmonds, an old-time, train-hopping hobo. Symmonds told his hometown newspaper the Spokesman Review, that his father rode the rails before settling down to start a family. When his children grew up and went their separate ways, Guitar Whitey walked to the intersection of Trent and Fancher and hopped the first train out of town.

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Tami Landrum and Glenn Symmonds

According to Symmonds he’s out on the road at least 160 days out of the year as he continues to tour with Money and also as a solo act.

Here’s Tami’s post in full:

“For those of you who don’t know me I am Glenn’s personal assistant, faithful sidekick, and basically the love of his life :) Unfortunately, I am not hacking his Fbook with the best of news. Glenn was diagnosed with bladder cancer last week. We are on the way to the hospital this morning to have a tumor removed & biopsies done. On the bright side, a CAT scan showed his kidneys were good! I’ll be posting some updates during his recovery. Prayers are welcomed!”

Tami uploaded this photo prior to Glenn’s surgery with the caption ” ’bout ready to kick some cancer ass!”

UPDATE: Monday afternoon Symmonds was release from the hospital with doctors remaining optimistic. The tumor was removed and he was given a round of chemo directly to the affected area.

According to Tami she’s, “reading him all your comments & posts… all the love, prayers & support have really touched him. Thank you all – much appreciated from me. ~tam”

Jingle Bells Rock Thunder Valley

Eddie Money and Mickey Thomas

Sixty-two-year-old veteran rocker Eddie Money brought his Jingle Bell Rock tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Thursday. Scheduled to appear was former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm and former Jefferson Starship lead singer Mickey Thomas.

The day before their performance at Thunder Valley, it was announced that Gramm would not be performing for the remaining tour due to acute laryngitis, so Gramm was not in attendance.

As the concert kicked off with Money and Thomas taking the stage, the audience immediately started chanting, “Lou! Lou! Lou!” Money responded by explaining the situation and said they had added a couple of songs to their setlist to make up for the missing Gramm. This was followed by more than a few polite boos ““ is there really such a thing as a polite boo?

Money exited stage left while Thomas started singing “Jane.” Thomas wore a striped shirt with a loosely worn red Christmas tie, while he banged out “Sara,” “We Built This City,” “Nothings Going to Stop Us Now.” Thomas ended his set with “It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby,” singing in the style of Elvis Presley.

The 62-year-old Thomas’ vocals really stood out throughout his set, sounding just as good as he did all those years ago, in particular when he sang Annie Lennox’s “Winter Wonderland.”

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Backing Thomas was Money’s regular crew consisting of longtime band members Tommy Girvin (lead guitar) and Glenn Symmonds (drummer), with more recent additions Lee Beverly (bass) and Chris Groves (keyboards).

Following Thomas, Money came out singing “Baby Hold On” and “I Wanna Go Back.”  As Money sang, he shuffled back and forth across the stage and even pulled out the saxophone to show everyone he can still play.

Rounding out the show, Money and Thomas took the stage together singing “Jingle Bell Rock” and a rocking version of “Jingle Bells.” For their encore they performed John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

While Money’s vocals were not as pristine as Thomas’, he made up for it with his overall stage presence, sense of humor and kindness toward the audience, reaching out to shake hands with a few people in the front row.

Offstage, Money is extremely generous and cordial to all those around him, introducing himself to anyone standing near. His generosity doesn’t stop there.

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Money is a strong supporter of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps support families of military personnel lost in service to our nation and for severely wounded service members and veterans.

Money is hoping fans will help bring some holiday cheer to heroic members of the armed forces by going to eddiemoney.com and purchasing his single “One More Soldier Coming Home.” All the proceeds will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

The Jingle Bell Rock tour was originally started by Money. This past summer, Money performed at a benefit in a Los Angeles club where Gramm and Thomas also appeared. After some discussion they decided to work with Money and tour with him in the Jingle Bell Rock tour.

While this was Money’s show and he was the headliner, Gramm’s absence was a big disappointment for many of the fans in the audience. Especially after Foreigner just came through the area a couple of months ago with their new frontman Kelly Hansen leading the charge. Hansen did an awesome job and put on a high energy show ““ check out my review. I for one, was hoping to see the real deal – maybe next year.

Yes, the audience booed after they realized Lou wasn’t going to be there, but these diehard fans enjoyed the show nonetheless. It’s these types of fans that keep the old-school bands going. And it’s these types of bands that keep the old people going ““ and a little help from Geritol.

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