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Cruefest Hollywood: Metal Artists With Hearts of Gold Come to Whisky A Go Go and Play for Charity

Se7en Reasons Why - Photo © 2016 Donna Balanci

Se7en Reasons Why – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – The 15th Annual Cruefest Hollywood will be held this Saturday at the Whisky A Go-Go and while it’s a fun concert event, it’s purpose is serious: To help fight cancer.

“Cruefest is one of few events in which the bands involved serve as a reminder of how precious life is — through their music and the common path we all walk,” said Mick Scott of Se7en Reasons Why, who performs this year. “Music serves as a time stamp in which we remember where we were and who we were in a particular point in our lives.”

In addition to Se7en Reasons Why, those playing the event are: Heartbreak Heroes from Oklahoma and Los Angeles; Snake Bite Whisky from Brisbane, Australia; Bad Boy Eddy from Northern California; Stonebreed; Wreking Crue from Detroit, and Blacklist Union, Lunden Reign, Westfield Massacre, and L.A. Story; all of whom are from Los Angeles.

“It’s important to participate because it’s for an amazing cause and it’s one of the best-run charity events in L.A.,” said Erik Hatchett, frontman for L.A. Story.  His band made an appearance on “America’s Got Talent” earlier in the season. “We’re honored to play Cruefest Hollywood two years in a row.”

Frontman Erik Hatchett and L.A. Story at CrueFest - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Frontman Erik Hatchett and L.A. Story at CrueFest – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Since 2001, Cruefest Hollywood has been put on by the fans of the rock band Motley Crue to raise money for cancer charities in memory of Skylar Neil, Vince Neil’s daughter who passed away from cancer at age 4.  Cruefest Hollywood was developed through the goodwill, generosity, dedication and energy of a group of fans from all over North America. The once-small event has grown over the past 15 years with similar charity events also being held in New England, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Canada and Australia.

Over the years Cruefest Hollywood has grown in attendance, funds raised for cancer research, and musician participation — bringing in artists from around the world.  Event supporters and sponsors share their money for a great cause and artists and organizers give of their time and talents to make this event a success.  The mission is to honor Skylar by raising money and awareness through the charitable event. Proceeds from the event go to Letty’s Angels of Hope.

Among those who have supported Cruefest Hollywood over the years are Vains of Jenna, Steven Alder, Daisy De La Hoya, The Erotics, The Lovehammers, and Dirty Penny.  Neil Wharton, Vince Neil’s son, has headlined the event many times. Numerous Hollywood celebrities including Andrew Dice Clay have attended the event.

Jack Cash with Downtown Attraction and Stevie D. of Buckcherry - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Jack Cash with Downtown Attraction and Stevie D. of Buckcherry – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Scott said the volunteers and the folks who put the event together are owed a vote of gratitude.

“The people involved in Cruefest help make memories more vibrant through the selfless work they do in bringing this all together,” Scott said. “I’m happy they’ve asked me to be involved.”

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For information on tickets, bands, sponsors, prizes, hotels, etc. visit the Cruefest Hollywood website at

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For more information on Letty’s Angels of Hope go to

When and Where: Cruefest Hollywood takes place at The Whisky A Go Go on Saturday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the first band starting at 5 P.M.

Dick Dale Rips Up The Crowd; Mick Scott and Se7en Reasons Why Swing from Rafters on New Year’s

Dick Dale performs on New Year's Eve as wife Lana Dale looks on - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Dick Dale performs on New Year’s Eve as wife Lana Dale looks on – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Dick Dale Hosts Modern Day Surfer Stomp

By DONNA BALANCIA – Dick Dale still gets the crowds swooning with his cool surf style, bringing a rockin’ show to the Sunset Strip on New Year’s Eve.

“This was the most fun I’ve had on a New Year’s Eve,” said concert-goer Kathy. “I came with my friends and my heart is beating to see Dick Dale.”


The mixed aged audience who came for the legendary Dale as well as opener Mick Scott and Se7en Reasons Why got their money’s worth on a chilly LA night to ring in 2016.

Se7en Reasons Why - Photo © 2016 Donna Balanci

Se7en Reasons Why – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Opener Scott, a veteran performer, kept the Whisky A Go Go audience engaged, doing everything from dropping to his knees to acrobatic kicks.  His band has got some chops with a unique grouping of drummer Anjilla Piazza, guitarist Jason Stalk and violinist Hiro Goto.

Scott is a local favorite who clearly is a showman, doing everything from high kicks to leaping up to the balcony at the Whisky, overcoming microphone problems and near-misses with audience members.

Dale’s physical appearance at 78 is remarkable and he has overcome many hurdles in his health, which he credits mainly to the love of his wife, Lana.

Dick Dale drumming on Sam's bass - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Dick Dale drumming on Sam’s bass – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

But the legendary Dale played some of the favorites, including “Let’s Go Trippin,'” and “Miserlou,” from Pulp Fiction.

He is at home on the stage, keeping company with Sam the bassist and Gary the drummer, and under the ever-watchful eye of his devoted wife, Lana Dale.

Still with the same sparkle and love of the performance, Dale kept the crowd hopping, tantalizing the veterans and younger people alike on a New Year’s Eve not to be beat.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”31″ gal_title=”Dick Dale NYE 2016″]

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