The 4th annual VEGAS ROCKS! MAGAZINE AWARDS 2013 was held at The Joint at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday, August 25th. The event was co-hosted by the Publishing Queen of Rock n' Roll, Sally Steele, VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Publisher/ Founder/ CEO and James Kottack from the SCORPIONS!
Red Carpet arrivals included some of the music industry's most famous rock artists, local bands, and Las Vegas entertainers such as Tropicana headliner/celebrity magician Murray and his wife Fantasy dancer Chloe Louise Crawford; popular lounge singer Zowie Bowie (aka Chris Phillips); electric violinist Lydia Ansel; dancer/choreographer Lacey Schwimmer, former adult film star Ron Jeremy and many more.
“A CELEBRATION OF CLASSIC ROCK” featured some of the most legendary artists in the music business and who were honored with awards in specific categories. Presenters included CHRIS HOLMES (W.A.S.P.) Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno, Katie Daryl (AXS TV), Mark Kendall and Michael Lardie (Great White), Nick Ohshiro (Static X) and many more.
JON ANDERSON (YES) was the recipient of the “VOICE OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC” Award, CARL PALMER (EMERSON LAKE & PALMER/ ASIA) received the “DRUM LEGEND ICON” Award, ZAKK WYLDE received the “RIFF MONSTER” Award and newcomer, singer/guitarist LAURA WILDE received “Best New Female Artist” Award. Other awards were given to Dane Davis for Vegas Star of Tomorrow; 333 for Best Vegas Rock Band; IDSFA for Best of Vegas (past winners); Sicosis for Best Vegas Metal Band; DSB for Best Rock Tribute Band and Stereo Love for Hollywood Rocks!
Th show opened with a powerful performance by GEOFF TATE'S QUEENSRYCHE. Additional musical entertainment was provided by CARL PALMER performing a historic ELP song with keyboardist, JORDAN RUDESS from DREAM THEATER and RUDY SARZO (DIO/ QUIET RIOT) and JON ANDERSON with CARL PALMER.
The evening concluded with an ALL-STAR CELEBRITY JAM featuring SIMON WRIGHT (AC/DC) JAMES KOTTAK (THE SCORPIONS), Jon Anderson, Carl Palmer, Queensryche, DJ Ashba (Guns & Roses), Laura Wilde, Ron Keel and Z Maddox.