Many people are touched by Breast Cancer because either they themselves are the person with the disease or they are the loved one of that person affected. The battles these people fight are not just the health battles, but also the financial battle that goes along with it. Meet Breast Cancer Angels: “The Mission of Breast Cancer Angels is to provide financial, emotional and spiritual assistance for women and their families as they are going through breast cancer treatment. Breast Cancer Angels is an independent, not for profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2000 by two breast cancer survivors and their loving sisters.” This organization teamed up with the music world and created “Rocker's Fight For A Cure", hosted by Cooks Corner in Orange County, CA. It's my and many musicians belief that music heals and when bands heard about this event they jumped on board to bring a day of awareness, financial help, and music to all of those who attended or are affected by breast cancer. Sponsors included, but was not limited to, Spyder Energy Drinks, 13th Street Guitars, All You Can Eat Music, and more. The line up, in order of appearance, included: Core 10 (we did not get a chance to see them play but they were there braving the heat and rocking for a cure), White Lie, PAID, XNO and Octane Mob.
The day kicked off early with vendors, food, and drinks all set to the soundtrack of live local bands tearing it up on stage. The first band we saw was White Lie. This band is no stranger to the stage or to events in support of a cause. In fact, the first time I saw this band was at the Key Club in Hollywood for a different cancer benefit show. Although they had a few lineup changes, the band got people rocking out to covers of songs that we all know and love, mixed in with some classic original White Lie tracks.
PAID is one of many projects the Lepre brothers have put together in the last year and if you want hard, heavy, and in your face music with lyrics that say something and are based on true emotion, this is a band you must see. I had heard music from PAID but never saw them live before this event. When I heard them I was impressed and put them on a HAVE TO SEE list. They not only lived up to what I heard but surpassed it 10 fold when I saw them live. I recommend this band to anyone and everyone.
XNO (pronounced z-no) also came out to brave the heat and to save the boobies. Taking the stage with their new frontman Hager, this band is coming back with a vengeance. XNO are veterans of the scene and like most veteran bands, they have had a lineup change or two in the past and are now tweaking XNO's sound and stage performance. This band prides themselves on being professionals and their 1 goal is to rock the masses - and they did! XNO fans came to the stage to support the band and new faces came up front to support this music sensation.
Closing out the day was the one and only Octane Mob. This metal/rock band treated its fans to some hard ear candy. They also have made some changes in the lineup, not by replacement, but by adding an additional guitar. This addition has made an already hard sound thicker and more robust then ever. Think of it as a pound of steak vs a happy meal. That said this band has always been on my list of favorites since the first time I saw them play many shows ago and I recommend them to be on yours.
The event also included opportunity drawings with jewelry, Spyder Energy drinks, Rock 'N Roll GangStar tee shirts and more. All this was put together in an effort to raise money and awareness for those who are fighting to live, including my sister-in-law who was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 1 year ago. I have said it before and will say it again - Music Heals and this is just another example of it. Get out and Rock, hit a local show, and when the chances arises to Rock for a great charity - I'll see you there!
Written by: Melissa Anderson, http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
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