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Brian Tichy

Brian Tichy (Drums)

Brian Tichy from the US founded the project „randy Rhoads Remenbered“ in 2014 and since then has realised it on various stages in the United States. As live drummer with Ozzy Osbourne, Tichy in person, together with the "Prince of Darkness", already played some of the songs in which Randy Rhoads's influence was apparent. On the scene he is known particularly as a member of Whitesnake and Foreigner and as a live and studio drummer for such greats as Billy Idol and Slash’s Snakepit.

Phil Soussan

Phil Soussan

He too was already a part of the band around Ozzy Osbourne – to be heard, among other occasions, on the Album "The Ultimate Sin." Moreover Soussan, from England, made a name for himself as a founding member of Beggars & Thieves and through his collaboration with Billy Idol, Steve Lukather, Vince Neil and Johnny Hallyday.

Don Airey

Don Airey

The keyboarder enriched more than 200 recordings with his play, working with acts such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore and Jeff Beck. Since 2002 he has worked the Hammond organ as a permanent member of Deep Purple.

Ron „Bumblefoot“ Thal

Ron „Bumblefoot“ Thal

For more than twenty-five years Thal has been working as a guitarist, song writer and producer. He became known to a wide public as a member of Guns N‘ Roses during the "Chinese Democracy" era (2006 – 2015). He is currently a permanent member of the line-up for the British supergroup Asia.

Christian Brady

Christian Brady

Since 2014 this metal guitarist has been a permanent member of the supergroup Hellyeah, who caused a sensation in September 2019 with their sixth long-player "Welcome Home." Previously he had been a member of the rock formation Magna-Fi.

Richie Faulkner

Richie Faulkner

In April 2011 this guitarist followed in the footsteps of the famous: Faulkner, from London, took over the six-stringer with Judas Priest, after K.K. Downing had left the band. For the albums "Redeemer of Souls" and "Firepower" he was engaged in the writing and arrangement of all songs.

Gus G.

Gus G.

For many years Gus G., who comes from Thessaloniki, toured with Ozzy Osbourne and, with his energy-charged style, was a paramount influence on such albums as "Scream." Metalheads are also familiar with Gus G. through his band Firewind and his engagements with Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy and Nightrage.

Tony MacAlpine

Tony MacAlpine

As a style-forming artiste for instrumental rock and neoclassical metal, MacAlpine has no less than 13 solo albums behind him. As a founder member of the fusion metal band Planet X, and through his collaboration with Steve Vai, he is one of the great names in the industry.

Nick Johnston

Nick Johnston

Over the past years scarcely anyone has managed to gain such a large and loyal fan base with instrumental music. Nick Johnston: that is music for musicians. A role model for thousands of guitarists. And someone who enjoys passing on his knowledge at workshops and master classes.

Kelle Rhoads

At first Kelle Rhoads played with his younger brother in a joint band. Later the two brothers pursued separate musical paths, and Kelle founded the hard rock formation "Rhoads." He currently works as a solo artiste and as director of the Musonia School of Music.

Bernie Marsden

Bernie Marsden

British-born Bernie Marsden is a doyen of rock history. A founding member of the ‘Whitesnake’ hard-rock band, he was involved in many of their successful titles as songwriter. Prior to this, Marsden had already made a name for himself as a guitarist with UFO and Babe Ruth.

Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten

A dream came true for Jennifer Batten in 1987. At a casting with 100 guitarists, she emerged as lead guitarist for the ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson, with whom she performed at the world’s foremost venues for 10 years. She is a co-founder of the popular tapping technique and is currently also in great demand as a solo artist.

Pete York

Pete York

Although drummer Pete York comes from the northeast of England, he is particularly popular in the German percussion scene having presented the cult television series ‘Super Drumming’ on the ARD television station for three years. On the international scene, he has also been highly successful as a member of the ‘Spencer Davis Group’, as half of the ‘Hardin & York’ duo and through collaborations with stars such as Eric Clapton, Jon Lord and Klaus Doldinger.

Andreas Kümmert

Andreas Kümmert

Andreas Kümmert presents his powerful voice. He is considered to be one of Germany’s best blues and soul singers having won the final round of ‘The Voice of Germany’ casting show in 2013. This was followed by the gold-winning album ‘Here I Go’, innumerable live performances and many chart placings.

Alexandr Misko

Alexandr Misko

From multi-million sales to multi-million clicks: although only in his early twenties, Alexandr Misko is already one of the leading stars of the fingerstyle scene and his videos on YouTube regularly register seven-digit viewing figures. His extravagant cover versions of hits such as ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Take on Me’ are a source of amazement even for music-history icons. 

Siggi Schwarz

Siggi Schwarz

The musical foundation of the ‘Ultimate Jam’ is the band led by guitarist, producer and concert promoter Siggi Schwarz – one of the scene’s leading figures after five decades in the music business. A multi-talented musician, Schwarz has collaborated with artists as different as Steve Lukather, Billy Gibbons, Chris Norman and Chris Thompson. Moreover, he also works as a film-score composer.

John Riley

John Riley

John Riley is one of the international greats of modern and fusion jazz. The US American has worked with the scene’s biggest stars for more than four decades: his studio credits include artists such as Miles Davis, Woody Herman, John Hart, Milt Jackson and Kenny Werner.

Alex Landenburg

Alex Landenburg

Metalheads can also look forward to seeing Alex Landenburg: a drummer with Axxis and Rhapsody for many years, he has, more recently, delighted fans and critics alike as a member of the rock group 21Octayne. Originally from the Saarland in Germany, he has also swung the drumsticks for the Swedish metal band Cyhra and for the prog group Mekong Delta.

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