The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is coming to the OC

December 31, 2019 | By Todd Sherman

There’s a saying, that which was once in fashion eventually comes back. For many of us; probably not soon enough. There’s nothing more fashionable in any generation than the music we listen to. Fashion is the armor we wear to deal with every day life, and music is the best armor of all.

Music, no matter what genre has always been a powerful source of inspiration. It can make us laugh, cry, remember and honor those we’ve lost. It’s like a time machine that can sent us back to when we first heard a certain song, and it reminds us what was going on in our lives.

Sadly, over the years, the migration from soulful lyrics with guitar-based riffs was becoming a thing of the past. Not long ago, Foo Fighters front-man Dave Grohl said, “when the number one song is about your butt, there’s a problem” and Dave is 100% right! Don’t get me wrong, there are bands around that are doing music right, unfortunately overall, the perception is that if you can dance to it, regardless if it’s from pre-recorded synthesizers’ or an iPad, music isn’t what it once was.

The radio world had something to do with that given the programming enabled the seismic shift in music. That said, over the past few years, some radio stations have acknowledged the shift and are doing something about it. Someone else that decided to do something about is Pat Gesualdo. He’s a celebrated drum virtuoso and a music industry guy who was watching a music awards show one night a few years ago. It was one of those big ones that last 5 hours and was short of a yawn-a-thon. When any music was mentioned that remotely had guitar or lyrics not about someone’s butt, it didn’t get the attention it deserved. That kinda’ reinforced the thought that rock or lack thereof was acceptable.

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This story isn’t from any book, or some fancy magazine, nor will you see this story in some over-the-top animated series on the silver screen. It’s a simple tale of someone who just got tired of the status quo. He had a lot of help, the industry supported him, and the public finally woke up. You see, Pat decided to do something about those award shows that didn’t represent everyone in the music spectrum. He decided to create the Metal Hall of Fame, and by virtue of that, an award show that as well would give homage to those who truly deserve to be properly recognized.

Pat also got to together with a few of his friends and created the 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services for disabled children and their families in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States. Through those services, they are able to help people and support the musicians that have provided us the soundtrack of our lives.

It should also be noted that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Administration, the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner’s office, and numerous celebrities and sports stars also helped Pat launch his non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). Pat pioneered the Healing Art of Drum Therapy, which was developed from his severe battle with a disability. The organization provides free Drum Therapy programs to special needs children and adults in over 15 Countries

Previous Metal Hall of Fame Inductees include Anthrax, Judas PriestMotorhead, Quiet Riot, Lita Ford, Lemmy Kilmister, Bill Ward, Ronnie James Dio, Mikkey DeeRandy RhoadsScorpions, and Doro Pesch, among other hard rock and heavy metal icons.

(Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead | Ace of Spades)

Last year, the MHOF inducted Los Angeles rock juggernaut, 95.5 FM KLOS who just celebrated their 50th year of broadcasting. KLOS is one of those stations that have kept the music we grew up listening to vibrant while introducing new bands to the music world. For that, they deservedly received their induction to the MHOF.

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As for the event, it a virtual who’s who of the rock world, you never know who’ll show up. This year’s Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Gala will take place on January 15, 2020 at the Marriott Delta Garden Grove Hotel.  The Icons of hard rock and heavy metal in attendance will be Don Dokken (Dokken), Steven Pearcy (Ratt)Steve Vai (David Lee Roth), Joe SatrianiGeoff Tate (Queensryche), Chris Poland (MegadethProng, Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), Jack Orbin (Legendary Concert Promoter), and Metal Church.  Performing in concert will be Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Chris Poland, Riot Act (Members of Riot), Graham Bonnet, and an All-Star Jam.

(Round and Round by Ratt) 

The 2020 Metal Hall of Fame Gala will be hosted by iconic television and radio personality Eddie Trunk, and co-hosted by Whiskey A GO-GO Ultimate Jam Night / Almost Fama Show Host Jes Fama.  Proceeds from the event go to bring free music programs and therapy services to disabled children in various hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.

Pat Gesualdo has done us all a service, and for that, we owe him our gratitude.  The Metal Hall of Fame Gala is open to the public, fans are invited to take part in the Gala, which is being filmed as an Amazon Prime Movies event and will premier in March, 2020.

The Celebrity Red Carpet is 5:00 PM.

Tickets are 35.00 – 45.00 Day of Gala

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For more information, please visit: www.themetalhalloffame.orgor call 973-725-5150.

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