KISS, TED NUGENT and GODSMACK were among the performers at the Rockin' the Corps patriotic celebratory concert on Friday (April 1) at the Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. Executive producers Quincy Jones and Joseph E. Robert, Jr. joined forces with producers Doc McGhee and Spencer Proffer to create a high energy, patriotic celebration for the dedicated men & women of the United States Marine Corps in a show of appreciation. Check out pictures from Film Magic, Wire Image. An excerpt from Union-Tribune writer Rick Rogers' review of the show follows:
"Rockin' the Corps" was billed as a star-studded, patriotic event to thank 55,000 Marines and sailors whose San Diego units have suffered the highest casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But with the outdoor concert being broadcast to U.S. military installations worldwide, it felt more like a celebration of courage and perseverance.
Former NBA all-star Karl Malone kicked off the evening by donating $100,000 to the Marine Corps. Then longtime rocker Ted Nugent played "The Star-Spangled Banner" a la Jimi Hendrix as some Marines stood at attention.
Throughout the night, many in the crowd described the free show as a major morale-booster for the troops.
"Finally, somebody appreciates what we do," said Lance Cpl. Marcus Rodriguez, 20, of the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion.
That sentiment was echoed by Gunnery Sgt. Les Timmons, a 14-year veteran of the Marine Corps who came with his wife, Tracy.
"We have 18-and 19-year-old kids who have aged 10 years in six months (of deployment). Now they get home and they don't see all the people supporting them. This is like all the appreciation they need in one event," Timmons said.
Around him, the audience shouted cheers as each celebrity appeared on the 300-foot stage. It was a festive atmosphere, with beach balls bouncing everywhere, Frisbees being tossed around and people singing along to their favorite tunes.
Performers included the pop-music groups DESTINY'S CHILD and HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, heavy-metal band GODSMACK, rapper JA RULE and vintage rock ensemble KISS.
Read the rest of the review at Union-Tribune.