F5, the new band formed by David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), has been added to Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding show. Also performing at the concert will be Alice Cooper and the original ALICE COOPER members Michael Bruce, Neil Smith, and Dennis Dunaway, Tommy Shaw and JACK BLADE BAND, Danny Seraphine of CHICAGO, Ace Young of "American Idol", CALIFORNIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (featuring Danny Seraphine and Mark Bonilla), Stephen Stills, Don Felder, Jeff Keith, Troy Luccetta, and Dave Rude of TESLA, and Brandon Reed. Comedy will be performed by Les Stroud, star of "Survivorman" and KDKB's Ruby Cheeks as well as Sheryl Cooper's Destiny Dancers, and the Proof is in the Pudding contest winners.
The event will be held on Dec. 16 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix. The VIP reception beings at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the VIP Reception are $103, and are only good for the VIP reception prior to the show, which includes hors d'oeurves and mingling with the celebrities. For tickets, call the Dodge Theatre at 602-379-2888 or the Solid Rock Foundation at 602-522-9200.
As always, all proceeds go to the Solid Rock Foundation.
F5 has just released a new DVD, entitled "LIVE! for all Seasons". A complete recap of the band's musical history from inception in 2003 through 2006, including the recording sessions and touring for the debut album "A Drug for all Seasons", the "edgy and raw" DVD focuses on live concert footage shot during the band's recent tour stop in Ithaca, New York. Also included is close and personal video of music from the group's early rehearsals, a special "making-of" studio segment, band interviews and more.
Shot and directed by Rich Stahle of Underground Video Television (UVTV), the live video for "Dissidence" — which appears on the upcoming DVD — is available for viewing at the UVTV web site. Additional live tracks on the disc include "Hold Me Down", "Defacing", "Fall to Me" and a brand new, previously unreleased song entitled "Cause for Concern".
To order a copy of "LIVE! for all Seasons", click here.
F5's debut album, "A Drug for all Seasons", was released in North America in September 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug for all Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.
F5, whose sound is being described as guitar-heavy melodic hard rock, recorded the album last year at a Phoenix-area studio with producer Ryan Greene, who had previously worked with Ellefson in 1991 on the demos for MEGADETH's "Countdown to Extinction" album.
(Thanks: Andrew / The Space Lord)