The 2019 Rock Against MS Benefit/Tribute Concert

The Palace Theater – Los Angeles, CA – 3/30/19

Rock Against MS Founder, Nancy B. Sayle with Host, Hal Sparks

Saturday evening saw the 7th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert at the Palace Theater in Los Angeles.  Each year event organizer Nancy Sayle (Who was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 2009) calls upon her music industry friends to donate their time and efforts to put on this amazing benefit show.

Tiffany, Johnny Martin (LA Guns), Tiny Biuso (Bulletboys), Ace Von Johnson (LA Guns)

This year’s show had a goal to raise enough money to build the “first ever Rock House which will be a place where those whose lives are affected by MS can receive quality of life care ranging from therapy to a haircut.”

(Donation Link at Bottom)

The event has grown and grown and this year saw a record crowd attending the event which was headlined by Marky Ramone’s Blitkrieg!

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Featuring Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks/Bad Religion)

This year the event started with Orange Carpet arrivals; a silent auction that included items such as a signed guitar from Steve Vai,which all led to the Tribute Concert honoring legendary musicians that we recently lost.  Including: Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hell Yeah), The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Pat Torpey (Mr. Big), Legendary Elvis Drummer, DJ Fontana, The Blues Brothers Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Temptations singer, Dennis Edwards, Motorhead’s “Fast” Eddie Clarke, Soul Singer, Yvonne Staples, Bay City Rollers Bassist, Alan Longmuir, Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries) and Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd).

As Nancy has done in the past, she handed out the (Richard) Pryor’s Platinum People Awards (named after the great comedian who succumbed to MS) to some of the people who freely give of their time and talents whenever Nancy needs them.  Among the recipients this year were Ace Von Johnson (LA Guns), Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Marq Torien (Bulletboys), Ira Black (I Am Morbid), Solo artists, Lisa Margaroli and Lisa Foreman

The Concert

The concert was hosted by Hal Sparks and Debra Wilson who did a fine job of hammering home the point that the race to find a cure for MS is going to start with raising awareness.


Paying Tribute to Alan Longmuir – The Bay City Rollers

Tiffany paying tribute to Alan Longmuir with Mark Alberici, Johnny Martin, Anthony Biuso, Ace Von Johnson and the background singer who, for the evening, were dubbed “The Big Sexy”.
Johnny Martin, Tiny & Ace Von Johnson

Performance artist, Norton Wisdom was on hand to lend his creative vision to the proceedings all through out the concert


Paying Tribute to DJ Fontana – Drummer

Sam Bam Kolton, Patrick Stone, Johnny Martin, Tiny Biuso
Sam Bam Kolton, The Big Sexy & Patrick Stone

Paying Tribute to “Fast” Eddie Clarke – Motorhead

Nicki Tedesco, Ira Black, Matt Starr
Ira Black
Nicki Tedesco
Matt Starr

Paying Tribute to Alan King – Lynyrd Skynyrd 

Steve Dawson, The Big Sexy, Howie Simon, Sean McNabb
Howie Simon
Steve Dawson, Gretchen Bonaduce, Lisa D. Foreman

Paying Tribute to Yvonne Staples

Sonia Harley
The Big Sexy

Paying Tribute to Dennis Edwards – The Temptations

Marc Torien, David Miller, Andre Cotman, Ben White

Debra Wilson introducing Jesse Blaze

Paying Tribute to Matt “Guitar” Murphy – The Blues Brothers

Jesse Blaze Snider
David Miller & Andre Cotman

Paying Tribute to The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Kudison Kai
Sean McNabb

Paying Tribute to Pat Torpey – Mr Big

Ben White, Hal Sparks, Howie Simon, Matt Starr
Hal Sparks
Ben White

Tribute To Vinnie Paul – Pantera, Hell Yeah

Marq Torien
Kiko Loureiro
Shawn Duncan
Lisa Margaroli, Marq Torien, Jerry Montano

Michael Devin, Phil Buckman, Kiko Loureiro, Shawn Duncan
Michael Devin

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg featuring Greg Hetson



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