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Rock Academy Celebration Wraps with Simmons, Neil, Pearcy

Gene Simmons and Hairball
(Photo Courtesy of Chad Coppess/Facebook)

Most schools that throw fundraisers generally include bake sales, frozen pizza sales, maybe a concert from the school symphony, and a raffle. But when the sign on the front of the building says ‘Brennan Rock & Roll Academy’, you figure something special is going to happen. What happened this week in Sioux Falls goes beyond ‘special’.

A week long celebration/grand opening/fundraiser, turned into a gathering of classic rockers that has never been seen (and likely will never BE seen) in Sioux Falls, SD.

Saturday night, midwest rockers Hairball were joined by announced guests Vince Neil of Motley Crue and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt.

Vince Neil and Stephen Pearcy
(Photo Courtesy of Hairball/Facebook)

But they were also joined by announced guest, and good friend of academy founder Chuck Brennan, Gene Simmons of KISS. Simmons told the Associated Press: “This is about kids. We’ve had our chance. We’ve got to give them a chance. Anything that gets them off the street is a good thing.”

It was one hell of a capper on a week that included Night Ranger on Tuesday, whose performance should be shown on Palladia network and VH1 Classic within the next 30 days according to Brennan. Wednesday was comedy night with Louie Anderson and George Lopez. Thursday saw an all-star gathering with two members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Alice Cooper and the Doors Robby Krieger, joined by Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Joey Allen of Warrant, Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper, and two more members of KISS: Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer! Click here for a recap of that night. Friday night was a free open house to the public to tour the facility and hear music from: ZZ3, Rock n Roll Damnation, Ramrod Hamster, Neo Johnsons and Oryx.

The grand opening week raised about $1,200,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs here in Sioux Falls. There is also talk of creating a DVD of the performances this week that also would be sold to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs.

Thanks Chuck.

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