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STYX’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION was released on June 16th, landing at #6 on BILLBOARD’S “TOP ROCK ALBUMS” chart.

Todd Sucherman grew up in a musical family and quickly established himself as a first call musician in Chicago’s recording scene. As an in demand player for live and session work, this led to his association with the band Styx. Todd was called in to record when Styx’s John Panozzo was ill. After John Panozzo’s untimely death, Todd’s position in the band was solidified. Thirteen years later Styx continues to play to millions of fans all over the world averaging 100 dates a year. Todd has recorded several albums with the band including “Big Bang Theory” which put the band in the top 50 on Billboard for the fourth straight decade. In-between his time with Styx he’s recorded over 1000 radio and TV spots and worked with artists diverse as Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Wilson (including his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John.) Todd has been an in demand clinician performing at drum festivals around the world.

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When you bake a cake, there’s an order. When you build a house, there’s an order to how it’s done. And when you do professional marketing & communications there is also an order. The sequence or order of how/when things are done often determine their success and it’s why you crack the eggs and mix them in BEFORE you bake it, it’s why you dig and lay the foundation BEFORE you install the sundeck and it’s why we work on the brand message so hard BEFORE we communicate anything.  The order of things counts and we’re going to hit this hard this week and see who’s winning and losing as we break a few eggs on the next action-packed episode of the Tony-award-winning classic May the Best Brand Win on Entertalk Radio.  

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Los Angeles born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including rock legend Alice Cooper, R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies.
 
Nita has been featured in many worldwide print magazines and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, including Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami/ Platinum Games); and is the author of the Premier Guitar column "Drop Dead Shred". Nita was also the official in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. She is one of the most sought after clinicians in the industry and has done extensive clinic tours across multiple continents. Her consistent touring schedule has shown her to play in front of over a million audience members in both 2014 and 2015 respectively.
 
Nita is currently playing guitar for Alice Cooper and working on original solo material.
 
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Ricky has often stated that he played every zip code starting with EiEiO before ever getting a major gig. Although known as the bass player for Bad English and The Babys, some of the other artists he has been invited to perform on stage and/or in the studio with include: Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltrey, Mick Jagger, Sammy Haggar, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Julian Lennon, Ted Nugent, Eddie Money, Steve Stevens, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Lukather, Vinnie Caliuta, Alan White, Jeff Porcarro and Terri Bozzio. He has written, performed, sung, produced, and engineered music for various artists as well as for film and television. His styles of writing range from the rock genre he's known for, to children's music for Nickelodeon, jazz themes for CNN, Be Bop,  Flamenco, blues and contemporary pop.

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The REKT krew weigh on on Wonder Woman. Shark an Amy face off in a battle of who loves Gal Gadot more. If you are wondering whether a beautiful and charismatic lead actresss equals a good movie...well...so are we.

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Michael Thompson was born on February 11, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York & raised on Long Island. He started playing guitar at age 9, and after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, was inspired to be a musician. At age 19, he left New York for Boston to attend The Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, M.T. met many of the musicians that he would later work with in the Los Angeles music scene. After going to Berklee for two years, Michael got a gig with local R&B artist “Ellis Hall”.  He toured and recorded with this group for four years.

In 1977, Michael met his wife Gloria, and in 1979 they moved to Los Angeles to begin his studio career. Upon arrival Michael got a gig touring with Joe Cocker. During that first year money was tight and Michael had to drive a cab to survive financially. After his cab gig, he landed a year-long world tour with Cher.

When he returned home Michael began honing his craft playing on songwriter publishing demos and any sessions that were offered. Those sessions lead to working on the popular T.V. show Fame, which he played on for four years, which lead to playing on Miami Vice for its last season.

In 1989, Michael got his first opportunity to work with mega producer David Foster which led to him playing on multiple hit productions over the next fifteen years.

Michael has recorded with artists including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, ‘N Sync, Toni Braxton, Phil CollinsRod StewartJoe Samplethe ScorpionsVince Neil, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Madonna, Babyface, En VogueGloria Estefan, Stanley Clarke, and Ricky Martin.

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Rudy Sarzo is a professional recording and performing artist worldwide with a career spanning over 35 years. As a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, from March 1981 to September 1982, I toured the world in support of the “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary Of a Madman” records. My bass playing can be heard on Ozzy’s multimillion selling CD “Tribute” and “Speak of the Devil” CD and DVD.
As a member of Quiet Riot, from September 1982 to January 1985, Rudy recorded the multi-platinum albums “Metal Health”, the first Heavy Metal debut to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and “Condition Critical”. During this period I headlined worldwide tours, appeared on numerous MTV videos and was voted #1 Bassist in Circus Magazine for 1983.
As a member of Whitesnake, from April 1987 to September 1994 Rudy recorded the multi-platinum album “Slip of the Tongue”. During this period I also performed worldwide on headline tours in support of the multiplatinum “1987” and “Slip of the Tongue” albums and appeared on 6 MTV videos.
As a member of the reunited Quiet Riot, from May 1997 to August 2003, Rudy performed worldwide on headlining tours and as special guests in support of the Quiet Riot CDs “Alive and Well” and "Guilty Pleasure.I also appeared on VH1’s Quiet Riot, Behind the Music. In November of 2003, “Quiet Riot Live in The 21st Century” DVD was released after the group disbanded. My recordings with all of these artists combined have sold over 30 million copies.
In February of 2004, Rudy joined Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force for the U.S. 30 city “Attack Tour”.
In April of 2004 Rudy became member of the multi-platinum Heavy Metal group DIO and remained the band's bassist until Ronnie's passing in 2010. During that time Rudy toured the world with DIO and recorded the "Holy Diver 25th Anniversary LIVE" DVD and CD and DIO's last studio track "Elektra". In addition, when Rudy was not busy with DIO, he toured the world with Blue Oyster Cult until 2012.
Today Rudy is a touring and recording member of the Legendary The Guess Who.

www.rudysarzo.com

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Joe Cook currently serves as the manager of the Radio Broadcast Department for Western Indian Ministries (http://www.westernindian.org/) in New Mexico and Arizona. He and his family moved out west in 2015 to do ministry on the Navajo Reservation. As a teenager and new Christian, Joe's life was impacted by the music ministry of the late Rich Mullins— himself a missionary to the Navajo Nation. The story of Rich's work on the reservation planted a seed in Joe's heart that grew for nearly two decades, leading he and his family to answer God's call to serve in Navajo missions. Prior to this, Joe spent nearly a decade working at an Oldies radio station in his home state of New Jersey. He and his wife Abbie have been married for 12 years and they have a 10-year-old son named Joey.

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Freddie Ravel is the internationally acclaimed Keynote Maestro who blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world.
Backed by number one hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind and Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 charting pianist is the Founder of The Rhythm of Success - the peak performance program to enhance leadership, innovation and collaboration for entrepreneurs and major corporations alike.
Accolades hail from the Mayor of Los Angeles who presented Mr. Ravel the city’s Award of Recognition for creating a music-based system to “renew the national and international economy” while his media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rock Stars, Clear Channel and XM Sirius.
His delighted clients refer to him as “The ideal balance of Entertainment and Content” and with rave reviews from such clients as IBM, Toyota, Red Bull, NASA, Apple, Morgan Stanley, Google and Citi, he serves as a captivating access point through which to transform organizations, education and the human condition.

www.freddieravel.com

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