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Rock Jam at Cordiale

A quick reminder about my upcoming solo gig at Cafe Cordiale this Wednesday the 16th of January at 9:15 pm. Cafe Cordiale is at 14015 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks CA 91423

After all the recent travels including a cooold trip to Moscow, we are back in town and playing locally again! (pictures to follow shortly!)

Please come out to the show – we have a great time and it is always great to see friends and new faces!  The post gig jam is always smoking and you never know just who will play…

We really need to maintain the success of this as the ONLY ROCK JAM in town right now so SUPPORT THE CAUSE OF ROCK and come down – WE LOVE YOU !!

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Rock Jam Night is NOVEMBER not OCTOBER

So sorry for the wrong date, I am sure that you figured out that it is NOVEMBER not OCTOBER!!  I am dumb!!

Dear Friends,
I am hosting the Rock Jam at the Cafe Cordiale again this Wednesday NOVEMBER the 14th.
Everyone that showed up two weeks ago had a great time and there were some really great talent surprises! I am proud to say that the Jam is now being heralded as the best most quality Rock Jam in town!
As I am sure you know, the Cafe is in Sherman Oaks at 14015 Ventura Blvd, 91423. If you find yourself in the area come by as it is always a great jam and you never know who may show up!
This week we are featuring Jeff Bowders on drums, David Filice on bass and Howie Simon of Alcatrazz on guitars
Showtime is at 9 pm.
If you are interested in jamming let us know – we have a song list that you can pick from below…
See you there
Phil Soussan

ALL RIGHT KNOW

SURRENDER

COME TOGETHER

LONG TRAIN RUNNING

I’LL BE AROUND

HOTEL CALIFORNIA

*HOT LEGS

*FREE FALLING

MAN IN THE BOX

PROUD MARY

*FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME

*WISHING WELL

AMERICAN BAND

JUMPING JACK FLASH

SATISFACTION

SNORTING WHISKEY

*KEEP ON ROCKING IN THE FREE WORLD

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL

SUPERSTITION

CHANGE (John Waite)

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS

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Inside look into Rock Fantasy Camp

An overwhelming and exciting week in Las Vegas for the first Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp at the MGM Grand hotel finally over and I am catching my breath. Of course I had to come back to a mini stock market crash which will put the willies into anyone who has savings accounts… however, Rock and Roll never sleeps!

The week started with an arrival at the hotel on Tuesday night and a late snack dinner with my friend Richie Kotzen, who was one of the counselors with me.

Bruce Kulick at Harmon

Bruce Kulick at Harmon

 

Wednesday morning we all met at the new Rehearsal facility, called Harmon, that has been built by David Fishof and the Rock Camp. It has about 12 rehearsal rooms and a stage. Each room is fully equipped with back line gear and each has a computer recording DAW (digital audio workstation) with gear by Roland and Sonar – very nice! We listened to David’s opening remarks and I met my Camper Band assigned to me; Paul and Dan on guitar, Loren on bass, Mayer on drums and Myka on vocals.

Straight off to work and a very busy schedule; my band had signed up for the recording package and I was to take them into a full recording studio and spend a day producing an original song. We had to come up with that song in addition to learning songs to play with our featured guests and those to be played at the final night concert.

Dave Rosenthal, Rod Morgenstein and Rudy Sarzo

Dave Rosenthal, Rod Morgenstein and Rudy Sarzo

That morning my old buddy Vince Neil came to visit us and we played “Rock’n’Roll” with him. For those who don’t know, I became friends with Vince waaaay back in about 1984 and remained close through all of the Ozzy years and after. We would frequently jam to raise money for charities and when he first left Motley Crue in 1992 he asked me to help him put a band together and I co-wrote his first solo album “Exposed” It was great to see him again!

bass player Loren trying on his Motley pants!

bass player Loren trying on his Motley pants!

 

 

Mark Farner, Rod and Kip Winger

Mark Farner, Rod and Kip Winger

That night was the opening counselor show at the Tabu nightclub. We had all run through some cool songs to be played that night for the Campers. I sang “Bad Company” and played bass with Richie on “All Along the Watchtower” and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”. Mark Farner was amazing and Kudos to Rod Morgenstein who played drums for all the set and sounded phenomenal! 

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with Teddy and Bruce Dave, Mark, myself, Lita Kip and Rod

with Teddy and Bruce
Dave, Mark, myself, Lita Kip and Rod

 

By the next morning we had not really come up with anything so I pulled an idea that I had and started writing lyrics and getting the band rehearsed – we were working on the floor of the Casino in what is now referred to as the “Fishbowls” – two studios that operate entirely on headphones, just like a proper rehearsal environment. People outside can look through the windows and see what is taking place. Once we got back to Harmon we had Zakk Wylde about to arrive any minute and the pressure was building to get all our songs done. The band wanted to play “Mr Crowley” but of course we had no keyboard player for the intro. Quickly I came up with a guitar and bass arrangement for the intro, a la Brian May. Zakk was blown away!

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We never played it like that with Ozzy and I got the sense that his wheels were spinning. It was a great Jam with Zakk and Paul playing the solos in unison note for note! That night our band, now called Sexy Vague-Ass and all the other bands re-played their tracks with Zakk live at the Rouge bar at the MGM for all and the public – it was crowded and LOUD !

Paul, me, Dan, Myka, Abraham, Zakk, Mayer and Loren

Paul, me, Dan, Myka, Abraham, Zakk, Mayer and Loren

 

15Friday was the day that each band got to spend much quality time with the great Gene Simmons. Gene is one of the most gracious people and gave his time, experience and advice to each and every camper. He showed everyone bass licks, vocal tricks and gave an insight into his writing for KISS. My band jammed “Shout it out Loud” and Gene and I shared vocals. Such a great jam! He gave everyone signed copies of his new book “KISS FAQ” He also personally signed a copy to my beautiful wife, Jennifer who had come out for a few days! …we love Gene!

 

with engineer Greg at the Palms Studio

with engineer Greg at the Palms Studio

 

Saturday I took the band into the Palms Studio that is owned by Pat Thrall. We had a great day recording the original song that is now called “RockCamp”. Everyone played great particularly Mayer, the drummer who nailed the track like any pro in 2 or 3 takes. We got into the bass and guitar overdubs and were doing the vocals when Sebastian Bach shows up. He loves the track and wants to sing backgrounds on its. We set him up and it was a cool thing to see my band tripping on Baz singing over their tracks! 

 

19Last day is the day of our concert and everyone is preparing for the final night. Appearances, performances, lyrics and parts learned. We were the one but last band and my guys did a great job. Bassist Loren held down the bottom end, Mayer was fantastic as usual, Dan brought his southern style of rock rhythm guitar and Paul shredded his metal chops through “Mr Crowley” “Rebel Yell” “Rock Camp” and “Ain’t Talking Bout Love”, whole singer Myka entertained the crowd with his unique comedic intros between songs. Finally the Counselors all took the stage for a short set of favorites; Kip Winger, Lita Ford, John Moyer, Kane Roberts, Rudy Sarzo, Teddy ZigZag, Bruce Kulick, Rod, Dave Rosenthal, Richie… did I leave anybody out?

 

The Sexy Vague Asses

The Sexy Vague Asses

 

And so that brought us to the end of another terrific Camp. It kind of sad at the end; the comedown is a bit like the end of a tour 🙁

Jen went to see Madonna playing at the MGM that night with Mayer’s family. I would have liked to have seen her, but I was all music’d out. Apparently the show was great but she took the opportunity to go off on a political rant and single out people in the audience. I cannot imagine why someone would do that; with this country the most polarized I have ever seen it shouldn’t we be using music to try to connect and bridge people rather than alienating and losing half your audience? Anyway… beats me.

Bruce Kulick, myself and John Moyer

Bruce Kulick, myself and John Moyer

 

I went to a sit down dinner courtesy of our camper friends, Ben and Sarah; the first peaceful and proper meal for me of the whole time, seeing as I had been so occupied with my councilor duties. We had a great night, counselors, Kip Winger and Rod Morgenstein, Courtney, Beth and Erin from RockCamp and many other friends.

I finally made it to bed… tired and gratified with the whole week.  Thank you to my band, thank you to the RockCamp team, to all the hard working crew guys and to David Fishof. We have a fantastic home here at the MGM Grand and I am looking forward to the next Camp in February; I am scheduled to be doing the Alice Cooper Camp – see YOU there!

Phil

 

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Newsletter

First Gig of fall ???  …With all these triple digit temperatures continuing well after the summer !

 

A quick reminder about my upcoming Solo gig and Rock Jam at Cafe Cordiale this Wednedsay the 3rd of October at 9:15 pm. Cafe Cordiale is at 14015 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks CA 91423

Please come out to the show – we have a great time and it is always great to see friends and new faces!  The post gig jam is always smoking and you never know just who will play…

We really need to maintain the success of this as the ONLY ROCK JAM in town right now so SUPPORT THE CAUSE OF ROCK and come on down!!

In other news this month…

Just getting ready to go to the Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp again next week. This camp will be featuring Gene Simmons, Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach and Zakk Wylde and will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  www.rockcamp.com

Stay tuned to my Twitter for news and photos from the Camp  @philsoussan

I wanted to share an historic moment. This is a photo of the Space Shuttle “Endeavor” on its final flight into LA Airport as I caught it flying over our house. Piggybacking on a Jumbo at about a thousand feet, the house was shaking like crazy!  It was breathtaking and the end of an era.

See you soon – Phil

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Upcoming Rock Jam night

Dear Friends,

I am hosting the Rock Jam at the Cafe Cordiale again this Wednesday August 29th.

Everyone that showed up two weeks ago had a great time and there were some really great talent surprises! I am proud to say that the Jam is now being heralded as the best most quality Rock Jam in town!
As I am sure you know, the Cafe is in Sherman Oaks at 14015 Ventura Blvd, 91423. If you find yourself in the area come by as it is always a great jam and you never know who may show up!
This week we have a guest drummer in Mike Hansen, of Steve Vai, Hurricane and George Lynch fame.
Showtime is at 9 pm.
If you are interested in jamming let us know – we have a song list!
See you there
Phil
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Upcoming Gig!

Dear Friends,

I am performing my gig and hosting the Rock Jam at the Cafe Cordiale this Wednesday August 15th.
As I am sure you know, the Cafe is in Sherman Oaks at 14015 Ventura Blvd, 91423. If you find yourself in the area come by as it is always a great jam and you never know who may show up!  Showtime is at 9 pm.
(I am very pleased to announce a new sponsor for the jam in the form of Zildjian Cymbals – Thanks to John DeChristopher and Emily Smith!)
If you are interested in jamming let us know!
See you there
Phil
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