LEMMY, ROCKY GEORGE, NICK OLIVERI To Perform At MICHELLE MELDRUM Benefit Concert

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD), Rocky George (FISHBONE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) and Nick Oliveri (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONDO GENERATOR) are among the artists who are scheduled to perform at a benefit concert for the family of MELDRUM/PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, who passed away last year.

Location:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Whisky A-Go Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, California

Doors: 7:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Limited tickets at door, pre-sale purchase via PayPal at www.michellemeldrum.com

Raffle will be held at the event and will include prizes from MOTÖRHEAD, KISS, OZZY OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE, BLACK SABBATH, THIN LIZZY, TWISTED SISTER, MELDRUM, Gene Hoglan and more.

Auction will be held the week of the event on eBay include some of Michelle's guitars and gear, collectibles, memorabilia (eBay seller MELDRUM2009).

Special guests:

Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Rocky George (FISHBONE, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES)
Nick Oliveri (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONDO GENERATOR)
Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANGEROUS TOYS)
John Norum (EUROPE, DOKKEN)
Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT)
Phil Varone (SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW)

Performing bands:

MELDRUM with Gene Hoglan
LIZZY BORDEN
PHANTOM BLUE reunion
THE IRON MAIDENS

DJ Will - KNAC.COM
Leah Cevoli ("Robot Chicken", "Deadwood") - Mistress of Ceremony/Hostess

* Guest lineup subject to addition/change

Portion of proceeds will be donated to brain research.

On May 18, 2008 Michelle Meldrum was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.

MELDRUM had just completed writing and recording the band's soon-to-be-released album with drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH), along with the new lineup Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album, entitled "Lifer", later this year in tribute to their fallen bandmate.

Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son.

Meldrum, 39, is survived by her parents and four-year-old son Jake Thomas (father is EUROPE guitarist John Norum). Her family and band members appreciate all the support that has been shown over the past 12 months through this trying time.

Michelle Meldrum was born on Sept 28, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors. At 13, Meldrum moved to Los Angeles, California and started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band WARGOD with drummer Gene Hoglan. When WARGOD disbanded, Meldrum continued her search for a band and become both co-founder and lead guitarist in all girl metal/rock band PHANTOM BLUE. PHANTOM BLUE released their self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records as well as Roadrunner Records, and eventually landed a deal with major label Geffen.

Once PHANTOM BLUE disbanded after a successful run at fame, Michelle Meldrum moved to Sweden and formed her current band MELDRUM. After many triumphant tours with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, she reunited with Hoglan in 2006. Hoglan had appeared as a special guest on the MELDRUM album prior and played several events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Meldrum moved back to America where she and Hoglan began writing the aforementioned third MELDRUM album together.

Reality Check TV put together a video tribute to Michelle Meldrum to help celebrate her life and remember her as she lived — shredding on her guitar. Watch the 10-minute clip below.

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