Rock fans and collectors get ready! Backstage Auctions Inc., the online boutique auction house specializing in authentic rock memorabilia from personal collections of legendary musicians and entertainment professionals, is opening the door to rock fans everywhere with The Vintage Pop & Rock Auction, May 16-23. The online auction event features the personal collections of several music industry notables, including Concrete Management's co-founder Walter O'Brien.
O'Brien worked in the music industry for over three decades doing promotion, publicity, marketing, and artist management. In 1984 he and Bob Chiappardi started Concrete Management on nothing more than a little start up cash and a dream and the rest is history. Since that time O'Brien has worked with and managed some of today's legendary metal artists, including PANTERA, WINGER, WHITE ZOMBIE, ANTHRAX, MINISTRY, METAL CHURCH, PRONG, and others, as well as established rock artists such as GENESIS, PETER GABRIEL, NRBQ, NEKTAR and BRAND X.
"What is fascinating about Walter's personal collection is that while he made a career in the metal industry, he loved all kinds of music and if you parley those two passions, you end up with one very amazing memorabilia collection," explains Jacques van Gool, Backstage Auctions founder. The auction features hundreds of O'Brien's rare music memorabilia pieces, including artist signed items, ephemera, promo items, two juke boxes and an obscenely rare vinyl collection. "The '60s, '70s and '80s vinyl Walter amassed is by far the most single most impressive collection of progressive rock, punk, new wave, synthpop 7- and 12-inch records I have seen in a long time and I would say that 99% of the collection is in mint condition," says van Gool. A few of the highlight pieces are a fully signed THE BEATLES program, 1976 LED ZEPPELIN "Presence" numbered "The Object" promotional piece, John Lennon's "Root" album, a large collection of British '70s vinyl and there is even a "Yellow Submarine" jukebox.
O'Brien's jaw-dropping heavy metal personal memorabilia collection along with several other headbanging metal industry notables, will be featured in an unprecedented heavy metal auction event later this year.
The Vintage Pop & Rock Auction is running for one week ending on Sunday, May 23. The entire auction catalog, which also features the personal collections of legendary drummer Johny Barbata, psychedelic poster artist Bob Masse, Marion Kesker of Sun Records and Stuart Wiener, features over 500 auction lots, is currently live and open for bidding at www.backstageauctions.com.