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An Update from Tony
April 26, 2016

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Hello my Friends,

I would like to say hello to all of you and wish you the best for the spring and summer.

In August and September I will be returning to the studio to work on my newest instrumental release that has long been in the making, but regrettably had to be delayed due to uncontrollable circumstances.

It has been a year since “Concrete Gardens” was been released, and in that time I have had much time to reflect on the very long journey that I have been on since my first album “Edge of Insanity.” It is with love and respect that I thank you all for traveling with me on this adventure since the beginning!

I am thrilled to announce that I have been given the green light to return to performing live, and will do that starting on April 30th on tour in Europe with Michel Polnareff Officiel.

Thank you all very much for the positive thoughts, love and support.

The best and only the best to you all. Have a great musical summer! See you out there soon!!

Tony


Auction items – Benefit for Tony MacAlpine
December 8, 2015

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Check out all the amazing items up for auction as part of the Benefit Concert For Tony MacAlpine! The online auctions begin on Saturday Dec 12 Pacific time, and end December 19th. Up for bids are guitars from: Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Steve Stevens, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa, John Petrucci, Richie Kotzen, KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer, Eric Singer), Jeff Loomis, Vinnie Moore, Tom Morello, Billy Sheehan; signature snares from Gregg Bissonette, Mike Portnoy (coming soon); cymbals from Neil Peart, Virgil Donati (coming soon); a stage outfit from John 5; bass lessons from Rudy Sarzo; and coming soon, a cruise from Axes & Anchors; a cruise from Mosters Of Rock: Shredders From The Deep; a scholarship to Paul Gilbert’s Geat Guitar Escape 3; and a scholarship to Guitar Workshop Plus;  plus amazing raffle items and more!


The Benefit For Tony – Only 5 Days Away!
December 7, 2015

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On Saturday, December 12, the Benefit For Tony MacAlpine concert – featuring the stellar line-up of Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, and John 5 – will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs) and Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) are joining this incredible line-up as part of the all-star jam.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, a wealth of items will be available for auction at the show. Non LA-based fans can also bid by visiting http://www.tonymacalpine.com/benefitfortony/ day-of-show through December 19. Auction items include:

MacAlpine’s gear manufacturers – Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG, Source Audio, Voodoo Lab, and Xotic Effects – have also generously donated equipment to be raffled off at the show.

Check out all the auction and raffle items at:  http://www.tonymacalpine.com/benefitfortony/

All proceeds will be collected on behalf of guitar / keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and his family (his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer).

Tickets are on sale now via LiveNation: http://livemu.sc/1Ma3x6u.
Fans who would like to contribute to the cause can also visit: https://www.gofundme.com/BenefitForTony.


An Update from Tony
December 7, 2015

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Hello my friends,

I would like to say hello to you all and wish you the best during this holiday season. Regardless of whether you are near or far, this is the time of the year that brings friends and family together.

It has been a while since I have had the energy to write, so I will take this time to give you an update of sorts, a small window into some of my daily activities at this point.

Two months after my surgery on August 28th, I have been strictly following the course of these excellent Doctors of Medicine, and progress is being achieved at a rate they as well as I am encouraged by. It is a difficult routine that I must endure for many more months that involves a very intense series of drug therapies and constant analytical procedures that are overwhelmingly draining because of their brutal side effects, but my eyes and heart are on the big picture which is recovery.

More often than not the biggest hurdle is knowing that after you engage yourself in this fight – this battle on a weekly schedule – you still must reserve some energy to think positive, as that is a very important and necessary mechanic in this healing process.

Your prayers, messages and positive energy are not going unnoticed, and although I have quite a long road ahead, it is not traveled alone, as I have all of you there for support. And I thank you all for that!

I will touch base and give you further updates soon.

Tony MacAlpine


“Man In A Metal Cage” performed live at EMGtv
November 25, 2015

Check out “Man In A Metal Cage” performed live at EMGtv!

The video features Aquiles Priester on drums, Pete Griffin on bass, and Nili Brosh on guitar. Mixed by Adair Daufembach, and engineered by Greg Wurth.

Pick up your copy of “Concrete Gardens” with the Special Edition bonus DVD featuring Tony and the band playing the entire album live at: http://tonymacalpine.spinshop.com


Benefit for Tony MacAlpine – GoFundMe Campaign Launched
November 8, 2015

We are deeply grateful for all the offers of support Tony has received.  If you’re unable to make it to the show, but would like to help Tony, you can do so by donating to a Go Fund Me campaign we have set up: http://gofund.me/BenefitForTony

You can also help by buying Tony’s new CD/DVD directly from this website.


Rock Royalty Join Forces For A Benefit Concert For Tony MacAlpine
November 4, 2015

(Los Angeles, CA) Guitar legends Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde and John 5, along with drum powerhouse Mike Portnoy, bass icon Billy Sheehan and keyboard phenomenon Derek Sherinian are joining forces to play a benefit concert for guitar and keyboard virtuoso Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Benefit for Tony MacAlpine will take place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12, 2015, at 7:00pm, featuring performances from John 5 & The Creatures, Zakk Wylde with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian; Steve Vai and band, and culminating in an all-star jam with house band Portnoy, Sheehan, Sherinian featuring special guests. Eddie Trunk will serve as master of ceremonies for the night.

In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Steve Vai, John 5Joe Bonamassa, Steve Stevens, Paul Gilbert, Steve Lukather and Joe Satriani have all graciously donated personal guitars to be auctioned during the event. Simon Philips has dontated a signature snare.  Tony’s gear manufacturers Ibanez, Hughes & Kettner, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Source Audio and Voodoo Lab have also generously donated equipment to be raffled.

Tony’s cancer diagnosis comes on the heels of his wife’s diagnosis with breast cancer in June, making the situation even more trying for Tony and his family.

“Tony is a dear friend, an absolutely sweet human being and one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with,” says Mike Portnoy, “We are coming together to help raise money and awareness to help him fight his battle and come out on top!” Adds Steve Vai, “It’s a great privilege to take to the stage with my friends Zakk, John, Mike and Billy in support of our dear friend Tony. Tony has always been blessed with an exceptional talent and more so, he’s an exceptionally cool guy. It’s a great cause and will be a magical evening of guitar extravaganza.”

“Tony has been such an inspiration to me,” says John 5, “He is an incredible musician and an unbelievable talent. Please let’s all come together and beat this!”
“Tony is our brother. We look forward to making a historical night, and raising a lot of money to help our friend in need.” said Derek Sherinian.

Tony MacAlpine is widely known as a guitar virtuoso who is just as skilled on the keys. Edge of Insanity, his classic debut album, was recently ranked by Guitar World magazine as one of the Top Ten Shred Guitar Albums of all time. Aside from his solo work, Tony has also been part of several rock supergroups including Planet X with Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati; PSMS (Portnoy/Sheehan/MacAlpine/Sherinian); as well as the Grammy nominated CAB with bassist Bunny Brunel and drummer Dennis Chambers. MacAlpine also spent seven years playing guitar and keys in Steve Vai‘s touring band The Breed.  Tony’s most recent album Concrete Gardens was released in May. Tony toured the US in June to promote the album, but was forced to cancel tours of Asia, Australia and Europe when his health deteriorated.

Tickets are on sale Saturday November 7, at 10am PT through LiveNation, with all proceeds going to help Tony and his family. A GoFundMe campaign will be set up for fans who can’t make the show, but still want to contribute.


A Note From Tony
September 30, 2015

Hello everyone..

I would like to extend a heartfelt message to all of you..thanking you sincerely for all of the wonderful support you have given me over the many years, and especially now through this difficult time. Sadly, I was forced to cancel my recently planned tours of Asia, Australia and Europe on sound medical advice because of this unforeseeable illness. But I am on the road to recovery. There are some more months of important treatments that are required to ensure that all of the excellent work the medical team has performed will be sustained in the future.

It’s has been greatly disappointing for me, as this was the first time in my many years of professional music work that i have ever had to make such a tough decision. For me, playing is a necessary element of my daily life and function, and as discouraging as this has been for me, I am aware that it has truly been a very hard situation for my colleagues and professional associates to experience also.

We never really know why things happen to us in our lives and what reasons they happen for – at least not right away, but I am always in search of what lessons we are constantly being taught, and have learned to accept things as they are. I do know that I am blessed to have been able to contribute my art to the music scene, and more so to do it for you all.

I will see you all on the road once I’m healed, and once again want to thank you all for being there!!

Peace,

Tony MacAlpine


Refund for Japan Shows Available September 26
September 24, 2015

A reminder to fans in Japan that Tony’s shows at Club Citta’​ in Kawasaki, and Music Club JANUS 心斎橋​ in Osaka have been cancelled due to illness.

Ticket refunds will be available beginning tomorrow, September 26.

Tony looks forward to visiting Japan when he is fully recovered.