The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band. Their eponymous 1975 debut album included the single "White Punks on Dope," while their 1983 single "She's a Beauty" was a top-10 U. S. hit and its music video was played in the early days of MTV. The band performed in the 1980 film Xanadu, singing the rock portion of the cross-genre song "Dancin'" opposite a big band; the Tubes formed in 1972 in San Francisco, featuring members from two Phoenix, bands who had relocated to San Francisco in 1969. One, The Beans, included Bill Spooner, Rick Anderson, Vince Welnick, Frank Martinez, Scott Hornbeck and Bob Macintosh; the other, the Red White and Blues Band, featured Prairie Prince, Roger Steen, David Killingsworth. After performing at Expo'70 in Japan, Killingsworth left the Red and Blues Band, leaving Steen and Prince to audition new bass players, albeit unsuccessfully; the Beans had been a local favorite in Phoenix, selling out shows with a tongue-in-cheek concept rock show called "The Mother of Ascension" featuring costumes and props before moving to San Francisco.
After moving, Bill Spooner worked at the Fillmore West sweeping floors in between Beans shows at the Longshoremen's Hall and other minor venues. The band's loud, heavy jamming style didn't attract attention, the band needed to go back home to Phoenix where they would sell out shows which provided enough money to pay their rent; the Beans' manager and former Alice Cooper Group drummer, John Speer, suggested they add Prince and Steen along with their roadie John Waybill to one of these shows. Waybill's nickname among the band was "Fee," short for "Fiji," thanks to his copious head of hippie hair. "The Radar Men from Uranus" played the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix as well as a show in Mexico where they were run out of town by the police and Rick Anderson drowned after he was washed out to sea while swimming. The group would play shows at biker bars such as The Inn of The Beginning; the vocals at this time were shared by Spooner and Waybill as different characters. Prairie Prince and Phoenix high school friend Michael Cotten were attending art school at the San Francisco Art Institute at this time.
Cotten was asked by Spooner to buy an ARP synthesizer instead of a film camera and began to perform with the band as well as create props and costumes. One of the first "Tubes" shows was at the Art Institute cafeteria as part of an art show for classmate and future Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow. While experimenting with their stage show and art and Michael met model Re Styles while painting the Cliff House Mural. Styles has appeared in both Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain and Sun Ra's Space Is the Place and posed for Playboy and Penthouse magazines. Prince and Styles began dating and she started performing with the band, playing Patty Hearst and dressing in wild leather outfits during the "Mondo Bondage" dance with Waybill. After several years of playing biker bars, the band needed help, they had a temporary agreement with producer David Rubinson and played on bills with The Pointer Sisters and Sylvester, but were still trying to find an audience. Prince had been hired by newly formed fusion rock band Journey to record demos, approached their manager Herbie Herbert, a former Santana roadie and Bill Graham employee.
Herbert made a deal with Graham that if the Tubes could sell out three local shows, Graham would give him an opening slot on the show of his choice. Herbert booked shows at a local club called the Village, which sold out thanks to themes inspired by the San Francisco post-hippie underground culture such as "The Streaker's Ball" and "Mondo Bondage." Much to Graham's dismay, Herbert chose an opening slot for the upcoming Led Zeppelin show at Kezar Stadium. The band pulled out the stops, including Waybill dressed as an early version of "Quay Lewd" throwing "Cocaine" and "Pills" at the crowd, who threw it back. Graham threatened Herbert that the band would never play in San Francisco again but calmed down and fell in love with the band, booking them at Winterland and other California venues for New Year's shows and Halloween. After the 1973 Led Zeppelin show, Herbert wanted to manage the band, but Spooner and the group went with local management team Mort Moriarty and Gary Peterson known as "Bag O' Bucks."
Moriarty was interested in the use of video in rock music and saw the Tubes' stage show as the future of music videos. Bob Macintosh died of cancer at this time. In 1974, Bag O' Bucks filmed a Tubes show at the California Hall and shopped the "video demo" around Los Angeles. George Daly, Columbia Records head of A&R in San Francisco, made some Tubes demos, but NY Corporate would not agree to signing the Tubes to Columbia due to the radical nature of their art. After 18 months, with no success at his own label, Daly, at the suggestion of Rick Wakeman pitched the group to competitor A&M Records, where his former Columbia East Coast A&R colleague and friend, Kip Cohen, had headed the A&R division. Daly flew managers Moriarity and Petersen down to LA, Cohen signed The Tubes to A&M, a rare example of cross-company support by major label executives. Working with lawyer Greg Fischbach, the band signed with A&M Records; the Tubes' first album, The Tubes, was produced by Al Kooper. The track "White Punks on Dope" was an "absurd anthem of wretched excess" and ridiculed the Hollywood kids of the rich and famous.
Since the song has been covered by Mötley Crüe, the German rock musician Nina Hagen took the tune and set new lyrics to it, titled her
Charles Lempriere "Prairie" Prince is an American drummer and graphic artist. He came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of the San Francisco based rock group the Tubes, was a member of Jefferson Starship from 1992-2008, has worked with a wide range of other performers as a session musician. Prince is a member of The Tubes and was a founding member of Journey along with Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie. However, he quit Journey after a few months, he has subsequently worked with Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, Brian Eno, David Byrne, XTC, Tom Waits, Paul Kantner, George Harrison, Dick Dale, Glenn Frey, Richard Marx, Bill Spooner, Neil Hamburger, John Fogerty, Nicky Hopkins, Tommy Bolin, Phil Lesh, Singer at Large Johnny J. Blair, former Tubes and Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick. Prince collaborated with Ross Valory and founding member of Journey, on a line of patented eco-friendly, USA made hoodie shirts called MouthMan- where graphic designs of jaws and teeth on the sleeves form a mouth when the wearer "hugs himself".
In 2006, he toured with The New Cars including Todd Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton, original The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes. He continues to play with The Tubes and Todd Rundgren, he was an original member of the reformed Jefferson Starship, known as "Jefferson Starship – The Next Generation" in 1992, appears on both that band's studio albums, along with numerous live albums. Prince announced in early 2008 that he was leaving the band on amicable terms and remains available for international performances, he is a sought after session musician and played drums and percussion on all tracks of Chuck Prophet's 2012 release Temple Beautiful. As an artist he designed the album cover artwork for many artists including The Tubes, Todd Rundgren, Lyle Workman and Vince Welnick's 1998 album Missing Man Formation, among many others. Along with his creative partner and fellow former Tubes Michael Cotten, he has created numerous set designs for major artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, N'Sync, Shania Twain, The Tubes, Todd Rundgren.
Prince and Cotten have teamed up with choreographer Kenny Ortega on several special events including the 1996 Summer Olympics of Atlanta, Super Bowl XXX Half Time Show, Michael Jackson's "This is It" concert, Shania Twain's residency, SHANIA: STILL THE ONE, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. Official website The Tubes official website Prairie Prince audio interview on RundgrenRadio.com 2007 Prairie Prince audio interview on RundgrenRadio.com 2009
Road Rage Tour
The Road Rage Tour is a concert tour co-headlined by The New Cars and Blondie in the North America in 2006. The Road Rage Tour was The New Cars first tour, the first time an incarnation of The Cars has toured in seventeen years. VH-1 Classic sponsored the tour, commercials were aired on VH-1 and its sister channels to draw attention to the tour; the tour featured a unique internet promotion. With each online ticket purchase through VH1classic.com or Ticketmaster.com a full album The New Cars and Blondie: Road Rage was offered to free download from eMusic.com. The album included five songs performed by Blondie. EMusic offers a shortened version of the album in a form of 4 track EP; the New Cars set was designed by drummer Prairie Prince. It featured large, metallic rings with screens in them suspended above the stage; the rings were meant to resemble a stop light. The drummer sat in a large glowing ring, the keyboards were elevated behind the center of the stage; the set was concealed when Blondie performed by a large black tarp, meant to resemble the New York City skyline.
On June 5, 2006, the driver of The New Cars' tour bus swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle, resulting in the New Cars' guitarist Elliot Easton suffering a broken left clavicle. Easton played four more shows despite the injury, but when it became apparent that he needed surgery, the rest of the tour was cancelled. Easton had surgery in New York on June 12. NotesA^ This show was Blondie only without The New Cars After the original tour cancellation The New Cars and Blondie went separate ways. Blondie went on short tour to Asia in September with single stops in USA before and after, while The New Cars continued the Road Rage tour in winter without Blondie with Persephone's Bees as a supporting act; the winter dates were scheduled to be of much smaller, venues, than large-scale arenas of the summer leg. Kasim Sulton was not featured on several shows due to his touring with Meat Loaf in support of Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose album with Atom Ellis filling for him. VIP Tickets, a popular feature during the summer tour, was available for most venues of the winter leg, with the exclusion of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
Reserved fan-club seating was available at most venues, except the Count Basie. A ticket pre-sale began on September 18, 2006. Ticketmaster supplied the tickets for most of the venues, although Seatadvisor and various box offices did carry tickets for others. BlondieDebbie Harry – vocals Chris Stein – guitars Clem Burke – drums Kevin Patrick – keyboards Leigh Foxx – bass Paul Carbonara – guitarsThe New CarsTodd Rundgren – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals Greg Hawkes – keyboards, backing vocals Kasim Sulton – bass guitar and backing vocals Prairie Prince – drums, percussion
Mississippi is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Mississippi is the 32nd most 34th most populous of the 50 United States, it is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, Arkansas and Louisiana to the west. The state's western boundary is defined by the Mississippi River. Jackson, with a population of 167,000 people, is both the state's capital and largest city; the state is forested outside the Mississippi Delta area, the area between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Before the American Civil War, most development in the state was along riverfronts, as the waterways were critical for transportation. Large gangs of slaves were used to work on cotton plantations. After the war, freedmen began to clear the bottomlands to the interior, in the process selling off timber and buying property. By the end of the 19th century, African Americans made up two-thirds of the Delta's property owners, but timber and railroad companies acquired much of the land after the financial crisis, which occurred when blacks were facing increasing racial discrimination and disfranchisement in the state.
Clearing of the land for plantations altered the Delta's ecology, increasing the severity of flooding along the Mississippi by taking out trees and bushes that had absorbed excess waters. Much land is now held by agribusinesses. A rural state with agricultural areas dominated by industrial farms, Mississippi is ranked low or last among the states in such measures as health, educational attainment, median household income; the state's catfish aquaculture farms produce the majority of farm-raised catfish consumed in the United States. Since the 1930s and the Great Migration of African Americans to the North and West, the majority of Mississippi's population has been white, although the state still has the highest percentage of black residents of any U. S. state. From the early 19th century to the 1930s, its residents were majority black, before the American Civil War that population was composed of African-American slaves. Democratic Party whites retained political power through disfranchisement and Jim Crow laws.
In the first half of the 20th century, nearly 400,000 rural blacks left the state for work and opportunities in northern and midwestern cities, with another wave of migration around World War II to West Coast cities. In the early 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation, with 86% of its non-whites living below the poverty level. In 2010, 37% of Mississippians were African Americans, the highest percentage of African Americans in any U. S. state. Since regaining enforcement of their voting rights in the late 1960s, most African Americans have supported Democratic candidates in local and national elections. Conservative whites have shifted to the Republican Party. African Americans are a majority in many counties of the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, an area of historic slave settlement during the plantation era; the state's name is derived from the Mississippi River. Settlers named it after the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi. Mississippi is bordered to the north by Tennessee, to the east by Alabama, to the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to its namesake, major rivers in Mississippi include the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Pascagoula River, the Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake with the largest lake being Sardis Lake. Mississippi is composed of lowlands, the highest point being Woodall Mountain, in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, 807 feet above sea level; the lowest point is sea level at the Gulf Coast. The state's mean elevation is 300 feet above sea level. Most of Mississippi is part of the East Gulf Coastal Plain; the coastal plain is composed of low hills, such as the Pine Hills in the south and the North Central Hills. The Pontotoc Ridge and the Fall Line Hills in the northeast have somewhat higher elevations. Yellow-brown loess soil is found in the western parts of the state; the northeast is a region of fertile black earth. The coastline includes large bays at Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula, it is separated from the Gulf of Mexico proper by the shallow Mississippi Sound, sheltered by Petit Bois Island, Horn Island and West Ship Islands, Deer Island, Round Island, Cat Island.
The northwest remainder of the state consists of the Mississippi Delta, a section of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The plain widens north of Vicksburg; the region has rich soil made up of silt, deposited by the flood waters of the Mississippi River. Areas under the management of the National Park Service include: Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site near Baldwyn Gulf Islands National Seashore Natchez National Historical Park in Natchez Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail in Tupelo Natchez Trace Parkway Tupelo National Battlefield in Tupelo Vicksburg National Military Park and Cemetery in Vicksburg Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 20,000 but fewer than 50,000: Mississippi City Population Rankings of at least 10,000 but fewer than 20,000: Mississippi has a humid
Heartbeat City is the fifth studio album by American rock band the Cars. Released in 1984, it was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Picking up a positive commercial response, the Cars had many tracks getting airplay, singles "Drive" and "You Might Think" in particular both became Top 10 hits; the album received supportive reviews from several critics. Heartbeat City contains five American Top 40 singles. Of these, "Drive" and "You Might Think" were Top 10 hits, reaching the No. 3 and No. 7 positions, respectively. A number of songs from the album gained TV exposure; the lead vocal on "Drive" was performed by bassist Benjamin Orr. The song's video was directed by actor Timothy Hutton, it features Ric Ocasek arguing with a troubled young woman played by model Paulina Porizkova. "Hello Again" had a video directed by Andy Warhol, who appeared onscreen. The single "It's Not the Night" reached No. 31 on the rock charts. The song "Stranger Eyes" was used in the theatrical trailer of the 1986 film Top Gun, but it never made it into the soundtrack.
"Looking for Love" was covered by Austrian singer Falco as "Munich Girls" on his 1985 album Falco 3. When the Cars performed at Live Aid, they played three songs from the album alongside the fan favorite "Just What I Needed"; the album was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. His commitment to the Cars album meant that he told Def Leppard he could not work on their album, Hysteria. However, due to delays in that album's recording, Lange was able to produce it; the cover art is from a 1972 piece by Peter Phillips called Art-O-Matic Loop di Loop. All tracks written by Ric Ocasek except. Ric Ocasek – rhythm guitar, lead vocals on 1-3, 6, 8-10 Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals Greg Hawkes – keyboards, Fairlight programming, backing vocals Benjamin Orr – bass, lead vocals on 4-5, 7 David Robinson – drums, Fairlight programming Andy Topeka: Additional Fairlight programming Arranged by The Cars Produced by The Cars & Robert John "Mutt" Lange Recorded & Engineered by Nigel Green Mixed by Mike Shipley Mastered by George Marino Album Singles 1984 in music The Cars discography Shake It Up "Heartbeat City" at discogs
The Cars (album)
The Cars is the debut album by the American new wave band the Cars. It was released on June 1978 on Elektra Records; the album, which featured the three charting singles "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Good Times Roll", as well as several album-oriented rock radio hits, was a major success for the band, remaining on the charts for 139 weeks. Formed in Boston in 1976, the Cars consisted of Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, David Robinson, Greg Hawkes, all of whom had been in and out of multiple bands throughout the 1970s. After becoming a club staple, the band recorded a number of demos in early 1977; some of these songs appeared in finished form on The Cars, such as "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl", while others were saved for a release, such as "Leave or Stay" and "Ta Ta Wayo Wayo". The demos for "Just What I Needed" and "My Best Friend's Girl" were played on Boston radio by DJ Maxanne Sartori, giving the band frequent airplay. Both Arista and Elektra attempted to sign the band, but in the end, Elektra was chosen, due to its lack of new wave acts, allowing the band to stand out more than they would have had they signed with the new wave-heavy Arista.
David Robinson said of the choice, "Here they had the Eagles and Jackson Browne, along comes this crazy Boston band who wanted a black-and-white photo collage on their cover." The Cars featured a large amount of technology on many of its tracks, due to the band's appreciation for new equipment. David Robinson said, "We'd always get the latest stuff from music stores if it would be obsolete in two months, it reached the point where I'd have 10 or 12 foot switches to hit during a short set." The album is notable for front-man Ric Ocasek's use of irony and sarcasm. Keyboardist Greg Hawkes said, "There was a little self-conscious irony in there. We started out wanting to be electric and straight-ahead rock, it kind of turned into an artier kind of thing." David Robinson said in an interview that he "had designed a different album cover that cost $80.00 to design." He continued, "I remember the price exactly. It was finished and everything, but it was a little more bizarre than the cover that they had in mind, so they changed some of it because of copyright problems and put it in as the inner sleeve.
But I think, way more how we envisioned who we were then."Unlike many of The Cars' album covers, the cover for The Cars was designed by the record company, rather than drummer David Robinson. The cover was not well liked by the members of the band, however. Robinson said, "I thought; the pictures of us I didn't like." Guitarist Elliot Easton expressed dislike for "that big grinning face," saying, "Man, I got tired of that cover."The cover model was Natalya Medvedeva, a Russian-born model, singer and journalist. The Cars sold one million copies by the end of the year and climbed the charts, it peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart in March 1979. The album remained on the album chart for 139 weeks; the record was ranked number 4 on Billboard's "Top Albums of the Year" chart for 1979. Three singles were released from the album: "Just What I Needed" in, "My Best Friend's Girl", "Good Times Roll" all of which enjoyed heavy airplay on AOR radio stations. Aside from the singles, album tracks "You're All I've Got Tonight", "Bye Bye Love", "Moving in Stereo" all became radio favorites.
Critically, the album was well received. AllMusic's Greg Prato described it in a retrospective review as "a genuine rock masterpiece", stated that "all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics". Prato continued, saying "With flawless performances and production, The Cars' debut remains one of rock's all-time classics." Rolling Stone magazine critic Kit Rachlis said "The pop songs are wonderful," continuing that "Easy and eccentric at the same time, all are potential hits." Rachlis, said that "The album comes apart only when it becomes arty and falls prey to producer Roy Thomas Baker's lacquered sound and the group's own penchant for electronic effects." Rolling Stone ranked the album No. 284 in its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Robert Christgau said, "Ric Ocasek writes catchy, hardheaded-to-coldhearted songs eased by wryly rhapsodic touches, the playing is tight and tough, it all sounds wonderful on the radio, but though on a cut-by-cut basis Roy Thomas Baker's production adds as much as it distracts, here's hoping the records get rawer."Elliot Easton said of the album, "We used to joke that the first album should be called The Cars Greatest Hits.
We knew. But we were getting enough feedback from people we respected to know that we were on the right track." All tracks written except where noted. The Cars Ric Ocasek – lead vocals, rhythm guitar Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals Greg Hawkes – keyboards, saxophone, backing vocals Benjamin Orr – lead vocals, bass David Robinson – drums, Syndrums, backing vocalsProduction The Cars – arrangement Roy Thomas Baker – production Geoff Workman – recording, engineering Nigel Walker – engineering George Marino – mastering Album Singles Notes denotes it did not chart. Empty box denotes; the Cars at Discogs
Kasim Sulton is an American bass guitarist and vocalist. Best known for his work with Utopia, Sulton sang lead on 1980s "Set Me Free," Utopia's only top 40 hit in the United States; as a solo artist, Sulton hit the Canadian top 40 in 1982 with "Don't Break My Heart". Sulton has been a frequent collaborator and singer on many of Todd Rundgren's projects and solo tours. Sulton graduated in 1973 from Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island, New York, he married his high school sweetheart, Laurie Rampulla, had three children with her. She died of cancer in 2011. Sulton started his musical career playing piano and vocals for Cherry Vanilla before gaining a place in Utopia in 1976. During his time with Utopia, they recorded nine albums and toured extensively until disbanding in 1986, with occasional reunions to the present, he has toured with Blue Öyster Cult, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, Cheap Trick, Patty Smyth, Akiko Yano and Richie Sambora, among many other artists. As a studio musician, he has played on albums by Patti Smith, Indigo Girls and Steve Stevens, appeared on an album of traditional Irish music by Eileen Ivers.
He was a member of Joan Jett's backing band, The Blackhearts, touring with them and playing on Jett's album Up Your Alley as well as contributing a number of tracks to her compilation album The Hit List. Sulton sang background vocals on the breakout Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hell, he and Thommy Price collaborated on Lights On, which Sulton co-wrote. The song "No T. V. No Phone" was featured in the comedy film The Allnighter, starring Susanna Hoffs. Sulton recorded a solo album on September 2002 entitled Quid Pro Quo; the album was released on Sphere Sound Records, Sulton played all but two instruments on the album. Sulton sang background vocals on Meat Loaf's album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, joining his backing band, Neverland Express, touring for three years on the Everything Louder Tour, he recorded on Meat Loaf’s album Welcome to the Neighborhood and singing background vocals on most of the tracks. He went on to become Music director for Meat Loaf, rehearsing Meat Loaf's band, Neverland Express, in preparation for touring.
The Very Best of Meat Loaf album was released with three new tracks, one of which, "Is Nothing Sacred", was re-recorded as a duet with Patti Russo and produced by Sulton, with the track reaching No. 15 on the UK charts. Sulton produced the Meat Loaf album Storytellers, toured with the band on the Night of the Proms Tour in Europe and the "Meat Loaf Just Havin' Fun for the Summer" and "Winter" Tour in the United States and Europe, where he and Patti Russo both served as opening acts, he toured on Meat Loaf's "Couldn't Have Said It Better" tour where he played a short solo acoustic set to open the concert at most venues. One of Meat Loaf's shows on this tour was filmed for the DVD Bat Out of Hell: Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Kasim toured on the 2005 "Hair of the Dog" Tour and the 2006-2007 "Bat Out of Hell III" tour, he is featured as bassist/backing vocalist on the album. In summer 2008, he rejoined Meat Loaf for The Casa de Carne Tour. Sulton played bass in the pit orchestra for the Twyla Tharp-choreographed musical based on Billy Joel music called Movin' Out on Broadway.
After a brief stint with the reunited band Scandal in 2004, Sulton joined The New Cars in 2005, replacing original Cars bassist and co-lead vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of cancer in 2000. The band included original Cars band members Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes as well as Todd Rundgren and Prairie Prince from Journey and The Tubes. An album, It's Alive!, was followed by a tour in 2006, with Sulton singing lead on The Cars' hit "Drive". Sulton continues to appear live playing bass and guitar on most Todd Rundgren tours, including the 2008-09 "Arena" gigs, 2009-10 performances of the classic album A Wizard, a True Star in the United States and Europe, 2010 "TR's Johnson" shows, he was in the band for the six show "Todd/Healing Albums Live" tour that began Labor Day Weekend of 2010 in Akron and played a solo show before the premiere. He played in the second run of "Todd/Healing Albums Live", a five-show tour that began on March 25, 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2011, Sulton replaced Matt Bissonette as the bass player in the Beatles tribute supergroup Yellow Matter Custard.
In 2012, he joined the classic hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult. In September 2015, along with legendary songwriter Paul Williams, led a global virtual songwriting collaboration at Hookist.com. The mission was to write the 1st crowd-sourced anthem to be performed at FacingAddiction.org's concert and rally on The National Mall on October 4, 2015, headlined by Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh among others. The theme of the song was "Celebrate Recovery" and the goal was to reduce the stigma associated with addiction. Sulton, Williams and Dr. Mehmet Oz opened the show and led 10,000 people in a singalong of "Voice Of Change" at the base of the Washington Monument. Sulton led a singalong of the song on The Dr. Oz Show which went viral. Kasim's webpage Authorized fansite Kasim Sulton radio interview on Rundgren Radio Career Retrospective Interview from September 2015 with Pods & Sods