The Business Side of Music: Official Podcast of the 2024 RockGodz Hall of Fame Awards

Nashville, TENN —  The Business Side of Music podcast series has been announced as the official podcast show for the 2024 RockGodz Hall of Fame Awards. The event will be held on March 21st in Cleveland Ohio at The Music Box Supper Club, and will honor such rock legends as “The James Gang” featuring Jimmy Fox, Dale Peters, and Joe Walsh, along with Michael Stanley, and Henry LoConti, Sr., Legendary Cleveland Ohio Agora Club Owner. Additional honorees are expected to be announced.

The mission of Rock Godz Hall of Fame is to acknowledge the contributions of the many stunningly gifted musicians and music industry professionals who may have flown under the radar, yet have delivered to the world music that orchestrates the soundtrack of our lives. Past honorees including rock band Vanilla Fudge, Pat Travers, Mike Curb, Rudy Sarzo, Steve Vai, Benny Mardones, and Steve Lukather just to name a few.

The Business Side of Music is the exclusive podcast to cover the event in Cleveland, including exclusive interviews with the current members of the RockGodz Hall of Fame, as well as this year’s inductees.

“We’ll be releasing the interviews (both audio podcast and video webcast) after the event,” says Bob Bender, host of the award-winning podcast. Episodes are expected to be released beginning April 2, 2024. The program streams on Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Google and may other podcast platforms. It consistently appears atop lists of the most listened-to music industry podcasts, ranked in the Top 10 with more than 300,000 listeners worldwide. Bender is a longtime music industry executive with credentials in multiple entertainment disciplines.

PICTURED: Bob Bender, Host, The Business Side of Music

Spanning nearly 50 years as a successful executive in the music entertainment industry, Bob Bender has worked in almost every facet of the music business. His outstanding accomplishments include producing over 300 tours, festivals, and concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Japan, along with managing and working at multiple record labels.

As a Tour Manager, Bob was a part of the 1989 Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band tour, along with representing such artists over the years, including Billy Preston, Dwight Twilley, Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, A Flock of Seagulls, Mark Lindsay, heavy metal act Anvil, the 1990 New Kids on The Block tour, and the legendary Gene Pitney among so many others.

While Manager of Artist Development for Curb Records, Bob represented such artists as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Jo Dee Messina, and Hank Williams Jr. He oversaw Curb’s Christian retail segment helping develop it into a million-dollar division which led him to become Curb’s Director of Sales for the label.

After leaving Curb Records, Bob went on to represent legendary Michael Martin Murphey’s record label, WestFest Records. Under Bob’s direction, Murphey re-released his 1970’s hit single “Wildfire” with popular country group Lonestar. Murphey’s new mix made its way to mainstream radio after an absence of over 20 years with 400+ plays by country radio stations as well as being featured on CBS’s Late Night with David Letterman.

Other television career credits include promotions and infomercial marketing campaigns for various country, pop, and Christian artists. Bob produced, co-produced, and marketed numerous concert DVD projects, including Johnny Cash’s brother Tommy Cash’s Fade to Black concert special.

A sought-after speaker and podcaster, Bob speaks on the business aspects of the music industry at various industry and consumer events including Canada’s annual Indie Week, the Ultimate Music Business Summit, Smartist U, and Podfest, the world’s largest annual podcast convention featuring over 70 speakers from around the world.

In addition to hosting the hit podcast show “The Business Side of Music”, which has been ranked as one of the Top 7 music industry podcast shows to listen to by Spotify, and has over 300,000 listeners in 120 Countries around the world, he’s also producing other podcast shows, including “2 Dudes Talk Money and Music” and the hit podcast series “War Paint with Lorrie Morgan”. He’s currently in development on a 3rd podcast series titled “Stories My Father Told Me” which he will be co-producing with his daughter Erin to coincide with his upcoming book.

Bob lives in Nashville TN with his wife Debbie, dog Buddy, and cat Finnegan, and is a 2023 inductee into the RockGodz Hall of Fame.


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Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen

Legendary rock journalist Steve Rosen has finally released his long-awaited book about the friendship he shared with the late iconic guitar player Edward Van Halen. The book is titled Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen and chronicles the writer’s remarkable relationship beginning in 1977 (before the release of Van Halen’s first album) and continuing through 2003.

Rosen, who has previously authored seven other books including biographies on Jeff Beck, Free/Bad Company, Black Sabbath and Randy Rhoads, writes about what it was like being friends with the greatest guitar player in the world.

Not an easy task to undertake.

In order to tell the story accurately, Rosen pored over hours of interviews—all fastidiously recorded and catalogued on cassette—and peered deep inside distant memories to create a book unlike any other out there.

The journalist spent many hours with Edward at his own Hollywood Hills guesthouse; up at Van Halen’s 5150 studio; on airplanes, in cars; and even jamming on several occasions with Ed. There is no other book out there that captures the heart and creativity of the late master instrumentalist. Rosen was Edward’s friend—close friend—for many years and no other writer can lay claim to that title.

Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen is a hardcover, 580-page tome with a 7×10 format. Front and back covers were shot by the iconic Van Halen photographer Neil Zlozower who also provided interior photographs.

The author was going to write Edward’s authorized biography back in 1985 but that book never came to light. Van Halen fans have literally been waiting some 37+ years for Rosen to revisit the book. If early responses from readers are any indication, fans say the wait was well worth it. Steve Rosen writes, “I chose that title,Tonechaser, because Edward once described himself in that way. I thought it was such a beautiful, fragile, and poignant word for him to use in his pursuit of the ever-elusive Brown Sound. I also thought it worked on another level in terms of the “tone” of his life and being a guitar player, bandmember, husband, father, and icon.

“I had never heard Edward ever use that phrase anywhere else and in fact after interviewing hundreds and hundreds of guitar players, I’ve never heard one of them ever use that word to describe what they

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Rock and Roll Luminaries To Be Honored In Las Vegas

RockGodz Hall of Fame is pleased to announce “The RockGodz Hall of Fame Induction Celebration” on Wednesday, July 30 at Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill in Las Vegas. The evening will feature an extraordinary gathering of Rock and Roll luminaries including Doug Aldrich, Joe Vitale, Chris Slade, Howard Leese, Steve Thompson, Rudy Sarzo, Steven Rosen, Paul Shortino, Duncan Faure, Sally Steele, Lez Warner and more. The event begins at 7 pm on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Las Vegas’s quintessential rock club Vamp’d, owned by Count’s 77 front man and Counting Cars reality star Danny Koker. The Jet Velocity All Star Band will back the awards portion of the show, which will feature performances by the inductees. The evening will also include raffling off of great prizes including a spectacular Grover Jackson “GJ2” guitar signed by inductees.


When: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Where: Vamp’d Rock Bar & Grill, 6750 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Venue Phone: (702) 220-8849

7 pm: Doors
8 pm: Showcase by Ecotonic
9 pm: Induction ceremony
10 pm: Jet Velocity Jam with inductees and select invited guests

Tickets: Online & at door: $10.00, 21+
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