The St. Charles Rocking River Music Festival wasn't just a fun day of rock n' roll; it was a party with a purpose. The event was held in order to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer organization; October is breast cancer awareness month. The bands were happy to help raise extra cash by signing guitars that we auctioned off for hundreds of bucks and even doing impromptu meet and greets.
Autograph saved their biggest hit "Turn Up The Radio" for last, and it sent fans rushing up to the stage with their cell phones in hand. They were also kind enough to spend time taking pictures and signing autographs just after their set. Great White had a great time playing their very particular brand of rock with hits like "Once, Bitten Twice Shy." I know that the lady with "Bitten" written across her shorts loved it! Their new singer is quite charismatic and a ton of fun.
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister was highly-anticipated, and his show did not disappoint whatsoever. As he pointed out, his radio show "House of Hair" was on while he was performing for us, so that was kind of strange. Dee jumped, howled, screamed, and spouted off his support for cancer research throughout his set which inlcuded his big hits "You Can't Stop Rock and Roll," "We're Not Gonna Take It," and many more. He jumped off the stage and ran through the crowd which seemed to be more thrilling to him than his excited fans. He's a true showman.